As we say hello to October and the start of fall, we welcome its many activities, too — from a Dio-Mio Pop-up, to hiking, beer and some firefighter fun. Read on for more details and events happening this week.

Monday, September 26

 Dry Dock Pint Night

Dry Dock

Photo Courtesy of Dry Dock Brewing Company Facebook

 Where: 2544 Federal Blvd

 When: 6-8 p.m.

 Cost: $100 Raffle Tickets

 The Lowdown: Spend your Monday evening enjoying a cold brew from Dry Dock Brewing Company as part of Brewery of the Month at Federal Bar & Grill. In addition to pints of beer, guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a beer raffle giveaway.

Tuesday, September 27

An Evening With Hank Shaw

Old Major

Photo Courtesy of Old Major Facebook

Where: Old Major, 3316 Tejon St

When: 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $80

The Lowdown: Come enjoy delicious recipes from Hank Shaw’s new cookbook, Buck, Buck, Moose. Shaw’s recipes cover techniques on how to properly cook deer, elk, moose and antelope. In addition to dinner, guests will receive a signed copy of the cookbook.

Nocturne’s Menu Release Dinner


Photo Courtesy of Nocturne

Where: 1330 27th St, Denver

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $59

The Lowdown: Grab a bite while viewing jazz in a new light. Indulge in a five-course meal off Nocturne’s newest Renditions menu. The menu is inspired by the Grammy Hall of Fame album Moanin by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers — and includes dishes of grilled baby octopus, chorizo and pickled pepper, grilled beef tenderloin and much more. Listen to the sounds of jazz by the all-star quintet Pete Lewis, Gabriel Mervine, Dru Heller, Ken Walker and Dave Hanson.

Wednesday, September 28

Tuscan Wine Dinner


Photo Courtesy of Spuntino Facebook

Where: 2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver

When: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

The Lowdown: Indulge in a five-course meal while sipping on Italian wines from Spuntino and Volio Vino Wines, as part of Spuntino’s Festa della Stagione (Feast of the Season). Chef Cindhura Reddy and her culinary team are cooking up dishes like fried zucchini blossoms, hand-rolled pinci pasta and Sweet Steel Ranch boar sausage. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Thursday, September 29

Dio Mio Pop-Up at Salt & Grinder

Dio Mio

Photo Courtesy of Dio Mio Facebook

Where: 3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver

When: 7-9 p.m.

The Lowdown: If you missed out on Dio Mio’s first two pop-ups, there is still time to fulfill your handmade pasta cravings at Salt & Grinder. Tickets are not required and the event is on a first come first serve basis.

Friday, September 30

Firefighter Chili Cook Off

Where: 1430 Larimer St

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Firefighters from all across the state are bringing the heat to Larimer Square with a competition for the best red and green chili. Celebrity judges will determine the winners, while spectators enjoy craft beer, music and a Colorado Firefighter Calendar. The event benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Saturday, October 1

Upslope’s Backcountry Taproom


Photo Courtesy of Upslope Brewing Company Facebook

Where: Vance’s Cabin

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: First tasting is free

The Lowdown: Put on your hiking boots and enjoy some cold brews. Hike 3.1 miles through the Ski Cooper Trail to Upslope’s pop-up taproom where you’ll enjoy their limited-edition release of Fresh Hop IPA. Once guests have hiked the trail, they will receive one 19.2 ounce can of Fresh Hop IPA and up to two more cans of 12-ounce year-round brews. Guests will also enjoy games and are encouraged to bring their own food to throw on the grill. Furry friends are welcome on a leash.

Saturday, October 1

Farm to Bottle Fall Festival

Farm to Bottle Fall Festival

Photo Courtesy of Old South Gaylord Street Facebook

Where: 1000 Block S Gaylord St between Mississippi and Tennessee

When: 3-7 p.m.

Cost: $35 General Admission, $65 VIP

The Lowdown: Fall has arrived and with it our love of autumn festivals. Enjoy brews, spirits and wines from more than 40 different wineries, breweries and distilleries like Breckenridge Brewery, Infinite Monkey Theorem and Mile High Spirits. Nosh on local foods while listening to live performances from Dave Tamkin and Ben Huffman, Thunder and Rain and Coral Creek. Get your tickets here.

Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2

Lakewood Cider Festival

Colorado Cider Company

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Cider Company Facebook

Where: Lakewood Heritage Center

When: 12-4 p.m.

Cost: $25

The Lowdown: This Saturday and Sunday, enjoy Lakewood Cider Festival and the RMCA Hard Cider Tasting. Whether you love a sweet cider or dry, there will be plenty to try. The event supports the Lakewood Rotary Club and the Rocky Mountain Cider Association (RMCA).