KUSA – This weekend is shaping up to be a cold and wet one for many in Colorado. Not to worry, though, as you can still make weekend plans. There are several indoor events that will keep you sheltered from the elements.
Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Oct. 2 to 4 – Denver - http://denv.co/1Lj8EnC
It's your traditional Oktoberfest with a Rocky Mountain twist. Running from Friday through Sunday at the Pepsi Center, this event offers beers from some of the best breweries in the Rockies – great for washing down the traditional German fare that will be there, like bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cabbage, pretzels and schnitzel. There will be plenty of American-style food too, if you've had your fill of brats. Oom-pah bands will be playing polka and waltzes, and there will be more entertainment as well. Children are welcome, with activities planned just for them. General admission is $15, and kids 12 and under can enter free.
Laser Dark Side of the Moon – Oct. 2 – Boulder - http://bit.ly/1FGOMbx
If you're like me, when someone mentions a laser light show, your first thought is Pink Floyd. There's nothing quite like immersing yourself entirely in the music with the help of stunning laser visuals. The Fiske Planetarium will treat your eyes and ears to such an experience on Friday at 9 p.m. A state-of-the-art projection system will fly you through the galaxy as colorful lasers illustrate Pink Floyd's epic album, Dark Side of the Moon. Tickets cost $10, and you can buy them on the Fiske Planetarium's website.
Colorado Springs Science Festival – Oct. 3 to 11 – Colorado Springs - http://bit.ly/1ReMC4t
This nine-day event at the Colorado Springs Science Center features a wide variety of interactive science activities for all ages. Get involved with hands-on activities, observe what's going on in the open laboratories and find inspiration in student research presentations and science demonstrations. The festival opens with the Cool Science Carnival Day at the University of Colorado on Saturday. Admission and parking are free.
Ghost Walk – Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10 – Pueblo - http://on.fb.me/1KJSa4E
Pueblo is facing a weekend of partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s, so you won't be cold and drenched if you take part in the Ghost Walk. The walking tour starts at El Pueblo History Museum at 5:30 p.m. It then takes you through historic downtown as you stop and hear entertaining stories from Pueblo's history. There are three new stories to catch this year, featuring historical characters like Chepita Miera, kidnapped from Fort El Pueblo, welterweight boxing champion Marty Servo and local 1950s TV star Buddy Johnson. You can get tickets at the YWCA of Pueblo, El Pueblo History Museum or the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center for $9 per person. Children under 5 can go for free.
Illusions of the Passed – Oct. 3 – Estes Park - http://bit.ly/1JBbDQW
Famous for inspiring Stephen King's book, The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is one of the nation's favorite haunted hotels. Paranormal illusionist Aiden Sinclair will add to the hotel's spooky factor on Saturday, using ghost stories and haunted artifacts to bring those who have passed on back to life. The audience will get to go on a journey through time, from the hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper to the sinking of the RMS Titanic. General admission is $25, and the price for hotel guests is $20. You can book tickets online or call 970-577-4111 for reservations.
Tales on Tap – Oct. 3 - Loveland - http://bit.ly/1GfDNB1
It's an evening of beer, art and fairy tales at the Loveland Public Library. Professional storyteller Ron Elms will tell the Grimm fairy tale, "The Peasant's Wise Daughter," as artist Dion Weichers brings the story to life. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a taste of Farmer's Daughter lager from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. The event is free, but there's a limit of 150 guests. You must be 21 or older to attend. Be sure to RSVP with the first and last name of each guest at email@example.com or sign up online at talesontap.evenbrite.com.
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival – Oct. 1 to 3 – Fort Collins - http://bit.ly/1LNR3Ty
If you're not so crazy about fall weather, you can go to the Hilton in Fort Collins, where three days of Hawaiian steel guitar performances will bring you to the sun-kissed Hawaiian islands. There will also be seminars and jam sessions for all the steel guitar lovers who attend. Back by popular demand, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association will host a luau dinner and show. Tickets for the luau are sold separately.
Planetary Pleasures – Oct. 2 – Lone Tree -http://bit.ly/1KJXg0J
With the blood moon this past Sunday and the discovery of flowing water on Mars, it's no surprise if your mind is stuck in space. You can continue your celebration of space this Friday. Take a celestial journey with the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra as they play Holst's "The Planets," Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," and John Williams' "Star Wars Suite." The voyage should be fun for all ages, and tickets range from $7 to $17.
Scream 4 Less – Oct. 4 – Denver - http://bit.ly/1ReSMl9
The 13th Floor Haunted House was named by Fangoria Magazine as the No. 1 scariest haunted attraction in the U.S. in 2014. And if you want to see for yourself what's so scary about it, you can go this Sunday, when the attraction is offering a four-pack special, including four general admission tickets, four sodas and popcorn for only $79. Usually, general admission tickets are $25.99 each, so this is an opportunity to get your Halloween season scares and save some money. New features include "the Hallow House," and "Feral Moon and Undead: What Lies Beneath." Tickets are only available at the link above.
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