That scent of pumpkin spice in the air, combined with the colorful collage of falling leaves can only mean one thing – fall is here!

This season is one of the best in Northern Colorado – with it comes sweater weather, lots of warm drinks and a bit of chill floating through the air as the last traces of summer slip towards winter.

Here at Centerra, we are excited to participate in all the seasonal festivities that Loveland locals and visitors alike love to partake in. Whether it’s finding the perfect pumpkin to pick from a local patch or discovering the best-spiced libation to drink around a warm fire pit with friends, we are looking forward to some fall excitement at Centerra.

So grab your best sweater and favorite latte and prepare for some fall fun!

Safe & fun fall events

So you are ready for the new season but don’t know where to begin. From pumpkins and scarecrows to beer and art, there’s no shortage of safe, family-friendly events to check out this year.

Breathtaking seasonal colors, delicious fall flavors and safe, spirited fun make for a great season to visit Loveland. Event organizers and local businesses have been working diligently to bring COVID-appropriate activities for the autumn season. Here are some top picks to add to your calendar:

  • Top Leaf Peeping Spots

The changing leaves are a must for the fall and Loveland’s abundant natural beauty, mixed with its large public art collection,makes autumn a beautiful time to be inspired. Colorado is known for its breathtaking views of trees changing colors, but only in Loveland can you experience the majestic red, orange and gold leaves dancing among the bronze sculptures within Benson Sculpture Garden, around Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, at Chapungu Sculpture Park or in various areas around town.

 

  • Events for Fall Beer Lovers

It isn’t the shoulder season without beer. After all, Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things beer! Loveland’s Downtown Beer Week, happening Oct. 12 – 16, is a new signature event promotion held in October where visitors from all around can participate in a week of brewery tours, beer releases, special events, tasting specials, an Iron Brewer Competition, the BrewHop Trolley loop and more. Come celebrate local craft beer in Loveland and our five independent downtown breweries!

  • Halloween and Autumn Fun

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt: Head to Loveland and hunt for scarecrows this fall during Loveland’s new Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt Oct. 5 – 31. More than 30 artistic scarecrows are waiting to greet you across the city – from downtown to Centerra to entertaining places in between. Grab your map at the Loveland Visitors Center or download from your phone, and grab a camera, find the scarecrows and pose, then submit your photos to our social media contest. Participants who submit all scarecrows will be entered to win. Free and open to the public. Find out more at VisitLovelandCO.com.

Downtown Pumpkin Festival: Head to the Foundry Plaza in Downtown Loveland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 for the inaugural Pumpkin Festival. Purchase your pumpkin from a local farmers market onsite, then meet up with a local artist to decorate your pumpkin in a creative fashion. Pumpkin decorations are included with the cost of pumpkins. Be sure to sign up in advance, online only!

Loveland Zombie Festival: Oct. 24 the streets of Loveland will be invaded once again for the Downtown Loveland zombie crawl. Dress up, bar hop and celebrate the spooky season during this free event.

 Halloween Hullabaloo Drive-In: From Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. to Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. This marks Centerra’s 14th Annual Halloween Hullabaloo Spooktacular event is going Open Air Style in 2020! Join a family-friendly drive-in with Halloween favorites at the Centerra Marketplace (in the parking lot east of Jimmy John’s and south of Marshall’s). Don’t delay and reserve your tickets when they go on sale this week, limited space available. Each vehicle will receive one complimentary bag of freshly popped popcorn, once parked. Additional popcorn can be purchased onsite (masks required). Ticket registration will be available on Facebook.

  • COVID-Friendly Trick-or-Treat Events

NoCO Drive-Through Trick or Treat: This socially-safe Halloween event for families has something for everyone at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Picture a reverse parade! Kids can trick-or-treat safely from their car window. Families will slowly drive through a long series of vignettes decorated by local businesses, schools and nonprofits with significant COVID-19 safety measures in place. Advance registration is required and the free event is scheduled on Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations accepted at this fundraiser for Thompson Education Foundation.

  • Pumpkin Patch Picking

Osborn Farm is the oldest, continually family-owned farm in the state of Colorado. Pick the perfect pumpkin straight from this locally-owned and operated farm and say hello to the “pumpkin people” decorating the area. Admission is free and pumpkins are charged by weight. The pumpkin patch will be open daily in October (weather permitting) and the barnyard and field full of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks and straw bales will be available for purchase.

Hopefully, you and your family can find something in the list above to get out and drink in the season as it offers a welcomed change. Pick a pumpkin, drink a brew and throw on that flannel as fall envelops Northern Colorado!