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10 Free Things to Do in Colorado This October

The spooky season is upon us! Fill your social calendar with beer, booze, and boos—all without spending a dime—at these 10 events

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Curtis Garage Party With Breckenridge Brewery | October 3
Two words: free beer. (Well, beer for a good cause and a donation if you so choose.) Kick off the Great American Beer Festival with this charity event featuring exclusive pours of Breckenridge Brewery beers, giant lawn games, and live rock music from Jonah Wisneski and The Band. Show your beer spirit and dress up in your proudest beer-themed costume to enter for a chance to win prizes like a VIP tour of Breckenridge Brewery, an overnight stay at the Curtis, or tickets to more GABF events. All donations will go toward Camp Southern Ground, a summer camp for kids of various ability levels and from all walks of life. 3–7 p.m., the Curtis, 1405 Curtis St.

Art Feast | October 5
The best of both worlds collide for the 5th annual Art Feast, a free walking tour of the Cherry Creek North art galleries completed with a host of tasty bites from local restaurants. Expand your palate in more ways than one with samplings, live demonstrations, musical performances, and a multitude of creative offerings from artists around town. Be sure not to miss the Vineyard Wine Shop’s complimentary wine tasting from 2–6 p.m. at the main tent, located on 2nd Avenue & Fillmore Street. Cherry Creek North, 2–5 p.m.; find an event map and more information on participating galleries and restaurants online.

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Open House at Black American West Museum | October 5
The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center and Historic Denver are partnering to celebrate one of Denver’s most notable figures, Dr. Justina Ford, the Mile High City’s first licensed female African American doctor who practice out of her downtown medical office from 1911–1952 and is remembered for her personal efforts to fight discrimination within the medical field. In an attempt to win a national competition and secure funds to preserve the Dr. Justina Ford Home, the organizations are offering the open house event for Denverites to experience the rich history of her home in person, with everything from historical enactors, food trucks, and a special performance by the Spirituals Project choir. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Black America West Museum, 3091 California St.

Zombie Crawl | October 5

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Grab the fake blood and gear up for one of Denver’s eeriest traditions. Join the walking-dead parade through the heart of downtown, limp your way into the contest for best costume, and channel those half-dead dance moves with the giant Thriller dance. Tickets are also available for Ghoul’d Rush (starting at $30), the Zombie Crawl’s first ever contest for groups to compete in a set of challenges for a grand prize. Skyline Park, 1600 Arapahoe St., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; find more information on route, rules, and additional contests online

The Music of Landscapes: Gritty & Pretty | October 6 and October 12
Explore the natural wonders of landscapes and music—and how those worlds can coexist—on this community hike brought to you by the Boulder Philharmonic and City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks. This guided musical hike through Shanahan Ridge with OSMP naturalist Dave Sutherland will feature samples of music to offer a first-hand lesson in how artists attempt to capture the essence of nature in their works. The Boulder Philharmonic will round out the experience, performing works by Jon Lord and Jonny Greenwood. Sunday, October 6, 2–5 p.m.; Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; Shanahan Ridge Trailhead, 1903 Lehigh St., Boulder; Find more information online.

Broadmoor Art Academy 100th Birthday Party | October 12

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The Broadmoor Art Academy. Photo courtesy of ©1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

The Broadmoor Art Academy—created in 1919 by Broadmoor Hotel founders Spencer and Julie Penrose—turns a century this year. The academy, now called the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, was named one of the 25 best galleries in 2018 by American Art Awards, and a journey down memory lane was only fitting for this milestone. To celebrate its 100th birthday, visitors can appreciate a gallery of works from the school’s earliest years along with artist demonstrations, gallery discussions, a special film screening, and more. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (gallery open until 7:30 p.m.), Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs

Old School Cool Vintage Fashion Market | October 13
Peruse Denver’s vibrant vintage scene all in one place at Improper City’s vintage fashion market, featuring over 50 pop-ups to take you on a shoppable trip down memory lane. Boost your budget and upgrade your wardrobe with some recycled styles for fall, or simply channel some inspiration from the curated inventory. And if not for the fashion and home goods, at least come for the food trucks, outdoor bar and vinyl record bus. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Improper City, 3201 Walnut St.

Fall Flannel Festival  | October 20
Get your fall festival fix at the city’s second-annual Dairy Block & Denver Milk Market Fall Flannel Festival. Enjoy an urban pumpkin patch, live music, trick-or-treating and plenty of activities and games for the whole family—and be sure to come donning your spookiest costume or finest flannel. 11 a.m.–3p.m., Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St.

Manitou Springs’ 25th Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival | October 26
What better way to celebrate the dead than a high-speed coffin race down a 195-yard track through downtown Manitou Springs? Join in the fun at likely the most bizarre celebration of one of Manitou’s most notable historic citizens (and the peculiar circumstances of her death), at the nationally and locally buzzed-about festival. Thousands of attendees gather each year to enjoy the coffin parade and cheer on the 70 decked-out race teams, complete with a proper after party, beer garden, and live entertainment, of course. 12–7:30 p.m., Navajo Avenue and Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs; Find more information on route, shuttles and schedule online.

Maize In The City | Select dates through October 31
No need to travel far for rural fall festivities—Maize In The City, the 40-acre corn field filled with countless autumn activities, is nestled right in Thornton and offers several free attractions like the corn kernel box, playground, and the patch full of local pumpkins (priced by size if you want to take one home, ranging from $1–$20). Spend a little more dough and you’ll find plenty more activities for every age, like the Crazed Corn Field Maze and trivia game, pony rides and petting zoo, corn launcher, and more. 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton; Find dates, times and additional pricing for attractions online

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