We don’t want to hear you say there’s nothing to do around here ever again. C’mon folks, we live in Colorado—there’s loads of great stuff to experience all year long. So, pull out your calendar and find a permanent marker. From must-see concerts and summer festivals to sporting events and holiday activities, we’ve got you scheduled for fun throughout 2012.
Find a Halloween Costume. There are a handful of local shops where you can get your ghoul on. Try: Flossy McGrew’s, the Wizard’s Chest, or online at seamslikeoldetimes.com. //
Komen Denver Race for the Cure. The local race celebrates its 20th year supporting breast cancer survivors and research. // 7 a.m., downtown Denver, komendenver.org.
Ski on Opening Day. It’s always a race to be the first mountain to open in Colorado. In 2011, Wolf Creek opened on Oct. 8. //
Great American Beer Festival. Pilsners, ales, stouts: Pick your favorite flavor or try something new at this annual celebration. // October 11 to 13, times vary, Colorado Convention Center, greatamericanbeerfestival.com, $60 per session.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s Corn Maze. // Friday 4 to 9 p.m., maze is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from mid-September through October, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, botanicgardens.org; adults: $10; youth: $6.
EatDenver Harvest Week. A week-long celebration of Colorado’s produce—and the growers who bring it to our plates. // October 14 to 19, times and venues vary, http://eatdenver.com.
Live Music at the Little Bear. If you’ve never spent an evening at this Evergreen saloon, you’re missing out on a Colorado tradition. The Little Bear has live music on most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. // The Little Bear, Evergreen, littlebearsaloon.com.
Haunted Denver Tour. Denver History Tours offers two different “haunted” tours. Both will make you believe in ghosts. // Tours are scheduled based on interest. Call to make reservations, denverhistorytours.com; adults: $20; kids: $10.
Frightmare. For decades, this haunted “compound” has scared the bejesus out of Denverites. // Open every night in October, beginning at 7 p.m., frightmare.biz, $20.