Fall Festivals and Events in and Around Colorado Springs

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Fall Festival 2021

Guide to Fall Festivals and Events

The temperatures are dropping, the kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn colors, and if you’re like me fall is a fun season to enjoy fall festivals with the family!  I’ve scoured the area and put together the most thorough 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 carnivals to pumpkin patches, geeky science festivals to scary haunted mines, there is literally something for everyone no matter how old or what your interests are, so join me in heading out to enjoy that crisp fall air!

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

FESTIVALS

Sept 24-26, Friday 5-11 PM, Saturday 11 AM- 11 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM

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

Join the Western Mining Museum in a celebration of the German culture and the German celebration of Oktoberfest.  There will be food vendors, live bands, dancing, wiener dog races, stein hoisting, a costume contest, keg tapping, retail vendors, wine tastings, and a beer school.  While the event is free, parking is $10, and some events do require purchase.  See their website for detailed event pricing and schedule of events.

October 2nd 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

Come enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, old-time music, pick a pumpkin, scramble for candy, and tour the restored 1880s Rock Ledge House and 1907 Estate House during this fall festival. There will also be a silent auction and food vendors on site.

https://www.facebook.com/RockLedgeRanch/

Saturday Oct 2nd

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.

October 2-3, Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM (last admission 8 PM), Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM (Last admission 5 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 Oct 9th at UCCS with the Cool Science Carnival Day (10 AM-4PM) (https://www.coolscience.org/cool-science-festival-schedule.html), with demonstration shows, lab tours and demos, rockets, drones, animals, and hands-on STEAM activities and exhibits.

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

The calendar will be updated with 2021 events in September.

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 8-10, 9 AM-5 PM daily, last admission 4 PM.

Admission: Non-Members: $12 Adult, $10 Adult Member, Student, Seniors, Military, or child (3-15), $7 Child Member (3-12) $6 Member Child, Under two.  Tickets must be purchased online in advance Tickets will NOT be available onsite.  Discounted Corn Maze tickets can be added for an additional $8 per adult or child.  Pumpkins are an additional cost (average $8).

Admission includes: entry to the pumpkin patch, antique tractor exhibit, tractor-pulled parking shuttles, hay ride, pony rides, photo booths, barrel train rides (for 12 and Under), mini maze for under 10, jumping pillow, 5 carnival game tickets for each paid child admission, and live music. For an additional fee: the Corn Maze, pumpkin golf cart (direct to your car), stunt jump, hamster balls, food, drinks, and additional carnival game tickets.

There are many other themed events happening at the Botanic Gardens: Corn Maze  (Sept 17 – Oct 31);  Glow in the Gardens (Oct 19-24): fun-filled nights with jack-o-lanterns, luminarias, and larger-than-life pumpkin displays and many fall-themed activities; and the Dia De Los Muertos Festival Nov 6th.  Please see the Botanic Garden’s website for more information on each of these fun-filled events! https://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events

October 16-17, 23-24, 29-31.

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

The zoo will close early for day visits at 3 PM on those dates. The last ticket of the day will be sold at 2 PM on those days, guests must exit and then the Zoo will open for Boo at the Zoo at 4 PM.

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.

October 19-24, 5:30-9:30 PM (the Gardens close at 3 PM on those days)

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

Admission: Adult $21, Child $17, 2 & Under: free, Adult Member $23, Child Member $19

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.

Oct 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29: 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: $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  Children under 8 are free with an adult.

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

The coffin races are not running for 2021, but they promise to be back for 2022

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

The Colorado Railroad Museum’s annual Halloween-themed steam-up event is back for 2021! 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.

Saturday November 6th, 9 AM – 4 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, Seniors and Military $11.50, Children (3-15) & Students (w/ID) $11, 2 & Under are 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.

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!), throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!!

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