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11 Must-Do March Events

Beer, bubbles, and oysters galore are on the menu this month

March is choc-a-block full of great happenings around town. We’ve rounded up eleven events that would be a shame to miss. Slurp on bivalves, enjoy IPA and pizza, head to Boulder for strong ales, enjoy one-of-a-kind collaboration beers, and maybe even find a little love. It’s going to be a great month and this doesn’t even include St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans.

OYSTER MONTH

When: Month of March
Where: Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar {All locations}
What: Throughout the month of March, Jax will celebrate the mighty mollusk with weekly chef specials, contests, and giveaways. A portion of the sales at each location will be donated to a local charitable partner. The weekly oyster features will be different at each location. On March 1, Jax will tap kegs of Odell Brewing’s Emersum Oyster Stout, created in collaboration with Jax staff. Guests are entered to win free oysters for a year every time they order a dozen oysters. All guests who dine at Jax on March 31—National Oysters on the Half Shell Day—will receive a bonus card for a free 1/2 dozen oysters in the future.

PIZZA AND IPA HAPPY HOUR

When: Wednesday, March 1, 4-7pm
Where: Racca’s Pizzeria Napolitano {2129 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.296.7000}
What: Racca’s Pizzeria Napolitano is having an IPA party in partnership with Odell Brewing Company. They will be pouring three Odell IPAs: Odell India Pale Ale, Runoff Red IPA, and Tree Shaker Peach Imperial IPA. There will be lots of giveaways and prizes and $5 plates that pair with the beers. Three raffles will be held at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30pm—note, you must be present to win.

BOULDER STRONG ALE FEST

When: Saturday, March 4, 12-5pm
Where: Avery Brewing Company {4910 Nautilus Court, Boulder; 303.440.4324}
What: The fifteenth annual ode to strong ales and lagers features epic brews from craft breweries around the country to Avery Brewing Company for an afternoon of big, brawny brews. To be accepted to the festival, a beer must be 8-percent ABV or higher and represent something special from the heart and soul of its creator. This year, there will be special barrel tappings and a massive list of Avery beers created just for this event. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased through Two Parts. All proceeds benefit GOALS—Get Outside And Learn Something. Each ticket includes 16, three oz pours and a commemorative glass. Food will be available for purchase. 

CLIQUOT IN THE SNOW

When: Saturday, March 4, 2-8pm
Where: EDGE Restaurant and Bar {111 14th Street, Denver; 303.389.3343} 
What: It’s a good thing the snow and cold have arrived just in time for the third annual “Cliquot in the Snow” event at the pool terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel. Presented by Veuve Cliquot Champagne and EDGE, this frosty al fresco fête will feature DJ entertainment, giveaways and, of course, plenty of bubbles. The event is FREE and open to the public. Bundle up and enjoy.

DAY OF DORKS

When: Saturday, March 5, 12-4pm
Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company {1634 18th Street, Denver; 303.297.2700}
What: Wynkoop Brewing Company is channeling their inner nerd with a new beer festival celebrating all things dork. They have teamed up with over 30 other breweries to pour some of the geekiest craft brews around. Wear your favorite nerd attire and bring some school supplies to encourage the next generation of dorks. They will be collecting pens, pencils, notebooks, and more to donate to local area schools. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple giving you access to unlimited pours, nerdy snacks, and a commemorative glass. Buy your tickets here

MUSICAL CHAIRS SERIES: PINK FLOYD’S ANIMALS

When: Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-10:30pm
Where: Beast and Bottle {719 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303.623.3223}
What: Beast and Bottle’s Musical Chairs Series is back to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Animals” album. Each of chef Paul C. Reilly’s courses will mirror the five tracks on the album—“Pigs on the Wing”, “Dogs”, “Pigs (three different kinds)”, “Sheep”, and “Pigs on the Wing”. The team at Beast and Bottle will turn up the music a little louder and pour the wine a little higher, so gather your music loving friends and book your reservation today by calling the restaurant. The five-course tasting menu is $77 with optional wine pairings an additional $30.

DIRTY LAUNDRY DATING SHOW

When: Wednesday, March 8, 8-10pm
Where: Ratio Beerworks {2920 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.997.8288}
What: Tired of Tinder? Bummed out by Bumble? Let Ratio Beerworks find you that special someone with the Dirty Laundry Dating Show. A modern, crazy version of “The Dating Game”, Dirty Laundry is a live dating show where contestants compete to go on a date with a special guest dreamboat. Plan on an evening of laughs, intrigue, and maybe a little love. The event is FREE, so come join the fun.

BARACCHI WINE DINNER

When: Thursday, March 9, 6:30pm
Where: Panzano Restaurant {909 17th Street, Denver; 303.296.3525}
What: Panzano restaurant and Baracchi Wines are partnering to host a five-course dinner featuring the wines of Baracchi Estate. Benedetto Baracchi will be on site to guide guests through chef Patrick Kelly’s menu and the wines that pair with each course. Tickets are $125 per person and a credit card is required to secure your reservations. The reception begins at 6:30 and dinner follows at 7pm. Call the restaurant to book your spot.

THE BLIND CAFÉ POP-UP

When: Thursday, March 9-Saturday, March 11 (5:30 or 8:30pm seatings)
Where: Wesley Chapel {1290 Folsom Street, Boulder}
What: This unique pop-up dinner and concert event offers guests the opportunity to a meal, concert, and community awareness conversation, all in complete darkness. Guests enjoy a vegan and gluten-free menu along with a glass of wine and a question and answer discussion with the blind speakers and servers who will share their personal stories. Finally, they will experience a live music concert performed with the intention of helping guest to remember how to feel and listen to music without visual conditioning or distraction. There are two shows per night at 5:30 and 8:30 and tickets are between $85 and $195 per person depending on ability to pay. Visit their website to make your reservation. 

[Check out our experience at The Blind Cafe]

GREAT CHEFS OF THE WEST

When: Thursday, March 16, 6-9pm
Where: Denver Marriott, City Center {1701 California Street, Denver}
What: Over 20 chefs are joining forces to create dishes for the 34th annual Great Chefs of the West event to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Participating restaurants include Bar Dough, The Bindery, Brazen, Charcoal, D Bar Denver, Highland Tap & Burger, Hop Alley, Interstate Kitchen + Bar, Kachina Southwestern Grill, Max Gill and Grill, Max’s Wine Dive, The Populist, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, range, The Rib House, Rioja, Root Down, The Squeaky Bean, Table 6, TAG, The Telegraph, Truffle Table, Uncle, and Work & Class. The food will be paired with wine from Enotec Imports, beer from Avery Brewing Company, and signature cocktails. Buy your tickets here

COLLABORATION FEST

When: Saturday, March 25, 3-7pm
Where: National Western Complex {4655 Humbolt Street, Denver}
What: Over 150 breweries have partnered up in groups of two or more to create collaboration brews just for this festival. Now in its fourth year, Collaboration Fest has moved to the National Western Complex to give guests more elbow room and allow for more beer. The $60 GA ticket entitles festivalgoers to unlimited tastings of over 100 beers and a commemorative glass. For $85, VIP ticket holders also gain early access at 3pm and a free VIP t-shirt.

By Elizabeth Woessner