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Twenty-Plus Tasty Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, September 16-18

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Saturday, September 17 

Elitch Gardens celebrates its fourth annual Thrills & Pils' BrewFest from noon to 5 p.m. today. You can get unlimited samples of more than 75 beers from over forty breweries, as well as admission to the park for $46.99, or $15 for pass holders. Grab your tickets and more information at

Pastry chef Nadine Donovan will set up a pop-up ice cream social on Ace's patio from noon to 3 p.m. today. The Ace Bar Bus will serve as a temporary ice cream truck offering homemade cones and $2 scoops of Donovan's ice cream creations. Ace will also offer patio seating and free ping-pong to guests of the pop-up ice cream social. For more information, contact Ace at 303-800-7705. 

SausageFest: An Oktoberfest Celebration starts a two-weekend stint at Globe Hall today, where you can rock out to music from The Polkanauts and Lederhosers starting at 7 p.m. Your $10 ticket includes one Prost beer, one smoked German-style sausage and admission to the fest. Kids under twelve get in free and get one free sausage per child. Get tickets and all the juicy details here.  If you can't make the festivities this weekend, the fun continues next Saturday, September 24. 

A dozen Larimer Square restaurants will expand their patios into the street for Dining Al Fresco this evening. From 5 to 11 p.m., you can enjoy a rare dinner under the lights of Larimer Street. Reservations are recommended. Visit to find a list of participating restaurants.

Join ten Cherry Creek North art galleries and several participating restaurants for Cherry Creek North’s second annual Art Feast today. During the walking tour, each gallery will showcase its work with live demonstrations, musical performances and store discounts, while you sip wine and enjoy bites from neighborhood restaurants. The free event starts at 3 p.m. at Fillmore Plaza, where you will receive a map of participating galleries. For more information, check out

The Wildlife Experience at CU South Denver will host Parallel Pairings: Whiskey from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this evening. You can indulge in a five-course dinner paired with specially selected whiskeys from Western Spirits. Prior to each course you'll learn about specific tasting notes from the chef and whiskey master. Following dinner, browse the museum during exclusive after-hours access. Tickets are $85 or $150 per couple; grab yours and learn more here

The third annual Bike for Backpacks charity event wraps up a five-day, 226-mile bike ride through the Rocky Mountains with a party at St. Patrick's Brewing Company. From noon to 4 p.m. today, you can enjoy St. Patrick's beer, tacos from Denver 808 Fusion Grindz food truck, and much more. A $15 adult ticket gets you food and a beer from St. Patrick's Brewing Company; additional beer tickets can be purchased for $10. A $10 kid's ticket gets you food and a non-alcoholic drink. You can find tickets and more information here.  

The Dumb Friends League's Wag `n Trail — a dog-friendly hike to benefit homeless pets at the League’s south location, the Buddy Center, in Castle Rock — takes place today from 8 a.m. to noon at Glendale Farm Open Space (located near I-25 and Surrey Ridge) in Douglas County. The event will feature a 1.6-mile hike, beer garden, vendors, dog sporting demonstrations, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs and a five-acre, off-leash dog park. Registration is $50 and includes an event photo of you and your dog, a bag of treats, a craft beer or root beer, and ice cream for both you and your dog. Register and get all the details here

Sunday, September 18

In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, Wayback Burgers is hosting its ninth annual Triple Triple Challenge today. If you think you have what it takes, you can compete against the clock to take down a massive nine-patty Triple Triple Burger. Whoever finishes the burger the fastest will earn the title of Triple Triple “Chompion” and a $3,330 grand prize. Head over to,to register for the competition and learn more.  

Acres Farms, along with the Squeaky Bean Farm + Table, is hosting a fundraising farm dinner, Sowing the Seeds at Acres, starting at 5 p.m. today. The fundraiser for Warren Tech and Acres Farm will feature seven of Denver’s top chefs cooking up a very special seven-course meal, paired with seven mocktails, all featuring ingredients from the farm and served right next to where the produce was grown. The dinner is $91.80 per person; get tickets and all the details here

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected]
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