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7 best things to do in Colorado this weekend, Oct. 19-21

Posted: 1:17 AM, Oct 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 12:28:26Z

DENVER -- Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend. 

1. Get some Jack-o'-lantern inspiration at Pumpkin Nights Denver

What: Halloween would be nothing without carved pumpkins, and what better way to get in the spirit – and get some inspiration along the way – than to journey along a path made up of over 3,000 of them? Pumpkin Nights is bringing its interactive Halloween experience to the Denver metro area for the first time ever - and there are a lot more than just pumpkins to enjoy at this Halloween festival for the whole family.  

Where: Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Rd. in Brighton, Colo.

When: Now through Nov. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Admission: Various on date and time. For a full list of prices, click here

More info: Click here to learn more about Pumpkin Nights

2. Learn the stories of the Ghosts that roam the Botanic Gardens

What: Walk through the Gardens after dark while hearing haunting stories of the Gardens' haunted history, staff ghost stories, overnight security super natural encounters and other intriguing history (including access to the Waring House Mansion that is not open to the public - this area is not wheelchair accesible). This event is not recommended for kids under 12 years of age. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.

When: Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. until Oct. 28

Admission: $31; $27 for members

More info: To learn more about Ghosts in the Garden, click here

3. Boo at the Zoo 

What: The 34th annual Boo At The Zoo offers trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo. 

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.

When: Saturday, October 20 and 27; and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Admission: $20 for adults ages 12-64; $17 for seniors ages 65+; $14 for children ages 3-11; Kids 2 and under get in free. Admission for members to Boo at the Zoo is included in your membership.

More info:  https://www.denverzoo.org/booatthezoo

4. 5280 Dines

What: 5280 Dines, presented by Ratio Wealth Group, is an exclusive culinary experience celebrating 5280 magazine’s 25 Best Restaurants list. Guests will enjoy chef curated tastings from winning restaurants, paired cocktails, photo booths and more. Proceeds benefit the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy at Regis University. Note: The event is cocktail attire. 

Where: The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora, Colo. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Admission: $75 per person.

More info:  https://www.5280.com/promotions/5280-dines-tickets-2018/

5. Literary tales of terror come alive at Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House

What: Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker rise from the grave yet again to chill us with their tales of terror for Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House Museum. The 25th year of Victorian Horrors features six soul-searing tales perfect for literary nerds and fans of the macabre alike!

Where: Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 

When: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 27 

Admission: $20 per person, $18 for Historic Denver members, seniors and children. 

More info:  www.mollybrown.org

6. Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival

What: Head to Breckenridge to sip on a variety of different spirits from small-batch, artisan distillers and more about the distilling process in Breckenridge.

Where: Breckenridge, Colo. 

When: Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21

Admission: Varies by event. Make sure to check the link below for more info.

More info: To purchase tickets to individual events at the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, click here

7. Explore these Colorado pumpkin patches

What: The best month of the year is finally here! Not only are the leaves changing, but summer's finally over, cooler temperatures are settling in, and nothing says "Halloween" quite like a well-carved Jack-o'-lantern in your front yard. So get out of Denver for the weekend and explore these 13 Colorado pumpkin patches! 

Where: Various locations

When: Now until the end of October

Admission: Varies by pumpkin patch

More info: Check out our list of the 13 Colorado pumpkin patches to go to this fall


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