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Oktoberfest Celebrations, Food Festivals, and More

Spend your last weekend of summer right with these events.

Pour-it-yourself draft system at RiNo's First Draft is ready for Oktoberfest this weekend.
Pour-it-yourself draft system at RiNo's First Draft is ready for Oktoberfest this weekend.
Jessie Levine

UPTOWN – It's that time of year again for the annual Vine Street Uptown Block Party at the Vine Street Pub & Brewery. The street will be closed off to make space for live music, an outdoor cookout, Oktoberfest beer releases, and the not-to-be-missed hilarious brewer's olympics. The event is absolutely free and all proceeds from beer and food will benefit local charity, New Era Colorado. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 and goes throughout the night.

DOWNTOWN – At Sculpture Park in the Performing Arts Complex on Sunday, September 20, Westword will host its food event, DISH. The event runs from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and will showcase upwards of forty local restaurants. There will even be a section of the foodie event dubbed 'tacolandia,' an exhibit of Denver's street-style tacos. Beer and wine tastings will be included in the ticket price as well. For more information about DISH and to purchase tickets, visit the event's website.

CONGRESS PARK – The second location of Korean barbecue hot spot, Dae Gee #2, will host its one year anniversary party on location tonight at 9 p.m. The event will have drink specials flowing, DJ's spinning, and of course, the excellent Korean barbecue fare Dae Gee has become known for.

SUNNYSIDE – On Saturday, September 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will be hosting Zwanze Day 2015 at its barrel cellar. The event will be first-come first-served with cash only tickets at the door. The first 150 people to arrive will receive a pour of this year's Zwanze beer, a a wild Brussels stout from Cantillon. The next 150 people to arrive will receive a pour of a different Cantillon beer. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

RINO5280 Dines is back on Sunday, September 20 from 5 - 8 p.m. The event is the culmination of the local publication's '25 Best Restaurants' issue and as such will promote some of the most sought-after local chefs and include a pop-up, farm-style dinner complete with wine, cocktails, and live music. For further information and to buy tickets, see online.

DOWNTOWN – This Saturday, September 19 from 5 - 9 p.m., Celebrity Waiter 2015 will be held at Ocean Prime. The annual fundraiser and silent auction will certainly be an event to remember as it features local celebrities on the waitstaff. For more information and to make reservations, call 303.825-3663.

RINO – The pour-it-yourself tap house, First Draft, will be celebrating Oktoberfest this weekend by tapping over thirty Oktoberfest-style craft beers on the unique draft system. The kitchen at First Draft will be serving up some quintessential Oktoberfest treats like sausages and pretzels all weekend as well. For a detailed beer list, check out the event's Facebook page.

First Draft

1309 26th St, Denver, CO 80205


827 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80206 (720) 639-9986

Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar

1441 West 46th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 720-508-3292 Visit Website

Ocean Prime

1465 Larimer Street, , CO 80202 (303) 825-3663 Visit Website

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

1700 Vine Street, , CO 80206 (303) 388-2337 Visit Website