- Keystone's Bluegrass and Beer Festival
When: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 1 - 5 p.m.
Where: River Run Village, 195 River Run Road, Keystone
What: The 19th annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival will showcase over thirty different breweries. Guests can participate in a social media contest to vote in the battle of the brews while boogying to the bluegrass stylings of fourteen bands. Bluegrass workshops will also be offered for those wanting to learn from some of the best musicians in the country.
More info, tickets, reservations: Ticket prices vary and can be purchased online.Governor's Cup Wine Tasting
When: Saturday, August 1, 7 p.m. for VIP entry, 7:30 for public entry
Where: The History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway Street, Denver
What: The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board is inviting the public to taste the 16 winners of this year’s 2015 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. Guests will get the opportunity to taste all of the winners while nibbling on small plate pairings that feature locally sourced ingredients from noteworthy Colorado chefs.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $60 for History Colorado Members and $75 for the general public and can be purchased online.
Films, Chefs, and Glorious Song
When: Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: Agora at Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder
What: The Flatirons Food Film Festival will host a new benefit event to bring at least one of the filmmakers to the festival in October. Short food-oriented films will be paired with small plates from celebrated Boulder chefs and live performances from Opera on Tap Colorado.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $55 when purchased in advance online, or $60 at the door.
Pizzeria Locale Boulder Takeover with Katie Parla
When: Tuesday, August 4, all night long
Where: Pizzeria Locale Boulder: 1730 Pearl Street, Boulder
What: With a degree in Art History from Yale, a Master's Degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from Università Degli Studi di Roma, "Tor Vergata," a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori, and an archeological speleology certification from the city of Rome, Katie is a walking encyclopedia of all things food and beverage in Rome. The Pizzeria Locale Boulder crew has worked with Katie to curate a delicious lineup of Roman-inspired street food to be showcased for one evening only, alongside a hard-to-come-by flight of Italian craft beers.
More info, tickets, reservations: $25 for Roman-inspired street food menu, optional Italian craft beer flight for $38. To make a reservation, call 303.442.3003.
National Oyster Day at Jax Fish House
When: Wednesday, August 5, 4 p.m. - close
Where: All Jax Fish House locations
What: Jax Fish House will celebrate National Oyster Day by dishing out 100 free rounds of a half dozen oysters starting at 4 p.m. on a first come basis. Guests will also get the chance to try Jax's rotating selection of oysters from across the country, as well as celebrated recipes and Jax favorites like: Rockefeller, buffalo fried, mornay baked, and dynamite Oysters, depending on the location. Happy hour runs from 4 – 6 p.m. at all Jax restaurants and includes signature cocktails, beer and wine specials, and delicious bites.
More info, tickets, reservations: See online for details.
Clips Beer & Film Tour – Colorado Springs Stop
When: Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. doors, films start at 9 p.m.
Where: America The Beautiful Park: 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs
What: New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is on the road and will make its tenth stop of the year in Colorado Springs. Each stop includes some of New Belgium’s most esoteric beers, film showings, local food trucks, and lots of dogs, as they are encouraged to attend. Proceeds benefit UpaDowna and Medicine Wheel Travel Advocates.
More info, tickets, reservations: Admission is free.
One Year Anniversary Celebration at The Nickel
When: Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 5 - 11 p.m.
Where: The Nickel: 1100 14th Street, Denver
What: Hotel Teatro’s signature restaurant, The Nickel, invites locals and visitors alike to toast to the occasion with a festive prix fixe menu priced at $50 with cocktail pairings on August 7 and 8. The innovative three-course menu curated by chef Chris Thompson will feature fresh and unique dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. Diners are encouraged to use the code phrase "Happy Birthday" and the first select cocktail is on the house.
More info, tickets, reservations: Additional info about the event can be found online.
When: Friday, August 7 - 8 (Fort Collins & Boulder) Friday, August 14 - 16 (Colorado Springs & Denver)
Where: Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver
What: Calling all coffee lovers and caffeine addicts! The Caffeine Crawl will stop in four Colorado destinations and include lots of hip and cozy coffee shops that are selected to showcase coffee, tea and chocolate.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets can be purchased online by route and range from $17-$20.
Blackbelly Farm Dinner
When: Wednesday, August 12, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Lyons Farmette: 4121 Ute Highway, Lyons
What: Blackbelly will host an unforgettable night on the gorgeous creekside lawn of The Lyons Farmette for a seasonal, multi-course dinner prepared by chef Hosea Rosenberg and the Blackbelly culinary team. The dinner is also a benefit for the Boulder County Arts Alliance, which will be selling wine and beer at the dinner.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $120 per person and can found, along with more information, online.
Chefs for Vets
When: Thursday, August 13, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Solera Restaurant: 5410 Colfax Avenue, Denver
What: Chef Goose Sorensen and five other top Denver chefs will come together to create an event to support Project Healing Water and provide rehabilitation to our disabled veterans. Together they will create appetizers and tapas to accompany award-winning wines. 100% of the proceeds will go to support Project Healthy Waters Fly Fishing, dedicated to the whole body and mind rehabilitation of disabled active military service and personal and disabled veterans.
More info, tickets, reservations: Cost is $100 per person, to make a reservation call 303.388.8429.
Corks and Forks
When: Thursday, August 20
Where: Rooftop Terrace and Marketplace at DaVita: 2000 16th Street, Denver
What: Lovers of gourmet food and fine wines are invited to congregate at the 9th Annual Corks and Forks on Thursday, August 20. The event, presented by Seattle Fish Company, will allow guests to participate in an exciting wine grab and a silent auction including concert tickets, hotel and spa packages, original artwork and more. There will be a live band and cuisine prepared by local chefs, with all benefits going towards the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $85 per couple, $50 per person, and $700 for the VIP table.
Mountain Town Music Festival
When: Friday, August 21, 3 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 22, 1:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: River Run Village, 195 River Run Road, Keystone
What: This festival will celebrate all that is fresh and sweet while providing some equally sweet free tunes on the River Run stage. Local food and good vendors will line the streets, offering everything from fresh, local melons to handmade goods, jewelry, and art. A signature fireworks show on Friday night will light up the village.
More info, tickets, reservations: $1 a-la-carte tickets will be offered to redeem at tasting tents.
Late Night Date Night at DiFranco’s
When: Thursday, August 20, 8 p.m.
Where: DiFranco’s: 955 N Lincoln St Unit D, Denver
What: DiFranco’s is starting a new tradition of a monthly Late Night Date Night dinner special and live music. For $60, any duo can get two entrees, two salads, two cannolis, and a bottle of wine in addition to a live performance. This month’s show will feature Oaklea Rowe singing live opera at the restaurant.
More info, tickets, reservations: To make a reservation, call 720.253.1244.
Frasca Wine Guest Chef Dinner with Marc Vetri
When: Wednesday, August 26, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Frasca Food and Wine: 1738 Pearl Street, Boulder
What: Good friend of Frasca, award-winning chef Marc Vetri, is returning to Boulder for another Guest Chef event in August. The menu will highlight inspired dishes from his new "Mastering Pasta" cookbook. Marc is the chef/founder of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed Vetri Family of Restaurants. In addition to his storied career in the kitchen, Marc is also the driving force behind the Vetri Foundation for Children, a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living.
More info, tickets, reservations: $155 per person (includes menu, wine flight and signed copy of Mastering Pasta). Call 303.442.6966 to make a reservation.