Things to Do

The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Get this bad boy for just $1.25 on Saturday.
Get this bad boy for just $1.25 on Saturday. Santiago's Mexican Restaurants
Pick your pumpkin, scarf your Santiago's and race for Rosenberg's this weekend: Here are six savory events from Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13. Then keep reading for a pair of parties you won't want to miss later in the month.

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Pose with pumpkins and pick your own at Chatfield Farms.
Linnea Covington
Friday, October 11
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the costumes are getting skimpier — Halloween is almost here! Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, is embracing the season with the opening of its Pumpkin Festival on Friday, October 11, at 9 a.m. The family favorite includes perusal of the ten-acre pumpkin patch (purchase your perfect gourd for an additional cost); pony rides; face painting; and a miniature corn maze for little sprouts. Fall fair food (funnel cakes, roasted corn, barbecue and burgers) as well as beer will be for sale, so bring your wallet and make a day of it; last entry is at 4 p.m. The festival continues through Sunday, October 13; get the details and your tickets ($4 to $8 in advance) on the Gardens' website.

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Good girls get to go to Barks & Brews this weekend.
Courtesy Barks & Brews
Saturday, October 12
One of the best things about living in Denver (other than our vaunted 300 days of sunshine and even more vaunted weed) is the breakfast of champions: the foil-wrapped breakfast burrito, a flour tortilla insulated in aluminum and stuffed with eggs, potatoes, cheese and green chile (at the very least). Even the Hancock administration knows what side its burrito is buttered on, and for the third year in a row has declared an official Breakfast Burrito Day. This year, it falls on Saturday, October 12, and to celebrate, all Santiago's locations are practically giving away the iconic breakfast item for $1.25 — the same price on its menu when doors first opened in 1991. The deal runs all day, and you're limited to five burritos (which should be more than enough, but if you're extra-hungry or hung over, be sure to grab a couple of buddies to go with you). In addition, 3 percent of your purchase will go to Santiago's Charities.

Need to buy a winter coat this weekend? Visit the Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Boulevard in Castle Rock, for your shopping needs on Saturday, October 12. No, there are no bargain basement deals happening — but the shops are welcoming your four-legged family members for its Barks & Brews event. From noon to 3 p.m., you and your furry friend can enjoy drinks, live music and samples from pet vendors including Chuck & Don's Pet Food and Aussie Pet Mobile. Just a $5 donation to Humane Society of the South Platte Valley entitles you to a brew from Breckenridge or 105 West, and your doggo can get a free Starbucks puppucino just for looking adorable. Bonus: Fido is an ideal shopping companion — he'll never tell you that outfit makes you look fat. Details are up on the shopping area's website.

September has passed, but if you're not quite ready to give up on Teutonic-themed eating and drinking opportunities, you'll want to hit up a pair of events on Saturday, October 12. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Choctoberfest will draw chocolatiers from across the country to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora) for a super-sweet celebration of all things cocoa. You can sample candy, cakes, truffles, brownies, fudge and cookies; bowl with pumpkins; attend a beer and chocolate pairing; and watch drag queen Chocolatina, Queen of the Dessert, belt out Truffles: The Musical. Admission is $10, with twelve tasting tickets going for an additional $10 at the event's website.

Meanwhile, the Table, an organization that employs neighbors' backyard gardens to grow organic veggies for distribution to Denver food banks and citizens, is celebrating Croptoberfest from 4 to 7 p.m. Show up at the Table's garden at 923 East Mexico Avenue for a pig roast, live music, brews from Platt Park and Grandma's House, urban hayrides and lawn games. The event is free, though donations are requested (as they'll be matched up to $10,000). Get to know your gardening neighbors and learn about the project; more info is available on the Table's website.

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Shake your bacon at Sunday's bRUNch Run.
Kenneth Hamblin III
Sunday, October 13
Runners who prefer to carb-load after a race are in luck on Sunday, October 13, as the bRUNch Run returns to Stapleton Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Boulevard, with a 5K/10K course (which you can walk or run) and a post-race food fest serving brunch dishes from Denver Milk Market, Rosenberg's Bagels, Punch Bowl Social, DC Pie Co., the Whiskey Biscuit and more. And, as with any brunch, the meal isn't complete without bottomless beverages, so Bloody Mary and mimosa bars, Stem Ciders, Allegro Coffee and plenty of other drinks (of both the boozy and hydrating varieties) will be on hand, too. Advance registration is available for $50 (with discount code) on the race website, but same-day registration, $60, begins an hour before the 9 a.m. start. Find details on the Brunch Running website.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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