Fall Festivals and Events in and Around Colorado Springs

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Guide to Fall Festivals and Events

The leaves are starting to turn colors, the temperatures are dropping, the kids are back in school. Fall is the best time to enjoy fall festivals with the family! We’ve scoured the area and put together a terrific list of fun things to do and places to go in our area for fun with the family. Whatever your family enjoys about fall – you can find fall here!

From geeky science festivals to halloween movies, haunted mines to pumpkin patches, there is something for everyone. Join us in heading out to enjoy that crisp fall air!

Check out our Guide to Fall for more ways to celebrate the Autumn season.

FESTIVALS

October 1 from 10 AM-5 PM.

Admission: Adults (18-54) $8, Seniors (55+) $5, Students (6-17) $4, Under 6 and LHA Members are free.  Special Military Pricing (must show ID) for Active and Retired: $6 Adult, $5 Senior, and $3 Youth (6-17).  Pumpkins are $5 each.

Rock Ledge Ranch, across from the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (719) 578-6777

The Ranch will be filled with activities and fun in the crisp autumn air. Take a wagon ride with the family, listen to old-time music, pick a pumpkin to take home, scramble for candy, kick back on the lawn with a slice of pie, and take time to tour the Historic Homes, visit the Blacksmith, and more.

Saturday, Oct 1

Since 1935 Penrose has taken a day to celebrate all things apple.  This year on October 2nd they will have their annual celebration.  Times and events are still to be determined, but the date is set!  There will be vendors, parades and pie contests.

Check back to their website for updates.

The pumpkin patch is open Sept. 23-Oct. 31, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM – 9 PM and Sundays from 10 AM – 6 PM.

1649 Poplar Ave., Canon City, CO 81212   (719) 821-9133

Admission is $13 per person and includes a pumpkin while they last; Kids under 5 are free but does NOT include a pumpkin.

On regular days they have a pumpkin patch, corn bin, hay slide and duck races, and a newly designed corn maze. For their October 2nd and 3rd Fall Festival they will have available old-fashioned games, such as: sack races, three-legged races, corn toss, duck races and a face painter available on site. They are a working farm and ask that you please follow the parking signs and be respectful of their neighbors when parking and using the farm.

Oct 2-3, 9 AM-4 PM Saturday, 12-4 Sunday

Location:  Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Tickets are $12 at the door, advance tickets are $10 per person.  Pumpkins are $5 each

The Annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest celebrates the Reynolds Ranch legacy and the spirit of the fall.  Activities include a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a straw maze, and a farmers’ market. Fall Festival Fun!

At various locations around the city of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, this nine-day science festival is a collaboration of national and local science organizations working together to provide exciting, educational and engaging special events designed to showcase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and exhibits for kids (primarily K-8). The festival kicks off Sept. 24th: first spend the day at the Space Foundation Discovery Center for some fun with Newton’s Laws of Motion; then in the evening you can enjoy a Community Stargazing Night at Thomas MacLaren School.

There will be food trucks, the Mobile Earth & Space Observatory (MESO), plenty of telescopes and of course Cool Science at both with fun activities an information about the rest of the festival’s exciting events, including the biggest event of all: Carnival Day!

The Cool Science Carnival Day for Kids at UCCS will be Saturday, October 1st from 10 am to 4 pm. Dozens of exciting science magic shows, laboratory tours and demos, rockets, drones, live animals, liquid nitrogen ice cream and lots of other hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities and exhibits for kids (primarily K-8th grades).

Most events are FREE.  Some charge a small fee to help the hosts cover their costs.

For a full calendar of events, their locations, and any possible fees, please check their website:  https://www.coolscience.org/cool-science-festival-schedule.html

October 7-9, 9 AM-4 PM daily.

Admission:

$15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $11 Children (ages 3-15), $13 Students, Free admission for children 2 and younger. Discounts for members and military.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance Tickets will NOT be available onsite. Pumpkins are an additional cost (average $8).

Festival includes:

  • Family and children’s activities
  • Local craft and artisan booths
  • Entertainment and live music
  • Food trucks and food vendors
  • Beer and hard cider vendors

Admission includes these activities:

  • Entry to the pumpkin patch and Corn Maze
  • Antique tractor exhibit by Front Range Antique Power Association
  • Tractor-pulled parking shuttles
  • Hayrides
  • Photo booths
  • 20 carnival tickets for games and inflatable bouncers, slides and obstacle course per child’s paid admission
  • Mini-maze for kids 10 and younger
  • Express face painting
  • Balloon characters

Additional costs include stunt jump and additional carnival tickets for games and inflatables.

There are many other themed events happening at the Botanic Gardens. Please see the Botanic Garden’s website for more information on each of these fun-filled events! https://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events

Ready to have a ghoulie time at Hillsides Halloween Movie Nights? Mark your calendars for these upcoming Friday night movies!

Free movies with candy, popcorn, and drinks. Doors open at 6 PM. Movies start at 6:30 PM.

Oct 7: Casper

Oct 14: Monster House

Oct 21: Hocus Pocus

October 18-23, 6-9 PM

Located at: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206    720-865-3500

Admission: Adult $25, Senior $23, Child $21. Two and younger, free. Military and member discounts.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance, tickets are limited in each time slot.

The Gardens dresses for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays, and hundreds of carved, glowing pumpkins.

Admission includes: trick or treating, fire performances, LED performers, pumpkin-carving demos, Halloween caricatures, glow-in-the-dark games, Halloween carnival games, hands-on crafts and coloring, and a scavenger hunt.  Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase.

October 21 from 5 PM-9 PM.

Free Event

Pikes Peak Children’s Museum | 2565 Airport RoadColorado Springs, CO 80910

The fun includes a Carve It Up Competition, Costume Contest, Pumpkin Patch Pirates & Mermaids, Live Music & DJ, Face painting & Balloon Artist, Trunk or Treating and Vendor stations.

October 21-23 & 28-31

Hours 4-8:30 PM, tickets are sold online only with timed admission only.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located at: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 633-9925

Don your costume, bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight for a frightfully good time! Activities will be posted on the Zoo’s website in October.  Costumes of guests 12 and up cannot have masks or weapons.  Guests 11 and under need to make sure their eyes can be seen with a mask on and that their peripheral vision is not obstructed. The Zoo requests that you help support their efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own bag for treats.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Haunted House – ages 6 and up, strobe lights in use (Lodge at Moose Lake)
  • Spooky Graveyard – (Scutes Family Gallery)
  • Trick-or-treat at Spooky Treat Stations (throughout the Boo at the Zoo path)
  • Pirate’s Cove – (Australia Walkabout)
  • Lighted Pumpkin Patch – (My Big Backyard)
  • Photo Opportunities – If you’ve got it, haunt it! Perfect selfie spots are everywhere at Boo at the Zoo. See if you can find our special year-specific banners and tag your posts: #BOOCMZOO
  • Sky Ride – $3 at Sky Ride ticket booth (be in line by 7:30 p.m., last ride at 8 p.m.)
  • Giraffe and Budgie feeding experiences.

Old Colorado City’s Fallidays is a Friends & Family MUST DO with concerts at Bancroft Park and street activities throughout Old Colorado City.

Balloon artist & Super Dave the High Walking Stilt Walker & Dancer. Character artist Bill Crowley at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Henna Tattoos & Vendors at Bancroft Park. Sidewalk Sales and Specials at Merchants throughout!

October 22nd, 2022 from 12pm – 5pm

FREE

The Colorado Railroad Museum’s annual Halloween-themed steam-up event is back! Grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities taking place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., including train rides. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for Trick-or-Treating!

Enjoy the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard, “not-so-spooky” Haunted Railcars, a hay bale maze, and musical ensembles performing throughout the day in our outdoor pavilion. Bring your camera, and get a great picture of your group’s costumes in front of the Pumpkin Patch cart. Tasty treats and lunchtime food options will be available for purchase.

An authentic, coal burning Colorado steam locomotive will pull trains for this event. Regular admission and train ride pricing applies. Capacity is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended!

Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 2-17, $8 seniors ages 60+. Free for Museum members and children under age 2.
Train Rides: $4 adults, $2 ages 2-17. Free for Museum members & children under age 2.

Oct 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28: Starting at 6 PM on Friday and 5:30 on Saturday. Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and depart every 15 minutes, until the last tour at 8:15, from the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.

Manitou Heritage Center: 517 Manitou Avenue

Admission: $16 in advance.  Children under 8 are free with an adult.

Listen to tales of the weird and wonderful as you stroll the streets of Manitou Springs.

Come out and enjoy a family-friendly event at the newly remodeled Panorama Park.
Petting zoo, pumpkin patch, live music, face paint, food trucks, farmers market, free books, vendors, trunk or treat and more.
Costumes are welcomed!
Panorama Park, 4540 Fenton Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Free
12 PM-3 PM

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum invites families for a fun and educational fall-themed stroll around the beautiful 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. Register for a time slot for your outdoor guided stroll where you will visit five interactive art and history-themed stations. Each stroll is (1) hour and includes a special treat and prizes for kids. Costumes are encouraged!

Tickets are $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free.

In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of Manitou Springs. In the years since, the races have grown into an often-copied-but-never-equaled Manitou Springs tradition.

900 block of Manitou Ave
Free

This is an all-day event. The parade begins at noon, with the coffin races and an after party following.

Saturday November 5th, 9 AM – 3 PM

Located at: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206    720-865-3500

This event is included with regular Gardens admission.  Members are free, Adults $15, Members $10, Children 15 and under, free.

The Gardens honors the Dia De Los Muertos by inviting artists, community groups and individuals to create nichos to honor and remember someone special, a group or a cause.  Enjoy the Gardens and the display of ofrendas, visit the Mercado and see the vendors with their Dia De Los Muertos original art pieces, prints, folk art, jewelry, t-shirt designs and more.

Guide to Fall with image of Garden of the gods in Colorado Springs