Looking to fill your social calendar? We've got the rundown on what to do this season.
Cottonwood Farms Fall Market
Sept. 23–Oct. 31
Buy pumpkins, squash and decorative fall items, without admission to the pumpkin patch and activity areas. Also visit the pumpkin patch for fun family activities, including a corn and straw maze. 10am–6pm. cottonwoodfarms.com
7th Generation Farm Fall Festival
Begins Sept. 30
Enjoy fun activities such as: hayrides, duck races, hay mountain, kids straw bale maze, straw bale pirate ship and more. Farm stand open to purchase meat, eggs, honey and roasted chilies. $6. 1536 Courtesy Road, Louisville. 7thgenerationfarm.com
Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch October Festival
The ranch offers a mellow pumpkin patch weekday outing during the month of October with a smaller selection of activities available to participate in. This is a great option for recreational groups, daycares, elementary schools or anybody looking for a fun day trip with friends and family. And don’t miss the excitement of the weekend festival held on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October. It boasts tons of carnival fun with kiddie-rides, a petting zoo, face-painting, a food truck and, of course, the original Pick-a-Pumpkin Pumpkin Patch!
Ghost Hunting 101
The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society is back to talk about ghost hunting, including some instructions on how to use common equipment. The Library will also be adding a ghost hunting kit to the collection for check-out. This is a great introduction to starting your own research. 951 Spruce Street, Louisville Library. louisvilleco.gov
Pumpkin Patch Painting
Join Coy Ink for this fall themed paint and sip party at Bee Hugger Farm. We’ll pick a cozy spot in the field to paint late season sunflowers and pumpkins. Cider will be available for purchase during class. Bring a camp chair or something to sit on so you’re not sitting on the grass during the paint and sip. 2–5pm. 12590 Ute Hwy, Longmont, Bee Hugger Farm. visitlongmont.org
Boulder County Open Studios Tour
Oct. 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22
During the first three weekends in October, about 165 artists will open their studios to the public. Selected by a jury, these represent the county’s finest painters, sculptors and mixed media artists. Open Studios publishes a map that will be available online and in print form in many locations on the Front Range. Various locations. Children welcome. 12–5pm. openstudios.org
CU Family Weekend
CU welcomes families of students for a football game, 5K run/walk, educational sessions and more family fun. Colorado.edu
Day of the Dead Family Celebration
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate our deceased loved ones and keep their memories alive. Running since the year 2000, this is the longest-standing Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado and attracts more than 6,000 people annually. Community participation is an essential part of this holiday full of life, reflection, food, family, and fun. Like last year, the Día de los Muertos Family Celebration will open the season in downtown Longmont. This street festival will include music and dance performances, art and craft activities, cultural education, delicious food, downtown business altars and the Fire House Art Center Gigantes Procession. Park downtown or at the Longmont Museum and take the free shuttle between locations so you can enjoy all the activities of the day. Free. 11am–3pm. Downtown Longmont at 4th Avenue and Main Street. longmontmuseum.org
Solar Eclipse Watch Party
Come check out the Annular Solar Eclipse! We’ll have fun activities, a variety of ways you can safely view this celestial event including solar telescopes and eclipse glasses and information about how you can help your community see the stars year-round using dark sky lighting. The eclipse begins at 9:14am and reaches its peak at 10:36am. This event is hosted by the Louisville Public Library, Louisville Parks and Open Space and the Planning Division, in conjunction with the Longmont Astronomical Society. louisvilleco.gov
Pumpkin Pie Days Vintage & Antique Market
Celebrating our 53rd show in the community. The market features a wide array of vintage and antique dealers featuring items including art, collectibles, primitives, costume jewelry, fine jewelry, furniture, home decor, glass, mid-century, retro, repurposed—plus much more! After an afternoon of shopping, stop by our café for a slice of Pumpkin Pie with fresh whipped cream. $10. Saturday 10am–5pm; Sunday 11am–4pm. 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, Boulder County Fairgrounds. stvrainhistoricalsociety.com
Farow’s Sunday Supper Harvest Dinner
Join us for the last Sunday Supper of the year. We will be co-hosting a harvest dinner with 100x Farm at the restaurant. Tickets will include a welcome cocktail and an introduction to the farmers and their operation followed by being seated for a four-course meal comprised of all of the amazing things 100x Farm grows. Come celebrate the fall with a beautiful meal, lovingly created by our chefs! We will have all of the amenities of the restaurant readily available to our guests. $120. 5:30–8:30pm. 7916 Niwot Rd, Longmont, Farow. farotrestaurant.com
Longmont Ghost Tours
Oct. 18–Nov. 18
Have you always wondered what—or who—is out there? Come join our affiliate “Step in Time Tours” as we explore infamous ghost towns and haunted locations in historical buildings in Longmont, Loveland and Erie, Colorado. Your tour guide is psychic medium Dori Spence, who, for over 40 years, has assisted law enforcement agencies, companies, building owners and individuals in “opening the veil” that separates our living world from the world of spirits. Dori’s insight and stories surrounding the historical sites around Colorado will leave you spellbound and wanting to learn more. Locations, prices and times vary. kindredspiritsociety.org
Stories in the Dark
Join the Louisville Historical Museum and the Boulder Valley Spellbinders for rarely-heard, local mystery and suspense stories told under the stars. Start your Halloween off right with haunting stories based on true events in Louisville’s history. A faked death, a creepy hand and a shocking visitor during math class, will you get spooked?! This program is recommended for ages six and up and will take place outside, in the Museum Courtyard. Bring a blanket or chairs, if desired. Registration is suggested. 7–8pm.
First Bite: Boulder’s Restaurant Week
First Bite Boulder is an annual event highlighting Boulder County’s dining scene. For one full week, dozens of Boulder’s top restaurants will offer special prix fixe dinner menus to the community. The week celebrates Boulder’s exceptional dining community and will help bring a well-deserved reputation into the national spotlight. Various locations. firstbiteboulder.com
Ghost Walk/Ghost Talk
This year Historic Boulder is partnering with local haunted history author Ann Alexander Leggett and our friends at Psychic Horizons to create a unique and captivating tour that offers an unforgettable journey into the unknown. Join us to explore Downtown Boulder’s most haunted sites and sharing bone-chilling stories that have endured for generations. As darkness falls, the streets come alive with tales of spirits, mysterious apparitions and the eerie echoes of history. 2:30–7:30pm.
World Singing Day Boulder
The eighth annual World Singing Boulder is a community sing-along where people of all ages, backgrounds and singing abilities are invited. Sing along to popular songs, from the Beatles to Taylor Swift. Lyric booklets provided. No rehearsals or preparation necessary. Just show up and experience the joy of singing together at this favorite annual Boulder event. Free. The Latin jazz/rock band Los Bohemios will be performing from 11am–1pm. Sing-along 2–3:30pm. Pearl Street Mall, Old Courthouse. worldsingingday.org
Applefest is our favorite fall celebration! Your ticket ($5–45) includes a plate from Nordy’s BBQ, plus apples and apple cider donuts, and live bluegrass music from a local band. A great annual family tradition. This event does not include apple picking. 3:30–6pm. 6914 Ute Hwy, Longmont, YA YA Farm and Orchard. yayafarmandorchard.com
Alto Motion Picture Orchestra: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” (1927)
Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra returns to the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium to provide live musical accompaniment for Hitchcock’s third feature film. In this haunting silent thriller, a mysterious young man takes up residence at a London boardinghouse just as a killer known as the “Avenger” descends upon the city. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or call 303-651-8374.
Catrina Ball and Mask Auction
The Firehouse and our sponsor Roots Restaurant and the Dickens Opera House invite you to honor your loved ones with song, laughter, dancing and revelry in Downtown Longmont. Come dressed as a Catrina or Catrin, or get your face painted at the event and get ready to dance, dance, dance! Performance by Nahucalli Mexican Folkloric Dance Troupe and the SVVSD Combined Mariachi Band. Where do the proceeds for the Catrina/Mask Auction and Catrina Ball go? The funds raised support free art education provided to marginalized communities. This year we are putting the funds towards continuing Art Attack. Your ticket price and bids support art in your community and make Longmont a more creative and better place for us all! 7–10pm. longmontcolorado.gov.
Come in costume to celebrate Halloween! We will read spooky stories, dance to spooky songs, work on Halloween crafts and trick or treat around the library. Ages 2–5 and caregivers. 951 Spruce Street, Louisville Library. 10:15–11am. louisvilleco.gov
Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts and goblins, dinosaurs and dragons, fairies and princes, superheroes and animals of every size for trick-or-treating along Pearl Street. Registration required. Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall. 3–6pm. boulderdowntown.com
HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale
Join us for one of Colorado’s premier art and crafts celebrations—The Fiber Art Show & Sale of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder. The Handweavers Guild of Boulder began producing an annual event in 1971 and the show and sale has evolved through the years into the premier fiber event it is today. The juried showcase highlights the exceptional quality and fiber technique achievements of guild members. In addition, the People’s Choice Award allows visitors to vote for their favorite pieces. Free. Daily 10am–6pm; Sunday 10am–3pm. 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Boulder County Fairgrounds.
Noche de Museo: Celebrating Day of the Dead
Featuring Grupo Huitzilopochtli Danza Azteca, Las Dahlias and Los Mocochetes. Join us in the Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium for an evening of live performance in celebration of Día de los Muertos that will span the ages, from ancient Aztecan dance to contemporary Chicano Funk. An annual community celebration of a centuries’ old Mexican tradition that has quickly become part of the cultural fabric of Longmont. Co-presented with the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or call 303-651-8374.
In-person events will include the annual Alumni Awards ceremony, Spirit Days on the Quad, Buffs on Tap, the 50-Year Reunion for the class of 1971 and the Ralphie’s Corral tailgate.
Firefly Handmade Holiday Market
Firefly artisans will fill the blocks of the renowned Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, featuring the best of local craft, art, and design! Sponsored by the Downtown Boulder Partnership, our market will be held in the midst of all the fabulous restaurants and unique shops that downtown has to offer, making it a convenient location to do all of your holiday shopping and celebrating. Free. fireflyhandmade.com
Switch on the Holidays
Come see the lighting of downtown in holiday lights and an appearance by Santa Claus, too. There will also be a holiday sing-along performance led by the Boulder Children’s Chorale, joined by members of the Boulder Chorale. Free. Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. boulderdowntown.com
St. Nick on the Bricks
Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. Whether you are asking for a fire engine for Tommy, a new doll for Molly or a diamond ring for mommy, bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories. Free. boulderdowntown.com
Niwot’s Annual Holiday Parade
In the biggest parade yet, Historic Niwot hosts a holiday parade on Small Business Saturday that will feature over 70 different businesses and clubs. Following the parade, visitors can continue the holiday magic and meet and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Lefthand Grange. Free. 11am. 2nd Avenue. niwot.com.