What's on tap for the first weekend of fall? Denver is serving up great food, autumn shopping, and a horror movie festival to get you in the mood for Halloween!

This weekend marks the first weekend of fall, and the Denver area is offering up plenty of opportunities to welcome cooler temperatures, enjoy great food and drinks, experience a wide variety of musical entertainment, and kick off the Halloween season.

*Please note that in-person events may have certain COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Visit each event's website for more information prior to attending.*

Harvest Week

When: Sept. 23 – Oct. 4
Where: A variety of restaurants
Cost: Varies

50 Front Range restaurants will offer special menu items inspired by Colorado farmers and producers. Proceeds will be donated to EatDenver and The GrowHaus, two organizations working to support independent Colorado restaurants and food justice. Click here for a list of participating restaurants: https://www.harvestweek.com/

Mile High Horror Film Festival

When: Sept. 24 – Oct. 4
Where: Virtual
Cost: $75 

Established in 2010, the Mile High Horror Film Festival (MHHFF) is one of the coolest horror/sci-film festivals and one of the largest genre film festivals in the world. This year, the festival is launching a virtual edition that runs September 24 to October 4 featuring an array of special guests and more than 80 of the best horror, thriller, and sci-fi films from around the world.

Colorado Caffeine Crawl

When: Sept. 25-26
Where: Multiple routes in Golden, Loveland, and Ft. Collins
Cost: $25.50 – $30.50

Caffeine Crawl was developed by The LAB to give coffee, tea, and chocolate enthusiasts a one-of-a-kind experience. Designed as an interactive, pub crawl-style tour event, Caffeine Crawl gives individuals an opportunity to learn, share, and experience what the passionate baristas, tea soms, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, and other local, artisan producers in their communities bring to the table. 

Courtesy Caffeine Crawl (Facebook)

ViewHouse Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 25-27
Where: ViewHouse Ballpark, 2015 Market Street, Denver
Cost: $6 soft pretzel with cheese; $7-$13 Sam Adams Oktoberfest

Grab your lederhosen and favorite stein and head to the best Oktoberfest party around! The ViewHouse Ballpark will have plenty of socially distanced indoor and outdoor seating for groups of eight or less to have fun dining while staying safe.

The Boy Band Project

When: Sept. 26
Where: The PACE Center, Parker
Cost: $44

New York City-based cover group "The Boy Band Project" reimagines the sound, movement, and energy of the world's most fascinating musical convention. Featuring the music of *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, O-Town, One Direction, and Boyz II Men, this program will make you want to get up and dance! Limited seating and online streaming options are available.

Autumn Bazaar

When: Sept. 26
Where: Belleview Station, 6785 E Chenango Ave., Denver
Cost: $5 in advance; $8 at the door

The Autumn Bazaar features shopping at more than 50 local markets and fashion trucks, spread out on extra-wide streets for socially distanced browsing. Tickets include a guaranteed spot to shop during a selected time window and one free drink at TheBigWonderful Beer Garden located at Belleview Station.

Lost City Live

When: Sept. 26
Where: Lost City River North, 3459 Ringsby Ct., Denver
Cost: $25 – $200

Lost City Live presents Bison Bone, an Americana rock and roll band from Denver, with an opening set from Grace Clark. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to local artists.

Day Out With Thomas

When: Sept. 26-27
Where: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden
Cost: $23, must be purchased in advance at https://www.ticketwebdowt.com/

Bring the whole family out to the Colorado Railroad Museum to celebrate Thomas the Tank Engine's 75th birthday! The adventure includes a 20-minute train ride led by a full-sized Thomas locomotive, live entertainment, a hay bale maze, and a scavenger hunt.

Courtesy Colorado Railroad Museum (Facebook)

Love in the Time of COVID-19: An Apocalypse Cabaret

When: Sept. 26
Where: Online
Cost: Free, donations accepted

Casual and even raucous, Opera on Tap presents themed opera shows performed by top notch performers singing music from actual operas—often with a drink in hand! Click here to register.

Mile High Football Watch Party

When: Sept. 27
Where: Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Ave., Denver
Cost: Food and Drink

Denver's safest football watch party! Since we can't pack the stadium to cheer on the Broncos, Mile High Station offers a safe alternative to gather with your fellow fans for the game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What are YOU doing this weekend? Any fun events that we missed on our list? Comment below.