Even though it’s raining today, there’s still plenty of time to go play in the parks before winter hits! October offers all sorts of different activities and events in the parks of Boulder county. If you’re not sure how to get started, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to check out this assortment of events:

Friday Oct 10
This is Longmont‘s regular 2nd Friday downtown event but with a Day of the Dead twist, featuring storytelling under the stars, trolley rides, Day of the Dead art at the Muse Gallery, and a tour of the Longmont Museum’s Day of the Dead exhibit.
If you’re curious to see how the flood destroyed park looks now, come to this tour of this once loved closed park.
Saturday Oct 11
Dry Creek Park Grand Opening, 10 am Longmont (1251 Grandview Meadows Drive)
Check out Longmont‘s newest park, complete with playground, restrooms, 18 hole disc golf course, and a sledding hill. The event will have children’s activities, raffles, and fun for all.
Junior and Senior Fishing Derby, Walden Ponds, Boulder 9 am-12 pm
If you’re a grandparent, come take your grandkid to a free fishing derby, supplies provided! This event is open for fishing to all seniors 64 years and older with a valid Colorado fishing license and kids 15 years and younger, but everyone is welcome to watch and enjoy the fall weather.
Open Space Day, Lafayette, 8 am-12 pm
Volunteer to help restore Coal Creek in Lafayette while celebrating Open Space day.
Come hear family-friendly stories from four different cultures on celebrating life and remembering the dead, as part of a series of events for Day of the Dead.
Pumpkin Pie Days Antique Show, Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont Sat, Oct 11, 2014 – Sun, Oct 12, 2014 • Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
80+ antique dealers showcase their wares and the event is complemented by eats, treats. and other activities.
Sunday Oct 12
Meet the Spirits, Columbia Cemetery, Boulder at 5 pm
Tickets for this historic event will allow you to hear stories from ghosts, a reenactment of a Masonic burial, and more.
Bears in Our Backyard, Mud Lake Open Space, Nederland 10 am-12 pm
Come for a nice hike at beautiful Mud Lake and learn about a furry friends the bears, before they get into your trash cans.
If you are looking for some fall hikes to see beautiful fall colors, check here or here. I might also recommend Hessie trailhead, although the weather we’ve been having may have blown away all the leaves, it should still be a beautiful hike (Lost Lake, 1.5 mile hike from the trailhead is pictured below). Get outdoors and have fun in our Boulder county parks!


Lizzie works as a seasonal for City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, spending her days among the flora and fauna of Boulder both on and off the job. When it comes to knowing what to do and whats going on in the numerous open spaces around Boulder, Lizzie is your girl. After graduating from the University of Texas with a Geography: Environmental Resource Management degree, she came to Salida, CO to work in the San Juan National Forest and surrounding areas on a trail crew. Previously she has worked for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, other trail crews, and as an environmental educator. She has a passion for spreading environmental knowledge and bringing nature straight to the people.