With the record-breaking heat in Denver this Summer, many of us can't wait for the cool crisp air of Fall. And although Fall doesn't technically begin until Sept 22, temperatures typically have a dramatic change starting much earlier in September. There are so many incredible things to do throughout the year near Denver - but Fall may be the best of them all.

Sept 4-6 - A Taste of Colorado - This year, they spread the taste out a bit with the food trucks parking along Lawrence St between 15th and 17th streets. Booth and tent vendors will be set up in Skyline Park. Start at one end of the 16th mall and then stroll along to enjoy all of the festivities. It's a Denver staple!

Best Fall Events & Festivals in Colorado

Sept 4-6 - Cherry Creek Arts Festival - This year, it's been moved to the creekside area of the Cherry Creek mall. Much better, in my opinion! Come stroll through some beautiful artworks created by local artisans.

Sept 7&9 - Jimmy Buffet @ Red Rocks - Calling all Parrotheads! Head up to one of the most iconic concert venues in the world to enjoy the island stylings of a legend.

Sept 11 - Chicken Olympics @ the Larimer County Farmers Market - Come root on Loretta & Prudence in the annual Chicken Olympics in Fort Collins. It will be an intense day of serious competition as these top-ranked poultries compete in sprints, steeplechase, long jump, and many more. Opening ceremonies will take place at 10:00.

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Sept 16-19 - Breckenridge Wine Classic & Film Festival - Watch some incredible movies, eat great food, drink some wine - and stroll around Breckenridge. It sounds like heaven to us!

Sept 17 - Meow Wolf Opens! - It's been years in the making (feels like decades), and now it's finally about to open in Denver. An immersive art installation from the minds of 100's of artists from all over Colorado and the world. It's bizarre, weird, and super cool. We are taking our entire team in September and are beyond excited!

Sept 17-19 - Downtown Boulders Fall Fest - The annual festival is back with activities along Boulder Creek, spilling onto Pearl Street. Art, music, poetry, food, beer, wine, and many other things to do in one of the hippest cities in the world. We love quirky ol' Boulder.

Sept 17-19 & 24-26 - Oktoberfest Denver - I'm still confused about why Oktoberfest is celebrated in September but, heh, what do I know? There are festivals all around Colorado, so raise your steins and celebrate Oktober in September!

Sept 17-19 - Denver BBQ Festival - BBQ. Bands. Beer. The 3rd annual Denver BBQ Festival claims to have 30,000 Lbs of meat this year. Wow! Head over hungry to Empower Field at Mile High for all the BBQ you can eat.

Sept 18 - Heritage Brew Fest in Manitou Springs - The 6th Annual Heritage Brew Festival features unlimited craft beer tastings from over 20 breweries, local bites, and music. Be sure to visit and drink from all 8 of the mineral springs located throughout the town. It's pretty much confirmed that they have magical powers!

Sept 24-26 - Chile & Frijoles Festival in Pueblo - Come pay homage to arguably the greatest chili pepper in the world, the mighty Pueblo Chile! Have some beans too, but they are certainly not the star of the show.

Sept 25 - Morrison Ciderfest - Enjoy live music, kids activities like a bouncy castle, face painting, and hayrides - and of course, all things apple cider! There will be actual cider press demos, non-alcholic and alcoholic cider to taste. The event starts at 10 AM and will go till dark.

Oct 2-3 - Elk Fest in Estes Park - If you've never heard an Elk bugle, it's something. Tis the season for Elk love, and the trumpets, are sounding! So come on up for a day in Rocky Mountain National Park and then swing over to Bond Park to enjoy Elk Fest.

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Oct 2 - Cheesman Park Art Festival - Local and internally renowned artists exhibit their works alongside the usual Colorado festival accompaniments of booze, music, and food. You had us at booze.

Oct 1-3 - Applefest - Head over to the Western slope to the tiny little town of Cedaredge for their annual Applefest. Spoiler alert, it involves everything apples. They'll have music, art, crafts, crafts, beer, & wine, and (wait for it) APPLES! I see a theme to these festivals.

Oct 8-10 - Pumpkin Festival - It's that time to get your pumpkins for Halloween. Make a morning of it, get lost in the corn maze, enjoy live music, and have a beer and a turkey leg. Don't worry; they offer free "pumpkin" sitting while you enjoy the festival!

Oct 15-17 - Telluride Horror Show - Scary! Get in the Halloween spirit with a fabulous weekend in one of the prettiest towns in Colorado while taking in spooky films.

Oct 16-17 - Denver Colfax Marathon - I can't imagine running 26 miles, but watching others do it is fun! Root on the runners as they cruise down one of the most notorious streets in Colorado.

Oct 24 - Denver Art Museum - The new Martin Building is finally finished and will debut to the public. They've added a rooftop, expanded galleries, restaurants, and more outdoor space. However, with so many amazing things to do in Denver, the Denver Art Museum is often overlooked. 

Nov 3-14 - Denver Film Festival - After last year's virtual adaptation, it's back in person this year. See some of the best new films at the Sie FilmCenter.

Nov 5-13 - Denver Arts Week - The kick-off is the First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe Art District. You'll find art almost everywhere you look during this week. Locations include the Golden Triangle (Stop by the 360dwellings HQ!), Belmar, RiNo, Tennyson, and 40 West Arts District.

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