Your Scoop on 2018 Foodie-Themed Fall Festivals in Colorado
With gorgeous weather and golden trees, autumn is an exciting time in Colorado. There are several foodie themed fall festivals throughout our beloved state offering chances to eat, drink, and have a good time.
Not only can you hop on a Food Tour with us in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado also hosts several fall-themed community festivals and holiday events, several of which seem tailor-made for foodies and liquor connoisseurs.
We have found numerous interesting and enjoyable fall events in Colorado. Eleven of them are listed below in chronological order!
September 21-23 & 28-30 | Denver
Worldwide, Oktoberfests are held from mid-September to early October. In Denver, you can catch Octoberfest in September, and not just on one weekend but two! It takes place in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood on the two Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and the two Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Here’s the entertainment schedule. As for food, don’t wear tight pants! The German food offered includes bratwurst, schnitzel, sausage, sauerkraut, and Bavarian fries and pretzels. Admission is free. More than one publication named this event the USA’s “Best Oktobefest.”
Sunday, September 23 | Colorado Springs
If you love Colorado Springs, the 2018 Taste of Old Colorado City is a win-win for you as a foodie and a resident. You can eat food from the best restaurants in Old Colorado City and improve the area, as all proceeds benefit the historic district. The festival will be from 1-4 p.m. at Bancroft Park. Here are the event’s restaurants. There will also be drinks, music, and art. Tickets cost $10 for children, $35 for adults, and $50 for VIPs who can enter at noon.
September 29 | Colorado Springs
This festival combines music and beer, what could be better?! More than 30 breweries will be selling alcohol as the four bands listed on this website play music. The festival will be at Memorial Park from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can be bought here. They are $32.50 to $37.50 with the proceeds benefiting the Manitou Springs Heritage Center.
September 30 | Colorado Springs
We here at Rocky Mountain Food Tours love it when someone introduces a new event for foodies in Colorado Springs. The 1st Annual Crawfish Boil will be located at FH Beerworks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It features fresh Louisiana crawfish, andouille sausage, spicy red potatoes, corn, and a pint of beer. You can buy tickets for the event here for $35.
October 6 | Denver
Next month there will be an actual grilled cheese and beer festival – two of our favorite things combined! It’s in Denver at Denver Rock Drill (that’s not a typo; it’s NOT grill). There are two sessions—one from 2-5 p.m. and one from 6-9 p.m. Each session costs $55. You can buy tickets here. You knew you could sample various kinds of beers, but on Oct. 6 you can sample “grilled cheese bites both large and small made by local chefs and participating restaurants in an array of styles.”
October 11-14 | Boulder
This event may be Colorado’s only food film festival. What’s a food film festival? It’s basically a series of films about food. Here’s the schedule. It includes documentaries about craft beer, Cuban food, a refugee who started a food truck business, farmers on Colorado’s Western Slope, and the end of factory farming. A tribute to the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and the Oscar-winning movie “Babette’s Feast” will also be shown. The Boulder Public Library will show most of the films. You can buy tickets and get more information here.
October 13 | Aurora
This over-the-top chocolate extravaganza is enough to satisfy even the most sugar-crazed people among us. Fans of chocolate will find it in every which form from cakes to truffles to even wine and tea. Over 70 artisans will come together to show off their cacao wares from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. People of all ages will have a jolly good time with a variety of activities and games. VIP tickets are priced at $50 and include lots of tasting tickets, which you’ll need to exchange for your tasty treats!
October 20 | Colorado Springs
The Haunted Brew Fest, held at the Norris Penrose Event Center, is much more Halloween themed than many of the other events listed here. It features appearances by the casts of two local haunted houses—Hellscream and Sinister. Join in on the fun, wear a costume and you just might win the event wide costume contest and earn $50. The Haunted Brew Fest will have about 40 of the region’s best breweries and wine distilleries in attendance, offering more than 100 different adult beverages. Tickets are $30 for the 1-4 p.m. session and $35 for the 5-8 p.m. session.
October 28 | Aurora
If you want to drink some of the best craft beer in Colorado while your children are nearby enjoying a Halloween-like experience, this event is for you. It’s at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora from 1-5 p.m. You can buy tickets here. A general admission ticket is $40 before Oct. 28, expect to pay an additional $5 the day of the event. Each ticket includes free admission for one child 12 and under. This festival has plenty of food, music, and drinks for adults, including unlimited 1-ounce beer tastings. It also has a petting zoo and trick-or-treat stations for children. The proceeds go to the National Hemophilia Foundation.
November 1-3 | Denver
You don’t have to travel far to attend one of the “Best Wine Festivals Across America,” an honor bestowed on this event at the Denver Marriott Westminster by Food and Wine magazine. The event features winemakers from all over the world. You can savor 20 pairings of wine and gourmet food dishes on Thursday and The Grand Tastings of International Wine and Food on Friday. The event is from 6-9 p.m. both days and costs $120 on Thursday, $95 on Friday. Purchase a VIP ticket which entitles you to early admission. You can find additional details here. For an extra special treat, purchase tickets for the “Julie and Julia” Champagne Tribute Luncheon on Saturday, November 3rd. This tribute was inspired by the annual luncheon that Julia Child hosted at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. A must for any foodie!
November 24 | Palmer Lake
Built in 1935 on the side of Sundance Mountain, the 457-foot-wide Palmer Lake Star has become one of Colorado’s more unique attractions. The star’s 91 light bulbs are lit each year at the climax of the festival. As the star is lit, hundreds of paper lanterns will be released into Palmer Lake. The day’s festivities also include many adult and children activities, a chili cook-off, music, and a chance to eat at local restaurants. You can purchase tickets here. The $20 cost pays for a lantern, a flashlight, and a marker to write on the lanterns. The proceeds benefit the town’s parks and pedestrian bridge.
Have your cake and eat it too! Attend one of these great fall festivals and be sure to sign up for our Original Colorado Springs Food Tour, held both Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. year-round. The tours include visits to five diverse culinary destinations. Upgrade your experience by including alcohol pairings at three of the destinations on your tour!
Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team