Things to do in Denver: Beer fest, Latin Fashion Week, pizza pop-up

Latin Fashion Week Colorado hits five years

Friday. As National Hispanic Heritage Month passes its halfway point (it continues through Oct. 15), the fifth Latin Fashion Week Colorado is just revving up. The showcase of international designers returns on Friday, Sept. 23, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum — a fittingly lofty environment for these 14 diverse creatives.

Designers from across the Latino diaspora — Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, México, Venezuela and Colombia — will present to their clothing creations on the runway, said founder and organizer Norberto “Beto” Mojardin. 7711 E. Academy Blvd. Tickets: $35-$50 general admission; $120-$150 VIP. — John Wenzel

An oak-centric lager festival

Saturday. Although Cerebral Brewing is known mostly for its hazy IPAs and barrel-aged adjunct stouts, the brewery also makes lagers, like pilsner, helles and Baltic porter. To give these lagers a twist, Cerebral typically ages them in large wooden vessels, called foeders, which can impart a touch of oak and a mellow roundness to the way the beers taste and feel.

To highlight these beers, Cerebral is hosting its first Foeder Lager Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24.“This oak-centric event will feature a variety of barrel-aged and foeder-fermented lagers spanning many styles,” the brewery says, adding that there will also be non-foeder-aged lagers like its recently released Festbier. There will also be lager-friendly food pairings from Lady in the Wild Food Truck and German-style pretzels from XLVII Bakery. Entry to the festival, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. at Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St., in Denver, is free. — Jonathan Shikes

Bandaloop free performance, mini-fest

Thursday. The esteemed Newman Center for the Performing Arts will kick off its dance series for the 2022-2023 artistic season on Thursday Sept. 29, with a free performance by aerial dance company Bandaloop. The Newman Center Presents show heralds a whole mess of great touring names, such as Pilobilus, Fiesta Colorado, A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The Bandaloop event is a bit of a festival, with events starting at 4:30 p.m. “The outside walls of the University of Denver will feature members of Bandaloop seamlessly weaving dynamic physicality with intricate choreography,” producers said of the death-defying dancers. Food trucks join diverse local artistic groups such as Playground Ensemble, Presenting Denver, Control Group Productions and DU’s Lamont School of Music. Free parking at the Newman Center garage. 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 303-871-7720 or — John Wenzel

Pizza pop-up unites tasty locals

Sunday. The new Run Westy Run food truck park in Westminster will bring together some of Colorado’s best pizza purveyors and other vendors for the Colorado Pizza Pop Up, a fundraiser and festival benefiting nonprofits that fight food insecurities and domestic violence. The pizzerias on hand include Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage in Boulder, Blue Pan Pizza, Simply Pizza, the Pizza bandit and more. There will also be live music, DJs and outdoor games.

The Colorado Pizza Pop Up runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Run Westy Run, 3151 W. 70th Ave. in Westminster. Admission is free, but you can purchase coins to use for slices, drinks, sweets and crafts. Find more information on — Jonathan Shikes

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