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Hello and happy Friday, my sweet newsletter friends!

If you got last Friday’s newsletter, you’ll know we’ve been playing around with something new — sending you into your weekend with some lighthearted reads and fun activities to check out. What do you think? Should we do this every Friday? Every day? Never again? Hit me up with your feedback by replying to this newsletter, or messaging me directly at!

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival
The charming little town of Estes Park is one of my very favorite places to visit when I want to get out of the city for a day. Located just an hour and a half northwest of Denver, the drive isn’t bad — especially this time of year when the commute is dominated by Colorado’s epic fall foliage (more on that below). So if you’re looking for a mini getaway this weekend, consider Estes Park’s annual Autumn Gold Festival: a (free to enter) celebration of beers, brats, and live music. 


Denver OktoberFest (2.0)
The second and final weekend of Denver’s 51st annual OktoberFest will take over Larimer Street tonight through Sunday. If you haven’t yet had the chance to don your favorite lederhosen, eat your weight in brats and soft pretzels, or show off all the training you did for the stein hoisting competition, the time is now. But if you don’t want to spring for the tickets ($20-$110), or you just can’t get enough of the revelry, check out this list of other Oktoberfest fun taking place around the city. 


Leaf Peeping
In that brief window of time between the dog days of summer and the first bitter frost of the season, Colorado temporarily transforms into something otherworldly — the Rocky Mountains light up in striking shades of amber, gold, and ruby. I’m talking about leaf-peeping season y’all, and this very well may be one of the last weekends to experience the magic. Personally, I like to make a whole day out of it, driving all over the mountain range. I’ll be picking some mountain passes and byways from this list of scenic leaf-peeping drives to spend my Saturday on. 


Mujeres Emprendedoras
You’ll find the delicious offerings (homemade tamales, salsa, and breads) of Mujeres Emprendedoras (“enterprising women”) at most community celebrations in the Westwood neighborhood — think: Chile Fest, Veggie Viernes, and the annual Frida Kahlo event. The 13-member group was formed when residents of the area began to notice the skyrocketing cost of living in the neighborhood. The goal was and still is to raise enough money for every woman in the group to buy a house, but also to empower women as professionals. Read up on the group and its mission in this Denverite Street Week profile


Grange Hall
The long-awaited Grange Hall, the first food hall concept in Denver’s southern suburbs, debuts this weekend. It’s helmed by local culinary giant Troy Guard (see: FNG, Bubu, Guard & Grace, Los Chingones, and Tiny Giant Sushi, among other Denver favorites). Grange Hall will host six different food stalls with offerings ranging from fried chicken to sushi to falafel gyros. Guard is also debuting some new concepts of his own (Rado Burger and Crazy Love Pizza) as well as another outpost of his popular fast-casual restaurant Bubu (a personal favorite of mine!).


Tay Anderson and Kmart
Today, on the City Cast Denver podcast, Producer Paul Karolyi and Host Bree Davies discuss the biggest news of the week — the on-going Tay Anderson school board saga. Plus, Bree reminisces about an older version of Denver, one where her neighborhood Kmart was thriving, and Paul comes to the defense of abandoned parking lot activities.

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