|Denver offers an appealing combination of big city amenities and easy access to natural attractions. It has the kind of sophisticated dining and arts scene you would expect from a major U.S. city, yet there are also many wonderful parks and cycling trails, and the Rocky Mountains are only a short drive away. Fall is one of the best times of year to visit Denver, offering cooler temperatures, fewer tourist crowds, and some of the city’s best annual events. Here are a few activities not to miss in the Mile High City this fall.
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Sample Suds at the Denver Beer Fest
Colorado is home to more microbreweries than any other U.S. state, so sampling a few local brews is a must-do for beer-lovers visiting Denver. The city’s most famous beer celebration is the Great American Beer Festival, but tickets for this world-renowned event sell out months in advance.
While you may not be able to score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, you can still celebrate all things beer at the Denver Beer Fest. Held for nine days in late September and early October, this festival features various beer events hosted at breweries, tap houses, and restaurants across the city. Tastings, brewery tours, beer-paired dinners, and brewer competitions are just some of the activities you can enjoy at this lively celebration.
Get Cultured at Denver Arts Week
Held every November, Denver Arts Week highlights the city’s thriving visual and performing arts scene. Dozens of galleries host art sales, workshops, and artist meet-and-greets, while participation in theaters and performing arts centers comes with discounted ticket prices. As part of the Saturday Night at the Museums program, many of the city’s top museums, including the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, offer free admission and extended hours. Denver Arts Week is a prime time to score deals on hotels in Denver, with many local venues featuring special low rates during the event.
Find the Perfect Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Fest
Nothing quite says autumn like choosing the perfect pumpkin to bake into a delicious pie or carve into a Jack–o’–lantern. Held at the Denver Botanic Garden at Chatfield in early October each year, the Pumpkin Fest features tons of family friendly activities, live music, and thousands of ready-to-buy pumpkins. Visitors can pick a pumpkin from the garden’s 10-acre pumpkin patch, and then leave it at the “pumpkin daycare” while they enjoy the festival.
Admire the Changing Leaf Colors
The leaves typically begin to change color in downtown Denver between early October and mid-November. Check out the bright yellow aspen trees lining the streets of the Park Hill neighborhood, or admire the fall scenery in one of the city’s 200 parks. If you feel like getting a little more active, see the leaf colors while riding along the 40-mile Cherry Creek Bike Trail, which runs from downtown Denver to Cherry Creek State Park. With five different climate zones found within a two-hour drive of Denver, it’s possible to enjoy colorful fall foliage throughout almost all the autumn season.
Don’t miss these fantastic activities during your trip to Denver this fall.