Weekend off the Wagon – July 6-8

Tomato Battle 2011 at Copper Mountain. It’s at Dick’s this year. Get some red.

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Tomato Battle. Running of the Bulls. First Friday and Firkin Friday. Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Beer releases and anniversary parties, some opera, and a hike to get your food. Well played, Denver. Well played.

 

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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Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Cherry Creek

For three days during the July 4th holiday weekend since 1991, Colorado’s signature cultural event is presented in Denver’s CherryCreek North. The festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art andculinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on “Artivity Avenue” complement the festival experience. Along with the annual civicevent, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival’s 501(c)(3) non-profit missionprovides art education and outreach programs in local area schools.

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Friday, July 6

 
 
Firkin Friday

Various Breweries

Alliteration leads to some fun weekly events. Firkin Fridays are a great way to wind down the week and enjoy a beer of different flavor. Many breweries put some of their normal and not-so-normal offerings in a cask and serve it to you right off the engine. The following breweries and bars tend to have something to offer on Fridays:

  • Great Divide
  • Dry Dock
  • Hops & Pie (7/6: Ska Brewing’s Old-Man Bitter)

 
 
First Friday Art Walks

All over Denver

Grab your wine and critical eye, it’s time again for First Friday Art Walks. Find one in your ‘hood, or branch out and explore this fine city. Some areas to check out:

    • Santa Fe
    • Golden Triangle
    • River North
    • Tennyson
    • Navajo Street
    • Old South Pearl

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Fighting Fire with Opera

7:30pm – 10pm

Mercury Cafe

Mercury Café — 2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205
This is an all-ages event. Tickets are $10. Ticketing is available at the door or by calling the Mercury Café at 303.294.9258. Online ticketing is also available at www.crplayers.org/Current-Season.html

The Colorado wildfires have had a devastating effect on thousands of lives and on our beautiful state. We have decided to do our part to provide help to those most affected by this devastation by offering an evening of music to soothe the soul. A significant portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to the Red Cross for the fire relief effort. As a result, we have elected to move our current programing to the fall so that we as artists can do our part in helping those on the front lines and those who have lost so much already.

Dinner reservations prior to the performance are highly recommended.
*The Mercury Café accepts cash and personal checks only.*

We are a professional alternative performance group located in denver, colorado. Our focus is to take classical performance out of the concert hall and into public venues such as bars, gardens, and common gathering places. While our venues are casual, our approach to our craft is not. We strive to create our best work in opera, choral and instrumental music, and theatre while providing a relaxed atmosphere for aficionados and new initiates alike. We invite you to pull up a chair, have a drink and enjoy the show.

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Saturday, July 7

 
 
Highland Running of the Bulls

9am – 12pm

Tennyson Center

Denver’s own Running of the Bulls

This event will cause you to face your fears, prove your dodging prowess, and show that you care for children, right here in your own city of Denver.

In honor of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Highland Running of the Bulls, where you will attempt to outrun members of the Rocky Mountain RollerGirls team wielding whiffle ball bats. *Race at your own risk…

It will be a day of celebration for those who are able to escape the onslaught of the Rocky Mountain RollerGirls, and will raise money for Tennyson Center for Children, who’s aim is to “work with children, youth, and their families to overcome a variety of life crises, including abuse and neglect.”

Join us for a day of celebrating the running of the bulls, and the work Tennyson Center for Children does in our local community. Be sure to dress in all white and wear a red accent, just like they do in Pamplona.

Post race festivities will include music, food, drinks, dancing, and general celebration.

Book your calendars now for the 1k run (that’s not a typo) on July 7th, 2012 at 9am.

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Breckenridge Brewery 22nd Anniversary Party

11am – 6pm

Breckenridge Brewery
[from fermentedlychallenged.com] Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating their 22nd anniversary as a brewery at their Kalamath location. Your ticket gets you unlimited beer and great pig roast grub until it’sgone. There will be live bands over 7 hours including The Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, Gun Street Ghost, Zoloft & The Destroyers and more. The Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) will also be doing a live remote from the celebration from noon til 2pm. Renegade Brewing willalso be on hand to assist in all the fun (and beer). Tickets available at brewbrew.com.

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Colorado Tomato Battle 2012

12pm – 6pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Combine 300,000 tomatoes all ripening in the Colorado sunshine, thousands of folks dressed in their “play clothes” cuz you WILL get red… live music and plenty of beer for the over 21 crowd… That mixes to give you a crazy day at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

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German Altbier Returns at Copper Kettle

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Rich and malty with light fruitiness, and a perfect balance between malt and hops. Reetz Treats with their tasty decadent treats at 5PM.

 
 
Chocolate Wine & Cheese – 88

3pm – 5pm

Desert Moon Winery, Englewood, CO

Join us at Desert Moon Winery for their #1 class and a wonderful evening learning about wine from Executive Sommelier and Certified Wine Instructor Paul Giese, owner of Wine With Class and Founder of WineTable.com. Class includes notes, tasting of wines, and food samples for pairing. Please call Debra Rhea at Desert Moon, for more detailsand ticket information at 303.990.WINE (9463)

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Live Music at the Lowry Beer Garden

3pm – 7pm

Lowry Beer Garden

Music by Billy Byrd

 
 
Live Music at Dry Dock

6pm – 9pm

Dry Dock Brewing Company

Join us at Dry Dock Brewing Company on Saturday July 7th, from 6pm to 9pm for live acoustic music with Scott Von.

Dry Dock owners Kevin and Michelle DeLange saw Scott at Left Hand Brewing Co. a few years ago and sought him out to play at Dry Dock.

Scott Von writes music at the crossroads where Roots Music meets American Folk. Stomping boots and stirring grooves from the Roots tradition, stripped down songs from the Folk tradition, and a stage show that inspires.

Visit Scott Von’s website for more information: http://www.scottvon.com/

 
 
Fighting Fire with Opera

7:30pm – 10pm

Mercury Cafe

Mercury Café — 2199 California St. Denver, CO 80205
This is an all-ages event. Tickets are $10. Ticketing is available at the door or by calling the Mercury Café at 303.294.9258. Online ticketing is also available at www.crplayers.org/Current-Season.html

The Colorado wildfires have had a devastating effect on thousands of lives and on our beautiful state. We have decided to do our part to provide help to those most affected by this devastation by offering an evening of music to soothe the soul. A significant portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to the Red Cross for the fire relief effort. As a result, we have elected to move our current programing to the fall so that we as artists can do our part in helping those on the front lines and those who have lost so much already.

Dinner reservations prior to the performance are highly recommended.
*The Mercury Café accepts cash and personal checks only.*

We are a professional alternative performance group located in denver, colorado. Our focus is to take classical performance out of the concert hall and into public venues such as bars, gardens, and common gathering places. While our venues are casual, our approach to our craft is not. We strive to create our best work in opera, choral and instrumental music, and theatre while providing a relaxed atmosphere for aficionados and new initiates alike. We invite you to pull up a chair, have a drink and enjoy the show.

More information
 
 

Sunday, July 8

 
 
Trek to Table

Beaver Creek

Work up an appetite then satisfy your food cravings on a gourmet scale with the Vail Valley Foundation’s inaugural Trek to Table. Scheduled for July 8, Trek to Table will benefit the overarching arts, athletics and educational mission of the Vail Valley Foundation. The day will include a nine-mile hike on Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Mountains. Along the way, you’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and après gourmet food and drink at three of the prestigious private cabin restaurants that dot the route.

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2012
Time: Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at Broken Arrow in Arrowhead
Location: Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Mountains
Breakfast – Broken Arrow Restaurant
Refreshments – Zach’s Cabin
Lunch – Beano’s Cabin
Après – Allie’s Cabin

See the Trek to Table Trail Map: http://www.vvf.org/vvf/SiteAssets/files/main/TrektoTableHighlightedMap.pdf

Tickets: $200 each – First 200 people to sign up will receive a VVF High Sierra Wave Pack!

For additional information on Trek to Table, contact Kati Kasch at kkasch@vvf.org or 970-748-5947 or sign up online!

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Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 2am

Vine Street Pub

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