As summer comes to a close, fall welcomes us with open arms—and a wealth of fun festivals. Whether you’re looking to enjoy live musical performances, eat some tasty fare or just spend time with your family or friends outdoors in the crisp weather, these top events in Colorado are sure to please.
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
Held Sept. 18–20 at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, a full weekend of family-friendly fun awaits. Enjoy a lineup of musical performances and a variety of local food vendors. For adults, there’s a beer garden to relax with your favorite brew, while the kids will love the carnival, where they can enjoy rides, food and fun. On top of all that, there will be at least 30 additional artisan booths for your enjoyment. Now in its 28th year, the Downtown Boulder Fall Fest has maintained its popularity for a reason; come see the reasons why. For hours and more information, visit http://www.boulderdowntown.com/events/fall-fest.
Deemed “The Best Oktoberfest in the USA,” by Maxim and USA Today, it’s apparent that this Oktoberfest isn’t like anything you’ve seen before. Held the weekend of Sept. 18–20 and then again on Sept. 25–27, this Denver-area event offers everything from authentic food like bratwurst and turkey legs to music and, of course, beer. Take your chances at the annual stein-hoisting competition (or just watch it for utmost entertainment), try out keg bowling or enter your pup into the Long Dog Derby. There’s so much to do and see that you may just have to visit both weekends. Purchase tickets (plus you can upgrade to an all-you-can-drink-and-eat VIP package) and read more information here: http://thedenveroktoberfest.com/.
Mountain Harvest Festival
Four days long, the Mountain Harvest Festival celebrates local harvests, agricultural producers, artists, writers and craftspeople, featuring real-life writers, musicians, dancers, comedians and other talented folks in the arts and drama fields. With the goal to benefit the local economy, the festival seeks to organize an outlet to make sales for these local artists, in addition to offering agriculture-based workshops and various charity support. The event is happening Sept. 24–27 in Paonia. To learn more, visit http://www.mountainharvestfestival.org/.
Chile & Frijoles Festival
You’ll definitely want to come hungry to the Union Avenue Historic District in Pueblo during the weekend of Sept. 25–27. The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival pays homage to green chilies and frijoles (pinto beans), which are two of the area’s most popular crops. There will be live musical entertainment, cooking competitions and various arts and crafts. For hours, prices and more information, visit http://pueblochilefestivalinfo.com/about/.
What better way to celebrate the fall season than by enjoying some of the most loved apple varieties—from Honeycrisp to Fuji and Golden Delicious? The family-friendly AppleFest event, held in Cedaredge on Oct. 3–4, will also feature delicious food, live music, arts and crafts and much more. Other activities at the event include a classic car show, an antique tractor show, plus more than 150 booths to peruse. To learn more, visit http://www.cedaredgechamber.com/applefest/.
You won’t be disappointed when you attend any one of these fun fall festivals in Colorado. Buy your tickets or make plans to visit one with friends and family today.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.