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7 Colorado Fall Festivals Not to Miss

Beer, cider, chili, apples, crisp autumn air—it’s festival season in Colorado!

By Lisa Blake

Copper Cider Circus

Aug. 25–26, 2017
Copper Mountain

This cider and beer tasting event goes Big Top with aerial artists, cheese and cider pairings, mobile infusions from a SuperFly Infusion Master and more than 75 craft cider and beers up for sampling. Be prepared to be wowed by nano and micro cideries and obscure, handpicked craft brews.

Copper Cider Circus


Keystone Oktoberfest and Das Bier Burner 5K

Sept. 2, 2017
Keystone

Begin your holiday weekend with a friendly 5K course of easy rolling hills and toast the day with cold steins of Colorado-brewed Oktoberfest beers. Keep the party going and dance to oompah bands and nosh delicious German fare. All runners receive a free T-shirt, goody bag and complimentary post-race brat and beer from New Belgium.

Frisco’s Fall Fest

Sept. 9, 2017
Frisco

Spend a day on charming Main Street nibbling small plates from local restaurants, listening to live music and browsing Colorado jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography and more. Join in the take-home art project, stop by the Frisco Bay Marina for paddleboard and boat rentals and don’t miss the special adult treats in the beer garden, including the Colorado microbrew of margaritas and traditional German Hofbräu beer.

Buena Vista Apple Fest

Sept. 9, 2017
Buena Vista

This super family-friendly fest celebrates Colorado’s bountiful apple harvest. Head to historic Turner Farm for apple bobbing, pie contests, crafts, a cemetery tour, pony and hay wagon rides, live entertainment and more. The century-old apple orchard puts on an old-fashioned fair with front porch acoustic music, a pie contest and sale, storytelling and old-time demos on everything from butter-churning to blacksmithing.

Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival

Sept. 9, 2017
Mt. Crested Butte

Nothing says fall like hot chili and cold beer. Visit the base of Crested Butte Mountain for this 19th annual gathering of vendors, brewers and chili connoisseurs. Savor locally made chili, tasty craft beer and live music. Vote for your favorite chili and grab a cold one from the beer tents where top brewers from Colorado and beyond are ready to fill your commemorative glass.

Steamboat OktoberWest

Sept. 16–17, 2017
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat puts its own spin on the conventional Oktoberfest with Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and western festivities. Celebrating its ninth year, the party kicks off with a stroll featuring seasonal and local beers. On Saturday, it’s time for music, the I Love Beef Cook Off and a lively beer garden starring more than 45 Rocky Mountain region brewers.

Steamboat OktoberWest

Paonia Mountain Harvest Festival

Sept. 21–24, 2017
Paonia

This 17th annual four-day festival offers a taste of everything Western Slope—musicians, artists, writers, food and drink and kids activities. Indulge your senses with local fare, a chili cook off and pie contest, fun-filled kids area, grape stomp, slow bike races and Saturday night concerts. Take in local art and crafts and be sure to sign on for a North Fork Valley farm tour celebrating the area’s bountiful peppers, lavender and wine grapes.

Visit our comprehensive event calendar for a full lineup of Colorado fall festivals.