Fall is a transformative time. Temperatures dip, flavors emerge, and our spirit of adventure and comfort takes priority. Spend an afternoon or a weekend in Aurora, and capture that essence.
Preparing for spooky season requires the perfect pumpkin for carving. For family fun, Mile High Farms in Bennett has something for everyone (corn mazes included)! Also, be sure to visit May Farms located just outside the Aurora city limits. Each weekend in October, they’re celebrating an annual harvest fest complete with pumpkin patches and more.
Nick's Garden Center & Farm Market transforms the first Saturday in October into Nick's Fall Fest. Visit their pumpkin patch to find every shape and size of pumpkin imaginable. You'll also find many FREE activities for the family, including a ring toss game, straw maze, kids' play area, and many great selfie stations. For a small fee, you can also enjoy tractor rides through the Tunnel of Terror, Nick's Garden Express Train Ride, Pedal Kart Track, kids jumping castles, and Hammer game.
Between the changing leaves and prairie grass, you’ll see Aurora’s fall colors in full swing. Places like the Morrison Nature Center and the Plains Conservation Center are great for observing Aurora’s natural landscape. The unique features of Jewell Wetland Park make it an ideal place to check out wildlife while hiking around.
Being in The Gateway To The Rockies means you’re never too far from wildlife. Explore Pronghorn Natural Area at sunset to look for pronghorn deer and red fox darting in-between the tall grass. Spend an afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge to see American bison roaming the plains right from your car. Get up early and make the trip to The Wild Animal Sanctuary to view tigers and lions rescued from captivity.
Take advantage of the PSL weather by enjoying some local treats! Báhn & Butter Bakey Café has beautifully designed sweets that pair nicely with their in-house teas. Or try out Tous Les Jours, an artisan bakery specializing in pastries, cakes, and even bread.
You're sure to get into the fall spirit at Haykin Family Cider. This award-winning small-batch cidery produces a sparkling wine-like cider in a variety of sweetness levels. Elevating the apple that way wineries have elevated the grape, Haykin Family Cider highlights the flavor and complexity of exciting and unique apples. Open throughout the weekend. Stop by for a taste!
For a transcendent fall dining experience, visit Annette inside Stanley Marketplace. Helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Caroline Glover, this modern gastropub combines the wholesomeness of farm-fresh ingredients with the creativity of a top-notch restaurant. Diners can expect a delicious menu based on a scratch-to-table mantra.
Aurora is filled with fantastic Coffee spots. From unique, festive creations to traditional hand-ground brews, you're sure to find the perfect warm beverage to fuel your spooky season. Try Jubilee Roasting Co. for classic caffeinated beverages in a decorated and cozy atmosphere. Their on-site small-batch roasting facility fills the space with the beautiful aromas of coffee sourced from around the globe. Logan House Cofee Company brings an artful approach to your coffee cravings with unique bakery offerings as well (try their pop-tart, trust me). Legends Cofee is another bright spot, with a passion for coffee and a focus on sustainability.
Fall in Colorado can get a little chilly, so it’s best to be prepared! Goose & the Goat inside Stanley Marketplace offers unique hats, scarves, and even long socks in both men's and women’s styles. You can also visit Southlands if you’re looking to give your fall wardrobe a total makeover. They have everything from designer brands to clothing, shoes, and more. Bonus, there are even outdoor fire pits complete with seating outside a variety of the Southland stores.
You'll feel perfectly at home in a class at Create Kitchen & Bar, regardless of your culinary skills. A chef-instructor will teach you something new. Whether it's how to burn toast just perfectly or how to make an authentic paella, you will be sure to connect over great food and cocktails. Be sure to reserve your space early because classes fill up fast!
Coloradoans like to boast that our state has over 300 days of sunshine every year. Whether that is true is debatable, but you're sure to find plenty of fall days to hit a few golf balls around without losing them in snow. With links for all budgets & skill levels, Aurora is flush with golf courses open (weather permitting) to keep you entertained.
This immersive fall community event features farm tours, games, and activities, live animal interaction experiences, and a vendor market with more than 60 local small businesses selling a wide variety of products, including delicious food, clothing, jewelry, art, and goodies for your pets, home décor, and more.
Salvador Dalí Alive is a must-see for any fan of the artist or Surrealist movement. The exhibition at The Lume Colorado inside the Stanley Marketplace offers an exclusive look into the dreamlike mind of this celebrated artist, displaying his iconic paintings and sculptures. Visitors will gain a fascinating insight into his creative process and learn about the meanings behind his work. The exhibition is fun and educational and provides a unique opportunity to view some of Dalí's most famous pieces.
Aurora has become a prime destination for brewmasters and beer enthusiasts alike. With nearly two dozen local breweries (and growing), seasonal concoctions flourish. The fall season is marked by Dry Dock Brewing Company's "Banned Booze Ball." This ticketed 17th birthday celebration happens on October 15th at the North Dock location. Dress in your prohibition/speakeasy best and join the party from 3 pm-8 pm (VIP early entry at 2 pm). The event includes eight beer stations (all-you-can-drink), four food trucks, live music, aerial performances, and so much more. Enjoy exclusive beer releases and signature merchandise as well. Cheluna Brewing Company also honors Dia De Los Muertos during the season. For a great collection of local brews and delicious comfort food, make sure to journey to Cedar Creek Pub.
For more festive fall activities, check out Visit Aurora's Event Page