15 Best Festivals and shows in Denver during October 2018 - Kid 101

15 Best Festivals and shows in Denver during October 2018

Pumpkin festivals and fall fun, some scary Halloween events, and Oktoberfests dominate this month. Breezing into Denver are Christina Aguilera, Ozuna – the Latin reggaeton sensation, Cherub – an indie pop group, and Kidz Bop Kids – the youngsters your youngsters love to listen to.

Pumpkin Festival – Denver Botanic Gardens

About: Included in the festival entry fee are family and children’s activities, live music, local craft and artisan booths, food trucks and food vendors, and beer and wine vendors from Friday through Sunday. These are the activities available at the festival: pumpkin patch, antique tractor exhibit by Front Range Antique Power Association, tractor-pulled parking shuttles, pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides, photo booths, barrel train rides for children 12 and younger, mini-maze for kids 10 and younger, jumping pillow, bouncers, slides and obstacle courses, and express face painting. Kids get five carnival game tickets per child’s paid admission.

When: Friday to Sunday, October 12-14 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day (last entry at 4:00 pm)

Where: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

Contact: 720-865-3500

Cost: Advance $8 per adult, $6 per child aged 3-12, children 2 and under are free. At the door $10 adult, and $8 child.


About: The 26-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, Ozuna, stops in Denver on his Aura Tour in support of his latest album. He had sixteen hits, on the Latin singles chart in 2017. He sings in Spanish and his style is adaptable – whether it’s reggaeton, trap, cumbia, dancehall, bachata, or salsa – he can handle it. His first studio album Odisea won Top Latin Album at the Billboard Music Awards, 2018.

When: Sunday, October 7 at 8:00 pm. Doors open 7:00 pm.

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Contact: 303-405-1100

Cost: $49 to $139 (fees not included).

Anderson Farms Fall Festival

About: Fall on the farm is fun for kids with wagon rides, barnyard pedal karts, barrel train rides, a 25-acre corn maze, inflatables, a barnyard petting zoo that even has alpacas and a whole lot more fun things to do. The pumpkin cannon is fired on Saturdays and Sundays only. Most of the activities are included in the admission price, but there are a few ticketed items including the Paintball Gallery, the Ducktona Halfpipe Duck races, gem mining, and pony rides.

When: October 1-31 (Festival starts September 19).

Where: If traveling from Denver head north on I-25, exit 235 on Hwy 52, approximately 12 miles north of 120th Avenue. Turn west on Hwy 52 and go approximately 2 1/2 miles. Turn north on County Road (CR) 3¼. Go ¾ mile and you will have arrived.

The address is 6728 County Road 3 ¼, Erie, CO 80516

Contact: 303-828-5210 or email info@andersonfarms.com

Cost: Daily admission $12 per person over the age of 4 from Monday to Thursday. Weekend admission $18 per person over 4. The Terror in the Corn attraction together with the fall festival costs $27 but is suited for kids over the age of 10.

Fall Festival – Denver Botanic Gardens

About: The fall festival takes place at the Chatfield Farm venue, where visitors can get themselves lost in the 7-acre corn maze. The corn mini-maze is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the big maze closes, for children 10 and under. Enjoy a hayride Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during Corn Maze hours (one FREE ride with Corn Maze admission or $5 per person), barrel train ride (for children 12 and under), jumping pillow (for children under 54 inches tall).

Pony rides are available during Corn Maze from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., $5 per person for pony rides. Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first served basis. Bring your own picnic or purchase items like hot dogs, funnel cakes, fresh lemonade, and kettle corn, among others from the food vendors.

Fear Flicks: New films will be showing every week during Dead Zone Scream Park dates. Once your family has conquered Corn Maze and the mini-maze, explore the tree house and water feature in Deer Creek Discovery, check out the wildlife observation area, and visit the barnyard friends.

When: Sept. 21 – Oct. 28, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6:00 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm.

Where: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

Contact: 720-865-3500

Cost: $14 per adult, 11 per child aged 3-12, free for children 2 and under.

Applefest Cedaredge

About: It all starts on Thursday with a Chile cook-off by the Cedaredge Fire Department at The Fire Station between 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. On Friday the Beer garden will be open between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm followed by the Rodeo presented by J$ Cattle Company. The concert at the Old Slaughterhouse starts at 8:00 pm. Saturday begins with a Pancake breakfast at Masonic Hall between 7:30 am and 10:30 am. Some people may be involved in the 5K run at Town Park in the morning. Then the Applefest itself swings into action between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. There will be vintage motorcycles at SW 2Nd Street, a classic car and tractor show, then a Beer Stein Challenge at 3:00 pm in the Beer Garden followed by two concerts. There are kids activities, crafts, and great music all day long. The event brings together local business, apple orchards, artists, musicians, over 200 vendors, and over 20,000 event attendees.

When: Thursday to Sunday, October 4-7

Where: Downtown Cedaredge – various venues

Contact: 970-856-6961 or email cedaredgeareachamber@gmail.com

Cost: Free

Nitro Circus

About: Just the words ‘Nitro Circus’ get the adrenalin flowing – but wait until you see the 30 freestyle athletes completing mind-blowing stunts during the freestyle motocross and BMX routines in the You Got This Tour. You gain a new perspective on these athletes timing, coordination and sheer daredevil craziness when you seem them perform life compared to what you normally only get to see in two dimensions on the TV show.

When: Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 pm

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204

Contact: 303-405-1100

Cost: $39.99

Christina Aguilera

About: Christina is back and better than ever as she takes the show on the road with the Liberation tour after a six-year hiatus. The Grammy Award-winning superstar and pop icon have released her highly anticipated eighth studio album with the song Accelerate ft. from the album featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. Big Boi will be opening for Christina at the Denver concert, where she has redefined herself in a new image – we have a confident, honed star liberated from the music industry mold.

When: Friday, October 19 at 8:00 pm.

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204

Contact: 303-405-1100

Cost: From $175

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Aurora

About: The City of Aurora and Colorado State Bank are determined to send those pumpkins flying! There is all the fun of watching the trebuchet in action as well as other pumpkin launchers. See how far they go. Then there is a pumpkin patch, pony rides, crafts, games, live music, and a beer garden. There is also a Corvette car show if you want to see something racy. The food vendors will be out in full force ready to feed the masses.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Where: Arapahoe Park Racetrack, 2600 E. Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016

Contact: 303-739-7000

Cost: Free

Glow in the Gardens – York Street

About: Luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays, and hundreds of carved glowing gourds alter the mood of the gardens for a nighttime Halloween experience. Using real pumpkins harvested from local farms, pumpkin artists create larger-than-life sculptures. There will be dense displays of jack-o-lanterns, and expect to see ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. Spooky storytelling, hands-on crafts, games, cash bars, seasonal café specials, and of course, a little trick-or-treating all take place at this festive fall event. Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase. To reduce event congestion timed tickets are issued. Enter within the ticket window you purchase, however, once inside you are welcome to stay until the event closes.

When: Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm., last entry at 9:00 pm. (the Gardens will close at 3:00 pm. every day of Glow at the Gardens)

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

Contact: 720-865-3500

Cost: $18 Adult, $16 Adult Member, $14 Child (Aged 3-15), $10 Child Member. Free for children 2 or younger.

Mile High Spirits Block Party

About:  Come down for music from Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Goldfish, Manila Killa, Y2K, Option4, Hex Cougar, Toy Box, and a whole lot more. There will be food vendors, a craft village, and world-renowned performers as well as regional and local talent, and plenty of, ahem, spirits.

When: Saturday, October 13 from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Where: 2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205

Contact: email info@drinkmhs.com or via a website

Cost: $50 general admission in advance, $65 admission and after party, $70 day of a party.

St Dominic’s Oktoberfest

About: The event attracts around 1800 people who come to enjoy the music of three Denver based bands, food from three Highlands food vendors and taste the brews from seven local microbreweries.

When: Saturday, October 13 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Where: 2905 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80211

Contact: 303-455-3613

Cost: Free admission. Beer and food tickets available to purchase on site.

Maker Fair

About: This is the only Feature Maker Faire in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas. Here there are hands-on activities for makers ranging from kids to grandfathers, as well as presentations, and competitions. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, and projects. Get inspired when you see what other makers have done! Perhaps you have a skill you want to show at the fair – then register to participate.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Where: National Western Complex, Hall of Education, 4655 Humboldt Street Denver, CO 80216

Contact: 970-633-0383 or email dan@makingprogresscolorado.org

Cost: Adults: $15 Students & Seniors: $10 Kids age 5-12: $8 Kids under 5 free.

Flatiron Food and Film Festival

About: The food festival opens with a night of craft beer and then over the next couple of day visitors learn about the food traditions of Cuba, the struggle of a woman to open a food truck business from a Lebanese refugee camp, passing on family traditions to children, how to nurture young farmers, and how to move away from factory farming. Movies screened include Babette’s Feast, Brewmaster, Cuban Food Stories, and The Cakemaker, among others. There is a Downtown Bites and Brews Tour, Conversations with Food Nonprofits, and a Homage to Anthony Bourdain.

When: Thursday to Sunday, October 11-14

Where: Boulder Public Library, Muenzinger Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus in conjunction with the International Film Series, and at The Nomad Playhouse, Boulder, CO 80302

Contact: via a website

Cost: $70 for the festival film pass. There are other separately ticketed events such as the Cuban Food Stories at $12-$13, and the Cure Organic Farm Tour at $7.

Kidz Bop Live

About: Kids love to listen to other kids – and when those kids are super talented then it’s even better. Seeing others kids achieve their dreams spurs youngsters determination to succeed. Kidz Bop has sold over 19 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams since the brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. Kidz Bop Live 2018 is a great family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids”.

When: Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 pm. Doors open 3:00 pm.

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Visitor Center, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465

Contact: 720-865-2494

Cost: $35-$55


About: This electro-indie duo hails from Nashville. Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber will be in Denver for one night on their tour. Remember Doses and Mimosas from their MoM & DaD album in 2012? And Freaky Me Freaky You from the 2014 album Year of the Caprese? The show is suited to all ages.

When: Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 pm

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Contact: 303-786-7030

Cost: $26-$30

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