Enjoy the best that Denver has to offer this fall without stretching your budget. The Mile High City is packed with free festivals, attractions and activities that will keep you busy all season long.
 

Oktoberfest
Sept. 21-23 & Sept. 28-30
In the Ballpark Neighborhood (between 20th and 22nd Sts. on Larimer St.)

http://www.www.thedenveroktoberfest.com  
This family friendly fest commemorates the world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage. Enjoy German attractions including music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children's activities, and heritage booths selling German goods, splendid decor, an accordion concert and authentic drinks and cuisine.



Cultivate Food, Ideas and Music Festival
Oct. 6
City Park

http://www.chipotle.com/cultivate
Chipotle Mexican Grill -- a chain that got its start in Denver -- is throwing a BIG party in City Park this October, including cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food. Entertainment will be provided by indie rock favorites Okkervil River and Best Coast. 

Farmers’ Markets
www.denver.org/what-to-do/museum-art/denver-farmers-markets  
The many farmers’ markets spread throughout the Mile High City aren’t just about locally grown farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and good-to-the-last bite prepared foods – though you’ll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver Farmers’ Market is a festive, weekly street fair, with live entertainment, family friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals. 


Festival of Scarecrows
Oct. 6
www.arvadafestivals.com   
Scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, kids costume parade, community booths, hay wagon rides, giant pumpkin contest are featured at this boo fest presented with Historic Olde Town Arvada Association.

Chatfields Pumpkin Festival- Oct 12-14

This three-day festival is a great tradition for the entire family!

Various fall-themed activities will be available, such as arts and crafts, various pumpkin-themed activities and monster hand building. Kids can also enjoy free amusement rides, explore the pumpkin patch and get their faces painted!

Don’t forget to bring your wagon to our 10-acre pumpkin patch. Pumpkin prices vary by size - the average price is $8. Free Pumpkin Daycare is available, so you can enjoy the rest of the festival! While visiting Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, make it a full day of family fun and stop by the spectacular Corn Maze right next door. Watch the delight as younger children find their way through a special McDonald's Mini-Maze designed just for them.

New! Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14, 2012
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128


Denver Arts Week: Night At The Museums
Nov. 3
www.denverartsweek.com  
Based on the popular event from Paris, Denver Arts Week’s Night at the Museums explores the city's top museums that open their doors for free from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free shuttle buses are available, which also includes free parking, making it possible to hop from museum to museum. In addition to being free, many of the museums offer music, dance and special performances. Denver Arts Week continues through Nov. 10, and includes many other free activities. 


First Friday Art Walks
http://www.denver.org/what-to-do/museum-art/denver-art-districts  
First Friday Art Walks are known for the rich, shared experience of performance art, music, painting exhibitions and lots more. It's an event that feeds both your need for art and culture and your desire to have fun!

Happy autumn!!!