2019 Denver Fall Bucket List
Changing leaves, crisp cool nights...fall is in the air, and it's our favorite time of year! There is no shortage of fun fall events in the Denver area- sometimes it seems a little overwhelming! We've rounded up the best fall activities for our 2019 Denver Fall Bucket List.
Follow along to make 2019 your best fall ever!
Where: Estes Park
When: September 28th & 29th
October is "Elktober" in Estes Park! Every year hundreds of Elk descend upon Estes Park for the elk rut. It’s a great time to experience Estes Park’s natural beauty and wildlife up close. All weekend you will find Native American storytelling and music, kids games, educational areas, a beer garden, food, and live entertainment.
Where: US 285 Over Kenosha Pass
When: Best Fall Colors Through October 5th
Just a short drive from Denver you'll find some of the best fall foliage Colorado has to offer. Take Highway 285 West over Kenosha Past and you'll find yourself in a glowing forest. This is one of Colorado’s favorite road trips for aspen-viewing, although it can be difficult to score a parking spot on the pass. Be sure to leave time to park and hike through the trails for the best views and photo opportunities. You can return to Denver by way of Interstate 70. For more fall foliage suggestions click here.
Where: Four Mile Historic Park, Denver
When: October 5th & 6th
Fall into some old-fashioned fun during our annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival, a long-time Denver favorite reimagined for 2019. Celebrate all things autumn featuring live music, food trucks, pioneer games, and a pumpkin patch.
Where: Lakewood Heritage Center
When: October 5th & 6th
This year’s event will include tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, historic demonstrations and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors. The Cider Days Festival wouldn’t be complete without everything apple – including apple pressing, apple cider by the glass or gallon, Apple Annie’s Baking Challenge (Sunday only) and more.
Where: Chatfield Farms - 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road - Littleton
When: October 11th - 13th
Pay a visit to Chatfield Farms in Littleton for your good-old-fashioned fall festival fix. With 10 acres of pumpkin patch to pick from, along with live performances, hayrides, carnival games, and more, the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual October tradition promises autumn fun for the whole family. Tickets are super reasonable, so head on out for a great day of family fun!
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds
When: October 17th - 30th
At Pumpkin Nights, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in Pumpkin Central where you'll be dazzled by The Spirit of Pumpkins Fire Show, watch live carving by professional pumpkin artists, and catch a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
When: October 21st - 25th
See the Denver Botanic Gardens the way you never have before! Using all real pumpkins, the botanic gardens are filled with enormous pumpkin sculptures, jack-o-lanterns displays, glowing pathways and more. If that's not enough, you'll also enjoy fire performers, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving demonstrations, glow in the dark games and crafts! This spectacular event sells out quickly every year, so be sure to grab your tickets early!
Where: Anderson Farms - 6728 County Road 3 1/4 • Erie, CO 80516
When: September 25th - November 3rd
There is no end to the fun at Anderson Farms Fall Festival! This is an annual event in our household, and we have SO MUCH FUN! Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, pumpkin cannons, and farm animals galore! Anderson Farms is open 7 days per week throughout the Fall Festival, but some of the activities are limited to weekends only, so plan accordingly!
Where: Georgetown Loop Railroad
When: Best fall colors are before October 15th, Mine Tours Through October 26th
Jump on the Georgetown Loop Train and enjoy the changing leaves of our gorgeous Aspensas you travel from Georgetown to Silver Plume and back. For some extra fun, add on a Haunted Mine Tour! (Haunted Mine Tours are limited to children 13 years and older.)
We hope you've enjoyed our top picks of fall activities in Denver!