Autumn Vegan Harvest Dinner
This delectable dinner crafted from fall produce will be scrumptious even if you’re not a vegan. A ticket will secure your plate of apps (such as blackened cauliflower flatbreads), a three-course dinner (think: Tuscan ribollita soup and portobello fried rice), a slew of side dishes, and rich dessert options, including ​​chocolate buttercream cake and mulberry sauce with candied pistachios. Plus, each course will include wine pairings. Sept. 29; 6–8:30 p.m.; $110

Pop Up Grocer
At this traveling store, foodies can purchase more than 600 trendy food items you won’t find at King Soopers or Safeway. The pop-up stocks new, healthy, and eco-conscious brands like Akua kelp burgers, Fishwife tinned fish, and Power Up Foods caffeinated brownies. Even better: A portion of every sale at the aesthetically pleasing shop goes toward helping under-funded and underrepresented food makers. Opens Sept. 30; 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily; free admission

Denver Beer Week

Crowds gather in the parking lot of Our Mutual Friend Brewing during Denver Beer Week
Photo courtesy of Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Beer-crazy Denverites can indulge their cravings every day this week thanks to this sudsy celebration. The Mile High City will be buzzing with more than 100 brew-themed events, from deals (see: FIRE Restaurant’s beer-and-a-brat deal for $14) to competitions (the Krispy King Competition at Barrels & Bottles Brewery) to parties (like this one at Our Mutual Friend Brewing). The week will culminate with the 40th annual Great American Beer Festival, where you can sample hundreds of the country’s best craft sips. Sept. 30–Oct. 8; times vary; prices vary

Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns
If you’ve been waiting all year for spooky season, be the first in line to see this Halloween spectacle at Hudson Gardens. The light show consists of more than 7,000 hand-carved, aglow pumpkins, plus oversized displays of lit-up pirate ships, dinosaurs, and dragons. Those with sensory sensitivities can book a time for this Sunday, when STAR Institute for Sensory Processing will help put on a sensory-friendly night. Sept. 30–Oct. 31; times vary; $15–$30

Emergence: Psychedelic Education Festival
As psychedelics continue to be decriminalized across the country (psilocybin mushroom legalization is on the 2022 ballot in Colorado), learn more about the substances at this fest. Hear from experts like Kathryn Tucker of the National Psychedelics Association and Barine Majewska of law firm Vicente Sederberg about the benefits of the drugs and what the future holds for legalization. There will also be DJs, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Oct. 1; Noon–5 p.m.; free

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival
Bird lovers of all ages will enjoy this daylong gathering centered around owls. Families can partake in a hidden owl scavenger hunt and owl pellet dissections, hear from experts from associations like Colorado Parks & Wildlife, listen to live music from local rock outfit Nearly There, and even see the creatures up close, thanks to demos from Nature’s Educators. Oct. 1; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; $7–$15