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For many Americans fall is the favorite season. October is a beautiful month all over the country. But for many locals, fall in Colorado is spectacular. Aspen leaves turn to shimmering gold. Mountain vistas are breathtaking. The temperature generally stays in the mid ‘60’s. And there’s plenty of sunshine. You won’t want to miss local events that celebrate the best parts of the season. Weekends might bring football games, brew fests, off road trips, and climbing of peaks. Or scenic hikes, pumpkin patch visits, haunted houses, food festivals, and corn mazes. As this unknown author writes, “Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow, there comes a festival season when nature is all aglow.”

For newcomers to the area, read up on the 24th annual 2018 Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival. This year, the annual event will be held on October 27th, (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.). Downtown Manitou Springs residents and visitors alike celebrate the historical folklore of Emma Crawford with this unique, enjoyable parade. The coffin race that follows is a community favorite that is distinctly Colorado. (http://www.emmacrawfordfestival.com/)

 

Fall Events and Activities in Colorado!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • There is still time left to get out into the Colorado mountains and see some fall color and beauty! Leaf peeping is a great activity for the entire family and makes for a great day trip (or train trip – see the link for details)! (https://coloradosprings.citymomsblog.com/travel/guide-to-fall-color-day-trips/). The best times to view fall colors across the State:
    • Steamboat Springs/Fort Collins: September 15th – September 25th
    • Grand Junction/Boulder: September 20th – September 30th
    • Aspen/Denver: September 22nd – October 3rd
    • Montrose/Salida/Colorado Springs: September 25th – October 7th
    • Telluride/Gunnison/Durango/Alamosa: October 1st – October 10th
    • Pueblo/Trinidad: October 5th – October 15th

 

  • Do you love craft beers and spirits? Stop by the Haunted Brew Fest at the Norris Penrose Event Center on October 20th to taste craft beers and spirits from over 70 breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Hellscream Haunts Cast & Characters are sure to make this an unforgettable and frightening evening! (https://hauntedbrewfest.com/#brew)

 

  • A Night at the Ranch Dinner at a Grazing Life – (September 15, 2018, A Grazing Life Ranch, Black Forest): Enjoy a Full Ranch Tour while learning about their conservation practices, “followed by dinner by Chef Gerry Castro, music, dancing, bonfire, mallow roasting, etc. End at 10 pm (if you stay any later you’ll be put to work feeding pigs).” (http://www.agrazinglife.com/chefgerrydinner.html)

 

 

 

  • Old Colorado City GIANT Pumpkin Festival. This event is proudly hosted by the Rocky Mountain Giant Vegetable Growers and Old Colorado City and takes place on October 20th. See their Facebook page for additional details on this great family friendly upcoming event! (https://www.facebook.com/events/464536407355987/)