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The Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms. Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin.

Things to Do in October That Won’t Break the Bank

Here are 13 cheap (or free!) things happening in Colorado this month.

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Experience An Artful Statement | October 1-7 
Artist Regan Rosburg will make a creative, but firm, statement on social and environmental justice via her creation of  “Axis Mundi: Environmental Melancholia, Collective Social Mania, and Biophilia.” In simpler terms, this curation highlights, well, “environmental melancholia,” “collective social mania,” and “biophilia.” Rosburg’s three-part display can be found at the PlatteForum, the Olympic Building, and the Land Library until October 7. Free

Celebrate Local Heroes | October 1-14 
Join the Denver Fire Department in celebrating 14 Hispanic firefighters who have served the Denver community since 1955. On display at the Denver Firefighters Museum near Auraria, the “Hispanic Firefighters of the Denver Fire Department” exhibit will pay tribute to the empowering stories of resilient and dedicated members of the Denver firefighting community. $5-$7

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Learn About Hindu History | October 1-28 
Escape the cold and head to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to explore a truly beautiful and historic exhibit: “Ganesha: The Playful Protector.” Ganesha, commonly recognized by her elephant-like features, is a Hindu deity known for granting success and wealth. At the DAM, visitors can view a 29-inch tall statue of the god dating back to the 600s, alongside other depictions of the commonly worshiped figure. Tip: Head to the DAM on Saturday October 7, as entrance to the museum is waved thanks to the Free First Saturdays museum program. Free on October 7, otherwise $8-$13

Courtesy of Denver Art Museum.

Get Lost in a Corn Maze | October 1-29 
What would October be without a corn maze? Denver Botanic Gardens will host a seven acre corn maze at their Chatfield Farms location for the majority of the month. Guests of all ages are invited to attend, as there will be plenty to do for the entire family. Aside from the maze, visitors can enjoy barrel train and pony rides, games of cornhole and giant Jenga, and a variety of food and craft vendors. If you’re more inclined to attend spookier fall activities, the cornfield will transform into an “After Dark” maze on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, where brave patrons can navigate the twists and turns with only the help of a lone glow stick. $9-$14

Get Educated On the Future of Solar | October 5-15 
Put on by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition (featuring the University of Denver, who is paired with Cal Berkeley) that is comprised of ten university teams who are all hoping to have created the best and most sustainable solar-powered home. During the project display, located near the 61st and Peña light rail station, students will provide tours of their energy and water efficient creations. Free

Laugh A Little | October 6 
The third annual AvantGarden variety show will feature performances from local musicians and comedians like Sawmill Joe and Geoff Tice, along with a display of comic-book-esque art from Denverite Cosmo Peters. Guests are invited to cruise the Bakery Arts Warehouse at their own pace, stopping for laughs and artful pondering along the way. $10-$15

Discover Your Rocky Mountain High | October 7-8
Does fall have you feeling like you should take a mountain drive, playing John Denver’s greatest hits on repeat? If you find yourself identifying with this sentiment, then point your car west and make the 45 mile ride from Denver to Georgetown to celebrate the legend himself. The small city will be providing free walking tours of where Denver loved to perform and relax, accompanied by a live radio broadcast of his music. Free

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Get Your Walking Dead On | October 7 
The Denver Zombie Crawl has been a popular event for Denverites for over a decade now, and for good reason. The 12th annual Crawl will begin at Skyline Park at 11 a.m., then make its way throughout the city, concluding with a “Zombie Prom” at Jackson’s in LoDo. This event might be spooky, but it’s a fun tradition for many Halloween/Walking Dead fans, because who doesn’t love taking over the streets and scaring the entire city with hundreds of your closest friends? Free

Get Amped for Ski Season | October 7 
It’s that time of year again—the weather is brisk in Denver and it’s snowing in the High Country. If the cold or sight of snowy mountains makes you excited, head to the First Chair Festival at the Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park for a jam-packed day of all things winter and skiing. A variety of ski movies will be featured, including MSP Film’s Drop Everything and Good Company’s Guest List. Skiers can also expect to rock out to music by Air Traffic Controller and The Moth & The Flame, all while browsing discounted gear with a cold brew in hand. $15-$60

Be Inspired by Climate Advocates | October 7 
Denver’s flagship REI will host the Granted Film Series by Patagonia, an evening of three short films about people fighting to preserve our wild places via funds from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants Program. Guests can expect to kick back and be inspired with drinks and snacks in hand, and if you’re lucky, you might walk away with prizes. Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds from the entry fee will be donated to The Conservation Alliance, so what’s not to love? $5

Spark Your Creativity | October 14-15 
Head to Denver’s first annual Feature MakerFaire for a day filled with tinkering and collaboration. Guests can play alongside some of the country’s best creative thinkers and inventors, all while exploring over 150 hands-on activities. We promise that kids (and the kid in all of us) won’t get bored at this one-of-a-kind event. $12-$36

Courtesy of Denver Maker Faire.

Celebrate the Art of Getting Sendy | October 14
REI Denver’s Rocktober Festival will get any climbing fanatic excited. The event is set to feature a variety of climbing-oriented activities, such as gear demos and free skill clinics. Climbers can explore the event while sipping a cold brew from Denver Beer Co., and even listen to a talk from living climbing legend and Boulder resident, Lynn HillFree

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Embrace Your Love for Winter | October 14 
Do you love snowboarding, winter, music, movies, and beer? If so, head to Snowboard on the Block for a day filled of all things wonderful (namely, the things we listed.) This festival will feature live music from The Vandals and The Murder City Devils, along with three snowboarding films. Riders and winter-lovers alike can even cruise the venue’s gear sales with a beer in hand, too. $20-$75

Courtesy of Snowboard on the Block.

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