Everything Fun to Do in Denver This Weekend

These are all your local must-hit food and music festivals, events, movies, markets, deals, and concerts to help you make the most of your weekend.

If you like beer, baked goods, Halloween, and/or chocolate, then pull up a seat because this weekend in Denver is for you. From the kickoff of Halloween season and Denver Beer Week to a hot chocolate run and bake sale, things are getting tasty and spooky up in here. Throw in Boulder’s restaurant week, Doors Open Denver, a cool concert, and one more weekend of Oktoberfest, and your Friday through Sunday just got packed. Here, eight fun things to do in Denver this weekend.

Friday - Sunday
Denver Metro
It’s the most wonderful nine days of the year! Denver Beer Week kicks off Friday, and there will be more than 100 brew-tiful events leading up to the granddaddy of them all, next weekend’s Great American Beer Festival. From beer dinners to tap takeovers to rare beer tastings, your calendar is about to be packed with beer.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm
RiNo
Want baked goods and to tell the Supreme Court to shove it? Infinite Monkey Theorem hosts the Pro Roe Bake Sale for Planned Parenthood Saturday, featuring incredible treats from top bakers, like cookie bags from Frasca Food & Wine, pain au chocolat from Noisette, and homemade Oreos from Safta. Stock up.
Cost: Free entry; $5 tickets for baked goods, all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood

Friday - Sunday
Around Denver
Architecture and history buffs live for Doors Open Denver, the few weeks each year when normally closed off buildings are opened up for tours. This year’s in-person tours include the Historic Elitch Theater, the Clyfford Still Museum, and even Red Rocks Amphitheater. Step inside without the inconvenience of trespassing and getting arrested through October 16.
Cost: Free - $30

Friday - Sunday
Denver metro
Spooky season may live year-round in our hearts, but it officially starts this weekend. Why? Because that’s when the first haunted attractions open! Thornton’s Field of Screams haunted corn maze and houses, the state’s largest spooky attraction, starts terrorizing this Friday. For something milder, Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns opens Friday at Hudson Gardens with 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins.
Cost: From $14.99

First Bite: Boulder County Dining Events
First Bite: Boulder County Dining Events

Friday - Sunday
Boulder
Boulder county restaurants have put together special menus for First Bite Boulder, running from September 30 - October 9. Participating restaurants include Ash’Kara, Steakhouse No. 316, Corrida, and Basta, and some even offer special First Bite brunch menus.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, 8 pm
Downtown
The dog days are over so you better run to see Florence + the Machine when they play Ball Arena Saturday night. It’s the Dance Fever tour, so wear comfy shoes.
Cost: From $40

Saturday, 7 am
Wash Park
Here’s some motivation to wake up early on a Saturday: all the hot chocolate you can drink and fondue you can dip into post-run. The Hot Chocolate Run comes to Denver, bringing a 5K, 10K, or 15K race, plus all that chocolate at the finish line.
Cost: From $54

Friday - Sunday
Greenwood Village
Maybe you got sick, busy, or just need a re-do. Grange Food Hall is keeping their Oktoberfest celebrations going through the weekend, with stein holding competitions, heavy pours, and the chance to win free beer for a year. Lederhosen welcome.
Cost: Free entry

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Allyson Reedy is a Thrillist contributor.