Weekend off the Wagon — March 16-18

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In case you haven’t heard, St Patrick’s Day is this Saturday. Irish or not, there are celebrations all over the city and into the mountains too, so get out and enjoy it – and of course the gorgeous weather too!

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Friday: Get a head start on the St Patrick’s Day celebrations and give to charity at Fado Irish Pub’s Annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event for kids with cancer.

Saturday: Celebrate St Patty’s Day, Wagon-Star-Bar-style. 8AM start, 10AM is Denver’s 50th St Patrick’s Day Parade in LoDo, then back to Star Bar for food from Fat Daddy’s BBQ food truck and live music with Kentucky Parlor Pickers and Midlife Crisis well into the evening. If you’d rather skip the parade and get some pre-partying exercise, participate in City Park’s Lucky Laces Run (5K)/Walk (10K) at 10AM.

Sunday: If you’re still going by Sunday, props to you; get some good food before you continue your weekend-long exploration of Irish libations.

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Friday: Fun for everyone! See “North America’s premiere Celtic event,” the Tartan Terrors, bagpipes, drums, dancing, and all at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

Saturday: Head to the mountains! Take your pick: Breck’s month-long Spring Fever starts today; Vail’s 2012 VRD Krueger Family’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K & 10K race; Copper Mountain’s street party of fire pits, green beer, DJ Leprechaun Landry, and green fireworks too.

Sunday: Stay put in the mountains. Check out Crested Butte’s second day of FestEVOL (starts Saturday at 3PM with the Pete Kilpatrick Band followed by the Barenaked Ladies) includes performances by Zack Heckendorf, Guster, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.


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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St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

Noon into the wee hours

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Have your head shaved for kids with cancer. Or volunteer, or donate, or just enjoy the festivities. $10 bottomless Stella, live music from THAT 80’s BAND, giveaways, food, and more. Fado’s 14th Annual Outdoor St Patrick’s Day Festival is all day Saturday, too (more below).

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Tartan Terrors


Lone Tree Arts Center

Their newest (and 8th) album is “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” so which Wagon readers won’t like their performance?

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St. Patrick’s Day Burlesque Blowout

11pm, 21+

Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

Shows are late night on both Friday and Saturday. Clocktower Clockettes, Irish emcees, “a rollicking GREAT green time.”

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Firkin Friday at Great Divide

2pm – 5pm

Great Divide Brewing Co.

A special treat this week: try Great Divide’s unfiltered pilsner, Zwickel, meaning straight from the tank. Low in alcohol, hazy, delicious, and very limited supplies so start the weekend early when the taproom opens at 2pm.

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Firkin Friday at Dry Dock

3pm – 11pm

Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Join us each Friday for Firkin Friday where we tap a special one-off beer that has been cask-conditioned… usually with a twist! The firkins are tapped at 3PM and one later in the evening, sometime around 7pm or 8pm.

Irish Firkin Car Bomb

5pm – 10pm

Steamworks Brewing Company

This Firkin Friday, Steamworks taps their Irish Car Bomb, noted as a very smooth beer (with the name stemming from the fact that you won’t see the effects of it coming). The base is Steamworks’ Backside Stout, which features complex malt and oat flavor followed by a second fermentation with Irish Cream and Jameson whiskey flavors.

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Pre-St. Patty’s Day Release

3pm – 9pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Pre-Saint Patty’s Day Celebration with the release of a Dry Irish Stout on nitro and FREE live music from Celtic band Indigent Row (7pm-9pm). Manna from Heaven Food Truck outside 5pm-9pm.

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Farmhouse Nocturnum Release Party

5pm – 10pm

Trinity Brewing Company

A “Super Saison” strong, jet black Belgian ale with a blend of sarsaparilla, sassafras, rosemary, coriander, hibiscus and cumin – 12.5% ABV! St Patty’s Day Party starting at 11am on Saturday too.

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Downslope Distilling Inc. Pre – St Pats Party and Distillery Tour

4pm – 7pm

Downslope Distilling, Centennial

Free Tastings and Cocktails. We have the following to taste: Double Diamond Whiskey – Ould Tom Gin – Sugar Cane, Grain & Pepper Vodkas – Vanilla, Spiced & Wine Barrel Aged Rums and others. Featured Cocktails, Ould Tom Collins, Double Irish Coffee Diamond. 6770 South Dawson Cr., Ste 400, Centennial, CO 80112 (Arapahoe and Jordan Road).

Gars & Grapes

4pm — 9pm


Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day weekend by enjoying a complimentary wine tasting from the delicious local wineries Avanti and Bookcliff. In addition, we also carry over 25 different Colorado wines and a huge selection of distinguished cigars. Our tasting room is non-smoking and light appetizers will be offered to compliment your tasting. This event will also have local artists featuring their own art and music. Finish the night by relaxing into a back and neck massage offered by a certified massage therapist. We look forward to seeing you!

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St Patrick’s Day Parade

10am – 2pm

Starts at 27th & Blake Street

Be there for the Denver St Patrick’s Day Golden Jubilee Celebration! That’s right, now in it’s 50th year, the St Patrick’s Day parade will go through LoDo from Blake to 17th, 17th to Wynkoop, Wynkoop to 19th, 19th to Wewatta, around to Coors Field Parking. It’ll be a blast and if you need to get into the spirit, see what the Wagon crew is up to below.

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Star Bar & Denver off the Wagon St Patrick’s Day Party

8am til the wee hours

Star Bar, LoDo Parade, back to Star Bar

Join the Wagon & Star Bar crew starting at 8AM this Saturday to partake in an Irish Breakfast, a stout and a shot of Jameson (or support your local craft booze makers with a Yeti and a Stranahans).  Either way, be in LoDo by 10am as we inaugurate our first year in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Fat Daddy’s BBQ arrives outside Start Bar at 11am; live music with performances by Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers (2pm) and Midlife Crisis (6pm); local beers and other stouts will be in heavy supply.

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Lucky Laces 5K/10K & Little Leprechaun Fun Run

10am race start; 8:30am registration at City Park Pavilion

City Park

Want to start the day with a pre-partying run? Join 1100+ runners and walkers in a flat, fast, green-themed run/walk to support Denver Urban Ministries. DenUM supports families in crisis with food, housing, and employment assistance to ensure long-term stability. More than 68,000 services are provided annually to help vulnerable families in our community. You can also support DenUM by bringing a can of food to the Lucky Laces 5K/10K). There will also be awards for best runners, strollers, Irish costumes, and pets – so the whole family is welcome!

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Breck Spring Fever



Join in the Town-Wide St. Patrick’s Day Party to kick off Breck’s month-long Spring Fever festival. Check out drink specials, events, and costume contests at Burke and Riley’s, Coppertop, Motherloaded Tavern, Napper Tandy’s, Ollies, Park Avenue Pub, and the T-Bar. For those more interested in skiing, participate in “some of the toughest, gnarliest, most grueling on-mountain competitions in Colorado” throughout this month ofcelebrating the arrival of spring.

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Copper Mountains O’Fuego

5pm – 7pm

Copper Mountain

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day Copper Style, where En Fuego meets the luck of the Irish. Check out DJ Leprechaun Landry, fire pits, green beer and green fireworks over West Lake at 7pm. It’s a free street party the whole family can enjoy.

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3/17 & 3/18

Crested Butte

After a day on the slopes…Gates open at 3pm. Performances by Pete Kilpatrick Band and Barenaked Ladies until 7pm.

See listing below on Sunday, March 18.

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Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle
4pm, $25

Vail Nordic Center

The Vail Recreation District will host is first inaugural Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 10k race, plus a kids 1k fun run, in celebration of all things green on St. Patrick’s Day at the Vail Nordic Center. The race, which will include a snowshoe category and running shoe (Yak Trax) category, will take place at 4pm on Saturday, March 17 and will be followed by a post-race gathering that will include free beer provided by Crazy Mountain Brewery for participants at Happy Valley Grill in the Vail Nordic Center.

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14th Annual Outdoor St. Patrick’s Day Festival

7am into the wee hours

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

It’s the biggest day of the year at Fado! Doors open at 7am, outdoor festival starts at 10am with live music on two stages from the Clancy’s, Big Paddy, The Indulgers, Celtic Steps, Colorado Youth, and Nevermind the 90s! Kids events (10am-5pm) include a bouncy castle, games, and face painting. 21+ after 5pm. A great way to celebrate the weekend’s beautiful weather!

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Oskar Blues: Irish Music all Night

4:30pm – 11:30pm

Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues celebrates St Patrick’s Day with Irish bands galore. Kevin Dooley & Beth will play in the Tasty Weasel Tap Room (4:30-6:30); Kevin Dooley’s Irish Band at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (8-11:30); and local Indigent Row Irish band at Home Made Liquids & Solids (8-11:30). The website has links to the bands’ sites if you want to have a listen ahead of time.

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Annual Capitol Hill Hooley

8am til the wee hours

The Irish Snug, Capitol Hill

On Friday and Saturday, join the Irish Snug in celebrating St Patrick’s Day. The Capitol Hill Hooley will feature Colorado’s best Irish bands, Irish stepdancers, and pipe bands. There will also be a magic show and balloon twisting for kids on Saturday.

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Paddy’s on Pearl

Noon – 8pm

South Pearl Street

Come one, come all get your Irish on at “St Paddy’s on Pearl.” The 1500 block will host street food vendors, toe-tapping Irish bands Mulligan Stew and Indigent Row, Celtic stepdancers, and your fill of Killian’s Irish Red and Guinness Stout.

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3/17 & 3/18

Crested Butte

Attention all music lovers! After a morning on the slopes…Gates open at 1pm. Performances by Zach Heckendorf, Guster, Big Head Todd and the Monsters til 6:30pm.

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Breck Spring Fever



Kick off Breck’s month-long Spring Fever festival that starts this weekend. After a day on the slopes, stop by Breck Chef’s Chili Cook-Off: the Ski Hill Grill Patio is going to get heated as our top chef’s from Breck face-off to see whose chili recipe is the best! Ride down and indulge in all the chili you can handle, enjoy a free beverage, and vote for your favorite recipe.

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There’s very little going on in Denver on Sunday, most likely as the city will be sleeping and coming up with new hangover cures. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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