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Golden, Colorado: 12 fun family activities for fall

Golden Colorado fall fun

Autumn in Golden isn’t just about leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.  Denver’s closest mountain town offers family events, arts and fun adventures. Check-out these fun fall finds in Golden, Colorado. 

Golden Farmers Market

The Golden Farmers Market runs through October 8, 2022, and fall is one of the best times in Colorado to stock up on local produce and flowers.

Movies & Music in the Park, September 9, 2022

Enjoy a night out under the stars in beautiful Parfet Park located in downtown Golden right next to Clear Creek. This event is a great place to meet friends and neighbors and enjoy live music by Ghost Town Drifters. The movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will follow at dusk!

Golden Sidewalk Sale, September 10, 2022

Bargain hunters and shoppers, take note, the Golden Sidewalk Sale returns with an expanded focus to Shop Golden and support local. Pick up some bargains and support your favorite local merchants – it’s a win-win! 

Day Out with Thomas™at the Colorado Railroad Museum, September 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 2022

Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town for three weekends of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Get tickets now for Day Out With Thomas™, a sell-out event. Families can join the outdoor fun and Dream Big when the #1 Engine pulls into the Colorado Railroad Museum! NOTE: WE HAVE A LIMITED # of MEDIA TICKETS IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET ONBOARD!

Tour Golden by Foot, Haywagon, e-Bike and More

There are so many ways to check out Golden in the fall. Golden History Tours offers a variety of guided walking tours – even Haunted Ghost Tours in the fall – where you’ll hear amazing stories of Golden’s storied past. If you’re more focused on getting to know Golden’s bar scene, Golden History Tours offers a Wild West Pub Crawl or you can reserve a spot with the Golden Hayride and ride along in a haywagon as you check out the beer scene. Or, if you prefer to tour on your own, you can check out the self-paced History Tour and Public Art Tour or Itty Bitty Art Tour of Golden or check out an e-Bike from Adventure West or Golden Goods and pedal (or pedal-assist!) your way through town. 

Visit Golden Offers Savings on Your Perfect Golden Fall Day

With inflation and high gas prices, many of us are looking for ways to save this fall while still enjoying fun with friends and family; the new and FREE Golden Savings Pass will allow visitors to do exactly that. Shop, dine and explore Golden with discounts from over 50 local attractions, retailers and restaurants. What a great way to get out and support local businesses! 

 Fall Foliage by Foot

Denverites love to “go for the gold” in the fall, setting out on day trips as the aspens put on their annual color show. But the gold rush from Denver can mean bumper-to-bumper traffic. A better idea? Golden, Colorado. Avoid crowded highways and chart a gorgeous drive – or hike – through splendid fall colors around Golden and in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. You’ll miss the crowds, save time and can even enjoy leisurely post-fall foliage fun at Golden’s acclaimed restaurants, beer gardens and outdoor patios. 

Colorado Mountain Fest, September 23 & 24, 2022

The Colorado Mountain Club takes over the American Mountaineering Center in Golden for Colorado’s premier mountain festival featuring a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of multi-sport adventuring, educational programming and celebration of all things Mountain! The festival will feature a variety of clinics, competitions, gear demos, swag, entertainment and local food and libations.

Golden Glass Orb Hunt, October, 2022

Calling all art lovers and adventurers! Throughout October, a one-of-a-kind glass orb will be hidden daily somewhere in Golden for visitors and locals to find and keep. Finding the orbs is about wit and the willingness to learn about Golden, along with some luck and good timing. This is a great way to enjoy Golden and perhaps find a treasure that you’ll keep forever. 

Knock Your Boots Off Chili & Beer Tasting, October 1, 2022

Spice up your fall with Golden’s beloved annual autumn salute to chili and beer. The event will be held in Parfet Park at 10th and Washington and is sure to “knock your boots off!” More info will soon be posted at

Autumn Fest, October 2, 2022

The Golden History Museum (923 10th St.) and Golden History Park present Autumn Fest, a packed afternoon of fun with free family activities, including incredible chalk art, hourly puppet shows (plus hands-on stations to make your own show), 4-H petting zoo, craft stations, BIG TRUCK demo (Streets, Fire, and Police Departments), costumed Civil War interpretation, karate demonstrations and a hands-on paper-making station.

Colorado Railroad Museum’s Harvest Haunt, October 22, 2022

Come in costume to enjoy this annual Halloween-themed steam-up featuring the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard, “not-so-spooky” Haunted Railcars, a hay bale maze, and musical ensembles performing throughout the day in the outdoor pavilion. An authentic, coal-burning Colorado steam locomotive will pull trains for this event. 

Stay updated on Golden’s fall fun at

Fall Fun in Colorado

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Mile High Mamas
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