Weekend off the Wagon – June 8-10

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Stay in Denver or head to the hills. That is the start of your decision making process this weekend. The mountains hold a restaurant week in Crested Butte, an absurd physical challenge in Beaver Creek, and a chili and beer festival in Snowmass.

Go a little north, and there’s more outdoorsy fun in Lyons, a canned beer festival at Oskar Blues, and a food truck party in Boulder.

Or stick around D-town for the Botanic Gardens’ Grapes and Hops party, a wine crawl along the light rail, a beer and bluegrass festival on Old South Pearl, and TRVE Brewing’s limited growler release party. What are you going to do?

Me? I’m going to Vegas.


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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Crested Butte Restaurant Week

Crested Butte

People who live in or visit this valley can work up an appetite through playing in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Located at an astonishing 8,885 feet above sea level in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the mountain village of Crested Butte is a small town that offers big satisfaction. There are big views, big events, and now a way to celebrate big appetites.

Welcome to the third annual Crested Butte Restaurant Week. Taking place June 8-15, some participating restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for $88.85 for a party of four, or just $22.21 per person. Others will vary on the pricing. Restaurants may offer several choices, and some may include wine or other beverages in the fixed price. Restaurants will also have their usual a la carte menus available at regular prices. Many local establishments that do not serve dinner will provide multi-course lunch promotions for $8.85. Special lodging rates will also be available every night throughout Crested Butte Restaurant Week prices will vary contingent on lodging properties.

As we celebrate the start of summer at 8,885 feet, take advantage of the generosity of local foodies and enjoy Crested Butte Restaurant Week. We promise you’ll be satisfied. Thank you…now go enjoy!

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Lyons Outdoor Games


Originally known as the Lyons Whitewater Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games, was created 11‐years ago as a fund-raising vehicle for the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events. The event has evolved from an excuse for paddling buddies from around the country to come together for a day of play in the famed Lyons Whitewater Park, into a world‐class celebration of mountain sports. In addition to a full compliment of kayaking, biking, fly fishing and even dog events, the 2012 Games will feature numerous clinics and exhibitions put on by some of the world’s most elite professional athletes. Look for these as well as several exciting new events that are in the works for 2012. With such a myriad of activities, the 2012 Lyons Outdoor Games promises to be our best event yet!

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Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest


Kick Off Your Summer with the 9th Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village , Colorado. Once again chili cooks, brewers & music combine into one smokin’ weekend, June 8th and 9th, 2012.

Once again Snowmass Village hosts its annual Hot Times Chili Cookoff and Sizzlin’ Snowmass Regional Championships! Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, both competitions feature Red and Green chili categories and a salsa competition ta’ boot. Come on out and vote for your favorite chili in the Peoples Choice Chili Cookoff!

Meanwhile, 30 brewers from around the globe face off in the prestigious “Snowmass Summer Ale” competition for their seasonal brew on Friday, followed by a Grand Tasting for a sampling of their latest & greatest on Saturday!

Fanny Hill sizzles with hot music all weekend, against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and scenic Snowmass Village, for a weekend not to be missed!

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Tough Mudder

Beaver Creek

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $3 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

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Friday, June 8

Garden Grapes and Hops

5pm – 11pm

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is excited to bring back our Garden Grapes & Hops event – a fun summer party featuring food, drink and live entertainment.

Spend an evening in the Gardens’ natural beauty with your friends at Garden Grapes & Hops. Due to the nature of this event, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted into the event. This includes infants.

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Truck It!

5pm – 8pm

Gateway Park Fun Center, Boulder

Ok Boulder fans, you asked and we are delivering. Alas the days of driving outside of your hip town to experience the insanely fun and wildly delicious food truck parties, have come to an end. Some of the finest gourmet food trucks in Boulder have banned together on a culinary quest to make you smile, fill your bellies and show you one heck of a good time.

Please join us for TRUCK IT! BOULDER. The area’s FIRST EVER food truck party. This group of like minded gourmet foodies take a couple of things very serious in life- FOOD AND FUN!

Bring your friends, family, dancing shoes and a strong appetite cause this is going to be good.

Join us in kicking our first shindig off with a bang.

Here’s what you can look foward to…

– Gourmet eats from some of the finest trucks in the area- The Tasterie Truck, Heirloom, RollinGreens, Comida, Blackbelly Catering, Verde Food Truck, Top of the Hill Grill West, Crock Spot and Street Eats and Sweet Cow!

-DJ Zach Johnson spinning some killer beats

-Delicious brews from Avery Brewing Company AND Upslope Brewing

-Your palates to be singing and your face to smiling!

We will be pairing with the Non-Profit: Parenting Place-Whose mission is to build a community of confident parents and healthy families. To learn more, go to http://myparentingplace.org/

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Be There OR Be Hungry!

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Wine Down the Rail

5pm – 8pm

Many locations

On your way home from the office, stop off at one of the participating restaurants within walking distance of the Light Rail. Each will be offering two Colorado wines on special as part of happy hour. Not working downtown, use this as an excuse to ride the rail with some friends to a new venue!

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Rockies vs. Angels

6:40pm – 10pm

Saturday, June 9

Burning Can Beer Festival

Oskar Blues

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Renaissance Festival – Opening Day

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TRVE Brewing CVLT Initiation

12pm – 4pm

TRVE Brewing

Be the first to try some TRVE brews, and join the CVLT.

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1pm – 10pm

Old South Pearl (1200 S. Pearl), Denver

What happens when you mix a warm summer afternoon, ice-cold draft beer, and some fun, funky music? You get the South Pearl Street Music Festivals. Inaugurated in 2007, the brainchild of a South Pearl Street merchant, the first Blues & Brews debuted on August 11th on the 1200 block of South Pearl Street.

The street was closed and featured a stage at the northern end of the block and farmers market vendors, craft beer brewers, and some local blues bands rocked into the night. Hoping to attract 1,000 people and not to lose too much money, the event was a huge success with more than 5,000 people on the street and–like any great party–a last minute beer run! The first year’s success encouraged the merchants to add a second event, dubbed BrewGrass.

Entering its sixth year, the music festivals have become a neighborhood tradition and a real shindig. The question remains–is it a music festival with really good beer or a beer festival with really good music?


  • The David Mayfield Parade 8:45 – 10:00 p.m.
  • The Stone Foxes 7:10 – 8:25 p.m.
  • Fruition String Band 5:45 – 6:55 p.m.
  • Oakhurst 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Musketeer Gripweed 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Bonnie & The Clydes 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Acoustic Mining Company 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

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Rockies vs. Angels

2:10pm – 5pm

Sunday, June 10

Rockies vs. Angels

1:10pm – 4pm

Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

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