Summer is over and school is in session, but there are still a ton of fun things to look forward to in Colorado. Family-friendly activities span across the area, allowing communities to have a taste of fall fun. Already, Fall Fests have begun, but, don't worry, there is still plenty of time to find a fest, pumpkin patch or corn maze that you can attend. Below are some fall events happening in September across Colorado.
PSST… FALL, PUMPKIN AND HARVEST FESTIVALS 2017 COLORADO
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FALL FEST AT ANDERSON FARMS
Photograph courtesy of ©Anderson Farms
When: September 20 – October 31, 2017
Where: Anderson Farms, 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516
Cost: $10 – $16; Free for Children 3 & Under
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Anderson Farms is the home of Colorado’s longest-running Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch features 30 acres of pumpkins and over 70 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, and you can take a wagon ride out to the Pumpkin Patch on a wagon pulled by an antique Oliver tractor.
Race your friends around the track on their man powered go karts, mine for gemstones and fossils, ride the Mine Cars, the Barrel Train, lose yourself in the “Krazy” Rainbow Maze, explore Tire Mountain, “Fort A-Lot-A Fun”, “Punchin’ Pumpkins”, Farm Lights, pet farm animals, and more.
PAONIA’S MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVALPhotograph courtesy of ©Mountain Harvest Festival
When: September 21 – 24, 2017
Where: Paonia Park, Paonia, CO 81428
Time: Thursday 12pm – 9pm; Friday 12pm – Late Night; Saturday 9am – 1am; Sunday 9am – 6pm
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The 17th Annual Mountain Harvest Festival is a non-profit, four-day festival held in Paonia that is community-organized and seeks to benefit the local economy by providing entertainment by local musicians, writers of poetry and prose, dancers, comedians and dramatists.
This family-friendly festival also includes a chili cook-off, arts, crafts, kids area, grape stomp, harvest market, farmers’ market, and live music all weekend.
FRUITA FALL FESTIVALPhotograph courtesy of ©Fruita Fall Festival
When: September 22 – 24, 2017
Where: 432 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, CO 81521
Time: Friday 9am – 8pm; Saturday 7am – 8pm; Sunday 11am – 3pm
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Fruita Fall Festival is a three-day event with over 125 vendors selling their arts, crafts, and foods to a crowd of 50,000-plus. The weekend is filled with events for all ages such a golf tournament, carnival, live music performances, cooking contest, street dancing and more. This 100-year-old festival is one of Colorado’s longest running festivals.
MORRISON CIDERFESTPhotograph courtesy of ©Morrison Ciderfest
When: September 23, 2017
Where: Bear Creek Center, 150 Spring St, Morrison, CO 80465
Time: 10am – Dark; Hay & Pony Rides 11am – 3pm
Morrison Ciderfest is a cider festival that has been around since 1989. This festival encourages families to sip from steaming mugs together and partake in fun and family-friendly activities.
At the festival you can expect to enjoy cider presses, a custom car show, kids area with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts exhibits, a silent auction, a horseshoe tournament, live music, food vendors and more.
MAIZE IN THE CITY FARM FESTIVALPhotograph courtesy of ©Maize in the City
When: September 29 – October 31, 2017
Where: 10270 Riverdale Rd, Thornton, CO 80229
Cost: $9 – $12; Pumpkin Field + Kids Attraction: Free
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Maize in the City is hosting over a month-long fall festival which will include the Crazed Corn Maze, a mini maze, a pumpkin field, pony rides, petting zoo, jumping castles, air slides and sand art, among other attractions for the whole family.
The Crazed Corn Maze is a 20-acre maze that is fun for all ages. While visitors navigate their way through the cornfield, they are invited to engage in the one-of-a-kind smart phone trivia game. Choose a category or enter unique questions; each correct answer provides directions to the next checkpoint.
The Mini Maze is a smaller maze perfect for young children. With paper checkpoints, children will collect hole punches as they navigate through the maze. Parents and grandparents are welcome to accompany their children through this maze for free.
Visitors are welcome to explore the pumpkin field and choose from the pumpkin options on site.
JARED’S GIANT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AND WEIGH-OFFPhotograph courtesy of ©Jared’s Nursery Gift and Garden Center
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Jared’s Nursery Gift & Garden Center, 10500 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80127
The 12th Annual Jared’s Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Offis the largest pumpkin weigh off in the state of Colorado. The festival will include a 100′ pumpkin drop off, a half ton pumpkin weigh off, live music, beer, food vendors, a straw maze, inflatable games for kids and adults, and over $5,000 of prizes awarded to attendees.
HARVEST FARM FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE Photograph courtesy of ©Harvest Farm
When: Fridays through Sundays; September 30 – October 29, 2017
Where: Harvest Farm, 4240 E Co Rd 66, Wellington, CO 80549
Time: Friday & Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Cost: $10 – $15; Free for Children 3 & Under
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Denver Rescue Mission’s 15th Annual Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze will include activities such as a 10-acre corn maze, corn cannons, yard games, food trucks, natural play areas, petting zoo, pig races, hay wagon rides and much more.
HARVEST FEST AT MAY FARMSPhotograph courtesy of ©May Farms
When: Saturdays & Sundays; September 30 – October 29, 2017
Where: May Farms, 64001 US-36, Byers, CO 80103
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $10; Free for Children 5 & Under
May Farms‘ annual Harvest Fest will feature unlimited barrel train rides, unlimited hay rides, an unlimited walk in their corn maze, shots from their Pumpkin Cannon, lawn and playground activities a barnyard, and more
ESTES PARK ELK FESTPhotograph courtesy of ©Visit Estes Park
When: September 30 – October 1, 2017
Where: Bond Park, MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
The 19th Annual Elk Fest in Estes Park is free festival featuring bugling contests, Cabela’s Archery Range, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, self guided elk tour maps, a children’s’ area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden.
Elk Fest will also include live country, rock and bluegrass music, an annual Rut Run 5k and vendors displaying artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and distinctive elk cuisine.
Tangerine Restaurant in North Boulder is inspired by Mediterranean and American flavors and serves up ingredients from local farmers. Whether dining in for brunch or lunch, you will find classic dishes with a unique spin. And, now, the flavors of Tangerine is expanding to Old Town Lafayette. Read more in the Daily Camera article below:
Boulder's Tangerine restaurant plans Old Town Lafayette expansionPopular haunt's plans signal continued revival for historical district
By Anthony HahnStaff Writer
POSTED: 08/08/2017 07:36:35 PM MDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 17 HOURS AGO
Sous Chef Zac Dwight prepares a meal for a customer at the Tangerine restaurant on Tuesday in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)Plans for a second iteration of Tangerine — north Boulder's celebrated brunch haunt — will soon be realized along Old Town Lafayette's revived South Public corridor.
The eatery's newest digs could fill the space at 300 S. Public Road as early as this winter.
Strong word-of-mouth has fueled Tangerine's quiet popularity over the last six years; its Boulder location sits at 2777 Iris Ave., far-flung from the city's crowded center.
A loyal customer base has served the restaurant well, Tangerine's Chef and Owner Alec Schuler says, and the move to Lafayette comes as the demand has begun to outpace its quaint beginnings.
"Tangerine is as busy as ever," said Schuler, who came across the Lafayette site by chance while biking through town a few weeks ago. "And with all our happy customers, it's come to the point where we have such a big following."
He said the restaurant could slide into the 3,000-square-foot existing building layout without any real structural changes if all goes according to plan, which would bypass the need for a building permit.
The new shop is a bit smaller than Boulder's, though large enough to potentially double Tangerine's employees to roughly 50, Schuler said.
For Lafayette residents, the move comes not a moment too soon. Despite a flood of modern ideas to S. Public Road — such as William Oliver's Publick House and Ras Kassa's Ethiopian Eatery and Community — the district has largely abided through its cultural renaissance over the last few years without a true breakfast anchor.
"There's not really a breakfast-specific restaurant in Old Town, so that makes room for me," Schuler said. "I just like the feel of the area, honestly."
Apart from Deli-Cious Z's and Senor Gomez Restaurant, whose storefronts reside a bit farther south from the city's main thoroughfare, Tangerine will have a local customer base on the first day it's open, according to Todd Walsh, of Boulder's Boom Properties.
"We've just had a groundswell of great retailers and breweries lately," Lafayette spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot said Tuesday. "That momentum has just built upon itself."
A move into Lafayette for businesses such as Tangerine is still a bargain, compared to Boulder's lofty commercial lease rates.
Apeizza e Vino closed its restaurant 300 S. Public Road earlier this year. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)"In Lafayette, an entire market of available listings right now ranges from roughly $16 to $22 per square foot," Walsh said.
For example, prices for lots in Boulder's west end of Pearl Street consistently hover in the mid-$30s.
"It's entirely two different markets," Walsh said. "So Lafayette is a good place for local businesses that have a strong following and have a good formula because you can essentially halve your rent.
"It's also not that far away (from Boulder) in the scope of things. (Recent reports) now show that Boulder County is adding something like 10 residents a day; they're going to fill out the east county eventually, and as they do they'll need a place to go eat breakfast."
Schuler suggested that Tangerine's new lease fell "along the lines of what is typical for Lafayette," adding that the contract gives him options to remain for an extended amount of time if he wants.
Despite the restaurant's prime location, potentially built-in customer base and a winning business formula, the 300 S. Public Road address has become somewhat of a local mystery.
When Apeizza e Vino shuttered earlier this year amid sales woes, the ill-fated Italian eaterymarked the six restaurant to come and go within the building's 18-year history.
Before Apeizza was Angelo's, an Italian eatery in the same vein. Prior to that, there was Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant, with its kabobs and belly dancers.
That was preceded by Pulcinella Ristorante, which followed the spicy foods of Taste of Nepal. That opened in the place of Rocky Mountain Joe's Café after the coffee shop first exited Lafayette.
The idea of a " curse at Cannon and Public" doesn't worry Schuler, who says the building is perfectly tailored to Tangerine's needs.
"I think the spot is great," he said. "It's a beautiful little place, it has good foot traffic, has good parking, it's the exact size I need and I think this place is perfect."
If there's is a gripe, however, Schuler says the building's front could use some help sticking out more. He hopes the city can provide him some assistance in the way of incentives down the road if necessary.
"The only thing that I don't really like is that (the storefront) is not that visible," he said. "That's the only thing, but we can put some orange color out front like (the Boulder location) and make this building glow and come to life."
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