community to raise money for vital services
for HIV/AIDS patients.
Castle Rock Artfest
This festival features artwork from around
the country, as well as food, music,
entertainment and a kids’ area.
Denver Gem and Mineral Show
Denver Merchandise Mart; 303-292-6278
Peruse rare and popular beads, fossils, gems,
jewelry and minerals.
Old Town Erie Biscuit Day
Experience a tradition dating back to the
1800s, with biscuits and gravy, homemade
stew, live music, a cakewalk, raffle drawing,
craft booths, historic photos and more.
Festival Italiano Food and
Wine Festival at Belmar
Belmar’s annual Festival Italiano Food and
Wine Festival features more than 70 of the
finest Italian food, wine and artisan vendors
from the area. Purchase ceramics, gelato,
sausage, baked goods, pasta, flowers, herbs,
sculpture, antique maps, produce, pizza and
Great American Beer Festival
Colorado Convention Center; 303-447-0816
Famous around the world, Colorado’s
Great American Beer Festival features
1,600 of the nation’s best beers from 320
American breweries. This is the biggest beer
festival in the world.
Larimer Square; 303-685-8124;
Denver’s Oktoberfest attracts over 350,000
people over six days. Maxim Magazine and
USA Today have called the festival “The
Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and
“One of the country’s biggest and longest
Cider Days Harvest Festival
Lakewood Heritage Center
Celebrate the autumn season at the
annual Cider Days Harvest Festival!
Booths serve cider by the glass or
gallon. Visitors use presses to make
fresh apple cider with apples bought at
Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield
Chatfield Nature Preserve
Celebrate autumn by picking your
favorite pumpkin. Then, enjoy food,
rides, crafts, nature trails and more at
this fall event.
Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday Sale
The annual holiday sale at the Denver
Botanic Gardens features gifts for plant
lovers, including herbal oils and unusual
craft items and ornaments.
Denver International Film Festival
Sie Film Center
Colorado’s largest film event features
hundreds of films from around the world
over eleven days.
Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
More than 10,000 people make this four-mile foot race and one-mile family fun part
of their Thanksgiving traditions. The run
raises funds for United Way.
Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Light
The gardens are transformed into a winter
wonderland of lights and winter plant
Erie’s Country Christmas and
Parade of Lights
Historic Old Town Erie
A living nativity, choirs, wagon rides,
vendors and a traditional parade with
lights dazzle visitors to Erie’s Christmas
Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk
Foothills Art Center
Experience the beauty of the holiday
season while walking down Washington
Avenue, candle in hand, singing holiday
carols during Golden’s hometown
Golden Christmas Candlelight Walk.
Parade of Lights
The two-mile parade route in
Downtown Denver is the stage for
Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition.
The free holiday spectacular features
marching bands, ornate floats, and a
special appearance by Major Waddles
the Penguin and Santa!
Yuletide Window Walk
Historic charm meets holiday cheer for
the Yuletide Window Walk. Each retail
boutique on Larimer Square showcases
local professional artists who used the
storefronts as canvases. The displays last
throughout the holiday season.
Experience a holiday light safari with
more than 38 brilliantly-illuminated
acres of lights, featuring more than 150
animated animal sculptures that swing
through trees, jump across lawns, hide
in bushes and appear in places where
they’re least expected. Enjoy animated
light sculptures, holiday music and