Upcoming Fall Festivals in Colorado (2022)

Upcoming Fall Festivals in Colorado (1)
Elk Fest in Estes Park, CO. Photo: coloradotravelingducks.com

By //byMatt Thomas

With the leaves already changing, another fun Colorado fall kicks off! The season runs from the Autumn Equinox on Tuesday, September 22nd, to Monday, December 21st, 2021, the day before the Winter Solstice.

Autumn is full of exciting festivals in Colorado, toasting an end to summer and welcoming the cooler fall weather. Aspens transition to shades of red and the beer gets darker. Rafts are traded for snow tubes and hiking boots for ski boots. It’s an exciting time in the Centennial State!

2022 Annual Colorado Fall Festivals

A slew of Colorado Oktoberfests kicked off at the end of August and run through mid-October. These are just a few of the libation-filled festivals to warm you up. There’s also the Great American Beer Fest, Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, and Denver International Wine Festival.

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Festivals in September

Vail Film Festival

  • Date: Thur-Sun, September 22 – 25, 2022
  • Address: Vail
  • About: An annual 4-day film festival showcasing independent movies and screenplays.

  • Date: Fri-Sun, September 23-25, 2022
  • Address: Pueblo
  • About: Annual three-day pepper party held the third weekend after Labor Day. Farmers sell more than 50,000 pounds of peppers, including the Mirasol, a native to the Pueblo region.

  • Date: Sat, September 24, 2022
  • Address: Colorado Springs
  • About: Annual beer and whiskey festival held at the 4-star Antlers Hotel in downtown COS.

Sundown Colorado

  • Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • Address: Quad at Auraria Campus, Denver
  • About: Denver’s first sober music festival that focuses on mindfulness, wellness, and connecting to each other through music.

Pikes Peak Regional Air Show

  • Date: Sat-Sun, September 24-25, 2022
  • Address: Colorado Springs
  • About: The Pikes Peak Regional Air Show is a must-attend event for those who love military planes. Featuring live demonstrations, WWII Flying Warbirds, and a kids’ zone, this two-day event is meant for those who love air shows.

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering

  • Date: Thur-Sun, September 29 – October 2, 2022
  • Address: Durango
  • About: Celebrate the rich history of the American cowboy, with live performances, poets, and musicians, now in its 34th year.

Handmade In Colorado Expo: Fillmore Plaza

  • Date: Fri-Sun, September 30 – October 2, 2022
  • Address: Fillmore Plaza, Cheery Creek, Denver
  • About: 15th annual art event held over three weekends at three different venues showcasing various creations from Colorado artists.

Parker Oktoberfest

  • Date: TBD 2022
  • Address: O’Brien Park, Parker
  • About: 14th annual event with German music, dancers, Biergarten with three Paulaner beers, Miss Oktoberfest contest, and an obstacle course, bungee tramp & a slide for kids.

Aspen Filmfest

  • Date: TBD 2022
  • Address: Aspen
  • About: Aspen Film’s flagship event, the 41st annual Filmfest, showcasing narrative and documentary features, along with international independent films.

Festivals in October

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering

  • Date: Thur-Sun, September 29 – October 2, 2022
  • Address: Durango
  • About: Celebrate the rich history of the American cowboy, with live performances, poets, and musicians, now in its 32nd year.

Handmade In Colorado Expo

  • Date: Fri-Sun, September 30 – October 2, 2022
  • Address: Fillmore Plaza, Cheery Creek, Denver
  • About: 15th annual art event held over three weekends at three different venues showcasing various creations from Colorado artists.

Elk Fest

  • Date: Sat-Sun, October 1-2, 2022
  • Address: Bond Park, Estes Park
  • About: Fall festival celebrating the annual elk “rut”. Events include a Mountain Man Rendezvous, Native American music and dancing, a bugling contest, elk seminars, and exhibits, as well as food and craft vendors. There’s also an elk-viewing bus.

​Great American Beer Festival

  • Date: Thur-Sat, October 6-8, 2022
  • Address: Convention Center, Denver
  • About: Now in its 40th year, GABF is one of the largest beer festivals in the US, with four sessions to choose from, and over 3500 beers.

Mile High Horror Film Festival

  • Date: Thur-Wed, October 6-12, 2022
  • Address: Denver
  • About: Every autumn, the Mile High Horror Film Festival descends on Coloradans eager to get their fair share of scares. Back for its 13th year, this annual event has attracted notable attendees like Jack Black and Linda Blair.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

  • Date: Fri-Sun, October 7-9, 2022
  • Address: Breckenridge
  • About: For the 10th year enjoy live music, regional liquor, and food. Events include Poker Run, Historic Saloon Walking Tour, Breckenridge Distillery Tours, Honey Gitter’s live show at the historic Gold Pan Saloon, and Hangover Brunch.

Telluride Horror Show

  • Date: Fri-Sun, October 14-16, 2022
  • Address: Nugget Theatre, Telluride
  • About: The 13th annual 3-day Telluride Horror Show is the state’s spookiest and largest horror film festival boasting plenty of films to scare your pants off.

  • Date: Sat, October 29, 2022
  • Address: Manitou Springs
  • About: Starting with a parade through town, the annual coffin races are formed of teams of four pallbearers and one “Emma”. The races have been covered nationally by the Travel Channel and are usually held on the last Saturday in October.

Bloody Mary Festival

  • Date: Sun, October 30, 2022
  • Address: EXDO Event Center, Denver
  • About: The 6th Annual Bloody Mary Festival is the largest event of its kind, boasting a range of unique and tantalizing Bloody Marys as well as plenty of food and beverages.

  • Date: TBD 2022
  • Address: Golden
  • About: Annual chili competition featuring bottomless craft beer and chili tastings.

Festivals in November

Denver Film Festival

  • Date: Wed-Sun, November 3-14, 2021
  • Address: Denver and Colorado Springs
  • About: Back for its 44th year, the Denver Film Festival showcases hundreds of full-length films, music videos, and shorts at multiple locations across the city.

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show

  • Date: Fri-Sun, November 5-7 & 19-21, 2021
  • Address: Denver and Colorado Springs
  • About: This Christmas-themed event is held over two weekends, the first of which is at the Denver Mart and the second at the Colorado Springs Event Center. Explore the more than 450 and 250 booths, respectively, of arts, crafts, and gifts from local vendors. Santa will be on-site at both locations, so bring the kids!

Warren Miller Film Tour

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, November 18-22, 2021
  • Address: Denver (multiple showings across Colorado)
  • About: An annual film tour following skiers and snowboarders and they take on the snow. From backyard hills to mega mountains, this tour kicks off the winter season with a bang!

Denver Christkindl Market

  • Date: Friday-Wednesday, November 19-December 23, 2021
  • Address: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
  • About: 20th year for the month-long Christkindl Market in downtown Denver. Experience old German tradition with authentic cuisine, live music, holiday drinks, and an artisan marketplace.

All Colorado Beer Festival

  • Date: TBD November 2021
  • Address: Colorado Springs
  • About: 13th annual big beer festival that raised $70,000 for charities at a previous year’s event. It features more than 80 Colorado brewers.

Evergreen Winterfest

  • Date: TBD November 2021
  • Address: Evergreen
  • About: Community arts festival showcasing handmade gifts along “Main Street” inside Evergreen High School.

Denver International Wine Festival

  • Date: Wed-Fri, November TBD 2021
  • Address: Denver Marriott Westminster
  • About: 16th annual celebration of international food and wine.

Festivals in December

Denver Christkindl Market

  • Date: Friday-Wednesday, November19-December 23, 2021
  • Address: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
  • About: 20th year for the month-long Christkindl Market in downtown Denver. Experience old German tradition with authentic cuisine, live music, holiday drinks, and an artisan marketplace.

Noel Night

  • Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Address: Durango
  • About: The largest shopping night of the year in Durango full of music, treats, decorations, and holiday festivities.

  • Date: Sat, December 4, 2021
  • Address: Breckenridge
  • About: Kick-off December with the family by participating in this holiday event. Watch the town light up as hundreds of Santas run through the streets.

Georgetown Christmas Market

  • Date: Saturday-Sunday, December 4-5, 2021 and December 11-12, 2021
  • Address: 6th Street, Georgetown
  • About: 61st annual Christmas Market is held on the first two Saturdays and Sundays in December. Celebrations include an outdoor European marketplace, holiday entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, Saint Nicholas, Christmas museum tours, high tea at Grace Hall, wassail crawl, hot roasted chestnuts, and Santa Lucia Children’s Procession.

Dillon Ice Castles

  • Date: PENDING – PROBABLY NOT RETURNING FOR THE 2021-22 WINTER SEASON
  • Address: Dillon Town Park, 120 Buffalo Street, Dillon
  • About: Professional ice artists create dazzling displays every winter in Dillon. It’s lit up at night for a spectacular attraction in popular Summit County. It’s held all winter long, cold weather pending.

Ullr Fest

  • Date: Wed-Sat, December 8-17, 2021
  • Address: Breckenridge
  • About: Festival celebrating the winter god of Norse mythology, now in its 58th year. Shenanigans include frying pans, Viking hats, “Ullympic” competitions and a floats parade.

​Vail Snow Days

  • Date: Thursday-Sunday, December 2-5, 2021
  • Address: Vail
  • About: Vail Snow Days kickoffs their 15th winter season at Vail, featuring live concerts from top performers.

Thanks for checking out some of the great fall festivals in Colorado! Enjoy the good times and the changing of seasons.

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What is there to do in Colorado in late October? ›

Things to do in October in Colorado
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  • The Georgetown Loop Railroad.
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What is there to do in Denver in fall 2021? ›

Outdoor Fun
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  • Garden of the Gods.

Is Colorado fun in the fall? ›

Fall is a fabulous time to visit Colorado, with frequent bright blue skies, crisp air, and countless fall festivals to enjoy. If you'll be in the Rocky Mountain State in autumn, here are some of the most memorable things you can do while there.

What is there to do in Denver in the fall? ›

PSST… 14 Things You Should Do This Fall in and Around Denver
  • Go Pumpkin Picking.
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  • Attend a Socially Distanced Fall Festival.
  • Take a Stroll Through a Cemetery.
  • Get Seasonal Produce at a Farmers' Market.
  • Happy Fall!
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Is October a good time to go to Colorado? ›

Typically speaking, April and May and then October through mid-December will be your least crowded months in Colorado, as visitors often aim for the warmth and accessibility of summer or the powdery snow of winter.

Is Colorado a good place to go in October? ›

October is without a doubt the epitome of the Fall season in Colorado. The weather is cool, clear and dry and the trees are bursting with red, orange and yellow colored leaves. Visitors will love the full splendor of Autumn, as well as the many activities going on throughout the state this month.

What is there to do in Colorado for Fall break? ›

Best Things to do During Fall in Colorado
  • #1 Take a Scenic Drive.
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  • #4 Oktoberfest. ...
  • #5 Visit a pumpkin patch & Fall Festival. ...
  • #6 Hot Springs. ...
  • #7 Romantic weekend getaway.

Is October a good time to visit Denver? ›

The best times to visit Denver are April through May and September through October. The city's shoulder seasons are characterized by comfortable temperatures, fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices than the summer high season.

What is Colorado like in October? ›

Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 73°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 45°F or exceeding 84°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 46°F to 36°F, rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 55°F.

What is fall like in Colorado? ›

Colorado has plenty of sunshine year round, but fall feels like the perfect time to enjoy it. The temperatures are milder and the air feels crisp, making fall a great time to go for a hike. (Or a ride, or a walk, or a drive.) Bonus: almost no impromptu storms.

Is there snow in Colorado in October? ›

October is the first month it typically snows. Throughout October, in the average 2.8 snowfall days, it receives 4.02" (102mm) of snow. In Denver, during the entire year, snow falls for 43.5 days and aggregates up to 35.67" (906mm) of snow.

When should I visit Colorado in the fall? ›

If you live in Colorado or happen to be visiting in late September or early to mid-October, you're in luck! There are so many places to visit and it offers some of the best fall foliage around. Here's where you can find the most gorgeous spots to view autumn colors throughout Colorado.

What should I wear in Denver in the fall? ›

Spring/Fall: T-shirts, rain jacket, light fleece, jeans and shorts. Summer: Light jacket, T-shirt or tank top, shorts, jeans, hiking pants, swimsuit and warm clothing for camping.

How many days do you need to see Denver? ›

but Denver has so much to offer a visitor. Especially a visitor who, like me, loves good beer and outdoor adventures. You should definitely visit Denver, and 3 days in Denver is the perfect taster.

Is Denver or Colorado Springs better to visit? ›

U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado Springs as the second-best place to live in 2018, and the most desirable city in the country. Meanwhile, Denver was ranked as the third-best place to live and barely squeaked into the top ten for desirability.

What is peak season in Colorado? ›

The busiest peak season in Colorado is from mid-June through August. Most people are on their summer vacations and top places to visit in Colorado such as Rocky Mountain National Park and Glenwood Springs are packed with tourists. This is also a popular time to head out on a Colorado road trip.

Is there snow in Denver Colorado in October? ›

An average October in Denver sees 4.1 inches of snowfall.

How long is fall in Denver? ›

Fall in Colorado typically runs in September and early October above 8,500 feet in elevation (that is, in the mountains), and from late September to early November below 8,500 feet.

What is Ouray Colorado known for? ›

Known as the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray, Colorado is a beautiful mountain town surrounded by rugged canyons and the unparalleled beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Located in Southwestern Colorado, Ouray is famous for its hot springs, outdoor activities, and its historic charming downtown.

Is there fall in Denver? ›

Denver has one of the longest periods of fall colors of any city in the country. That's because there are five different climate zones within a two-hour drive of downtown Denver. Pick your elevation and you can find yourself at the height of fall colors from mid-September to mid-November.

How is Colorado in September? ›

Daily high temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 84°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 92°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 11°F, from 57°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 38°F or exceeding 64°F.

Is Denver a safe city? ›

Denver is a generally safe location for travel, although travelers should be aware of somehwat elevated risks of car theft and property crime. In 2021, Denver had the highest number of car thefts per 100,000 residents among seventeen major cities.

Is Denver expensive to visit? ›

You should plan to spend around $174 per day on your vacation in Denver, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $34 on meals for one day and $81 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Denver for a couple is $139.

What is Colorado like in November? ›

Daily high temperatures decrease by 11°F, from 61°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 74°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 36°F to 27°F, rarely falling below 14°F or exceeding 46°F.

Is October a good time to go to Denver? ›

The best times to visit Denver are April through May and September through October. The city's shoulder seasons are characterized by comfortable temperatures, fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices than the summer high season.

What is Colorado like in October? ›

Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 73°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 45°F or exceeding 84°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 46°F to 36°F, rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 55°F.

Is there snow in Colorado in October? ›

October is the first month it typically snows. Throughout October, in the average 2.8 snowfall days, it receives 4.02" (102mm) of snow. In Denver, during the entire year, snow falls for 43.5 days and aggregates up to 35.67" (906mm) of snow.

Is it cold in October in Colorado? ›

Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 70°F to 59°F, rarely falling below 44°F or exceeding 80°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 44°F to 34°F, rarely falling below 23°F or exceeding 52°F.

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