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American Field is making its first stop in Denver this September. Photo courtesy of American Field

The Best Things to Do This September in Colorado

Your short list of the Centennial State's coolest September events.

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Domestic Arrival | September 7–8

After seven years of touring the East Coast, American Field, a market focusing on U.S. wares, is making its first stop in Denver. The pop-up will introduce Mile High shoppers to artisan brands from around the country, such as Minneapolis’ Mill City Fineries, which specializes in luxe bow ties. Tickets start at $5

Party On | September 13 – November 24

Eight days of Hanukkah seems brief compared to the Neustadt Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music (JAAMM) Festival thrown annually by Denver’s Mizel Arts and Culture Center. The monthslong celebration of Jewish creatives includes comedy from off-Broadway star Judy Gold (October 26) and a lecture delivered by MSNBC host Ari Melber (November 17). For JAAMM’s kickoff, catch Tony-nominated performer Tovah Feldshuh starring in the play Dancing With Giants, a dramatic comedy about a cross-cultural friendship in the years leading up to World War II, from September 13 to 15 at the Elaine Wolf Theatre.

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Brewers Without Borders | September 14

Tamil Maldonado and Jose Beteta are launching Suave Fest to boost Latino-owned breweries. Photo by Sarah Boyum

There are Colorado breweries for dog lovers, board game enthusiasts, and fans of the octogenarian aesthetic (looking at you, Grandma’s House). When Tamil Maldonado and Jose Beteta examined the scene, however, they felt Latino brewmasters weren’t getting enough attention. So they’re launching Suave Fest, which they believe is Colorado’s first festival featuring only Latino-owned breweries. Try sips from 10 of them—including Denver’s Dos Luces Brewery and Littleton’s Coal Mine Ave Brewing—at Steam on the Platte, a co-working space in Sun Valley. Don’t feel too sad about leaving after enjoying their pours and dancing to Latin and Caribbean tunes: The party continues there the next day with the grand opening of Maldonado and Beteta’s Raíces Brewing Company, which sells South American suds as well as favorites from around the globe, such as a Belgian-American pale ale. Tickets start at $45

Going Stag | September 18–21

Hurst Theatre. Courtesy of Mike Lyons Photography

If you crave flawless performances on the stage, Broadway is the obvious destination. But if you’re a theater geek more interested in process than polish, get thee to Aspen’s inaugural Solo Flights Festival. The event debuts a quartet of one-performer shows in their infancies, including Dr. Glas, a Scandinavian novel-turned-play about a physician falling in love with a patient, and What We Leave Behind, a musical in which a woman copes with her breast cancer diagnosis. The four-day extravaganza (each show runs once per day) functions like a workshop, allowing the audience to see changes in each iteration of the productions and even join the casts during talkbacks and intimate discussions. After their tenure at the 200-person Hurst Theatre, the shows hope to graduate to other, bigger stages. Festival passes start at $160

Powder Prep | September 21 & 28, October 5 & 12

This month, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre adds SnowShape Winter Fitness to its exercise arsenal. Trainers from Denver gym Fitness in the City will lead four consecutive Saturday morning classes ($16 per session) targeting muscles used on the slopes. Plus, the events double as mix-and mingles: Red Rocks has teamed up with Red Bull and New Belgium Brewing Company for after-parties where you can swap numbers with your future après crew.

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