Fall Fun in Denver You Are Going to Love – Updated for 2021

Fall fun in Denver…is there anything better? We love all the pumpkins, fall festivals, the Denver Broncos, changing leaves, spooky experiences, staycations and the return of a booming arts and cultural calendar in the Mile High City. Here are some brand new spooktacular activities happening in Denver this month, but don’t worry we included those long time Denver fall traditions we love too!

It’s been a few years since we’ve updated our fall guide highlighting all the Denver fun we love. Well let’s be honest, its been a few years since there’s been fall fun in Denver to highlight.  This year is just exploding with fabulous fall experiences you are going to absolutely love, new and old!

We try not to pull a lot of information or pictures off websites. Rather, it is our aim to  primarily share first hand experiences that we have fully checked out and love dearly.  We also love to hear from you! Please let us know y0ur favorite places to go by commenting on our Instagram page @denverilove or sending us a message.

Admittedly,  Denver I Love’s pumpkin patch research spans several years – you simply can’t make it to all the festivities in one month! So go easy on yourself and pick one or two fun experiences for fabulous fall fun in Denver!

What’s New for Fall Fun in Denver

This year’s fall fun in Denver takes us downtown to Denver’s new McGregor Square, out near Denver International Airport to the Gaylord of the Rockies Hotel & Spa, southwest to Littleton’s Hudson Gardens for The Magic of the Jack-O-Lanterns and to Denver’s City Park for a reimagined Halloween at the Denver Zoo replacing Boo at the Zoo with Wild Fall.  These are all special new experiences that are top highlights for fall fun in Denver!

Gaylord of the Rockies Goblins & Giggles 

Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Photo by Jenn Dechtman

Now until October 31st.
6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, Colorado 80019

The Gaylord of the Rockies has brought tons of new holiday fun to Denver!  We are just over the moon for this grand resort and the energy and creativity it brings to the front range.   While the lazy river and relaxing cabanas are winding down with temperatures turning cooler, the indoor water slides are open year round.  Fall at the Gaylord features a plethora of other seasonal activities that make a staycation extra memorable! At the center of the excitement is is a big square pumpkin named Spookley.

Denver Fall Fun at The Gaylord of the Rockies
Photo by Jenn Dechtman

In the hotel lobby, spooky encounters await with different species of owls. In partnership with Nature’s Educators, guests learn about wildlife and can get up close and personal with a feathered friend. Other activities include: free scary movies in the Gaylord’s “Chamber of Fun & Fright;” a haunted ghost tour ($12.99 a person); s’mores around the campfire, and our favorite…the Goblins & Giggles crafts.  Just give us a stick of glue, some googly eyes and glitter, and we couldn’t be happier!

Other notable mentions are: the Treasure Escape Room, bedtime stories with Morgana. creepy cocktails and mysterious mocktails at the Wicked Brews Spookeasy and tennis courts..our crew loved the tennis courts! A visit to the Gaylord is great fun for all ages!

Photo by Jenn Dechtman

We had the opportunity to stay overnight a few weeks ago and had the best time ever! All the Halloween activities and decorations are incredible. I will say I especially enjoyed spending the afternoon at The Relâche Spa! I had one of the best massages I’ve ever had there! Did you know the Gaylord is a Marriott Bonvoy hotel? Its awesome because you can get Marriott points for your stay.

You can make reservations at Gaylord of the Rockies.

Magic of the Jack-o-Lanterns at Hudson Gardens

Fall Fun in Denver Magic o the Jack-O-Lanterns
Magic of the Jack-o-Lanterns at Hudson Gardens Photo by Jenn Dechtman

Now through October 31st
6115 S Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120

Hudson Gardens’ Magic of the Jack-o-Lanterns is magnificent beyond belief! This brand new event is put on by the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group and is nothing short of extraordinary! We had  to miss Media Night, but honestly, it was ok because we got to see the pumpkins in the Colorado sunshine instead. Whether you go to the fun Magic of the Jack-o Lanterns event at night or stroll through the gardens during the day, this is a must do for fall fun near Denver!

Denver Fall Fun at Hudson Gardens
Photo by Jenn Dechtman

These pictures only touch the surface of the thousands of intricately carved pumpkins ranging from sports heroes, to animals, insects, movie characters, fantasy figures, whimsical creations, glittery snowflake pumpkins, dinosaurs, dragons and even great works of arts replicated in pumpkin form!  I can’t wait to go back at night and see all these pumpkins lit up!

“Bee” sure to stop by the gift shop to pick up an impressive variety of local honey. All sales support the beautiful Hudson Gardens.  

Tickets  prices range depending on date and time, and availability is getting scarce. Reserve your spot here.

Fall Fun in Denver at McGregor Scare

Friday through Sunday October 22nd to 24th; Saturday through Sunday October 30th to 31st.
1901 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202

Denver’s newest development next to Coors Field, McGregor Square, is celebrating its first Halloween season in Denver with a big McGregor SCARE taking place over the next two weekends.

Some of the fun evening activities involve sipping on Jack-o-Lantern Cocktails, boogieing down with different DJ stations, a live band, face painting, pumpkin decorating, Tarrot card readings, balloon art and yard games!

Both Saturday nights feature family friendly films. This Saturday, October 23rd, there will be a showing of Pixar’s ‘Coco’ on the ginormous outdoor screen at 7 pm. Shout out to my college roommate Jody Weinberg, a talented attorney with Pixar who worked super hard for several years to help Coco come to fruition! One of the best films ever!

On Saturday, October 30, the festivities start at 5pm with a Trick-or-Treat Street, McGregor Scare Costume Contest, Live Band, Pumpkin Decorating and free screening of ‘Hocus Pocus’ showing at 7pm.

There are tons of delicious places to eat dinner in McGregor Square. We love the new food hall Milepost Zero! We recently ate at Chef Jesus Silva’s newest place Toro Poke + Noodle House! Everything Silva has on his menu at the new casual walk up eatery is amazing! We loved the poke bowl and Karagee Chicken!

Please note: the Silent Disco on Friday October 29th is a ticketed event that is totally sold out!

Wild Fall at the Denver Zoo

Denver Fall Fun at The Denver Zoo
Photo by Jenn Dechtman

2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205
Now through October 31st.

Denver’s favorite fall fun activity, “Boo at the Zoo” has been reimagined this year with mindfulness for a Covid safe experience as well as a more educational opportunity for visitors. The family-focused daytime “falloween” celebration, Wild Fall at the Denver Zoo pulls your imagination to mythical beasts crawling the zoo grounds. The fun features costumes and characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food + drink, and special animal demonstrations that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natural world. What Wild Fall does not offer is trick or treating or candy. That doesn’t mean the little ones should not dress up. The Denver Zoo has the most amazing photo op sites!

Unlike Boo at the Zoo, Wild Fall is included with just the general zoo admission. Zoo admission is $20 for adults and $14 for children. Paid members are free to experience Wild Fall.

Beloved Fall Fun in Denver Traditions

Fall Fun in Denver at the Botanic Gardens

Fall Fun in Denver Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
A young Barry Dechtman explores the Chatfield Farms Corn Maze, photo by Jenn Dechtman

Friday through Sunday, October 27th, 9 am to 4 pm.
Chatfield Farms: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128
York Street: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

A treasured October tradition in Denver is the Pumpkin Festival  at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield location.  The Festival was last weekend, but the Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms will stay open from now through October 31st.  The hours are Fridays – Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Chatfield’s Corn Maze has seven acres of corn to wind through including a 15 foot tall bridge to look out over the  maze. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze.  Barrel train rides are included with a child’s ticket to the mini maze.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time online on the Denver Botanic Gardens website or using this link. Tickets are $15 for adults 16 and older and $13 for children ages 3 -15. Members can buy discounted tickets for a few dollars less a person. Children 2 and under are free.

Denver Fall Fun at The Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo by Jenn Dechtman

The Denver Botanic Gardens also hosts the “Glow in the Gardens” at its York Street location, but all spots are sold out for 2021!  A fun tip though is to visit the Denver Botanic Gardens at York street during the day with just a general admission reservation, and you can see a lot of the great pumpkin carvings sprinkled throughout the gardens.  A morning stroll a the Denver Botanic Gardens is especially lovely to take on these brisk fall days.

The York Street location will host its 10th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This traditional Day of the Dead celebration offers both onsite activities and virtual crafts and DIY activities.  The live entertainment and activity schedule includes dance demonstrations by Aztec Group Huitzilopochtli, a hip hop workshop with The Colorado Dance Collective, Mexican folk dancing with Sangre de México, and an art performance piece by Artmando.  Other fun activities for the Day of the Dead include: Calavera costume contests, craft projects and an indoor “Mercado.” Guest can view Alebrijes Ilumniandos – colorful illuminated sculptures made by Mexican artists Rubén Miguel Castillo and Óscar Becerra.

If you can’t make it to the Gardens on November 6th, the Alebrijes Iluminados will be vieweable with a general admission ticket every day from now until November 5th.  There is also special night programming for Noches Ilumadas, Nov. 1st to 5th, 4-7 p.m.  Noches Ilumadas also has nightly Mexican Folk Dancing with ArtistiCO and Sangre de México.

Tickets for all these fun fall events can be purchased on the Denver Botanic Gardens website.

Anderson Farms Fall Festival 

Fall fun in Denver Anderson Farms
Looking back on many years of fall fun at Anderson Farms, photo by Jenn Dechtman

Now through October 31st; Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and CLOSED on Tuesdays.
6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516

For one of the largest and most comprehensive fall festivals make your way just northwest of Denver to Anderson Farms.  From bumpy wagon rides to a massive pumpkin patch, Anderson Farms is unique in its sprawling playground of fun activities one after another.  There is a really large corn maze; bouncers, slides, pedal karts, farm animals, a barrel train, sand diggers, gem panning, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, pumpkin launches and more!  With so much space at Anderson Farms to wonder and explore, this pumpkin patch is one of my absolute favorites.

There are two great after dark experiences at Andersons Farm: Terror in the Corn and the Zombie Paintball Hunt. Admission to the daytime Fall Festival is included with any ticket purchase for these two after dark activities.

Cost: Fall Festival Monday-Thursday $15; Friday-Sun $23; Kids 3 and under have free admission to the Fall Festival; Terror in the Corn Thursday or Sunday $30; Terror in the Corn Friday or Saturday night $33;  Terror in the Corn Quick Pass Thursday or Sunday $45; Terror in the Corn Quick Pass Friday or Saturday: $48; Zombie Paintball Hunt Thursday or Sunday $25; Zombie Paintball Friday and Saturday 27; Zombie Paintball Quick Pass Thursday or Sunday $40; Zombie Paintball Quick Pass Friday or Saturday $42.  Additional charge for pumpkins and food.

Miller Farm’s 2021: Pumpkins, Potatoes + More!

Fall Fun in Denver at Miller Farms

Now through mid November, 9 to 6 pm daily
13912 CR 19, Platteville, CO 80651

Miller Farms is definitely up there as one of Colorado’s top Fall Harvest Festivals.  At Miller Farms you can experience farm life up close and personal by picking your own vegetables and hanging out with the animals.  A fun hayride leads you through 180 acres of fields filled not just with pumpkins, but potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, squash and more.  At Miller Farms the corn maze is FREE!

The creative antique alley features farm equipment and one of a kind oddities.  If you love the Pixar movies, Cars, you’ll be able to get to have a great photo op with Mater and Lightning McQueen.  One of the best things about a trip to Miller Farms is picking your own vegetables right out of the ground.

Rock Creek Farm U-Pick-em Pumpkins & Corn Maze

Fall fun in Denver at Rock Creek Farm
Pumpkin patch with a view of the Flatirons! Photo by Jenn Dechtman

Now through October 31st. Open every day from 9 a.m. until 6:00 pm. Corn Maze hours Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2005 South 112th Street, Broomfield, CO 80020

Rock Creek Farm is one of the largest pumpkin patches within a short drive from Denver.  Just south of Boulder in Broomfield, Rock Creek Farm is full of fall delights. Over 100 acres of pumpkin fields sprawl through the Farm with a road on which you can drive through at your own leisure.

Rock Creek also has lots of animals to meet: pigs, goats, cows, sheep and chickens. The kids areas have bouncers, slides, tractors and more.  At the center of the fun is a hay bale maze and over 6 miles of corn mazes. If you are looking to take some amazing pictures, Rock Creek Farm has a spectacular view from its pumpkin patch!

Cost:  NEW THIS YEAR – tickets need to be reserved for admission to the farm pumpkin fields and kids area. The price for the farm admission is $7 per person ages 4 and up. Children 3 and under are free. There is an additional cost for the corn maze: $7 for ages 4 to 11 and $10 for people 12 and up.

Nick’s Fall Fest

Fall Fun in Denver at Nick's Garden Center
Fall fun in Denver at Nick’s Garden Center, photo by Jenn Dechtman

Everyday through October 31st. Monday- Saturday 8 am – 6pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.2001 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80014

If you don’t have time to drive out to the farm, stop by Nicks Garden Center in Aurora for a great selection of gourds and pumpkins.  There is no entrance fee and tons of free activities: a straw maze, story time with Professor Pumpkin, train and tractor rides and a fun play area with games.  Be sure to buy a big bag of Nick’s fresh popped Kettle Corn – it is absolutely delicious!

Cost: Some activities do require tokens: train and tractor rides for $4 a person; an inflatable obstacle course $4; and Nicks Duck Race cost $2 per duck.  You can also purchase a wristband for $14 that gives you one ride on the train, tractor, pedal karts and inflatable obstacle course.  You won’t get the pumpkin picking experience straight off the vine, but you will have lots and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Maize in the City

Open every day from now until October 31. Weekdays 12 pm to 7pm; Fridays 9 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sundays 9 am to 7 pm.
10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO 80233

For this Wolverine, anything with the word “maize” in it has my attention!  I am also interested in anything fun and adventurous close to Denver. Maize in the City isn’t actually right in the city, but it is really close by.

Attractions include: corn launchers, bouncers, barrel rides, animals, an easy pick pumpkin field; a corn kernel box; arts and crafts and a 20+ acre corn maze.

Cost: Access to the Easy Pick A Pumpkin Field, playground and corn kernel box is FREE!  You just pay a la carte for some of the attractions: the Crazed Corn Field Maze is $9 for kids and $12 for adults; the mini maze is $5; the fall attractions vary in price.

Colorado Symphony’s Halloween Spooktacular

Denver Fall Fun at The Colorado Symphony
Photo by Jenn Dechtman

Saturday, October 30, 2021 2:30PM.
Boettcher Concert Hall at Denver Performing Arts Complex
1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

We love seeing the arts come alive again at Denver’s Performing Arts Complex. The Colorado Symphony puts on a yearly tried and true family-friendly Halloween concert. This year’s Halloween Spooktacular will feature music from favorite spooky films and t.v. shows. Costumes are encouraged and even the musicians get dressed up for the festivities! The Half Notes CO Symphony programming includes a family-friendly activity and craft before the concert.

Tickets through the Colorado Symphony website or in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office.

Halloween Kids Fest at the Downtown Aquarium

Photo by Jenn Dechtman

October 29th, 30th and 31st
700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211

For years, Denver’s Downtown Aquarium has been putting on a super fun Halloween kids fest outside in front of the Aquarium on the banks of the Platte River.  There are tons of activities to do there: train rides, pumpkin painting, science experiments, and  ½ price entry inside the Aquarium for kids in costumes with an adult purchase.  The festivities are all free, not including the Aquarium tickets which can be purchased on the Denver Aquarium website or at the front entrance.

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