Fall is here and the world is rejoicing!  Well, those of us who love the chilly weather and beautiful foliage are celebrating, at least.


Rocktober (All Month – Hopefully)

The Colorado Rockies have a loyal following in the state but often leave their fans with much to be desired in win percentage and playoff appearances.  Ten years ago, in 2007, the team made an unprecedented World Series run when they finished the season winning 21 of 22 games and advancing into the playoff picture with an exciting tiebreaker game at home.  They stomped their way to the World Series where no locals care to remember what happened against the Red Sox.  Since then, the Rockies have made one appearance in the post season with a quick elimination in 2009.  This year, at time of writing, the Rockies have an 62% chance of breaking into the post season despite a recent performance slide.  The city will come alive in purple celebrating the accomplishment with undoubtedly sold-out games at Coors Field.  Get your tickets or crowd the bars in LoDo to cheer on the team!


Estes Park Elk Fest (October 1st)

Head up to Rocky Mountain National Park for “Elktober” (people sure do like to play with the name of the month).  To kick the month off, there is the Elk Fest in Estes Park which celebrates the bugling season when large herds of elk gather in the national park and surrounding areas.  At Elk Fest, you’ll see Native American dance and music, craft tents, and shopping.  On top of the wildlife and local culture you’ll be there just in time to catch the golden aspen leaves that glow throughout the forest areas.

To learn more about the Estes Park Elk Fest click Real Men Bugle

Pumpkin Festival (October 13th – 15th)

Get lost in the annual tradition of a good ol’ fashioned corn maze.  Thanks to the Denver Botanic Gardens and Chatfield Farms you can play lab rat for a day trying to get your way out of a maze built for masochistic humans; it’s as healthy for a relationship as an Ikea bookcase.  After that, check out the live music, droves of food trucks, and the huge pumpkin patch to meander through.  While picking a pumpkin certainly is fun, take note that you will be paying a premium for these pumpkins so if you’re with a kid just have him select the type/size of pumpkin he wants and swing by a grocery store on the way home for a cheap substitute; frugality wins!

To learn more about the Pumpkin Festival click Where’s My Cheese?

Boo at the Zoo (October 20th – 31st)

Looking to celebrate Halloween without the stress of a haunted house or debauchery of nightclubs?  Check out one of the most unique zoos in the world at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo down in Colorado Springs.  Boo at the Zoo draws in costume-clad children and adults alike for a chance to really confuse the enclosed animals.  A few of the activities included: haunted fun house and ghoulish graveyard, trick-or-treat at spooky treat stations, boo carousel, Pirates Cove, and a lighted pumpkin patch.  Best animal costume gets locked up in a habitat for an indeterminate amount of time (probably not true, but if the costume is really good, who knows…).

To learn more about Boo at the Zoo click That Wolf is Dressed as a Sheep

Día de los Muertos (October 20th – 22nd)

Head to the mountains for a fun festival in Breckenridge.  Día de los Muertos is “a three-day commemoration of Day of the Dead featuring hands-on workshops, face painting, art installations and community-made altars on the Arts District campus.”  Learn all about the Mexican holiday and, specifically, the creative artwork that permeates the celebration.

To learn more about Día de los Muertos click Es Mejor Que Halloween

From spooky celebrations to bugling elk to cheering on the purple and white October is shaping up to be a memorable month in Colorado!