Here is the list of Colorado fall festivals in September and October. It’s impressive in quality if not in quantity of festivals. But if you are looking for somewhere to drink, celebrate the harvest, or watch a good horror film, you’ll find it adequate for the task. And I’m not even counting the gatherings for Oktoberfest in Colorado. Do not miss the Oktoberfest events as they are some of this country’s best.
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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.
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
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 to Sep 2, 2017
Thrilling aerobatics and formation flying in the mountains over Labor Day weekend.
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.
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
Salida Fiber Festival - Salida, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Chili and Beer Festival - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music at the base of Crested Butte Mountain.
Colorado Artfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
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.
Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest - Boulder, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
Live music and more at the Pearl Street Mall.
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 to Sep 16, 2017
A wine tasting event with live music and food.
Steamboat OktoberWest - Steamboat Springs, CO - Sep 16 to 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
FORToberfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 16 to 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.
Mountain Harvest Festival - Paonia, CO - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2017
Chile and Frijoles Festival - Pueblo, 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
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
Estes Park Elk Fest - Estes Park, CO - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
Castle Rock Oktoberfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 30 to 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
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
Berthoud Oktoberfest - Berthoud, CO - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Colorado breweries! It raises money for All Points Transit. Location: Centennial Plaza in Downtown Montrose.
Telluride Horror Show - Telluride, CO - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Choctoberfest - Aurora, CO - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
Indulge in chocolate at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds with events for all ages.
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T.E.V. Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest - Morrison, CO - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
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.
Vail Jazz Festival - Vail, CO - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2016
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.
Telluride Film Festival - Telluride, CO - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
Sedgwick Harvest Festival - Sedgwick, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Labor Day Weekend
Keystone Oktoberfest - Keystone, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016
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.
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Beaver Creek, CO - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
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.
Arvada Harvest Festival - Arvada, CO - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
A local harvest event with food fair, parades and kid’s zone that has been running for nearly 100 years.
Apple Fest - Buena Vista, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Frisco Fall Fest - Frisco, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
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 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Pearl Pass Tour to Aspen - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Colorado Artfest - Castle Rock, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016
Thornton Harvest Fest - Thornton, CO - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest - Canon City, CO - Sep 10 to Oct 16, 2016
Location: 401 Water Street, Canon City, CO 81212
Salida Bike Fest - Salida, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
Celebrate bicycles of all kinds including bike parade, films, group rides, pump track competition, race and live music.
Colorado Mountain Winefest - Palisade, CO - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Cherry Arts Festival - Aurora, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Cherry Arts Festival - Aurora, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Colorfest - Pagosa Springs, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
Fall Harvest Brewfest - Fort Collins, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2016
Loveland Oktoberfest - Loveland, CO - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
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 16 to Sep 18, 2016
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 16 to Sep 17, 2016
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.
Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater - Edgewater, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Oktoberfest in Woodland Park - Woodland Park, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
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 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Location: 16676 W. 50th, Golden, CO 80403
Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest and 5K - Highlands Ranch, CO - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
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 17 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Vinotok - Crested Butte, CO - Sep 18 to Sep 24, 2016
Snowmass Wine Festival - Snowmass Village, CO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2016
Fruita Film Festival - Fruita, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Fruita Fall Festival - Fruita, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
Denver Oktoberfest - Denver, CO - Sep 23 to Oct 2, 2016
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
OktoBREWfest - Greeley, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
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.
Brush Oktoberfest and Car/Motorcycle Show - Brush, CO - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
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 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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.
Lamar Oktoberfest - Lamar, CO - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
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.
Mile High Horror Film Festival - Littleton, CO - Sep 28 to Oct 2, 2016
Denver Beer Fest - Denver, CO - Sep 30 to Oct 8, 2016
Rendevous Music Experience - Avon, CO - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Montrose Oktoberfest - Montrose, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Live music, Oktoberfest fare from local restaurants and beer tasting from 20
Oktoberfest Niwot - Niwot, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
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
La Veta Oktoberfest - La Veta, CO - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Oktoberfest held the first Saturday in October. Twin Peak Rodder’s Car show, dancing, bier garden, and arts & crafts.
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.
Durango Oktoberfest - Durango, CO - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
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.
Ouray Oktoberfest - Ouray, CO - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Beer, brats, polka fun, evening fireworks, and the Annual Jeep Raffle all make for a great day of fun.
Telluride Horror Show - Telluride, CO - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Elizabeth Harvest Festival - Elizabeth, CO - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Denver Arts Week - Denver, CO - Nov 4 to Nov 12, 2016
All Colorado Beer Festival - Colorado Springs, CO - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Bighorn Sheep Festival - Georgetown, CO - Nov 12 to Nov 12, 2016
View the head-banging bighorn sheep as well as enjoy hikes, wildlife, music, crafts, and children’s activities.
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
Fruita Fall Festival – Fruita, CO – September 25-27, 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
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