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Breckenridge in October
Breckenridge in October signals a major transition in the Rocky Mountains. It’s that precious sliver of time between summer and winter when restaurants offer sweet dining deals, hotels and lodging properties cut their prices, and visitors can experience peace and solitude on Breckenridge’s trails and around town. If you’re looking to experience Breckenridge like a local, October is the time to do it.
Breckenridge in October combines the best of both worlds. The summer heat is gone but you can still hit the trails, and the stoke is high for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Temperatures in October range in the 50s, sometimes dropping into the 40s with an occasional snowfall, and sometimes reaching the 60s. During the daytime, it’s the perfect weather for cozy fall attire. Sweaters, boots, chunky scarves and light jackets are the norm, and fall-flavored lattes and spiced ciders are readily available at Breckenridge’s local coffee shops.
October Events and Festivals
Craft Spirits Festival – Oct. 18-20, 2019
Join us for the annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, featuring small-batch distillers, artisan spirit seminars, a spirited cooking class, scavenger hunt, fine local cuisine and of course, plenty of sampling. Meet the distillers and taste the creations of 40 distillers Saturday night at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting!
Dia De Los Muertos – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2019
Dia De Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a multi-day, traditional Mexican holiday celebrating ancestors and loved ones who’ve passed. This is not a day of sadness, but a day where the dead come alive to celebrate with family and friends, and come together support one another’s spiritual journeys.
Join us in this October 31 – November 2, along with BreckCreate, for a celebration filled with arts and crafts, live performances, featured installations, face painting and more. Learn about new cultures and traditions, right here in Breckenridge!
Halloween – Oct. 31, 2019
Pair Dia De Los Muertos with your Halloween Celebration in Breckenridge. Thanks to the Breckenridge Police Department, Harris Street and High Street will be closed to motorized traffic for trick-or-treating, making it easy to meet up with friends and fill up on treats. For the adults, check out Breck Insider’s Halloween night life schedule and events, including live music, special deals, pub crawls and more!
Ready to get spooked? Explore the darker side of our wild west past with chilling tales of the ghosts that remain here on a ghost or cemetery walking tour. Check out Breckenridge Tours’ Ghostly Tales tour with ghost hunting equipment provided, or the Voices from the Grave tour which starts at the site of the original cemetery of Breckenridge. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers tours including: Tombstone Tales at Twilight, Paranormal Investigation and the popular Breckenridge Haunted Tour.
Activities to do in October in Breckenridge
Hit the Trails
The temperatures have cooled off and the trails are empty, meaning it’s the perfect time to hike or bike the hundreds of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge. Enjoy solitude on some of our most popular trails as all the summer visitors have gone. Start checking off the list from our favorite Breckenridge hikes, or take it up a notch and climb Quandary Peak, Breckenridge’s only 14er. Quandary is crowded in summer, but come October, she’s in her prime as summer visitors have headed home.
For the most part, trails are dry during this time of year (although an occasional snow or sleet may occur). Always pack extra layers for changing mountain conditions and check the weather before you head out.
BreckCreate and Ready, Paint, Fire!
Get artsy and try something new with BreckCreate. Bring the whole family and try throwing your own pottery, making candles, glass blowing and more! Check the schedule for the lineup of activities and classes. Don’t miss their other events like concerts, open studios and shows too!
If you’re looking to paint your own pre-made pottery, check out Ready, Paint, Fire! Everyone will find something they love- just pick out a piece that speaks to you and get painting! Firing usually takes a few days, so we recommend planning this activity early in the week (they ship too). They also offer canvas painting, mosaic art and glass fusing, plus beer and wine for the adults!
Country Boy Mine Tours
Head just 2 miles outside town to the historic restored Country Boy Mine, which offers underground mine tours and even gold panning! In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, enjoy the many activities the mine has to offer. Gold pan, pet the burros, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store.
October is the perfect time to catch up on self care and get ready for ski season. Treat yourself and explore many of the massage and spa deals around town during the transition time or head to a yoga class during your stay. Take it one step farther and head to the Breckenridge Recreation Center to soak in the hot tub or sweat in the sauna.
Seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape! These all-age friendly Breckenridge-themed rooms consist of stories, decorations and technology to immerse you in a fun game for all. You’ll have 60-minutes to complete each of your adventures! This is a great bonding activity for families, friends, date nights, bachelorette, bachelor or birthday parties, co-workers and teammates.
Looking for more activities? Check out or list of 100 Things to do this Fall in Breckenridge!
Tips for Traveling to Breckenridge in October
Before you head out to the local restaurants, stores or coffee shops, check with the Breckenridge Welcome Center to see what’s open, what’s closed and where to get the best deals. The Welcome Center is located at 203 S. Main Street or contact them by calling 877-864-0868. Pick up your Dining Passport for deals and specials around town (dates coming soon), and take advantage of free apps, 2 for 1 dinners and entrée discounts around town.
If you have a winter gear wish list and a hankering for good food, head to Breckenridge in October to take advantage of all the great pre-season deals. Many clothing and gear stores heavily discount in the fall to make room for this winter’s newest models and styles.
No car? No Problem. With several base areas for skiing, a gondola from town and a trail network accessible just blocks from Main Street, most activities–including skiing, hiking, biking, shopping, eating, live music and more–are just a short stroll away once you reach downtown Breckenridge. Take advantage of our free bus system, free hotel shuttles, bike rentals and ride-share apps.