Fall and winter seasons in Denver don’t just mean changing leaves and snowfall, but also fun, cool-weather activities to experience all around the city! If you’re studying with Bridge in downtown Denver for the fall and winter and wondering what sorts of new things you can try when you’re not in school, check out this list.
With the changing seasons and colorful foliage all around the state, fall is the perfect time for a day trip to see our famous Colorado scenery. Head to the mountains near Estes Park, just 40 minutes outside Denver, to see the ultimate display of fall colors in the last week of September, widely known to be the peak time to view changing leaves. Another great place to visit during the fall is the Garden of the Gods; the striking red rock formations of Colorado Springs, about an hour’s drive from Denver, look gorgeous in the bright colors of fall.
Enjoy the Arts
During the fall and winter, Denver hosts several events that exclusively celebrate the arts. The Denver Arts Week is a celebration of all things art, with events at galleries, museums, theaters, and more— generally at reduced rates. For film lovers, get your movie fix at the Denver Film Festival in early November. Denver also hosts “First Fridays” that showcase the art in each one of seven art districts throughout the city, giving you the chance to learn more about each mini-community. Or, for a more casual afternoon, just take a stroll through urban downtown Denver to see displays of street art, like sculptures and murals, that reflect the local culture.
Grab a Brew
Any beer-lover would be missing out if they didn’t enjoy a cold brew at one of Denver’s fall beer-related festivals. The Denver Beer Festival takes place the fall and includes dozens of beer-related events, from beer bike nights to “tap takeovers” that celebrate Denver’s ever-expanding collection of craft breweries. Also taking place in the fall is the Great American Beer Festival, one of the original and premier craft beer festivals in the country. This landmark event draws people from all over the world to take part in the “hoppy” festivities, and often sells out fast. But if you can’t get tickets, there are still beer themed events and deals throughout the city to celebrate!
Fall and winter in the U.S. highlight some of the nation’s most beloved holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and Valentine’s Day all take place during these few months, and there are plenty of Denver activities with spirit! For Halloween, the Zombie Crawl in Downtown Denver is the biggest in the US. Thousands of people dressed up in ghoulish costumes crowd the 16th Street pedestrian mall in Downtown Denver– always an interesting sight. For Thanksgiving and Christmas, downtown Denver has outdoor fairs, parades, and even lights City Hall up in festive colors.
Even though the weather is a colder in the fall and winter, the mountains are Colorado’s playground every season of the year! In the fall, you can go mountain biking, fishing, or hiking. Once the snow falls, skiing, snow-tubing, sledding, and sleigh rides are all popular and easily accessible cold-weather activities. Additionally, there are many opportunities for exercise and outdoor fun in the metro area. Denverites make use of the urban parks throughout the city for running, biking, and sledding when there’s snow. For more serious runners, Run the Rocks, a 5K, will take place in October.
The great thing about Denver is that fun things to do aren’t limited to this list! Bridge staff are here to help you discover the city and fill you in on local events unique to the area. Choose the English program that’s right for you and we’ll see you this fall and winter in Denver!