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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, October 21 – 22, 2017

October 20, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Halloween is almost here and there are a TON of fun Halloween-inspired events happening in and around Boulder this weekend! TONIGHT in Central Park, take the kids to see Hocus Pocus. This weekend take your pick of activities including pumpkin carving, halloween parties and fall festivals!

Cult Classics at Central Park – Hocus Pocus (PG)

When: Friday, October 20, 2017

Where: Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages (Movie is PG, Parents use your own discretion)

Blue has teamed up with the City of BoulderBoulder BeerKGNU and the Boulder Weekly to bring back Cult Classics at Central Park– a series of three cult classic movies to be shown at Central Park the first three Fridays in October. We’ll have a beer garden from Boulder Beer with proceeds benefiting The Blue Foundation and KGNU, food trucks There will also be food trucks, so come hungry and support local businesses. Tonight, Friday, October 20, the movie will be Hocus Pocus! The venue opens at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting around dusk. Be sure to bring your blankets & chairs to enjoy these FREE movie events. For more information, call 303.413.7200 or visit www.BoulderCultClassics.com.

Halloween House at CU’s KKG House

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Kappa Kappa Gamma House, 1134 University Ave, Boulder CO 80302

Time: 12PM – 4PM

Cost: $6/child, or $5/child if you bring a kid’s book donation

Ages: All Ages

Halloween is coming early to CU’s Kappa Kappa Gamma house. Bring your little goblin or witch and raise money for our BoulderReads literacy program! Fun crafts, games and trick or treating in a kid-friendly Halloween atmosphere. Don’t forget your costume and trick or treat bag!

Sing Along Boulder for World Singing Day

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy World Singing Day

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Boulder Court House, 1325 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

The 3rd annual Sing Along Boulder will be held on World Singing Day in front of the Boulder Courthouse. Join the Boulder community in singing along to the original recordings of hits from Bruno Mars to the Beatles and Sinatra (free lyric booklets provided). For all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Trucks and Treats 2017

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Liqwood Board Sports

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Liqwood Board Sports,

Time: 11AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Liqwood Board Sports will once again be hosting Trucks and Treats, where we skate hard, have a blast, and collect food to donate to Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette. Costume contest and slide jam with great prizes! Food for sale with proceeds going towards the donation to Sister Carmen. There will also be ramps, rollers, and banked turns to spice up the day!

Malloween at The Orchard

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy the Orchard Town Center

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St #850, Broomfield, CO 80023

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Check out the Orchard Town Center‘s Annual Halloween Celebration! It all begins at the Town Center Square at 11am to trade your non-perishable food donation for an Orchard Trick or Treat bag with fun surprises inside (while supplies last). Hang out and play some games, win some prizes and dance to family-friendly Halloween music! Then start your trick or treat journey through The Orchard. Participating stores with candy will have a balloon bouquet at their front door. The first 200 kids will receive a free mini-pumpkin to decorate! Plus, free face painting, balloons, Halloween games and prizes, characters, photo opps and more. Bring your furry friend and enter them into the pet parade and costume contest! Sign-up opens at 11am, contest at Noon. Please note that children over the age of 12 and adults are not permitted to wear face masks at The Orchard. All food donations benefit Food Bank of The Rockies.

Color Me Mine Halloween Party

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Color Me Mine, 1938 Pearl St Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: $35/child

Ages: 5 – 12 Years Old

Who’s got the Halloween party of the year planned? Color Me Mine! And it’s gonna be SPOOKtacular! Send your kiddos to Color Me Mine’s Halloween Kids Night Out for painting, costumes, food, friends, and NO PARENTS! For details and to register, click here.

Pumpkin Carving At Next Door Longmont

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend
When: Saturday, October 21, 2017Where: Next Door, 1232 South Hover Road, Suite C-40, Village at the Peaks, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 3PM & 5PM

Cost: $10/person, tickets here.

Ages: All Ages

Join Next Door American Eatery in Longmont for pumpkin carving on our patio! They will have a pumpkin + carving kit for you, and will take care of the mess.

Lafayette Fall Festival

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 22, 2017

Where: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 3:30 PM – 6PM

Cost: $7/Residents, $9/Non-Residents

Ages: All Ages

The Lafayette Fall Festival combines three community events into one! The festival includes a bounce house & pumpkin decorating contest. The Great Pumpkin Race will be held, launch your pumpkin into the rec center’s lazy river and watch it race to the finish! For more information on the event, click here.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

what to do with kids this weekend in Boulder

Cottonwood Farms in Boulder Photo Credit: Move to Boulder

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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10 Must-Follow Boulder Instagrammers

October 19, 2017

Boulder’s gorgeous landscapes, amazing food, stunning hiking destinations and and nail-biting adventure sports have made for some jaw-dropping photos. Follow these 10 must-follow Boulder Instagrammers, guaranteed to keep your Insta feed filled with beautiful photographs, sure to inspire you to get out there and enjoy everything that Boulder has to offer.

#1 @glennasakawa

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See Boulder through the lens of Glenn Asakawa, Pulitzer Prize winner and CU Boulder’s Associate Director of Photography. Glenn will wow you with his photojournalistic style as well as amazing ability to capture Boulder’s most magical moments.

Follow Glenn on Instagram @glennasakawa.

#2 @theboulderhikerchick

Alli Fronzaglia, is the founder of Boulder Hiker Chicks, a local, open hiking group for women in Boulder. Follow Alli for hiking inspiration, mountain adventures and gorgeous Boulder landscapes.

Follow Alli Fronzaglia on Instagram @theboulderhikerchick.

#3 @BoulderGRUB

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BoulderGRUB features IG posts of CU foodies and their deliciously photo-worthy food finds around Boulder. Follow BoulderGRUB will only make you hungry, so be prepared!

Follow BoulderGRUB on Instagram @bouldergrub.

#4 @marysusanstults

Mary Susan Stults is a Boulder and international yoga instructor, as well as stand-up paddleboarder and meditation teacher. Follow Mary Susan for yoga, SUP and travel photos in and around Boulder, as well as all over the globe.

Follow Mary Susan Stults on Instagram @marysusanstults.

#5 @christopherweidner

Chris Weidner, rock climber and Daily Camera writer will make your hands sweat with his stunning photos of rock climbers in Boulder and around the world. Follow Chris if you enjoy adventure photography, rock climbing, and breathtaking landscapes.

Follow Chris Weidner on Instagram @christoperweidner.

#6 @eye.of.ty

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Ty Newcomb is a Boulder-based photographer, delivering dreamy scenes and ethereal landscapes to your Instagram feed. Follow Ty for mind-blowing scenes from Boulder and around the world.

Follow Ty Newcomb on Instagram @eye.of.ty.

#7 @microadventurefamily

Micro-Adventure Family is a Boulder-based family documenting its adventures in Boulder and around the country. Follow this family if you are looking for kid-friendly adventure ideas, family travel tips and travel photos.

Follow Micro-Adventure Family on Instagram @microadventurefamily.

@stephenshelesky

Stephen Shelesky is an outdoor adventure and travel photographer, focusing on landscapes and skiing. Follow Stephen for awesome Boulder photos as well as adventure photography in Colorado and around the world.

Follow Stephen Shelesky on Instagram @stephenshelesky.

#8 @christenbrowntri

 

 

Christen Brown is a pro triathlete based in Boulder. Follow Christen for training inspiration for running, biking and swimming, as well as fun travel photos and local landscapes.

Follow Christen Brown on Instagram @christenbrowntri.

#9 @barefootatlas

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Caitlin of @barefootatlas is a Boulder-based photographer who focuses on landscapes, self portraits and travel photography. Follow Caitlin for beautiful local shots, photography inspiration, as well as ethereal portraits.

Follow Caitlin on Instagram @barefootatlas.

#10 @traveledeyes

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@traveledeyes is a photo journal of outdoor life in Boulder. Follow @traveledeyes for a stunning view of outdoor adventure, triathlon training, as well as local landscapes.

Follow @traveledeyes on Instagram.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, October 14 – 15, 2017

October 13, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

This weekend, get the kids out of the house to enjoy some of these great local events! Ghostbusters in the park, fall festivals, sleep over at the Butterfly Pavilion and so much more. Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Cult Classics at Central Park – Ghostbusters (PG-13)

what to do with kids this weekend in Boulder

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages (Movie is PG-13, Parents use your own discretion)

Blue has teamed up with the City of Boulder, Boulder Beer, KGNU and the Boulder Weekly to bring back Cult Classics at Central Park– a series of three cult classic movies to be shown at Central Park the first three Fridays in October. We’ll have a beer garden from Boulder Beer with proceeds benefiting The Blue Foundation and KGNU, food trucks There will also be food trucks, so come hungry and support local businesses. Tonight, Friday, October 13, the movie will be Ghostbusters (PG-13)! The venue opens at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting around dusk. Be sure to bring your blankets & chairs to enjoy these FREE movie events. For more information, call 303.413.7200 or visit www.BoulderCultClassics.com.

Zoo Snooze Family Overnight

what to do with kids in Boulder this Weekend

Photo Courtesy Butterfly Pavilion

When: Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 6 PM Saturday – 8:45 AM Sunday

Cost: Tickets: $60 Member/person, $50 Members/person. Groups of 5 or more $40/person. Tickets available here.

Ages: Ages 3+

Get ready for a ZOOpendous, kid-friendly, family overnight where you and your kids can explore the secret world of Butterfly Pavilion after dark at the Zoo Snooze Family Overnight. Pizza dinner, snacks and Snooze breakfast included! For ages 3+. Adult accompaniment required. For a full itinerary and detailed info, click here.

Kids Club at Village at the Peaks

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Join Village at the Peaks for its monthly Kids Club event, hosted by Next Door. It’s FUN and FREE for the whole family! Activities Include: free samples from Next Door! Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Train Rides, Giant Legos on the lawn, Kids Craft, Photo-Op and Petting Zoo.

Alaya’s 21st Annual Ratna Rumpus

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Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Naropa University – Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10:00 – 11:45 AM

Cost: Tickets: $18/person, Ticket includes one raffle ticket. Children under 1 are FREE.

Ages: All Ages

Alaya Preschool‘s Fall Fundraiser, the Ratna Rumpus is full of fun events for kids. Face painting, fall crafts, snacks and cider from 10:00-10:45, followed by a concert by Jeff and Paige. Admission $18 and includes one raffle ticket. Children under 1 year free. Tickets also available at the door – cash, check or charge.

Happy Fall Ya’ll

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Due South Lafayette, 802 S Public Rd Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 9AM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Happy Fall Ya’ll event at Due South on Saturday October 14th!! Stop by at 9AM to receive free treats of Krispy Kreme & pumpkin spice lattes! Bring the kiddos for pumpkin painting & a fun photo booth. Giveaways throughout the day, $2 off Annie Sloan Paint and live music.

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM

Cost: $5/person, Children under 12 are FREE

Ages: All Ages

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high end dealers and collectors in: furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community.

Fall Fest at North Boulder Park

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Where: North Boulder Park

Time: 5:30PM – 8:30PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come out to North Boulder Park on October 15th for The Well‘s Fall Fest. All are welcome. The Broncos games will be playing, food will be provided as well as face painting, pumpkin painting, kickball and much more.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patches near Boulder

Photo Courtesy 7th Generation Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, October 7 – 8, 2017

October 5, 2017

There are so many events this weekend, you’re sure to find something your family will love! Boulder will be hosting the Adventure film festival with a special performance by Jeff and Paige, and there will be plenty of other fall festivals, theatre shows, learning opportunities and so much more! All happening in and around Boulder.

Adventure Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: October 6 – 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday 5PM – 9:30PM, Saturday 2PM – 10:30PM, Sunday 11AM – 9:30PM

Cost: $25.00 Single Ticket | $45.00 Day Pass | $65.00 Full Pass plus applicable service charges, Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Embark on a transformative journey at the world premiere of the 13th annual Adventure Film Festival & Street Fair at the historic Boulder Theater. It all begins at the Adventure Film Festival Kick-Off, held at Avery Brewing Company featuring frosty Avery Craft brews, tasty street tacos by McDevitt Taco Supply, film previews, and live music! Over the weekend, the Adventure Film School is hosting a two-day interactive photography and filmmaking workshop with world-class adventurers and industry leaders. Throughout the festival, the Boulder Theater will be presenting adventure films as well as live music, special guests and a raffle. See the full festival program for all the special events, including the Adventure Street Fair, happening Saturday and Sunday afternoons in front of the Boulder Theater.

Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: Tickets: $15 for one adult and child + $5 for each additional participant. Children under 2 free. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Learn about nature while enjoying a treat at the Butterfly Pavilion‘s Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat. Sit by the fire, roast some s’mores and discover the fascinating relationship between bats & mosquitoes with Colorado Parks & Wildlife bat expert, Tabbi Kinion and Colorado Vector mosquito expert Amber Partridge.

Family Play Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where:  Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: Ages 0 – 5

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the Main Boulder Public Library for the Family Play Festival. Families with young children (birth to age 5) enjoy interactive early literacy activities and take home crafts and great prizes as well as new ideas for family fun. Each station includes special activities for babies.

Erie Miner’s Blast

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Erie Chamber

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie

Time: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: $10/child for an entire day of activities, Children under 3 and adults are FREE

Ages: All Ages

The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features a scary haunted house, a chance to sling the “flying gourd”, visit the children’s archery range sponsored by Cabela’s, ride the hayride, get lost in the maze and much more! Participants receive a complimentary pumpkin. Be sure to visit the seasonal food vendors and beer garden. Stroll down the streets filled with spectacular vintage cars at the annual Garage Rats Car Show, stop to watch the garden tractor pull and visit the petting zoo! Listen to local music from 1-4pm.

Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Public Works Theatre Company

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave, Louisville, Colorado 80027

Time: 2PM – 2:45PM

Cost: $10/Children & Seniors, $12/Adults. Children under 2 sitting on lap FREE. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Traveling Flea Circus will be at the Louisville Center for the Arts with death-defying feats of circus artistry performed by the Brothers Kiramirov, Mattie the Mighty, Fifi the Fantastic, and Dave. Watch these miniature minions perform the High Dive of Doom, the Trapeze of Triumph, and the crowd-pleasing favorite, the Flea Cannonball! Absolutely NO DOGS ALLOWED! Seating is limited, these buggers are small.

Mctoberfest 2017

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate Oktoberfest at McGuckin’s! Stop by for Mcktoberfest fun, including: delicious pretzel samples from Great Harvest Bread CompanyMile High Dachshunds Rescue, Inc. will be hosting a Dachshund racing course inside the store. Have a Dachshund (or Dachshunds) you want to participate? Fill out this form. There will also be a Dachshund costume contest! Dress up your dog for your chance to win a $50 McGuckin gift card. Feel free to wear your dirndl, lederhosen or other fun German costume.

Louisville Oktoberfest 2017

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Old Town Louisville, 916 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: Saturday 2PM – 10PM, Sunday 11AM – 9PM

Cost: Early Tickets $5, buy tickets here.

Ages: All Ages

Louisville’s Oktoberfest is back with its authentic Bavarian experience featuring traditional music & dancing, amazing food including pretzels, schnitzel, potato soup and more! The festival will also host a kids area with lots of fun activities like a jumpy castle, gymnastics, arts & crafts and jump ropes. For more information, click here.

Family & Kid’s Show at the Boulder Theater

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo by Lee Pruitt, Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

The Adventure Film Festival hosting the Family and Kids Show starring Boulder’s beloved duo Jeff and Paige at Boulder Theater! Enjoy family-friendly outdoor adventure and environmental films, interactive art with special guest Jeremy Collins, and take home big prizes for parents and kiddos. Then the fun continues outside with the Adventure Street Fair, performers, adventure art experience, passport activity, and a chance to get your photo taken with Jeff & Paige in the vintage Shutterbus!

 

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patches near boulder

Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Fall Seasonal Beers in Boulder

October 5, 2017
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It’s that time of year! The summer beers are gone and the fall beers have been put on tap. Pumpkin is the go-to for fall flavor, and this list will not disappoint. Many of the breweries in and around Boulder are serving up a range of seasonal favorites — from Pumpkin spiced ales to Oktoberfest lagers to strong ales. Here are a handful of the best fall seasonal beers to enjoy in and around Boulder.

Avery Brewing Company – Chai High Ale

Fall seasonal beers Boulder

Photo Courtesy Avery Brewing Company

Check out Avery‘s delicious, limited release Chai High, a seasonal ale brewed with Chai spices, available through October at the Avery Tap Room or a liquor store near you (beer finder here). If Chai isn’t your flavor, Avery is pouring Fall Day IPA, an India Pale Ale spiced with fresh Colorado spruce tips to make the perfect fall pale ale, available in the tap room only.

Boulder Beer – Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest

Photo Courtesy Boulder Beer Company

Photo Courtesy Boulder Beer Company

Boulder Beer‘s Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest is a traditional Oktoberfest Lager that is sure to give you a buzz with a 9% alcohol by volume. This strong lager is full-bodied and malty, with a satisfying bitterness. Find Dragonhosen on tap at Boulder Beer’s Pub on Wilderness or at Boulder Beer at Walnut, or bottled at a liquor store near you.

Finkel and Garf – Rye Strong Ale

Photo Courtesy Finkel and Garf

Photo Courtesy Finkel and Garf

To welcome the cool fall air, Finkel and Garf is releasing a limited edition Rye Strong Ale. This ale is aged in whiskey barrels and is particularly strong, coming in at a whopping 11.3% alcohol by volume. Available in the Finkel and Garf tap room.

Four Noses Brewing Company – Pump Action

fall seasonal beers boulder

Photo Courtesy Four Noses Brewing Company

Four Noses Brewing Company‘s award-winning seasonal ale, Pump Action is packed with a bold pumpkin flavor, paired with fall spices and brown sugar. This delicious seasonal brew can be found at Four Noses’ tap room in Broomfield and at many local liquor stores.

Left Hand Brewing Company – Oktoberfest Märzen Lager

fall seasonal beers boulder

Photo Courtesy Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company‘s fall staple, Oktoberfest Märzen Lager is a crisp, medium-bodied brew, full of malty goodness. This Oktoberfest lager can be found at Left Hand’s tasting room in Longmont or at most local liquor stores (beer finder here).

Gravity Brewing – Pumpkin Spice Lager

fall seasonal beers boulder

Photo Courtesy Gravity Brewing

Gravity Brewing is now pouring its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lager, a German lager brewed with delicious pumpkin pie spices. If you aren’t in the mood for a spiced pumpkin beer, Gravity is also featuring its dark fall seasonal, Desertas, a chocolate raspberry Baltic porter. These brews are available on tap at Gravity Brewing in Louisville, and around town at participating restaurants and liquor stores (beer finder here).

Twelve Degree Brewing – Foxx Rougge

fall seasonal beers boulder

Photo Courtesy 12Degree Brewing

Twelve Degree Brewing has its Foxx Rougge back on tap, a dark strong ale with notes of caramel, fig, raisin and plum. This deep amber ale is bold and complex, and strong coming in at 8.5% alcohol by volume. Twelve Degree brews can be enjoyed at the tap room in Louisville.

Upslope Brewing Company – Pumpkin Ale

Fall seasonal beers Boulder

Photo Courtesy Upslope Brewing Company

Upslope Brewing is giving the people what they want with this classic, limited release Pumpkin Ale, brewed with organic baby bear pumpkins and a custom blend of spices for that perfect fall flavor. Pumpkin not your thing? Try Upslope’s Blood Orange Saison, a limited release bright and citrusy brew with a natural sweetness and dry finish. These beers available in the Upslope Tap Rooms and at many local liquor stores.

Vindication Brewing – Freedom Stout

fall seasonal beers Boulder

Photo Courtesy Vindication Brewing

What could be more satisfying on a cool autumn day than a robust, chocolate stout? Vindication Brewing Company has its Freedom Stout on tap in the tap room, and also in bottles at many local liquor stores (beer finder here).

West Flanders Brewing – Deutsch Klingen

fall seasonal beers boulder

Photo Courtesy West Flanders Brewing

Deutsch Klingen is West Flanders Brewing Company‘s Oktoberfest brew, a gluten-reduced lager that is crafted for a crisp fall day. West Flanders brews can be found at the tap room or at a local liquor store (beer finder here).

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 30 – October 1, 2017

September 27, 2017
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THIS WEEKEND the weather will be perfect for fall festivals, visiting the pumpkin patch or taking a fitness challenge for a good cause! Check out these fun events, perfect for kids, happening in and around Boulder.

ShredFest 2017

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Shredder Ski

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Where: Shredder Ski, 6655 Arapahoe Ave, Suite J, Boulder, Colorado, CO 80303

Time: 3PM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come enjoy the fun at ShredFest 2017! Bring your kiddo to participate in Shredder Ski‘s free ski and snowboard clinics. Clinics geared towards shredders ages 2-8. All gear is included. To reserve a spot for a clinic, please call: (303) 396-1754. Additional activities include games, giveaways, and a raffle for great ski/board gear and goodies! By registering for our Fall 2 Session, you are automatically entered into the raffle. For those participating in the clinic, please be sure to fill out the online waiver: http://shredderski.com/waiver/.

Sammy’s Heart Health Challenge, a Family Fun Fundraiser

what to do with kids in Boulder this weekend

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Where: Wild Flower Park, Next to Eldorado K8, 3351 S Indiana Street, Superior, CO 80027

Time: 9AM – 11AM

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per participant which will benefit the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation. To make a donation click here.

Ages: All Ages

Rock Creek Living and 9 Round Fitness bring to Superior a Fun Family Fundraiser supporting the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation. Participants are invited to run, jump, skip, climb, toss, twirl and fly at this inaugural event. Like 9 Round Fitness circuit training, there will be 9 fun activities for all aged participants to move through in short two-minute intervals. There will be more family-friendly, fun activities along with food and drink options for everyone! Suggested donation of $10 per participant which will benefit the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation. To make a donation click here. Each participant will receive an Event T-Shirt, a raffle ticket and opportunity to take part in our Heart Healthy Challenge. For more information on Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation visit sammyangelheart.com.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patches near boulder

Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

Painting Without a Brush

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Where: Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: $39, $10 materials fee payable to instructor in class, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

Join your child or grandchild and rediscover the creativity of your youth with this BVSD Lifelong Learning class, Painting Without a Brush. Instead of a brush, you will use plastic forks and acrylic paints to create a colorful rooster portrait. You will also design a modern art masterpiece using a shower squeegee and paint. Dress for a mess and have fun getting your art on! Registration and materials fee covers both adult and child.

Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday October 1, 2017

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant is teaming up with Firehouse Art Center to bring new vibrancy to the community art scene this Fall with the kick off of the Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market. The Fair is a free two-day street-painting festival where 25 artists spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days turning the streets of Longmont into a vivid canvas of colorful chalk art. The goal of the event is to create a venue for artists, vendors and visitors alike to enjoy live-art, music and local artisan vendors for a fun family weekend. There will also be a special Pop up Dinner on Saturday evening– stroll along the street and view the art in progress while enjoying a special food and wine dinner under the stars hosted by Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Tickets for Saturday night are $45.00 for General Admission and $125.00 for VIP. Order dinner tickets here.

Estes Park Elk Fest

what to do in boulder in september

When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Where: Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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31 Things to Do in Boulder in October

September 25, 2017

Boulder is ready to celebrate Fall, with a ton of great events happening all month long. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Halloween parades, costume contests, Oktoberfest celebrations and so much more! Scroll down to discover 31 fun and festive October events happening in and around Boulder.

Estes Park Elk Fest

what to do in boulder in september

When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Where: Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.

Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday October 1, 2017

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant is teaming up with Firehouse Art Center to bring new vibrancy to the community art scene this Fall with the kick off of the Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market. The Fair is a free two-day street-painting festival where 25 artists spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days turning the streets of Longmont into a vivid canvas of colorful chalk art. The goal of the event is to create a venue for artists, vendors and visitors alike to enjoy live-art, music and local artisan vendors for a fun family weekend. There will also be a special Pop up Dinner on Saturday evening– stroll along the street and view the art in progress while enjoying a special food and wine dinner under the stars hosted by Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Tickets for Saturday night are $45.00 for General Admission and $125.00 for VIP. Order dinner tickets here.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patches near boulder

Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

things to do in boulder in october

When: October 3 – 8, 2017

Where:  The Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $6 & up

Filmgoers in Boulder can unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept 28 – Oct 8 when the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Dairy Arts Center Boedecker Theater. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts short films all part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

Adventure Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: October 6 – 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday 5PM – 9:30PM, Saturday 2PM – 10:30PM, Sunday 11AM – 9:30PM

Cost: $25.00 Single Ticket | $45.00 Day Pass | $65.00 Full Pass plus applicable service charges, Tickets available here.

Embark on a transformative journey at the world premiere of the 13th annual Adventure Film Festival & Street Fair at the historic Boulder Theater. It all begins at the Adventure Film Festival Kick-Off, held at Avery Brewing Company featuring frosty Avery Craft brews, tasty street tacos by McDevitt Taco Supply, film previews, and live music! Over the weekend, the Adventure Film School is hosting a two-day interactive photography and filmmaking workshop with world-class adventurers and industry leaders. Throughout the festival, the Boulder Theater will be presenting adventure films as well as live music, special guests and a raffle. See the full festival program for all the special events, including the Adventure Street Fair, happening Saturday and Sunday afternoons in front of the Boulder Theater.

Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: Tickets: $15 for one adult and child + $5 for each additional participant. Children under 2 free. Tickets available here.

Learn about nature while enjoying a treat at the Butterfly Pavilion‘s Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat. Sit by the fire, roast some s’mores and discover the fascinating relationship between bats & mosquitoes with Colorado Parks & Wildlife bat expert, Tabbi Kinion and Colorado Vector mosquito expert Amber Partridge.

Louisville Oktoberfest 2017

Things to do in Boulder in October
When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Old Town Louisville, 916 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: Saturday 2PM – 10PM, Sunday 11AM – 9PM

Cost: Early Tickets $5, buy tickets here.

Louisville’s Oktoberfest is back with its authentic Bavarian experience featuring traditional music & dancing, amazing food including pretzels, schnitzel, potato soup and more! The festival will also host a kids area with lots of fun activities like a jumpy castle, gymnastics, arts & crafts and jump ropes. For more information, click here.

Estes Park Pumpkins & Pilsners

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Families for Estes

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO

Time: 11AM – 6PM

Cost: Free admission

The Pumpkins and Pilsners Festival has activities and entertainment for all ages, with proceeds going to local non-profit Families for Estes. The festival is perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones. Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, kids art activity booths, bounce house and giant lawn games. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course (bikes and helmets provided). The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! Each year a hand-picked selection of seasonal, local craft beers are on hand. There will also be food vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. More information available here.

Family Play Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where:  Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the Main Boulder Public Library for the Family Play Festival. Families with young children (birth to age 5) enjoy interactive early literacy activities and take home crafts and great prizes as well as new ideas for family fun. Each station includes special activities for babies.

Erie Miner’s Blast

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Erie Chamber

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie

Time: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: $10/child for an entire day of activities, Children under 3 and adults are FREE

The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features a scary haunted house, a chance to sling the “flying gourd”, visit the children’s archery range sponsored by Cabela’s, ride the hayride, get lost in the maze and much more! Participants receive a complimentary pumpkin. Be sure to visit the seasonal food vendors and beer garden. Stroll down the streets filled with spectacular vintage cars at the annual Garage Rats Car Show, stop to watch the garden tractor pull and visit the petting zoo! Listen to local music from 1-4pm.

Mctoberfest 2017

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate Oktoberfest at McGuckin’s! Stop by for Mcktoberfest fun, including: delicious pretzel samples from Great Harvest Bread CompanyMile High Dachshunds Rescue, Inc. will be hosting a Dachshund racing course inside the store. Have a Dachshund (or Dachshunds) you want to participate? Fill out this form. There will also be a Dachshund costume contest! Dress up your dog for your chance to win a $50 McGuckin gift card. Feel free to wear your dirndl, lederhosen or other fun German costume.

Family & Kid’s Show at the Boulder Theater

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo by Lee Pruitt, Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

The Adventure Film Festival hosting the Family and Kids Show starring Boulder’s beloved duo Jeff and Paige at Boulder Theater! Enjoy family-friendly outdoor adventure and environmental films, interactive art with special guest Jeremy Collins, and take home big prizes for parents and kiddos. Then the fun continues outside with the Adventure Street Fair, performers, adventure art experience, passport activity, and a chance to get your photo taken with Jeff & Paige in the vintage Shutterbus!

Sing Along Boulder for World Singing Day

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy World Singing Day

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Boulder Court House, 1325 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

The 3rd annual Sing Along Boulder will be held on World Singing Day in front of the Boulder Courthouse. Join the Boulder community in singing along to the original recordings of hits from Bruno Mars to the Beatles and Sinatra (free lyric booklets provided). For all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Open Studios Fall Artist Tour

things to do in boulder in october

When: October 7 – 8 & October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Various Locations, Artist Directory here.

Time: 12PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Open Studios hosts the Open Studios Tour, opening the doors of over 100 artist studios in and around Boulder to the public. Discover the spaces where artists create, learn a bit about their creative process and support the local creative community by purchasing art directly from the artist. Check out the Preview Exhibit at the Boulder Public Library, featuring one piece from each artist at the library’s Canyon Gallery. A reception will be held October 6 from 6:30 – 8:30PM, $15 suggested donation at the door. The exhibit will be on display through October 23, 2017.

Bachtoberfest

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 12 & October 14, 2017

Where: October 12: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80304, October 14: Stewart Auditorium/Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Pre-Concert lecture begins at 6:30PM, Concert begins at 7:30PM

Cost: Boulder Concert: Adults $40/ Seniors $37/Students $15/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here. Longmont Concert: Adults $30/ Seniors $27/Students $10/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here.

The Boulder Bach Festival opens its 37th season with the program Bachtoberfest. This program includes sacred texts sung by the great Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, and reflective instrumental works by baroque music specialists from Europe and the United States.

Friday the 13th Trivia with Geeks Who Drink

things to do in boulder in potober

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: Tickets: $25 for non-members, $20 for members + $15 per child for childcare (Ages 3 – 10, space is limited).

Bring your friends and test your Halloween knowledge with this haunted quiz-fest at the Butterfly Pavilion with Geeks Who Drink! Food and drink included. Event Schedule: 5 – 6 pm – Family Exhibit Exploration, 5:45 pm – Kid Zone Drop Off, 6 pm-8:30pm – Adults-Only Trivia (Ages 21+ only).

Thorne Fall Fest

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE, Registration required – register here.

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day on Friday, October 13th? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for the Thorne Fall Fest. We will have face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, pumpkin decorating, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige! Light refreshments provided by in-kind donors, pack a picnic if desired. 10am-11am: Activities including pumpkin decorating, bird-watching, face painting, dip netting in the mini wetland, and nature explorations. 11am-Noon: Concert and dancing by Jeff & Paige. This event will mostly be outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan for the weather. Bring sunscreen, layers, and water.

Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 13 – 15, 2017

Where: Various locations, click here for full schedule.

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Costs vary based on event, see costs and buy tickets here.

Hosted by the Boulder Wine Merchant, Boulder celebrates the renowned wines from Burgundy, France at the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival. The festival consists of several seminars, luncheons and dinners at some of Boulder’s finest restaurants as well as a grand tasting, offering over 200 featured wines from Burgundy.

The Rocky Horror Show

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: October 14 – 28, 2017

Where: Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Adults $25, Seniors and Youth Under 18 $23, Tickets available here.

Let’s do the time warp again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at The Longmont Theatre Company with much of the 2014 cast returning including Bonnie & Taylor of Bonnie and the Clydes. This is the actual stage show, NOT a re-enactment of the film while the movie is running. Dammit, Janet, this is LIVE and 3D! Discover whatever happened to Saturday Night! And, what about… The Floor Show? About the Costume Contest – Only at the 11pm show:  No real weapons. Any simulated body parts must be from outside the “swimsuit” zone. Costumes must provide at least “swimsuit” coverage. No thongs, pasties, etc. In general, keep it PG-13 or milder.

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM

Cost: $5/person, Children under 12 are FREE

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high end dealers and collectors in: furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community.

Erie Wine and Cheese Festival

things to do in boulder in october

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 12PM – 4PM

Cost: $35 – $60, Tickets available here.

Come celebrate the first Wine and Cheese Festival in Erie! Sample wines from 7 local Colorado wineries and taste a plethora of fine cheeses from Murray’s Cheeses, while you learn more about “pairing” of wines and cheeses from a certified cheese professional. There will also be an art show, displaying art pieces from Gallery 58, High Plains Artists, Arts Coalition of Erie, and Art Resource. Live music will play throughout the day, and delicious tapas will be prepared. For more info, click here.

Broomfield Brewhaha

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Arista Park on Arista Place

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Broomfield is bringing back the 2nd Annual Broomfield BrewHaHa on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Arista. The festival will have two bands, food trucks, brews from Broomfield Breweries, yard games, and more. Broomfield F.I.S.H. will be hosting a food drive during the event!

Lafayette Fall Festival

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 22, 2017

Where: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 3:30 PM – 6PM

Cost: $7/Residents, $9/Non-Residents

The Lafayette Fall Festival combines three community events into one! The festival includes a bounce house & pumpkin decorating contest. The Great Pumpkin Race will be held, launch your pumpkin into the rec center’s lazy river and watch it race to the finish! For more information on the event, click here.

Boulder Mall Crawl 2017

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Boulder Mall Crawl Facebook Page

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 9PM – Midnight

Cost: FREE

The Mall Crawl is Boulder’s Halloween tradition where ghastly ghouls crawl Pearl Street Mall and revel in Mall Crawl’s magic. This is a free, unorganized event that goes back to the 1980s. Wear a costume, bring a friend! And keep an eye out for the Thriller dance!

Boo! on Briggs Street

things to do in boulder in october

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Downtown Erie, Briggs Street between Moffat and Wells, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 4PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

The Town of Erie’s Trunk or Treat event has moved downtown and expanded, bring you Boo! on Briggs Street. Trunks will be parked in the parking lots on the southeast corner of Wells and Briggs and the northeast corner of Moffat and Briggs in Erie. Boo! on Briggs Street will feature costume contests (ages 0-8, 9+ ($5) and group/theme ($10)). Pre-register to reserve your spot in the costume contest here.. The night will be capped off with a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with a professional DJ and complimentary glow-in-the-dark giveaways for the kids.

35th Annual Eerie Erie

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Optimist Club of Erie

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Erie Middle School, 

Time: 7:30AM – 9AM Packet Pickup and On-Site Registration, 9:30AM 10k Run Begins, 9:45AM 5k Walk/Run Begins, 10:30AM Kiddie Goblin Run Begins

Cost: 10k Adult $35, 10k Senior $30, 10k 16 & Under $30. $5k Adult $35, 5k Senior $30, 5k 16 & Under $30. Kiddie Goblin Run is FREE.

The world famous Eerie Erie is a Halloween themed 5k and 10k race that runs through historic downtown Erie and takes advantage of our beautiful trail system that weaves along Coal Creek open space areas. The 10k passes by scenic Pleasant Hill Cemetery with panoramic views and where friendly spirits can’t wait to visit this year’s runners. Eerie Erie is the primary fund raiser for the Optimist Club of Erie, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to benefit the children of our community by funding youth specific events, programs and activities throughout the year.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Street

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Parade lines up at St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave. Map of events here.

Time: 9:30AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Dress up in your Halloween Costume, for Longmont’s Halloween Parade on Main Street and visit Downtown participating merchants for Trick or Treat Street immediately following the parade. Kids of all ages can be a part of this costume foot parade. No registration is required!  Strollers or wagons are recommended for tiny feet; no motorized vehicles or large animals. Dogs must be leashed. 9:30AM: Line-up in front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building.10AM: Foot Parade Start!  Come in costume! Route will be lengthy; wagons and strollers recommended.  Enjoy the sounds of local bands interspersed within the parade. Map of the event here.

Broomfield Spooktacular

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: $5 Presale Tickets, $6 at the door, Purchase tickets here.

You’ll have a hauntingly good time at the Broomfield Recreation Services’ Annual Spooktacular. Come dressed in costume and bring a bag for your goodies. The event will feature carnival games, jumping castles, wagon rides, crafts, entertainment and don’t miss out on the “treat or suite-ing”. Spooktacular is guaranteed to be a treat for kids of all ages!

Monster Dash 5K, 10K & Kids Races

things to do in boulder in october

Photo Courtesy Monster Dash

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where: Old Town District, Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville 80027

Time: 3PM

Cost: 5k Fun Run -$30 ($40 day of race), 10k Run $35 ($45 day of race), Kids Races $15 ($20 day of race) To register click here.

Check out Louisville’s Halloween race — Monster Dash! This year’s theme is ZOMBIES, so throw on your costume and get ready to run. There will be 2 distance choices, the 5k “Fun Run” is for the entire family to run together (Ages 5 and up)…strollers allowed. The 10k Race is for the bit more serious runners going for a place in their age divisions. Immediately following the 5k and 10k, there will be 3 different races for the “Little Zombies” ranging from 1/4 mile to 1 full mile. Kids receive custom kids bib, glow stick, meal, milk/drink, kids candy, finisher medal and cool finisher gift. Post-event activities include a costume contest, trick or treating for kids as well as a party where adults will receive one free beer from Avery and kids receive free juice or soda. For more info, click here.

Munchkin Masquerade

Things to do in Boulder in October

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 31, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall.

Nederland’s Carousel of Spookiness

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Carousel of Happiness

When: Saturday, October 31, 2017

Where: Carousel of Happiness, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: Spooky Carousel Rides $1

A Nederland favorite, the Carousel of Happiness becomes the Carousel of Spookiness every year at Halloween. The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. On Halloween, the Carousel host a Kids Costume Contest, Trick or Treat Surprises and Spooky Carousel Rides for $1.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder 2017 [Interactive Map]

September 24, 2017

Fall is here and the pumpkins are ready! Below is a list (and an interactive map!) of nine pumpkin patches in and around Boulder to visit this season. Each one has its own unique pumpkin assortment and fall festival activities! Scroll down for all the details.

Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder

Anderson Farms Fall Festival

pumpkin patches near boulder

Photo Courtesy Anderson Farms

Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

The Fall Festival runs from September 20 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10AM – 6PM, Friday 10AM – 11PM, Saturday 9AM – 11PM, Sunday 9AM – 10PM

Pricing: Admission to Fall Festival – Monday – Thursday, $10, Friday, Saturday & Sunday $16. Kids 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here.

Pricing: Zombie Paintball Hunt or Terror in the Corn Haunted Hayride and Maze (Includes Fall Festival admission) Friday & Saturday $25 ($45 for both events), Thursday (beginning October 12) & Sunday $22 ($40 for both events). Tickets available here.

Pumpkin Pricing: Small Pumpkins $4 & Under, Medium $6, Large $8, Extra Large $10

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30 acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, farm lights and so much more! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience.

Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

pumpkin patch near boulder

Photo Courtesy Cottonwood Farms

Cottonwood Farm is located at 1535 N 75th St, Boulder, CO 80303.

The Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival runs from September 23 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Daily 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Wagon Hayrides (Saturdays and Sundays) $3/person.

Pumpkin Pricing: Most pumpkins $3 – $10, Specialty pumpkins $8 – $15.

Cottonwood Farms hosts a classic Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival in East Boulder. The farm offers a pumpkin patch as well as fall produce for purchase. Explore the hand-cut corn maze, with narrow paths for a fun and personal experience. The farm also offers a straw bale maze, farm animals to view, and vintage farm equipment display! Don’t miss the hayride, available on Saturdays and Sundays for $3/person.

Isabelle Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

Isabelle Farm is located at the SW corner of Isabelle Road & Highway 287, Isabelle Farm Farmstand is located at 1640 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

The Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze runs every weekend, September 30 – October 29, 2017.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Hayrides $3/person, Family of 4: $10.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $15, Large pumpkins $7.

Isabelle Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze every weekend just north of Lafayette at Hwy 287 & Isabelle Road. After you pick out the perfect pumpkin in the you-pick patch, check out the hayrides (starting October 7), barrel rides, farm animals, straw bale maze and corn maze! Fall produce, local honey and jams will also be available to purchase. Isabelle Farm also hosts a small pumpkin patch, with a lovely spot for taking pictures at its beautiful farmstand located on Baseline Rd. The farmstand is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM.

Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival

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Miller Farms is located at 13912 Co Rd 19, Platteville, CO 80651.

The Fall Harvest Festival runs from Labor Day to Mid-November.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Admission $2/person. Harvest Rides $20/adult, $15/kid, 3 & Under are FREE, Family of 4 $65, additional family members $15.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $5 & up.

Miller Farms hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival every day throughout the fall season. Admission includes the farm’s petting zoo, corn maze and the Antique Alley, a collection of antique airplanes, trucks and tractors. Pick your own pumpkins and fall produce (fill a wagon for $35!) and take the harvest ride (prices listed above). The farm offers snacks, drinks and treats, and has dozens of covered picnic tables. Pack a lunch and spend a day at the farm!

Munson Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Munson Farm is located at 7355 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301.

The pumpkin patch runs through November 1.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Hayrides $3/person, $5/family.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $25.

Munson Farm is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch at its farmstand in East Boulder. Activities include hayrides, a corn maze as well as a pumpkin patch. Munson Farm is known for its amazing selection of unique heirloom pumpkins including cinderella pumpkins, pink pumpkins, and many more!

Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Red Wagon Farm

Red Wagon Farm is located at 7694 N 63rd St, Longmont, CO 80503.

The pumpkin patch runs early October through Halloween.

Hours: Daily, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission.

Red Wagon Farm is offering a pumpkin patch at its farm in Longmont. Spend some time wandering the beautiful pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin, see the farm animals including alpacas, llamas, goats, chickens and geese, and play in the straw bale maze!

Rock Creek Farm U-Pick-Em Pumpkins and Corn Maze

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Photo Courtesy Rock Creek Farm

Rock Creek Farm is located at 2005 S 112th St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze runs September 30 – October 31.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6:30PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Corn Maze $6/Kids Ages 4-11, $9/Person 12 & Up, Kids under 4 are FREE.

Pumpkin Pricing: $8/Field Pumpkin, $15/2 Pumpkins, $20/3 Pumpkins, $25/4 Pumpkins, more pricing here.

Rock Creek Farm hosts its annual U-Pick-Em Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Broomfield. Free admission includes access to family fun play area, hay bale maze, farm animals and comic foregrounds for photos. Tour the farm’s 120 acre pumpkin patch, with its beautiful mountain backdrop to find and pick your very own pumpkin. The farm also offers four different corn mazes ranging from .3 miles to 5 miles (pricing above).

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

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Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is located at 9059 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503.

The October Pumpkin Carnival & Pumpkin Patch runs October 1 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Pumpkin Carnival every weekend, 9AM – 6PM, Pumpkin Patch & activities open weekdays, 9AM – 5:30PM.

Pricing: Free Admission. Weekend activities are pay per activity, tickets $1/each (each activity varies from 1-5 tickets/child). Weekday self-guided tours & activities $8/child.

Pumpkin Pricing: 55¢ per pound

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is hosting its annual October Pumpkin Carnival in Longmont. The weekend pumpkin carnival features a kids corner, pumpkin patch, food vendors as well as activities (prices vary) such as: pony rides, carousel rides, painting pumpkins, petting zoo, hay maze, bouncy castle and so much more! Weekdays, the pumpkin patch is open to the public, with self-guided activities available such as: pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course, hay maze and viewing zoo.

Seventh Generation Farm

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Photo Courtesy 7th Generation Farm

7th Generation Farm is located at 100 S 96th Street, Louisville, CO 80027.

The Pumpkin Patch runs from September 29 – October 31.

Hours: Friday 12PM- 6PM, Saturday 9AM – 4PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Kids Corn Maze $6/person, Adult Corn Maze $12/person

Pumpkin Pricing: $2 – $25

The 7th Generation Farm is celebrating Fall with a pumpkin patch & fall activities in Louisville. Activities included in admission: hay bale maze, huge hay bale mountain for climbing, pumpkin smash games, pumpkin painting station, farm animals, hayrides and so much more! The farm also offers a short, kid-friendly corn maze, as well as a large adult maze that takes about 1 hour – 1.5 hours to walk through (prices listed above).  Take a hayride to the farm’s pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin!

 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 23-24, 2017

September 22, 2017
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Fall has officially begun! This weekend take the kids to the Autumn Gold Festival, dance in an enchanted forest, celebrate monarch butterflies, go on a hay ride and run with the family dog for a good cause! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival

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Photo Courtesy Visit Colorado

When: September 23 – 24, 2017

Where: Estes Park, Colorado

Time: Saturday 11AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 11:30AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages:All Ages

Autumn Gold Festival is Estes Park’s fall celebration – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer. Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado bands play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts. Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show.  The highlight of the Autumn Gold Festival is the popular raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each.

Enchanted Forest at Wild Mountain Nature Center

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Photo Courtesy of Wild Bear Nature Center

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Where: Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 11AM – 6PM

Cost: $8/person in advance, $10/person day of, Children under 2 and seniors are free. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Wild Bear Nature Center will be hosting its 17th annual Enchanted Forest! Join us as we connect with the magic of the Fall season and the greater community! Take a tour of the forest and meet the animals who will tell their stories and how we can help them! Expect a full goody bag of special treasures from the forest animals! Enjoy loads of activities in Downtown Nederland, including professional face painting, creating your own costumes, live musical and theatrical performances, forest tours, and fairy magic. Dance with the bears! Enjoy yummy foods, hot drinks, and a community driven bake sale. People of all ages welcome and costumes are encouraged! Seniors and children under 2 years are free. Please note: Tours last 1 hour, and the last tour will be leaving at 5 pm. There are still lots of activities going on in the forest for latecomers to enjoy.

Monarch Day at the Butterfly Pavilion

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Ages: All Ages

Cost: All special activities included in general admission: Adults – $11.00; Westminster Resident – $9, Seniors (65+) – $9.00, Children (2 – 12) – $7.00, Children (under 2) – Free

Monarch Day is a fun-filled celebration of these amazing butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion. From their important role in our ecosystem to their incredible migration, there’s so much to discover! The Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 5,000 animals! Kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Morrison Ciderfest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Where: 100 Summer St, Morrison, Colorado 80465

Time: 10AM – 7PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Morrison continues its fall tradition with the Ciderfest, where families can spend the day sipping cider and enjoying activities like horseshoe tournaments and pony rides. Activities include cider press demonstrations, custom car show, kids area with a bouncy castle and more, arts and crafts exhibits, silent auction, horseshoe tournament as well as hay and pony rides from 11am-3pm. For more information please visit: http://www.morrisonciderfest.org/

Doggie Dash 2017

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Humane Society of Boulder Valley

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: $25/Adult, $15/Youth (under 12), Register here.

Ages: All Ages

Join the Boulder Valley Humane Society for a fun-filled celebration of our community and the pets in our lives, featuring a 2-mile stroll and fun run at the Boulder Reservoir. Whether your family is dashing with your favorite four-legged friend, a team of two-legged friends, or just enjoying our Community Expo — featuring scrumptious brunch options including food trucks, the Carabiner Coffee Company (Ol’ Blue), an Oskar Blues Brewery beer garden, the high flying canines of the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team, and dozens of vendor booths — you can help the Humane Society raise critical funds to support the animals at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley! Make or raise a $25 donation when you register to receive your limited edition Doggie Dash performance tee.

In addition to all the fun at the event, all dashers receive a limited edition Doggie Dash participant medal and dog “medal” to commemorate the life-saving morning, a Goodie Bag filled with giveaways, and access to all of our exciting our fundraising prizes! For more info, click here.

 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.
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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 16 – 17, 2017

September 14, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? There are a handful of FAIRS and FESTIVALS, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder Day, $5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion and so much more! Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

things to do in boulder in September

Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday: 5 – 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is FREE

Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music as well as children’s activities. Kids activities include face painting as well as an obstacle course, climbing wall, bounce houses, hamster balls and bungee tramp! Tickets for the main attractions start at $1 each.

Firefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

Ages: All Ages

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Saturday, September 16. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Day

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Old Mill Park, 237 Pratt St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, Children are FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come celebrate the 150th birthday of America’s favorite Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the St. Vrain Historical Society. Docents in period costume will be giving historic tours of the Affolter Cabin (1860), the Billings Cabin (1890), the Hauck Milk House (1860) and offer activities for children. Come discover what life was like in the St. Vrain Valley in the 1800s. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy Old Mill Park! Special events also include: The Silver Creek Fiddlers (music at the top of the hour), Laura’s “Little House” pioneer stories (on the half-hour), “On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Connie Ryle Nuemann, Historian and Teacher at 2:30pm. Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, children are free. All proceeds support The St. Vrain Historical Society’s mission of historic preservation and education in Longmont.

Broomfield Days Fair

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy City of Broomfield

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: North Midway Park, 1279 W Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 7AM – 5PM

Cost: Admission is FREE

Ages: All Ages

Broomfield Days is filled with family-friendly activities and entertainment. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Girl Scout Shelter, then a 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, three stages of entertainment, demonstrations, and great community spirit. For the full schedule, click here.

Puppet Theater at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Public Works Theatre Company

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library BROOK, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM

Cost: FREE, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder is free and accessible to everyone, examining the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe. On Sunday, the Sondra Blanchard of Public Works Puppet Theater is offering a workshop, using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome. This workshop spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for all ages.

2nd Annual Chili Bowl Street Party

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Pottery Lab

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Studio Arts Boulder, 1010 Aurora Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Chili Bowl II, Studio Arts Boulder‘s 2nd annual street party, is a chance to come together in celebration of the studio arts, music, community, and delicious chili! There will be live music on the Chili Bowl Stage featuring The Felonius Smith TrioVana’dielThe Goonies, & Hugh Manatee. Artist demonstration and art-making activities (for kids AND adults!) by Open StudiosFlatiron PressAmbrosia Glass Art, & the Dairy Arts Center. Studio Arts Boulder will be hosting its largest annual pottery sale. The Chili Cook-Off — chefs from local restaurants will throw down as they compete against one another for the title of Best Chili including chefs from: Mateo: Restaurant ProvençalDagabi CucinaThe West End TavernSancho’s Authentic Mexican RestaurantLeaf Vegetarian Restaurant, & Foolish Craig’s Cafe. Boulder Ice CreamLeft Hand Brewing Company, and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe will be on hand with delicious food and beverages.

2017 Mapleton Hill Porchfest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Mapleton Hill Porchfest

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Mapleton Hill Historic District, 7th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12:30PM – 4:15PM

Cost: FREE

Mapleton Hill PorchFest is a neighborhood walkabout where local musicians play and sing unplugged music on the beautiful porches of Mapleton Hill in Boulder. This family-friendly festival is FREE, featuring 20 musicians and bands playing on 20 porches on Mapleton Hill in Boulder. Join the Parade at 12:30 at 5th and Maxwell. Music starts at 1pm. Food trucks will be on-site.

CU Museum of Natural History’s Curious Connections in Nature

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Daily, Beginning August 26, 2017

Where: University of Colorado Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Always FREE

Ages: All Ages

In the wild world around us, everything is connected. Curious Connections in Nature is a new exhibition at the CU Museum of Natural History that delves into these connections through hands-on activities, multi-media displays, and specimens from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights symbiosis in our bodies, our backyards and beyond. Discover the role of the prairie dog in Colorado’s grasslands, learn about the microbes we host in our bodies, and explore the amazing world of lichens, diatoms, and much more.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.