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A Grilled Cheese Festival Comes to Town

Plus, holiday markets, Boulder restaurant week, and more November food and drink events

Fifteen Denver restaurants are competing for best grilled cheese on November 14 at Mile High Station
Grilled Cheese Fest/Facebook

November means the start of holiday bazaars, winter warmer beer tappings, Drinksgiving, and endless excuses to dress up and dance with a cocktail in hand. Here, 10 spirited and beer-doused events from a grilled cheese competition to RiNo prom. Cheers.

First Bite Boulder

When: November 9 through 17

Where: At more than 50 participating restaurants throughout Boulder county

What: During the annual First Bite, Boulder’s top restaurants offer $34 three-course menus in honor of the city’s celebrated food scene. This year’s featured restaurants include Chimera, Jill’s, and Wild Standard.

Additional Information: Visit the First Bite website for menus and information.

Dream of the ‘90s After Party

When: From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on November 9

Where: Zeppelin Station

What: Fashion week attendees and the like can stop by for an after party at Big Trouble bar, where DJ Ginger Perry will be spinning and nineties attire will be encouraged.

Additional Information: Details on the event page.

RiNo Prom

When: November 10 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Where: B-Spot Gallery

What: Imagine a high school prom — with (legal) booze! Tickets to the no-chaperone event include access to an open bar and the dance partner of your dreams.

Additional Information: Proceeds benefit Minds of Matter. Tickets start at $65; details are on the event page.

Long I Pie + Ratio Beer Pairing

When: November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks

What: Beer lovers can preview their Thanksgiving dessert and drink courses at the RiNo brewery, thanks to Long I Pie. Pairings include a honeyflower pie with the King of Carrot Flowers saison and a chocolate pumpkin pie with Hold Steady chocolate Scotch ale.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $20.

Yum — a s’mores pie from Long I Pie Shop
Long I Pie/Facebook

Grilled Cheese Fest

When: November 14 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Mile High Station

What: Cheese lovers can delve into unlimited samples of gooey sandwich bites, craft cocktails, and beer while fifteen Denver restaurants compete for the title of best grilled cheese. The VIP experience includes specialty pairings and cocktails. This event also features a silent auction to benefit the Imagination Library of Denver.

Additional Information: Tickets start at $55.

Day of Darks

When: November 17 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Where: Wynkoop Brewing Co.

What: The annual dark beer festival brings together Colorado breweries like Avery and Great Divide to showcase their darkest beers. Activities include a build-your-own mustache station and contest.

Additional Information: Early bird tickets cost $30.

Jefferson Square Holiday Affair

When: November 17 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: Sarto’s Social Italian Eatery & Pantry

What: Sarto’s revives the popular market in anticipation of the holiday season this month. The community event overtakes West 25th Avenue and Eliot Street with local vendors, live music, hot drinks, beer, and food trucks.

Additional Information: For more details, visit Sarto’s Facebook page.

12 Days of Flea

When: Four weekends, starting November 23-25, and November 30 - December 2

Where: Union Station

What: The extended holiday flea market includes four weekends of festive shopping at the plaza at Union Station. Shoppers can sip on beer or cocktails as they explore dozens of local craftsmen and food trucks.

Additional Details: Tickets start at $5. For details, visit the Denver Flea website and Facebook page.

Day of Dark Beers & Cosmic Beer Party

When: November 23 from 11 a.m to 11 p.m.

Where: WestFax Brewing Company

What: Ditch Black Friday for a day of new dark beers. Westfax plans to tap seven new styles before an “interstellar” party starting at 6 p.m.

Additional Information: Check out the event page for details.

Stapleton Holiday Bazaar

When: November 29 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Where: The Shops at Northfield Stapleton

What: The annual holiday market pops up for one day only in Stapleton this year, before the Bazaar debuts in RiNo at the beginning of December. More than 45 vendors are anticipated at the event. Guests can also enjoy beer, wine, and cider tastings throughout.

Additional Information: General admission tickets are free. Visit the event website for more details.

The Shops At Northfield Stapleton

8300 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238 (303) 375-5475 Visit Website

Mile High Station

2027 Old West Colfax Avenue, , CO 80204 (720) 946-7721 Visit Website

Westfax Brewing

6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214 (303) 233-3742 Visit Website

Wynkoop Brewing Company

1634 18th Street, , CO 80202 (303) 297-2700 Visit Website

Zeppelin Station

3501 Wazee Street, , CO 80216 (720) 460-1978 Visit Website

Ratio Beerworks

2920 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 997-8288 Visit Website

Denver Union Station

1701 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (303) 592-6712 Visit Website