Weekend off the Wagon – August 3-5

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Didn’t get GABF tickets? Never fear! There’s about a dozen beer festivals this weekend. Also, we’ll give some tickets away in October. Duh.

This weekend is jam packed with festivals up and down the Front Range and in the mountains. Music, food, beer, wine, hooch… it’s flowing this weekend.

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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Steamboat Wine Festival

Steamboat Springs, CO

The Steamboat Wine Festival is a premier destination event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience.

Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite.

There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.

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Keystone’s 16th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival

River Run at Keystone, Colorado

Keystone brings the wonders of Appalachia to the Rockies. Down-home cooking, frothy flavors and mountain music are just a piece of the pie. In a whirlwind of hillbilly luxuries, folks gather while 30 microbreweries from Colorado and beyond showcase their unique blends of hops and barleys. Live music rocks out on 3 stages. Confirmed 2012 music line-up includes Head for the Hills, Oakhurst, the Farewell Drifters, Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Casey Driessen, Haunted Wind Chimes, Henhouse Prowlers, Dead Winter Carpenters, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, the Grinz and more.

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Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

Olathe Community Park, Olathe, Colorado

The Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is more than fun in the western Colorado sunshine. It is an ever-growing symbol of a community committed to making the future better for the generations to come.

The OSCF is creating parks, providing youth with positive play environments, building affordable housing … and it’s about celebrating a town’s survival through ingenuity, positive attitudes and hard work.

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Telluride Jazz Festival

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride Jazz Festival is enjoying the 36th year of bringing world-class jazz to the town of Telluride. A not-to-be-missed musical event, Telluride Jazz Celebration has earned national and international favor for featuring the best in classic, mainstream, blues, Brazilian, African and Latin jazz music. Performances are staged outdoors in the daytime and in intimate clubs and historic concert halls at night. Telluride Jazz is in fact, a “Celebration” of the art, soul, history, and future of Jazz. We take immense pride in honoring jazz music’s finest artists, and strive to create a platform year round for the discovery of the new voices of today.

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Big BBQ Block Party

12pm – 7pm

Skyline Park
If you’re into BBQ, beer, booze, and live music, there is a throw down of epic proportions happening this weekend: the Denver Big Barbecue Block Party.

These are the big boys of BBQ, the real deal. Regional BBQ selections from all over the BBQ “heartland” will be prepared by pit masters from those regions. Everything from Texas to North Carolina and in between, brisket, pork shoulders, ribs, sausages, and whole hogs. Yes, that’s right – WHOLE FREAKIN’ HOGS!!

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Friday, August 3

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: 40th Anniversary Wheat Wine

Bull & Bush

The marathon of beer tasting is back!! In celebration of our 41st Anniversary month, we will be tapping a new special beer every day for 41 days. The fun starts on Monday, July 30.

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 ina 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

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
Navajo Street
Old South Pearl

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Rockies vs. Giants

6:40pm – 9pm

Saturday, August 4

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: 41st Anniversary Ale

Bull & Bush

The marathon of beer tasting is back!! In celebration of our 41st Anniversary month, we will be tapping a new special beer every day for 41 days.

Craft Lager Festival

Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado
This year is the 10th annual Craft Lager and Small Batch Festival, held in Manitou Springs!

This years festival is much bigger with even more to sample!

The Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival is an outdoor, one day, multi session event and continues to grow each year. You’ll enjoy great music, food and beer for MOST ages. Over the years, 18,000 people from all over the United States and Canada have included the Festival in their summer plans.

This year you’ll not only taste the finest lagers from all over the country, but you will also find:

Micro-Distillery sampling (eg. Colorado Vodka’s, wiskey, rum’s etc)

Gluten Free Beer & Food will be onsite

We hope to continue to enhance your experience at our event & believe that you’ll enjoy sampling our many new additions this year!

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TRVE Brewing Hollow Idol release

TRVE Brewing

Hollow Idol is an India White Ale brewed entirely with New Zealand hops. Bright and crisp with flavors and aromas of lime, cherries, and mango, this beer is going to be a great way to celebrate our upcoming harvest by way of ingredients recently harvested half a world away.

CVLT members, check your email on this one.

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LoHi Luau Music Festival

10am – 10pm

Highland Tap & Burger
Come out and join us in your fancy island attire!

The festival will have re-entry privileges with wristband.

Lohi (lower highland denver) 32nd & vallejo

Highland Tap & Burger

2219 West 32nd Ave

Denver, CO 80211

Join us on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 for a Denver style “Luau”!

Pig roast, live music, art and a fantastic beer selection in the heart of Denver’s Lower Highlands.

The Motet, Particle featuring Michael Kang (of The String Cheese Incident), Air Dubai, The Heavy Pets, Euforquestra, Dubskin, Garrett Sayers Trio, Filthy Children, Rob Drabkin, Human Agency, Bryan Benner

Late night vip only show: members of signal path featuring michael kang (string cheese incident) & steve molitz (phil lesh & friends/particle) see ticket page for vip details!!

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Barefoot, Bluegrass & BBQ Music Festival

11am – 6pm

Conifer Community Park, Conifer, CO

Its a Summer Music Festival: Barefoot, Bluegrass and BBQ.
Shoes Optional, Live Music, Food, Drinks, and Fun for all ages!
Beer and wine provided by the Conifer Chamber of Commerce

This event is a collaboration between 285Bound.com, Conifer Community Park at Beaver Ranch, Conifer Chamber of Commerce, Conifer Community Church, and House Call Hearing.

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Basil Blond and Cherry Wheat Release at Copper Kettle

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Homebrew winner from 2012 Spring competition – Gordon P.’s Cherry Wheat.
Release of our Fresh Basil Blond!
12-10PM: both beers tapped
5-9PM: Epicurean Food voted “Denver’s Caterer of the Year” by Visit Denver
6-9PM: Ross Martin and Brad Murphy on guitar

Inaugural Reds, Whites, & Brews Festival

12pm – 5pm

Harry A. Nottingham Park, Avon, Colorado
Brought to you by NRC365 and The Town of Avon, this brand new summer event offers unlimited tasting cups for wine and beer samplings, a gorgeous outdoor venue and FREE live music! Up to 15 brewers and 25 wineries will be on hand showing off their wares.

Summer weather in the high country is legendary and getting around Avon on foot is a breeze – bus service, biking paths and lodging are all within walking distance – you can have fun and be responsible, all at the same time.

In fact, to help our festival guests return home safely, ECO Transit is offering 1 FREE bus ride per guest between 3:30 and 6:30 pm at the Avon Station and Bear Lot stops. Get your bus ticket with your tasting mug at the gate!

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Vino & Notes

12pm – 6pm

Woodland Park Memorial Park
Tickets are only $25 per person.
The Vino & Notes Wine, Food & Jazz Festival benefits Help the Needy.

Help the Needy is a charitable, non-profit 501C(3) organization that since 1981 has been dedicated to helping people overcome difficulties not of their own making. These difficulties are usually the result of a shortage of money. The shortage of money can be caused by a great variety of problems including loss of job, transportation problems, medical problems, or family crisis. Help the Needy also advocates for the poor and at-risk at all levels.

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Gnarly Barley Brew Festival

1pm – 6pm

The Ranch – 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO

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Over 20+ breweries – This is an outdoor event held at The Ranch home to the longstanding Larimer County Fair. So not only enjoy the Brew Festival – come early and stay late – carnival, exhibits, Splash Dogs, Hambone Express (yep – those are the piggy races), fireworks, vendors of all types and much more! (970) 619-4059

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Marczyk’s Clam Bake

1pm – 6pm

Marczyk Fine Foods, 5100 E Colfax Avenue
From the people who brought you Denver’s first urban pig roast, here comes a clam bake!
On Saturday, August 4, Marczyk Fine Foods on Colfax Avenue will mark their first year of business with an old fashioned New England clam bake. One 1 pound lobster, real Massachusetts steamers (Pete and Paul emphasis not cherrystones!), an ear of Colorado sweet corn, Colorado new potatoes, and butter are wrapped in foil, put over an open fire to cook, and served hot. Free lobster bib too!

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Mile High Beer Festival

1pm – 10pm

Ogden Theater

Join us for the first annual Mile High Beer Festival at the famous Ogden Theater on Aug. 4th! This spectacular beer bonding experience will feature over 70+ brews from some of the best brewers in the nation coupled with live music and more! Guest can choose to delight themselves to an exclusive VIP hour prior to the mass public entry which will include a collectors beer tasting mug, food and exclusive deals to local businesses. All general admission tickets include a taster cup, unlimited tastings, live music and more all within the famous theater in the heart of Denver! Please drink responsibly!

We offer 2 ticket levels per session, VIP and General Admission.

Collector tasting mug
Entry 1 hour before General Admission
Sample snacks… while they last
Unlimited Samplings
General Admission
Commemorative tasting cup
Unlimited Samplings

Session 1 (1pm – 5pm)
VIP 1pm entry
GA 2pm entry

Session 2 (6pm – 10pm)
VIP 6pm entry
GA 7pm entry

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Red, White & Brew II

2pm – 5pm

Denver Elks Lodge #17 – 2475 West 26th Ave
Red, White & Brew II:
Benefit Event for Freedom Service Dogs

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Beer Tasting & Silent Auction
(Dinner — separate cost and start time — see details below)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Beer Table Themes Scheduled to Appear: The Beers of Ft. Collins; Tommyknocker Brews; A Blonde, A Brunette and A Redhead; Beer Me Up, Scotty! (Scottish & Irish Ales); South of the Border (Mexican Style Beers); The Other Side of Coors; Party Gras! (Beers of Louisiana); Sneak Peek Beers from the Kokopelli Beer Company.

Tickets are $15
(2 tickets for $25 in advance)

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Live Music at Lowry Beer Garden

3pm – 7pm

Lowry Beer Garden

Bill Taylor

Justice League of Street Food Summer Games

5pm – 10pm

Denver’s Sustainability Park, 2500 Lawrence Street

If you’re loving the Summer Olympics, you’re really going to love the JLSF’s latest installment. This Saturday, get ready for the JLSF Summer Games…featuring all of your favorite food trucks, a great bar serving Avery beer and cool summer cocktails, music from Bobby C Sound TV, and best of all….Minute-To-Win-It games for kids and adults, all in the Olympic spirit.

What happens if you win one of those great games? You’ll get a prize, of course…including free drinks and other discounts on food and from the bar.

As always, kids, bikes, and dogs are welcome and encouraged. We’ll be hanging out in a brand new locale at Denver’s Sustainability Park (25th & Arapahoe), so stop by, say hello, and have yourself some delicious mobile food and drink!

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Rockies vs. Giants

6:10pm – 9pm

Dinner in White

7pm – 11pm


Winner of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s annual award for “Best Special Fundraising Event of 2010″, the Dinner in White has become one of THE “major events on Denver’s social scene”.

Organized by a committee of young professionals, the Dinner in White event models the Diner Blanc held annually in Paris and raises funds for the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Location: Wouldn’t YOU like to know! The location will be revealed the night of the event at 6:00pm via text, Twitter and Facebook. This event is rain or shine.

Tickets: $50 per person. Must be 21. Your ticket includes cocktails, dessert, entertainment and a smashing time. Please bring a picnic dinner.

Attire: You must wear all white! Get fancy, sassy and crazy. White wigs welcome, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

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Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake

7pm – 9:30pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Maybe you should check out the bus..

Sunday, August 5

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Reissdorf Kolsch

Bull & Bush

The marathon of beer tasting is back!! In celebration of our 41st Anniversary month, we will be tapping a new special beer every day for 41 days.

Avery Anniversary Party

12pm – 5pm

Avery Brewing Company

General admission includes five 12oz Avery brews, live music, a big ol’ BBQ spread, and more fun than you’ll ever have in an alley!

VIP tickets also include a visit to the Barrel-Aging Cellar for five pourings from some of our rarest batches.

Thank you thank you thank you for 19 years of support and great times!

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 13th at 9am Mountain Time here: http://ticketalternative.com/Events/19360.aspx

Take the bus!

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Rockies vs. Giants

1:10pm – 4pm

Live Music at Lowry Beer Garden

3pm – 7pm

Lowry Beer Garden

Billy Byrd

Jazz in the Park

6pm – 8pm

City Park

Last one of the season!

Breaking Bad: Free Screening

8pm – 11pm

Denver FilmCenter / Colfax

Join us for the Premiere of BREAKING BAD on the Big Screen for FREEEEEE on July 15th at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax and then come back and join us all season long for your BREAKING BAD fix, still free of charge. Drink specials and air conditioning? Yes. Meth? Sorry but, no. Come get your Bryan Cranston on with us!

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Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

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