Fall Fun Things to do in Denver This Weekend

Dated: September 17 2021

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Fun Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

So many festivals.

Denver has festival fever this weekend, as a slew of jubilees celebrating niche food, drink, comedy, and art take over the town. From BBQ to Bloody Marys, comedy to beer, there’s a fest for every person who can’t get enough of stein hoisting and smoked pork. It’s also the weekend that Meow Wolf finally makes its Denver debut, as well as one last beach party and an anticipated music showcase. We may be closing in on fall, but this weekend feels like summer is still in full swing.

Eat your weight in pig at the Denver BBQ Festival

Friday, 5 - 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm
Sun Valley
Attention smoked meat lovers: the Denver BBQ Festival is setting up its smokers at Empower Field at Mile High all weekend long. There will be pork shoulder sliders, smoked mac n’ cheese, fried lamb ribs, Texas-style brisket, and a whole lot of other stuff because they’re smoking up more than 30,000 pounds of sweet, sweet meat. All the champion pitmasters will be there, and so should you. (Unless you’re a vegetarian; then you may want to skip this one.)
Cost: Free entry

Drink Bloody Marys until you never want to see another tomato again

Sunday, 12 - 3:30 pm
RiNo
If you live and die for Bloody Marys, well, you might want to expand your interests. But you’ll also want to hit Sunday’s Bloody Mary Festival, where you can spend three and a half hours sipping on your passion. Besides the Bloodys—which we’re sure will have crazy, Insta-worthy garnishes—there’s also food, because man and woman cannot live on lycopene alone.
Cost: From $49.50
 

Browse one of the biggest art festivals

Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Central Park
Conservatory Green will be a feast for the eyes this weekend, as it hosts the 22nd annual Denver Arts Festival. The giant fest showcases top Colorado artists, with some of the nation’s best peppered in as well. There’s food, wine, beer, and spirits, so your taste buds get a feast, too.
Cost: Free entry

LOL all weekend long

Friday - Saturday
Denver
Do you want comedy? And even more comedy? And maybe even some more comedy after that? The High Plains Comedy Festival is bringing the jokes (hopefully) at loads of events around town, including a live podcast recording of The Grawlix Saves the World, The Dollop at the Paramount Theatre, and guffaw-worthy local and national comedians.
Cost: Some shows free; others from $15

Enter Meow Wolf’s Denver wonderland

Friday - Saturday, 10 am - midnight
Sun Valley
It’s been three years since Meow Wolf announced Denver would be home to its third permanent installation. Our wait on the weird and the whacky is finally over, as Convergence Station opens Friday. More than 300 creatives worked on the four-story, 70-plus installation project. Prepare to have your senses overloaded and mind blown open.
Cost: $45

Rock out at the Westword Music Showcase

Friday & Saturday
RiNo
It’ll be like an all-you-can-listen buffet in RiNo this weekend, as the Westword Music Showcase brings electronic, indie, hip-hop, rock, country, folk, and more to the streets and stages at Mission Ballroom Outdoors. Consider danceable footwear, because we care about your comfort.
Cost: From $40

Go full-on sun’s out, buns out at this end of summer beach party

Sunday, 1 - 7 pm
Greenwood Village
Celebrate and/or mourn the end of summer at the final Cherry Creek Reservoir Lake House beach party. Go big and book a cabana or VIP table, or go not-so-big and just show up with a towel and a floatie. Either way, it’s a whole lot cheaper than a trip to an actual beach.
Cost: From $20

Dust off your lederhosen, it’s Oktoberfest!

Friday, 5 - 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm
Larimer Square
When Larimer Square is filled with a stein hoisting stage and keg bowling, it can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest is back. The 51st annual Denver Oktoberfest is one of the best in the country, chock-full of schnitzel, beer, and dirndls, as any self-respecting Oktoberfest should be. Prost!
Cost: From $15

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Crystal Hart

My name is Crystal Hart, I am a Colorado Native! I grew up in the San Luis Valley, located in south central Colorado, and have lived in the Denver Metro Area since 2000. I have over 20 years of experi....

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