Food lovers unite, rejoice, and prepare to eat your way through the city, because the Mile High is overflowing with sweet summertime celebrations of all things culinary! Scarf dishes from your local and region favorites, sip on the state’s top wines, spirits, and craft brews, and most of all, enjoy the comradery of other foodies and food nerds as you passionately swap stories and recipes and laughs. Get ready to imbibe and indulge at the most scrumptiously delightful events and food festivals in Denver!
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1. 11th Annual Civic Center EATS, May-Oct. 2016
"Metro Denver's largest gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts" descends upon the Civic Center Park from 11am-2pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from May 3-October 6. Sample diverse food offerings, enjoy live music, and support a great cause! (Proceeds go to the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy.)
2. The Big Wonderful, May-Oct. 2016
This family-friendly outdoor festival and marketplace rotates throughout Denver from May through October, with stops at Stanley Market, Geneva Park in Littleton, 16th St Mall, & Mile High. They've got craft brews and cocktails, farm-fresh food trucks, live music, games, and more! Check their website or Facebook page for event details and go have some big, wonderful fun!!!
3. 40th Anniversary of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, June-August 2016
The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur is celebrating "40 magical and memorable years" of food and entertainment. They host nine wonderful weekends from June-August of costume-filled fun for the whole family, so you've got plenty of chances to join in the revelry. "Huzzah and Cheers to 40 Magical Years!"
4. 27th Annual Do At The Zoo, June 16, 2016
Want to contribute to the Denver Zoo and help feed and care for its nearly 4,000 animals while also feeding your face? At Do the Zoo, you can graze on exotic dishes from over 60 local restaurants, while drinking an unlimited amount of regional beer, wine, and spirits. Cocktail attire is suggested; animal prints and safari wear are strongly encouraged.
5. 51st Annual Denver Greek Festival, June 17-19, 2016
Are you ready to savor the sweet buttery goodness of heavenly baklava? Eat, drink, and dance is the motto at the Denver Greek Festival, where you can sample traditional favorites from over 50 of Colorado's best Greek restaurants, see cooking demonstrations, and enjoy live music and dance performances. Opa!
6. 3rd Annual Brews and Bites, June 25, 2016
Festivalgoers prepare yourselves for a classy event filled with craft beer and food pairings from Colorado's best chefs and brewers, as well as live music and mansion tours. That's right, this event is held at "Colorado's Home" (aka the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion). Proceeds go to the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund so you're doing a solid for yourself, your stomach, and your community!
7. Denver Taco Festival, June 25-26, 2016
We LOVE our tacos in the Mile High City, and we can't wait to celebrate them at the Denver Taco Festival, back for its 3rd year. This family-friendly festival offers tacos from the tastiest restaurants and food trucks in town, as well as live music, tequila and margarita tastings, live Lucha Libre wrestling, and more, so don't miss it!
8. The Big Eat, July 14, 2016
This just may be the main event for food lovers in Denver this summer! Hosted by EatDenver at the fabulous Galleria at the the Denver Performing Arts Center, this intimate celebration of independent restaurants and our local food scene is truly one of a kind. Dine on dishes from over 50 Mile High restaurants lovingly created by the city's most talented culinary stars, accompanied by regional wine, local spirits, craft beers, and live musical entertainment. Get ready to enjoy and eat big at the Big Eat!
9. Dining Al Fresco at Larimer Square, July, 16, 2016
Don't miss out on one of the most unique, enchanted evenings of the Denver food scene! Dine al fresco beneath the twinkling canopy of lights on Larimer Square and feast on fare from award-winning chefs from 12 of the city's top restaurants. It's truly one of a kind!
10. Tasty Colfax Eats 'n Beats, July 26, 2016
For the 8th year running, the Bluebird District will host their extended block party featuring a restaurant and pub crawl, live street music, and fine and urban art vendors along East Colfax. Join in the fun and support your Colfax businesses and community. "Are you ready to get tasty?"
11. Denver Burger Battle, Aug. 4, 2106
Want to sample THE BEST burgers in Denver while at the same time helping to feed the hungry? 15 local restaurants will compete for the title of the best burger in the Mille High, judged by four chef and celebrity judges. 100% of the profits will go to the Kossler Foundation and, in turn, to local organizations to help hunger relief and child welfare in the metro area. It's a win, win for all at the Denver Burger Battle!
12. Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Fest, Aug. 21, 2016
Okay, amigos, get ready to chow down (yet again) on scrumptious street tacos from your local favorites and sample a diverse selection of tequilas and Mexican beers. And yes, that's not one, but two Mile High festivals devoted to the sovereignty of the taco!
13. A Taste of Colorado, Sept. 2-5, 2016
What better way to end your summer of food-nerd fun than by eating everything in your path at this FREE festival at Civic Center Park Downtown? Enjoy food from over 50 of the state's most notable restaurants, as well as live music, arts and crafts, and other activities for the kiddos. They've got it all at A Taste of Colorado!
14. Denver Food + Wine Festival, Sept. 6-11, 2016
Ease on into fall with the 11th Annual Denver Food + Wine Festival, which hosts a variety of delectable events, including a cocktail "Shake Down," Dinner Under the Stars, Rise + Dine brunch, a Grand Tasting, and more. Don't miss out on this 6 day celebration of food and beverage traditions in Denver that'll leave you delightfully satisfied!
Did we leave out any of your favorite events and food festivals in Denver? Are you planning on attending any of these fabulous soirées? Tell us in the comments!