Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and Much More

By Ruth Tobias  |  May 2, 2014
Credit: Adam Larkey Photography

Check back on Monday for more Cinco de Mayo happenings - we’ve got a million of ’em.


Cinco de Mayo at Infinite Monkey Theorem
The RiNo winery’s bringing a Latin beat to First Friday with a DJ in the house - but the eats are Italian, thanks to pizza from Basta. Doors open at 5 PM. 3200 Larimer St.; 303-736-8376

Free Beer at Churchill’s Public House
Today and throughout May, this LoHi pub is serving up a free pint with its daily lunch specials, just because they feel like it. If you have to abstain, they’ll give you a raincheck instead. 1560 Boulder St.; 303-477-1600

Friday and Saturday

Spring Barrel Tasting Dinner at BookCliff Vineyards
This Boulder winery invites you to either seating of a five-course dinner prepared by Black Cat Bistro’s Eric Skokan and paired with its bottlings and current barrel samples. Courses include grilled quail and pork ragu over polenta in a green-peppercorn sauce (6:30 PM; $75. Purchase tickets here). 1501 Lee Hill Rd. #17, Boulder; 303-499-7301

Friday through Sunday

Cinco de Mayo at Tamayo
Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican fixture in Larimer Square kickstarts Cinco de Mayo with an extended happy hour all weekend (2 PM to 7 PM). The staff will also be giving away free drinks from 7 PM to 9 PM, and there’ll be a DJ on the terrace during weekend brunch. (Of course, the fun will continue on Monday, so stay tuned.) 1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433


Big Choice Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party
The Broomfield brewery’s throwing itself a bash at The Old Man Bar, complete with special tappings, barbecue, cornhole and Jenga tournaments, and kids’ activities (10 AM-8 PM). 4381 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield; 720-536-4821

Cinco de Mayo at Marg’s Taco Bistro Cherry Creek
Bright and early, this mod Mexican-fusion haunt starts the party with food and drink specials (including guacamole made tableside), chile-roasting demos and plenty of goings-on for the kiddos, from face painting to balloon art (8 AM-12 AM). 200 Fillmore St.; 303-321-MARG

Cinco de Mayo at Marg’s Taco Bistro Uptown
Meanwhile, its Uptown sibling keeps the festivities going with all-day drink specials, giveaways and a DJ (10 AM-12 AM). 500 East 19th Ave.; 303-823-MARG

Colorado Makers, New Belgium and Western Daughters at The Source
Head to the RiNo marketplace (pictured) today and you won’t even know where to begin: New Belgium’s running a pop-up bar, Western Daughters is dropping mint-julep sausages at its pop-up butcher shop and myriad craft goods will be ripe for the picking during the Colorado Makers’ Spring Market. 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Derby Day at Central Bistro & Bar
Cocktail specials, sandwiches and other grub, door prizes and more await at this LoHi stomping ground, which is wheeling in a big screen for the occasion (1:30 PM kickoff). 1691 Central St.; 303-477-4582

Derby Day at The Corner Office
In a prime location for catching the race on the big screen at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, this downtown lounge will be pouring $6 juleps and other drink specials all day as well as serving $3 Hot Browns; it’s also bringing a photo booth for souvenirs. 1401 Curtis St.; 303-825-6500

Derby Day at Session Kitchen
While screening the race in the second-floor lounge, the Old South Pearl hot spot plans is dishing up Southern-style snacks like frog’s legs in parsley sauce, chocolate-walnut-bourbon cookies and more. Wear costumes, win prizes (2 PM kickoff; $30 for admission and food, drinks à la carte). 1518 S. Pearl St.; 720-763-3387

Essence of Tea at the Denver Botanic Gardens 
For something completely different, attend this workshop to learn about tea around the world, from its origins to its serving methods (3-5 PM; $28 per DBG member, $33 per non-member. Get tickets here). 1007 York St.; 720-865-3500

Spring Wines and Cheeses at The Truffle Table
The LoHi wine bar welcomes you for a discussion and tasting of sips that pair well with fresh cheeses (4-5 PM; $30 per person). 2556 15th St.; 303-455-9463

Talk Derby to Me at The Bar Car 
Live music, pizza-eating and best-costume contests, and loads of food and drink - it’s all going down at this Congress Park watering hole (12-9 PM; $5 cover). 819 Colorado Blvd.; 720-524-8099

Saturday and Sunday

Brunch Begins at Paxia Authentic Mexican Cuisine
This upscale Mexican eatery in Sunnyside is bringing brunch to the table for the first time. Stop in for huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, hibiscus mimosas and more (10 AM-2 PM). 4001 Tejon St.; 720-583-6860

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Head to Civic Center Park for the City of Denver's 27th annual celebration, featuring a green-chile cookoff, a taco-eating contest and spectacles of all kinds (including a chihuahua race). For the full list of events, click here

South Denver Beer Fest
Held lakeside at Littleton’s Clement Park, this two-day fiesta is bringing together more than 80 local brewers, distillers and winemakers to pour booze galore (2-5 PM; $40 general admission, $85 VIP admission with early access and private tastings. Book your spot here). 


Cinco de Mayo at Kachina Southwestern Grill

This Westminster eatery’s pulling out all the stops with a patio pig roast, a pincho cart, live music, margarita specials, kids’ activities and more (4-8 PM). 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813

Quarto de Mayo at Marg’s Taco Bistro LoDo
After opening for lunch at 11 AM, Marg’s will kick off the holiday with drink specials, giveaways and a DJ (2 PM-8 PM). 1519 Wynkoop St.; 303-534-MARG