From Picnics to Pilsner, Ten Tasty Events for Memorial Day Weekend

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The long weekend stretches ahead of us, and even though the weather is predicted to be a bit gloomy through Memorial Day, you can still brighten up the holiday by getting out to enjoy a few tasty events. Here's a sampling of what's on the culinary calendar.

Friday, May 22

Kick off your weekend by regressing to your childhood at Adult Daycare: EPIC Crawfish Boil today. The event will feature beer from Epic Brewing Company in a family-style, Southern feast. The $40 ticket includes three beer samples, food and some swag. Things will be bubbling from 6 to 11 p.m. at The Lobby. Get your tickets and learn more here

Get light and bright at Guard and Grace's Rose and Whimsical Whites patio party today. The event, which runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m., will feature light bites paired with pink and white wines — and suggested attire is whimsical pink-and-white wear (under your raincoat, of course). Tickets are $35; for more information, call the restaurant at 303-293-8500.

Boulder's annual summer kick-off will take place alongside the Boulder Creek today through Monday. The 28th annual Boulder Creek Festival will feature live music, activities for the whole family, games, a plethora of food and drinks, and over 500 vendors spread out over nine separate event areas. Admission to the event is free. For more details, click here.

If the weather is dampening your grilling plans, order in from Brothers BBQ Using OrderUp. OrderUp Denver, formerly Mile High Menus, an app for Apple and Android that offers Denverites quick and easy delivery and takeout options, is offering a flat fee delivery of $4.99 when users order any amount from Brothers BBQ.  

Rain or shine, both locations of Marczyk Fine Foods will be grilling up burgers from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight; Burger Night has become a neighborhood hangout at the two stores.

Saturday, May 23

The new Natural Grocers in Wheat Ridge will be throwing a Block Party and Local Product Tasting Fair today as a part of the store's grand opening celebrations. The fair will feature local Colorado vendors offering samples of locally-made products, music from Grammy nominee DJ Cavem, and a presentation by Olympic bronze medalist Ron Kiefel. The party will run from noon to 4 p.m. at 4900 Kipling Street. For more information, visit naturalgrocers.com.  

The Stage Stop in Rollinsville is throwing a weekend-long party, which started Thursday and will be rocking through Monday. Today features a pig roast starting at 2 p.m., and The Sweet Lilies will play from 2 to 4 p.m. The live music will roll into the evening with more music by Cindy Woolf & Bilyeu with Cody Russell from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. For more information, call 303-258-0649.  

Sunday, May 24

The 14th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs will hit the slopes at Arapahoe Basin ski area today. The beer-centric festival will run from noon to 4 p.m. and will bring beers from eleven breweries and live music to the base area. Tickets are $30 for general-admission and $55 for VIP tickets, which will give you access to four additional breweries that specialize in small-batch beers. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment rescue dog team; get more information and tickets here.  

Monday, May 25 

Lola is throwing a Memorial day Picnic, rain or shine today. The restaurant will be roasting a pig and serving up half-slab pork rib barbacoa, pollo asada, smoked chicken wings and pork carnitas. And if the sun is out, you can cool off with homemade rocket pops and salted oreo choco tacos; there will be drink specials all day in any case. For more information, call Lola at 720-570-8686.  

The Post Brewing Company is hosting a backyard barbecue today complete with live music by Many Mountains, and beer and food specials. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the restaurant will be serving up Post Parking Lot BBQ Pork with smoked ribs and shoulder, beans, slaw, and cornbread for $13. For more information, call 303-593-2066.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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