Colorado boasts a number of fall festivals to hail the harvest season. These five festivals have something to offer visitors of all interests and ages.
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival
If you’re a fan of craft spirits, mark your calendar for Oct. 20-22 for the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. Book your ticket in advance via the festival’s website.
Visitors can enjoy a spirits tasting which includes a complimentary tasting glass. Catch one of the distilling seminars offered during the weekend, or try your hand cooking with spirits at a cooking class.
Other activities include a Bar Mix-off as well as a scavenger hunt around Breckenridge. Get in the Halloween spirit with the Haunted Tour. For those interested in history, check out the Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour.
Telluride Horror Show
Head to Southwestern Colorado for the Telluride Horror Show on Oct. 13-15. Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival promises to give you a scare to remember.
Horror fans from Colorado and beyond flock to this movie festival to enjoy a variety of genres, including suspense, dark comedy, thriller, fantasy and sci-fi. Telluride’s historic theaters are the perfect setting to watch these productions on the big-screen.
Visitors can expect to binge on more than 50 short films and 20 feature films. Check out the “Secret Sunday Shows” for surprise screenings of films that haven’t yet been released.
Chalk up some fun at Choctoberfest held in Aurora at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. While some individuals might pay tribute to traditional fall produce like pumpkins and corn, why not appreciate the harvest of the cacao bean that gives us so many rich-flavored delights?
Held on Oct. 14, this festival caters to chocolate connoisseurs with a bevy of scrumptious flavors. Sample the chocolate-infused spirits or, for a non-alcoholic beverage, try chocolate-flavored tea.
From baked goods to chocolate truffles, this festival is sure to have something to transport any chocolate enthusiast to cloud nine. Once you’ve had your fill of cacao, check out the live entertainment and children’s activities.
Giant Pumpkin Festival
Pay homage to the pumpkin at Old Colorado City’s Giant Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 21. This family-friendly event encourages all visitors to come wearing costumes.
Children will have a blast at the Kid’s Zone, featuring a pumpkin patch, Wizard of Oz characters and games with prizes. They can also participate in the Scarecrow Hunt activity.
The pumpkin decorating contest will please crafting enthusiasts while dessert lovers can try their luck at the pie eating contests. You can also browse the farmers market in Bancroft Park or embark on The Spirit Tour to sample local spirits and menu items.
Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade
Head to Manitou Springs to experience the unusual autumnal festival known as the Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade. Held on Oct. 28, this free event starts at noon, when 70 costumed teams race for a chance to win one of the three honors: Best Emma, Best Entourage and Best Coffin.
The story behind the festival is even more intriguing than the coffin race itself. Emma Crawford died in 1890 and was buried on top of Red Mountain. When a railroad company expanded out to the town in 1912, her coffin had to be relocated to the mountain’s southern side. A few years later, two young children discovered the silver handles and name plate that had detached from her coffin. Now, to remember Emma Crawford’s legacy, the town hosts this annual race and parade.
With so many different offerings, Colorado provides ample fall-time activities for a variety of tastes.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.