Chili & Frijoles Festival, Oktoberfest and more

Friday September 23

Rocky Mountain Mexican Folk Dance Competition at Colorado State University in Pueblo

Hoag Recital Hall, 2200, boul. bonforte | 2pm-6pm| The event continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Dancers from Colorado, California and Texas will showcase their talents, including the CSU Pueblo Ballet Folklorico and Omawari, two Pueblo groups. The event is open to the public.

From Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25

28th edition of Chile & Frijoles Festival

Union Avenue | 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday | This annual event celebrating Pueblo’s favorite chili pepper will feature live entertainmentmore than 180 street sellersroast pueblo chile salesa chili and salsa showdown, hot air balloon festival, parade of chihuahuas and jalapeno eating contest. Advance tickets are $5 on the Grand Pueblo room website Where $6 at the door.

Saturday September 24

17th Annual Pueblo West Eagles Charity Fair at Lovell Park

362 E. Hahn’s Peak Ave | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. | The event program will include a car show, music, silent auction and food sale. Admission is $20 for cars and free for spectators. Profits will benefit Halfway to Pueblo Housea non-profit youth resource center dedicated to educating and mentoring children.

Women’s Symposium for Female Veterans at the American Legion Post 2

701 W. Ninth Street | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | The purpose of the event is to provide information and services to the Veterans Administration that female veterans may not be taking advantage of. The event includes guest presenters from the Veterans Administration, the Military Women’s Memorial at Arlington Cemetery, local veterans services officers, and representatives from other veterans organizations. Lunch will be provided at no cost to participants.

Chile Festival Fly In at Pueblo Memorial Airport

31201 Bryan Circle | Visitors must arrive by 9:45 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. | This event for recreational pilots includes a shuttle to the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festivalwhich runs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with last return of the day at 5 p.m., as well as free admission to the festival, free admission to the Pueblo Weisbrod Aviation Museum and special fuel pricing from the Freeman Jet Center. Call 719-553-2760 for details.

Ballet folk dance groups at the El Pueblo History Museum

301 N. Union Ave | 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Folk dancers from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, California and Illinois will perform on the museum lawn. The event is free with entry to the chile festival.

NeighborWorks of Southern Colorado Home Draw Final Ticket Sale

Located at Chili & Frijoles Festival on Union Avenue | 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday | For the price of a $100 raffle ticket, Puebloans can participate in win a $365,000 house on the west side of town as NeighborWorks of Southern Colorado turns 45. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 2407 W. 19th St. in the Hyde Park Gardens housing estate will be drawn at the annual fundraising dinner at 5:30 p.m. September 30 at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St.

Hope Through Hooves Barn Dance Fundraiser

25550 Hillside Road | 6:00 p.m. | An evening wherefood, live music by the Atomic Fireballs, silent auction and raffles will highlight fundraising for the Equine Assisted Learning Program. Hope thru Hooves staff partner with a herd of horses to help local youth develop their emotional resilience, relationship skills and other skills they need to succeed in life. Tickets are $30 per person or $210 for a table of eight. Go to Hope through the clogs for tickets.

Friday September 30

Oktoberfest at the Walter Brewery

126 S. Oneida Street | 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Cask tapping ceremony featuring Kris Robertson and Mary Selz, daughters of the late Karl Walter, former president of the brewery. Highlights include the Polivka Band lan playing polka and other music, the specially brewed Märzenbier Oktoberfest Bier, food trucks with German food, Oktoberfest decorations, dancing and competitions organized by the Pueblo German American Club.

Historic Pueblo Ghost Walk Tour at El Pueblo History Museum

301 N. Union Ave | 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Visits continue on October 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15. Walking tours depart from the museum every 15 minutes to see Famous Pueblo Sites. Profits support the Pueblo Domestic Violence Community Task Force. Cost is $10 per person while children 5 and under are admitted free. Buy your tickets online at

Brian Bielanski in concert at the Blo Back Gallery

131 Spring Street | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | acoustic rock Singer-songwriter Bryan Bielanski, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, will bring his US and world tour to Pueblo, featuring songs from his latest album, “Bryan’s Super Happy Fun Time II.” His inspirations include rock greats like Tom Petty and REM, but he has his own distinct musical style.

Impossible Players presents “The Outsider”

1201 Main Street North | 7:30 p.m. | Performed at 7:30 p.m. on October 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. on October 9. The community theater group presents a play by Paul Slade Smith focusing on political satire of the gubernatorial race by Ned Newley, who may be the worst candidate to run for office. Tickets range from $10 for students to $15 for adults. Get tickets at Impossible players website.

Saturday October 1

Gravel Locos Pueblo cycling event

Main and D streets | Mass begins at 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m..| Riders will raise funds for the Red Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue program. Four course options range from one untimed non-competitive 30-mile run to three longer timed and competitive runs covering up to 170 miles. The event ends with a awards ceremony and live music at Walter’s Brewery. The cost is $65 to $175. To find out more visit

Fall Poker Run at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3641

724 E. Fourth Street | Registration at 9 a.m., crutches at 10 a.m. | Proceeds from the motorcycle race go to help veterans in the community. The cost is $20 for first hand or $10 for passengers and each additional hand.

Pueblo Diversified Industries Harvest Fest at the Riverwalk

101 S. Union Ave | 9 a.m. | Sellers will offer product promotions and sales. The event is free for spectators and there is a $30-$40 fee for vendor booths. For more details, contact Terri Weldon by email at [email protected].

Family Wellness Fair at the Rocky Mountain SER Empowerment Center

330 Lake Avenue | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | All Pueblo Reads hosts the free public eventwhich will include The bubble tower – the biggest bubble toy in the world, Have fun with Fire Fit Kids, face painting, free haircuts for kids 18 and under, a Zumba lessons from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., activities, food trucks and more.

Latin Jam Pueblo at the Pueblo Convention Center

320 Central Main Street | 6:00 p.m. VIP meeting; doors open at 7 p.m. | The event is a concert and dance event as well as a tribute to Latinx soldiers. Reserved seating is $35. Get tickets at

Movies in the Park at City Park

800 Goodnight Ave | 7 p.m. | Pueblo Parks and Recreation will show”The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Bring the whole family and a blanket or chair to sit on free an event. food trucks will be there.

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