As we inch closer to Halloween, it’s clear to see that Denver’s not interested in taking any breaks from food and drink events. From National Pasta Day celebrations to a Bloody Mary festival, the city is packed with things to eat and drink all week long. So, if you’re looking to take a break from your cozy couch this week, here are a few of our favorite events going down.

Monday, October 16

Keep the Glass Monday

When: Monday, October 16, 4 – 10 p.m.

Where: Stem Ciders — 2811 Walnut  St., Denver

Cost: $10-15

The Lowdown: Have a cool glassware collection that you want to grow? Add some Stem Ciders swag to the bunch. For $10 you get two pours of cider and take the glass with you when you leave. Or, for $15 you can get two pours of cider and a stainless steel cider cup. Get there early — when supplies run out, they’re out.

Tuesday, October 17

National Pasta Day at Dio Mio (Spaghetti Social)

Photo courtesy of Dio Mio.

When: Tuesday, October 17,  4 – 9 p.m.

Where: Dio Mio — 3264 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $20

The Lowdown: Dio Mio is celebrating National Pasta Day by hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, which includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad and garlic bread. Though it’s not a ticketed event, get there early — it’s first come, first serve.

Rare Vega Sicilia Wine Dinner with Pabla Alverez

Photo by Danielle Webster

When: Tuesday, October 17, 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: El Five Denver — 2930 Umatilla St., Denver

Cost: tickets starting at $375

The Lowdown: Join Spanish winemaker Pablo Alvarez, owner of the prestigious Vega Sicilia, for a five-course dinner at Justin Cucci’s El Five. The dinner features Spanish-inspired dishes, such as a fall vegetable paella, paired perfectly with Vega Sicilia wines selected by Alvarez.

Fess Parker Wine Night

Photo courtesy of Fess Parker Winery

When: Tuesday, October 17, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Vinue Food and Wine Bar — 2817 E 3rd ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Love Fess Parker wines? Head to Vinue Food and Wine Bar on Tuesday to taste the family wines of actor Fess Parker, the original Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett. His movies will play throughout the night along with some tasty treats to enjoy. Drink specials span the evening, so don’t miss out on wine and move night.

Stoney’s Pumpkin Carving and Beer Festival

Photo courtesy of Stoney’s

When: Tuesday, October 17, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: Stoney’s Bar and Grill — 1111 Lincoln St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Halloween is approaching, and if your porch is missing a Jack-o’-lantern, get down to Stoney’s Bar and Grill. Not only is there pumpkin carving, but plenty of pumpkin beer to sip on while carving. The first 200 people to make a reservation get a pumpkin to carve for $2. Call 303-830-6839 to book your reservation.

Wednesday, October 18

17th Annual Taste of Greenwood Village

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When: Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Denver Marriott Tech Center — 4900 S Syracuse St., Denver

Cost: Tickets start at $75 – Details here

The Lowdown: The Taste of Greenwood Village returns, showcasing wine, craft beers and local spirits paired with bites from Del Frisco’s, Ocean Prime, Jing, and more than 50 other favorites. The event is presented by Stevenson Imports and benefits Cherry Creek Schools Foundation.

Casamigos Tequila Denver

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When: Wednesday, October 18, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: Matador Restaurant  — 3496 W. 32nd Ave., Denver

Cost: $60 per person

The Lowdown: The Denver Matador hosts a tequila dinner, where the team pairs Casamigos tequilas with Mexican-inspired dishes. Make your reservation by phone to secure a spot, or show up on Wednesday and see if you can snag a table.

Thursday, October 19

If You Give a Beer a Cookie: Beer and Cookie Pairing

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When: Thursday, October 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Great Divide Barrel Bar — 1812 35th St., Denver

Cost: $12

The Lowdown: What happens when you give a beer a cookie? Find out at the Great Divide Barrel Bar for a collaboration between Gthe brewery and Good Sugar Baking. Get four cookies paired with four beers for $12, and enjoy the indulgence as a portion of the pairings goes to a nonprofit organization.

Laws 4 Grain Whiskey Dinner

Photo by Roman Tafoya.

When: Thursday, October 19, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Blackbird Denver —305 S. Downing St., Denver

Cost: $65 — tickets here

The Lowdown: Blackbird Denver hosts a four-course whiskey dinner with Laws Whiskey House. Enjoy cocktails showcasing the Denver-based distillery paired with dishes such as a tasso-spiced duck breast with parsnip puree, cranberry mostarda and crispy duck skins.

 DiFranco’s Fall Tasting Party

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When: Thursday, October 19, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: DiFranco’s – 955 Lincoln St., Denver

Cost: $28

The Lowdown: Join DiFranco’s for a taste of the forthcoming fall menu. The party includes four courses for $28 and a look at what pasta dishes you can enjoy for the season. Call 720-253-1244 for a reservation.

Santa Fe Cookie Co. Grand Opening

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When: Thursday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Where: Santa Fe Cookie Company — 303 16th St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Santa Fe Cookie Company is reopening in a new location, and you’re invited. Enjoy free cookies and new cookie flavors to celebrate the occasion.

Friday, October 20

Pumpkin Spice Ale Release at Bruz Beers

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When: Friday, October 20, 3 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Bruz Beers – 1675 W. 67th Ave., Denver

Cost: $5

The Lowdown: Bruz Beers releases its Pumpkin Spice Ale — a rich brown ale, layered Saigon and Indonesian cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace, allspice and cloves. A 12-ounce pour is just $5 a glass. Beer lovers and fall revelers can rejoice as the two integrate harmoniously at Bruz.


2017 Oscar Winning Cheese (+wine)

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When: Friday, October 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Cheese+Provisions — 2432 W. 44th Ave., Denver

Cost: $50 – Tickets here

The Lowdown: If you’re a cheese fanatic, don’t miss out on the American Cheese Society’s Cheese Oscars. The cheese paring class brings forth some of this year’s award-winning American cheeses and pairing them with wine in honor of American Artisan Cheese Appreciation Month.

A Feast for the Souls

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When: Friday, October 20, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens — 1077 York St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a delicious day cooking class with Lola’s Cocina while learning about the tradition of building an altar for loved ones who have passed on and how to celebrate them. Register online and get ready to cook some of the traditional foods that celebrate Dia de Los Muertos.

Saturday, October 21

A Recipe for Change

When: Saturday, October 21, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: The Co-Op at 1st – 5045 W. 1st Ave., Denver

Cost: Free Admission

The Lowdown: The Co-Op at 1st is hosting a dine-around to honor Slow Food efforts made by UpRoot Colorado and Jovial Concepts. They will use local produce and harvests from neighborhood gardens to prepare the feast. The dinner is an effort to spark conversations and a community around growing more wholesome food.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Chili Cook-off

Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Station

When: Saturday, October 21, 2 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Sunnyside Station — 4047 Tejon St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Join the Sunnyside neighborhood at Sunnyside Station as they host a chili cook-off. Enjoy live music from Lovelorn Regal, activities for the kids, beer on tap and a lot of chili. There will also be a competition that has five categories to taste and prizes will be awarded to the best of each category.

Crooked Cannon at Zuni Street Brewing Company

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When: Saturday, October 21, 2 – 5 p.m.

Where: Zuni Street Brewing Company — 2355 W 29th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Head to Zuni Street Brewing Company to enjoy the sounds of Crooked Cannon and drink some microbrews. The event is free and kid-friendly.

Brewability Lab 1 Year Anniversary

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When: Saturday, October 21, 2 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Brewability Lab — 12445 E. 39th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free Admission

The Lowdown: If you weren’t able to make it to Brewability Lab’s opening day, don’t worry — the team is celebrating one year and it’s predicted to be even better than the opening. Live music, good beer, food trucks, sword fighters and even fire dancers are onsite to celebrate the anniversary.

Retail Saturday at The Grateful Bread

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Grateful Bread. Photo by Candace Peterson.

When: Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Grateful Bread Company — 425 Violet St., Golden

Cost: $15 – $45 — tickets here

The Lowdown: Grateful Bread Company is finally back. After a temporary closure, the Golden bakery reopens and you’re invited to come out on Saturday for their open retail day.


Sunday, October 22

Bloody Mary Festival

Photo by Camille Breslin

When: Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Where: EXDO Event Center — 1399 35th St., Denver

Cost: $45 – $65 – tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bloody Mary Festival is here, bringing the best and craftiest Bloody Mary’s from LoDo to Boulder. Sip on the spicy and savory cocktail accompanied by food trucks, live music and local food and drink samples.

2017 Denver Coffeeneuring Challenge

Photo courtesy of SloHi Coffee + Bike

When: Sunday, October 22 – November 19, 10 a.m. 

Where: SloHi Coffee + Bike — 4436 W. 29th Ave., Unit 150, Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: If you love coffee, being outdoors and riding your bike, then do not miss out on this event. Every Sunday at 10 a.m., riders leave from SloHi Coffee and Bike and ride to a new coffee spot. Seven different bike rides head to seven deferent coffee shops. Don’t forget to tag #SLOHIBIKE in your social media posts to win something special.

5280 Dines

When: Sunday, October 22, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Backyard on Blake — 3040 Blake St., Denver

Cost: $75 – Tickets here

The Lowdown: Celebrate 5280 Magazine‘s 25 Best Restaurant list. Enjoy small plates and cocktails from the Mile High City’s best restaurants and bars. Proceeds benefit Mile High United Way Women United Initiative.

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Beethoven & Brews at Ratio Beerworks 

When: October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks — 2920 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $40