Fall Colorado Festivals

Find a Colorado fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 has things to do across Colorado including activities in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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2017 Festivals

Vail Jazz Festival - Vail, CO - Jul 6 to Sep 4, 2017
The 12-week Vail Jazz Festival program culminates over Labor Day Weekend with the Vail Jazz Party, a unique mix of world-class musicians in a one of a kind format.

Colorado State Fair - Pueblo, CO - Aug 25 to Sep 4, 2017
The largest summer event in the state started as a horse exhibition in 1869, before Colorado became a state.

T.E.V. Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest - Morrison, CO - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
The T.E.V. Edelweiss Club puts on their authentic Oktoberfest event in August. Admission is $7. Opening ceremonies are at 11:30 am on Saturday with music and dancing starting at noon. They feature kids games, face painting, folk dancing, German food, and lots of beer choices.

Highgraders Holiday (Mining Competition) - Ouray, CO - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
A non-profit event dedicated to the Ouray community’s mining heritage that showcases participant’s hard rock mining skills through competitions and demonstrations.

Denver Color Run - Denver, CO - Aug 26, 2017
The Happiest 5K on the planet comes to Denver, with a Colored Foam Zone and more

Yampa Valley Crane Festival - Hayden, CO - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2017
Celebrating the fall gathering of Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado.

Four Corners Folk Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017

Telluride Film Festival - Telluride, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017

Jas Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
Three days of world-class music with crowds of up to 10,000 per day.

Copper Country - Copper Mountain, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
Free live music and a fine arts exhibition at Copper Mountain Resort.

A Taste of Colorado - Denver, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
There’s free admission to this Labor Day weekend event with food from more than 50 top restaurants, music on six stages of entertainment, arts/crafts and family friendly carnival / kids’ activities.

Wild West Air Fest - Steamboat Springs, CO - Sep 2, 2017
Thrilling aerobatics and formation flying in the mountains over Labor Day weekend.

Keystone Oktoberfest - Keystone, CO - Sep 2, 2017
Try craft beers from New Belgium Brewery. Admission is $35 plus ticketing fee and includes free stein and three drink tickets. Additional drink tickets cost just $5. Or enjoy a 5K and get a pint of bier when you cross the finish. Local shops will get into the spirit with a tent sale. For the kids, they can get their face painted (free), enjoy a bounce house and chicken dancing.

Annual Labor Day Rodeo and Parade - Ridgway, CO - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
Enjoy a weekend of rodeo, with a parade and BBQ on Monday at Hartwell “Town” Park

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Beaver Creek, CO - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Enjoy these Bavarian festivities over Labor Day weekend. Enter the daily costume contest to win prizes and listen to the live oompah music. Get a workout at the Oktoberfest Shuffle, which is their non-competitive walk, hike or run over a 5K or 10K course on the trails of Beaver Creek Mountain.

Scotfest - Estes Park, CO - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017
The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival includes Scottish athletic competition as well as Celtic music and dance.

Highland Ranch Days - Highlands Ranch, CO - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2017
Come celebrate your community’s heritage at the mansion! This event features historical reenactments, black smithing, pottery, Indian fry bread, a petting zoo, a real chuck wagon, livestock displays, and more. Hay rack rides will provide views of the ranch not typically seen by the public. Tours of the mansion will be held throughout the event.

Arvada Harvest Festival - Arvada, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
A local harvest event with food fair, parades and kid’s zone that has been running for nearly 100 years.

Snowmass Balloon Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
One of the highest altitude balloon events in the country, with more than 30 pilots competing in challenges.

Vail Oktoberfest - Vail, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 17, 2017
September 9-11 & 16-18, 2016. Traditional food and Paulaner beer, bavarian music, dancing, yodeling, bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling, stein lifting, Oktoberfest costume contest and more over two full weekends in Vail. Free concerts on Saturday night. Family zone during the day for kids with crafts, entertainers and kids 1K fun run. Named by USA Today one of the ten greatest Oktoberfests in the US in 2010. No cost for admission.

Breckenridge Oktoberfest - Breckenridge, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
The largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains will close Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado. Fall foliage, Paulaner Bier, German food, live music, keg tapping and children’s activities. Location: Main St, Breckenridge, Co, 80424

Chili and Beer Festival - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Chili & Beer Festival, Park to Peak to Pint Race, and One Good Weekend Music Festival – Get to Crested Butte for a weekend of beer, chili, bikes and bands! Kick off fall in Mt Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley with a chili and beer festival on Saturday, featuring locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music! There is a race beforehand, Park to Peak to Pint Race, info available here (http://griggsortho.com/performance/park-to-peak-to-pint-race/) as well as a weekend long music festival starting Friday (http://mtbhome.com/events/one-good-weekend/).

Salida Fiber Festival - Salida, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Apple Fest - Buena Vista, CO - Sep 9, 2017

Colorado Artfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Frisco Fall Fest - Frisco, CO - Sep 9, 2017
Enjoy signature dishes from local restaurants, beer garden, local and regional artists, live music and children’s activities.

Pearl Pass Tour to Austin - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Pearl Pass Tour to Aspen - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Colorado Artfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Thornton Harvest Fest - Thornton, CO - Sep 9, 2017

Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest - Canon City, CO - Sep 9 to Oct 22, 2017
Location: 401 Water Street, Canon City, CO 81212

Fall Birding Festival at Barr Lake - Brighton, CO - Sep 9, 2017
Head to the Barr Lake Nature Center for a celebration of the fall bird migration and a festival filled with food, fun, and lore. This event offers fun for the whole family, including guided tours of bird habitats, a ride on the Eagle Express for a driving tour of the wildlife refuge, an up close look at raptors and songbirds, educational booths, crafts, snacks and more

Salida Bike Fest - Salida, CO - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
Celebrate bicycles of all kinds including bike parade, films, group rides, pump track competition, race and live music.

Colorado Mountain Winefest - Palisade, CO - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
The Saturday portion, Festival in the Park, is the state’s largest and oldest wine festival featuring dozens of Colorado wineries, live music, a grape stomp, chef demonstrations & seminars.

Colorfest Balloon Rally - Pagosa Springs, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
One of the most scenic music festivals and craft beer tastings.

Snowmass Wine Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017

Cherry Arts Festival - Aurora, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest - Boulder, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Live music and more at the Pearl Street Mall.

Cherry Arts Festival - Aurora, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Colorfest - Pagosa Springs, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Loveland Oktoberfest - Loveland, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
The event will feature beer from several Loveland craft breweries and food from vendors. Beer will be sold in several locations and allowed anywhere inside the fenced area. Live local music. Wear your dirndl and lederhosen for the best dresses contest at 2:00 on Saturday and hold those steins high for the stein hoisting contest at 4:30. Other games will be run by the Loveland, Big Thompson Kiwanis Club and include hammerschlagen, Loveland Mobile Mini Golf, corn hole, carpet ball, ladder ball, washer toss, and more. All money raised from playing games will go directly to Kiwanis Club. Loveland Oktoberfest will be celebrated on Friday from 3:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 – 9:00 PM at 623 Denver Ave. Loveland, CO 80537. The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome.

Parker Oktoberfest - Parker, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
11th annual family friendly German-themed festival in the O’Brien Park parking lot from 11 AM to 9 PM on Saturday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.

Pueblo Oktoberfest - Pueblo, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
German food, music and beer. Keg tapping at 6 PM on Friday night. Saturday is family day with the Denver Kickers German Dancers at 1 PM and German costume contest at 5 PM. Stein hosting contest at 8 PM both evenings. Admission is $5 at the door but free if wearing costume. Seniors and kids 12 and under are free.

Summerset Festival - Littleton, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Say goodbye to summer at the primary fundraiser for the Foothills Foundation with 30,000 other attendees.

Uncorked Wine and Music Festival - Lake City, CO - Sep 16, 2017
A wine tasting event with live music and food.

Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Springs, CO - Sep 16, 2017
The 7th Annual Oktoberfest with a western twist. Rocky Mountain beer and local food and festivities instead of German beer. Cruiser bike parade Suds & Grub on Friday. OktoberWest is Saturday with live music, beer garden with over 20 Colorado brewers and the I Love Beef Cook Off. Yampa Street Live on Sunday has more beer, western music and line dancing. Festival admission is free but there is a cost to enter the cook off tasting and beer garden. Location: 2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Oktoberfest in Woodland Park - Woodland Park, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
German beer, food, live music. For children, there is an obstacle course, climbing wall, kids games and face painting. Ceremonial keg tapping at 11 AM on Saturday. 18th annual event. Admission is $6 for adults. Under 21 are free. Free parking and shuttle bus from Woodland Park High School. Location: Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E Midland Ave Woodland Park, CO 80863

Schuhplattlers Denver Kickers Oktoberfest - Golden, CO - Sep 16, 2017
Location: 16676 W. 50th, Golden, CO 80403

FORToberfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 16, 2017
A celebration of Fort Collins with live music, seasonal beer from 6+ Fort Collins breweries and bicycle booths. Music lineup ranges from funk to bluegrass to rock and indie. Costumes are encouraged. Free admission. Thousands are expected to participate. Location: Downtown Fort Collins (Walnut St. and Old Town Square.

Log Hill Hustle – 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk - Ridgway, CO - Sep 16, 2017
Raise money for Ridgway High School students who are continuing on with their education by participating in a 5K or 10K Run/Walk

Mountain Harvest Festival - Paonia, CO - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017

Chile and Frijoles Festival - Pueblo, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017

Fruita Fall Festival - Fruita, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017

Fruita Fall Festival - Fruita, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017

Oktobeerfest 2016 @ LCHope - Broomfield, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Craft Beer, German Food, Kids’ Games, 50/50 Raffle and Polka Dancing to The Rocky Mountain Dutch Hop Boys! Fundraiser to support community outreach ministries. Dates: September 23 5:00-10:00 pm, September 24 3:00-9:00 pm

Denver Oktoberfest - Denver, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 30, 2017
September 23-25 and September 30 – Oct 2, 2016. Larimer Street in Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood is transformed for two weekends in September for this celebration of German culture. Over 250,000 people attend Oktoberfest Denver annually. Entertainment includes stein hoisting, long dog derby, keg bowling, Dashustlehoff 5K, bratwurst eating contest, costume contest and live music. Location: 20th and Larimer, Denver CO

Brush Oktoberfest and Car/Motorcycle Show - Brush, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
34th annual event with Friday night Cruise In, car show, beer garden, live polka band and dog show/contest. Location: Main Street (Clayton) in Brush

Colorado Springs Oktoberfest - Colorado Springs, CO - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Keg tapping ceremony on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. 5K, Dachshund Dash, brat eating contest, German costume and stein hoisting contests. Sunday is family day and there is also a tuba competition. Live music, authentic German food and Paulaner beer.

Fall Harvest Brewfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 23, 2017

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest and 5K - Highlands Ranch, CO - Sep 23, 2017
Authentic German food, Paulaner beer, live entertainment, kids games, Dachshund races and a 5K/100 Yard Dash. Fireworks at 9:30 PM. There is lots of German food, music, and great beers. Event runs from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Autumn Gold Brats and Beer - Estes Park, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
24th Annual festival with bratwurst, beer and live music. It is a family friendly event with face painting, corn bag toss, bouncing room, soap bubbles and rides in antique cars and a fire engine. Raffle tickets are $25 each with a grand prize of $5000. Festival happens in Bond Park. Sunrise Rotary has been organizing this event since 1995.

Lamar Oktoberfest - Lamar, CO - Sep 23, 2017
This festival is hosted by the Lamar Chamber of Commerce. There is usually a beer garden, inflatable games for kids, Car & Motorcycle Show, charity 5K Relay Race, horse shoe tournament and local musical acts.

Crested Butte Film Festival - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 28 to Oct 1, 2017
100 films over four days.

Denver Beer Fest - Denver, CO - Sep 29 to Oct 7, 2017

Denver Beer Fest - Denver, CO - Sep 29 to Oct 7, 2017

OktoBREWfest - Greeley, CO - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
The Greeley Oktoberfest has changed its name for 2013 to reflect the focus on specialty brews, VIP tasting tent and expanded musical entertainment. But the same German traditions will still take place. Event kicks off Friday evening with brats, beer, games and a free concert. Huge children’s area on Saturday along with more music, food and specialty beer. Stein lifting, pie eating, volleyball and life size beer pong contests.

Estes Park Elk Fest - Estes Park, CO - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017

Oktoberfest Niwot - Niwot, CO - Sep 30, 2017
The 8th Annual Oktoberfest hosted by The Rotary Club of Niwot serves as a fundraiser for local and international projects. They will have bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzels and cold beer. Live entertainment featuring The Prime Time Band and the Chalet Dancers . For kids, there will be pumpkin painting, face painting and inflatable bouncy castle. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday,Location: Cottonwood Square, 7980 N. 79th Street, Niwot, CO

Castle Rock Oktoberfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 30, 2017
Beer, food, and live music to welcome fall. Kids will enjoy the bounce house, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and fun zone rides. Location: Festival Park, Castle Rock, CO 80104

Immaculate Heart of Mary Oktoberfest - Grand Junction, CO - Sep 30, 2017

Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CO - Sep 30, 2017
Live music, Oktoberfest fare from local restaurants and beer tasting from 20

Great American Beer Festival - Denver, CO - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2017
A public tasting event and private competition at the Colorado Convention Center.  They bill the event as the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served.

Cedaredge Applefest - Cedaredge, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017

Durango Oktoberfest - Durango, CO - Oct 7, 2017
Beer, food and music hosted by the San Juan Citizens Alliance. Pub crawl of local breweries and kids can enter the Children’s Museum air castle, get their face painted and enjoy kids crafts.

Berthoud Oktoberfest - Berthoud, CO - Oct 7, 2017
Colorado breweries! It raises money for All Points Transit. Location: Centennial Plaza in Downtown Montrose.

La Veta Oktoberfest - La Veta, CO - Oct 7, 2017
Oktoberfest held the first Saturday in October. Twin Peak Rodder’s Car show, dancing, bier garden, and arts & crafts.

Ouray Oktoberfest - Ouray, CO - Oct 7, 2017
Beer, brats, polka fun, evening fireworks, and the Annual Jeep Raffle all make for a great day of fun.

Louisville Oktoberfest - Louisville, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017

Telluride Horror Show - Telluride, CO - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017

Telluride Horror Show - Telluride, CO - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017

Choctoberfest - Aurora, CO - Oct 14, 2017
Indulge in chocolate at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds with events for all ages.

Oktoberfest Amped - Grand Junction, CO - Oct 14, 2017

Elizabeth Harvest Festival - Elizabeth, CO - Oct 28, 2017

Denver Arts Week - Denver, CO - Nov 3 to Nov 11, 2017

Bighorn Sheep Festival - Georgetown, CO - Nov 11, 2017
View the head-banging bighorn sheep as well as enjoy hikes, wildlife, music, crafts, and children’s activities.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Sedgwick Harvest Festival - Sedgwick, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Labor Day Weekend

Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater - Edgewater, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016

Vinotok - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 18 to Sep 24, 2016

Mile High Horror Film Festival - Littleton, CO - Sep 28 to Oct 2, 2016

Rendevous Music Experience - Avon, CO - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016

Celtic Oktoberfest - Carbondale, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
Celtic Fest on Friday night including Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. Full day of German bands, food, beer, brat eating contest, liter holding contest and the chicken dance on Saturday. Location: 4th Street Plaza.

All Colorado Beer Festival - Colorado Springs, CO - Nov 5, 2016

September 2015:

Telluride Film Festival – Telluride, CO – September 4-7, 2015

Fall Harvest Brewfest – Fort Collins, CO – September 11, 2015

Chile & Frijoles Festival – Pueblo, CO – September 25-27, 2015
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock – Castle Rock, CO – September 12-13, 2015
Rendezvous Music Festival – Beaver Creek, CO – September 11-12, 2015

Colorfest Balloon Rally – Pagosa Springs, CO – September 16-18, 2015

Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival – Crested Butte, CO – Sept 13-19, 2015

Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour – Crested Butte, CO – Sept 13-14, 2015
Snowmass Wine Festival – Snowmass, CO – September 18-19, 2015
Denver Beer Fest – Denver, CO – September 18-26, 2015

Fruita Fall Festival – Fruita, CO – September 25-27, 2015
October 2015
Mile High Horror Film Festival – Denver, CO – October 1-4, 2015
Applefest – Cedaredge, CO – October 3-4, 2015
Estes Park Elk Fest – Estes Park, CO – Oct 3-4, 2015
Telluride Horror Show – Telluride, CO – October 16-18, 2015
Elizabeth Harvest Festival – Elizabeth, CO – October 31, 2015
Cherry Arts Festival – Oct 23-25, 2015
Boulder IPA Fest – Boulder, CO – October 24, 2015

November 2015
Denver Arts Week – Denver, CO – Nov 6-14, 2015
All Colorado Beer Festival – Colorado Springs – November 7, 2015
Denver Film Festival – Nov 4-15, 2015

Find other fun things to do in Colorado in October:

Oktoberfest in Colorado
Colorado Corn Mazes
Colorado Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Colorado
Colorado Pumpkin Patches

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