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You Know It’s October When…

POSTED October 3, 2019

You know it’s October when area ranches open their gates for all kinds of fall festivals! Corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin carving, pumpkin gathering, bounce houses, petting zoos—there are even some SCARY Halloween mazes! Take advantage of the balmy fall weather and sunny skies to do a little leaf peeping while you’re out! With all of these attractions right in the neighborhood, you don’t have to drive for hours!

Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6

The kids will have a blast participating in the giant hay bale maze, duck races, petting zoo, bounce houses, jumping pillow, climbing wall and more! Activities are geared towards kids 10 and younger, but older kids and adults will have fun, too—in the corn maze or picking out the perfect pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch.

Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$14
Phone: 303-805-1038

Friday, October 4

The first concert of Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra’s 20th Season is a déjà vu—the program is a replica of their premiere concert in November 2000. You’ll hear Verdi’s Grand March from Aida, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C, and more!

Come before the concert for a kick-off party! Mingle with your friends and neighbors and members of the orchestra. Bid on silent auction items that include sporting event tickets, gift cards from local restaurants, wine, an LTSO Mini Symphony To Go ensemble and more! You’ll enjoy a drink and a delicious selection of tasty bites!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Party: 5:30 p.m.; Concert: 7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: Party $14-$24; Concert $14-$26
Phone: 720-509-1000

Here’s a fun way for teens to start thinking of Halloween—an interactive whodunit with a fantastical pirate twist!

This FREE event is a chance to meet fellow mystery-lovers while you work together to solve the interactive mystery, Murder on the High Sea.

DCL in Roxborough, 8357 N. Rampart Range Rd. #200, Littleton
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 303-791-7323

Friday-Saturday, October 4-5

Want a slightly spooky Corn Maze experience? Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield gives you a chance to walk their Corn Maze After Dark—with only the light of a glow stick. The maze is not “haunted”—-no one will jump out at you—so you get the spooky vibe from the darkness of night.

Want a really scary Corn Maze experience? Then you’ll want to walk a little further down the dark, creepy road to the Stalkers’ Haunted Corn Maze, part of the Dead Zone Scream Park. This package also includes admission to the After Dark Corn Maze (if you need to calm your nerves) as well as Fear Flicks—screenings of outdoor horror movies. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9-$40
Phone: 720-865-3500

Friday-Sunday, October 4-6

This is the Corn Maze gold standard! Located on the Chatfield Farms campus of the Denver Botanic Gardens, this maze is situated on seven acres of cornfields! The Botanic Gardens people really know their stuff, so this is one fall activity you won’t want to miss!

With different activities geared towards different age groups, everyone in the family can find the perfect one. In addition to the regular maze (which adults find challenging!), there is a mini-maze for kids 10 and younger, a barrel train ride for kids 12 and under, a jumping pillow for kids under 54” tall, and a hayride! Pony rides are also available for additional purchase.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11-$14
Phone: 720-865-3500

This fall festival may possibly take the prize for the most original rides—giant shark slide, anyone? Kids will love the pedal karts, cow train ride, rat race rollers, mine carts, jumping pads, and zip line!

Of course it wouldn’t be a fall festival without a hay wagon ride or a chance to pick your own pumpkin! The petting zoo has adorable pygmy goats and piglets. Not to miss: the pig races! All activities are included in ticket price. Pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and concessions are available for purchase!

Lone Creek Farms, 3879 N. State Hwy. 83, Parker
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19.95
Phone: 303-800-1243

This playful revenge-comedy is about three under-appreciated female office employees who work for a male chauvinist. The movie from 1980 starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin in the uproarious feminist comedy. The stage version is just as funny, just as sharp, and maybe even MORE relevant than the original, since the onset of the #MeToo movement makes it seem less like fiction and more like real-life.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$34
Phone: 303-841-4500

Saturday, October 5

It’s an old-time fall festival at Schweiger Ranch in Lone Tree, with hay wagon rides, ranch tours, and live bluegrass music! You can purchase a pumpkin for only $5, then participate in the pumpkin decorating activity led by a real pumpkin artist!

Those brave enough may dare to enter the Cave of Confusion!

Schweiger Ranch, 10822 Havana St., Lone Tree
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-790-0557

If you have kids who are aspiring singers or musicians, they will love this high-energy interactive show! Doctor Noize is a classically-trained musician who also loves electronic music, and he blends his multi-instrument knowledge with interactive pop/rock music. This is more than a one-man concert—it’s a chance for kids to join in.

The Doc demonstrates how he arranges and records his music live, singing and playing his own one-man-band of instruments. His expertise in electronic music looping techniques are sure to dazzle kids who want to be a star someday.

Schoolhouse Theatre, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $7
Phone: 303-261-5153

Castle Rock Trail Festival is a big fall event, with races going on all day. For families, the LiveBig Family Adventure Run is the highlight of the day! The obstacles on this 1.5 mile run are fun and kid-friendly, including the 200-step Philip S. Miller Challenge Hill.

This run is untimed and proceeds go to support the Adaptive Recreation Department. All participants will receive a custom-made finisher medal and a t-shirt.

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration: $25 per person

One Night in Memphis features over 90 minutes of pure rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll in an authentic and energetic presentation featuring nationally known talent. The show recreates that magical night of December 4, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves jamming at Sam Phillip’s Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. Little did they know that their jam session was being recorded and preserved for all time, representing all the performers in their prime and the very best music of that time.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, October 6

One of the most beloved children’s stories is utterly adorable when acted out by puppets! This adaptation also includes magical shadow imagery that will enchant young viewers. In this version, Fern’s mother is the storyteller who brings the barn to life, along with all of the adventures it holds: Wilbur’s friendship with Charlotte, the magical web, and Wilbur’s unlikely survival.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 720-509-1000

This FREE day at the PACE Center celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of the acclaimed movie, The Book of Life.

This artistically-animated film is about a bullfighter who crosses over to the afterlife during Day of the Dead festivities. In addition to the movie, the day will include traditional food, crafts, and entertainment. Fun for the whole family!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-841-4500

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