The 21 Best Events in Denver, September 30 to October 6

Get lucky at the Horseshoe Market.
Get lucky at the Horseshoe Market. Brit Tucker Photography

It's officially fall, and with the new season comes plenty of opportunities to celebrate accordingly. Craft markets, cider festivals and spooky festivities abound this week. All that and more is in this week's events calendar!

Monday, September 30

The Great American Beer Festival starts on Thursday, October 3, and while tickets are mostly sold out, you can still toast the best beer at Welcome to the Wild West, the GABF kick-off event on Monday, September 30. Hosted by the Tivoli Brewing Company and Holidaily Brewing — the latter of which specializes in gluten-free beers — this party promises to "gently break you into the mayhem that is GABF week." Best of all, it's free to attend (though you'll want to bring money for drinks) and includes live music from Boxcar 79. The beery bash goes from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 240; find more information on the GABF Welcome to the Wild West Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 1

Denver-based nonprofit the Global Livingston Institute has been taking students and community leaders on exchange trips to East Africa for a decade. GLI has also thrown massive charity concerts in Uganda and Rwanda, and is bringing Navio, a superstar rapper from the former, to Denver for the organization's tenth-anniversary concert at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, the 16+ show will also include Hazel Miller, Isabelle Fries, Jonny 5 of Flobots, Rob Drabkin, S-Wrap, Tracksuit Wedding and more. Find tickets, $20 to $250, and more information at; learn more about GLI at

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