Weekend off the Wagon: August 26 – August 28

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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:  

  • Friday: Denver Suitcase Party, because that’s just awesome.
  • Saturday: Freshcraft 1st Anniversary Party.  Yep.  And then the Green Route Fest in RiNo.  Maybe I could still make the Copper Kettle Summer Wrap Up Party for their Kolsch…
  • Sunday: Pro Cycling Wrap Party!  Those guys are beasts.

Track 2: 

  • Friday:  Catch the last Sounds of Southlands.  I’m going to miss the summer concert series in Denver
  • Saturday: NedFest!  What better way to celebrate Nederlands than with their dead guy.  err…  Then swing down to Oskar Blues for Deviant Dale’s BeerBQ.  If I had time, I’d swing up to Fort Collins to celebrate their 1st year in their new, swanky home
  • Sunday: Make it down to Pueblo to check out the Colorado State Fair

But that’s me with clones.

WEEKEND WEATHER

Friday Saturday Sunday
High: 89˚
Low: 67˚
Isolated T-Storms
Precip: 30%
High: 92˚
Low: 68˚
Isolated T-Storms
Precip: 30%
High: 87˚
Low: 66˚
Isolated T-storm
Precip: 30%

 

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

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, August 26

Colorado State Fair — Day 1
Pueblo, CO
Friday 9:00 AM to Monday 10:00 AM
From hot country tunes, to legendary beats, to metal-crunching car crashes—there’s a variety of crowd pleasing acts lined up for the 2011 Colorado State Fair.
More information

13th Annual NedFest — Day 1
Nederland, CO
Friday 1:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3, 000 ft. above) Boulder. It is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that happens the last weekend of August. The music featured is in the Bluegrass, Jazz, Jamband, Jamgrass and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage with acoustic ‘tweener sets between each band.
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Fort Collins Brewery Parking Lot Party
Fort Collins Brewery
Friday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Party, live music by Champagne Breakfast!
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Fête des Fleurs
Denver Botanic Gardens
Friday 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Cocktails, dinner, dancing, Soul X, and strolling the gardens to benefit the Botanic Gardens. What a classy, black-tie affair!
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Denver Suitcase Party
Centennial Airport
Friday 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Pack your bags, enter your ticket, and the winner at the end of the night is whisked off to Napa Valley. Holy shit.

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Rocky Mountain Air Show — Day 1
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Broomfield, CO)
Friday 7:00 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM
The Rocky Mountain Airshow will be the site of numerous Pyro-technic displays, unique Radial Engine Sounds, After-Burning Military Jet Engines, Jet Powered Vehicles and Fireworks.
Event:  More information
Tickets:  More information

Four Course Tequila Dinner

Cantina Laredo
Friday 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Four-course tequila dinner. Call (303) 795-0339 to reserve.

Colorado State BBQ Championship–Day 2
Loudy-Simpson Park (Craig, CO)
Thursday 4:00 PM to Saturday 3:00 PM
Barbeque chefs can compete for a chance at a $3,000 grand prize in the Colorado State BBQ Championships in Craig, Colorado. Chefs compete in four meat classes: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Competitors and attendees alike enjoy the live music, various vendors and beautiful scenery that comes with a visit to Craig and the BBQ Championships.
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Aurora Sounds of Southlands
Southlands Town Square 6155 S. Main Street (Aurora, CO)
Join us every Friday starting June 3rd for a night of free entertainment with the Sounds of Southlands Concert Series held in Town Square from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!
Bring a blanket, bring your pet…and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes!

  • Friday, August 26 The Fab 4

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Rocky Mountain Irish Festival — Day 2
Boardwalk Park (Windsor, CO)
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Get your Irish on! The Tossers are coming to play as well as a varied amount of entertainment.
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Saturday, August 27

Freshcraft 1st Anniversary Party & BBQ
Freshcraft
Saturday 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Come and celebrate with us all day on Saturday 8/27/11. It’s going to be a laid back affair full of great food, beer & cocktails. In addition to our regular menu we will be serving delicious barbecue all day – beef, pork, sausage & ribs with fresh sides & delicious house made sauce. Some new cocktails will be debuted, we’ll be releasing some archived beers from our stash as well as tapping some great specialty beers through the day. At 7 pm we will tap a beer that we were lucky enough to collaborate in brewing with our friends at Upslope Brewing Co.: Upslope-Freshcraft Imperial Red Ale. You will also get a chance to enter a raffle, with chances to win gift certificates & tickets to GABF.Schedule (subject to change) :

  • 11:00 AM: Tapping Oskar Blues Nitro Old Chub
    Bottles of Odell India Barleywine go on sale (1 case only)
  • 1:00 PM Tapping Avery Dry Hopped IPA
  • 2:00 PM Bottles of Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad go on sale (1 case only)
  • 5:00 PM 1st Drawing, 3 prizes, 1st prize one pair of tickets to GABF
  • 7:00 PM Tapping Upslope-Freshcraft Imperial Red Ale
  • 11:30 PM 2nd Drawing, 3 prizes, 1st prize one pair of tickets to GABF

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TRiNiTY’s 3rd Anniversary Party!
Trinity Brewery (Colorado Springs, CO)
Saturday 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Join for Trinity’s birthday! Special Release Beers starting at 11am and Grass It Up at 8pm. No cover.

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Green Route Festival
RiNo Arts District (26th Street between Blake and Larimer)
Saturday 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Local food, beers and spirits. Fire dancing at dusk. Live painting by Laurie Maves and other selected artists. Farmer’s Markets, chalkboarding and more activities to be announced! Free bike parking, pedicabs and discounts to local establishments.

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Grand Lake Brew Fest
Grand Lake
Saturday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lake Park area. Come taste some beer and listen to some great music. Tickets: $25. Call Lisa or Cheryl at 970.627.3402 for more information.

Fort Collins Brewery Shindig
Fort Collins Brewery
Saturday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fort Collins Brewery (affectionately FCB) is throwing a beer bash to celebrate their 1-year “new home” anniversary after moving on August 27 from 1-8pm. Come join in the festivities and, as they say it, a “darn good time.”

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Deviant Dale’s IPA Special Release BeerBQ
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons, CO)
Saturday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
It’s back– Deviant Dale’s IPA, a sensory assault for hop lovers. Join us this Saturday, August 27th, at the Original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew for a PIG smokin’ BeerBQ to celebrate the release of this crazy beer.

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Kickball Tournament
City Park
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Calling all you kickballers! Build your own team or join a team. It will be a great way to end your summer while supporting your local Denver community. Food and beer provided.

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Shoes & Brews
Writer’s Square
Saturday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Slip on your hottest footwear, savor, socialize and Save a Life!

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Copper Kettle’s Summer Wrap Up Party
Copper Kettle (1338 S. Valentia St.)
Saturday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Summer Wrap Up Party with the tapping of our newest brew, a light Kolsch to complete the summer

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8th Annual Foam Fest
Colorado State Fair (Pueblo, CO)
Saturday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Come join for the annual FoamFest beer festival at the Colorado State Fair. There will be more than 20 Colorado breweries showcasing their beer. Tickets are $25 (plus price of admission), which includes a commemorative pint glass to take with you. The winners of the homebrew competition will be announced during the festival as well. FOTR members who volunteer to help with the fest (setup, breakdown, pouring beer, ice patrol, etc.) will receive free admission to both the fairgrounds and the beer festival as well as a parking pass.

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Rocky Mountain Irish Festival — Day 3
Boardwalk Park (Windsor, CO)
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Get your Irish on! The Tossers are coming to play as well as a varied amount of entertainment.
More information

Lakewood Chile Harvest Festival — Day 1
Lakewood’s Heritage Center (Belmar Park)
Saturday 10:00 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM
The Chile Harvest Art Festival is presented by the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council and the City of Lakewood’s Heritage, Culture & Arts Division. The event features and celebrates Spanish Colonial traditional, folk, indigenous and contemporary art and is scheduled in honor of the harvest of the chile pepper.

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Rocky Mountain Goat Roast
Crabtree Brewery (Greeley, CO)
Saturday 2:00 PM to 11:30 PM
The Crabtree Brewery and R.T.G. Presents The 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Goat Roast. One stage of insane metal will be held at 2pm (gates at 1:45pm) on August 27, 2011 at the Crabtree Brewery 625 3rd street unit D. in Greeley, Colorado. This is an all age’s, outdoor, all day festival with food, craft beer (for 21+), 11 death metal, black metal, grind core and many other forms of metal bands, and a lot of fun. Goats will be roasting all day and will be served at dinner time.

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Colorado State Fair — Day 2
Pueblo, CO
Friday 9:00 AM to Monday 10:00 AM
From hot country tunes, to legendary beats, to metal-crunching car crashes—there’s a variety of crowd pleasing acts lined up for the 2011 Colorado State Fair.

More information

13th Annual NedFest — Day 2
Nederland, CO
Friday 1:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3, 000 ft. above) Boulder. It is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that happens the last weekend of August. The music featured is in the Bluegrass, Jazz, Jamband, Jamgrass and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage with acoustic ‘tweener sets between each band.

More information

Rocky Mountain Air Show — Day 2
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Broomfield, CO)
Friday 7:00 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM
The Rocky Mountain Airshow will be the site of numerous Pyro-technic displays, unique Radial Engine Sounds, After-Burning Military Jet Engines, Jet Powered Vehicles and Fireworks.
Event:  More information
Tickets:  More information

Sunday

Pro Cycling Challenge Wrap Party
Civic Center Park
Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Catch the final 6 laps and party with your beloved cyclists after they’ve finished their grueling tour of Colorado.
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Christie Front Drive BBQ
Larimer Lounge
Sunday 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

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Colorado State Fair — Day 3
Pueblo, CO
Friday 9:00 AM to Monday 10:00 AM
From hot country tunes, to legendary beats, to metal-crunching car crashes—there’s a variety of crowd pleasing acts lined up for the 2011 Colorado State Fair.

More information

13th Annual NedFest — Day 3
Nederland, CO
Friday 1:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (3, 000 ft. above) Boulder. It is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that happens the last weekend of August. The music featured is in the Bluegrass, Jazz, Jamband, Jamgrass and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Up to six bands perform each day on one stage with acoustic ‘tweener sets between each band.

More information

Rocky Mountain Irish Festival — Day 4
Boardwalk Park (Windsor, CO)
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Get your Irish on! The Tossers are coming to play as well as a varied amount of entertainment.

More information

Rocky Mountain Air Show — Day 3
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (Broomfield, CO)
Friday 7:00 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM
The Rocky Mountain Airshow will be the site of numerous Pyro-technic displays, unique Radial Engine Sounds, After-Burning Military Jet Engines, Jet Powered Vehicles and Fireworks.

Event:  More information
Tickets:  More information

 

And remember, you can still get your licks in with 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.