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Must-Do May Events in Denver

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, Derby parties, and Mother's Day

What a month May is turning out to be. We have Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Derby Day parties, and Mother’s Day brunches, but there are nine more food and wine events taking place this month that you might not want to miss.


The Big Wonderful Launch

When: May 6-8
Where: 2601 Lawrence Street, Denver
What: Now in its third year, The Big Wonderful kicks off on May 6 for three days of family and dog-friendly fun with live music, artisan shopping from local producers, food trucks galore, and outdoor games. This year the event will move between five different locations, including Geneva Park in downtown Littleton, the new Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, the 16th Street Mall between Welton and California Streets, and an undisclosed location near Mile High Stadium. To stay on top of all their happenings this summer, visit them on their website

Beer and Wine Pair Off

Beer and Wine Pair Off

When: May 12, 7pm
Where: The Nickel {1100 14th Street, Denver; 720.889.2128}
What: Chef Russell Stippich has created a special three-course meal to be paired with an excellent craft beer selection from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and wines from Estate Brands Distributing Company. The menu includes Crab Cake with smoked hollandaise sauce and shaved celery; Cioppino with scallops, mussels, and tomato; and Apple Pie with cheddar cheese ice cream, almond, and brown butter. You decide which pairing works best.
Cost: $69.75, tickets available here.

Laws Triticum

LAWS Wheat Whiskey Launch

When: May 14, 11am-2pm
Where: A.D. LAWS Whiskey House {1420 South Acoma Street, Denver}
What: It is finally here! The much-anticipated A.D. Laws Triticum straight wheat whiskey is finally here. Join LAWS for the whiskey release and first open house of the year. The event will include complimentary distillery tours, $5 Bourbon cocktails, and $2.50 tacos from True West Tacos. Bottles will be available for purchase.


MS Benefit at Dunbar

When: May 15, 2-6pm
Where: Dunbar Kitchen and Tap {2844 Welton Street, Denver; 720.630.7641}
What: Join Dunbar Kitchen and Tap House as they support multiple sclerosis. The party includes à la carte food and drinks, a cornhole tournament, and prizes to support MS-related causes, including the Rocky Mountain MS Center. Registration is free, however if you RSVP here, you will receive two raffle tickets with a grand prize of two tickets to the Great American Beer Festival.

Bean Acres Farm

Bean Acres Farm

Squeaky Bean “Bean Acres” Farm Dinner

When: May 15, 5:30pm
Where: Squeaky Bean “Bean Acres” Farm {13300 West Second Place, Lakewood}
What: Head to “Bean Acres” Farm for four courses of “vegetable-forward” dishes paired with non-alcoholic “mocktails” at the greenhouse. The event has a maximum capacity of 60 guests, and they sell out quickly. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Warren Tech.
Cost: $65 call 303.623.2665 to book your reservation

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Tamayo Quinceañera Celebration

When: May 18, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: Tamayo {1400 Larimer Street, Denver; 720.946.1433}
What: During the month of May, Tamayo is celebrating their 15th year in Denver’s iconic Larimer Square. On May 18, Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval and Chef de Cuisine Arnold Rubio will throw a Quinceañera celebration on the rooftop patio with new menu creations, throwback favorites, and a tequila tasting station. Tickets are limited and include tasting stations, live music by Sambadende, Milagro tequila sampling, margaritas, and birthday cake.
Cost: $42.00 here.


Puerto Rican Pop-Up Dinner at Central Bistro

When: May 26, 6-9pm
Where: Central Bistro and Bar {1691 Central Street, Denver; 303.477.4582}
What: The Denver Grub Club is back after last month’s sold-out event. This month, Central Bistro and Bar is hosting a Rum Diary-themed dinner. Executive Chef Jesse Vega will teach guests about the Puerto Rican cuisine of his childhood, while the Central Bar serves up tea-infused cocktails. Learn to make ceviche, build your own mofongo, chow down on suckling pig, and sip on sangría and caipirinhas.
Cost: $75.00 here.

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The Pressed Hard Cider Conference

When: May 28
Where: Highland’s Masonic Event Center {3550 Federal Boulevard, Denver}
What: The Pressed Conference is an outdoor hard cider festival featuring cideries from across the Rocky Mountains. At this inaugural event, Two Parts and the Rocky Mountain Cider Association will showcase the craft cider culture. There will be cider tastings, lawn games, live music from Robby Peoples, and a variety of food truck options. All attendees will be greeted with a full tasting glass of Molly’s Spirits barrel-aged cider from Colorado Cider Company to welcome them to the festival.
Cost: $40, here

By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor