Published: Sept. 9, 2019

cornfield and pumpkins

The colors of changing leaves, chilly weather, football games – there’s a lot to love about the fall season in Colorado! From seasonal activities to fun events, there are many ways for your student to participate in the festivities. Share this list with your student and encourage them to get out and enjoy the season.

Fall foliage and weather

Simply getting out into nature is a great way for your student to enjoy fall.

  • They can grab a warm apple cider or pumpkin spice latte from a local coffee shop and take a walk on the Boulder Creek path near campus.
  • Here are 8 Boulder area hikes to try that are great for cooler weather.
  • If your student has a car or knows someone with a car, the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway is one of the best ways to experience fall colors in Colorado. While timing varies each year, fall foliage in Colorado tends to be at its best between late September and early October.

Community events

Between Ralphie’s Corral, harvest festivals and pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this season.

  • Is your student planning to attend a CU football game this year? Encourage them to visit Ralphie’s Corral for the official CU football pre-game tailgate! Ralphie’s Corral is a free, family-friendly tailgate at Duane Field, and open to the public three hours prior to each home game.
  • The Boulder Fall Fest is a 3-day festival with local food, live music and over 100 artisans on the Pearl Street mall!
  • If your student can’t make it to the Boulder Fall Fest, the Growing Gardens Community Harvest Festival in October is a free event with a live bluegrass band, food trucks, pumpkins for sale and more.
  • Downtown Boulder offers craft fairs, art walks and other events throughout the fall season in addition to the Boulder Farmers Market.
  • There are plenty of farms in the Boulder area that offer corn mazes, pumpkin patches and other fall activities. These include Cottonwood Farms in Lafayette, Anderson Farms in Erie and Rock Creek Farm in Broomfield.