October Weekend Plans: Deals and Happenings Around the Region

Pumpkin chucking, a dead celebrities Halloween run, and Colorado's massive ski and snowboard expo—all signs fall is upon us.
October 7 2013, 1:21 PM

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Oct. 10 Reel Rock Tour
The Reel Rock Tour, a collection of the year’s top climbing and adventure films, hits Durango Thursday.

Oct. 12 Punkin Chunkin’
See how far you can huck a pumpkin at Aurora’s quirky annual event, now in its 16th year, which features creative catapulting devices and plenty of hilarity. Not up for flinging gourds? No problem. Spectators have just as much fun.

Oct. 18–20 MileHiCon45
More than 80 authors descend on Denver for one of the largest science-fiction literary events in the region. Also expect plenty of anime, gaming, and the robotic combat competitions.

Oct. 25 Dead Celebrity 5K
Fort Collins’ new 5K race asks participants to dress up as—you guessed it—their favorite celebrity without a pulse.

Nov. 8–10 Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo
Colorado’s massive ski, snowboard, boot, helmet, outwear, and accessories sale returns for its 22nd year with discounts up to 75 percent off. Kids won’t want to miss the slackline, obstacle course, and climbing wall—which means more shopping time for mom and dad. For the adults: The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest.

OTHER HAPPENINGS
iCopper? A New App for Skiers and Snowboarders

Copper Mountain’s new “Sherpa” app gives skiers and snowboarders inside information about the trails they are on, hands-free. Visitors simply plug in their head phones, and the new app uses the phone’s GPS to provide guests with directions and tips about runs they’re on—and where trails have fresh powder or where they have been freshly groomed. Sherpa becomes available (for free) November 1 through iTunes.

DEALS
Get Cultured for Cheap
The $52.80 Mile High Culture Pass saves you $25 on three exhibitions and shows at places like the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Museum of Nature and Science (Mythbusters, anyone), History Colorado, and the Denver Botanic Gardens, to name just a few.

No snow? No problem.
Antlers at Vail is offering a zero cancellation fee on bookings now through December 13, so if conditions don’t meet your definition of good snow, you can nix your stay without a penalty.

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