State of Play: An Evening with Dan Abrams
If you’re not prepared for the 2024 election—or perhaps still recovering from the last Trump-versus-Biden showdown—don’t stress. In this first installment of the Neustadt JAAMM Series, journalist and ABC News’ chief legal affairs correspondent Dan Abrams is coming to Denver to do a deep dive on the American political landscape, Supreme Court, and presidential campaigns, plus field questions from the audience. And since politics can be a pain, the evening includes an open bar sponsored by Peak Beverage. Sept. 27; 7–9 p.m.; $84

Stories Worth Telling Festival
If you often find yourself scrolling through streaming services unable to choose a compelling movie or TV show to watch, this Golden-based storytelling series just might be the antidote. On night one of the two-day program, eight expert storytellers will captivate the audience with tales revolving around the theme “Into the Unknown.” On night two, attendees will watch inventive short films such as Leo & Chester, which is about a former rock star who decides to become a buffalo rancher in the Sierra Madre mountains. Sept. 27–28; 5:30 p.m.; $20-$33

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The Lumberjack Festival
Considering the bountiful beards and flannels around town, many Coloradans won’t even need to dress up to attend this playful gathering dedicated to lumberjacks in Littleton. Take part in themed festivities like chainsaw art, ax throwing, harmonica lessons, and a photo-op with Sasquatch. After all that hard work, take a load off with a cold beer and watch the professionals—yes, there are professional lumberjacks—compete in events like log rolling and crosscut sawing. Sept. 30–Oct. 1; noon–6 p.m.; $20–$35; $12 for kids ages 3–11

Suave Fest
Though Latinos make up more than 14 percent of beer consumers, only 0.5 percent hold high-level positions in the industry or own breweries. Since 2019, this vibrant celebration has aimed to highlight Latino-owned breweries and educate underserved communities about craft beer by convening Latino brewers, artists, and chefs from across the country. Sample suds from more than a dozen vendors (like Raices Brewing Co. and Lady Justice Brewing), sate your hunger at Latin American and Caribbean food trucks, and settle in for more than six hours of performances from the likes of Los Mocochetes and Chimbangle. Sept. 30; noon–6 p.m.; $20–$75

Denver Deluxe
With musical acts that you might find on a Lollapalooza lineup, grub from restaurants that regularly grace best-of lists, and beer from one of Denver’s premier breweries, there’s no better way to spend a weekend. See national musical acts including Langhorne Slim, Ballyhoo!, and Joe Purdy; nosh on burgers bigger than your head from Park Burger; and quench your thirst with brews from New Belgium. And, if you need yet another reason to purchase a ticket: 100 percent of profits benefit Colorado Uplift, which aims to support the state’s urban youth. Sept. 30; 2–11 p.m.; $30-$75

Harvest Week
From renowned culinary talents to hyper-fresh ingredients sourced from Colorado farmers and ranchers to local beverage makers, this four-night fundraiser for GrowHaus and EatDenver combines the best of Denver’s epicurean delights. Two dozen chefs from restaurants including Vital Root, Ace Eat Serve, and Dio Mio will put their heads and hands together to whip up a five-course masterpiece using seasonal produce. Pair your dinner with drinks from the open bar, stocked by Carboy Winery, Ratio Beerworks, Stem Cidery, and more. Oct. 2–5; 6 p.m.; $179 per person