Autumn is filled with captivating Instagram posts of changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, fall OOTD, and far too many fireplace boomerangs. THIS is the most wonderful time of the year.
Your calendar may be booked with beer fests, pumpkin patches, and costume parties, but let’s be real... it’s far easier to stay at home with a cozy blanket and horror movies. If you do decide to venture out onto those chilly Denver streets, we’re here to share which events are worth exploring. And, as always, if there’s a notable event we glossed over, let us know!
Maize in the City
Sept 29 - Oct 31st
$0 - $12
Maybe it’s the ”East Coaster” in me, but nothing says fall like a family outing to a corn maze. Throw in some spiked cider and I’m in! If you also crave this autumn tradition, take a trip up to Wellington, Colorado to enjoy the carnival rides, pumpkin picking, and petting zoo available at Maize in the City.
Great American Beer Festival Parties
Oct 5 - Oct 7
If you’re familiar with GABF, you understand how quickly the event sells out. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss the boozy fun. If you don’t want to pay a billion dollars for a ticket, pop by an afterparty. Everyone knows one of the coolest things about GABF is the events that are held in conjunction with the main celebration. And because we have some of the best breweries in the state, don’t miss your opportunity to schmooze with the city’s top brewers.
Capitol Hill’s Haunted History Tour
$20 - $25
Denver is packed full of historic spooks, mostly in the mansions sprinkled throughout the city, and there’s no better way to spend a wicked Friday evening than with a ghost tour. If you’re an avid fan of Ghost Adventures like me, you’ll remember one of the most notable moments happened at the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion, which is included in the tour. Join the Denver Architectural Foundation on Friday the 13th for a 90-minute walking tour of the historic haunts of the neighborhood and see how many EVPs you can capture.
Loveland Opening Day
10/15 - Subject to change
Pass Price Varies
Skiers and snowboarders rejoice; Ski season is back! Loveland Ski Area (opening in the middle of month), and Arapahoe Basin (opening at the end of the month) are dusting up their slopes and welcoming guests back into their cozy cabins. So wax those skis and boards, head west up I-70 with your favorite opening day costumes, and get ready for an happy day of shredding.
Urban Party Adventure Lumberjack Party
$20 per person or $80 for a team of 5
What’s better than a run of the mill bar crawl? A bar crawl that’s also a scavenger hunt. Urban Party Adventure is ending their summer of events with a Lumberjack Party, and proceeds will be donated to MaxFund Denver Animal Shelter. Grab your finest flannel, witty lumberjack puns, “ax” a friend to join you, and, for the love of facial hair, start growing out your beard now.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate the brave fighters, survivors, and caretakers, join the American Cancer Society for Strides Against Breast Cancer, presented by University of Colorado Health. And if you’re not interested in running or walking in the race, sign up to volunteer and cheer on the participants.
Disney In Concert: Nightmare Before Christmas
Our CEO and founder Eric Elkins stands behind the principle that Pixar “movies aren’t kids movies… they’re people movies.” Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t Pixar, but it’s not just for kids. If you agree, hang out with Jack Skellington and Sally at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for a magical viewing of the film. The Colorado Symphony will play the hauntingly beautiful score throughout the film, bringing the music of the Oogie Boogie man to life.
Can somebody say “BOO”ze?
Why spend all your time at one party, when you can do it up at multiple bars? Social Scene wants you to spend your hallo-weekend at the Halloween Bar Crawl, enjoying drinks from bar to bar around LoDo and South Broadway. Oh, and did we mention no cover charges? There’s also a social media costume contest with a $500 prize! Don’t forget to stay hydrated, kids! It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
-- By Kaleigh Myers
Community manager Kaleigh Myers lived in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Amish Country, and Chicago before finally settling in Denver. When not coming up with a clever caption for her Instagrams, you can find Kaleigh in her car on her way up to Summit County for a weekend adventure in the mountains.