Things to Do in Denver in September

Things to do in Denver in September include a variety of festivals, concerts, and events. Sporting events include Broncos, Rockies, and Rapids games. Festival highlights include A Taste of Colorado and Oktoberfest events.

You will also find tips on top tours, ideas on the best places to shop, and recommendations on what to do with the entire family.

September Events Calendar

Colorado Home Show

Your first stop in searching for things to do in Denver in September is my events calendar for the month. It details the best late-summer events in the metro area. 

If you're visiting during Labor Day weekend, check out our suggestions of fun events including Brews & Views Beer Fest, Colorado Rockies games, and the always yummy A Taste of Colorado.  

Also in September are the Colorado Home Show, the Botanic Garden's corn maze, and Oktoberfest celebrations.

>> View the events calendar

Labor Day Weekend Events & Activities

Elitch Gardens

If you're coming to Denver over Labor Day, you picked a great time to see what this vibrant city has to offer. 

The big event this holiday weekend is A Taste of Colorado, where you can try samples from more than 50 restaurants. On Sunday night, check out the fireworks show at Elitch Gardens, a water and theme park that's the perfect place for a holiday weekend with the kids. The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo is another favorite annual event. 

>> Get details on Labor Day events 

Top Tours in September

Great Divide Brewery

If this is your first trip to Denver, be sure to take a tour so you can get to know the city.

For an up-close view of the Mile High City, try one of the downtown walking tours, or if you don't want to break a sweat, take a sightseeing tour on an air-conditioned coach bus.

You probably didn't know that Colorado is an up-and-coming wine producer — sample some of the region's best wines during a wine-tasting tour. One thing, however, that Denver is known for is its craft brews, and there are plenty of brewery tours where you can taste what Denver is famous for. 

Theater & Broadway Performances

Phantom of the Opera

Going to a musical or play is always an exciting treat. It's one of my favorite things to do in Denver in September.

You will find dozens of performances this month. Shows range from Broadway hit such as Frozen, An Act of God and An American in Paris to locally written and produced shows.

You will find a large number of shows downtown at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as well as at smaller theaters around the Mile High City metro area.

>> View this month's theater calendar in Denver

Broncos, Rockies & Other Sporting Events

Broncos

If you're a sports fan, you already know that Denver is a great sports town that loves its team, especially the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. One of the best things to do in Denver in September is to head to their first game of the season which kicks off in September. 

The Colorado Rockies play almost a dozen home games this month against teams such as the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamonbacks. All games are downtown at Coors Field.

Colorado Rapids also play this month. You will find their games at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Commerce City.

>> More on Denver sports

What to Wear in September

Weather in September

Denver begins to cool off in September as summer winds down. However, you should still expect daytime temperatures around 80, so I recommend bringing comfortable short-sleeve shirts and shorts. Summer dresses that you can top off with a sweater are also a good choice — you'll appreciate that extra layer or a jacket if temperatures dip down in the 40s. 

Don't forget a hat and sunscreen. Denver's status as one of the sunniest cities combined with its high altitude make getting a sunburn more likely than elsewhere.

>> More about what to wear in Denver this month

Best Places to Shop in September

Cherry Creek Shopping

Denver has a lot of great shopping districts and malls where you're sure to find the perfect souvenir of your trip here. 

Cherry Creek North is a 16-block area with high-end brands but mostly independently owned businesses offering interesting items, eats, and services.

Other areas to drop some cash include historic Larimer Square, Colorado Mills outlet mall, and the outdoor 16th Street Mall in downtown.

>> Discover more great places to shop

Denver Festival Schedule

A Taste of Colorado

Denver has an incredible number of festivals throughout the summer, so you'll find plenty of options during your visit.

There are two Oktoberfests worth mentioning: Oktoberfest Denver, which draws 500,000 visitors, and Oktoberfest on South Pearl, which is a more-intimate gathering along the charming and historic South Pearl Street.

Music lovers can catch acts at Sunnyside Music Festival, and Punk Rock Pie Wars. 

Can't-miss food festivals are the posh events at the Denver Food & Wine Festival and A Taste of Colorado, featuring more than 50 vendors along with big-name music acts. 

>> More festivals in Denver in September

Attractions & Museums

Denver Art Museum

Some of the best things to do in Denver in September include visiting our highly rated attractions and museums. With the weather typically in the mid-70s, it's still a great time to visit our outdoor attractions such as the Botanic Gardens or Four Mile Historic Park.

On those cooler fall days, you can also head indoors for visits to our top museums such as the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still, or the Museum of Contemporary Art.

>> Find the 20 top attractions in Denver

Things to Do in Denver in September With Kids

Hammond's Candy Tour

Early in the month, you still have time to visit Denver's theme parks including Elitch Gardens and Lakeside. Other fun things to do in Denver in September with your family include a tour of the Hammond's Candy Factory, a trip to the Downtown Aquarium, or a visit to the Denver Zoo.

The entire family will enjoy a visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Children's Museum. You can also head out to see the Colorado Rockies or Denver Broncos during your stay. 

>> A full list of family-friendly ideas

Comedy Shows, Bars & Other Nightlife Options

Bars in Denver

Denver has some great nightlife, from trendy nightclubs to concerts to one of the country's best comedy clubs. Headliners include comedians such as Ali Wong, George Lopez and Roseanne Barr. Find this month's comedy calendar here.

You will also find both indoor and outdoor concerts this month. Red Rocks has a full line up with more than a dozen shows. You will also find concerts at the Pepsi Center, the Ogden, and the Bluebird Theater. A full list of concerts can be found here.

Of course, there are plenty of gourmet eateries headed by talented chefs and a ton of microbreweries serving craft brews throughout the city.

Beyond Denver

Garden of the Gods

You will find dozens of things to do just beyond Denver in September. You can visit Rocky Mountain National Park or take a ride around the Lariat Loop.

I also recommend a trip south to Colorado Springs where you can admire the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

Others might enjoy the cool air of popular mountain towns such as Estes Park, Aspen, or Breckenridge. Although it isn't cold enough to ski yet, you can enjoy other activities such as hiking, shopping, or relaxing in a local spa.


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