KUSA — Do you have your pumpkin yet?
This weekend features some great opportunities to get outside and experience autumn. There are pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and Oktoberfests in all corners of the Centennial State.
Celebrate the season by experiencing the unique culture, food and geography that makes our state so special at one of these fun events across Colorado this weekend:
Pumpkin Festival — Littleton
Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms is ready for autumn! This weekend's Pumpkin Festival features a 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children's activities. The festival includes local craft and artisan booths, food trucks and vendors, beer and wine vendors, entertainment and live music. Admission includes pumpkin patch access, an antique tractor exhibit, pony rides, horse-drawn hayrides, photo booths, mini-maze, bounce houses and slides, face painting. Additional costs include the Chatfield Farms' corn maze next door and the perfect pumpkin you'll want to pick out. Chatfield Farms' Pumpkin Festival runs Friday to Saturday. Sunday's events have been canceled due to anticipated snow. Tickets can be found at BotanicGardens.org.
Fall Festival at 17 Mile House — Centennial
Arapahoe County's Fall Festival takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 17 Mile House Farm Park. The free festival features kid-friendly activities such as a pumpkin patch, hayrides, children's corral, petting farm, face painting, gold panning, blacksmith and more. Adults will appreciate the beer and food options, live music from Strings and the Box and Just Jill and the first-come, first-serve goat yoga at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Harvest Festival — Brighton
The Friends of Barr Lake's 6th Annual Harvest Festival arrives Saturday. Barr Lake State Park will be home to kid-friendly midway games, face painting, kids' crafts, hayrides, petting zoo, kiddie train and more. The Friends of Barr Lake will be accepting donations in exchange for snacks, beverages and pumpkins grown at the state park. The free Harvest Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wolf Ranch Fall Festival — Colorado Springs
The 2nd Annual Wolf Ranch Fall Festival begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stonehaven Park. Free and open to the public, the festival will have live entertainment from kids' magician Inspector Magic, the Flying W Wranglers and SofaKillers Band. The festival's kid zone will have games, activities, face painting, balloon twisting, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, cotton candy and free prizes. To top it all off, there will be a pumpkin patch, beer garden and vendor marketplace.
Choctoberfest — Aurora
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The 5th Annual Choctoberfest will be held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds this Saturday. The event promises to be Colorado's most indulgent chocolate and beverage festival with "chocolate of every ilk." Over 70 vendors from across the country will be offering tastes of chocolate candy, cakes, cookies, truffles, fudge, brownies, toffees, chocotinis, chocolate-infused beer, wine, liquor, cupcakes, coffees and more. In addition to thousands of chocolate samples, the festival also features live music, holiday gifts, kids' Halloween costume contest, apple bobbing, chocolate pudding eating contest, happy hour and a giant chocolate-covered Peyton Manning statue. Choctoberfest runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside at the fairgrounds with unlimited free parking. Snag your Choctoberfest tickets at ChocolateFests.org.
Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest — Carbondale
Carbondale will host not one, but two great events this weekend. The city will celebrate the Irish with authentic beers and wines, dancing and music on Friday with the annual Celtic Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday's Oktoberfest will then feature an atmosphere of German food, spirits, music, root beer, children's activities and more. Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest will take place at the 4th Street Plaza and Park on Main Street.
Fort Carson Oktoberfest — Fort Carson
Fort Carson is hosting a celebration of all things Oktoberfest on Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to public, which can enter from Gate 1 or 20. Family-friendly activities include interactive games, cornhole, Oktoberfest costume contest, selfie station, bounce houses and inflatables. There will be live German music from Steve Rock's Tanzkapelles Bavarian Twist and Polka, Bavarian and Schulplatteler dancers, the Denver Kickers. Adults can enjoy a car show, beer Olympics, sand volleyball tournament, Volksmarch 5K, beer and food options, stein-holding competition and giant beer pong and more. To register for the Volksmarch 5K or to see a complete Oktoberfest schedule, check out CarsonOktoberfest.com.
Pumpkins & Pilsners — Estes Park
Estes Park's Bond Park will be the site of the 5th Annual Pumpkins and Pilsners on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be plenty of kids' activities including face painting, pony rides, pumpkin patch, bounce house, live music as well as food vendors, a beer garden and games. Pumpkins and Pilsners also serves as a fundraiser for local non-profit Families for Estes.
Oktoberfest Amped — Grand Junction
Lively music, mouth-watering food and plenty of pints of beer await attendees of the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Amped in Grand Junction. Over 20 breweries and cideries will be at the Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park along with five local bands and food vendors. General admission, premium general admission and VIP Oktoberfest tickets are available at OktoberfestGJ.com.
Boos & Brews Haunted House & Brewfest — Colorado Springs
The 3rd Annual Boos & Brews Haunted House and Brewfest returns to the Colorado Springs Event Center on Saturday. The unique event features access to over 14,000 square feet of the brand new Haunted Mines, plus craft beer, a performance from DJ Grin, Dragontown Dan (an Alice Cooper tribute band) and more. General admission, VIP, Extreme VIP and designated driver tickets are sold at CSEventCenter.TicketLeap.com.
Festival of Scarecrows — Arvada
The 22nd Annual Festival of Scarecrows in Olde Town Arvada arrives this weekend with hayrides, live music, food, pumpkin patch, kids costume parade, giant pumpkin contest, community booths, and free activities. Attendees can tour the streets to see all the scarecrows and vote for their favorite. The Festival of Scarecrows runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Corn Mazes — Across Colorado
Summer is great, but anyone who loves leaves, apple cider, sweaters and some good old-fashioned fun knows that corn mazes are where it’s at. Luckily, Colorado has more than its fair of these fall treats, which also happen to come with sweet pumpkin patches and amazing corn mazes, great local food and all sorts of activities that will make you wish this season never ends. Check out our handy map of corn mazes in Colorado or see a list here.
Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting — Golden
"Knock Your Boots Off" at Saturday's Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting in Golden. General admission to the cook-off includes free samples from over 30 chili competitors, 90 different beers (courtesy of Coors Distributing) and a live concert from country favorite Buckstein. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Golden Chamber of Commerce's Scholarship Fund and St. Jude Children's Hospital. The 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Parfet Park in Downtown Golden. Tickets are sold online.
Boggsville Days — Las Animas
Boggsville, Colorado, located about two miles south of Las Animas, was one of the first communities for Anglo settlers in the state, sitting along the Santa Fe Trail. Now owned by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County, the site celebrates its history with Boggsville Days. From Friday to Sunday the site will have cavalry, horse farming, mountain men, games, the Burlington gunfighters and more. On Saturday night there will be a chuck wagon dinner followed by a cowboy poets and music show.
Telluride Horror Show — Telluride
The 9th Annual Telluride Horror Show is Colorado's first and longest-running horror film festival. The 2018 festival runs Friday to Sunday with over 20 feature films, over 50 short films, special programs, guests and events. The lineup includes a mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy films, many being shown for the first time in the country. The Telluride Horror Show takes place at three theaters within walking distance of each other. For a complete schedule or passes, head to TellurideHorrorShow.com.
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Zombie Walk — Pueblo
The annual Pueblo Zombie Walk returns this Saturday at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed a zombie or wearing an "X' on their back as a survivor. The Zombie Walk is open to all ages and is kid-friendly, but some costumes may be graphic. There will be a short zombie crawl around the riverwalk to a large clearing. Zombies and survivors will then line up on separate sides before charging at each other in (foam, Nerf) battle.
Fright Fest Pet Parade — Denver
The 20th Annual Fright Fest Pet Parade arrives Saturday at Elitch Gardens! Pets can compete in categories of Funniest, Most Original and Best Pet/Owner Combination Costumes. There will be some cool prizes including 2019 Season Passes for the Best in Show winner. Each registrant will receive a 2019 admission ticket. Early registration is $20 per pet at ElitchGardens.com or $40 on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the non-profit PawsCO.
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Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams — Denver
Broncos Country will need to bundle up for this huge game! The Broncos face their biggest test of the 2018 season thus far on Sunday when the undefeated Los Angeles Rams come to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m.
Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival — Colorado Springs
The Cool Science Festival kicks off with the Cool Science Carnival Day for Kids at UCCS on Saturday. There will be demonstration shows, laboratory tours and demos, rockets, drones, animals and lots of other hands-on STEAM activities and exhibits for kids. The Cool Science Carnival Day for Kids unrs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday ans is all free for all ages. The festival then runs for nine days with events in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Check out the complete Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival at CoolScience.org.
5K Survivor’s Run & Walk — Colorado Springs
The 2nd Annual 5K Survivor's Run is this Saturday at Colorado Springs' America the Beautiful Park. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are encouraged to come run or walk together in solidarity alongside their family, friends, and a community of supporters. The event will benefit TESSA, the only provider of confidential services specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in El Paso and Teller Counties. The 5K Survivor's Run and Walk will start at 10 a.m. Saturday with live music, food and fun afterwards. Race registration can be completed at TESSACS.org.
Walk to Defeat ALS — Denver
The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting a Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday at Sloan Lake Park. The walk is a fundraiser for the organization which hopes to defeat ALS and provide hope to those living with ALS through education, support groups, access to care and advocacy. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. at the walk gets underway at 10 a.m. Registration and donation information can be found at ALSA.org.
Harvest Walk — Pueblo
The 10th Annual Harvest Walk aims to celebrate those who are diversely-abled. The walk will take place at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl Stadium on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Tickets include a light breakfast, goodie bag and event t-shirt. The Harvest Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with on-site registration available at 8:30 a.m. or online.
The Colorado Avalanche are back in action in Denver this Saturday night. The Avs will take on the Calgary Flames at 8 p.m. at Pepsi Center. Single tickets and family night ticket packages (four tickets, four chicken tender meals, four sodas) are available at AltitudeTickets.com.
Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike — Denver
Irreverent Warriors, an organization which aims to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to heal the mental wounds of war and reduce PTSD, is holding a hike on Saturday at Denver's City Park. The hike is for veterans, active duty, national guard and reservists only, but civilians are welcome to volunteer. Registration for the free hike can be completed online.
Broncos Crush Night Out — Denver
The annual Broncos Crush Night Out event is Friday night at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The ladies night out event features trivia, a Broncos jersey history presentation, autographs with current and former players, karaoke with players, photo opportunities with the Super Bowl trophies, food, drinks and beer. Crush Night Out runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the United East Club Level of Broncos Stadium. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House Museum features the spine-tingling tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker in Denver's most historic - and most haunted? - mansion. Guests will creep room to room as each author's horrifying tale is portrayed by acclaimed local authors. Now in its 25th year, Victorian Horrors will feature "The Raven," "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" among several terrifying stories. Victorian Horrors opens Friday and runs for three weekends through October 27. Advance tickets are recommended at MollyBrown.org.
Run the Rocks — Morrison
Run the Rocks is truly a one-of-a-kind fun run and walk. The race offers a 5K run/walk and 10K run around Red Rocks Amphitheatre in support of the American Lung Association in Colorado. The event features the races, live local bands and breathtaking views. Participants will finish on the steps of the Amphitheatre with a cold beer. Run the Rocks takes place Sunday at 9 a.m. with registration available on-site.
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The Bloody Mary Festival — Denver
Organizers of the Bloody Mary Festival have scoured Colorado for the best Bloody Marys which will be available for tasting at this weekend's festival. Ticket admission includes over two hours of enjoying eight of the area's most creative and innovative Bloody Marys, plus delicious food and drinks. The Bloody Mary Festival has four sessions on Saturday at the EXDO Event Center. Tickets are sure to sell out, so get yours now here.
Stadium Challenge — Boulder
This 5K stadium run is truly a 5K challenge. Attendees will walk, jog or run the stadium stairs on an incredible course that goes up, down and around CU's Folsom Field including a lap through Balch Fieldhouse and a sprint down the football field. The 5K course includes 5,310 stairs at a max altitude of 5,475 feet... and there is a half distance option as well. Online registration ends on Friday and spots are limited. Race day registration is available for an increased price.
Seussical — Arvada
Enter the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss in the musical Seussical, which opens this weekend at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Based on the stories of Dr. Seuss, the children's musical takes elements from many of his best-known books including Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss's Gertrude McFuzz. Seussical plays Monday to Friday and various Saturdays through December 29. Tickets are available at ArvadaCenter.org or by calling 720-898-7200.
J Balvin — Denver
Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin is bringing his "Vibras Tour" to Denver on Sunday. J Balvin will take the Pepsi Center stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold through AltitudeTickets.com.
Fall Simply Vintage Market — Pueblo
The Fall Simply Vintage Market will take place on Friday and Saturday inside the Ag Palace at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Over 100 booths will feature antiques, primitives, vintage, retro, mid-century, farm relics, architectural salvage, industrial, re-purposed and upscale homemade goods. Kids 12 and under are free and parking is free. Tickets can be found at SquareUp.com.
Napoleon Dynamite: Cast Reunion — Denver
The cast of the 2004 cult classic Napoleon Dynamite will attend a screening of the film in Denver this weekend. The showing will be held at Paramount Theatre on Friday night and will be followed by a Q&A conversation with the film's stars Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries. Napoleon Dynamite tickets are available through AltitudeTickets.com.
Denver Coin Expo — Denver
The Denver Coin Exposition attracts not just coin collectors, but also collectors, sellers and traders of paper currency, jewelry, medals, tokens and supplies, all displayed at more than 150 tables. Many of the Rocky Mountain area coin clubs will be attending the expo to provide information on how you can become more involved in local numismatics. The show takes place Thursday to Saturday at the National Western Complex. This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.
An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr. — Denver
The Colorado Symphony will be joined by special guest Leslie Odom, Jr. for their performance Saturday night. The Hamilton star will headline An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr., set for 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets are sold at ColoradoSymphony.org.
Man of the Cliff — Avon
The 10th Annual Man of the Cliff is a non-profit event of outdoor, rugged activities which are modified for all strength and ability levels. This year's Man of the Cliff will take place at Nottingham Lake in Avon. Events include axe throwing, archery, keg toss, speed chopping, spear throwing, caber toss and sledge hammer throwing, which sound tough, but are actually modified for men and women of all sizes and abilities. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, with live music from The Drunken Hearts and Rebirth Brass Band on the main stage on Saturday. To register for an event or to learn more, visit ManoftheCliff.com.
bRUNch Run — Denver
Start your Sunday off right with a nice 5K or 10K around Stapleton Central Park. The 5th Annual bRUNch Run is a family-friendly event for walkers, joggers, runners, skippers of all levels. Strollers and dogs are highly encouraged as well. The run will be followed by food, drink and fun including live music from Scott Brooks Band, lawn games, chalk, giveaways and more. Race registration can be completed at BrunchRunning.com.
Alpacas on the Rocks — Golden
Alpacas of all shapes and sizes will be on hand at the Alpacas on the Rocks Open House at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. The show includes free seminars and demonstrations of shearing, herd management, carding, looming, felting and knitting, plus door prizes. Admission and parking are free. This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.
Maker Faire — Denver
The National Western Complex will be home to Maker Faire on Saturday and Sunday. What is the Maker Faire? The faire is a gathering of "makers" including engineers, artists, scientists and crafters who want to show their hobbies, experiments and projects. Tickets to attend the faire include a full day of hands-on fun and the chance to see all of the creative work in the community. To see a complete schedule, check out Denver.MakerFaire.org. Maker Faire begins at 10 a.m. each day, with tickets available online.
Denver Pioneers Hockey — Colorado Springs & Denver
The University of Denver Pioneers have two games on the ice this weekend beginning with a game at Air Force Academy at 7:05 p.m. Friday. The Pios will be on their home ice for a homecoming game against Alabama-Huntsville at Magness Arena on Saturday. DU home hockey tickets can be purchased online.
Colorado College Tigers Hockey — Colorado Springs
The Colorado College hockey team will have two games at the Broadmoor World Arena this weekend. The Tigers host Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday. CC tickets can be found at BroadmoorWorldArena.com.
Denver Home Expo — Denver
The Denver Home Expo will take place on Saturday and Sunday at The Denver Mart's Pavilion Building. The show will feature the latest in home design, decor, automation and outdoor living. To see the complete list of vendors and exhibitors, visit DenverHomeExpo.com.
Jay Leno — Fort Collins
Fort Collins' Lincoln Theater is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a performance from legendary comedian Jay Leno. Best known for hosting NBC's The Tonight Show for almost two decades, Jay Leno is widely known as "the hardest working man in show business." Leno will take the Lincoln Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Snag your tickets at LCTix.com.
Breakfast Burrito Day — Across Colorado
For a second year, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has proclaimed the second Saturday in October as “Breakfast Burrito Day” to help recognize the impact the city has had on blending American and Mexican cultures. This means Coloradans can get great deals on the popular breakfast food at breakfast burrito joints around the state. Sanitago’s is serving up breakfast burritos for just $1.25 each at its 28 locations around Colorado. Illegal Pete’s will be offering their signature breakfast burritos for free at eight locations around Colorado on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Premiere of HBO's Camping — Denver
HBO and REI will celebrate the great outdoors at the Denver premiere of HBO's new comedy series Camping. The show stars Jennifer Garner and Ione Skye and is written and executive produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. The Denver premiere will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at REI's downtown Denver store with a screening of the pilot episode followed by Q&A with star Ione Skye. The premiere of Camping is free and open to the public, but registration is required online.
Cirque Italia — Greeley
Cirque Italia, the first traveling Italian Water Circus, will be premiering its newest show "Aquatic Spectacular" in Greeley. The show begins Thursday evening with seven performances through Sunday. Cirque Italia's Big Top will be set up at the Greeley Mall. For tickets, head to CirqueItalia.com.
Body Mind Spirit Celebration — Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs City Auditorium will host a collection of over 100 professional readers, healers and exhibitors at this weekend's Body Mind Spirit Celebration. Admission is just $6 per day for access to the entire exhibit hall with booths, presentations, workshops and more. To see a complete schedule, check out BMSE.net.
Colorado State Football vs. New Mexico — Fort Collins
The Colorado State Rams are back in Fort Collins on Saturday for Homecoming and Family Weekend. The 2-4 CSU Rams will host the 3-2 New Mexico Lobos in a Mountain West Conference battle at Canvas Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Tickets are going fast, so get yours soon at CSURams.com.
Colorado Mesa Football vs. CSU-Pueblo — Grand Junction
The Mavericks of Colorado Mesa University return home to Grand Junction for a game against the CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves this Saturday. The game will kick off at 2:05 p.m. at Stocker Stadium. Mavericks tickets are available at ColoradoMesa.UniversityTickets.com.
The 1-5 Fort Lewis College Skyhawks face a big test this weekend when the 6-0 School of Mines Orediggers visit Durango. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference clash will begin at high noon on Saturday at Ray Dennison Memorial Field. Skyhawks tickets can be purchased at the stadium gate.
Mile High Spirits Block Party — Denver
Mile High Spirits is throwing a celebration that pays tribute to good spirits and a summer well-spent. Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Goldfish, Option4, Toy Box, Mean Team and more are set to perform at the Mile High Spirits Block Party on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. Manila Killa, Hex Cougar, Y2K, Zotti, Chuck Sutton are among those on the after party lineup which starts at 10 p.m. The block party will take place at 22nd and Lawrence St. General admission and VIP tickets are available online.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show — Manitou Springs
It's time to do the Time Warp again! The 1975 cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, featuring a young couple who enter a castle occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes, will again be celebrated across Colorado this October. The Iron Springs Chateau in Manitou Springs kicks off "Rocky Horror season" on Friday and Saturday with live actors performing on stage while the movie plays. Tickets for the Iron Springs Chateau shows are available online.
Free Day at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge — Commerce City
You’ll go wild celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be free activities including archery, arts and crafts, outdoor games, face painting and more. Get up-close and personal with live raptors, endangered black-footed ferrets, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. No reservations are required! This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.