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9 Must-Do Events for April

Eat, drink, and help others

With Passover, Easter, and the beginning of baseball season, how are we going to find time to eat and drink at all the fabulous events happening in and around Denver? Well, put your big boy pants on and get ready to party! In addition to having a good time, you can dine out for a cause—such as building homes for the needy, providing healthy meals for those with life-threatening illness, and eradicating childhood hunger. There is nothing quite as satisfying as having fun and doing good at the same time. So get out there and enjoy all nine of these fabulous events!

High West Oyster Fest

When: Tuesday, April 4, 6-9pm
Where: Boulder Theater {2032 14th Street, Boulder}
What: Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is bidding farewell to Oyster Month with a bang. The festival will feature both an oyster eating and oyster shucking competition, live music, and food galore—oysters on the half shell, peel n’ eat shrimp, chicken and crawfish gumbo, and more. To wash it all down try the ‘Emersum’ Oyster Stout: a collaboration between The Post Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company. All proceeds and donations will directly benefit YWCA of Boulder County. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children, $20 for CU students with valid ID and can be purchased on their website

Taste of Vail

When: April 5-9
Where: Vail, Colorado
What: Trip up to the mountains for a weekend of wine, bites, and more. The 27th Annual Taste of Vail Festival features more than 30 guest chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers as well as more than 55 top wineries from around the world—it is one of the nation’s top food and wine festivals named by Forbes.com and the Travel Channel. The five-day festival includes signature events such as The Mountain Top Tasting, Debut of Rosé, and of course, The Grand Tasting. Buy tickets to the event here

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Free Beer for a Year

When: Friday, April 7. All Day
Where:  The Post Chicken and Beer {2200 South Broadway, Denver; 720.466.5699}
What: National Beer Day commemorates the signing of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which made the sale of beer legal again. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared “I think this would be a good time for a beer”. The folks at The Post Chicken and Beer think every day is a good day to drink beer. Anyone who orders their GABF Gold medal-winning “Achtertuin Seizoen” is entered into a drawing to win FREE BEER FOR A YEAR. The winner will receive a 52-punch card, good for one pint on the house every week.

Govnr’s Park 8th Annual Beer Fest

When: Saturday, April 8, 1-4pm
Where: Govnr’s Park Tavern {672 Logan Street, Denver; 303.831.8605}
What: Now in its eighth year, the Govnr’s Park Beer Festival will sample over 100 different beers. The $20 ticket gives guests unlimited samples and the proceeds are donated to Capitol Hill United Neighborhood—CHUN. There will be raffles and giveaways and guests vote for their favorite beer to be on tap at Govnr’s. Stop by Govnr’s park to purchase and pick up your tickets.

Tequila Vs. Bourbon Showdown

When: Thursday, April 13, 6-9pm
Where: Lola Coastal Mexican {1575 Boulder Street, Denver; 303.570.8636}
What: LOLA is calling all bourbon and tequila lovers for a three-course Kentucky-Fried Mexican menu and a battle of spirits. Denver’s own Whiskey expert, Jake Norris—who made a name for himself at Stranahan’s and AD LAWS—will challenge LOLA’s resident Tequila Guru, Alex Terry as they battle the merits of their beloved spirits. The menu will be prepared by Chef Jamey Fader and will include BBQ Carnitas, Achiote Grilled Shimp and Grits, and Mexican-Hot Fried Chicken. Whiskey or Tequila? Decide for yourselves.

Craft Wines | Colorado Chefs Dinner

When: Monday, April 11, 6:30-9:00pm
Where:  Old Major {3316 Tejon Street, Denver; 720.420.0622}
What: Local wine distributor, Craft Wines Colorado, is teaming up with Chef Justin Brunson and his talented team of chefs to create an over-the-top five-course wine pairing menu featuring Scar of the Sea, Whitcraft, and Keep wines. The entire feast, including wines, is just $75. Check out the menu on their Facebook Page and call the restaurant to make your reservation.

Hops for Homes

When: Saturday, April 22, 12-9pm
Where: Great Divide Barrel Bar {3403 Brighton Boulevard, Denver; 303.296.9460}
What: Join Habitat Metro Denver and 20 of our community’s finest craft breweries for a festival of fun and support. Benefitting the House that Beer Built 2017, the event will take place at the private event space in the Great Divide Barrel Bar. All proceeds will go directly to building a habitat home this year. There are two session—1-4pm and 6-9pm. A VIP ticket is $45 and grants access one hour early. General admission tickets are $35. Either ticket includes unlimited beer tastings and a keepsake taster glass. 

Dining Out for Life

When: Thursday, April 27
Where:  250+ Participating Restaurants
What: On Thursday, April 27, more than 250 local restaurants and breweries will participate in the area’s 23rd annual Dining Out For Life® event. Participating businesses donate 25-percent of sales to support Project Angel Heart, an organization that prepares and delivers medically tailored meals for Coloradans coping with life-threatening illness. Check out the participating restaurants on their website, and make reservations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Chefs Up Front

When: Sunday, April 30, 5-9:30pm
Where: Colorado Convention Center {700 14th Street, Denver}
What: The 17th annual Chefs Up Front evening begins with handcrafted cocktails by the area’s top mixologists, freshly shucked oysters, and a delectable charcuterie station accompanied by a luxury auction. Colorado’s finest chefs will then prepare an exquisite four-course dinner tableside, with customized wine pairings. The evening will close with an event-wide dessert by D-Bar Denver. The evening’s proceeds support the Cooking Matters Colorado education program, a part of the national No Kid Hungry campaign. For details including sponsorship and limited individual tickets sales please visit their website.

By Elizabeth Woessner