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Denver is packed with food and drink festivals year-round. From culinary delights to original microbrews, there's always something to look forward to.

WINTER FESTIVALS

DENVER [ONLY] BEER FESTIVUS
WHEN: Dec. 17, 2017 
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 annual 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. 

WINTER BREW FEST
WHEN: Jan. 26-27, 2018
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 annual mini beer is underscored by live local music and beer-appropriate food to soak up the suds. 

SPRING FESTIVALS

COLLABORATION FEST
WHEN: March 31, 2018
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center
Kinship—not competition—is the keynote theme of Collaboration Fest, a celebration of Colorado’s craft beer scene that combines creativity and comradery. The annual toast to teamwork, hosted by Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild, boasts more than 100 experimental beers, all of which create major buzz. 

CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL
WHEN: May 5-6, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Cinco de Mayo, Denver’s yearly tradition celebrating Mexican culture, begins with a parade of lowriders, floats and costumed dancers winding their way through downtown—and from there, it only gets better. Make your way through the maze of food-and-drink vendors dispensing green chile, tortas, street tacos, chile-infused jams, margaritas and tequila shots, and if you’ve got the guts, sign yourself up for the taco-eating competition. 

COLORADO CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
WHEN: May 12-13, 2018
WHERE: Denver Merchandise Mart
You don’t need a coveted golden ticket to attend the Colorado Chocolate Festival, Denver’s equivalent of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The massive Mart has room for just about everyone, and you can bounce from booth to booth to taste every kind of chocolate imaginable, from dark and milky to gooey and nutty. Along with chocolate tastings, there are speakers, cooking demos, wine tastings, contests and live music. 

FIVE POINTS FOOD WINE AND JAZZ
WHEN: May 19, 2018
WHERE: Redline Contemporary Art Gallery
The free, family-friendly Five Points Wine and Jazz celebration pays homage to the fabled past and vibrant future of historic Five Points neighborhood with a kick-off parade, live music from more than 40 jazz artists across multiple stages and venues and libations and foodstuffs from the diverse restaurants on—and around—culture-rich Welton Street. 

BACON AND BEER CLASSIC
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Party on the turf at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and get your fill of bottomless bacon and craft beer at the annual Bacon and Beer Classic, a spirited hops-and-hogs soiree that features 100 beers from regional breweries and dozens of bacon-intensive dishes from local chefs. A bacon-eating showdown, giant Jenga and a bungee run are part of the shenanigans, too. 

COCHON555 HERITAGE BBQ
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: The Curtis Hotel
There’s no food blowout in the country more devoted to the almighty pig than Cochon555, a whole-hog feast that involves five Colorado chefs tasked with creating no fewer than 30 dishes utilizing snout-to-tail cuts of heritage breed pigs. But there’s more to the event than just pigging out—butchery demonstrations, a cocktail competition, cheese displays and multiple bars pouring potent cocktails favoring whiskey and bourbon. The winner of the Denver Heritage Barbecue tug-of-war is ultimately crowned the “Barbecue Prince” and competes later this year at the Grand Cochon. Bonus: A portion of the event proceeds are donated to Piggy Bank, a foundation that doubles as a genetic sanctuary for heritage breed pigs and business plan database for family farmers.

SUMMER FESTIVALS

TOP TACO
WHEN: June 21, 2018
WHERE: River North Festival Grounds
Billed as Denver’s largest taco and margarita showdown, TOP TACO, a culinary extravaganza of epic proportions, showboats unlimited taco tastes and tequila cocktails from Denver’s top restaurants and bars. Along with a people’s choice pick, a panel of judges awards the distinction of “TOP TACO DENVER” in three categories: traditional, creative and vegetarian. In addition to general admission tickets, VIP passes, including access to exclusive tequila tastings, a swanky lounge and foodstuffs from the city’s best chefs, are available (and worth it).  

DENVER SUMMER BREW FEST
WHEN: July 27-28, 2018
WHERE: Mile High Station
The Denver Summer Brew Fest, a warm-weather tradition, marks its return to Mile High Station with limitless tastings of more than 50 craft beers and ciders, coupled with eats from local food trucks and live music headlined by local bands. The rollicking event, which includes a VIP experience that allows for early admission and an exclusive beer and cheese pairing, benefits the Swallow Hill Music Association, a nonprofit that fosters community through local music. 

DENVER BURGER BATTLE
WHEN: Aug. 2, 2018
WHERE: Tivoli Quad Park
If you’re a burger zealot, then this festival is for you. The Denver Burger Battle, a beefy combat among more than dozen Denver restaurants, all of which vie for top burger honors in a spirited showdown, returns to Tivoli Quad Park for this year’s brawl. In addition to burgers, the super-popular outdoor event includes drinks from local breweries, distilleries and winemakers, along with live music and innovative desserts…designed to mimic burgers. Good food, good cause: 100 percent of the proceeds benefit local charities.

A TASTE OF COLORADO
WHEN: Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Colorado cuisine reigns supreme at the A Taste of Colorado, an annual family-friendly festival that unleashes everything from baby back ribs and medieval-size turkey legs to corn on the cob and fiery green chile. Feast on those and more while you jive to live bands spread across multiple stages, take part in arts and craft activities and peruse the wares at more than 275 marketplace booths. 

CHERRY CREEK NORTH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Fillmore Plaza
Nearly 20 competing restaurants representing the Cherry Creek North neighborhood participate in the Cherry Creek North Food & Wine Festival, a spirited spree that showcases eateries battling it out for best dish, best table display and best dessert. The annual event, which unfolds under a tent on the pedestrian precinct that’s Fillmore Plaza, features small plates, plus cocktails, wine, craft beer and live music. 

DENVER GREEK FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE The Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Eat and drink like a Greek at the Denver Greek Festival, one of the city’s longest-running summer events. More than 25 Greek dishes, plus wine, ouzo and beer, are included in the nominal ticket price (just $3), which also includes cooking demonstrations and a Friday afternoon wine-and-beer happy hour. In between noshing and sipping, check out the Greek Boutique, a parade of vendors displaying Greek crafts, jewelry, clothing and art. 

THE BIG EAT
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Now in its seventh year, The Big Eat, which celebrates Denver’s most notable independent restaurants, chefs and hospitality heavyweights, is one of the Mile High City’s must-do food-and-drink events of the year. Guests can nosh on small bites and sip liquid libations from more than 65 local restaurants and bars, all conveniently organized by their neighborhood locale, while hobnobbing with the city’s culinary cognoscenti.  

SLOW FOOD NATIONS
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Multiple venues across Denver
The three-day Slow Food Nations festival—the largest academically focused culinary event in the city—returns to Denver for its second year, complete with thought-provoking debates, food-and-drink events hosted by local and nationally celebrated chefs, along with panel discussions with farmers, ranchers, policy makers, tortilla masters, fishermen, authors, educators and activists, all in an effort to unearth ways to create a better global food system that’s sustainable, collaborative and equitable. The celebration features both ticketed and free events, and while the focus of the festival concentrates on agricultural sustainability and food justice, there’s no shortage of feasting opportunities.  

BREWS & BITES
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion
Brews & Bites, which unfolds at the stately Governor’s Residence, features numberless sips of craft beer from members of the Colorado Brewers Guild, a non-profit comprised of local craft breweries, plus eats from more than a dozen of Denver’s top restaurants. Guests are also encouraged to dance to live music and tour the mansion and residence grounds. All proceeds benefit the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. 

WINGS & WHISKEY
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Ace Eat Serve
If you’re obsessed with chicken wings and whiskey (who isn’t?), then Wings and Whiskey, a throw down that pits local chefs against one another in a fierce battle that results in the naming of the ultimate chicken wing king, is your muse. In addition to the chicken wing competition, there’s a wing-eating contest for the public, table tennis, live music on the patio and potent whiskey cocktails.  

SAVE THE ALES BEER FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Mile High Station
Billed as a beer bonanza with a higher purpose, the Save the Ales Beer Festival, which ballyhoos more than 50 craft beers and beer-appropriate food from local vendors, enables Conservation Colorado, a local nonprofit, to raise funds to protect, conserve and ensure a future with plenty of clean water for all Coloradans. Because, well, no water means no beer! 

CHEF & BREW
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: EXDO Event Center
Chef & Brew, Denver’s wildly popular beer-and-food-pairing festival, is both a competition and a collaboration. Colorado’s top chefs, who team up with local craft brewers to create the ultimate beer-and-food pairing, treat guests to small bites inspired by their brewing partner, and each brewery pours two beers to complement the food. The ticket price includes unlimited samples of all the dishes and beers, and festivalgoers cast their vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award, while a panel of judges determines the overall winning duo. 

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Sloan’s Lake Park
Billed as the largest Dragon Boat Festival in the country, this annual Sloan’s Lake Park event draws thousands of spectators who watch opulently decorated Chinese dragon boats sail across the lake in a competition to the finish line. But while the boats are the primary draw, the festival is also an Asian cuisine utopia, with more than 25 food, drink and dessert vendors strewn across two outdoor “Taste of Asia” food courts. There’s also a beer garden, a huge Asian Marketplace with artisan gifts, and more than 100 music and art performances unfolding on five stages. 

FALL FESTIVALS

DENVER BEER FEST
WHEN: Sept. 11–22, 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. 

GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®
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.  

OKTOBERFEST DENVER
WHEN: Sept. 21–22 and 28-29, 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!

FARM TO BOTTLE FALL FESTIVAL
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.

BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: EXDO Event Center
Forego the snooze button and instead make a beeline to the boozy Bloody Mark Festival, a Sunday funday 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. 

DENVER FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Multiple venues across Denver
The annual Denver Food + Wine Festival, a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits events, parades cooking demonstrations, celebrity bartenders competing for Denver’s “best cocktail” award, educational wine seminars, curated dinners, a culinary cinema series and a grand tasting strutting more than 700 different wines, spirits and cocktails, plus bites from more than 40 local restaurants.  

FEAST
WHEN: TBA
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.

WHISKYX EXPERIENCE
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
WhiskyX, an interactive experience that swaggers a staggering number of whisky tastings, coupled with signature dishes from a star-studded lineup of food trucks and Denver kitchen magicians, takes center stage at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, giving whiskey aficionados the chance to sip and sample more than 60 whiskey brands (many of them rare), groove to live music, attend barrel-making demonstrations and indulge in whiskey-infused ice cream and chocolate. 

WHAT THE FUNK!? INVITATIONAL
WHEN: TBA
WHERE: The Studios at Overland Crossing
What the Funk!? Invitational is a jubilation of limited release, barrel-aged beers that zigzag from boozy and strong to wild, sour and funky. Sponsored by Denver-based brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, the geeky beer festival highlights artisan breweries from across the United States and around the world, all of which are renowned for making excellent barrel-aged libations. All proceeds from the festival benefit Water For People, an international nonprofit organization working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to four million people.

TASTE OF THE BRONCOS
WHEN: TBA
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.  

THE GRAND COFFEE BAZAAR
WHEN: TBA
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.