Denver’s Best October Fall Events

Elk Fest – Who doesn’t love elk, and even better is a festival celebrating the large elk population that grace Estes Park. Live music, Native American performances, elk-viewing and more. || October 3-4, Estes Park

lakeestescoursemountainelkRocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Incase you missed, or didn’t get enough of, Oktoberfest the last two weekends, the party goes on! Enjoy this joining of the Rocky Mountain brewery scene and the popular Munich tradition. || October 2 – 3, Pepsi Center

Fright Fest – Denver’s largest Halloween event, promising “fright by night,” and lots of scary fun! || Weekends, October 2 – November 1, Elitch Gardens

Mile High Horror Festival – Every fall this film festival showcases the world’s best genre films. It has been recognized as one of the top five “coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world.” || October 1 – 4, Alamo Drafthouse 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival – Free family fun, with pumpkin patches and scarecrows, historic games and lots of crafts! || October 3 – 4, Four Mile Historic Park, 7155 S. Forest Street

Haunted Houses – What’s fall without Halloween, and what’s Halloween without a good scare? Visit these top-ranked haunted houses for your dose of the Halloween scare. || October 1 – 31, 13th Floor, The Asylum, Haunted Field of Screams

Pumpkin Fest – An excellent family tradition, the three-day festival is full of mazes,pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, music and more. The MillerCoors beer garden is open, and the Gardens’ famous Corn Maze is just next door. || October 9 – 11, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield 

Stem Cider’s Harvest Party – Colorado bluegrass and Colorado craft cider, does it get any better? Join Stem for their annual Harvest Party, celebrating community, cider and the “flavors of the season.” || October 10, Stem Ciders (2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150 80205)

Zombie Crawl – One of Denver’s most popular fall events, join the 10th annual celebration of zombie obsession and excessive creepy face paint, plus a really good excuse not to wash your hair. || October 17, Skyline Park

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – There’s no better way to run then with live music and the incredible city Denver as your scenery. It’s not too late to join the run and signup for a 5K, 10K, half or full-marathon. If running isn’t your thing, join the crowds to cheer the runners on!  || October 18, Downtown Denver

Boo at the Zoo – It’s always great to wander around the first-class Denver Zoo, but add trick-or-treating and its the perfect fall day. The weekends are full of “creepy crawly animal demonstrations” and the promise of fun for the whole family. || October 24-25, October 31 – November 1, Denver Zoo