LODO— The official grand opening celebration of the newly renovated Union Station will be Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free street festival will feature food trucks, vendors, family activities and live music from Rachel and the Kings at 10:45 a.m., Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at 12:30 p.m. and the Railbenders at 2 p.m. An official opening ceremony is set for noon, and tickets will be issued for station building access between noon and 8 p.m. Time-stamped tickets are available online now for a $1 processing fee, allowing you to choose an entry time.
RINO— River North Brewery is set to release its first cocktail barrel-aged bottle on Saturday, July 26. Grand Unified Theory, an imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels, will debut at 1 p.m. in the River North taproom. Straight bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur give the beer a spicy citrus note to complement a robust wheat backbone. Both bottles and draft pours will be available at the release party. Bombers will cost $15 with a three-bottle limit. More information can be found at River North Brewery's website.
ENGLEWOOD— On Saturday, July 26 sample delicious craft brews at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza in Englewood, where there will be a free beer fest benefiting the Lupus Foundation of Colorado. Guests will get to taste the efforts from five different local beer companies and learn what brewers are up to this season. Please RSVP at 303.790.9000.
BALLPARK— Join the chefs at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts in Denver on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a lesson on preparing the perfect picnic meal. As part of this "Dining Al Fresco" course, students will learn how to safely package a meal for transport and how to create truly gourmet dishes to pack up and enjoy in the great outdoors. Enjoy the meal you helped to prepare along with drink pairings. The menu includes house-made baguettes and flatbread, duck liver mousse, seasonal fruit chutney, house-made mozzarella , goat cheese-coated grapes and herb-roasted nuts and olives. Pricing is $89; please visit the website for more details.
UPTOWN— Through October, Olive & Finch is hosting Mary Nguyen's Farm Dinner on the last Sunday of each month. This month, Olive & Finch is teaming up with Windsor Dairy Farms on Sunday, July 27. The cost is $35 per person for a four-course, family-style dinner. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 303.832.8663.
LONGMONT— Boulder County Farmers' Markets is launching a brand-new concept on Sunday, July 27 called "Farm-to-Neighborhood," focused on bringing neighbors together with fresh food and growers from their community. Boulder County Farmers' Markets will partner with local chefs and producers to bring healthy and affordable family-style meals to neighborhoods in Boulder County. The first Farm-to-Neighborhood dinner is set for Sunday evening in the Meadowview West neighborhood of Longmont. The chefs will prepare a family-style meal for up to 60 neighbors and community growers, with a menu centered on local beef, chicken and vegetables. Adult tickets cost $40 and children's are $15. For more information, call 303.910.2236.