Denver. This major crossroads of the West offers a variety of activities urban and in the great outdoors, owing to its formidable presence in the industry and the arts and its proximity to the Rockies. Snowboarding, nature hikes, art exhibitions, concerts, food festivals, and foot races are just some of the activities you can find here during the Denver autumntime. So whether you’re planning a visit, returning home to see friends and family, or a local looking for things to do around home, read on for some of our favorite autumn events and festivals here around the mile-high city.
13th Floor Haunted House
Entertaining (and frightening!) the Denver area with a thrillingly scary selection of new horror experiences each year, we couldn’t talk about autumn in Denver without mentioning this attraction. Every autumn, the 13th Floor Haunted House and its team of skilled makeup artists, lighting experts, sound design specialists, actors, and animatronics deliver innovative and adrenaline-filled trips through some of the most (in)famous icons of Halloween and horror. Some of the terrifying exhibits in 13th Floor Denver’s history include Vampires vs Werewolves, Escaped Zombies, Killer Clowns, and Enraged Mummies. Aside from the scares, there’s even more at 13th Floor, including Axe Throwing, two bars, and the unique game of Football Bowling! Bring the brave to enjoy this blood-pumping highlight of Denver’s autumn.
A Taste of Colorado
This is a delicious way to enjoy Denver’s strong sense of community when restaurants, vendors, musicians, artists, performers, and neighbors take to the streets to enjoy live music, crafts, and most importantly, all of Denver’s gastronomic talent. From bibimbap to cerveza, tacos, messy fries, and more, visitors are spoiled with options as Denver’s restaurants and chefs compete for the hearts and stomachs of nearly half a million attendees. Aside from the food, multiple stages feature live bands local and from far in a variety of genres, while shoppers can browse and support local craftsmen and artists. For a mouthwatering and fun day outside with the city of Denver, take everyone to A Taste of Colorado.
At Denver Christkindlmarket, visitors can celebrate the holiday season with a festive, Central European flare among Schnaps, baked goods, intricate souvenirs, live music, and unique experiences all in a charming open-air market. Groups, families, couples and solo travelers alike will all delight in the variety and lights during this event. Community-oriented events such as the Ugly Sweater parties and hymns are great for those who want to participate, while Polka concerts, an appearance by The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, (and Krampus, beware) are all things visitors should look out for. Looking for something to take home? Shop ornaments, Andean fleece wares, Russian dolls, and a rotating cast of interesting items, or local wines and various kinds of honey. Roasted nuts, chocolates, strudels, and pierogies are also just some of the tasty options for dining when attending, so don’t worry about planning for meals with so many great choices on location!
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