Blondes, brunettes, pancakes, booze and even some Mom time this weekend

Mother's Day is Sunday, so don't forget to buy a card and flowers for your mom this weekend -- and while you're out and about, take advantage of some of the culinary adventures around town. Here's a taste.... See also: Sweet scenes from the 2013 Colorado Chocolate Festival

Friday, May 9

Chocolate lovers rejoice: The Colorado Chocolate Festival runs from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the Denver Mart. There will be contests for the best fudge, best toffee, best chocolate design, best cake -- in a variety of categories -- and many others. Some of the best chocolatiers and chocolate vendors from several states will be represented. Tickets for the event are $5 and tasting tickets are 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. For more information and a list of events click here.

Blondes or brunettes: That's a timeless question, and you can put in your two cents -- okay, more like $20 -- tonight at Epernay Lounge. The Young Professionals Alzheimer's Association of Colorado are hosting this follicle fight where guests can donate the cost of their $20 tickets to the team of their choice and help out the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado. There will be red carpet photo opps, a silent auction, giveaways and, of course, plenty of bubbly. For more information, visit ypaac.org.

Slue Foot Sue's Shindig kicks off at the McNichols Building tonight. Imbibe Denver, in conjunction with the City of Denver, will be throwing this hootenanny to showcase The New West: Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region, an exhibit on display inside McNichols, but the event will also be a mini-beer fest and Western-wear showcase. Participating breweries include City Star, Backcountry, Great Divide, Station 26 and Jagged Mountain. There will also be barbecue from Moe's, live country music from Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, and the opportunity to buy shirts, accessories and posters from Rockmount Ranch Wear. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue; tickets, $10, include three tokens each good for a twelve-ounce beer. For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here.

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show will run from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. at City Hall. This unique art show features over 75 underground artists, live body painting, an all-you-can eat pancake bar, and more. Tickets are $5. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Saturday, May 10

The Colorado Chocolate Festival continues today at the Denver Mart, where it will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and tasting tickets are 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. For more information and a list of events click here.

Sunday, May 11

The Hotel Boulderado is hosting a Mother's Day brunch buffet today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are $50 and $25 for children. To make reservations or to see the full menu click, here.

After you've done your duty by Mom, head to The Squire, which is celebrating its 75th birthday tonight! The old standby at 1600 East Colfax Avenue will have live comedy, DJs, a food truck and plenty of cheap booze. The party starts at noon and runs till 2 a.m.; admission is free.

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