Five Fort Collins, Colorado Events You Don't Want To Miss This Fall

You probably already dived into everything pumpkin spice and started to unpack the sweaters and jackets, but did you know that the official first day of fall is Thursday, September 22? While many of us are waiting for the cooler weather to permanently make itself known in Fort Collins, it's also time to start planning for the events that take place in the city throughout the season.

From trick or treating to running a half marathon or 5K, there is something going on during the fall for everyone, and for all ages.

Here are five events that we're looking forward to, from the end of September to mid-December, that we believe your family should check out. Are you a local business or organization and would like us to help spread the word about your event? Get us the information by emailing

8th Annual Tour De Corgi (Saturday, October 1)

No matter what your age is, you'll find yourself saying, "Look how cute that corgi is..." multiple times during the 8th Annual Tour De Corgi, which is held at Civic Center Park and Old Town Fort Collins on Saturday, October 1. Proceeds for the event benefit 4 Paws Pet Pantry, Colorado Corgis and Friends Rescue, Wyoming Dachshund and Corgi Rescue, and Bandits BandAid. Please note that all adults must have wristbands to participate in either the parade or costume contest.

New Belgium Half Marathon and 5K (Saturday, October 8)

Have you had too many Pumpkin Spice Latte's and need a morning full of exercise and calorie burning? The New Belgium Half Marathon and 5K, presented by the Colorado Brewery Running Series, is happening on Saturday, October 8 with the start and finish line both at the brewery. The half marathon will provide you with beautiful views along the Poudre River, and the 5K fun run will be equally as exciting and stunning. The half marathon will have start times of 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. The 5K fun run will begin at 9:00, 9:15, and 9:30 a.m.

CSU Homecoming Weekend (Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15)

Colorado State University's Homecoming Weekend is almost here and all Rams fans are welcome to take part in the events to celebrate the Rams. Don't forget to sign up for the Homecoming 5K race on October 15, and cheer on the Rams as they take on Utah State the same day. 

Fort Collins Treatsylvania (Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30)

Treatsylvania is back for kids ages 10 and younger and it happens at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park for three days at the end of October. Kids will receive treat bags filled with Halloween goodies including coupons and candy. There will also be photo opportunities and a hayride through the park. Please remember that you must reserve your time slot, with reservations starting Wednesday, October 5.

Downtown Fort Collins Holiday Lighting Ceremony (Friday, November 4)


One of our favorite events of the entire year is the Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony, happening on Friday, November 4 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and the lights expected to be turned on around 6:30 p.m. If you're new to Fort Collins, the lights will stay on through Valentine's Day, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the twinkle of the lights all throughout the season. It truly is magical! (And keep an eye on the Old Town Food Tour website and social media for details on a special tour happening that night!)

It's also great to enjoy the cooler temperatures and fall season by booking an Old Town Food Tour for you and your friends/family to experience what Old Town Fort Collins restaurant scene has to offer! Reservations are available now through December 31 and you can book your reservation by clicking here.