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Twenty-Two Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar, August 4-7

You may not be able to make it to Rio for the Olympics,  but this weekend you can still taste victory — or even better, oysters. Today is National Oyster Day, and several restaurants will be offering shucks for under a buck. That's just the start of the tasty culinary events over the next few days; from oysters to Olympics, here are the delicious details.

Friday, August 5

Today is National Oyster Day, and Jax Fish House is celebrating by shelling out 100 free plates of a half-dozen Emersum Oysters at each Jax location, starting at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Jax location nearest you or go to the Jax website

Blue Island Oyster Bar is celebrating National Oyster Day with a progressive oyster celebration. Starting at 11 a.m., suckers'-choice oysters will be 25 cents each; they'll increase by 25 cents each hour until 9 p.m. The restaurant will also offer a bottle of sparkling wine and a dozen oysters for $30, and will be giving away a pair of Tiffany & Co. pearl earrings. For more information, call Blue Island at 303-333-2462.  

The Olympics in Rio get under way today and to celebrate, The Pig & the Sprout, which opened this summer behind Union Station, will offer $3 Caipirinhas and $3 Olympia beers. Call 720-535-9719 for more information. 

Thirsty Lion wants you to get excited about the Olympics, and as a little extra incentive, the pub will offer half-price gold margaritas every time the U.S. wins a gold medal. The deal is available at both Thirsty Lion locations (Cherry Creek and Union Station); contact the location nearest you for more information. 

NEXT Gallery is holding an all-Colorado art fundraiser today, featuring unlimited wine tastings from Bonacquisti Winery. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m., with the wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is celebrating the launch of the Olympic games with an opening-ceremony watch party and a Brazil-themed pairings menu, which will be available for the duration of the games. The watch party will feature a Brazilian meat station at 16Mix, along with Brazilian dance performances by Samba Colorado. For more information, visit

Celebrate the opening reception of "Archetype Revival" at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, with food, drinks, music and art. The free opening reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m.; get all the details at   

Kick off the weekend at the Infinite Monkey Theorem’s First Friday celebration from 6 to 10 p. m. today. Come dressed in your most epic '80s attire, cool off with wine slushies, and nosh on bites by chef Kelly Whitaker of Basta and Unit 15.  A portion of the evening's proceeds and $1 from the sale of each wine slushie will be donated to the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For more information, check out the IMT Facebook page

The ninth annual Sabor Celebration brings Hispanic flavor to the Denver Botanic Gardens from 5 to 9 p.m. today. Enjoy live music, drinks and food from over forty restaurants, all while taking in the gardens. Tickets to the event are $100, or $150 for VIP. Visit for tickets and more information. 

Keep reading for more events this weekend.

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