The Best Food + Drink Events in Denver This week, July 18th–21st

BY Steph Wilson


Summer continues in full swinging fun from July 18th through 21st, offering no shortage of exciting ways to immerse yourself in the season’s delights. With the city alive and vibrant, it’s the perfect time to venture out and embark on a culinary journey from one end to the other. Don’t miss the fantastic “Taste of Mexico” festival on Larimer Square, where the rich and diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine await. Indulge in mouthwatering street tacos, zesty salsas, and refreshing aguas frescas while soaking in the festive atmosphere and enjoying live music. For seafood enthusiasts, “Picnic on the Patio Lobster Boil” at Steuben’s Uptown promises a delectable feast featuring succulent lobsters and classic summer sides. Relish this mouthwatering seafood extravaganza amidst the laid-back patio setting, surrounded by friends and family, creating cherished memories. Embrace the peak of summer fun and let your taste buds lead the way through these remarkable culinary experiences in the heart of the city.

July 18: Picnic on the Patio Lobster Boil @ Steuben’s Uptown

Location: Steuben’s uptown 523 E. 17th Ave.

Reserve your seat for a five-course celebration of what summer should taste like (at least in the mind of this New Englander. A five-course menu served family style, includes a bibb lettuce and heirloom tomato salad, shrimp and corn chowder, New England oysters, lobster and clam boil, limoncello “tiramisu” with wild blueberries. It’s all paired with tasty beverages, served on the patio where the summer vibes are strong and the music is live. Cost: $130 per person. Learn more here.

July 19: Taste of Mexico Wine Dinner @ Rioja

Location: Rioja1431 Larimer St.

Before the Taste of Mexico celebration in honor of 40 years of sister-city-hood with Cuernavaca, Mexico, kicks off on July 21, get a taste of the vibrant culture at a very special dinner created by Rioja Chef/Owner Jennifer Jasinski and guest chef of Dana Rodriguez from Work & Class, Cantina Loca, Super Mega Bien, and, of course, Casa Bonita. Mexican winemaker Lulu Martinez Ojeda of Bruma Vinicola will be on hand to discuss her grape juice. A seat at the table will run you $150, and you can reserve yours via Tock

July 20: 5280 Top of the Town @ Cherry Creek North — Fillmore Plaza

Location: Cherry Creek NorthFillmore Street between 1st + 2nd Avenues

Celebrate the best stuff in Denver at this one-of-a-kind extravaganza that’s made even more special this year in honor of the 30th anniversary of 5280 magazine. The evening honors the best stuff in Denver, bringing the pages of the mag’s July Top of the Town issue to life, with tasty bites from renowned local eateries, delightful libations and locally produced wines, and a hell of a bunch of good times, with engaging entertainment, fun photo opps, and inviting lounges when you need a moment of respite. Featured restaurants include Noisette, Culinary Dropout, Renegade Burrito, Local Jones, and many more. Once you’ve gotten your fill, head to the official Top of the Town afterparty at Rare Bird at Halcyon. Go for the drinks, stay for the views. Tickets start at $75. More details here.

July 21: Taste of Mexico @ Larimer Square

Location: Larimer Square 1215 20th St.

If you didn’t drop $150 at the Rioja dinner on Wednesday, you can still raise a cervesa to Denver’s sister city, Cuernavaca, Mexico, during a three-day festival showcase of the unique historical relationship between these two cities. The celebration highlights the rich and diverse Hispanic culture prevalent in our metro Denver community. Various events throughout the weekend feature Mexican and American talent and an extensive schedule of cultural activities, including language classes, live music, Sotol and Mezcal tastings, Lucha Libre, and more. There’s a mix of free and ticketed events, El Mercado on Sunday, and taco and margarita tours. Learn more and view the full lineup of fun on Larimer Square’s site here.


Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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