The golden hues of the Colorado aspen trees are starting to peek through the summer green and temperatures are growing cooler each day. This means fall is just around the bend along with some seasonal celebrations in the Colorado Springs region. Harvest an eyeful of gorgeous colors with some leaf-peeping, indulge in locally grown produce and celebrate with free autumn-themed festivities.
Hosted in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, this free family festival showcases local artisans, live music, pumpkin painting and several kid-focused activities like games and face painting. Free admission!
Support the Western Museum of Mining and Industry's Reynolds Ranch House by attending the Harvest Festival. Select a locally grown pumpkin (pre-picked patch), take a tractor-pulled Hay Ride or get lost in a Hay Maze. Make Cider at a vintage Apple Cider Press and meet a real life Blacksmith in action. Experience Gold Panning and watch a genuine Mining Stamp Mill crush rocks in its search for gold. Enjoy live entertainment and spooky stories or play on life-size Jenga, Battleship, corn-hole and more. Plus there will be food trucks and a gift shop on site.
Explore the streets of Old Colorado City during this annual autumn celebration. This art fair showcases how a variety of artists interpret the changing colors of the season in each of their pieces ranging from glass to paint.
Head west to the historic town of Cripple Creek to enjoy the changing aspen leaves on a self-guided tour. For a donation to support the donkeys, you will receive a map of terrific locations and overlooks to see the beautiful colors. There will be interpretive guides available at specific locations along the route where you can learn more about the history and folklore of the area, including past and present mining operations.
In recognition of the bounty of a traditional fall harvest, the Rockledge Ranch Historic Site offers free admission for the annual Harvest Festival. The Chambers’ 1880s farm will be filled with activities and fun in the crisp autumn air. Ride a pony or a horse-drawn wagon, listen to old-time music, pick a pumpkin to take home, scramble for candy, kick back on the lawn with a slice of pie, tour the restored 1880s Rock Ledge House and 1907 Estate House or bid for handcrafted folk art at the silent auction. www.rockledgeranch.com
Penrose, CO has welcomed visitors to Apple Day for over 75 years. This celebration commemorates Penrose’s apple crop all day long. Festivities include a parade, an Apple Day Queen, Apple Day Dumplings, an antique car show, dancing and an abundance of apple delicacies including a knock-down-drag-out competition for the best tasting pie. Make sure to grab a complimentary slice.