Festivals in Denver in October 2017 include fun options for the kids, one of the biggest beer festivals in the US, and a large tattoo convention. From corn mazes to pumpkin patches, you'll find some fun ways to spend a crisp fall day here.
Apple cider is a traditional fall drink, but beer is always in season. This month, beer lovers can attend two big festivals devoted to their obsession: Denver Beer Fest and the Great American Beer Festival.
Beer isn't the only beverage that gets its own event. The morning favorite Bloody Mary gets her own showcase, too. If chocolate and chili (not together!) tempt your tastebuds, you'll also find events in their honor.
Read on for more fun things to do during your October stay in Denver.
Dates: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
Location: National Western Stock Show
You don't have to be inked to appreciate the incredible artwork at the Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo, one of the most interesting festivals in Denver in October. Everyone is welcome at this convention featuring more than 150 national, regional, and local tattoo artists.
Competitions are in 18 categories including Best Body Art, Tattoo Flash Contest, and Tattoo Art. Barbers and stylists will also compete for the title of Colorado's Best Barber.
There's plenty of entertainment, too: custom cars and motorcycles, concerts, DJs, graffiti demonstrations, lucha libre wrestling, burlesque, fashion shows, freak shows, and shopping.
Dates: Oct. 7 and 8
Location: Lakewood Heritage Center in Lakewood
The Cider Days Harvest Festival is a fall favorite that's a perfect outing for families. With plenty of activities, the kids will thank you for taking them. They can play at the bounce house, obstacle course, climbing wall, or take rides on burros, trains, and horse wagons. Plus there's magic, a trick pig show, balloon artists, face painting, and a petting zoo.
Adults will enjoy the tractor pulls, vintage power displays, historic demonstrations, square dancing, and bluegrass musicians.
But this festival is really about apples! Enter the apple bake-off or pie-eating contest, drink some apple ciders, and enjoy more than 25 hard ciders from all over the world.
Dates: 10/7 & 10/8
Location: Four Mile Historic Park
There's nothing like a crisp fall day, and going to the Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a great way to spend it.
Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, build a scarecrow, play pioneer games, and go on horse-drawn wagon rides. See how pioneer families lived by touring the Four Mile House Museum and watching historic demonstrations.
There are also musicians, vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden. It's one of the great festivals in Denver in October for the entire family.
Dates: Oct 1. - 30 (weekends only)
Location: Harvest Farm in Wellington
When it comes to fall in Wellington, the annual Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze should be at the top of your to-do list.
The main attraction is the 10-acre corn maze (there's a mini-maze for the kiddos), but there's also an interesting hay wagon tour of this 209-acre working farm.
Kids will love the pig races, petting zoo, rabbits, goats, bouldering wall, obstacle course, roping arena, and barn playhouse.
There's also an evening campfire, hay bale pyramid, and yard games such as bean-bag toss and horseshoes. And of course, you'll have to find the perfect pumpkin to take home — it wouldn't be fall without one!
Date: Oct. 4
Location: Larimer Social
You'll be thinking "What the Funk?" when you see all the national and international breweries specializing in barrel-aged alcohols. You can sample wild, sour, funky, boozy, and strong barrel brews from your limited-edition souvenir glass (included with your ticket).
Brewers from 18th Street Brewing, Ladyface Ale Companie, Verboten Brewing, and many more will be on hand to chat with. There are also opportunities to mingle with other beer aficionados.
A portion of proceeds go to Water for People, a nonprofit working to provide water and sanitation. It's another one of the must attend beer festivals in Denver in October.
Dates: Oct. 4 - 9
Location: International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management
At the annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, films by and about indigenous peoples are the focus.
Organized by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, a law and policy research institute, the festival's goal is to tell the story about the past, present, and future of indigenous peoples. Its hope is to communicate indigenous peoples' perspective of the world and how we're all interconnected.
The is one of the film festivals in Denver in October where filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their works.
Dates: Oct. 13 - 15
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield Farm in Littleton
This popular fall tradition at the Botanic Gardens location at Chatfield Farms is a must. Your family will have a blast scouring the 10-acre pumpkin patch for the perfect one to take home to carve.
The kiddos will also love the pony rides, horse-drawn hayrides, barrel train rides, carnival games, mini corn maze, and crafts
This is one of the festivals in Denver in October that offers you a chance to listen to live music, check out the antique tractor exhibit, try different beers and wine, and browse more than 30 craft and artisan vendors.
Date: Oct. 14
Location: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora
Denver is known for its beer festivals, but now chocolate lovers can indulge at one of the festivals in Denver in October dedicated to their favorite sweet treat.
In this 25,000 square-foot chocolate Utopia, you'll find chocolate-infused tea, wine, beer, and liquor, along with brownies, truffles, cakes, candy, cookies, cupcakes, fudge, toffee, dips, and spreads. More than 70 vendors will also have chocolate-themed gifts, holiday gifts, jewelry, and more. If it's chocolate, you'll find it here!
Activities include chocolate apple bobbing, a chocolate pudding-eating contest, happy hour, chocolate art, and chocolate pairings with wine, beer, and cider.
Date: Oct. 15
Location: South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
Historic South Pearl Street always has something going on, and this month it's a yummy chili cook off — a perfect way to get a little heat on a cool fall day.
Enter your own favorite recipe or just eat your way down South Pearl Street, sampling all the flavors. There will be red, green, white, and more chili varieties, plus beer to cool down the spice.
The event benefits the Forgotten Felines and Life Is Better rescue groups.
You can also stroll this charming tree-lined street and visit its many boutiques, local merchants, and night spots.
Date: Oct. 22
Location: EXDO Event Center
You'll be crying Bloody Mary at this event honoring the famous brunch cocktail. Local bars and restaurants will present their special mixes of this sinfully good drink. Guests will get to taste all the varieties and then vote for the one they like best.
Enjoy your cocktails while listening to bands and DJs, trying out food vendors, and learn different ways to make this popular drink. Bottoms up!