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1001 Beulah Ave
Pueblo,
CO
US

Labyrinthine walls of hay three bales tall rise from the ground on the east end of Cherokee Castle and Ranch, signaling the arrival of fall and the chilling frights of the Maze of Terror. The centerpiece of the Cherokee Ranch Fall Fest, the maze snakes indoors and outdoors with live actors and frightening props waiting around every bend. Festivalgoers of all ages can also spend time bouncing in the inflatable area, taking in the fall air during hay and pony rides, and seeking out the perfect carving canvas in the pumpkin patch. In addition to the attractions, attendees can enjoy international cuisine from a variety of local food trucks plus plenty of fall favorites such as caramel apples, hot cider, and kettle corn.

5036 N Hwy. 85 (Sante Fe Blvd.)
Sedalia,
CO
US

What happens when the imaginations of military personnel, hunters, climbers, and construction workers put their minds together? The result might be a really dirty joke—or, in this case, an even dirtier race. Designed and built by a diverse cadre of burly professionals, the Insanity Mud Run forces participants to climb, crawl, jump, and run across 5- and 10-mile courses in Colorado’s rugged terrain. Despite their differences in length, both courses feature 20 obstacles, and, of course, lots of mud. After the last racer has crossed the finish line, the Insanity Mud Run transforms into a family-friendly party where of-age participants and soon-to-be overwhelmed washing machines can reward themselves with an ice-cold beer.

650 W Perry Park Ave.
Larkspur,
CO
US

For one evening, some of Denver's best restaurants converge at the DoubleTree Hotel to showcase their finest culinary creations, all available for sampling by attendees. Paired with these menus are more than 50 wines from around the globe, sipped alongside rich fondues, fresh seafood, and tender cuts of meat served in a wine glass sidecar.

7801 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village,
CO
US

The Rocky Mountains backdrop Clement Park. Yet for one weekend each year, this public gathering spot doesn't look, sound, smell, or feel anything like Colorado. A wave of green washes over the park like the die tank at a kilt factory exploded, and the Colorado Irish Festival kicks off its annual celebration of the Emerald Isle.

For two decades now, tens of thousands of people have flocked to the event to view (and perhaps wear) a grand collection of kilts and bagpipes. Those bagpipes roar to life with traditional Irish music, which shares the stage with step dancing and more contemporary Irish rock bands?including frequent headliner Gaelic Storm, who attendees may recognize from the film Titanic. Other areas of the festival brim with Irish and Celtic goods, including jewelry, sculptures, and kilt accessories.

In 2011, the Colorado Irish Festival marked the debut event for Killian's Irish Stout, which has a recipe that goes back to Enniscorthy, Ireland. George Killian's brew brings Ireland and Colorado together, since it's made at the local Coors brewery?making it an ideal choice for the festival's signature drink.

6201 South Pierce Street
Littleton,
CO
US

Mike Burns and Dan Karabacz wanted to keep track of all the beers they'd tasted on their travels, so as a practical solution, they created a website dedicated to doing just that. They don't keep it to themselves, though?they welcome submissions from beer enthusiasts around the world. BeerCraving serves as a global scrapbook, allowing users to post photos of their favorite brews from watering holes across the United States and beyond for the benefit of those with common interests or who aren't sure what beer looks like.

To take that love of trying new things one step further, BeerCraving also holds three Denver-area festivals throughout the year: The Fermentation Festival, Chef N Brew Festival, and the South Denver Beer Fest. The first, true to its name, explores all kinds of fermented food and drink, bringing together craft breweries and restaurants as well as kombucha breweries and sauerkraut specialists. The Chef N Brew Festival, meanwhile, pits regional chefs and brewers against each other in a pairing competition. In keeping with the company's passion for beer education, each event features seminars and educational demonstrations.

Clement Park
Littleton,
CO
US