Denver Lifestyle
Aug 11, 2023 • 5 min read • By: Polly Clover

Denver in September: The Top Events & Activities in 2023


Fun Things to Do in Denver in September (Something for Everyone to Enjoy)

Are you planning a trip to Colorado in September or a local looking for unique things to do in Denver? In this article, we’ll share the best and most fun things to do in Denver in September. As summer ends and we go into fall, Denver's atmosphere changes too. It's more relaxed with fewer crowds but exciting with local events and various indoor and outdoor activities. Continue reading for the best things to do this September in Denver, with something for everyone to enjoy.

What to do in Denver in September 2023?

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, a romantic date, an outdoor adventure, or anything else – there’s something for everyone. Here’s a quick rundown of the best things to do this September in Denver. We’ll share more details, including dates and locations, below.
  • Denver Food and Wine Festival
  • Civic Center EATS
  • Handmade in Colorado – great for art lovers
  • Great American Beer Festival (GABF)
  • High Plains Comedy Festival
  • Denver International Festival – family-friendly
  • Denver Oktoberfest 
  • Denver Walls
  • Highlands Farmers Market
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Fall BAZAAR
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Red Rocks Park
  • Oakwell Beer Spa – ideal for relaxation

Denver Food and Wine Festival

Dates: September 6th-9th Location: Tivoli Quad, Denver Auraria Campus The Denver Food and Wine Festival is a 4-day event with incredible food, drinks, and entertainment. This festival is put on by The Colorado Restaurant Foundation's Angel Relief Fund, which supports local restaurants, food service, and hospitality employees facing hardship.  Enjoy the best entertaining and educational program with tickets for some or all events.

Civic Center EATS

Dates: September 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th  Location: Denver’s Civic Center Park Enjoy Denver’s annual food truck event, Civic Center EATS, which takes place every summer on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Have lunch in one of Denver’s largest parks, Civic Center Park, where you can find some of Denver’s best mobile restaurants.
Civic Center EATS food truck event at City Park in Denver
Civic Center EATS, City Park

Handmade in Colorado

Dates: September 16th and 17th Location: Downtown Denver in Wynkoop Plaza at Union Station Art lovers and anyone who appreciates culture enjoy Denver’s annual Handmade in Colorado event. Discover Colorado’s best art and contemporary craft from local designers who create handcrafted goods at this free expo. You can also enjoy live music.

Great American Beer Festival (GABF)

Dates: September 21st-23rd Location: Denver’s Colorado Convention Center Attending the Great American Beer Festival is one of the most fun things to do in Denver in September for beer lovers.  GABF is America’s favorite beer festival, where you can enjoy more than 100 styles of delicious beer. There's something for everyone, from sweet and sour beers to hoppy and funky brews.  There are also fun activities, including Silent Disco, a costume contest, and karaoke.

High Plains Comedy Festival

Dates: September 21st-23rd Location: various locations in Denver’s South Broadway neighborhood Get a laugh or a few in at the 10th annual High Plains Comedy Festival, which features dozens of national and local comics performing at venues throughout Denver. This year, performers include Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Chris Gethard, and Ian Karmel. 

Denver International Festival

Dates: September 23rd Location: Denver’s Civic Center Park Celebrate music, food, and art in Denver this September at the Denver International Festival. This free, one-day festival joins 20,000+ people for the largest celebration of Colorado's cultural diversity. Enjoy live performances, a children's village, food trucks, a beer and wine tasting, and more.

Denver Oktoberfest

Dates: September 22nd-24th Location: Downtown Denver along Larimer Street Denver Oktoberfest is an annual staple event, 54 years and counting. During the weekend-long festival, you can enjoy keg bowling, stein hoisting, live music, and much more. There’s also a costume contest, dog bowling, and live music. This is a unique and fun way for people of all ages to enjoy Denver, Co, in September!

Denver Walls

Dates: September 22nd - October 3rd Location: Denver’s RiNo Art District
colorful wall art in Denver
River North Art District, 2314 N Broadway
Denver Walls decorates the city and cultivates community pride by bringing art and culture to public spaces. This worldwide event, where various cities, including Honolulu, Seoul, and Tokyo, aim to build bridges between local artists and their communities.  During Denver Walls, local and international artists paint across various walls throughout the RiNo Art District and nearby areas. People in the community can join together to celebrate art and enjoy watching mural installations.

Highlands Farmers Market

Dates: September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th Location: Denver’s Highlands Square neighborhood Find local goods every Sunday in September at Highlands Farmers Market. This is a fun, family-friendly activity in Denver, where you can choose from various ready-to-eat or take-home food and enjoy live music.

Colorado Rockies

Dates: September 1st-3rd, 11th-17th, and 26th-30th  Location: Downtown Denver at Coors Field One of the most iconic things to do in Denver in September is to enjoy a Colorado Rockies baseball game. They play at Coors Field, a must-visit Denver landmark in the heart of LoDo. Not only can you experience a Minor League Baseball game, but the stadium offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.


Dates:September 23rd and 30th Location: Platte Street Plaza (9/23) and one block from Sloan’s Lake (9/30) The annual Fall Denver BAZAAR is back in the Mile High City for tons of local fun, shopping, and eats. This full-day outdoor market event includes live DJs, local makers and craft vendors, autumn beers and cocktails, tasty eats, and more.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Dates: most days in September Location: Morrison, CO, about 20 minutes from Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a must-visit location just outside of Denver. It's an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure that showcases some of the best performers in the music industry. You can find a live performance almost every night in September at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with artists including, The Revivalists, Counting Crows, and Tyler Childers.

Red Rocks Park

Dates: daily Location: Morrison, CO, about 20 minutes from Denver If you want to see the amphitheatre but don't want to watch a show or would rather explore the park, Red Rocks Park is well worth visiting.  September is the best time to visit Denver for hiking because the weather is pleasant. And Red Rocks Park has trails that take you past the stunning red rocks and through meadows.  Tip: If you want to enjoy the fall foliage at the end of September, consider taking a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Oakwell Beer Spa

Dates: daily Location: Denver’s Five Points neighborhood
Beer Bath Hydrotherapy at Oakwell Beer Spa in Denver
Beer Bath Hydrotherapy, Oakwell Beer Spa
One of the best ways to enjoy Denver in September is by unwinding at Oakwell Beer Spa. Oakwell Beer Spa is an award-winning day spa that offers a unique experience. Guests can enjoy a cozy craft taproom that serves beer, wine, kombucha, and more. You can also treat yourself to therapeutic, beer-inspired spa treatments, including Zero Gravity Massage, Beer Bath Hydrotherapy, and Infrared Sauna. Book your rejuvenating spa experience at Oakwell Beer Spa.

Denver in September: FAQ

To help you enjoy fun things to do in September, we’ll answer common questions below.

Is September a good month to go to Denver?

September is an excellent month to go to Denver because peak season is slowing down, the weather is nice, and the atmosphere is relaxed. There are also many local events in September that celebrate culture, making it an enjoyable and unique time to visit Denver.

How hot is Denver in September?

The beginning of September in Denver is warm and starts to cool down. The average high for September is 82° but is usually lower mid to late September. And nights are cooler with an average low of 50°.

What is Denver like in September?

Denver in September has fewer crowds as the busy season slows down and the weather cools off. There are many things to see and do in Denver during September, from spending time outdoors and attending local events to unwinding at the spa and enjoying local craft beer.

Denver in September: Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this article and are looking forward to enjoying fun things to do in September in Denver. Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking to enjoy the best of Denver, there are endless options. Get started planning your September in the Mile High City by booking a relaxing spa treatment at Oakwell Beer Spa. By: Polly Clover

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