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I know fall started last week, but Oct. 1 marks the first day of what I like to call Spooky Season 👻 This is typically when I make the transition from iced chais to hot ones, load up my podcast app with all my favorite shows about ghosts and lore, and bust out my knit scarves and Uggs. That last part will probably have to wait a little longer though considering temps this weekend will still be in the 70s…

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


The Oddities & Curiosities Expo
If you’re into things strange and unusual — creepy art, uncommon taxidermy, odd antiques, haunted dolls, skulls and bones — you can meet others who share your fascination at The Oddities & Curiosities Expo happening tomorrow at the Colorado Convention Center. But if just one day of weird wonders isn’t enough for you, I might recommend checking out Denver’s own curiosities shop, The Learned Lemur, “Colorado’s premier oddities dealer,” located where else but Colfax?


Civic Center Park
If you have opinions on what’s next for Denver’s historic Civic Center Park, the time to share your input is now. City officials have just opened the final community survey for project “Civic Center Next 100,” and it’s scheduled to close on Oct. 17. You can take the survey in Spanish or English; you can print it out, ink your answers, and scan it back in; you can even drop it off in person — this is civic engagement at its finest, people.

🔎 What else: Civic Center Park has been in the news a lot lately after closing to the public indefinitely. Catch up here


La Llorona Festival
La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman,” is a ghost story I grew up on. There are dozens of variations of La Llorona’s sad story, but it’s rooted in old Latino folklore about the spirit of a tragic woman that haunts rivers and creeks and lakes. Some renditions of the tale say she’s mourning her children who drowned, others say she is looking for new victims to take to a watery grave. The Denver Public Library’s Corky Gonzales Branch is hosting a (family-friendly) La Llorona festival this weekend that will explore the history and evolution of this Latino oral tradition.


Cider Days
Before Pumpkin Spice Lattes took the limelight, hot apple cider was the drink of the season, and Lakewood won’t soon forget it. The city’s 45th Annual Cider Days Festival takes place all weekend and celebrates not only all things apple-related (caramel apples, apple turnovers, apple sauce, apple donuts, etc.) but Lakewood’s agricultural heritage. There will be tractor rides, blacksmithing, butter churning, quilting, apple pie eating, and so much more. 


Fritay Haitian Cuisine
Apparently Denver only has had one Haitian restaurant. It was called Taste of Haiti, it was located in Five Points, and it closed its doors at the start of 2019. But Farah-Jane JeanPierre, who came to the States from Haiti in 2010, is looking to change that with the city’s first Haitian food truck, Fritay Haitian Cuisine. The truck is set to start rolling this month and will dole out delicacies like Creole shrimp in tomato gravy; sweet plantains; black rice with mushrooms; and other flavors native to the Caribbean island. 


Inside the Writer’s Studio with Edwidge Danticat
This Saturday, Lighthouse Writers Workshop will host award-winning author Edwidge Danticat and blossoming local writer Carleen Brice for a full day of craft talks, Q&As, book signings, and more. You can attend in-person or virtually via Zoom; you can purchase an all-access pass to attend the full workshop or just opt for the Q&A and book-signing; ticket prices vary depending on what you choose. Check it out


🎙️ Where is the “Real Creativity” in Denver? Plus, Pumpkin Flavor Season Begins
It’s the City Cast Denver Friday chat with Producer Paul Karolyi, Newsletter Writer Peyton Garcia (that’s me!), and Host Bree Davies. This week, the discussion centers on outgoing Westword Culture Editor Kyle Harris’ cover story, which asks: “With Culture Becoming a Commodity, Is There Room for Real Creativity in Denver?” Plus, with temps dropping and October approaching, the team shares their favorite fall activities, and Peyton talks extensively about her love for all things pumpkin. (Warning: This episode contains multiple mentions of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.)

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