Denver Events in October 2019

HAlloween Activities, Sports, Festivals & More

Denver events in October 2019 include games by the Broncos, Avalanche, and the Nuggets. 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 "Don Quixote," or attend a production of the Broadway show "The Improvised Shakespeare Company."

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

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

Denver events in October

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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 Empower Field at Mile High, just west of downtown.

Sports fans can see two great Denver events in October during the Bronco's home games this month:

Sunday, 10/13: Tennessee Titans

Thursday, 10/17: Kansas City Chiefs

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.

Click the links below for ticketing information.

>> Get more details on the Denver Broncos

Great American Beer Festival

Great American Beer Festival

Dates: Thursday, 10/3 - Saturday, 10/5

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 Week

Denver Beer Fest

Dates: 9/27 - 10/5

Location: Denver metropolitan area

The end of September and the first week in October is a great time for beer lovers to visit Denver. No matter where you are in the Mile High City, you are bound to find a variety of beer-focused events (including the Great American Beer Festival at the convention center). You will definitely see the best our city has to offer, and you'll also taste just why Denver earned its reputation as a beer capital. 

These Denver events in October will be located at local restaurants, loads of breweries, tap houses and they will include not only brewery tours, but also specialty beer-paired dinners, the always fun firkin tappings, rare-beer tastings, and opportunities to meet brewers. You can also prove your knowledge about all things beer related at the beer trivia contests.

You will also want to make sure you check out the street party — there are delicious offerings from food trucks and you will be able to sample plenty varieties of fresh beer to wash them down.

Top Places to Stay

You will find a lot of great places to stay in Denver. Here are some of my top recommendations.

Downtown Denver | Near the Convention Center | Near the Pepsi Center | Airport Hotels

You will also find a great selection on Booking.com and through TripAdvisor. Click the links to learn more about each one.

Find top hotels and read dozens of recent guest reviews on Booking.com.

Compare prices and find some great deals on TripAdvisor.com.

Best of Broadway & Theater Shows

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Dates: Tuesday, 10/15 - Sunday, 3/22

Location: Garner Galleria Theatre

This show is unlike any show you've ever seen, or experienced, in your life. Why do I know this? Because this show is different every time that is performed. The premise is that a audience member throws out an idea for the title of a play, and then the actors build a full Shakespearean play around that idea!

So, not only are you going to be surprised by the performance, but so are the actors as they have no idea what you are going to suggest. Because of that, they have to improvise to make the play during the show. Performed in the beautiful Garner Galleria 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

Discounted Event & Activity Tickets for October

In addition to these great Denver events, you will also find some fun things to do at a discount. These are just a few of my favorites right now.

Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show: Most Saturday nights at 6pm, find tickets at a discount on Goldstar

Colorado Cannabis Tours: Spend a couple of hours on this cannabis tour around Denver, find tickets at a discount on Groupon

Halloween in Denver

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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.

Thursday, 10/3: Calgary Flames

Saturday, 10/5: Minnesota Wild

Thursday, 10/10: Boston Bruins

Saturday, 10/12: Arizona Coyotes

Saturday, 10/26: Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, 10/30: Florida Panthers

>> 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 season with an exceptional presentations of the classic "Don Quixote." Don Quixote, and his loyal sidekick Sancho Panchez, travel the countryside trying to find a heroic adventure that will lead to fame and fortune. Our plucky heroes meet gypsies, sword fights, and romance. The show has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Make sure to buy your tickets in advance so you can enjoy this funny, and inspiring ballet.  Don Quixote will be performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House from Friday, 10/4 until Sunday, 10/13. 

>> More on the ballet in Denver

Concerts & Live Music

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Big concerts in Denver in October include  Wu-Tang Clan headlining at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Phil Collins at The Pepsi Center. 

Other exciting shows this October include Jonas Brothers at the Pepsi Center, Tyler The Creator at Red Rocks and Twenty One Pilots 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

October Festivals in Denver

Choctoberfest

For those that want to check out a bit of fun, in a beautiful location, then Glow at the Gardens at the Denver Botanical Gardens is a must. If you want to see art that is all about native peoples, then the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival is where you'll learn about the world's indigenous peoples. 

Chocoholics can indulge at Choctoberfest and exotic drink lovers will want to check out The Bloody Mary Festival.

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

>> Find out about more festivals in October

BEETHOVEN & BREWS WITH THE SYMPHONY

Denver Symphony

DateWednesday, 10/23 at 6:30

LocationBlue Moon Brewing Company - RiNo at 3750 Chestnut Street

Beethoven & Brews is a partnership with the Colorado Symphony and breweries, liquor stores, and distilleries from around the state. This is a regular fundraising event for the symphony where guests enjoy four-ounce beer samples, appetizers, and music performed by a small ensemble from the symphony. 

Blue Moon Brewing Company in RiNo hosts the December event, which includes a holiday sweater contest.

>> Get more details on this and other Denver Symphony events

Comedy Shows in October

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Get ready to laugh in at these hilarious Denver events in October — some great performers bring their comedy acts to town this month. 

On Friday, October 4th, George Lopez has two different shows on the same night. The stand up comedian hits Denver with his "George Lopez Live" tour and is known for bringing down the house. His comedy ranges from his Latin upbringing to politics to anything you can imagine.

On Saturday, October 12th, Joey Diaz comes to the Mile High City for one performance only. He is well known for his role on My Name is Earl, Taxi and The Longest Yard. If you haven't seen his stand-up, you are in for a treat. 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

Dates: 10/17 (pre-season), 10/25, 10/29

Location: The Pepsi Center

The Denver Nuggets have their first pre-season game this month October. They have a handful of 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 Portland Trailblazers, Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Mavericks.

>> Get more info on the Denver Nuggets

Humana Rock N' Roll

Transamerica Rock N Roll

Dates: Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th

Location: Civic Center Park

One of the biggest road races this month in Denver is the Humana Rock 'n' Roll Denver. The event runs for two 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: TBD from 12 pm to 7 pm

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 12 pm noon. 

Museums: Free Days & October Exhibits

Denver Art Museum

You don't have to break the bank this month 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 Monday, 10/21: "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature." With more than 125 paintings by Monet, the Denver Art Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. This exhibition will focus on his his love of nature, and lack of human presence, as he painted water lilies, haystacks, and much more from different perspectives depending on his mood and viewpoint. Museums from all over the world have loaned paintings so that this retrospective will be unlike anything else ever before.

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

Opens Friday, 10/11: "The Science behind Pixar." Kids of all ages will want to see this incredible exhibit that focuses on everything relating to the world created by Pixar Animation. This interactive exhibit will allow you to play with, learn about, and see how movies are made using animation and imagination. You will be able to meet some of your favorite Pixar characters face-to-face as recreations and do other activities such as building your own WALL-E robot and do much more!

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 and the York Street location has one also.

Pumpkin Festival: (Friday, 10/11 - Sunday, 10/13): Enjoy kids' activities, live music, craft booths, food trucks, pony rides, and hayrides.  From 9 am to 5 pm each day.

Corn Maze: (Friday, 10/20 - Sunday, 10/27): 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.

Glow at the Gardens: (Monday, 10/21 - Friday, 10/25):  Enjoy hundreds of carved pumpkins as they cast an eerie glow during this nighttime tour of the garden. There are also crafts, costume contests, and live music. NOTE: This event is at the York Street location of the Botanical Gardens.

Beyond Denver

Oktoberfest

Head outside of Denver for more family fun this month. 

Craft Spirits Festival (Breckenridge), Friday, 10/18 - Sunday, 10/20: 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 (Downtown Boulder), Thursday 10/31: 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. The event starts at 3 pm and ends at 6 pm.


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