This weekend, Boulder kicks off the season with the Downtown Boulder Fall Festival. From now through the end of October, there are 10+ fall celebrations in the Boulder area, from Oktoberfests to unique local favorites like the Enchanted Forest. Bring on the season of leaf peeping, pumpkins, cool air and hot drinks!
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
When: September 14 – 16, 2018, for the full schedule click here.
Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of children’s activities. Firefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages.
Fall Fest is held on the Pearl Street Mall. The event is FREE.
Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival
When: September 22 – 23, 2018, Saturday 11AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 11:30AM – 5PM
Autumn Gold Festival is Estes Park’s fall celebration – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer. Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado bands play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts. Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show. Fall all the details, click here.
The Autumn Gold Festival is held at Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.
When: September 28 – 30, 2018, full schedule here.
Louisville is once again hosting its fun and family-friendly Oktoberfest! Featuring live music, food, games, a kids area, dancing and more. Also, check out the Pretzel Run on Sunday, September 30 at 9AM: a 5K, 10K and kids mile complete with t-shirt and pretzel medal (register here).
Louisville Oktoberfest is located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027. $5 entry fee per day for 18+.
Estes Park Elk Fest
When: September 29 – 30, 2018, 10AM – 4PM
To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine. Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills. Enjoy the Educational Seminar Tent to learn more about Elk and wildlife in Estes Park from a variety of professionals including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mile High Note Game Calls. Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage.
Elk Fest is held at Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO. The event is FREE.
Enchanted Forest at Wild Bear Nature Center
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11AM – 6PM
Wild Bear Nature Center will be hosting its 18th annual Enchanted Forest! Join us as we connect with the magic of the Fall season and the greater community! Take a tour of the forest and meet the animals who will tell their stories and how we can help them! Expect a full goody bag of special treasures from the forest animals! Enjoy loads of activities in Downtown Nederland, including professional face painting, creating your own costumes, live musical and theatrical performances, forest tours, and fairy magic. Dance with the bears! Enjoy yummy foods, hot drinks, and a community driven bake sale. People of all ages welcome and costumes are encouraged! Please note: Tours last 1 hour, and the last tour will be leaving at 5 pm. There are still lots of activities going on in the forest for latecomers to enjoy.
The Enchanted Forest will be held at the Mud Lake location of Wild Bear Nature Center, 2034 Co Rd 126, Nederland, CO 8046620 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466. $8/person in advance, $10.person the day of. Seniors and children under 2 years are free.
When: October 5 – 6, 2018, details here.
The 7th Annual Longmont Oktoberfest will be a fall gathering to remember featuring JJ Grey and Mofro. 10+ breweries, local food, and games for all ages. Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT magazine, Longmont Oktoberfest celebrates the summer’s transition to fall on October 5th and 6th at Roosevelt Park. Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and don’t forget a pint from your favorite Longmont breweries while we support out Longmont charities. Kids activities by Dizzy’s Fun Center and Home Depot. Presented by the Left Hand Brewing Foundation.
Erie Miner’s Blast
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 12PM – 4PM
The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features activities for the children, more crafts, more “treasures”, more equipment for Touch-A-Truck! Tickets will be sold at the entrance and will allow everyone the opportunity to get scared inside the haunted house, ride the hayride, get lost in the maze and much more. Every child receives a complimentary pumpkin. In addition to fun kids activities, adults will love the seasonal food vendors and beer garden, stroll down the streets filled with spectacular vintage cars at the annual Garage Rats Car Show and visit the petting zoo! Live music from 12:00-4:00pm featuring Center for Musical Arts Jazz Trio directed by Steve Christopher and ENERJAZZ.
Erie Miner’s Blast is held at Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie. Admission is $10/child 3 years+. Adults are FREE.
Thorne Fall Fest
When: Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10AM – 12PM
Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day on Friday, October 12th? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for the Thorne Fall Fest. We will have face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, pumpkin decorating, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige! Light refreshments provided by in-kind donors, pack a picnic if desired. 10am-11am: Activities including pumpkin decorating, bird-watching, face painting, and nature explorations. 11am-Noon: Concert and dancing by Jeff & Paige. For more info, click here.
Thorne Nature Experience is located at 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303
Estes Park Pumpkins & Pilsners
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11AM – 6PM
The Pumpkins and Pilsners Festival has activities and entertainment for all ages, with proceeds going to local non-profit Families for Estes. The festival is the perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones. Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, kids art activity booths, bounce house, and giant lawn games. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course (bikes and helmets provided). The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! Each year a hand-picked selection of seasonal, local craft beers are on hand. There will also be food vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. More information available here.
Pumpkins and Pilsners will be held in Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO. Admission is FREE.
Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market
When: October 13, 2018 from 10AM -5PM & October 14, 2018 from 11AM -4PM
Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high-end dealers and collectors of furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community.
Pumpkin Pie Days is held at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.
Lafayette Fall Festival
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Lafayette Fall Festival combines three community events into one! The festival includes a bounce house & pumpkin decorating contest. The Great Pumpkin Race will be held, launch your pumpkin into the rec center’s lazy river and watch it race to the finish! For more information on the event, click here.
The Lafayette Fall Festival will be held at Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.
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