The Eight Best Events on the Culinary Calendar for Memorial Day Weekend

Get in the swing of things this summer at Little Man.
Get in the swing of things this summer at Little Man. Courtesy Little Man Ice Cream
It's Friday, summer weather is here, and it's the start of a three-day weekend — we've  hit the trifecta. If you don't already have plans this Memorial Day weekend, choose from eight great deals and events over the next three days. If you do have plans, cancel them and go to one (or more) of these instead.

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The crowds will show up to Vesta for 50 percent off fifty bottles of wine.
Courtesy of Vesta
Friday, May 25
Conveniently, National Wine Day falls on Friday, May 25, this year — the beginning of a three-day weekend. Obviously, the universe is telling you to inbibe reds, whites, rosés and bubblies for the next three days. Not one to stand in the way of destiny, Vesta, 1822 Blake Street, is helping out pawns of fate with half off fifty bottles of wine through Sunday, May 27. Drop in to the bar on short notice, or make dinner reservations at; doors open at 5 p.m. nightly.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Glendale is throwing its annual Rooftop Summer Kickoff Party that runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on May 25. There will be plenty of summertime food and drink specials, and local music legend Biff Gore — aka the "Ambassador of Soul," who competed on the sixth season of The Voice — will perform live, recording footage for his upcoming music video. Jax is located at 650 South Colorado Boulevard; to reserve a spot, call 303- 756-6449.

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Who is that masked man?
Jake Holschuh
Saturday, May 26
If you're looking for an out-of-town excursion weekend, hop on I-70 and go east, young man. That's right — skip the westbound chaos and instead take a relaxing road trip to Bennett for its Spring Farm Festival on Saturday, May 26. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the doors of Caramel Apple Farm, 5690 South Tom Bay Court, will be open to the public; guests can milk a goat, watch blacksmithing and fiber-spinning demos, see a bee colony and chat with the beekeepers, and do some goat yoga. Vendors selling local eggs, honey, sweets and canned veggies will also be on hand. See the details of this free fest and register for goat yoga at the Colorado High Plains Adventure website.

It's not often that a restaurant gets excited about being voted second-best taco, but Pica's Mexican Taqueria, 901 Front Street in Louisville, is taking the results of a recent Boulder poll with a shaker of salt. The taqueria is celebrating its not-quite-win by setting up a wrestling ring in front of the restaurant and hosting luchadores Zeven, El Guerrero Azteka, Delta Jr., Red Viper and more for an evening of spine-busting and piledriving from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free; find out more on Pica's Facebook page. Also of note is that the lucha libre coincides with Louisville Live, a free music event in downtown Louisville, so bring your dancing shoes in addition to your máscara.

There are plenty of great restaurant patios in town, but one of our favorites doesn't show up on many lists; that's because it's at MCA Denver, which isn't known as a dining destination. But on Saturday, May 26, the warm wooden rooftop patio decorated with succulents at 1485 Delgany Street will host Block & Larder and Colorado Cider Company for MCA Dinner Society at 7 p.m. For $125, guests will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Cleon Peterson's Shadow of Men exhibit, as well as a four-course menu with cider pairings and a snack to take home (or eat in the car on the way there). These events always sell out, so snap up your ticket at while you still can.

If you fancy yourself an extra in La La Land but can't walk to your mailbox without tripping over your own feet, take heart. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, is teaming up with Swingin' Denver to offer free dance lessons every Saturday from May 26 through September 1. Just show up — no reservation, partner or moves required — at 7:30 p.m. for the class, then stay and work your newfound groove until the bands turn in at 10 p.m. Dinosaurchestra opens the season this weekend.

Sunday, May 27
Chef Kelly Whitaker's eagerly awaited Sunnyside restaurant, the Wolf's Tailor, still isn't open — but on Sunday, May 27, you can taste the charcoal-fired food that the joint will be turning out. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut Street, is hosting a pop-up starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. Food will be served until it runs out, so we recommend you get to the taproom early (doors open at noon) to stake out your spot, because it's going to be a busy afternoon. Find out more on Stem's Facebook page.

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The Big Blue Bear isn't the only bear in town these days.
Danielle Lirette
Monday, May 28
While Señor Bear, 3301 Tejon Street, may not be the first place you think of when it comes to a cookout, the classic Memorial Day meal, the joint is open on Monday, May 28, to celebrate its first year in business. Smoked meats are on the menu, and in addition, birthday partiers will also get ceviche, sides and two drinks — all for just $25. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the Bear will welcome guests until the food runs out. Visit Señor Bear's Facebook page for more details on the shindig.

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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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