Weekend off the Wagon: September 9 – September 11

Rocky Mountain National Park - moonscape

Rocky Mountain National Park - moonscape, by joiseyshowaa on flickr

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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 Food and Wine.  The Art of the Cocktail and the oodles of food has my name all over it.
  • Saturday:  Tour de Fat.  And I’ll bet you want to see my costume.
  • Sunday: Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

Track 2:

  • Friday:  Brew at the Zoo!
  • Saturday:  Beetlefest up in Frisco.  I mean, you’ve seen the beer garden tables at Denver Beer Co, right?  Yeah.  Great way to turn tragedy into art, I guess?  And it benefits rockstars.
  • Sunday: Prost to the Oktoberfest season!

But that’s me with clones.

Weekend Weather

Friday Saturday Sunday
High: 74˚
Low: 52˚
Isolated T-Storms
Precip: 30%
High: 75˚
Low: 55˚
Sunny
Precip: 10%
High: 79˚
Low: 58˚
Mostly Sunny
Precip: 0%

 

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

All Month

Belgian Beer Month at Vine Street
Vine Street
All month long, Belgian beers at Vine Street

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Friday, September 9th

City O’ City Reopens
City O’ City
Friday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Did you make it yesterday to their reopening? You should do it soon. And see their expanded bar and awesomeness.

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Meet the Brewer Night–Great Divide
Rackhouse Pub
Friday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Meet up with one of the brewers from Great Divide Brewing Company and share in with a Cocoa Yeti firkin. Plus it’s “Steal-the-Pint” night.

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Denver Food and Wine: Art of the Cocktail
At Metropolitan State College of Denver @ 7th and Lawrence Way
Friday 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

For the past seventeen years, Westword has celebrated the Denver dining scene with its annual Dish event (formerly known as Menu Affair). And now we’re transforming Dish into an even more delicious celebration of the dining scene, working in partnership with Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation and Denver Food and Wine. On September 9, Westword’s Dish and the Denver Food And Wine Art of the Cocktail and A Concert Event will fill the Historic Ninth Avenue Park at Metro State with music, beer, a celebration of spirits, and delectable dishes from some of Cafe Society’s favorite restaurants. The concert will feature national recording artist Rachel Platten and local favorite Air Dubai.

With the Denver skyline as your back drop treat yourself to a great food, concert and a cocktail party under the stars with the “masters of mixology”, the Colorado Bartenders Guild. Tickets are $35.00 per person. Tickets available on-line only. Or day of at the door for $50.00.

Event details: More information

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Denver Food and Wine: Wine & Glass Seminar
@ Metropolitan State College @ 7th and Lawrence Way (DFW Vicking Stage)
Friday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Riedel brings 250 years of glassmaking skill to the finest wineglasses in the world. During this guided journey, taste for yourself how the flavors and aromas of wines are enhanced when a glass shape is designed according to the character of the wine. The 5 wine glass varietals are paired with Trinchero Napa Valley Mary’s Sauvignon Blanc, Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Chardonnay, Drouhin Pinot Noir, Trinchero Napa Valley Chicken Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, and Burgess Syrah and artisan cheeses. Keep all 5 glasses ($60 value), and you will taste each wine in its proper glass. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Tickets available on-line only. (includes a complimentary general admission ticket into the Denver Food and Wine Art of the Cocktail and A Concert and Westword Dish event. Cash Bar.)

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Brew at the Zoo
Denver Zoo
Friday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join the creatures of the night at Denver Zoo for a suds safari featuring more than 40 of Colorado’s finest breweries, complimentary appetizers, music and dancing at the 14th annual Brew At The Zoo. Net proceeds from Brew At The Zoo will benefit Denver Zoo’s Red Apple Fund for Lifelong Learning, which makes it possible for all individuals – no matter their economic circumstances – to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs.
This event sold out in 2009 and 2010. Tickets are available until noon Friday, September 9. Tickets will not be available at the door. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges will be made.

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Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival — Day 2
Estes Park
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM

There’s jousting, hand-to-hand combat and that really big pole they flip over. Not to mention the pints and turkey legs. It’s awesome.

More information

 

Arvada Harvest Festival — Day 1
57th and Old Wadsworth
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 6:00 PM

This event is brought to you by the Harvest Festival Committee. Parade on Saturday, Sept 10

More information

 

Longmont Oktoberfest — Day 1
Roosevelt Park (Longmont)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 5:00 PM

Formerly brought to you by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Longmont
Oktoberfest is an established event held in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park each
September. Now brought to you by the award-winning production & management
team of Boulder Creek Events, Oktoberfest features three days of great live
music, local breweries, delicious foods, arts & crafts exhibitors, and kids’ rides and
attractions. There’s something for the whole family at the Longmont
Oktoberfest!

More information

 

Vail Oktoberfest — Day 1
Vail
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM

Munich comes to the streets of Vail in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party. Oktoberfest returns to Vail for two full weekends of Bavarian fun Sept. 9-11 in Lionshead and Sept. 16-18 in Vail Village.
Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebration known by millions around the world, Vail’s Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole weekends with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck’s and much more. Oktoberfest 2011 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run.
See Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional (and not so traditional) tunes on the accordian and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

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Rockies vs. Red — Game 1
Coors Field
Friday 6:40 PM to 9:40 PM
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Saturday, September 11th

 

Tour de Fat Denver
West side of City Park
Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Yes folks, the Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 U.S. cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city’s inner-cyclist, in 2011 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Be there early to register and stick around after the ride and enjoy music and theatrics by The Dovekins, Daredevil Chicken Club, YoYo Squared and Los Amigos Invisibles. Parking is available at East High School. This ballyhoo of good times will be benefitting Bike Denver and The Denver Cruisers.

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Golden City’s Oktoberfest
Golden City Brewery (Golden, CO)
Saturday 10:00 AM

This is an annual tradition at GCB. Brats, Beer & Music – Life is Good. No admission charge – proceeds donated to charity. Normal tap room hours.

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Renegade Brewing Grand Opening Party
Renegade Brewing Company
Saturday 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Finally, the long-awaited Renegade Brewing grand opening celebration is set for September 10th.

Press Release: More information

Website: More information

 

Denver Food and Wine Grand Tasting
At Metropolitan State College of Denver @ 7th and Lawrence Way
Saturday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Held under tents, 3,500+ food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy the “Grand Tasting” event, sampling more than 600 featured wines, signature spirits, cuisine from 39 of Denver’s finest restaurants and featuring the Viking Culinary Chef Showcases, Beam Global Cocktail Party, Pernod Ricard’s “Perfect Mix” Lounge, Skyy Spirits, W.J. Deutch Wine Bar, Trinchero Family Estates Wines, & silent wine auction. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Tickets available on-line or at the door.

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EvansFest
Riverside Park (Evans, CO)
Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Local breweries will be serving beers in the beer garden at this annual festival in Evans, Colorado. Other events include a walk/run race, parade, music, games, inflatables, food courts. Family fun.

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Boulder Beer’s Beer Rave
Boulder Beer Company
Saturday 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Cost: $25 includes all samples.
It’s Boulder Beer’s 32nd anniversary! And to cap off Boulder Beer Week they’re hosting a huge party with 32 breweries will be tapping their hard to get or experimental taproom only brews at this event. Tickets available now! This is a fundraiser for The Miracle On Walnut Street – feeding Boulder’s hungry and homeless on Christmas Day.

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4th Annual Beetlefest
Frisco’s Main Street
Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The 4th Annual Beetlefest will carve it’s way on to Frisco’s Main Street on September 10, 2011 from 10 am to 6 pm. This all day Main Street festival has something for everyone from wood carving, to bug eating and all points in between. The event is open to the public and is designed to bring education and awareness regarding the devastation caused by the mountain pine beetle. The event will benefit the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. And there’s beer.

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Festival Italiano — Day 1
Belmar Shopping District
Saturday 10:00 AM to Sunday 7:00 PM

Celebration of Italian culture – food, gelato, art, bocce ball, opera that kids can participate in.

More information

 

12th Annual Harvest Fest — Thornton
Thornton Community Park
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thornton Harvest Fest is designed to build on the community spirit of our residents and business leaders and will take place in Community Park located at the intersection of York St. and Thornton Parkway.

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Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival — Day 3

Estes Park
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM

There’s jousting, hand-to-hand combat and that really big pole they flip over. Not to mention the pints and turkey legs. It’s awesome.

More information

 

Craftin’ Carnival
Rino Arts District
Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Craftin’ Carnival is a community of crafters, hobbyists, artists and artisans. Our goals are to provide an opportunity for emerging and established artists to exhibit their work in a supportive marketplace, and to share skills with like-minded peers in a fun, inclusive environment.

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Arvada Harvest Festival — Day 2
57th and Old Wadsworth
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 6:00 PM

This event is brought to you by the Harvest Festival Committee. Parade on Saturday, Sept 10

More information

 

Longmont Oktoberfest — Day 2
Roosevelt Park (Longmont)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 5:00 PM

Formerly brought to you by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Longmont
Oktoberfest is an established event held in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park each
September. Now brought to you by the award-winning production & management
team of Boulder Creek Events, Oktoberfest features three days of great live
music, local breweries, delicious foods, arts & crafts exhibitors, and kids’ rides and
attractions. There’s something for the whole family at the Longmont
Oktoberfest!

More information

 

Vail Oktoberfest — Day 2
Vail
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM

Munich comes to the streets of Vail in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party. Oktoberfest returns to Vail for two full weekends of Bavarian fun Sept. 9-11 in Lionshead and Sept. 16-18 in Vail Village.
Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebration known by millions around the world, Vail’s Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole weekends with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck’s and much more. Oktoberfest 2011 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run.
See Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional (and not so traditional) tunes on the accordian and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

More information

 

Rockies vs. Reds — Game 2
Coors Field
Saturday 2:10 PM to 6:10 PM
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Sunday, September 11th

Aspen/Snowmass Oktoberfest
Aspen/Snowmass
Sunday 10:00 AM

Willkommen! (“Welcome!”) to Snowmass Village as the Mall is transformed into a Bavarian bazaar of music, food, dancing, shopping, and pure enjoyment of the fall harvest season. Biergartens will be filled with authentic German beers and foods. So bring your friends, favorite drinking song and your appetite and join in the celebration. Wunderbar!

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Rockies vs. Red — Game 3
Coors Field
Sunday 1:10 PM to 4:10 PM
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Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival — Day 4
Estes Park
Thursday 7:30 PM to Sunday 4:00 PM

There’s jousting, hand-to-hand combat and that really big pole they flip over. Not to mention the pints and turkey legs. It’s awesome.

More information

 

Arvada Harvest Festival — Day 3
57th and Old Wadsworth
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 6:00 PM

This event is brought to you by the Harvest Festival Committee. Parade on Saturday, Sept 10

More information

 

Festival Italiano — Day 2
Belmar Shopping District
Saturday 10:00 AM to Sunday 7:00 PM

Celebration of Italian culture – food, gelato, art, bocce ball, opera that kids can participate in.

More information

 

Longmont Oktoberfest — Day 3
Roosevelt Park (Longmont)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 5:00 PM

Formerly brought to you by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Longmont
Oktoberfest is an established event held in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park each
September. Now brought to you by the award-winning production & management
team of Boulder Creek Events, Oktoberfest features three days of great live
music, local breweries, delicious foods, arts & crafts exhibitors, and kids’ rides and
attractions. There’s something for the whole family at the Longmont
Oktoberfest!

More information

 

Vail Oktoberfest — Day 3
Vail
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM

Munich comes to the streets of Vail in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party. Oktoberfest returns to Vail for two full weekends of Bavarian fun Sept. 9-11 in Lionshead and Sept. 16-18 in Vail Village.
Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebration known by millions around the world, Vail’s Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole weekends with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck’s and much more. Oktoberfest 2011 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Beck’s Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run.
See Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional (and not so traditional) tunes on the accordian and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

More information

 

QUICK!  Get your last licks in on the Farmers 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.

 

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.