Weekend Planner: From Punch Kings and Wingdings to Lucha Libre and Locusts
Tickets on Sale for Avery Brewing Company's 21st Anniversary Party
As of 9 AM, you can start snapping up those tickets to the beloved Boulder brewery's birthday bash — and since it's the last one before the big move to new digs, you can guarantee it's going to be a sold-out blowout (12-5 PM; $40 per person. Click here for details). 5763 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-440-4324
Grand Opening of Boulder Wine Studios
Three local wineries — Settembre Cellars, What We Love and BookCliff Vineyards — now have adjoining tasting rooms, and you’re invited to check them out today. Meet the makers, sample their wares in a take-home glass and pick up some pizza from an onsite vendor while you’re at it (12-6 PM; $10 per person). 1501 Lee Hill Rd., Boulder
3rd Anniversary Block Party at Renegade Brewing Company
For its third birthday, this Santa Fe Art District brewery is hosting an outdoor bash with special tappings, eats from mobile vendors like Baba & Pop’s Kitchen, live music and more (3-10 PM; free entrance, à la carte food and drink). 925 W. 9th Ave.; 720-401-4089
Saturday and Sunday
Colorado Brewers Festival
Fort Collins’ premier beer bash celebrates its 25th anniversary with dozens of Colorado brewers in attendance, from Black Bottle to Verboten — as well as live entertainment, an activity area with rock-climbing walls and mechanical bulls, and a “school” hosting seminars and pairing demos (11 AM-5 PM; $20 per person for a tasting package. Get tickets here). Civic Center Area, Fort Collins
Denver Taco Festival
Missed Top Taco on Thursday? Never fear. This two-day fiesta (12-6 PM) features everything from a tequila expo and live music to Lucha Libre wrestlers and chihuahua races, while bringing together a slew of Mexican-food vendors like Chuey Fu’s and Chile Billy. Note that $12 general-admission passes are already sold out for Saturday, but Expo and VIP tickets ($20/$89) are still available, and Sunday’s fair game. Purchase yours here. Larimer St. between 32nd and 34th Sts.
Dorchester Social Eatery Farm Dinner
Michael Wahaltere’s much-awaited LoDo eatery has yet to open, but you can catch your own sneak preview during this three-course BYO dinner out on the farm at Clear Creek Organics. The evening kicks off with a tour of the property and cocktails made with Pressery juice (5-8 PM; $65 per person. Tickets available here). 11100 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Harvest Sunday Supper at Restaurant Kelly Liken
The Vail destination’s ever-popular, ever-changing prix fixe dinner series kicks off today as the namesake celeb chef begins scouring the local farmer’s market to create her. three-course menus featuring dishes like heirloom-tomato salad with pickled rhubarb, pan-roasted grouper in lily fumet and cherry pie with coffee gelato ($49 per person, plus optional wine and cocktail pairings). 12 Vail Rd., Vail; 970-479-0175
Jewish Food Festival
With a mostly kosher marketplace and a hummus-making contest as well as cooking demos and seminars like “Locust Tasting,” this third-annual event will introduce attendees to the wide world of Jewish cuisine (9:30 AM-3 PM; $20 per adult, $10 per child 8-17. Get details here). Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St.
Punch Kings Last Call Grand Finale
The 10 bartenders who won the early rounds of COCHON 555’s Punch Kings competition this year are going head-to-head in a finale held at The Curtis hotel. Denver’s own Justin Lloyd of Star Bar has got some stiff competition from the coasts, so come root for the home team while sampling Breckenridge bourbon cocktails and, of course, plenty of porky eats (4-8 PM; $55 general admission, $100 for VIP access. Get tickets here). 1405 Curtis St.
Wings & Whiskey at Ace Eat Serve
One of the biggest throwdowns of the summer is finally upon us. Head to everybody’s favorite pan-Asian kitchen and Ping-Pong parlor in Uptown (pictured) at 4 PM today and watch chefs like Tyler Wiard of Elway's, Jamey Fader and host Brandon Biederman compete for the Wing King title, or vie for your own prizes in wing-eating and table-tennis contests. Of course there’ll be live music and plenty of booze to boot. VIP tickets for the Denver Housing Authority fundraiser are already sold out, but a few $40 general-admission passes remain; snap them up here. 501 E. 17th Ave.; 303-800-7705