Denver Events in October 2017

Denver events in October 2017 include games by the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, and Rapids. Halloween is always a fun time of the year.

You'll find many family-friendly events, including a pumpkin festival and corn maze at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Performing arts fans can catch the Colorado Ballet's version of "Dracula," or attend a production of the Broadway show "Something Rotten."

Other top events this month include the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest.

Denver events in October

Read on for details on these and other great events this month.

Broncos Football

Denver Broncos

If you're in town in Denver in October, seeing the 2015 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos is a must. Join the thousands of fans cheering them on at Mile High Stadium, just west of downtown.

You can see these Denver events in October during three home games this month:

Oct. 1: Oakland Raiders

Oct. 15: New York Giants

If you can't nab tickets, check out the game at sports bars and brew pubs around the stadium. You can also book a tour of the stadium and get an up-close view of its operations.

>> Get more details on the Denver Broncos

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Dates: Oct. 5-7

Location: Colorado Convention Center

If you're serious about beer, put the Great American Beer Festival at the top of your to-see list. This is one of the mega Denver events in October that will have beer aficionados drooling over the more than 800 breweries serving up 3,800 different beers. More than 60,000 beer lovers are expected to attend.

You'll get to try beer and food pairings picked by expert chefs, talk with professional brewers, and browse the Beer Geek Bookstore where you can meet craft beer authors. 

Not only is this an opportunity to sample many craft brews, it's also a serious beer competition for brewers with gold, silver, and bronze medals at stake. 

Denver Beer Fest

Denver Beer Fest

Dates: Sept. 29 - Oct. 7

Location: Denver metropolitan area

The first week in October is a great time for beer lovers to visit Denver. All around town, at a variety of beer-focused events (including the Great American Beer Festival at the convention center), you'll see (and taste) just why Denver earned its reputation as a beer capital. 

These Denver events in October take place at area restaurants, breweries, and tap houses and include brewery tours, beer-paired dinners, firkin tappings, rare-beer tastings, beer trivia, and opportunities to meet brewers. 

Don't miss the street party — it will have delicious offerings from food trucks and plenty of beer varieties to wash them down.

Best of Broadway & Theater Shows

Something Rotten

"Something Rotten" (Oct 17-29)

Something Rotten is a "big, fat musical hit on Broadway." However, you don't have to go to NY City as this hilarious show is in Denver when you visit during October. With 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, you will enjoy the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom as they try to write the world's first musical while the rock star of the play world, Shakespeare, keeps getting all the press and fame. Performed in the beautiful Buell Theatre, you will be sure to enjoy the show.

Click the link below for more Denver events in October at our local theaters.

>> See more theater listings

Event Tickets at Up to 50% Off for October

If you are looking to save on your stay in Denver, make sure to check out the selection of deals on Goldstar. They offer tickets at up to 50% off for local tours, theater performances, and other events. Here are a few of their most popular tickets this October.

  • 10/15: Westword Feast: Spend your Sunday afternoon sampling some of Denver's best restaurants, drinks, and desserts, runs from Noon to 3pm at the McNichols Civic Center Building, check for ticket availability
  • 10/28: Halloween Pub Crawl: Head out the Saturday before Halloween and celebrate with your friends, the party kicks off at 1515 Bar & Lounge and heads to bars in both Lodo and Larimer, check for ticket availability

Halloween in Denver

Halloween Generic

To celebrate Halloween, you will find dozens of Denver events in October. You will find options for your kids, as well as events for those 21 and older.

Top events for the little ones include the Corn Maze at the Botanic Gardens and the Halloween Parade on South Pearl Street. For those 21 and older, you will enjoy this year's haunted houses, Coloween, and the Craft Brew Ball. 

>> Find a full calendar of the best Halloween events this year

Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche Hockey

If you are into hockey, and want to see some of the best action on the ice, then make sure to catch a Colorado Avalanche game when you visit our Mile High City. The Avalanche is Denver's NHL team and has a number of home games each October.

Oct 11: Boston Bruins

Oct. 13: Anaheim Ducks

Oct. 19: St. Louis Blues

Oct. 24: Dallas Stars

Oct. 28: Chicago Blackhawks

>> Find their full schedule and additional tips for seeing a game

Colorado Ballet: Denver Events in October

Colorado Ballet

The world-class Colorado Ballet begins its with the well known "Dracula." Based on the famous Bram Stoker's novel, you will be thrilled by choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney. The music will be performed by the wonderful Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Make sure to buy your tickets in advance so you can enjoy this scary, and enthralling, opera.  Find out during performances running Oct. 6-15 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

>> Find tickets at a discount for select performances on Goldstar

>> More on the ballet in Denver

Concerts & Live Music

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Big concerts in Denver in October include The Laid Back Festival with Sheryl Crow headlining at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and The Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Pepsi Center. 

Other big concerts this October include Matchbox 20 at the Pepsi Center, Weezer at Red Rocks and Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band at The Pepsi Center. 

Find additional shows this month at both large and small venues on the full October concert calendar.

>> Click here for additional October concerts



Dates: 10/20-10/22

Head over to the National Western Complex this October for Dreamhack, one of the biggest digital festivals and LAN parties. For three days, Dreamhack offers cosplay events, esports, DreamExpo (with dozens of vendors), and other internet and digital related activities. 

Events kick off at Noon on Friday and run all day. You will also find events all day on Saturday and Sunday.

>> Visit their site for a full schedule of events and ticketing information

October Festivals in Denver


Temperatures may be cooling off, but festival season is still hot, and these are definitely some of the best Denver events in October. 

This month, fans of body art can meet talented tattoo artists at the Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo. For art of a different kind, attend the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival where you'll learn about the world's indigenous peoples. 

Chocoholics can indulge at Choctoberfest and chili lovers can sample 50 varieties at the Chili Cookoff.

There's also the beautiful sunset spectacle Lantern Fest and Monsters Dance, a hip-hop dance event.

>> Find out about more festivals in October

Comedy Shows in October

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Get ready to laugh in October — some great performers bring their comedy acts to town this month. 

On Oct. 20th, Mike Birbiglia has two different shows on the same night. The stand up comedian hits Denver with his "Thank God for Jokes" tour and is known for bringing down the house. You might also know him from his part on Orange is the New Black.

On Oct. 22nd, Nick Offerman comes to the Mile High City for one act only. He is well known for his role on Parks and Recs as Ron Swanson and also as Karl Weathers on Fargo. If you haven't seen his standup, you haven't seen the real Nick Offerman. His style is smooth and subtle, and you will find yourself laughing all night long.

>> Get more details about comedy events in Denver

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets start their season each October. They have about a half dozen home games this month and you can catch all of them at the Pepsi Center.

This month, you can see them host teams such as the Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, and the Washington Wizards.

>> Get more info on the Denver Nuggets

Transamerica Rock N' Roll

Transamerica Rock N Roll

Dates: Oct. 13 - 15

One of the biggest road races this month in Denver is the Transamerica Rock 'n' Roll Denver. The event runs for three days with a half marathon, 5K and 10K.

The event starts with the expo on Friday and Saturday. Saturday is also the day for the 5K race. Sunday is the day for the longer races. This is the day for both the 10K and the Half-Marathon.

All three races start and end at Civic Center Park near the Colorado State Capitol.

>> Visit their site to register today

Drink Rino Battle of the Bands

Rino Battle of the Bands

Date: 10/15 from 12pm to 7pm

Location: Rackhouse Pub

Drink Rino craft brews as you watch your favorite brewmasters and other brewery staff fight for the title during this Battle of the Bands. That's right, the bands will be made up of the staff at Rino breweries. 

It's a fun way to learn more about their brews and see who performs the best on stage. Tickets include two beers and a chance to vote for your favorite brewery band. Doors open at 12pm. 

>> Pick up your tickets today on Eventbrite

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids season comes to a close in October. This month, you'll have two last chances of the season to see the team take the soccer field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, just 15 minutes from downtown. 

Before the games, head to Burgundy Boulevard, just south of the stadium, for some pre-game activities and live entertainment.

Oct. 7: FC Dallas

Oct. 15: Real Salt Lake

>> Find out more about the Colorado Rapids

Museums: Free Days & October Exhibits

Denver Art Museum

You don't have to break the bank during if you want to see the best Denver events in October. There are plenty of interesting free Denver events in October that you and your family will enjoy during your stay. Click the link for a full list of local attractions that offer free days this month.

>> Free attractions days in Denver in October

Top exhibit in October at the Denver Art Museum:

Opens Oct. 1: "Ganesha: The Playful Protector": will be on display from starting October 1.  This 29 inch cross-legged statue of Ganesha is over 1300 years old and will be accompanied by numerous other sculptures, paintings and textiles at this exhibit. Many of the pieces are on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia so this may be your only chance to see these pieces in your lifetime. It will be on display though October 2018.

Top exhibit in October at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science:

Opens Oct. 6: ULTIMATE DINOSAURS! Almost everyone knows about the big bad bully named T. Rex, however there are many other dinosaurs that aren't as well known throughout the world. And that is exactly what this exhibit is all about. You can walk around life sized fossils and experience what it would be like to be near these monsters of the past.

Denver Events in October at the Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

Some of the best fall Denver events in October are at both Botanic Gardens locations.

The Chatfield Farms location hosts two fun family events:

Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 13 - 15): Enjoy kids' activities, live music, craft booths, food trucks, pony rides, and hayrides.  

Corn Maze (Sept. 15 - Oct. 29): Wind you way through this eight-acre corn maze featuring life-size animal cutouts. Activities include hayrides, barrel train rides, pony rides, food vendors, a treehouse, a mini-maze for younger kids, and an evening haunted maze.

The York Street location also has a great fall event: 

Glow at the Gardens (Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26): Hundreds of carved pumpkins cast an eerie glow during this nighttime tour of the garden. There are also crafts, costume contests, and live music.

Beyond Denver


Head outside of Denver for more family fun this month. 

Aspen Film Festival (Oct. 3 - 8): Catch a documentary or narrative feature film at this year's Aspen Film Festival. The festival features award-worthy films that audiences will love and will be some of the first to see these independent shows.

Craft Spirits Festival (Oct. 20-22): Spend the weekend in Breckenridge sampling craft spirits. The event features small production distillers. You can also attend seminars and enjoy local gourmet goodies.

Munchkin Masquerade in Boulder (Oct. 31): Dress up the kids in their favorite princess, superhero, and ghoulish costumes for this fun event for those 12 and younger. Kids can trick-or-treat all along Pearl Street. 

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