Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a special edition of Weekend off the Wagon. Hopefully you’re not working all week.
Thursday: Thanksgiving with friends, family, enemies, whatever.
Friday: Sausage Fest at Denver Beer Co.
Saturday: All the breweries! Dry Dock’s Ho Ho Ho Slapdown to Caution’s ThanksBEERing to Renegade’s Benefit for the Homeless.
Sunday: Eat leftovers, watch football, sleep. Rinse. Repeat. But seriously, rinse.
Thursday: Eat at one of the many Thanksgiving Dinner offerings around town.
Friday: A very Denver day. Check out the Model Railroad open house at Union Station, then over to Civic Center Park for the Grand Illumination Light the Lights, followed by a stroll down the 16th Street Mall with all the music and holiday cheer.
Saturday: Up to the mountains with you! Sam Adams Rare Beer Tasting at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek should be splendid.
Sunday: Since you’re already in the hills, take some turns! Pick me up a growler at Backcountry Brewing on your way back, too.
See below for a detailed list for weekend events. Check out our full calendar to plan your events well into the future.
Wed Nov 23, 2011 – Mon Nov 28, 2011
The Dairy Center for the Arts
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash. The film traces Kevin Clash’s rise from his modest beginnings in Baltimore to his current success as the man behind Elmo, one of the world’s most recognizable and adored characters. Millions of children tune in daily to watch Elmo, yet when Kevin walks down the street he is not recognized. Pivotal to the film is the exploration of Jim Henson’s meteoric rise, and Kevin’s ultimate achievement of his goal to become part of the Henson family of puppeteers. In addition to puppeteering Elmo, Mr. Clash is arguably the creative force behind today’s Sesame Street, producing, directing and traveling around the globe training other puppeteers. Includes interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, Joan Ganz Cooney, Marty Robinson, Fran Brill, and Bill Barretta.
Wed Nov 23, 2011 – Tue Nov 29, 2011
Black Book Gallery
This November Black Book Gallery will host an exhibition featuring a handful of Denver artists who all congregate in an influential and very active collaborative space, Guerilla Garden.
Thursday, November 24
Opening Day – Aspen
Opening Day – Telluride
38th Annual Turkey Trot
8am – 12pm
Every Thanksgiving morning, 10,000 people make the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot an annual tradition with their families and friends. This race is Mile High United Way’s top fundraiser, raising funds to help people in need and create a stronger community for us all. Proceeds from the 4-mile run/walk go toward Mile High United Way’s School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiatives.
Thanksgiving Dinner @ Rosa Linda’s
10am – 3pm
Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe
Thanksgiving Under-the-Sea Buffet @ The Aquarium
10am – 3pm
Thanksgiving Ballroom Buffet Dinner @ Ritz-Carlton
10:30am – 3pm
The Ritz-Carlton Denver
Thanksgiving at Chautauqua
11am – 6pm
Chautauqua Dining Hall
Thanksgiving at The Fort
11am – 6pm
The Fort A delicious traditional menu slightly outside Denver, at The Fort in Morrison.
Thanksgiving Dinner @ 1515 Restaurant
11am – 6pm
Thanksgiving Dinner @ EDGE
11am – 6pm
EDGE Restaurant & Bar
Thanksgiving Dinner @ Greenbriar Inn
11:30am – 8pm
Greenbriar Inn (Boulder, CO)
Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner
12:30pm – 4pm
Highlands United Methodist Church
Thanksgiving Dinner @ Randolph’s
5pm – 10pm
Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar
Friday, November 25
Black Porter for Black Friday
12pm – 3pm
Trinity BrewingChilly Water Baltic Porter Release Party at NOON!
Model Railroad Open House
4pm – 10pm
Union Station Basement, Denver
Platte Valley & Western Model Railroad Club will be running its train with a scale model of Union Station and a re-creation of the old 16th Street Viaduct. Free admission.
5pm – 9pm
Denver Beer Co
Join our SausageFest and support Movember and Men’s Health Month at Denver Beer Co. Our celebration of sausages, mustaches and other man-favorites such as beer will benefit the Movember cause.
Tired of Turkey Food Truck Party
5pm – 8pm
Come on down to Renegade to take a break from leftovers and munch on offerings from some of Denver’s best food trucks, including Quiero Arepas and Chef Driven.
Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination
5:30pm – 7pm
Civic Center Park
5:30 pm at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park 6:30 pm at Union Station 6:45 pm at City & County Building At 6:45 pm 9NEWS will “Light the Lights” at the City and County Building across from Civic Center Park. Thousands of lights at Skyline Park, D&F Tower and all along the 16th Street Mall will add even more magic to this special evening.
Your Keys to the City: Caroling Party
7pm – 8pm
16th Street Mall
Following Light the Lights, join pianists and carolers on 16th Street Mall to bring in the holiday season.
Saturday, November 26
Ho Ho Ho Slapdown
12pm – 5pm
Dry Dock Brewing
Come join us for our 3rd annual in-house brewing contest! Our brewer’s will each be entering special brew. And you get to vote for your favorite! Brewer’s Beer Entries: Ashleigh – Lady Penrhyn (ImperialBrown) Bill – Sticke Alt (Imperial Alt) Brett – Belgian Black IPA Doug– Shotgun Stout (Russian Imperial Stout aged in Stranahans Whiskey Barrels)
CAUTION: Brewing’s ThanksBEERing
2pm – 9pm
We’re releasing our Thanksgiving brew – Cranberry Ammo Dunkelweizen, a 5.5% ABV holiday spiced cranberry dunkelweizen that will remind you of Thanksgiving dinner. We also will have more of our Halloween treat on tap – Toaster Bat Black. If you haven’t tried this 9% ABV smoked imperial robust porter, you’re missing out! The party starts at 2pm at the brewery.
Benefit for the Homeless
4pm – 8pm
Renegade is joining together with Manna From Heaven Gourmet Food truck to raise money to help out the homeless. All tips and 10% of sales from both businesses during the event will go to Denver’s Road Home. There will also be a food drive to benefit Denver’s Metro Care Ring. Bring a non-perishable food donation and be entered to win some awesome prizes (including beer!). Suggested items include hearty canned soups, canned tuna, peanut butter, and canned fruit.
Avalanche vs. Oilers
5pm – 9pm
Sam Adam’s Beer Pairing Dinner
7pm – 8:30pm
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Avon, CO)
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek will host a very special beer and food pairing reception on Saturday, November 26. The evening will feature limited release small batch beers from the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, including 13th Hour, New World and American Kriek, paired with a gourmet four-course meal designed by Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Executive Chef, Christian Apetz
8pm – 11pm
Sunday, November 27
Pliny the Elder Tapping
11am – 3pm
Broncos @ Chargers
2:15pm – 6pm
Did we miss anything? Leave your events in the comments.
Have a happy Thanksgiving and a great weekend!
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