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There’s something about fall that is just so delightfully irresistible here in Longmont. The air is crisper, the days are shorter, and autumn colors blanket the town with their vibrant shades. But of course, that’s just the beginning of why we <3 Autumn.. Longmont is home to fall festivities that delight visitors and locals alike. These annual events are the perfect way to add some cozy spice or spooky thrills to the season, so get ready — these 15 events will make your fall fabulous.
Photo by Gerardo Brucker
Longmont Arts Week (September)
Celebrate the power of creativity at Longmont Arts Week, affectionately called LAW by the locals. The week of local art, music, and community events begins with ArtWalk on Main, presented by the Firehouse Art Center. Five blocks of downtown Longmont transform into a creative haven with local artists, food trucks, and diverse performances on six stages. Be sure to check the calendar for a full list of the week’s events, but keep your eye out for the grand finale: Rhythm at Roosevelt at Roosevelt Park. This open-air music festival offers up an eclectic mix of live music, tasty food, and fun-for-all activities ranging from a roller-skating rink to carnival-style ax throwing!
Día de Muertos Celebrations (October-November)
This annual Día de Muertos celebration is Colorado's longest-running Day of the Dead festival. This multi-day homage is a blend of reflection, food, family, and sheer fun. The season kicks off with a lively Family Celebration in downtown Longmont, filled with arts and crafts workshops, music and dance performances, and the unmissable Gigantes Procession.
The month is filled with events and activities designed to make Día de Muertos accessible to all. The Longmont Museum and Firehouse Art Center host thought-provoking exhibitions that feature ofrendas (altars) built by community members and art from local creatives. Other downtown businesses participate by building altars of their own, creating a self-guided ofrenda tour (maps are available at the Longmont Downtown Development Authority office).
The season ends with the Catrina Ball, and Noche de Museo. At the Catrina Ball, you can honor loved ones in style with Catrin(a) costumes, face painting, dancing, and live music. The Noche de Museo is a night of multigenerational music and dance celebrating centuries of Mexican tradition, featuring everything from Aztec dance to Chicano Funk.
Salsa Festival at Ollin Farm (September)
Spice up your life at the annual Salsa Festival at Ollin Farm! This family-friendly fiesta is a celebration of all things salsa — both the dance and the dip. Sample an array of salsas prepared by Ollin Farm’s culinary partners, each made with the freshest farm ingredients. A DJ keeps the salsa beats flowing, and there’s fun for everyone, including hayrides, kids' activities, animals, and a food truck.
Raise a stein to fall traditions with Left Hand Oktoberfest. Live music and polka set the beat while activities like stein holding, brat eating, and costume contests add a competitive twist. If you're more into sipping than competing, don't worry — the festival's signature Märzen lager from Left Hand will keep you in high spirits. Local food trucks supply the traditional eats: think brats and pretzels so good you'll wonder if you've been teleported to Munich. Kids 12 and under can join the fun for free, so bring the whole family for an Oompah-filled day (or two) at The Garden.
Fall for Family Fun
October Pumpkin Carnival (October)
Embrace the magic of autumn at the Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch! This October extravaganza offers endless family fun. From hay mazes to pony rides, there's an activity for everyone. Take a spin on the Dragon Roller Coaster or try your hand at pumpkin painting — each activity costs just 1-10 tickets. Adults, kids, and Instagram influencers alike will find plenty to celebrate, so grab your tickets and come experience the joy of the harvest season.
Ya Ya Farms & Orchard (August-November)
Harvest time is filled with experiences ripe for the picking at Ya Ya Farm and Orchard! Ya Ya Farms & Orchard will give you a taste of the farm life, complete with animals like Percheron Draft Horses, chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. Pack a picnic and enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides, or indulge your apple cravings at the farm stand — think apple cider donuts, mouthwatering pies, and more!
Experience the splendor of autumn at Anderson Farms! This veritable fall wonderland offers a cornucopia of everything from a sprawling pumpkin patch and intricate corn maze to wagon rides and even a pumpkin cannon. Families will love the range of kid-friendly activities, while those seeking a cozy experience can reserve private campfire sites.
Bee Hugger Farm (September-November)
A place filled with raw honey, sunflowers, pumpkins, and ponies? You better bee-lieve it! Bee Hugger Farm is a charming mixture of whimsy and down-to-earth fun, making it the perfect fall outing for the family. With U-Pick sunflowers, pony rides, and tractor climbs available, this sweet farm is home to more than just animals (although it has those in abundance, too). It’s also home to sweet memories.
The Dickens Horror Film Festival (September)
Ready for spine-chilling cinema? Don’t miss the annual Dickens Horror Film Festival at the (rumored) haunted Dickens Opera House. With screenings of contemporary and classic horror flicks, it's a feast for fear aficionados. But the terror doesn't stop at the screen: live music, horror art vendors, guest speakers, and a costume contest add to the eerie ambiance.
Get ready for a morning full of Halloween fun for all! Don your favorite costume and head to Roosevelt Park, where the parade comes alive as it weaves its way through Longmont's Main Street. Little trick-or-treaters can fill their bags at participating businesses after the parade, so mark your calendars and prepare for a frightfully delightful day!
Haunt the ‘Mont (October, ages 21+)
Ready to trick-or-treat like an adult? Haunt the 'Mont is your chance! This business crawl through downtown Longmont offers adult "trick-or-treaters" a spooktacular evening. 21+ tricksters can redeem "treats" (food, drinks, and more) at participating businesses, all while supporting a great cause. 100% of the proceeds benefit the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation. Get ready for a full-blown Halloween bash with a costume contest and afterparty, all in the name of a frightfully good cause.
Terror in the Corn at Anderson Farms (End of September - October)
Get ready for chills and thrills at Colorado's ultimate haunted experience! Walk a "Mile of Mayhem" through haunted cornfields leading to the eerie town of Raven's Gulch. Celebrating its 22nd season, Terror in the Corn is a must-see, rated #1 in Colorado and among the nation's best. This interactive horror show unfolds over 10 acres and features a bone-chilling storyline.
The Empty Grave Haunted House (October)
Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping, fear-inducing journey at The Empty Grave Haunted House. Located near Wibby Brewing in Downtown Longmont, it's an easy jaunt from Denver. This isn't just a haunted house — it's an interactive, immersive experience that takes you into the bowels of a haunted factory, staffed by eerie workers on the graveyard shift. Test your courage as you face your deepest fears and ask yourself: Do you have what it takes to survive?
Haunted History Tours (Seasonal)
Ever wondered what — or WHO — lurks in the shadows of Longmont? Take a haunted walking tour with Step in Time Tours, led by a professional psychic medium. Choose between two creep-tastic options: Haunted History Tours, ideal for families with kids above 12, start at 7 p.m. For a more adult experience, delve into Back Alley Ghost Tours, and dare to ask who (or what) will go bump in the night.
There’s Still More Fun to Be Had
These 15 events only scratch the surface of what Longmont has to offer this fall. So grab your scarf, fill your calendar, and let Longmont show you why fall is everyone's favorite season. Ready to keep exploring?