Bardog (73 Monroe)
Downtown’s most beloved bar, Bardog, hosts the most beloved 5K in town. In fact, it’s gotten so big that it’s not just a 5K, it’s a full on festival. They close off Monroe Street so that once everyone has made their way through the 3.1 miles of downtown, they can congregate and enjoy lots and lots of beer, food, music, an all-day raffle and even a meatball eating contest. Don’t worry if you aren’t much of a runner, it’s not really that kind of race.
Beale Street Landing
Now in its fourth year, the Bacon and Bourbon Festival is designed for maximum enjoyment. Each ticket guarantees 15 (!!) bourbon tastings and pleasing pork dishes from a number of local restaurants. Lard knows you’re going to need some bacon to keep tasting those bourbons…
Cost: $34 (early bird)
There’s major FOMO associated with secretive dinner party Diner en Blanc, an idea which originated in Paris. Interested people need to hope they get a Phase 2 or 3 ticket, as the only people guaranteed a spot in Phase 1 are the ones who went last year. You don’t know where the dinner will be until you get there. You have to wear ALL white (yes, even shoes). And you have to either bring your own table, chairs, linens, silverware, glassware and food, or order it in advance from the E-Store. But! Don’t let the rules deter you -- for most people who go, it’s one of the highlights of the summer.
Cost: $102 per couple
Throwdown with some cold brew
City & State (2625 Broad Avenue)
Roasters and baristas from all around the region are coming to City & State’s Cold Brew Throwdown to compete for the title of Cold Brew Champion. Competitors will serve straight up cold brew and then a signature drink (non-alcoholic) made with the same cold brew. A panel of judges will select the winner, but the first 125 attendees will have a chance to vote for a People’s Choice Award. To make things even more festive, there will be food trucks, beer, and a DJ.