The Top 5 Fall Festivities in Denver

  • Huge rock formation at Red Rocks

  • dirt Trail at Red Rocks

  • Red Rocks at a night time concert

  • Mountains with green pine trees in Denver

  • Denver Skyline view

  • large silver and red beer fermenters

  • Wooden beer barrels

There’s something incredibly alluring about fall in Denver. From the rust, auburn, and golden-hued foliage crowning the treetops, to the array of seasonal menus featuring freshly-harvested Palisade peaches, soul-warming soups, and incredible craft beer, the city emotes an aura of happiness which embraces everyone who wanders in. The days remain warm enough to enjoy rooftop cocktails, and the evenings bring a hint of chill, just enough to break out your cozy flannels and fleece-lined leggings.

Denver serves as a gateway to the magnificent Rocky Mountains, just a 30-minute drive outside the city. And while the snow-capped peaks host an array of outdoor adventures; don’t rush out of downtown just yet. The Mile High City (aptly named as it sits at an elevation of 5,280 feet) has been named one of the top travel destinations of 2018 by The New York Times and Condé Nast. With an incredible culinary scene, an abundance of local attractions and a temperate climate, Denver is definitely on the top of our must-visit city list.

Below, we preview five of our can’t-miss Denver experiences to inspire your next Mile High itinerary.

    1. Grandoozy Music Festival | September 14 – 18
      Making a “doozy” of a premiere in Denver, this three-day music festival features incredible music, an abundance of art, locally-sourced culinary creations, craft beer tastings and outdoor experiences. Hosted by Superfly, the creators of Bonnaroo, it is the first major music festival to arrive to Denver. The star-studded 2018 lineup features Florence + The Machine, Stevie Wonder and The Chainsmokers, among others.Organizers are promising immersive experiences including spirit and cocktail “flight school”; “The Backyard,” a celebration of the great outdoors; and an 80s-themed ski lodge. The festival will take over the entirety of Overland Golf Course, located just 5.6 miles south of Downtown Denver.


    1. ANY event at Red Rocks Mountain Park & Amphitheatre 
      The only acoustically perfect, naturally-occurring amphitheatre in the entire world, Red Rocks is a true paradise for any audiophile. Just 10 miles from Denver, this open-air concert venue is carved from the land itself, and cradled by massive, 400-feet tall sandstone formations.Activities abound at Red Rocks, with musical performances being the most well-known of its offerings. Legendary past acts include The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. Don’t just visit for the music; however. With more than 850 acres of natural space, the park offers a variety of additional activities including Yoga on the Rocks every summer Saturday, Fitness on the Rocks, Film on the Rocks and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, not to mention miles of hiking trails. For first time visitors, we recommend the Geologic Overlook trail, which features a short incline that leads hikers to an incredible view of the amphitheater and the Denver skyline.


    1. Great American Beer Fest (GABF) | September 19 – 22, 2018
      Essentially the godfather of beer festivals, GABF is the largest public tasting beer event in the United States. Known as the “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” visitors can sample more than 4,000 varieties from 800+ breweries across the nation. In addition, get the chance to pick the mind of some of the country’s top brewers at one of the “Meet the Brewers” booths. Or, if you’re a culinarian, opt for the PAIRED® ticket, which matches brews with menu tastings crafted by celebrity chefs.


    1. Oktoberfest | September 21-22 and 28-29
      Taking over Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood for two weekends, Oktoberfest is one of the city’s oldest outdoor festivals that is not to be missed. Dubbed “The Best Oktoberfest in the USA” by Maxim and USA Today, the event features a host of German-style contests, including keg tossing, stein hoisting, brat eating and even a wiener dog race, known as the Long Dog Derby. Of course, one of the top reasons to attend is the incredible array of German-style bier, cuisine (hello spätzle, how we’ve missed you), and live music. Don’t forget to pack your lederhosen!


  1. Denver Arts Week | November 2 – 10
    This family-friendly, nine-day celebration of “all things art” features more than 300 events, exhibitions, and activities throughout the city. Visitors can enjoy steep discounts and even free admission to many of the attractions, including “Free Night at the Museums” on Friday, November 4th. Other noteworthy events include Breakin’ Convention, a hip-hop dance theatre festival; Her Paris: a Denver Art Museum exhibition celebrating Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism; and VIP gallery tours in RiNo, one of Denver’s hottest and hippest new neighborhoods.

Visiting Denver in the fall is one of the best time’s to experience the liveliness of the city’s cultural scene. But regardless of the season, or the festivals you choose to attend, you’re certain to enjoy your time in the Mile High. So break out those sweaters and add Denver to the top of your getaway list.

Which of the cities festivals and attractions are you most excited to experience? Share with us in the comments below.

Know Before You Go

  • The Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a must-visit attraction that features hiking, yoga, and concerts.
  • On the first Friday of the month, all of the contemporary art galleries in the RiNo (River North Art District) are open until 9 PM.
  • The Denver Zoo is home to over 4,300 animals and is home to five rare Asian elephants.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Courtney S. Are you interested in traveling to Denver? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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