October might seem like a fine time to bundle up and stay indoors in Colorado Springs, but this is actually one of the most brilliant times of the year according to locals. Fortunately, many agree in the city's event planning department, as there are droves of fun events in October in Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities. These are some fan favorites of residents and visitors alike.
Pikes Peak Restaurant Week—September 27 through October 6
Hungry folks in the Pikes Peak Region will once again be treated to an entire week of discounted meals at select establishments participating in Restaurant Week 2019. Diners will enjoy multi-course meals from a pre-fixed menu with pricing tiers of $15, $30 and $45 per person. Be sure to download the Restaurant Week app in early September to see the week's menus and qualify for freebies. By hitting the check-in button at a participating restaurant and having an employee enter a code, patrons will be entered to win a $25 restaurant gift card.
Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival—October 5
Join the community on October 5th at the Rock Ledge Ranch Harvest Festival for a day filled with fun activities honoring the arrival of autumn and the harvest season. The Harvest Festival at the ranch will feature numerous food vendors, and there will be handcrafted folk art up for auction in the Carriage House. The resident blacksmith will be onsite doing exhibitions and answering questions about the craft.
The historic homes at the ranch will also be open for tours, and wagon rides will be going on all day long. Live music will keep the festivities rolling as the kiddos take turns at pinatas and chasing candy. Take some time to pick out a pumpkin to ‘harvest' and take home with you to enjoy. Adult admission is $8, senior are $5 and students are $4. Kids 5 and under are free, and there are discounts for active and retired military personnel.
Body Mind Spirit Expo Colorado Springs—October 11 through October 13
Bring along an open mind and head to the Colorado Springs City Auditorium for a weekend of learning and exploration at the Body Mind Spirit Expo. This unique event focuses on holistic health, emotional wellness, and various spiritual principles. Exhibitors will include professional healers, psychic readers, health administrators, and there will be goodies for sale such as incense, clothing, and healing crystals. Those interested in natural health, metaphysics and sustainability won't want to miss this incredible expo.
Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival—October 12 through October 20
The Manitou Art Center hosts the Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival in aims of helping kids discover the incredible world of science. This year's event will feature a Cool Science Carnival Day and nine days of educational and engaging exploits, including music, sports and art—all pulled together with science. Kid's can learn how altitude and heat affect the cooking process, explore glass blowing, and learn about master welding techniques.
25th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races—October 26
Halloween fun starts early in downtown Manitou Springs on October 26 as the Emma Crawford Coffin Races return for a 25th year! The spooky tale of Emma Crawford inspired this annual event. According to legend, she moved to the community in 1889 searching in vain for physical healing. She was buried on Red Mountain, but heavy rains over the years dislodged her coffin, which ‘raced' to the bottom of the mountain.
With only portions of her remains recovered, it's believed she haunts the region to this day. Events kick off around noon with the parade of coffins and costumed impersonators of Ms. Crawford, and the wild and wacky coffin races are the highlight of the day. There will be a sidewalk sale going on hosted by several local businesses, so plan to do a bit of shopping before heading home.
Go ahead and mark these fun, family friendly events on your October calendar to enjoy some of the best entertainment in Colorado Springs.