2017 Downtown Spring Epicurean Calendar

April 7–8

Make the most of the temperate Las Vegas spring weather with Motley Brews’ Great Vegas Festival of Beer. The two-day affair, created by founder Brian Chapin, kicks off on April 7 with a brand-new Mad Craft Experience. The mini fest-within-a-fest will bring together chefs, brewers and bartenders for a competition to find the best experimental beer, beer cocktail, beer blend and specialty beer, as well as beer-friendly cuisine. Then, on April 8, the Grand Tasting will welcome an estimated 10,000 people to the heart of Downtown to taste more than 500 beers from more than 100 breweries, including 18 locals. Be sure to stop by the PT’s Brewing Co. tent to try the official festival beer, a pale ale by head brewer Dave Otto. Culinary partners provide the beer-friendly eats to keep you in top tasting form. 3 p.m., $75 Mad Craft, $40 Grand Tasting, $55 Early Entry at 2 p.m. ($80/$50/$60 at the door), greatvegasbeer.com

April 15 

Arts District coffee shop Makers & Finders hosts Fork & Spoon pop-up dinner. Tonight’s cuisine: Puerto Rican with a menu directed by chef Beni Velazquez of the former Bar + Bistro. Keep an eye out for more Makers’ events such as Violin and Vinyasa, a yoga class to the sounds of the Rahmaan Phillips’ strings and Tech Me to Brunch techno brunch. 6:30 p.m., makerslv.com

April 22

If you can’t make it to the beach this spring, let Las Vegas Taste of the Caribbean bring the islands to you. Sample traditional and modern-day Latin American, West Indian and Caribbean cuisine, from sweet potatoes and plantains to seafood the popular jerk dishes. And there will be much more than just spicy food: This event celebrates everything about Caribbean culture with art, crafts, live music and dance performances in traditional bright and flowing costumes. In the Arts District, lvcaribfest.com

April 28

The Arts District’s most whimsical cocktail bar, Velveteen Rabbit, celebrates its four-year anniversary with Graceland, a tribute to all things Elvis, including Elvis impersonators and burlesque. The peanut butter and banana sandwiches and Blue Hawaiian cocktails will have your hips gyrating like the King. A special limited menu will be available, but there’s no word yet on what it will feature. With spring well underway, expect many citrus, fruit and other warm-weather ingredients you “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with. 1218 S. Main St., velveteenrabbitlv.com

April 29

East Fremont heats up with the 14th annual Louisiana State University Crawfish Boil in Las Vegas. Enjoy fresh, live crawfish boiled under the canopy and Road Kill Barbecue, for those who prefer crustacean-free cuisine. There will also be beer and other beverages, warm beignets, face painting, crafts and Zydeco tunes. If you’re not an LSU fan, tables are available for you to decorate with your favorite team’s logo and colors. Ticket proceeds go to Nevada student LSU scholarships. Starting at $50, the Fremont Street Experience, sincitytigers.com

May 12-13

Back for its fourth year, Golden Nugget Spring Wine Fest keeps it classy with wines from Napa and Sonoma. Kick off the event by sipping with the sharks at The Tank pool on Friday, then enjoy dozens of red and white varieties, hors d’oeuvres, fruit, cheese and chocolates in the Grand Event Center on Saturday night. Take home a souvenir glass, too! $42 – 89, the Golden Nugget, goldennugget.com

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May 13

Local watering hole launched new beer-lovers event with Atomic Liquors Bottle Share. Every second Saturday, bring your own limited-release bomber (a maximum of 25.4 ounces) of beer to share with your pals out on the patio. The only requirement is that the brew must not be readily available in the Nevada market. Ticket includes one draft selection that varies from event to event. $10, Atomic Liquors, atomic.vegas

June 19-30

Now in its 11th year, Las Vegas Restaurant Week is a celebration of dining for a cause, giving diners and restaurants in our community the opportunity to give back by partaking in the culinary arts. Enjoy gastronomic experiences at award-winning restaurants and local eateries, and your meal could provide up to 18 meals to hungry people in the community. In anticipation of the week, participating restaurants across Southern Nevada develop prix-fixe menus—some offering breakfast, lunch and/or dinner—at price points ranging from $20 to $80, with a fixed portion of the meal’s cost donated to Three Square to help end hunger in Southern Nevada. threesquare.org or helpoutdineoutlv.org

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