The only obvious indication that fall is around the corner is Starbucks bringing back its popular pumpkin latte. The heat has still been scorching throughout much of the state, and the cool, crisp …
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Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens
Where: 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
When: Sept. 28 to Oct. 28. Open Fridays (6 to 10 p.m.), Saturdays (noon to 11 p.m.) and Sundays (noon to 9 p.m.)
Cost: $39.99 daily tickets, $30 after 5 p.m.
What’s there? Park rides, haunted attractions, live performances, a costume contest, zombies and clowns.
Parker Fine Arts and Music Festival
Where: 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker
When: Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
What’s there? Art, music, face painting and food.
Fall Festival at 17 Mile House
Where: 8181 S. Parker Road, Centennial
When: Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What’s there? Live music, a petting zoo, farm life activities for children, a pumpkin patch and a guided tour of the 17 Mile House, a building that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The only obvious indication that fall is around the corner is Starbucks bringing back its popular pumpkin latte. The heat has still been scorching throughout much of the state, and the cool, crisp fall air has yet to make an appearance.
But regardless of the weather, fall is coming, and all across the metro area there is a wealth of fall festivals and events that can appeal to young people and families. Here are some:
Where: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton (west of Wadsworth Boulevard, south of C-470)
When: Sept. 21 to Oct. 28. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $12 adult members, $13 students, seniors (65 and up) and military members, $11 children (3-12 years old), $9 child members, and free for children ages 2 and younger.
What better way to spend a fall day or evening than at the corn maze at Chatfield Farms at the Denver Botanic Gardens? The large corn maze covers seven acres, and this year it comes with a new design. DBG spokeswoman Erin Bird says this year’s design was created to thank first responders, and first responders get free admission in September, while their guests recieve discounted admission. There’s more to Chatfield Farms besides the corn maze, like human hamster balls and an obstacle course, pony, barrel train and hayrides, films, food and a mini corn maze for the kiddos.
“The corn maze at Chatfield Farms is a longstanding fall tradition. There’s always a new design to get lost in,” Bird said.
Where: 1007 York St., Denver
When: Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 adults, $16 adult members, $14 children (3-15 years old), $10 child members and free for children ages 2 and younger.
Pumpkins from local farmers light up the Denver Botanic Gardens during Glow at the Gardens. The pumpkins are all real and carved by artists who create aesthetic carvings and larger-than-life sculptures. Glow at the Gardens will feature with hundreds of carved, lit-up pumpkins along with magic tricks, trick-or-treating, games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, a Halloween trivia wheel, storytelling, LED performances and food and beverages.
“It’s fun for the whole family. People bring the kiddos and we also see a lot of couples that come as a unique date night,” DBG spokeswoman Erin Bird said.
Where: 10451 McKay Road, Thornton
When: Sept. 28 to Oct. 31. Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Note: the maze will be open Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. It will also be open on Oct. 24, Oct. 29, and Oct. 30 from noon to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Cost of general admission was not immediately available, but the mini maze is $5 for children, and family members of the children get free admission to it with the child ticket.
Maize in the City features a 20-acre-plus corn maze, along with a customizable smart phone trivia game. Maize in the City wants its guests to “get lost in your own backyard.” Along with the maze, there is a corn launcher, a mini maze for children, a barrel ride, animals, a playground and a pumpkin field filled with hundreds of pumpkins.
“Maize in the City is run and operated by a family. We just want to create a space for your family to come out and enjoy the fall season,” Cristina Palombo said. Palombo is the communication director for Maize in the City.
Where: Olde Town Arvada
When: Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Entry is free
This will be the 22nd year that Arvada is hosting its Festival of Scarecrows. Businesses and the public enter scarecrows into a contest, and they’ll be spread around all throughout Olde Town. Pumpkins will be sold that will benefit the Ralston House, an organization that helps children who are healing from abuse. There’ll also be a corn maze, stories and crafts at the Arvada Library, a pumpkin weighing contest, a DJ, food booths and small vendor booths. At noon, the Festival of Scarecrows will feature a children’s parade. Although the event isn’t related to Halloween, Karen Miller, the president of Historic Olde Town Arvada, says that she sees a lot of children dressed in costumes each year.
“It’s a fun family event, and it’s a beautiful way to spend a fall day in Olde Town Arvada,” Miller said.
Where: 485 Summer St., Morrison
When: Sept. 29 beginning at 10 a.m.
Morrison Ciderfest has been around for 25 years, but its popularity has grown over the last four years, according to Ryan Kloberdanz, the chairman of the Morrison Ciderfest Committee. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts exhibits, a silent auction, cider presses and of course, cider. This year, event organizers are trying something different. There will be a special, designated area for guests who want to try local Colorado hard cider.
“(The cider area) is a special thing. We’re pretty excited about it. We just try to make it a really family friendly and economically friendly event. We know money can be tight,” Kloberdanz said.
Where: 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood
When: Oct. 6 and 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Advanced adult admission, $6, day of adult admission $8, adult admission and hard cider tasting advanced admission, $30 and $5 for children
Cider Days returns to Lakewood for its 43rd year. The city is known for its agricultural history and its apple orchards, and Cider Days is a way to celebrate that. There will be dozens of hard cider companies to check out, a beer garden with Lakewood-brewed beer, historic demonstrations a tractor pull, face painting, a petting zoo, a horse wagon, a maze, a magician and an apple baked goods challenge. The event draws thousands of people each year, and it’s something that the city prides itself on.
“There is no better way to celebrate the fall harvest season than at Cider Days. We cover all of our bases, and we have everything that someone would want to enjoy at this time of year,” community events coordinator Rebecca Gushen said.
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