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Dia de los Muertos Celebrations Enliven Larimer Square

October offers plenty of kooky events throughout the Denver area

Dia de los Muertos festivities return to Larimer Square this month
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When: Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m.

Where: Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St.

What: Embrace the community of the harvest season and bust a jig to some bluegrass the cidery’s charitable bluegrass festival. In partnership with Colorado Mountain Club, the festival unites six local bluegrass bands and family-friendly activities under the umbrella of cider.

Additional Information: Tickets can be purchased online for $15; general admission tickets include entrance and a commemorative glass.

Sake: Thinking Outside the Box

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: The Avenue Grill, 630 E. 17th Ave.

What: Learn about traditional Japanese cuisine and four different sakes at an educational tasting at the San Francisco-style grill this month. Diners can sip on Tozai Living Jewell, canned Bushido, Kanbara, Bride of the Fox Junmai Ginjo, and Tozai Snow Maiden Nigori while delving into ramen, edamame, potstickers, and more regional fare.

Additional Information: $50 reservations cover sake, food, tax, and tip. Call the restaurant to make reservations at 303-861-2820.

Boulder Burgundy Festival 2017

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 15

Where: Throughout downtown Boulder at various locations

What: The esteemed fall wine festival hosts a series of educational seminars, tastings, and dinners throughout downtown Boulder this month. Learn more about the wines of the world at local hot spots. Highlights include a dinner at Frasca Food & Wine with New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov and a Paulée-inspired lunch at Flagstaff House.

Additional Information: Prices differ per event; purchase individual tickets for each event online.

Fourth Annual Choctoberfest

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora

What: The decadent fall chocolate festival brings chocoholics together from all corners of Colorado. The full-day festival features a costume contest, pairings with coffee, cider, beer, and wine, and a chocolate happy hour with the company of Grammy-nominated singer Nadya Hill. Customers can put their palates to good use and vote for the best chocolate and cake booths.

Additional Information: A percentage of profits will be donated to The Action Center. A complete vendor list is available online. General admission tickets start at $5 per person; taste tickets available for an additional purchase.

Fourth Annual Coffee Bazaar

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 3003 Larimer St. (Oz Architecture parking lot)

What: Start the day with plenty of caffeine and beans at Denver’s annual coffee expo. Coffee lovers can meet industry veterans and entrepreneurs while learning more about the trends in the cafe scene. A full list of vendors is available online. Along with roasted samples, shoppers can taste brunch bites and inspired cocktails.

Additional Information: $40 tickets are available to purchase online. Tickets include unlimited coffee samples and access to bites and drinks.

#3: The Future Project

When: Friday, Oct. 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

What: Explore the past and present’s perceptions of the future at the final installment of the McNichols Project event series. An art gallery highlights cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa’s work “Under the Mexican Sky” and “Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers” photographs by James Balog. Futuristic cocktails, craft beer, and food complete the evening; bites include a molecular ice cream station and tamale station.

Additional Information: $30 tickets are available to purchase online; each ticket includes five drink tickets and access to art and food.

Broadway Halloween Parade

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, starting at 6 p.m.

Where: Down Broadway from East Third Avenue to Alameda Avenue

What: The inaugural neighborhood parade pairs local merchants with kooky community members for a unique event. Expect floats, bands, and decked out marchers in Halloween garb traveling down Broadway.

Additional Information: The family-friendly event is open to the community. For more information, contact

Beethoven & Brews

When: Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.

What: Ratio’s punk vibes turn classical this month at a musical paired tasting with the help of the Colorado Symphony. Enjoy light bites and four four-ounce samples of Ratio brews as a small ensemble performs in the brewery. Don a costume for a chance to win two tickets to the upcoming Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas show on Friday, Oct. 27.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $40; $65 VIP tickets include an extra sample, souvenir glass, and tour of Ratio. 21-plus participants only.

Dia de los Muertos on Larimer Square

When: Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Between Market and Larimer streets near Larimer Square

What: The Larimer Arts Association transforms a neighborhood alley into a creative celebration of the Mexican and Latin American holiday. Honor the dead and embrace the living with live Latin music, tequila tastings, calavera (sugar skulls) construction, and art-inspired alters.

Additional Information: The free event is open to those 21-plus.

Trick or Treat Street

When: Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29

Where: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children's Museum Drirve

What: The Children’s Museum hosts a three-day, family-friendly fall festival packed with pumpkins, kids dressed as pumpkins, and seasonal sweets this month. Activities include trick-or-treating, a monster carnival, spooky science lessons, and creative fall treats in The Teaching Kitchen. Check out the Facebook event for a full list of options.

Additional Information: Members and kids under one year get in for free; other tickets priced between $13 and $15. All regularly scheduled programming at the museum stops during Trick or Street.

Stem Ciders

2811 Walnut Street, , CO 80205 (720) 443-3007 Visit Website

McNichols Building

114 W Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202 (303) 297-1186

Ratio Beerworks

2920 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 997-8288 Visit Website