Fall has arrived, and so has the fun!
October in Colorado is a great time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and milder temperatures, explore unique fall festivals and find your perfect pumpkin at one of the state’s many pumpkin patches. Need fall-inspired ideas on what to do this month? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorites:
October 1: Walk, jog or run the Denver Hot Chocolate 5K, 10K or 15K
Get fall started with some physical activity and a cup of hot chocolate. The 5K and 10K courses take runners past two scenic lakes within Washington Park in Denver, and the 15K course runners get an extra sweet view as they run parallel to Cherry Creek. After the race, you’ll find a chocolate-filled post-run party and expo for the whole family.
October 6-8: Celebrate fall at the Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms
Pick your favorite pumpkin at the 10-acre pumpkin patch, explore the corn maze and enjoy food trucks, live music, artisan booths, hayrides and face painting at this fall-themed festival. Once you’ve selected your pumpkins, use the free pumpkin daycare service. This way, you can fully enjoy the remainder of the festival without carrying your pumpkins around. (Here is a list of other pick-your-own pumpkin patches in Colorado.)
October 6-8: Taste the world-renowned Cedaredge apples
If apples are more your cup of tea, the Cedaredge Applefest is a must.
The Surface Creek Valley in western Colorado is known for its temperate climate, and early settlers took advantage of it by growing award-winning apples, peaches and other fruits.
The annual festival has been celebrating area fruit growers since 1977, commemorating the Colorado fall harvest and rich agricultural history of the Surface Creek Valley.
Festivities include live music, art, craft and food vendors; a chili cookoff; golf tournament; car, tractor and motorcycle show; pinup competition; 5K run and much more.
October 7: Attend the annual Tour de Corgi, the ultimate corgi meet-up and parade through Old Town Fort Collins
What’s cuter than a corgi you may ask? A corgi in a costume! You won’t want to miss this fun, corgi-filled event, featuring a corgi parade and costume contest. As a bonus, all proceeds from this event benefit local dog rescues.
October 20-22, 27-29, 31: Check out Boo at the Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs
This unique Colorado Springs experience allows your kids to dress up and trick-or-treat while visiting zoo animals at night. Activities include a haunted house, a spooky graveyard, a pumpkin patch and a giraffe feeding experience. Buying tickets in advance is required.
October 1-31: Soak up the beauty of fall in Colorado with a train ride through the mountains.
Hop aboard the Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad on one of their special fall train rides happening all month long. Enjoy views of the Arkansas River Valley and yellowing aspens as you ride through some of the state’s most beautiful and epic landscapes.