Memorial Day Weekend off the Wagon: 5/26-5/30

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Your weekend forecast *

Thursday, May 26th
High of 73, low of 48 — Mostly Cloudy
10% chance of precipitation

Friday, May 27th
High of 68, low of 48 — Partly Cloudy
20% chance of precipitation

Saturday, May 28th
High of 64, low of 48 — Partly Cloudy
20% chance of precipitation

Sunday, May 29th
High of 64, low of 53 — Isolated T-Storms
30% chance of precipitation

Monday, May 30th–Memorial Day
High of 69, low of 49 — Partly Cloudy
20% chance of precipitation

*Denver weather subject to change (obviously)

The theme of this weekend seems to be live music, concerts, and more live music.  It’s a good thing the weather is looking a bit better from this past week.  Now that we’ve covered the “weather subject,” here are a few adult beverage-filled events for this holiday weekend:

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday

(Thirsty) Thursday, May 26th

  • 303 PrideFest Special Edition
    @ EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St.)
    8:00pm
    The First Annual 303 Magazine PrideFest Special Edition Release Party + PrideFest sponsors and VIP reception. The largest LGBT fashion event of the year with 20 of Denver’s top male and female models will walk the runway in 3 segment of Fashion Shows .  Check here for details and tickets.
  • Old 97’s with Sarah Jaffe
    @ Bluebird Theatre (3317 E. Colfax)
    Doors open at 7:00pm
    Sit at the bar, drink whiskey, and chill to this rock/alternative country/blues/classic awesomeness.  Check here for tickets.
  • The Disco Biscuits in concert
    @ Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax)
    8:00pm
    Ticket info here.  Then after the concert, hit Colfax for the awesome dive bars.
  • Everyone Needs a Lil Sum’n Sum’n
    @Cervantes Ballroom (2637 Welton St)
    Gil Gonzalez and Lisa Wimberger make up Lil Sum’n Sum’n, a duet born out of the collective projects of Kan’nal and Lunar Fire. It is an improvisational psy-trance experience featuring a world beat made up of middle eastern, afro-cuban, african, and american influences. Haung drums, tablas, doumbeks, dounouns, congas, shakers, udus, drones, ballaphones, and tap dancing drive rthyms that range from primal dance to meditational journeying.  I don’t know half of those instruments, let along what they sound like.  Should be a good time. Check here for more information.

Friday, May 27th

  • Downtown Denver Arts Festival
    @ Denver Pavilions (500 16th St)
    4:00pm-8:00pm
    First night to kick-off the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 130 of the best artist in Colorado.  Last year, the festival brought 150,000 people and supported the purchase of over $500,000 worth of art.  Check here for details.
  • Mid-Life Crisis: Classic Rock Tribute
    @ Star Bar Denver (2137 Larimer St)
    9:00pm
    New Belgium Bike Giveaway Party 7:00 to 10:00.  Music with Mid Life Crisis at 9:00.  Check out the band info and the bar info and join us.
  • Firkin Friday at Dry Dock Brewing
    @Dry Dock Brewing (15120 E. Hampden)
    3:00pm-11:00pm
    Every Friday is a Firkin good time at Dry Dock Brewing.  Firkin Friday is tapping Belgian Double IPA, which is fermented with a spicy Belgian yeast strain.  Cheers.
  • Two One-Acts
    Buntport Theatre (717 Lipan Street)
    8:00pm
    Join Buntport Theatre as they kick off the season of a series of two one-acts lasting through the summer.  Thursday will feature Significant Bother and Cinderella. Check here for tickets.
  • Culinary Date Night
    @ Cook Street School of Fine Cooking (1937 Market Street)
    6:00pm-9:30pm
    Want to add a little creativity and spice to your love life? Look no further than the kitchen – the Cook Street kitchen that is! Bring your date and indulge in an evening that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes!  Check here for more information.
  • The Disco Biscuits in concert
    @ Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax)
    8:00pm
    Ticket info here.  And you know, check out Colfax after the show since it’s right there.
  • Old 97’s with Sarah Jaffe
    @ Bluebird Theatre (3317 E. Colfax)
    Doors open at 7:00pm
    Sit at the bar, drink whiskey, and chill to this rock/alternative country/blues/classic awesomeness.  Check here for tickets.
  • Colorado Rockies vs St. Louis Cardinals (2001 Blake Street)
    6:40pm game.  Check here for tickets and details.

Saturday, May 28th

  • Denver Day of Rock
    16th Street Mall
    2:30pm-9:30pm
    Did you plan ahead like you should have?  It’s going to be a great way to kick off the summer.  Downtown Denver will be a big rock concert with four states to showcase 20 bands, and all for free.  See the developing details here.
  • Small Batch Revival
    @ Odell Brewing Company (800 E Lincoln, Fort Collins)
    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Odells is bringing back Small Batch Fest after a two year hiatus.  They will be showing beers from Odell’s pilot system, so you’ll have the chance to try some geeky stuff.  There isn’t an entry fee, and beers are on the $4 token system.  The event is held in their new parking lot and will be packed.  With performances by Musketeer Gripweed & The Boney Gitters.  Check here for more details!
  • Downtown Denver Arts Festival
    @ Denver Pavilions (500 16th St)
    11:00am-8:00pm
    Second day of the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 130 of the best artist in Colorado.  Last year, the festival brought 150,000 people and supported the purchase of over $500,000 worth of art.  Check here for details.
  • Brian Clancy at the Irish Snug
    @Irish Snug (1201 E. Colfax)
    8:30pm-12:30am
    Colorado’s favorite Irish Pub singer Brian Clancy appears on stage at the Irish Snug at 8:30 PM on Saturdays, complete with song books for the audience.  Brian plays an assortment of Irish ballads and Pub songs, jigs, reels and tunes from the 1800’s through today, all definitely Irish!  Come to the Snug and enjoy a fantastic show!  Check here for more information.
  • Adele in concert
    @ Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax)
    8:00pm
    She’s playing with Isaac Russell.  ‘Nuff said. Ticket info here.
  • Bruce Cockburn in concert
    @ Arvada Center (6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada)
    7:30pm
    It’s a fun time to rewatch the “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” YouTube video.  Tickets and event information, check here.
  • Memorial Day Parade and Tribute Ceremony
    @Colorado Veterans Monument at the State Capitol
    11:30am-2:30pm
    This ceremony will honor those who have died for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Wreath Laying at 9:00 am will also honor the fallen from part wars.  As a quick escape from the cranky kids, run up to Kinga’s Lounge for horseradish, spicy bloody mary’s.  You won’t regret it.
  • Colorado Rockies vs St. Louis Cardinals (2001 Blake Street)
    5:10pm game.
    Check here for tickets and details.
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City
    @Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (6000 Victory Way)
    7:00pm kick-off
    Check here for tickets and schedule.

Sunday, May 29th

  • Sour Sunday
    @Freshcraft (1530 Blake St)
    It’s the Sunday before Memorial Day and since you don’t have to work on Monday you should stop by to try some great sours. We’ll be tapping Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura, New Belgium La Folie and Monks Café Flemish Sour Red Ale plus more. Check here for more details.
  • Downtown Denver Arts Festival
    @ Denver Pavilions (500 16th St)
    11:00am-5:00pm
    Third day of the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 130 of the best artist in Colorado.  Last year, the festival brought 150,000 people and supported the purchase of over $500,000 worth of art.  Check here for details.
  • Mile High Funkfest Concert and Dance
    @ Casselman’s Bar and Venue (26th and Walnut)
    8:30pm
    Featuring Hot Lunch, Bop Skizzum, The Extreme Team Latin Showcase Featuring LA Recording Artist Techeetah and the CD release party of Gary “Mr. G” Wilson.  Check here for more details.
  • Colorado Rockies vs St. Louis Cardinals (2001 Blake Street)
    1:10pm game.  Check here for tickets and details.
  • Fireworks at Elitch Gardens (2000 Elitch Circle) at dark!

Memorial Day Monday, May 30th

  • Bolder Boulder
    Starting line at 1750 29th Street in Boulder
    5:45am-9am
    For participants, supports, and spectators alike, have fun participating in this Memorial Day tradition.  This will be the 33rd annual 10K Bolder Boulder. For those trying to avoid traffic on the holiday, add this one to the list.  Just remember, a beer never tastes so good after a long run.  Check here for more information.  Good luck to this year’s participants!
  • 9th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs and Shakin at the Basin May Concert Series
    @ The Beach at Arapahoe Basin Resort
    All Day
    Join us for our largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug (must be 21). Breweries include Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam and Backcountry. Expect great live music, springtime skiing and much more!  Check here for more details.
  • Downtown Denver Arts Festival
    @ Denver Pavilions (500 16th St)
    11:00am-4:00pm
    Last day to make it to the Downtown Denver Arts Festival, featuring more than 130 of the best artist in Colorado.  Last year, the festival brought 150,000 people and supported the purchase of over $500,000 worth of art.  Check here for details.
  • Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whyday from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship
    @ Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd)
    All day, opens at 9am closes at 5pm
    As a perfect bookend to the opening of the Pirates movie in theatres this week, now you can see a real pirate ship (sans the Keith Richards antics).  Peruse the halls of the first fully authenticated pirate ship to be discovered in US waters.  Check here for tickets/schedules.  But why’s the rum always gone?
  • The Arctic Monkeys in concert
    @ Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax)
    8:00pm
    With The Vaccines.  Get your last kicks out of the holiday weekend. Ticket info here.
  • Memorial Day Mountain Music Fest & Barbeque
    @ Gold Hill Inn (401 Main St, Boulder)
    12:00pm-5:00pm
    Enjoy food, like smoked salmon and apple cider brisket (and all the fixins), and music from Great American Taxi, D.B. Rielly, and  the Holden Young Trio.   Check here for details.  After you’re done slathering yourself with BBQ, stop by one of the Boulder breweries while you’re up there.  ‘Merikuh!

 

Have a great Memorial weekend!

[Your event not listed here? Have something for next weekend? Leave a comment or email as at info at denveroffthewagon dot com]

About Jess Hunter


Jess is a lady and a scholar. If she's not mulling over the various names of famous mustaches and their respective bitter cocktails, she's nibbling on American Craft Singles and Cantillon. Connect with her by email at jesshunter@denveroffthewagon.com.

  • http://denverhbc.com DenverHBC

    Oi, I had better step it up!

  • Kyle

    Soccer for the hungover talentless slacker, Saturday 11am in City Park.
    https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132404356836694
    There will be punch and pie (and beer)

  • Adam Gartner

    To clarify, just incase one of you poor bastards drives all the way up there, which I do, or at least have for the last 5 years the Festival of the Brewpubs takes place on SUNDAY not Monday as mentioned above.

    http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/mountain/calendar.aspx?id=e7218935-3979-4336-95a0-fb506067790f

    Well more specifically I won’t be driving myself. That’s because for the ultra low cost of $25.00 gets you a mug and golden ticket to the beer event of the year. Far from your average beer tasting event sampling presumes with your own commemorative 14oz mug samples, 1 oz. pours should be reserved for shots when you get dragged downtown for a loosely known associated friend of a friend’s birthday. To me beer tasting has always been in quaffing amounts. Forecast is all of the above, expect sun and snow. This year a few new breweries have been added to the line up; Avery, Great Divide, Tommyknocker, and New Belgium. Returning this year a few breweries I don’t make it to often enough; Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam and Backcountry. Backcountry represents for the hophead in all of us with their backcountry IPA while the showdown between Irish Stouts comes a tough call between Pug Ryan’s and Dillon Dam. Wax your board, bring your dog and breakout the 80’s gear for a perfect day to end you season on. Oh and it’s the 10th not the 9th annual if you want to get all technical and whatnot.