Fabulous Fall Festivals!

October 5, 2017

What’s fall without a festival…or two or three? You’ll have your pick near the master-planned community of Southshore with a beer festival, a pumped-up pumpkin toss (also known as the Punkin Chunkin), a crazed corn maze festival and a harvest festival. There are a few comedy acts not to miss, too, in all things funny and fall happening this weekend !

TODAY/TONIGHT – Thursday, October 5


Join the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s Dr. Garth Spellman, curator of ornithology, and Dr. John Demboski, curator of vertebrate zoology, as they explore the fascinating ways animals get intoxicated. Mingle with fellow professionals, play corn hole, and savor signature drinks. For ages 21 and over only. Ticket price includes two cocktails and dessert.

Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St., Denver
5:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Thursday-Saturday, October 5-7


The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. For the 36th year, beer lovers can gather downtown to find their #HoppyPlace and sample over 3,900 beers from more than 800 breweries around the country. And because beer is an increasingly more varied on menus, Paired, GABF’s intimate beer and food-pairing pavilion, provides a tasty format to indulge in carefully crafted beer and food. Attendees can sample craft beers not served anywhere else in the festival along with foods prepared by the who’s who of celebrated chefs. As in previous years, attendees will require a separate ticket ($160) that includes access to the festival. 

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 5:30-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $85


Ron Funches is a very funny stand-up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor. You may know Ron from NBC’s Powerless,

and his other television appearances including, NBC’s Undateable, recurring roles on Comedy Central’s @MidnightThe Kroll ShowDrunk History, and ABC’s Blackish.
Ron has appeared on TBS’s Conan O’Brien Show and NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and frequently tours comedy clubs around the country.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$26
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday, October 6


The Lakehouse is open for kids to enjoy dinner and a movie while you enjoy a night to yourselves! This week we’re showing Monsters, Inc., the 2001 Walt Disney movie featuring lovable Sulley (John Goodman) and his wise-cracking sidekick Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), the top scare team at Monsters, Inc. When a little girl named Boo wanders into the factory, it’s the monsters who are scared silly, and it’s up to Sulley and Mike to get her back home.

Kids will can play games, do crafts eat the food provided, and then watch a movie in our movie theater.  Parents can relax with the night off for $15 for the first child, and $10 for additional children.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15
Phone: 720-870-2221


Chingo Bling was born Pedro Herrera III in Houston and is a stand-up comedian and prolific rapper. Chingo graduated from a private college preparatory boarding school in Hightstown, NJ and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Trinity University. He got his start broadcasting on college radio and gradually developed his unique brand of Mexican-American humor. He has been active in raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and maintains a busy touring schedule.

Denver Improv, 8246 E. 49th Ave., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$35
Phone: 303-307-1777


Kicking off the Punkin Chunkin festival this weekend is an evening concert by the Swon Brothers, country artists from the 2013 season of NBC’s The Voice.

Concert tickets include admission to the festival for the entire weekend. The Swon Brothers are the American country music duo from Muskogee, Oklahoma, brothers Zach and Colton Swon who have been touring and entertaining audience since they first appeared four years ago on the award-winning singing competition.

Arapahoe Park Race Track, 26000 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
6:00 p.m.; Gates open 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$12

Friday-Saturday, October 6-7


Things are about to get a little creepy at the Denver Zoo! Animal and dinosaur-shaped sculptures made of artificial pumpkins are set up inside the zoo to celebrate DINOS! After Dark and Boo at The Zoo. The regular dinosaurs and new sculptures are impressive during the day but really shine at night with lights to illuminate their jack-o-lanterness. In addition to our traveling exhibit, zoo-goers can try their hands at pumpkin carving, and enjoy cultural performances and live shows!

The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8


During the month of October, Elitch Gardens transforms from garden variety fun rides into thrilling and chilling Halloween-themed amusements. It’s Family by Day and Fright by Night! Don’t miss out on a weekend of scary fun at Colorado’s largest Halloween event, where costumes are encouraged for children 10 and under. More guidelines are here, including specifics about extra charges. Fright by Night haunted attractions are recommended for ages 12 and older.

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 12:00-10:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission: $24.99-$34.99


The Mile High Mystery Conference is for enthusiasts of Bigfoot, UFOs and the CanAm Missing 411 series by local author David Paulides. Special guest speakers will include Les Stroud of Survivorman, author Christopher O’Brien who investigated cattle mutilations in the San Luis Valley, John Greenewald of the Black Vault website, Sybilla Christine Irwin of Sketching Encounters, Jim Myers of The Sasquatch Outpost in Bailey, Colorado, Scott Carpenter of the Bigfoot Field Journal, author Thom Powell, forensic artist Harvey Pratt, Ruben Uriarte with the Organization for Paranormal and Support Understanding and MUFON, and Allyn Atadero whose experience is documented on David Paulides Missing 411-The Movie.

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport, 15500 E. 40th Ave., Denver
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $149


Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will open the 2017-2018 season with the crowd-favorite Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s gothic horror story. The ballet features mesmerizing choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and plenty of spine-tingling excitement. Stock up on garlic and enjoy a stage full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula! Please note: this ballet is not recommended for young children younger than age 12. Hurry tickets are going fast!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$90
Phone: 720-865-4220


Find your way through the 20-acre Crazed Cornfield Maze by answering personalized questions in a smart phone trivia game. Corn maze festival highlights for younger visitors include the mini-maze, a petting zoo, hay and pony rides, carnival rides, bounce castles, an air slide, obstacle course and playground. Visitors also may pick a pumpkin from hundreds of sizes and 11 varieties and create their own fall scene for photos with hay bales and corn stalks. Come out for an a-maze-ing good time!

Maize in the City, 10270 Riverdale Rd., Thornton
Fri., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9-$12 (mini-maze tickets sold on site)


The mazes are multiplying! This time it’s a straw maze, plus all sorts of other events and attractions. Come on a tractor ride through the Tunnel of Terror, a train ride, jumping castles, a pedal kart racetrack and more. There will be plenty of food at the café and the concession stands. And don’t miss Nick’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off competitions from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Nick’s Garden Center, 2001 S. Chambers Rd., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tokens Available for Purchase
Phone: 303-696-6657

Saturday-Sunday, October 7-8


Watch for flying pumpkins as chunk teams traveling from out of state see who can hurl a girthy gourd the farthest! This event features a pumpkin chunking competition that is one of only five such events sanctioned by the World Championship Punkin Chunkin organization. We’re not talking shot-put kind of chunkin, by the way, the range is long enough to accommodate world record holders, and the air cannon teams have their sights set on the one-mile mark. The fun-filled, three-day event also features family-friendly festival activities like live music, face painting, pony rides, crafts, a pumpkin patch, blow-up corn maze, an open car show, and a Corvette Fall Blast Car Show. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on hand to fill you up with tasty treats.

Arapahoe Park Race Track, 26000 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$12


Don’t miss this old-time fall festival where you and your family can build a scarecrow, play pioneer games, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy historic demonstrations and tour the Four Mile House Museum. Learn how families lived and prepared for the fall season during the late 1800s, and enjoy a beer garden and local food vendors. Admission is free, some activities and refreshments are for purchase, as are pumpkins from the patch.

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? series have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy this weekend.

Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes on the spot. Just like a live version of Whose Line! Throughout the evening, the show will become truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country. Don’t miss the most exciting comedy event of the year!

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm, Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.95-$45.95
Phone: 303-623-0106

Wednesday, October 11


Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the Nobel Prize in his will in 1895. For over a century the prize has represented extraordinary accomplishment in a variety of fields throughout the world. Join Active Minds as they trace the history of the Nobel Prize, highlighting notable laureates, notable omissions, both of which generated a controversy here and there. Also included is a look at recent and possible future winners and the political impact the prize can have.

Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora 
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-751-1811

Time to Visit Southshore!

If you’re a homebuyer and haven’t toured the neighborhoods, it’s time to visit the master-planned, lakeside community of Southshore in Aurora. Explore the beautiful new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes, and the latest designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.