Between the pumpkin patches and the seasonal food and drinks, and of course the stunning display of changing foliage, fall is a magical time of year no matter where you are — especially in Northern Colorado. To help you maximize the season this year, we collected some of our favorite fall activities in Greeley.
Whether you’d like to venture out of town for a day on the farm picking pumpkins, or you’d prefer to cozy up with a movie at a historic theater, there’s something for you on this list. Enjoy the rest of the season!
Photo Courtesy of Fritzler Farm Park
A tradition for generations of Colorado families, Fritzler Farm Park offers mountains of fun during the fall. This year, their Fall Festival is available from September 19th through October 31st and includes more than 15 attractions, including a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, pedal go-carts, the Barrel Coaster, paintball, a beer garden, pumpkin blasters and more. For all the details (including haunted attractions and online tickets), click here.
COVID NOTE: Fritzler Farm Park is taking several precautions, including requiring health checks for all employees and staff members, regularly cleaning and sanitizing high-touch areas, and more. They ask guests to practice social distancing and stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Click here for their full list of protocols and policies.
Pumpkin makes its way into just about everything this time of year — including our beers. Green Earth Brewing is brewing up their seasonal Pumpkin Ale, which has a red orange color and a sweet and rich taste, from the light buttery crust to the pumpkin finish. Drink a glass of this seasonal brew and pair it with a hearty meal from the food truck parked on site.
Retreat to The Kress Cinema & Lounge for a cozy fall evening watching a movie and enjoying a meal with your drink of choice. That’s right — this independent movie theater in downtown Greeley’s historically renovated Kress Building has a full-service bar and restaurant serving specialty cocktails, craft beer, wine, gourmet small plates, and classic movie concessions. Their basement speakeasy opened in February 2018 and offers yet another entertainment option!
COVID NOTE: Guests must practice social distancing and wear a mask when not eating or drinking. The theaters are open at a 50% capacity and are operating on a first come, first served basis. Click here for The Kress’ full list of COVID-19 policies.
What is fall without a sweet, delicious apple pie? Fat Albert’s has all your pie needs covered, whether you’re a fan of apple or pecan pie — or their signature peanut butter pie! This family-owned and -operated restaurant tucked away in the First National Bank Building has been in operation since 1982. They serve a wide variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads, but it’s their award-winning homemade pies that keep people coming back again and again.
The Poudre River Trail travels from Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley to Colorado Highway 392 in Windsor where it connects to a separate paved trail in River Bluffs Open Space. Following the winding Cache la Poudre River, the Weld County section of this trail is fully paved, well maintained and features informational signs that highlight historical sites along the way. Plus, there is plenty of fall foliage lining the trail, and benches along the way so you can rest and enjoy the scenery. You can get even more information on the website, including a map, wildlife, trail conditions and more.
For the 28th year, the Greeley Farmers’ Market at the Depot is offering a wide variety of locally grown and produced food products, including in-season fresh produce, meats, cheese, honey, breads and other baked goods. This lively market takes place each Saturday from 8–12 p.m. at the Union Pacific Depot in the heart of Greeley through the end of October, so you have a few more chances to go!
In response to COVID-19, the market is adjusting its systems to align with both state and CDC guidelines. Any shoppers who aren’t feeling well are asked to stay home. The market will have signage indicating the main entrance and exit, designed to create a one-way flow of traffic. Visitors are asked to abide by the following rules: wear a mask, have an idea of what products you need, wash your hands, keep a 6-foot distance from other shoppers and vendors, limit what you touch, minimize use of cash, and don’t eat at the market.
After the market at the Depot shuts down for the season, you can go to the Winter Farmers’ Market at Zoe Cafe and Events, which is open November through May on the first and third Saturdays of each month!
Photo Courtesy of Your Place Coffee
Your Place Coffee is always baking something fresh and delicious, and this fall is no exception. We have our eye on their Pumpkin Streusel, which will pair perfectly with any of their coffees, or a seasonal drink like the tried-and-true pumpkin spice latte. Relax on their outdoor patio or take your coffee and pastry on a walk through the park for the ultimate fall experience!
It’s not too late to add some mums to your front porch! Pick up some seasonal mums at Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center, a mom and pop-style garden center that buys locally, sells locally and is owned locally. This complete garden center includes garden decor, roses, plants, shrubs, seeds, bulbs, potting soil and composts. Unique to Pope Farms, they also offer a full selection of locally grown produce — including Western Slope fruit and Rocky Ford melons — alongside specialty items like Colorado’s Best Beef, Colorado Cherry Company ciders and juice, Village Pie Maker frozen fruit pies, Clarks local honey and their own frozen green chili! This time of year, they have plenty of pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal goods to choose from.
Beer gets a lot of attention around here, but during the fall, it’s time for cider to shine. Brix Brew & Tap has a couple of hard ciders on tap from regional cideries, including the Real Dry Apple Cider from Stem Ciders in Denver and the Blueberry Lavender Cider from Summit Hard Cider out of Fort Collins. Click here to see what’s currently on tap at Brix Brew & Tap.
What’s your favorite thing to do during the fall in Greeley? Let us know in the comments below!