Mexican beer fiesta, horror fest debut, Aspen Food & Wine and more things to do in Denver this weekend

Prepara para una fiesta de cerveza

Saturday. After you’ve celebrated the winners of the Great American Beer Festival awards Friday night, head to 1635 Platte St. in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 11, for the Great Mexican Beer Fiesta, a street festival embodying the spirit of our southern neighbor.

Locally based Cerveceria Colorado and Denver Beer Co. teamed up with several breweries from Mexico to create recipes special to the event, each featuring a distinct cultural flavor. The tap lineup includes a blood orange gose brewed with Mexico City’s Cerveza Cru Cru and created with 200 pounds of citrus; a chipotle amber ale brewed in collaboration with Tampico’s Cerveza Caserío that’s both smoky and spicy; and a Cafe de Olla-inspired coffee stout brewed with Cholula’s Cervecería San Pascual Baylón.

The party runs from 3 to 9 p.m. and includes live music, Lucha Libre matches and an artisan market. Entry is free. — Tiney Ricciardi

A scary time for a comeback

Friday-Sunday. Last year should have marked the debut of the Colorado Festival of Horror, which was designed to gleefully whittle down fans of blood-splattered and psychologically terrifying media into a more concentrated group. The pandemic killed that, but the festival has revived itself for a Sept. 10-12 bow at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Central Park.

Actors, directors, artists, authors and vendors will set up for three days of unholy meeting and greeting in addition to panels, workshops and interactive events, founder Brett Smith said. After-hours activities such as Jigsaw’s Horror Trivia and Drawn in Blood complement on-site offerings like Elixir Immortus, a beer brewed by Outworld just for the occasion.

VIP three-day weekend passes are sold out, but discounted 3-day passes are still available for $40, with single-day tickets running $15-$25 online. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult. 4444 Havana St., or — John Wenzel

A tony, tasty food and wine gathering in Aspen

Friday-Saturday. Heading to the high country this weekend? Aspen will be chock-full of celebrity chefs for the annual Food & Wine Classic, so plan a detour to drink, dine or just people-watch. Normally held each June, the event took last summer off for the pandemic, but has returned with a new fall backdrop and an estimable lineup of tastings, dinners and events.

While tickets are sold out, there are a ton of adjacent happenings. Check out individual restaurants’ websites to see what specials they’re cooking up, or head to to find one-off menus and guest-chef dinners to book. — Josie Sexton

Family-friendly powwow returns

Sunday. As one of Denver Art Museum’s longest-running events, the Friendship Powwow has become a family-friendly beacon for people of all backgrounds. This year’s 32nd annual event, on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Denver Indian Center, is again looking to celebrate the diverse Indigenous communities across Denver and the Front Range, organizers said, while making up for lost time.

This year’s powwow will feature American Indian Dance competitions, hands-on family activities for the whole family, artists and a variety of vendor booths. Food will be provided by Tocabe, a Denver-based, American Indian restaurant, and a portion of the proceeds will support the Denver Indian Center. Free and all-ages. 4407 Morrison Road in Denver. 720-865-5000 or — John Wenzel

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