Fun Events for First Fall Weekend

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It’s hard to believe that Summer is already almost over as today marks the last day of the season. It seems like just yesterday we were greeted with the longest day of the year. While we all had fun during those few months, students are back in school, leaves will begin to change color, and outdoor events are fewer and farther. We at least have our football!

While there may not be as many outdoor events in the Fall as there is in the Summer, this weekend proves that everyone is still lively and ready to run outdoors. This weekend is filled with events and festivals all throughout Colorado and we are sure that one of these is for you. Take a look at the fun that is to be had this weekend!


Morrison Cider Festival

Where: Bear Creek Care & Rehab, Morrison, CO

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 AM – 9 PM

If you’re a fan of cider then this is the place to be this Saturday! Filled with live music, fun activities and vendors, there is something to do for the entire family. Activities for the festival include cider presses, a custom car show, a kids area, hay and pony rides and much more.

Live music will be playing the entire day of the festival. Bands include Thirsty Five Horn Band, The Jerry Jerome Experience, Odessa RoseSteepland String Band and The Atomic Drifters.


Centennial Chalk Art Festival: September 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. –

Where: Centennial Center Park

When: Saturday, Sept 23 & Sunday Sept 24, 11 AM – 4 PM

Stop by Centennial Park this weekend and check out some outstanding start! There will be more than 40 very talented artists who bring art to life right in front of your eyes! There will be food and beverages available for purchase from different metro area food trucks.

Enjoy live music from local bands as you enjoy the art. The bands playing on Saturday include Megan Burtt, Kenny Lee Young and Patrick Dethlefs. Go back Sunday to listen to Jason Vigil, La Pompe Jazz and Follow the Fox.

There will also be discounted animal licensing available for purchase! Residents can obtain a 3 year animal price at a discounted price of a 1 year license.


Autumn Gold Festival

Where: Bond Park, Estes Park, CO

When: Saturday, Sept 23, 10 AM – 7 PM; Sunday, Sept 24, 10 AM – 5 PM

It’s a weekend festival filled with brats, beer and bands! The Autumn Gold Festival hosts a fun weekend bringing in local musicians and the popular raffle with a grand prize of $5,000! Runner up prizes include $2,500 and various other cash rewards. While raffle tickets cost $25 a piece, it is free to enter the festival to dance, listen to music and enjoy your time there!

Food and beverages are available for purchase offered by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary. They will be serving cold beers, soft drinks and bratwursts smothered in mustard. As a family friendly event, other activities include corn bag toss, a bounce house, face painting and a classic car show.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Festival

Where: Ranch Events Complex, Loveland, CO

When: Saturday, Sept 23, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

A day of tasting chocolates? Sign us up! The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Festival includes an array of chocolate to taste with more than 30 chocaltiers, samplers and vendors. You can sample as many chocolate as you would like in exchange for tasting tickets. You can get 12 taste tickets for only $10 but it is recommended to start off the 24 for $20. If that’s not enough, you can still purchase more tickets at the show.

Admission is only $5

Buy your tickets now!


Fort Collins Annual Car Show

Where: Downtown Fort Collins

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 AM – 3 PM

The annual Fort Collins Car Show was originally supposed to be in May but had to be postponed due to inclement weather. If you’re a big car buff then this is the destination for you! Walk around Old Town Fort Collins to check out and vote on your favorite cars. There are 9 categories that cars can be entered in for to help celebrate Nelsen’s 70th Anniversary. Fans vote for Nelsen’s Nicest Nine. Below are the categories that car owners/enthusiasts can win!

  • Best Street Rod (1959 & Earlier)
  • Best Vintage Stock/ OEM Original (1900 – 1960)
  •  Best Stock/ OEM Original (1961 – 2017)
  • Best Modified (all years)
  • Best Muscle Cars (1960 – 1985)
  • Best Late Model (1986 – 2017)
  • Best Import (all years)
  • Best Truck (all years)
  • Best in SHOW (all vehicles will be eligible for this)



Longmont Oktoberfest

Where: Roosevelt Park, Longmont, CO

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Saturday, Sept 23, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Stop in Longmont for a good old fashioned Oktoberfest! Presented by Left Hand Brewing, you can spend two days listening to live music, eating brats and drinking some beer.

The Longmont Oktoberfest will be including ten breweries, two cideries, local foods and many other fun activities including a costume contest. A very child friendly event, the other activities include a petting zoo for the kids, water activities, a rock climbing wall, a full kid zone and much more!

The event features the ska punk band, Reel Big Fish who will be playing Friday night. Other live bands playing throughout the weekend include Perpetual GrooveBIG SomethingAndy Frasco & The UNPandas & PeopleFACERapidgrassBonnie & The Clydes, and Gasoline Lollipops.

Tickets cost $10 for Friday and $5 for Saturday pre-sale. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

You can also check out the Oktoberfest’s in Denver, Highlands Ranch and Colorado Springs!