Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby are both happening on the same day this week, and the Mile High City is throwing down in true fantastic fashion. Head over to Civic Center Park for the 31st annual Cinco de Mayo festival and afterward, hit up the Denver Central Market to check out the Kentucky Derby race. With all these great events this week, it’s set to be a fun time in Denver.

 

Monday, April 30

Canvas and Cocktails

Photo courtesy of Kyle Cooper

When: Monday, April 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Breckenridge Brewery— 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton

Cost: $40

The Lowdown: This Monday at Breckenridge Brewery get your paint on at Canvas and Cocktails. Brushes, paint and one free beer will be available upon purchasing your ticket. Get your ticket today.

Walker Can Tiki Punch Project

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Photo courtesy of Li’l Devils

When: Monday, April 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Li’l Devils — 255 S Broadway, Denver

Cost: $15

The Lowdown: Li’l Devils is having a “Spring Fling” interactive punch workshop to start off the week. Johnnie Walker and Captain Morgan specialists will assist you with recipes for the perfect spring punch. Admission will include a welcome cocktail, appetizers and all the ingredients to create your own punch. Make your reservations today by emailing [email protected]

 

Tuesday, May 1

Argentinian Wine Dinner

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Photo courtesy of Atticus Denver Facebook

When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Atticus Denver — 1135 E Evans Ave., Denver

Cost: $45

The Lowdown: Take your palate on a trip to Argentina at Atticus Denver this Monday. Offering a three-course meal paired with rich Argentinian wines, this is one pairing you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets today.

Cider & Cheese Pairing

Photo courtesy of Brittany Werges

When: Tuesday, May 1, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: Stem Ciders — 2811 Walnut St., Denver, Unit 150

Cost: $20

The Lowdown: Stem Ciders is teaming up with St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop this Tuesday to bring a cheese and cider pairing to RiNo. Head to Walnut Street to try some of Denver’s best cider and gourmet cheese. This time around, the featured kind of cheese is cheddar. Get there early while supplies last.

 

Wednesday, May 2

IMT (RiN0) + DAR Chocolate Pairing

Photo Courtesy of The Infinite Monkey Theorem on Facebook

When: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: The Infinite Monkey Theorem — 3200 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $30

The Lowdown: Two of the greatest pleasures in life are joining forces this Wednesday at Infinite Monkey Theorem’s chocolate and wine pairing. Expect savory chocolate spreads, crackers, cheese and mousse. Save yourself an extra $5 by getting early bird tickets here, or pay $35 at the door.

May Hoppy Yogis

Image courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Company.

When: Wednesday, May 2, 5:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Where: Great Divide Brewing Event Space — 3403 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Great Divide is releasing its new Heyday IPA this Wednesday at the May edition of Hoppy Yogis. Featuring live music, brews and a free yoga class, this event will hit almost all your senses. The first 100 people to show up get a free Heyday IPA so be sure to get there early.

 

Thursday, May 3

Wit(h) Passion Release Day

Photo Courtesy of Renegade Brewing Facebook.

When: Thursday, May 3, 1 – 10 p.m.

Where: Renegade Brewing Company — 925 W 9th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Renegade Brewing Company is releasing its Passion Fruit Belgian Style White Ale this Thursday. This citrusy ale is being released for the first time, so be sure to stop by and give it a try. Buy a pint and you’ll get to keep the glass.

Healing the Gut: Food Sensitivities & Allergies

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Photo courtesy of Apothecary Tinctura Facebook

When: Thursday, May 3, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Apothecary Tinctura — 2900 E 6th Ave., Denver

Cost: $25

The Lowdown: Living with a food allergy can be a struggle, so that’s why Apothecary Tinctura is hosting a class for food sensitivities and allergies. This class will cover allergies to gluten, dairy, and corn, as well as covering healthful eating in general. Get your tickets today.

 

Friday, May 4

First Friday Tall Tales

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Photo courtesy of Bear Creek Distillery on Facebook

When: Friday, May 4, 5 – 8 p.m.

Where: Ink Lounge — 29 S Fox St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Real Dill Distillery is teaming up with Bear Creek Distillery for First Friday Tall Tales. At this event, distillers will be combining their products for the finest Bloody Mary in Colorado. Be sure to stop by and try this majestic morning drink.

 

Saturday, May 5

Kentucky Derby Party: Cinco de Derby

Photo courtesy of Brittany Werges

When: Saturday, May 5, 12 – 5 p.m.

Where: Julep Restaurant Denver — 3258 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $55

The Lowdown: Julep Restaurant is celebrating Cinco de Mayo and screening the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Featuring signature cocktails, a whole pig roast and special appetizers, this is the place to be if you want to catch a little of both occasions. Julep is all about honoring the history of Southern culinary treats, while still using local ingredients. Get your tickets today.

Derby de Mayo

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When: Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Declaration Brewing — 2030 S Cherokee St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Head over to Declaration Brewing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Saturday. Bring your best hat for the sombrero contest and try one of Declaration’s special brews. There is no cover charge for this event so be sure to stop by and celebrate the holiday.

Avanti’s Derby Day Celebration with Woodford Reserve

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When: Saturday, May 5, 12 – 5 p.m.

Where: Avanti F&B — 3200 Pecos St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Avanti is having its annual Woodford Reserve celebration this Saturday. Showcasing the races, prizes for the best hat and a photo booth to remember the night, this is sure to be a party to celebrate all things Derby-related. 

Derby Day with Denver Union Station

Photo courtesy of Union Station via Facebook

When: Saturday, May 5, 12 – 5 p.m.

Where: Denver’s Union Station — 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Bulleit Whiskey and Ketel One are partnering up to throw the most extravagant Kentucky Derby party in Denver. There will be a $250 prize for the best-dressed couple — so grab your lover, your best friend or just someone else who likes costumes, and dress in your finest clothes. Viewing the Derby at this party will give you more than just a horse race to watch.

Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival

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Photo Courtesy of Denver’s Civic Center Park Facebook

When: Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park — Colfax and Bannock St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Denver is throwing its 31st annual Cinco de Mayo culture festival this Saturday. Featuring chihuahua races, a taco eating contest and live music this is not an event you’ll want to miss. 

Cinco De Mayo at Kachina

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When: Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Kachina Cantina — 1890 Wazee St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Kachina Cantina is having a Cinco de Mayo celebration this Saturday. There will be special tequilas, live music and discounts on food and drinks all day long. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Casa Hogar Alegría, to aid at-risk, young women in Guadalajara.

Curio’s Derby Party

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When: Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: The Denver Central Market — 2669 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $40

The Lowdown: Head to Curio at The Denver Central Market for its Kentucky Derby screening on Saturday night. With a pig roast, a shrimp boil and discounts on food and drinks, this will be a great way to watch this year’s Derby. 

 

Sunday, May 6

Bad Boy Brunch

Photo courtesy of Monkey Barrel Bar on Facebook

When: Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Monkey Barrel  Bar— 4401 Tejon St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Head over to the Makey Barrel Bar this Sunday for a blast to the past with the Bad Boy Brunch. With $4 mimosas, $3 beers and $5 Bloody Mary’s, this will be the perfect place to nurse your post-Cinco de Mayo hangover.

Brunch for the Masses: The Depeche Mode Brunch

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Photo courtesy of Ophelia’s on Facebook

When: Sunday, May 6, 10:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Ophelia’s — 1215 20th St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ophelia’s will be throwing a Depeche Mode brunch this Sunday. Featuring live DJs spinning the finest collection of Depeche Mode tracks, this brunch will get you moving for the rest of the day. These events fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservations today.

 

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