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Psst… Fall, Pumpkin and Harvest Festivals 2017 Colorado

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FALL, PUMPKIN & HARVEST FESTIVALS 2017 COLORADO

Festivals listed in chronological order

SEPTEMBER

ARVADA HARVEST FESTIVAL AND PARADE
Arvada Harvest Festival & Parade | The Denver Ear

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When: September 8 – 10, 2017

Where: Historic Olde Town Arvada, 7307 Grandview Ave, Arvada, CO 80002

Time: Friday 5pm – 10:30pm; Saturday 8am – 9:30pm; Sunday 9am – 1pm

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Cost: Free

The Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade commemorate the hearty history of the once primarily farming community of Arvada, Colorado. It is the second longest continuously running festival in Colorado. The festival will include events such as the Harvest Run, Parade, a Garden Harvest Contest, a Food Fair, live music and more.

DOWNTOWN BOULDER FALL FEST
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Downtown Boulder

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Pearl St & 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday 5pm – 10pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

The 30th Annual Downtown Boulder Fall Fest is a three-day fall festival that features arts & crafts, a wide range of musical performances, a large beer garden with brews from local breweries, children’s activities, and more. Additionally, this year, Fall Fest will feature Firefly Handmade Market, the premier, handmade-only indie artisan market on the Front Range.

CHERRYARTS FESTIVAL AT STANLEY
CherryArts Festival at Stanley Marketplace | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Randy Moore. Photograph courtesy of ©CherryArts Festival at Stanley

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010

Time: Friday 4pm – 7pm; Saturday 10am – 7pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free; Art Brunch $25 – $45

Purchase Tickets to Art Brunch Online

CherryArts Festival at Stanley, produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, will take place at Stanley Marketplace, and will feature national art and local flavor. The Festival will include a national juried art show with nearly 100 exhibiting artists in 13 categories, live music, food & drinks, and more.

The Festival will also feature all-new ticketed Art Brunch on Sunday, where you can create take home art activities during the brunch, with proceeds benefiting CherryArts’ nonprofit mission of providing access to art experiences and support arts education in local schools.

1830S RENDEZVOUS
1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Tesoro Cultural Center

When: September 16 – 17, 2017

Where: The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: $5 Adults; Free for Children 12 & Under

The 1830s Rendezvous, produced by Tesoro Cultural Center, is a day in the Old West.

Historical interpreters will demonstrate their wares, like trade silver, moccasins, beaver skin hats and buckskin period dress. They will walk guests through day-to-day skills from the 1830s, such as brain-tanning, primitive fire building, rope braiding, blacksmithing and scrimshaw. Oral history and music were very important to the culture of this era, and will fill the courtyard of The Fort, transporting guests back in time.

FALL FEST AT ANDERSON FARMS
Anderson Farms | The Denver Ear

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When: September 20 – October 31, 2017

Where: Anderson Farms, 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516

Cost: $10 – $16; Free for Children 3 & Under

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Anderson Farms is the home of Colorado’s longest-running Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch features  30 acres of pumpkins and over 70 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, and you can take a wagon ride out to the Pumpkin Patch on a wagon pulled by an antique Oliver tractor.

Race your friends around the track on their man powered go karts, mine for gemstones and fossils, ride the Mine Cars, the Barrel Train, lose yourself in the “Krazy” Rainbow Maze, explore Tire Mountain, “Fort A-Lot-A Fun”, “Punchin’ Pumpkins”, Farm Lights, pet farm animals, and more.

PAONIA’S MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Mountain Harvest Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Mountain Harvest Festival

When: September 21 – 24, 2017

Where: Paonia Park, Paonia, CO 81428

Time: Thursday 12pm – 9pm; Friday 12pm – Late Night; Saturday 9am – 1am; Sunday 9am – 6pm

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Cost: Free

The 17th Annual Mountain Harvest Festival is a non-profit, four-day festival held in Paonia that is community-organized and seeks to benefit the local economy by providing entertainment by local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians and dramatists.

This family-friendly festival also includes a chili cook-off, arts, crafts, kids area, grape stomp, harvest market, farmers’ market, and live music all weekend.

FRUITA FALL FESTIVAL
Fruita Fall Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Fruita Fall Festival

When: September 22 – 24, 2017

Where: 432 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, CO 81521

Time: Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday 7am – 8pm; Sunday 11am – 3pm

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Cost: Free

Fruita Fall Festival is a three-day event with over 125 vendors selling their arts, crafts, and foods to a crowd of 50,000-plus. The weekend is filled with events for all ages such a golf tournament, carnival, live music performances, cooking contest, street dancing and more. This 100-year-old festival is one of Colorado’s longest running festivals.

MORRISON CIDERFEST
Morrison Ciderfest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Morrison Ciderfest

When: September 23, 2017

Where: Bear Creek Center, 150 Spring St, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 10am – Dark; Hay & Pony Rides 11am – 3pm

Cost: Free

Morrison Ciderfest is a cider festival that has been around since 1989. This festival encourages families to sip from steaming mugs together and partake in fun and family-friendly activities.

At the festival you can expect to enjoy cider presses, a custom car show, kids area with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts exhibits, a silent auction, a horseshoe tournament, live music, food vendors and more.

MAIZE IN THE CITY FARM FESTIVAL
Maize in the City | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Maize in the City

When: September 29 – October 31, 2017

Where: 10270 Riverdale Rd, Thornton, CO 80229

Cost: $9 – $12; Pumpkin Field + Kids Attraction: Free

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Maize in the City is hosting over a month-long fall festival which will include the Crazed Corn Maze, a mini maze, a pumpkin field, pony rides, petting zoo, jumping castles, air slides and sand art, among other attractions for the whole family.

The Crazed Corn Maze is a 20-acre maze that is fun for all ages. While visitors navigate their way through the cornfield, they are invited to engage in the one-of-a-kind smart phone trivia game. Choose a category or enter unique questions; each correct answer provides directions to the next checkpoint.

The Mini Maze is a smaller maze perfect for young children. With paper checkpoints, children will collect hole punches as they navigate through the maze. Parents and grandparents are welcome to accompany their children through this maze for free.

Visitors are welcome to explore the pumpkin field and choose from the pumpkin options on site.

JARED’S GIANT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AND WEIGH-OFF

When: September 30, 2017

Where: Jared’s Nursery Gift & Garden Center, 10500 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80127

Cost: Free

The 12th Annual Jared’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off is the largest pumpkin weigh off in the state of Colorado. The festival will include a 100′ pumpkin drop off, a half ton pumpkin weigh off, live music, beer, food vendors, a straw maze, inflatable games for kids and adults, and over $5,000 of prizes awarded to attendees.

OCTOBER

HARVEST FARM FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE 
Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maize | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Harvest Farm

When: Fridays through Sundays; September 30 – October 29, 2017

Where: Harvest Farm, 4240 E Co Rd 66, Wellington, CO 80549

Time: Friday & Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Cost: $10 – $15; Free for Children 3 & Under

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Denver Rescue Mission’s 15th Annual Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze will include activities such as a 10-acre corn maze, corn cannons, yard games, food trucks, natural play areas, petting zoo, pig races, hay wagon rides and much more.

HARVEST FEST AT MAY FARMS
Harvest Fest at May Farms | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©May Farms

When: Saturdays & Sundays; September 30 – October 29, 2017

Where: May Farms, 64001 US-36, Byers, CO 80103

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: $10; Free for Children 5 & Under

May Farms‘ annual Harvest Fest will feature unlimited barrel train rides, unlimited hay rides, an unlimited walk in their corn maze, shots from their Pumpkin Cannon, lawn and playground activities a barnyard, and more

ESTES PARK ELK FEST
Elk Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Estes Park

When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Where: Bond Park, MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Cost: Free

The 19th Annual Elk Fest in Estes Park is free festival featuring bugling contests, Cabela’s Archery Range, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, self guided elk tour maps, a children’s’ area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden.

Elk Fest will also include live country, rock and bluegrass music, an annual Rut Run 5k and vendors displaying artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and distinctive elk cuisine.

BALISTRERI VINEYARDS HARVEST PARTY
Balistreri Vineyards Harvest Party | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Balistreri Vineyards

When: October 1, 2017

Where: Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 E 66th Ave, Denver, CO 80229

Time: 12pm – 5pm; Children’s Grape Stomping 2pm

Cost: $70

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Balistreri Vineyards are hosting their Annual Harvest Party which includes a complimentary children’s grape stomping, tasting of Balistreri Wine releases along with a variety of antipasti, artisan cheeses, wood fired pizza, pig roast and desserts all while listening to live music.

PUNKIN CHUNKIN COLORADO
Punkin Chunkin Colorado | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space

When: October 6 – 8, 2017

Where: Arapahoe Park Racetrack, 26000 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO 80016

Cost: $5 – $12; Free for Children 4 & Under

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The 20th annual Punkin Chunkin Colorado, Presented by Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space, is a fun weekend that engages the energy and ingenuity of youth and adults.

In addition to the competition, the event offers an exciting fall festival: family activities, pumpkin patch, live music, food vendors, a beer garden and a live evening concert.

FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK’S PUMPKIN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Four Mile Historic Park Pumpkin Harvest Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Four Mile Historic Park

When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free

Four Mile Historic Park‘s Pumpkin Harvest Festival is an ‘old-time’ fall festival featuring activities such as building your own scarecrow, selecting the perfect pumpkin from the patch, dancing to live music, playing pioneer games, and more. Historic demonstrations and tours of the Four Mile House Museum will highlight how families lived and prepared for the season during the late 1800s with horse-drawn wagon rides, food vendors and a beer garden.

LAKEWOOD’S CIDER DAYS
Cider Days 2016 | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Lakewood Cultural Center

When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80226

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: $5 – $30

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Cider Days celebrates the City of Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats. Cider Days offers fun for the entire family, and will include tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides, historic demonstrations as well as a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors.

A Cider Days festival wouldn’t be complete without everything apple: including apple pressing, apple cider by the glass or gallon, an apple bake-off and more.

REYNOLDS RANCH HARVEST FESTIVAL
Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Western Museum of Mining and Industry

When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: $5

Carve out a little time and harvest some family fun at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry this fall at their Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival!

Celebrate the season, enjoy the cool weather, and grow your farming spirit with activities for the whole family; from a pumpkin patch, hay rides, antique tractors, face painting and farmers market, to children’s games, “Spooky Histories”, gold and gem panning and more in the museum’s exhibit building and 27-acre grounds!

HISTORIC OLDE TOWN ARVADA’S FESTIVAL OF SCARECROWS
Festival of Scarecrows | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Historic Olde Town Arvada

When: October 7, 2017

Where: Historic Olde Town Arvada Square, 7525 W 57th Ave, Arvada, CO 80002

Cost: Free

The 21st annual Festival of Scarecrows, Presented by Historic Olde Town Arvada, will transform Olde Town Arvada’s town square into a pumpkin patch filled with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes.

Bring costumed kids for the parade, enjoy a free hayride, navigate the corn maze, check out the giant pumpkins from the Arvada Gardeners, find a perfect pumpkin and be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow, the winners will receive prizes.

CEDAREDGE APPLEFEST
Cedaredge AppleFest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce

When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Cedaredge Town Park, 350-398 SW 2nd Ave, Cedaredge, CO 81413

Cost: Free

Cedaredge AppleFest is nearly a 40-year-old tradition and honors Cedaredge’s apple harvest season. AppleFest features mouth-watering varieties  of apples, over 150 booths, a Classic Car & Antique Tractor Show, a Motorcycle ShowChili Cook Off, Golden Gala Dance, 5K run, live music, and family-friendly activities.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS AT CHATFIELD’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Denver Botanic Gardens Pumpkin Festival | The Denver Ear

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When: October 13 – 15, 2017

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

Cost: $4 – $8; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens’ Pumpkin Festival features a variety of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. The festival features a massive pumpkin patch, corn maze, family and children’s activities, live music, over 30 local craft and artisan booths, and food, beer and wine vendors.

FALL FESTIVAL AT 17 MILE HOUSE
Fall Festival at 17 Mile House | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Mike Macey

When: October 14, 2017

Where: 17 Mile House Farm Park, 8181 S Parker Rd, Centennial, CO 80112

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free

Step back in time and celebrate a piece of Colorado’s history during the free Fall Festival, hosted by Arapahoe County and held outside at the 150-year old 17 Mile House.

Pick out and purchase your favorite pumpkin and take a scenic hayride. Take a turn milking Bessie the Cow and visit her barnyard friends in the petting farm. Enjoy breakfast or lunch from some of Denver’s hottest food trucks. Try your hand at gold panning, learn more about the fine art of blacksmithing, tour the farmhouse, meet a local beekeeper and more.

The festival will also include live music by local bands, and local historians will be on-site to give guided tours and talk about the history of the property and its significance to the Old West.

ACES HARVEST PARTY
ACES Harvest Party | The Denver Ear

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When: October 14, 2017

Where: Rock Bottom Ranch, 2001 Hooks Spur Rd, Basalt, CO 81621

Time: 12pm – 4pm

Cost: Adults $20, Children (2-10) $10, Free for Children Under 2

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is hosting its 16th Annual Harvest Party at Rock Bottom Ranch.

This family-friendly party features lunch from presenting sponsor Smoke Modern BBQ, live music from Caleb Dean Band, beer and wine available for purchase, and activities for all ages. Guests of will enjoy pumpkin carving, apple cider pressing, hay rides, farm tours, face painting, traditional ranch games, dancing, a silent auction and more.

CROPTOBERFEST: THE TABLE URBAN FARM HARVEST PARTY
The Table Croptoberfest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Table

When: October 14, 2017

Where: 923 E Mexico Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Cost: Suggested Donation $20 (ages 21+); $10 (ages 13-20); Free for Children 12 & Under

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The Table Urban Farm is celebrating the fall season with Croptoberfest, an annual harvest party to conclude the growing season. It’s an open house format, come whenever you can, stay as long as you wish. There will plenty of activities and fun for all ages, live music, a pig roast, a pumpkin patch and community!

BRIGHTON HARVEST FESTIVAL

Brighton Harvest Festival | The Denver Ear

When: October 28, 2017

Where: 100 N Main St, Brighton, CO 80601

Time: 12pm – 4pm

Cost: Free

The 6th Annual Brighton Harvest Festival hosted by Historic Downtown Brighton will include a trick-or-treat street, games, street fair, food trucks and more.

CASTLE ROCK’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest Festival | Town of Castle Rock | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Town of Castle Rock

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock, CO 80109

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Harvest Festival, brought to you by the Town of Castle Rock, will transform Downtown Castle Rock into a fall and harvest celebration!

The Festival Park Pumpkin Patch will have pumpkins for purchase to carve on-site, face painting and crafts. For those adventurous folks, take part in the HarvestFest 5K. Stick around to light the Great Pumpkin Wall with your child’s pumpkin creation, and don’t miss the outdoor showing of a classic Halloween movie.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN HAUL
The Great Pumpkin Haul | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Great Pumpkin Haul

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

Cost: $40 – $60; Free for Children ages 5 and under

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The Great Pumpkin Haul involves picking out a pumpkin from the patch at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and “hauling” it through a two mile cross country course with fun obstacles to get over, under and through.

Start the day in our free Pumpkin Bootcamp by Orange Theory Fitness or join the Pumpkin Yoga class late morning to warm up with exercises and stretches using your pumpkin.

After the Haul hang out at their fall festival for seasonal craft brews, hot apple cider, food trucks, hay rides and more!

LAKEWOOD FALL FUNFEST
Lakewood Fall FunFest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Lakewood Fall FunFest

When: October 31st, 2017

Where: S Kipling St & W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Time: 4pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Lakewood Fall FunFest will feature family friendly games, Trunk Or Treat, live music, carnival games, cider, bouncers, entertainers, food trucks and vendors, candy, prizes & much more!

Psst…  Don’t forget to also check out our Oktoberfest 2017 in Colorado guide!

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