31 Aug 2016
Fall: It’s a classic.
That crisp air. Those falling leaves. The scent of pumpkin and cinnamon in the air. In September, autumn settles gradually into Colorado, and for many people it’s their favorite time of year. With aspens turning gold and the elk bugling, a trip to the high country is definitely in order. But don’t forget about the classic fall activities you can enjoy right here in town, too, from A Taste of Colorado and Oktoberfest to a kite festival in our very own Reunion. Check out the ideas below and start planning your happy segue into the cooler days to come.
Stories in Sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens-through Oct. 2
Every season brings a different kind of beauty to the Denver Botanic Gardens. Don’t miss fall’s richer tones, especially when accompanied by Stories in Sculpture, an exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Scattered throughout the gardens to complement the living museum’s natural settings, these figurative and abstract 20th century sculptures include work by Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, Saul Baizerman, Deborah Butterfield, Barry Flanagan, and Judith Shea. Exhibit is included with price of admission, which ranges from $12.50 for adults to free for members. http://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/stories-sculpture-selections-walker-art-center-collection
A Taste of Colorado-Sept. 2-5
The good news about more people moving to Denver (and Reunion) is that more restaurants are popping up to meet the growing demand. Explore your options—without committing to an entire meal—at A Taste of Colorado. More than 50 favorite restaurants will be on hand to satisfy your hunger for variety. Along with excellent food and drink, the festival includes five entertainment stages featuring national, local, and ethnic music; carnival rides, games, crafts, and children’s entertainment; and 275 booths in an arts & crafts marketplace. Held at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. No admission fee. Learn more.
Kite and Flight Festival– Sept. 10, 12pm-3pm
Look, it’s a kite, it’s a radio-controlled aircraft, it’s the annual Kite and Flight Festival at Reunion! Just one of the community’s year-round events, this festival is all about flight, featuring high-flying demonstrations, parachute races, disc dog performances, and much more. See photos of last year’s event here.
Shine On Car Show -Sept. 24, 10am-2pm
Come ogle the autos. Anyone can register to show their vehicle at the third annual Shine On Car Show—and possibly win a prize for their car’s class. Food trucks, vendors, and bounce houses will be on hand. Setup and registration begin at 9am. Registration and attendance are free. Sponsored by Landing Place Church. http://www.reunionmetro.org/calendar.aspx?eid=12718
Oktoberfest Denver-Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Why do Maxim Magazine and USA Today rank Denver’s Oktoberfest as the best in the country? It might be the keg bowling, dachshund racing, stein hoisting championship, or bratwurst-eating contest. Or it could just be the six-day-long excuse to indulge in authentic German food, beer, and music with 350,000 other festival-goers. Check the schedule for details, but events generally run all day long with 2-for-1 happy hours you won’t want to miss. Held at 20th and Larimer. Learn more.
Free Entrance to all National Parks-Sept. 24
Happy birthday, National Park Service. Now 100 years old, the National Park Service invites you to join the celebration with 16 free days this year—the next being Sept. 24. It’s an ideal time to go, now that the summer rush is over. Not sure where to start? How about sand sledding in the Great Sand Dunes or exploring Ancestral Pueblo culture in Mesa Verde? Of course, Rocky Mountain National Park can’t be beat this time of year for the bugling elk and dramatic drives and hikes amid aspen gold. More than 400 parks are available nationwide, so get going! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm