Fall colors, harvests and Oktoberfests fill the schedule for some of the last festivals of the year.
Denver Oktoberfest, 24-26, Ballpark Neighborhood
A 51-year tradition of Bavarian fun. German food and beer, stein hoisting, keg bowling, long-dog derby. Costumes everywhere. Live music.
Fridays, 5-11 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission for full weekends, $45 or $65 with a stein, or single days $20-45: in advance thedenveroktoberfest.com
Longmont Oktoberfest, Sept. 25, Roosevelt Park
The traditional German celebration, the city’s ninth, is back and is a benefit for two nonprofits, A Woman’s Work and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Music includes bluegrass group Wood Belly and house band CSU’s Neue Polka. More than 10 breweries, distilleries and cideries. Food vendors. Sack races, costumes and stein-holding competition.
Entry $10 or special bundles including drink tokens $25 and $35. lhbfoundation.org/ longmont-oktoberfest
Brecktoberfest in Breckenridge is Sept. 24-26 on a more limited basis and expected to sell out, $50, gobreck.com/event/breckenridge-oktoberfest. OktoBREWfest in Greeley is in Lincoln Park Sept. 24-25 with music, brews and brats. mygreeley.com/events/oktobrewfest Steamboat OktoberWest, Sept. 18, boasts more than 30 regional craft breweries. steamboat oktoberwest.com
14erfest, Sept. 24-26, Buena Vista
Colorado Mountain Festival in Golden, also planned this same weekend, was just canceled until 2022, but this 14er trail festival is a go. Four-wheeling, hiking, mountain biking, running and fly fishing. Base camp is downtown Buena Vista. Live music nightly.Watch the website or Facebook for schedules or changes: 14erfest.org or facebook.com/14erFest
Telluride Autumn Classic, Sept. 23-26
A celebration of the spectacular gold colors of the mountain aspens combined with amazing cars and motorcycles.
Add to that classy aircraft, vintage and exotic vehicles. All in a town with major art and music.
NOTE: Check websites for late changes or cancellations because of COVID-19.
Linda Navarro, The Gazette