Its stunning display of gardens and collections that cover 24 acres is reason enough to visit Denver Botanic Gardens. Fall is also a great time to visitChatfield Farms, their working farm in nearby Littleton that's the site of the annual Pumpkin Festival. Features include a seven-acre corn maze, kids' activities, live music and food and beverage vendors. Both facilities are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily and the Pumpkin Festival takes place October 12–14. Visit the website for tickets.
2018 marks the ninth year of one of Denver's more popular athletic events. This unique half-marathon has bands stationed at each mile along the course to keep energy levels high with music ranging from classic rock to funk and blues. Participants receive a t-shirt, gear bag and a free beer at the finish line. Start time is 7 a.m. on October 21, but if you prefer a shorter distance or a nice warm-up, register for the 5K at 9 a.m. on October 20.
Immerse yourself in Denver's thriving cultural scene at this week-long celebration of local arts. The festival hosts more than 300 events at the city's top museums, galleries and theaters, many of which will offer discounted admission. Highlights include First Friday Art Walks, Denver Film Festival and Free Night at the Museums on November 3. Denver Arts Week runs from November 2–10. Visit the website for a full listing of activities.
Did you know that the Denver Zoo is the most popular paid attraction in the metro area? The Zoo recently made headlines when they welcomed a baby aye-aye, one of the rarest animals in the world. In addition to the traditional Boo at the Zoo, new fall events include Enchanted Hollows, a nighttime walk through the grounds, and Taps and Tails, a 21-and-over pop-up beer hall. The Zoo is open for general admission seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the website for event calendar.
When you visit this incredible refuge, you'll quickly forget that you're a mere 12 miles from downtown Denver. The 15,000 acres have been the location of both farms and manufacturing sites before its current role as a wildlife sanctuary. Coyotes, mule deer, great horned owls and sand cranes are some of the animals and birds that may be spotted in the fall. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily and admission is free.
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