Autumn is in full swing in Denver, and that means fall markets to sample, fall colors to chase and fall festivities to celebrate. While much of the early season’s Oktoberfest parties and harvest festivals have already come to pass, there’s still plenty of amazing events to attend this season. Here are four must-do autumn events just moments from Lakehouse.
Wild Fall at the Denver Zoo
Pay a visit to Denver Zoo this month, as the campus will be filled with Wild Fall festivities and “Falloween” themed activities every day of October. Visitors are in for a “cryptid” theme this year — so that means Sasquatch, Mothman and other rather fantastical critters of the sort. Scour the zoo for evidence of these mythical beasts while also enjoying costumes and characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food and drink, and special animal demonstrations that connect these mystical beings to the real-life natural world. (Image: Denver Zoo)
Carving & Cocktails
Make the most of the season with some good old-fashioned pumpkin carving and seasonal cocktails. Terminal Bar is hosting this 21+ event on October 24th at Denver Union Station, inviting you to transform a gourd into a ghoul while sipping on some specialty spirits. Tickets available for purchase here. (Image: Eventbrite)
Twilight Ghost Tour
There are countless amazing ghost tours taking place around Denver this month, but we highly recommend full immersion this year with the Twilight Ghost Walking Tour — a nighttime adventure through Capitol Hill, Denver’s most infamous haunted neighborhood. Creep through haunted mansions and apartment rows at the witching hour, and hear tales of historic scandals and scares. With over three hundred five-star reviews, the tour is selling out fast—grab a spot while you can.
Día de los Muertos Celebration
The fall festivities continue into November with this beloved Mexican holiday honoring the Day of the Dead. The Denver Botanic Gardens’ celebration of this cultural holiday will take place on November 6th and include both on-site and virtual offerings, including a mercado showcasing local vendors selling original art pieces, prints, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more. Also on display will be Alebrijes Iluminados (Oct. 27–Nov. 5, 2021) — colorful illuminated sculptures made by Mexican artists Rubén Miguel Castillo and Óscar Becerra — and Noches Iluminadas in the evenings (Nov. 1–5, 2021). (Image: Denver Botanic Gardens)