Denver is packed with food and drink festivals year-round. From culinary delights to original microbrews, there's always something to look forward to.
WHEN: Sept. 10, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Since 1992, the Taste of the NFL has rallied the county’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States, and the Denver powwow, quarterbacked by prolific chef and restaurateur Troy Guard, spotlights more than 30 local restaurants dishing out bites that ballyhoo Colorado’s bounty. Ticket holders also get to hobnob with Denver Bronco football players, and proceeds from the bash benefit Denver Broncos charities and Food Bank of the Rockies.
WHEN: Sept. 13, 2018
WHERE: 32nd Ave & Osceola
The 2018 Taste of Highlands includes eats and drinks from all over the Highlands, plus live music from Woodshed Red.
WHEN: Sept. 14–22, 2018
WHERE: Various venues across Denver
A nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer is the siren song of the Denver Beer Fest, a nirvana of craft brews, beer-pairing dinners, rare beer tastings, brewery tours, exclusive firkin tappings, meet-the-brewer opportunities and more than 100 other beer-centric events, all of which lead up to the Great American Beer Festival®, which kicks off on Sept. 20.
WHEN: Sept. 15, 2018
WHERE: Rackhouse Pub
It's time to bring Munich to RiNo! Join the breweries, cideries, and wineries of DRiNk RiNo as they serve up their best Oktoberfest and fall libations, along with classic German food fare, live music and games.
WHEN: Sept. 16, 2018
WHERE: Space Gallery
If you're fueled by java, then this is the festival for you. Enjoy all-you-can-drink coffee from more than 30 vendors, live music and hourly lectures about coffee, tea and chai.
WHEN: Sept. 20–22, 2018
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center
Denver is an incredible city for craft brews, and the country’s most lauded beer powwow—the Great American Beer Festival®—descends upon The Mile High City this month, drawing beer geeks from all over the world. The three-day tribute to hops, barley and yeast sells out in minutes, but if you score a ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to sample more than 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries, plus you’ll get to rub elbows with some of the most esteemed brewers across America. Pretzel necklaces are obligatory, and pacing yourself is a prudent practice.
WHEN: Sept. 21, 2018
WHERE: 1635 Platte St.
Co-hosted by Cerveceria Colorado and Denver Beer Co., this beer fiesta celebrates craft beer collaborations with some of the best brewers south of the border and featuring traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients. As for entertainment, how about Lucha Libre Mexican Pro-Wrestling, a chihuahua fashion show and live music?
WHEN: Sept. 21–23 and 28–30, 2018
WHERE: Larimer Street, between 20th and 22nd streets
Grab your beer stein, throw on your lederhosen, craft a pretzel necklace and join the throngs of revelers at Oktoberfest Denver, one of the city’s oldest and most convivial festivals celebrating German heritage with live music, polka dancing, a “Long Dog Derby,” the World Championships of Stein Hoisting and, of course, a feast of Bavarian food and copious amounts of bier. Prost!
WHEN: Sept. 22–23, 2018
WHERE: 2612 Champa St.
Taste of Five Points highlights the historic neighborhood's unique culinary heritage. Nosh on dishes from local restaurants and bakeries, including Whittier Café, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, Genna Rae's Wings and More, The Humble Pie Store, The Rolling Pin Bakeshop, Purple Door Coffee, Curtis Park Delicatessen and Welton Street Café. Only $5 per plate!
WHEN: Sept. 29, 2018
WHERE: Old South Gaylord Street, between Mississippi and Tennessee avenues
Local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries step into the limelight during the Farm to Bottle Fall Festival, an all-day toast to harvest season. Combining the best qualities of farmers’ markets and brewfests into one big, block-long celebration, the festival, which is the ideal venue for donning some flannel and a cozy pair of boots, parades unlimited tastings of more than 40 local craft beers, spirits and wines, plus foodstuffs from Denver chefs. The fall fest also plays host to live music on a large stage and offers venues to shop for locally made crafts and clothing.
WHEN: Sept. 30, 2018
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
A celebration of Denver dining, one bite at a time, Feast, a culinary bash from Westword, Denver’s alt-weekly newspaper, provides guests with unlimited food samples from dozens of Denver restaurants, plus a slew of libations from stations pouring beer, tequila, whiskey and vodka. Live entertainment is part of the lineup, too.
WHEN: Oct. 7–11, 2018
WHERE: Multiple venues
Since 2008, Harvest Week has brought together local farmers, producers, independent restaurants, brewers and more to bring one-of-a-kind dining experience to Denver foodies for a five-day showcase of Denver food culture and Colorado-grown produce. Each event explores a different Colorado farm region and includes a six-course family-style dinner, signature cocktails, wine and craft beer.
WHEN: Oct. 13, 2018
WHERE: EXDO Event Center
Forego the snooze button and instead make a beeline to the boozy Bloody Mary Festival, a Saturday day brunch blowout featuring a three-hour marathon of unlimited bloody Mary samplings (the garnishes alone are worth the price of admission) from numerous restaurants, bars and local liquor companies around the city. A steady stream of hip shakin’ live music and sustenance from multiple food trucks keeps you on your feet.
WHEN: Nov. 1–3, 2018
WHERE: Denver Marriott Westminster
Explore wines from across the globe and right here are home at the Denver International Wine Festival. This annual tribute to vino was named one of “The Best Wine Festivals Across America” by Food & Wine Magazine.
WHEN: Nov. 19–21, 2018
WHERE: 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
Watch as 20 Colorado chefs face off by creating French-inspired dishes paired with this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine. The event will also feature a live performance by Imagination Arts Circus and a premier selection of wines, spirits and food from local restaurants.
THE GRAND COFFEE BAZAAR
WHERE: OZ Architecture Grounds
Brunch enthusiasts, bleary-eyed crowds that require a morning jolt of java and genuine fiends of the coffee bean flock to Denver’s outdoor Grand Coffee Bazaar, a caffeine-fueled, craft coffee festival that flaunts state-of-the-art roasters, coffee seminars and roaster-led cuppings, brunch bites that seesaw from doughnuts to breakfast burritos and, if you need a little hair of the dog, buzzy cocktails, coffee cider and coffee beer.
WHEN: Jan. 25–26, 2019
WHERE: Mile High Station
Raise a toast to holiday revelry at Winter Brew Fest, a spirited two-day soiree that uncorks a broad spectrum of seasonal beers from Colorado and beyond all under one roof. The mini beer fest is underscored by live local music and beer-appropriate food to soak up the suds.
DENVER [ONLY] BEER FESTIVUS
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
The Wings Over the Rockies is transformed into a beer-soaked wonderland at the Denver [Only] Beer Festivus, a quirky, holiday-timed craft beer festival that gets its name from a Seinfeld episode. The yuletide gathering features merriment and cheer, great beer from more than 50 local breweries, a jolly crowd, live music and hardcore dancing, and, if you’re a VIP ticket holder, early entry, food vouchers and the opportunity to participate in Feats of Strength, a Seinfeld tradition devoted to the airing of grievances. This is way better than your office party.