It’s time for those golden autumn days and weekends, the perfect time for harvest season festivities. Break out the matching flannels, pour the spiced cider, and get outside for family fun. Here’s where you can pick your gourd from a pumpkin patch, wind through corn mazes and celebrate the season at local and regional family festivals.
Colorado Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31
18065 Saddlewood Rd., Monument
Ride the tractor-pulled hayride, play laser tag and human foosball, and lose yourself in the fun of a straw maze. Ride the ponies. Then say hello to the llamas, sheep, alpaca, goat and other animals in the petting area.
Wishing Star Farm
Through Oct. 31
24024 State Highway 94; Ellicott
Head east to find a kids corral Western town, pedal kart track, corn bins, petting zoo and more. Of course, there are pony rides and a pumpkin patch too.
Diana’s Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31
1649 Poplar Ave., Cañon City
The corn maze is built with a new layout and theme for its 19th straight year. This year, wind through the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Maze and play the games along the trails. Then relax by the fire pit with s’mores. And don’t forget to pick out your pumpkin to take home.
Long Neck Pumpkin Farm
Sept. 27 – Oct. 27
7595 California Dr., Colorado Springs
Catch a hay ride. Visit the Story Barn for stories and crafts. And get ready to play! This countrified playground features a hay bale slide, corn boxes (think sandbox filled with corn kernels), tractor swings and duck races. You can pet goats and horses too.
The Big Aspen Happnin’ Fall Festival
Downtown Cripple Creek
The drive to Cripple Creek will set the seasonal stage with its abundant, glowing aspen groves. And when you reach the historic mountain town, a huge street party will be “happnin.’” There will be inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, live music, street vendors and fine art throughout town.
Rock Ledge Ranch Historical Site
3105 Gateway Dr., Colorado Springs
The whole family will love the wagon rides, the old-time music and tasty treats, including made-from-scratch apple pie. Tour the historic homestead. Watch demonstrations by a blacksmith and other pioneer artisans. And choose your perfect pumpkin.
Miners’ Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival at Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Festival Oct. 5-6
Pumpkin Patch open during October weekends
225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs
The festival kicks off the pumpkin patch with a hay maze, games, food vendors, craft artisans, spooky stories and more. The weekend pumpkin patch features the hay maze, giant slide, photos booths, games and more.
Giant Pumpkin Festival
Downtown Old Colorado City
The biggest pumpkins roll into Old Colorado City for the largest pumpkin in the territory competition. Walk through the weigh-ins and craft displays. Sample from the beer garden, and catch live music and sidewalk sales.
Happy Apple Farm
Wednesdays through Sundays
1190 First St., Penrose
Pick your pumpkin and stock up on pears, berries and apples at this working farm in Penrose. Try the fresh-pressed apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, pies, applewood smoked BBQ and more on the weekends. Free hayrides for the family and locally-made jams, jellies and apple butter.