Things to Do

Happy Colorado Day! Party at History Colorado, Denver County Fair or at other tasty events

Happy Colorado Day! In honor of this state's birthday, History Colorado will be hosting a farmers' market featuring Colorado produce and products this weekend. And at 10 a.m. this morning, Colorado Proud will be at the museum to launch Choose Colorado, a 27-day tour of this state's producers; admission is free. But that's just the start of a food-filled weekend, which also includes the Denver County Fair and, yes, a beer festival or two. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also: How we baked a marijuana apple pie for the Denver County Fair

Friday, August 1

Chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval will give cooking demonstrations during the first August edition of Summer Nights at the Museum. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will host cooking demonstrations by Sandoval at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., with Sandoval completing three dishes and all the action displayed on the museum's seventeen-foot-wide Art and Science Imagination Screen. There will be tequila from Proximus paired with the food, and attendees will get recipes to take home. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers and $12 for Museum members; find out more here.

The Denver County Fair kicks off today and runs through the weekend. This year's fair will include hundreds of blue-ribbon competitions, as well as the infamous Pot Pavilion. The fair is at the National Western Complex; parking is $8 per vehicle. Tickets are $5 to $10 (free for kids three and under); purchase yours at the door or at, where you can also find more info on events.

Happy Leaf Kombucha is celebrating First Friday with a reception at 7 p.m. featuring Aria and Melanie Steinway, the artists whose work is now on display in its tap room. There will be kombucha home-brew on tap and live music from Petals of Spain, too.

Saturday, August 2

Sesh Fest, the second of the three-part, beer-centric Lovibond series of events hosted this year by Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild, will take place today at the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex from 3 to 7 p.m. The fest will highlight session beers, or those with an alcohol content of less than 5 percent. More than twenty Colorado breweries will be pouring tastes for the event; you can get six six-ounce pours for $20 or unlimited pours for $30. Find more information and reserve tickets online at

The Young Professionals Beer Olympics, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, will take place at ViewHouse Eatery Bar & Rooftop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Entry to the bracket-style, two-loss elimination tournament costs $30 and includes free food, beer for the games and three non-Olympic beers. For tickets and more information, click here.

This evening at El Chingon, 20 percent of all food sales during dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m. will be donated to Safehouse Denver. DJ Bedz will also be spinning music on the brand-new patio all night long.

The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival will be brewing Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. There will be a tea bazaar, workshops on cooking with tea, blending tea and reading tea leaves; cultural information about tea throughout Asia; a dinner featuring food cooked and paired with tea; and a children's tea party. Addmission to the festival is free, although workshops will cost you $15. For more information check out Sunday, August 3

Head up to Lafayette, where the Post Brewing Co. will be throwing Jack's Block Party from 2 to 6 p.m. The event benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County, and will feature some of the area's top chefs, as well as beers from local breweries. Tickets are $75 and available at

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

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