Weekend off the Wagon: August 4 – August 7

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If I had my weekend my way (with my multiple clones) these are some of the tracks I’d pick:

Track 1:  

  • Thursday: #IPAday.  Duh.  You’ll see me at Star Bar with their IPA tap takeover
  • Friday:  Checking out Sabor with the best tastes of Denver!
  • Saturday:  Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.  Awesome. Awesome Awesome.
  • Sunday:  Avery 18th Anniversary Pary

Track 2: 

  • Thursday:  Denver Botanic Garden Series!  Love me some music in the park
  • Friday: Rockies game!  I’ll miss you, Ubaldo.
  • Saturday:  Checking out either Art Festival and Wine Tasting in Highlands Ranch or the Denver Rollerdolls
  • Sunday:  5th Annual Corks and Forks or head up to Keystone for their Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Track 3: 

  • Thursday: Either Freshcraft’s Food and Beer Pairing Dinner or the Wazee Supper Club Birthday Party
  • Friday: Single Bytes or the Warped Tour
  • Saturday:  MUDD Volleyball.  Winning!
  • Sunday:  Wake up, check out the Farmers’ Market and then check out the City Park Jazz or the Bike-in Movie

But that’s me with clones.


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See below for a detailed list for weekend events. Check out our full calendar to plan your events well into the future.

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International #IPADay
Denver, baby!
Thursday 12:00 AM
#IPAday events

Denver Botanic Garden Series

Botanic Gardens
K.D. Lang & The Siss Boom Bang

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Steamboat Springs Wine Festival
Steamboat Springs, CO
Thursday 5:00 PM to Sunday 8:00 PM
Steamboat Springs Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and our distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite. There is something for everyone Ð from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.
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Wazee Supper Club Birthday Party!
Wazee Supper Club
Thursday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Beer from Wynkoop with various events and activities, and tonight, that includes a ’70s themed evening and free beer!
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Freshcraft Summer Food & Beer Pairing Dinner
Thursday 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Did you sign up for Freshcraft’s pairing dinner? It’s too late now, but be sure you mark your calendars for the next one. Here’s what tonight’s menu is: Menu & Beers: ApŽritif: Plum Wine Bomb & Plum Jelly Shot with Great Divide Samurai Rice Ale Course One: Seaweed Salad & Hot and Sour Seaweed Soup with Left Hand Good JuJu Course Two: Yellowtail Sashimi with Basil Foam & Basil Crusted Ahi with The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel Course Three: Galbi Beef Short Ribs & Green Tea Smoked Beef Short Ribs with Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA Course Four: Frushi & Mango Crme BržlŽe with Dry Dock Paragon Apricot Blonde Yummmm… or check their facebook page.
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My Morning Jacket + Amos Lee
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Thursday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Dry Dock Firkin Friday
Dry Dock Brewing
Friday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tapping a cask of Sour Cherry Belgian Blonde.
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Vans Warped Tour 2011
Invesco Field
Friday 12:00 AM
16th installment in the annual compilation series of all things awesome. Remember your sunscreen to go with that beer.
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Sabor – Sip and Savor Denver’s Best!
Denver Botanic Gardens
Friday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Hispanic Chamber’s 4th Annual Sabor, a gastronomic showcase featuring international wines, beers, spirits, and signature food from Denver’s top restaurants. Purchase your tickets today at www.blacktiecolorado.com/ and enter event code HCCMD85.
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2011 Brew Master Dinner
Budweiser Events Center, Executive Club Restaurant
Friday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
As part of the Gnarly Barley Brew Festival We are pleased to kick off Gnarly Barley with a Brew Master Dinner featuring our 2010 PeopleÕs Choice Winner, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Ovations Food Services Executive Chef Marco Olivo will work with the Brew Master from Grimm Brothers to create several flavorful beer and food pairings. For only $35/person or $65/couple, attendees will be engaged in a discussion that focuses on training the palate to identify flavors found in beer that can translate into food and become an integral part of a dish or meal. Space is limited.
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Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Friday 7:30 PM to 112:30 PM

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Single Bytes
Creative Density (1719 Emerson St)
Friday 8:00 PM to 112:00 PM
According to Single Bytes, 5 Reasons Denver is a Great Place to Be Single: 1. It’s a city on the verge of greatness (we knew that) 2. 1 out of 3 people are single 3. The dating population is ethnically diverse 4. The Denver population is primed for marriage 5. It’s one of the most manly cities in America (woo Menver!) This event is for foodie geeks. Whether that means you a designer, programmer, community manager, social strategist—this event is for you.
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15th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival
River Run (Keystone, CO)
Friday 8:30 PM to Sunday 4:30 PM
Keystone brings the wonders of Appalachia to the Rockies. Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain-music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys. Live music rocks out on 3 stages. Don’t miss the FREE family Kidzone including inflatable’s, kids crafts and kids entertainment.
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MUDD Volleyball
Majestic Commercenter (Aurora)
Saturday 9:00 AM to 112:00 AM
The one, the only, the muddy returns for another year! MUDD Volleyball is a tournament with as much fun off the court as on. Summer’s most distinctive (and dirty) event benefits March of Dimes programs that help Colorado moms and babies be healthy. All you need is at least eight players and the desire to have a blast!
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Art Festival and Wine Tasting in HR
Town Center North, 1100 Sgt. Jon Stiles Drive, Highlands Ranch
Saturday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs AssociationÕs (HRCAA) Arts Festival is a juried show featuring local artists. Children will be entertained with face painting, and more. Attendees may browse one-of-a-kind fine art and fine crafts while listening to live music. Evan Sherlock, a local artist, will return to produce chalk artwork right on the square. Chalk will also be available for children to try their well. Watch his art take shape throughout the weekend. There is no charge to attend the festival.
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Gnarly Barley Brew Festival
The Ranch, Larimer Country Fair
Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Beer! Food! Homebrew! Jams! Awesomeness!
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Big Ten Alumni Group Bar Crawl
LoDo Bars
Saturday 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The biggest sports fans celebrate at the best sports bars in the city. Join the Big Ten Alumni Group of Colorado as they put their rivalries aside and level the playing field with the 2nd annual bar crawl taking place at LoDoÕs favorite watering holes this Saturday, August 6th at noon. The proud alumni will sport their team gear but leave their fight songs at home as they drink in celebration of one thing everyone can agree on Ð Denver is the best place to be a fan and have some fun. Who: Big Ten Alumni Group of Colorado What: 2nd Annual Bar Crawl Where & When: Saturday, August 6th LodoÕs Bar & Grill – 1946 Market St. Noon-12:45 p.m. Tavern Downtown – 1949 Market St. 12:50-1:35 p.m. SwankyÕs – 1938 Blake St. 1:35-2:20 p.m. Sports Column – 1930 Blake 2:30-3:15 p.m. Pat’s – 1624 Market St. 3:20-4:05 p.m. CrocÕs – 1630 Market St. 4:05-4:50 p.m. Big Game – 1631 Wazee St. 4:50-5:35 p.m. Ginn Mill – 2041 Larimer 5:45-6:45 p.m. Blake Street Tavern – 2401 Blake 7:00 p.m.
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Denver Roller Dolls vs. Detroit
1st Bank Center
Saturday 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Roll ’em, rock ’em, sock ’em. Join for the next home bout.
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Colorado Rockies vs Washington Nationals
Coors Field
Saturday 6:10 PM to 9:10 PM

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Slightly Stoopid
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Saturday 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM

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Avery’s 18th Anniversary Party
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mark your calendars and get ready to party with Avery Brewing Company and a few thousand of our biggest fans: the Avery Anniversary Party is back again for summer 2011! Just like years past, we’ll be reveling with a plethora of Avery beers, all-you-can-eat BBQ and rocking out to the tunes of several of Boulders best bands. Please join us for this epic day in celebration of all things Avery! Here’s the scoop: $25 at the door gains you admission to the outdoor party from 12PM-5PM, five Avery beers and all-you-can-eat BBQ (vegetarian options too)! As with the 2010 event, we will also be selling a VIP ticket for $40, which will gain you access to our Barrel-Aging Cellars to escape the heat and give you the opportunity to taste 10+ different beers from an exclisive lineup consisting of Avery beers from our Barrel-Aged Series, Avery Tap Room one-offs and other experimental oddities.
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Colorado Rockies vs Washington Nationals
Coors Field
Sunday 1:10 PM to 4:10 PM

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5th Annual Corks and Forks
Omni Hotel (Broomfield CO)
Sunday 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lovers of gourmet food and fine wines will not want to miss the opportunity to sample and enjoy a wide array of food and beverages at the 5th Annual Corks and Forks tasting. Sponsored by Superior Liquors, all proceeds will be going to the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
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And remember, it’s the height of the Farmer’s Market season.  Here is a list of some awesome ones:

  • Aurora- Southlands Retail Center – E-470 and Smoky Hill: Saturdays, May – October, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Denver- Cherry Creek: 1st Avenue & University – Bed, Bath & Beyond parking lot; Saturdays, May-October, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Denver- City Park Esplanade – between 17th & Colfax (in front of East High School); Sundays, June-October, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Denver- Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market –www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com 1500 block of S. Pearl Street – Sundays, June through October, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Denver- Stapleton — Quebec and 29th Ave on Sundays, June-September, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Littleton- Civic Green Park –between Lucent Blvd and Broadway; Sundays, May through October, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Lonetree–Yosemite and Maximus behind Stallions; Saturdays, May– October, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

See an event not listed?  Add it in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

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.