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Learn more about girls' education from activist Shannon Galpin at the Edge of Seven charity gala. —Photo courtesy of Edge of Seven

What to Do in Denver (and Beyond): October 5 to October 11

From a dinner featuring pork served six ways to a mind-bending magic show, here are five can't-miss events in the Mile High City this week.

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Great American Beer Festival Kickoff Party, October 5

Even if you didn’t score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, you can sample a spread of unique craft brews—and score a hearty meal—at this pig roast. Chef Jon Tarvin from the Kitchen Denver will serve up six delectable swine-centric dishes, including crunchy herbed pig shoulder, braised ribs with confit pork belly, and praline ham. Wash down each course with refreshing beers from Trve Brewing Company, including Life’s Trade, a crisp saison, and Burning Off Impurities, an amber ale infused with coffee. Wed 6 p.m. The Kitchen Denver, 1530 16th St., 303-623-3127. $55.

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, October 5 to October 10

During this celebration of Native American culture, learn more about indigenous communities who are rebuilding and strengthening their nations across the globe. Catch shorts as well as feature-length films, including Sumé: The Sound of A Revolution, which follows a native rock band that recorded songs in Greenlandic, and The Price of Peace, the story of Maori activist Tame Iti. Plus, stick around for panel discussions and Q&A sessions after the screenings, such as a Skype chat with Iti on Monday. Wed-Mon, times vary. Locations vary. Free.

Great Granddaughters: An Edge of Seven Event, October 6

At this globally focused charitable dinner, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin will speak about the importance of girls’ education in the developing world and her personal experiences as an activist in Afghanistan. Then attendees can savor an authentic Nepali buffet before bidding on items such as a vacation in the Cascade Mountains or a Leopold Bros. Distillery tour in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit Edge of Seven, a nonprofit that creates educational opportunities for girls in rural developing communities. Thu 5-8 p.m. The Summit, 3300 Larimer St., 303-885-7249. Ticket prices vary.

Mercurial Garden Party, October 7

At this opening celebration, admire both visual and sound-based works of art. Start your evening at the rooftop party, during which you can hear a live performance by electronic band Pythian Whispers and check out a light projection installation by Denver artist Orchidz3ro. Then move inside to see a retrospective exhibit by Kim Dickey, band-themed sculptures and installations by Nathan Carter, and groundbreaking digital works from more than 20 regional artists in Bodaciousss. Bonus: VIP ticket holders can embark on a guided walk-through of the exhibits with the artists. Fri 7-10 p.m. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St., 303-298-7554. $10-$45.

An Evening of Wonders, October 7 to October 8

At this unbelievable magic show, Canadian illusionist Vitaly Beckman will dazzle the audience with tricks that astounded even veteran magicians Penn and Teller on their TV show Fool Us. Audience members will gasp as Beckman shows off his signature tricks, which include erasing drivers’ license photos and bewitching paintbrushes to paint on their own. Since the young performer invented every illusion in his show, you’re sure to experience a unique lineup of marvels. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:00 p.m. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., 303-987-7845. $20-$35.

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