09/28/2011 05:12 pm ET Updated Nov 28, 2011

Autumn Arrives! Best Denver Fall Festivals

Pumpkins, cider, hayrides… Autumn has arrived and Denver-metro is celebrating with fall fests around every corner. Here are five faves that will surely give you your fill of seasonal fun.

Fall Festival at Anderson Farms: It’s well worth the drive north of town to access Anderson Farms’ petting zoo, hay bale maze, pedal karts, mine cars, pumpkin launching, animal acres, 30-acre corn maze and, of course, the wagon ride to the 30-acre pumpkin patch.
Sept. 24 - Oct. 31, times vary; $12/adults, $10/children & seniors, ages 3 & under free
6728 County Road 3 ¼, Erie; 303-828-5210

Harvest Fest at Four Mile Historic Park: Get nostalgic at Denver’s oldest standing structure with cake walks, horse-drawn carriage rides, a pumpkin patch, pioneer-era children’s games and scarecrow making. Immerse into history with costumes and old-time photos.
Oct. 1 - 2, 10am - 4pm; free admission
Four Mile, 715 S. Forest St.; 720-865-0800

Cider Days at Lakewood Heritage Center: Fill you cups, jugs or buckets to the brim at this decades-long tradition of celebrating cider. In between sips, enjoy live entertainment, barrel train rides, crafts, bake-offs and hayrides. Press your own cider using apples brought with you or buy them at the event.
Oct. 1 - 2, 10am - 5pm; $7/adults, $4/child, ages 2 and under free
Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood; 303-987-7850

Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield: You’ll find pony rides, face painting, fairyland and pumpkin bowling at this year’s two-day fest as well as a 10-acre pumpkin patch. Kids dressed in costume get into the fest for free. Buy a “super ticket” and get access to the eight-acre corn maze as well.
Oct. 8 - 9; 9am - 5pm; $3 - $6, ages 2 and under free, additional cost for corn maze access
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton; 303-973-3705

Harvest Festival at Littleton Historic Museum: Transport back to the 1800s for an old-fashioned harvest, where site interpreters will be dressed in period costumes, kids can engage in educational games and activities, and live music will fill the crisp autumn air. Cider and snacks will be available for purchase.
Sat., Oct. 8, 10am - 3pm; free admission
6028 S. Gallup St.; 303-795-3950