Colorado Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches and Mazes
Fall Festivals, October Pumpkin Patches and FunThe shift in seasons brings autumn traditions and fall festivals across the state. Visit these pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and cheerful, tasty fall festivals for big family fun and people of all ages and types.
Fall Festivals Food FestsPueblo’s annual Chile & Frijoles Festival (Sept. 22-24) celebrates all things green chile. Eat the fiery native peppers on a stick, in salsa, and wrapped in tacos. Then, sign on for the jalapeno-eating contest. The annual fest averages 100,000 Chile fans. Attending cooking competitions, a farmers market, watching live music, and more. Picturesque Estes Park lures leaf-peepers to downtown’s Bond Park with its 24th annual Autumn Gold - Bands, Brats and Beer Festival (Sept. 23–24). The family-friendly gathering comes with face painting, bag toss games, a bounce house, rides in antique cars, and a fire engine. Buy a raffle ticket for a shot at $5,000. Dine on brats, roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, and sip craft brews while dancing to award-winning Colorado bands. Head to YA YA Farm & Orchard in Longmont for Applefest (Oct. 21-22) and get in on the historic century-old farm’s fall festival party. Chase the all-you-can-eat barbecue with apple cider donuts and apple pies. Visit resident draft horses, turkeys and peacocks, listen to live bluegrass and jump on a tractor-drawn hayride. Select your perfect gourd from the vine when YA YA’s famous pumpkin patch opens the first weekend in October.
Corn MazesVisit the Arkansas River Valley’s Colon Orchards for two corn mazes, hayrides, and pumpkin picking. The fourth-generation family-run farm also offers a market with local fruit, vegetables, farm-raised beef, and a plethora of Colorado products, spanning honey to jams, caramels to cookies. Jack Lantern's Northern Colorado Corn Maze , starting October 6th, near Fort Collins, breaks the maze fun into night and day. A younger-kid-friendly daytime maze is perfect for the playful family crowd, while the haunted nighttime maze delivers a spooky challenge for older kids. Two pumpkin patches are on tap, along with free wagon tours of the 90-acre Colorado farm. Add a dash of competition with the all-ages corn maze scavenger hunt.
Pumpkins Everywhere Fall FestivalsCelebrate fall at the Denver Botanic Garden's Chatfield Farms' Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 6 - 8) in Littleton. Guests enjoy picking out pumpkins from the 10-acre pumpkin patch, live music, food trucks, beer and wine vendors, an antique tractor exhibit, corn maze, barrel train rides, carnival games and many other family activities. In Canon City, locals know to hit Diana’s Pumpkin Patch opening on September 26th. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to the general public through October 31st. Pumpkin patch and corn maze fun followed by s'mores and hot cider by the fire pit. The oldest corn maze in Fremont County features a different theme, game, and layout every year. The hay slide and duck races are always a big draw. Enjoy the fall festival fun on weekends from September 23rd-October 31st.
Wildlife Fall FestivalsThe Bighorn Sheep Festival (Nov. 13) in Georgetown brings folks to the mountains for hikes, music, crafts, children’s activities, and, of course, glimpsing the majestic head-banging bighorns. Pull off I-70 at the Bighorn Sheep Viewing Station and the Georgetown Gateway Visitor Center for guided wildlife viewings and talks, or add to the experience with a scenic train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
Autumn Leaf Peeping TourWhile you are deciding which fall festival to attend, consider taking a leaf peeping drive along the way. Colorado has many spectacular routes that offer colorful fall mountain vistas, historical significance, and interesting places to stop along the way. For a full list of Colorado fall festivals and events, visit our Colorado Event Calendar.
By Lisa Blake