Weekend off the Wagon: September 23-25

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Denver Beer Week starts today, ushering in GABF and a host of other activities. It’s also Oktoberfest season. And, well, it’s Denver, so there’s a ton going on anyway. The weather is beautiful, so get out there and enjoy it!

Here’s a few ideas for your weekend:

Track 1:

Beer. Lots of beer.

Friday: Head over to the Paramount Cafe and check out their growing craft beer program. They kick off the week with a Sierra Nevada tapping and some brewers to talk shop.

Saturday: Great COntenders at Wynkoop, then over to the Ritz for SeptFest, and top it off at Paris on the Platte’s anniversary party.

Sunday: This town will be flowing. Stop by FreshCraft for their local showcase, run over to Falling Rock before it gets too slammed with beer geeks, maybe hit up Euclid, Star Bar, and Great Divide for similar reasons, or head down to Rackhouse for some free bacon and football. And get read for GABF.

Track 1:

The Oktoberfest Track

All weekend: Pick a town.  Go to their Oktoberfest.

Track 2:

More awesome, less thematic

Friday: Swing over to Fado’s for the Stella Artois Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals

Saturday: Boulder Fall Fest

Sunday: Denver Beer Fest then Denver Silent Film Festival

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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Friday | Saturday | Sunday

ALL MONTH

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

More information

 

Friday, September 23

Denver Beer Fest–Day 1
Denver Metro
Friday 9/23 11:00 AM to Saturday 10/1 10:00 PM

Sandwiched between Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest adds to the celebration of beer through beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, beer tappings, brewery tours, and more!

Sierra Nevada Yippie-Rye-Aye Tapping
Paramount Cafe
Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
$2 Pints
All Purveyors from other companies will be down to try our beer
Meet and Greet with Scott Cargile from Sierra Nevada, as well as Jared and John Brady to talk to people about the beer.

FreshCraft Colorado Small Brewers Showcase
FreshCraft
All Weekend

During the weekend of 9/23-9/25 we will be featuring great beers from some of the up and coming brewers in CO. Throughout the weekend we will be pouring beer from these great breweries:

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder)
Backcountry Brewery (Frisco)
Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (Denver)
Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley)
Crazy Mountain Brewery (Edwards)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Ft. Collins)
Denver Beer Co. (Denver)
Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora)
Funkwerks (Ft. Collins)
Renegade Brewing Co. (Denver)
Strange Brewing Co. (Denver)

Every one of these breweries is independently distributed. Stop in to try some great fresh beer and support our local brewers!

More information

Boulder OktoberFest–Day 1
28th and Jay Road (Boulder)
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 11:00 PM

Boulder Fall Fest–Day 1
Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM

Downtown Boulder’s 3-day autumn festival (September 23-25) features local food and microbrews, music, children’s entertainment and a children’s carnival and more than 30 artisan booths all along the historic Pearl Street Mall.

Denver Silent Film Festival–Day 1
The King Center
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Classic, classic movies all weekend long. And there’s MillerCoors pre-prohibition-style lager, Batch 19 with the Opening Gala on Friday to kick it all off.Friday:
An Evening with Charlie ChaplinSaturday:
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Cyrano de BergeracSunday:
A Program of New Silent Films (from UCD Arts & Media students)
A Program of Short Comedies
Underworld

Greeley Oktoberfest–Day 1
Greeley, CO
Friday 5:00 PM to Saturday 7:00 PM

Brush OktoberFest–Day 1
Downtown Brush, CO
Friday 6:30 PM to Saturday 8:30 PM

Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
Pepsi Center
Friday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 24

SeptFest at the Ritz Carlton
Ritz-Carlton, Denver
Saturday 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Beer, brats, music, and more beer. All you can eat and drink, in the style of the Ritz!

More information and tickets

Great COntenders
Wynkoop
Saturday 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Yes, the Great American Beer Festival is sold out.

But there is at least one place where a ticketless beer fiend has a shot at grabbing a pair of tix: The Great COntenders, Sept. 24, 1- 4:30 PM at Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Online ticket buyers to our pre-GABF tasting and Denverbeerfest kickoff event are automatically entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to a session of the sold-out GABF.

The event — which features 20+ CO breweries serving 50+ previous GABF medal winners and 2011 GABF entries — is also a great Plan B for those who didn’t get GABF tickets. It serves as a superb warm up to the mighty GABF as well. This year’s event is also a fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild, the collective voice for Colorado’s finest craft brewers.

Advance tickets are just $25 and available only online at www.wynkoop.com. Tickets are $30 day of the event if it’s not sold out.

42nd Annual Denver Oktoberfest
20th and Larimer
Saturday 11:00 AM to Sunday 2:00 AM

Come celebrate Oktoberfest, Denver style. We’ve got a full article on this awesome event:

Docktoberfest
Dry Dock Brewing
Saturday 11:00 AM to 112:00 PM

Wear your lederhosen and German blouses and enjoy food and great beer! You know the Marzen will be flowing!!! Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760) will be broadcasting live from noon to 1pm at the event.

Paris on the Platte 25th Anniversary
1553 Platte St
Saturday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

4:00-4:45 | Music: The Constant Tourist
5:00-5:30 | Councilwoman Judy Montero, and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless rep.
5:30-6:15 | Music: Jason Doherty & Melanie Owen Padilla
6:15-6:45 | Stories, contests, raffle
6:45-7:30 | Music: Holly Lovell
7:30-8:00 | Stories, contests, raffle
8:00-8:45 | Music: Anthony Ruptak
8:45-9:15 | Stories, contests, raffle
9:15-10:00 | Music: Olivia Rudeen (& the Wandering Souls)
10:00 | Wrap it up, final stuff

Open recipe competition, the Chile Education Station will sample dozens of varieties of chiles in quesadillas. Learn how to peel, seed, and freeze green chiles, and there’s a Chile Pepper Eating Contest. Lots & lots of Southwestern, Mexican, and hot & spicy food!

Stella Artois Draught Masters Regional Semi-Finals
Fado’s Irish Pub
Saturday 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM

Stella Artois is hosting a beer pouring competition at Fado’s in Denver and you’re invited. Competitors vie to follow strict 9-step pouring rules and compete for a spot in the National Finals in Washington DC later this year. Contest details can be found on the official Web site.

FreshCraft Colorado Small Brewers Showcase
FreshCraft
All Weekend

During the weekend of 9/23-9/25 we will be featuring great beers from some of the up and coming brewers in CO. Throughout the weekend we will be pouring beer from these great breweries:

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder)
Backcountry Brewery (Frisco)
Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (Denver)
Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley)
Crazy Mountain Brewery (Edwards)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Ft. Collins)
Denver Beer Co. (Denver)
Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora)
Funkwerks (Ft. Collins)
Renegade Brewing Co. (Denver)
Strange Brewing Co. (Denver)

Every one of these breweries is independently distributed. Stop in to try some great fresh beer and support our local brewers!

More information

Ska Brewing’s 16th Anniversary Party & Brewers Invitational
Ska Brewing (Durango, CO)
Saturday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join in for Ska Brewing’s 16th Anniversary Party and Brewer’s Invitational: featuring the legendary Toasters- celebrating 30 years of Ska Music! Your ticket includes entrance into the event, a commemorative Toasters tasting glass and samples of beer from 16 of Colorado’s and the Four Corners Regions finest Breweries! Breweries include: Avery, Breckenridge, Bristol, Carver’s, Durango Brewing Company, Left Hand, Marble, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Ouray Brewing, Pagosa Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing, Santan, Steamworks and Three Rivers Brewing! This event will sell out. Doors open at 4:00pm and the Blue Hornets and the Nuns of Brixton will play before the Toasters take the stage. A benefit for the Durango Bootlegger’s Fund and the Colorado Brewer’s Guild.

Denver Beer Fest–Day 2
Denver Metro
Friday 9/23 11:00 AM to Saturday 10/1 10:00 PM
Sandwiched between Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest adds to the celebration of beer through beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, beer tappings, brewery tours, and more!More information

Boulder OktoberFest–Day 2
28th and Jay Road (Boulder)
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 11:00 PMMore information

Boulder Fall Fest–Day 2
Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM
Downtown Boulder’s 3-day autumn festival (September 23-25) features local food and microbrews, music, children’s entertainment and a children’s carnival and more than 30 artisan booths all along the historic Pearl Street Mall.More information

Denver Silent Film Festival–Day 2
The King Center
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Classic, classic movies all weekend long. And there’s MillerCoors pre-prohibition-style lager, Batch 19 with the Opening Gala on Friday to kick it all off.Friday:
An Evening with Charlie ChaplinSaturday:
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Cyrano de BergeracSunday:
A Program of New Silent Films (from UCD Arts & Media students)
A Program of Short Comedies
Underworld

More information

Greeley Oktoberfest–Day 2
Greeley, CO
Friday 5:00 PM to Saturday 7:00 PM
More information

Brush OktoberFest–Day 2
Downtown Brush, CO
Friday 6:30 PM to Saturday 8:30 PM

More information

Stevetoberfest
Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Fort Collins)
Saturday 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For those of you that have known Steve for a while, you are familiar with Stevetoberfest and all its glory. Although Steve didn’t want it named the same, he was overruled and so the fest lives on. Come on down between noon and 9pm for an Oktoberfest style party and celebrate Steve’s birthday. There will also be a tapping of Oktoberfest beer.

There will be festivities all day long, including live music, awesome food from our friends at Matador Mexican Grill, who are branching out into German-style grub just for us, and of course delicious beer including a tapping of our Oktoberfest. We hope you can join us!

Osktoberfest
Oskar Blues (Lyons, CO)
Saturday 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Gypsum Oktoberfest
Gypsum, CO
Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Granby Oktoberfest
Polhamus Park (Granby, CO)
Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Estes Park Oktoberfest: Autumn Gold–Day 1
Downtown Estes Park
Saturday 10:00 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM

Glenwood Springs OktoberFest
Centennial Park (Glenwood Springs)
Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Durango Oktoberfest
Durango
Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Castle Pines OktoberFest
Castle Pines Marketplace
Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Saturday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Sunday, September 25

Running of the Gays
Meet at Steuben’s
Sunday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

On Sunday at 11 am, Denver’s gay community, Art from Ashes, Ed Gillespie of G3 & Noelle Benjamin hosted the first Denver Running of the Gays to support creative programs for youth at Rainbow Alley. Runners agreed to raise $250 each in sponsorships to run 3 blocks down 17th Avenue in heels! Art from Ashes supplied the t-shirts, runners supplied the heels, Steuben’s and Hamburger Mary’s supplied the specials, and JR’s supplied the party!

42nd Annual Denver Oktoberfest–Day 2
20th and Larimer
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Come celebrate Oktoberfest, Denver style. We’ve got a full article on this awesome event:

Long Dog Derby
Oktoberfest–Denver (20th and Larimer)
Sunday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Get your wieners ready to race! Wiener dog, that is. Oktoberfest Denver proudly returns the 6th Annual Long Dog Derby – the race that determines Denver’s fastest dachshunds! Set for Sunday, Sept. 25th at Oktoberfest Denver, the Long Dog Derby encourages all wiener dogs to participate regardless of age or size. Awards will be given to winners in six categories. Don’t have a dachshund, don’t worry – your pooch pal can still compete in the Long Dog Derby Costume Contest or the Wiener Wanna-be Race!

FreshCraft Colorado Small Brewers Showcase
FreshCraft
All Weekend

During the weekend of 9/23-9/25 we will be featuring great beers from some of the up and coming brewers in CO. Throughout the weekend we will be pouring beer from these great breweries:

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder)
Backcountry Brewery (Frisco)
Copper Kettle Brewing Co. (Denver)
Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley)
Crazy Mountain Brewery (Edwards)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Ft. Collins)
Denver Beer Co. (Denver)
Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora)
Funkwerks (Ft. Collins)
Renegade Brewing Co. (Denver)
Strange Brewing Co. (Denver)

Every one of these breweries is independently distributed. Stop in to try some great fresh beer and support our local brewers!

More information

Denver Beer Fest–Day 3
Denver Metro
Friday 9/23 11:00 AM to Saturday 10/1 10:00 PM
Sandwiched between Oktoberfest and the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest adds to the celebration of beer through beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, beer tappings, brewery tours, and more!

More information

Boulder OktoberFest–Day 3
28th and Jay Road (Boulder)
Friday 10:00 AM to Sunday 11:00 PM

More information

Boulder Fall Fest–Day 3
Pearl Street Mall (Boulder)
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 6:00 PM
Downtown Boulder’s 3-day autumn festival (September 23-25) features local food and microbrews, music, children’s entertainment and a children’s carnival and more than 30 artisan booths all along the historic Pearl Street Mall.

More information

Denver Silent Film Festival–Day 3
The King Center
Friday 5:00 PM to Sunday 9:00 PM
Classic, classic movies all weekend long. And there’s MillerCoors pre-prohibition-style lager, Batch 19 with the Opening Gala on Friday to kick it all off.Friday:
An Evening with Charlie ChaplinSaturday:
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Cyrano de BergeracSunday:
A Program of New Silent Films (from UCD Arts & Media students)
A Program of Short Comedies
Underworld

More information
Estes Park Oktoberfest: Autumn Gold–Day 2
Downtown Estes Park
Saturday 10:00 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM

More information

 

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.

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