Father’s Day weekend has a lot to offer in Denver. Beyond the requisite tie-offering and tool set, get ouf of the house and check out Denver’s first Comic Con. Great Divide turns legal tomorrow, and they’re closing down the block to celebrate. And of course, Denver PrideFest takes over Civic Center Park for one of the biggest parties of its kind in this here country. What’s your plan this weekend?
See below for a detailed list for weekend events. Check out our full calendar to plan your events well into the future.
Aspen Food and Wine Classic
One of the most elite festivals out there, the Food and Wine Classic floods Aspen every year with delicious events, tasty seminars, and a general glutinous and vinous glow. If y ou’re lucky enough to make it to this fest, let us know how it goes.
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
It’s official, Denver. We’re legit. We’re a real city. We’re not some one horse town. We’ve officially got our own Comic Con! Check out the link for more information, as there are many generous helpings of geeky thrills to be had this weekend. And don’t forget the Breckenridge Fantastic Pour, brewed specially for the Comic Con.
Friday, June 15
Firkin Friday at Great Divide
2:30pm – 5:30pm
Great Divide Brewing Co.
The Spinster. It’s a very special Colette cask that has beenconditioning for over 3 months. We’re thinking of it as a kick off toour Anniversary Weekend. Taps around 2:30.
Firkin Friday at Dry Dock
3pm – 11pm
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Blackberry Spring Ale
Country Club Classic
7pm – 11pm
In its fourth year, The Country Club Classic takes a new twist on two of America’s favorite pastimes: golf and beer. Throw on your best golf attire for a friendly beer tasting with a golf theme (there is no actual golf involved). At each “hole” you will blindly sample three beers from one of Colorado’s finest breweries and attempt to match the beer you tasted with one of the options provided. For every incorrect guess, you will acquire a stroke. The better you guess, the more chances you have to win!
Whether a PGA frequenter, a beer connoisseur or simply someone that likes to sample some of Colorado’s finest ales, The Country Club Classic offers something for everyone. Along with the tasting, there will be entertainment, food and a silent auction. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the American Lung Association in Colorado!
Please Note: This is a beer tasting with a golf theme – no actual golf is involved!!
Ghostland Observatory at Red Rocks
7:30pm – 11:30pm
Junior Brown at the Walnut Room
8pm – 11:30pm
The Walnut Room
Saturday, June 16
Civic Center Park
Denver PrideFest 2012 will be held June 16th and 17th at Civic Center Park, headlined on Saturday by Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli and dance sensation Kristine W on Sunday. Our parade Grand Marshals this year are the four out elected officials of the Colorado State Legislature, Senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and Representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer.
Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 10am – 6pm
The CoorsLight PrideFest parade steps off from Cheesman park at 9.30am and proceeds down Colfax into Civic Center Park.
- The Center Stage with headliners Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli and Kristine W.
- Orgullo Latino with headliner Rigo Gutierrez as Pitbull
- Smirnoff Dance World, with headlning DJs Micro and Irene
- OutWest Country stage with professional exhibitions and open dance all weekend
Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Denver PrideFest is now the third largest pride festival, and seventh largest pride parade in the United States.
Denver PrideFest takes place annually in June in downtown Civic Center Park. PrideFest features the CoorsLight PrideFest Parade, a Dance Stage with DJs, a Country Stage with line-dancing lessons, a Latin Stage with cultural programming, and the Main Stage with live entertainment, and plenty of celebrating both days.
The festival also features more than 250 vendor booths with arts, crafts, food and more. We provide a VIP area with food and drinks for sponsors and contributors to enjoy, and there’s also a family area, youth alley, and a transgender resource area.
PrideFest also provides a $25 million dollar economic impact to the City of Denver annually, as reported in a 2009 survey conducted by Birchill Enterprises.
The mission of Denver PrideFest is to create a fun, safe and empowering space to celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of the LGBT and allied community in Colorado.
Great Divide 18th Anniversary Party
2pm – 6pm
Great Divide Brewing Co.
This Saturday, June 16th, the GD will host a block party to celebrate 18 years in existence. Check out a recap and pictures from last year.It’s… epic.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vertical Tasting
3pm – 5pm
City Wine, Denver, CO
Yes, you heard it right. Citywine has a rare tasting of 3 vintages from Lucien Barrot et fils, a great Rhone producer. We will have 3 stunning vintages: 2007, 2009 and 2010 (just released). Better yet, we have limited quantities of these 3 wines for under $30 per bottle! Super deal on super quality CDP’s.
This is a rare opportunity to sample 3 vintages from one producer side-by-side, especially wines of this pedigree. And the tasting is free, to boot.
4pm – 8pm
Cherry Creek Athletic Club
Fashion and Swimwear, dress it up and plan to get wet.
Kevin Larson Presents is very excited to announce two pool fashion events designed to build awareness of Love Hope Strength cancer foundation and the Cherry Creek Athletic Club.
This will be a day of sunshine, friends, networking, music, food, fashion and libations. Featuring P-knuckle Reggae band, DJ’s, fashion models serving in couture swimwear, cabanas, lounge chairs, bottle service, dance floor, multiple bars. Not 1 but 2 ~ Olympic size swimming pools with different levels for lounging and tanning.
Summer Solstice Music Festival
5pm – 9pm
Clear Creek History Park, Golden
[Courtesy of FermentedlyChallenged.com] This event is sponsored by Golden City Brewery – Celebrate the official start of summer with their annual fundraiser at Clear Creek History Park. Spread your blanket on the natural hillside amphitheater and enjoy a variety of toe-tapping live bluegrass and folk music. Beer, food, and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds help benefit Golden museums.
Flip Flop Ball
8pm – 2am
Mile High Station
The concept is simple.
Semi-Formal Attire …a nice change of pace
Everyone Wears Flip Flops …an ode to summer
The Best Party Venue in Town …to set the vibe
Denver’s Best Party Band …to get your dance on
And a Thousand of Your Newest Friends
…because who doesn’t want some company
at Denver’s hottest party of the summer!!!
This year it all takes place at Mile High Station, Denver’s best historic party venue and will feature the band Redline Radio rocking the dance floor. Tack on attendees from all KIFAC Kickball Leagues, a raffle featuring a trip to Las Vegas AND Orlando, and much more from our party sponsors, and you have a party you won’t soon forget!
Everyone is welcome, so grab your tickets while you can and join us for Denver’s party of the summer!
Sunday, June 17
All day Father’s Day
Denver PrideFest 2012
Civic Center Park
See Saturday’s listing for more details.
Avery Beer Dinner
Russel’s Smoke House
[Courtesy of FermentedlyChallenged.com] Russell’s is preparing a 4-course meal featuring the beers of Avery Brewing Company. A meal not to be missed. For details contact Russel’s Smoke House at (720) 524-8050.
Upslope Beer Dinner
Lou’s Food Bar
[Courtesy of FermentedlyChallenged.com] Take Dad out for a beer dinner! Lou’s will be offering up 4 courses paired with a different Upslope Brewing beer. Courses include: Hamburger sliders, Pertzel-wrapped Pheasant Sausage, Beer-braised Pork Ribs, and Cherry Pie with Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream. Call for more details and to reserve your seat. (303) 458-0336.
Vans Warped Tour
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Father’s Day Blues, Brews, and BBQ at Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar at Warwick Denver Hotel
Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar inside Warwick Denver Hotel, Denver,Colorado
Enjoy live blues music on the patio while we do the grilling and you do the beer tasting. Featuring selections from Breckenridge Brewery. All you can eat, all you can drink, $22 per person. Noon – 5pm.
Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub
10pm – 12am
Vine Street Pub
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