This cat is from Broncos Country.
This cat is from Broncos Country.
Michael Emery Hecker

Hundreds of Things to Do This Fall in Colorado

Fall is in the air, and you can find fun events all over Colorado. Denver is full of markets and festivals; the mountains have endless opportunities for leaf peeping and just enjoying the great outdoors. For our Fall Arts Guide, we gathered information on hundred of things to do across the state, and compiled them in chronological order. Take a look, and then get out there and enjoy!

All ages can enjoy the new River Integration Project.EXPAND
All ages can enjoy the new River Integration Project.
Courtesy Hudson Gardens

Through October 27: Denver Botanic Gardens Corn Maze: This year's corn maze is space-themed; find objects hidden inside in an out-of-this-world scavenger hunt. Fridays through Sundays, $11-$14, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Through November 2: Haunted Field of Screams: Psycho killers, paintball-wielding zombies, ghostly specters and ominous freak-show denizens occupy this 40-acre horror show. $45 and up, 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, hauntedfieldofscreams.com.
Through October 31: Maize in the City: A wealth of family-friendly activities await, from a 20-acre corn maze to petting zoo to pony rides to bounce houses. $9 and up, 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, maizeinthecity.com.

Enjoy Colorado's harvest at a fall fest.
Enjoy Colorado's harvest at a fall fest.
Courtesy Lakewood Cider Days

Through October 27: Dead Zone Scream Park: The Scream Park includes two corn mazes — the first navigable by only the light of a glow stick, the second haunted — plus horror movies running all night. 7 p.m., $28-$40, Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
October 17-26: Victorian Horrors: Explore the darker side of Victorian life (those petticoats!) with Gothic ghosts and yarns. $20, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
October 18: Schitt's Creek: Up Close and Personal: Eugene and Daniel Levy are among the cast members taking to the stage with stories about the making of the popular comedy. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $50 and up, Buell Theatre, 13th and Arapahoe streets, artscomplex.com.
October 18-31: Boo at the Zoo: Bring the kids for trick-or-treating, a not-so-spooky haunted house and animal shows. Select dates, 4-8:30 p.m., $19.75-$24.75, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
October 20: Bloody Mary Festival: We all know the best part of brunch comes garnished with a celery stalk. 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., $45-$55, Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, thebloodymaryfest.com.
October 20: Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo: Collectors searching for everything from ambient to zither recordings will be able to find it here. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $2 admission, Ramada Plaza Northglenn, 10 East 120th Avenue, Northglenn, bigk.com.
October 21-25: Glow at the Gardens: Fire performers and glowing jack-o-lantern sculptures light up the night  in preparation for Halloween. 5:30-9:30 p.m., $17-$21, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
October 22-23: Theresa Caputo Live: True believers come to hear from their deceased loved ones; skeptics come to skulk around backstage trying to locate the scam as the Long Island Medium comes to town. 7:30 p.m., $40 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
October 23-November 21: Neustadt JAAMM Festival: This month-long, wide-ranging fest celebrates Jewish culture and its contributions in art, dance, theater, literature, film and music. Various Denver locations, 303-316-6360, jccdenver.org.
October 24: Día de los Muertos: Remember your loved ones at this fundraiser for the Mexican Cultural Center that includes elaborate altars, music, food and tequila. 6-9 p.m., $175, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-331-0172, mccdenver.org.
October 24: Luminocity Gala: This fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is hosted by Karen and Ian Wolfe. 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $500 and up, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.
October 24: Special Olympics Hall of Fame Luncheon: See athletes, coaches and volunteers inducted into the Hall of Fame in this afternoon fundraiser. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, 720-359-3101, specialolympicsco.org.
October 24: Stay Tuned With Preet Podcast Live: Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara talks with Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. 8 p.m., $39.50 and up, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmancenterpresents.com.
October 24: Westword's Feast: Get a taste of Denver's ever-changing restaurant scene in one memorable night as the town's top restaurants show up with their best bites. 7-10 p.m., $30 and up, McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, westwordfeast.com.
October 25: Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind: The floppy-haired, soft-spoken comedian takes to the stage with his brand of dry humor. 8 p.m., $40 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.

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Coloween 2017
Aaron Thackeray

October 26: Coloween: A new venue for the long-running Halloween party and costume contest means you can now party with 4,000 of your nearest and dearest. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $59 and up, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, coloween.com.
October 26: Exotica Erotica Masquerade Ball: Dress down — way, way down — at this sexy Halloween party where less clothing is definitely more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $30, The Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder, exoticaball.com.
October 26: Paranormal Palace: It's never too early to start planning your Halloween costume for this elaborate all-you-can-drink costume party — not when the purse for the costume contest totals a cool $5,000. 8 p.m., $69 and up, McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-507-1376, denverhalloween.org.
October 26-27: Halloween Kids' Fest: Aquarium admission can be downright frightening, but not when your little ones are in costume: They'll get in for half-price during this family-friendly Halloween party. $16.99 and up, Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street, 303-561-4450, aquariumrestaurants.com.

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Do not try this at home.
Courtesy Westernaires

October 26-27: Westernaires Horsecapades: Horses, loud music, flaming batons and trick riding. What could go wrong at the annual orgy of Americana? $10, National Western Complex Events Center, 4655 Humboldt Street, 303-279-3767, westernaires.org.
October 27: Nick Kroll: Middle-Aged Boy: The Big Mouth star and Emmy nominee who never grew up comes to Denver. 7 p.m., $33.50, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
November 1: Welcome to Night Vale: The surreal podcast's latest live show, A Spy in the Desert, is a stand-alone story that longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. 8 p.m., $30, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
November 1-9: Denver Arts Week: Art walks, free admission and expanded hours, concerts, plays and family-friendly happenings are just a few of the 300+ events at galleries, theaters, music venues and museums around town during Denver's yearly celebration of the arts. Many events free, various Denver locations, denverartsweek.com.
November 2: Día de los Muertos: Shop the mercado for art, jewelry and clothing, then visit the ofrendas honoring loved ones who have passed on. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $12.50, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
November 2: Night at the Museums: Black American West Museum, Byers-Evans House Museum, the CELL, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Forney Museum of Transportation, History Colorado Center, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Molly Brown House Museum and Museo de las Americas are participating, with free shuttles running between sites. 5-10 p.m., free, various Denver locations, denverartsweek.com.
November 6: Dancing With Boulder Stars: Local celebs put on their dancing shoes to raise money for the YWCA of Boulder County. 7 p.m., $35-$60, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder, 303-786-7030, ywcaboulder.org.
November 7: Pairsine Food and Wine Pairing Competition: A contest that rewards chefs who can create the most complementary food and wine pairing. 6-9 p.m., $120-$185, Crowne Plaza Denver, 1536 Wynkoop Street, 719-488-1800, pairsine.com.
November 7: Taste Denver: The James Beard Foundation brings Washington, D.C., chef Amy Brandwein to town to cook with local Jen Jasinski. 6 p.m., $195, Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, jamesbeard.org.
November 8: Howl at the Moon: A night of dueling pianos, dinner, dancing and a dessert auction benefits non-profit Adam's Camp. 6-10 p.m., $75-$150, Raccoon Creek Golf Course, 7301 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, 303-563-8290, adamscampcolorado.org.
November 13: How I Built This with Guy Raz: National Public Radio's Guy Raz interviews Curt Richardson, the founder of Fort Collins's OtterBox. 8 p.m., $20 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
November 8-16: First Bite: Belly up to the bar for Boulder's restaurant week, when the area's best eateries offer $29 or $49 prix fixe menus to whet your appetite. Various Boulder County locations, firstbiteboulder.com.
November 9-17: Denver Fashion Week: The city's premier fashion event boasts red carpets, runway shows and ridiculously good-looking people. $30 and up, various Denver locations, denverfashionweek.com.
November 14: Pancakes and Booze Art Show: The decade-long art show that feeds free flapjacks to its patrons returns with more local art and gallons of syrup. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $10-$15, Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway, pancakesandbooze.com.
November 14: Pints Fighting Poverty: Visit six pubs and hear a guest speaker while raising money for homeless folks. 6-10 p.m., $25 plus fundraising, starts at Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut Street, denvervoice.org.
November 15: Heroes & Hope: Former governor and clean-energy advocate Bill Ritter headlines this fundraiser for conservation nonprofit the Resource Center. 5:30-8 p.m., $65 and up, Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Street, Boulder, 303-999-3820, resourcecentral.org.
November 16: Silver Bell Ball: Former Bronco Reggie Rivers emcees this luxe fundraiser for Mount Saint Vincent that includes dinner, drinks, music and dancing. $135 and up, Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, msvhome.org.
November 20-February 3: Downtown Denver Ice Skating Rink: Bring your own skates and practice your triple axel for free at this outdoor rink now entering its tenth year. Free admission, skate rental $7-$9, Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe streets, 303-825-6787, downtowndenver.com.
November 22-January 30: DIA Ice Skating Rink: Got a few hours to kill before your flight? Of course you do. Strap on a pair of (free!) loaner skates and take to the ice. Denver International Airport Plaza, free, 8500 Peña Boulevard, flydenver.com.
November 23: Ira Glass: Seven Things I've Learned: The host of This American Life has a face for radio and the stage in this live show. 8 p.m., $20 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.
November 29-January 3: Blossoms of Light: No matter how hard your neighbors try, their holiday lights will never beat the Gardens' annual display. 5-9 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
November 30-December 1: Horseshoe Market: Shop vintage and artisan finds finds along with local food and drink. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5, Highlands Masonic Temple, 3550 Federal Boulevard, horseshoemarket.com.
December 7-8: Snowcats Cat Convention: There will be music. There will be art. There will be....cats? 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $10-$15, The Cable Center, 2000 South Buchtel Avenue, snowcatscon.com.
December 12: Nick Offerman: All Rise: Famed puzzler, comedian and one-half of Hollywood's most winning couple dances his way across the stage in his solo show. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $49.50 and up, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, 303-623-0106, paramountdenver.com.

The deadline is past for these listings, which were compiled for our Fall Arts Guide. But we highlight hundreds of events every week on westword.com; send information on upcoming dates, including theatrical performances, to editorial@westword.com.

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