Weekend off the Wagon – August 24-26

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Do you feel like getting out of town this weekend, or playing in the park? Both routes are full of some amazing options this weekend.

Get out of town

The Colorado State Fair in Pueblo starts this weekend, with a beer competition to boot! There’s also the Higher Ground Music Festival right above Central City. And if you feel like a drive, there’s a rock festival – The RIDE – in Telluride, among a half dozen other fests this weekend. But the two I can’t decide between?

The Bark and Bluegrass Festival up in Fort Collins and The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival in Boulder.

Play in the park

There’s a Cornhole Throwdown in Congress Park on Saturday, and a charity kickball tournament in City Park on Sunday. Get some sun, get a buzz, and do it all for the greater good. Or just post up on a patio and watch the US Pro Challenge ride on by.

Whatever you choose to do, you should definitely check out Three Kings today for their RISE event, benefiting Aurora theater shooting victims. It should be an incredible event benefiting something close to home.


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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Colorado State Fair


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Higher Ground Music Festival

In the mountains above Central City

You’re invited to the best outdoor concert weekend of the summer! The HIGHER GROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL, presented by Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, is the ultimate 3 day , 2 night event for the local Indie Music Fan! With over 30 local and national touring bands, the HIGHER GROUND Music Festival is headlined by some of the best talent Colorado has to offer featuring The Epilogues, Kill Paradise, The Swayback, Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Photo Atlas, Eldren, Caleb Slade, James and the Devil, along with Northern Hollywood’s The Royal Heist and many more!

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The RIDE Festival


Welcome to The RIDE, a rock and roll festival in Telluride, Colorado.

The festival happens August 25-26, 2012 in Telluride Town Park surrounded by stunning mountain peaks.

Town Park Performers include Ben Harper, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofro, North Mississippi Allstars and more. An indoor evening schedule will also be announced soon.

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Friday, August 24

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Triumvirate Cask

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.

Firkin Friday

Fri Aug 24, 2012 – Sat Aug 25, 2012 Where: 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

Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine & Art Festival

9:30am – 10:30am

Four Corners

Staged against the backdrop of the Mesa Verde, the Mesa Verde Country® Food, Wine and Art Festival will feature wine tasting from some of Colorado’s finest wineries, including our own local vintners.

As well as showcasing our beautiful weather, and our magnificent Mesas and Canyons, the Festival also showcases many of the talented artists who call Mesa Verde Country® home and are inspired by the scenic beauty and cultural diversity found in our area.

The Festival also features food from local and regional producers that are a perfect accompaniment to wine. Cheeses, olive oils, dips and salsas will be offered for tasting and purchase. The menu offered by local restaurants and producers will feature beef, elk, and veggies all purchased locally or regionally.

A perfect accompaniment to food, wine and art is, of course, music and the Festival will provide great musical entertainment, with local musicians adding unique musical flavor to the food, wine, and art.

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Northern Colorado Brewer’s Olympics

4pm – 9pm

Fort Collins Brewery

[From FermentedlyChallenged.com]

Northern’s Colorado Craft Beer Industry Leaders will compete at ,The Fort Collins Brewery, against each other in a friendly battle of strength, wits, and agility. Thus crowning a GOLD medalist and WINNER to have bragging rights for an entire year! The participating breweries include: The Fort Collins Brewery, Odell Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, FUNKWERKS, Pateros Creek, CB & Potts, Big Beaver Brewing, Grimm Brothers and 2 others (TBD). This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will really show off the Camaraderie and Collaboration of some of the best breweries in Northern Colorado. Proceeds will benefit “A Puppy’s Voice”- A Puppy’s Voice is non-profit organization which rescues homeless and abandoned dogs and puppies from high kill shelters.

RISE! An Aurora Theater Shooting Benefit

7:02pm – 1:02am

3 Kings Tavern

Colorado’s comic book community & Mother Mind Studios present, “RISE” a benefit for those affected by the Aurora theater shooting.

Benefit includes local bands, featuring Little Fyodor & Babushka, Mr. Pacman, Barstool Messiah, The Limbs, and Glass Homes, cosplay costume contest, photobooth & art exhibition.

The Aurora community was devastated by the horrendous acts of violence committed against those patrons seeking an escape into film fantasy. The Colorado Comic Book Creative Community & Mother Mind Studios have joined together to help the survivors, victims and their families of these tragic events.

The event will be held on Friday, August 24th, 8pm at 3 Kings Tavern on 60 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80209. Attendees must be 21+ and show proper ID for entry.

The majority of the benefits proceeds will be given to AURORA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, http://www.aumhc.org/donations.html, & COLORADO RED CROSS, http://www.coloradoredcross.org. If you are not able to attend the event, please donate to these charities so they can continue services to support the survivors, victims, and families.

The evening’s festivities will feature performances by local bands LITTLE FYODOR & BABUSHKA, MR. PACMAN, BARSTOOL MESSIAH, THE LIMBS, and GLASS HOMES.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume for the event. Norman Dillon Photography will have a photo booth setup to take professional snapshots for cosplay (costume play) enthusiasts for 20.00, with most of the proceeds donated to AUMHC, and Colorado Red Cross.

Cosplay costume contestants can compete for gift cards and prizes provided by Denver Pavilions.

3 Kings Gallery will also be hosting an exhibition from local artists featured at Denver Comic Con. The art will be donated to Denver Comic Con to later auction off for additional funds for Aurora Shooting victims.

Entry cost $8.00 at door or $10.00 online at http://www.3kingstavern.com. Bring your costumes and creative spirit in support of a good cause. Let’s continue the healing process!
For more information please contact Daniel Crosier at dan@mothermindstudios.com or 720-236-6339.

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Saturday, August 25

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Glazen Toren Jan de Lichte

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.

Cornhole Throwdown

11am – 4pm

Congress Park

The Cornhole Throwdown (or “The Throwdown”) is an annual event for people who want to enjoy an afternoon in the park playing some Cornhole with friends (a classic lawn game) while supporting a local educational non-profit. Whether you’re an expert or you’ve never heard of the game before, it is a great time for all – NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED to participate!

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Bark and Bluegrass Festival

12pm – 10pm

Old Town Fort Collins

In support for the Larimer Humane Society, this one-of-a-kind gathering will feature the banjo belting sounds of the Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bluegrass Delta Force, Constitution, Liz Barnez & Cary Morin Duo, and Turn 4.

Tasty treats and luscious libations will be available for both you and your pup; Odell’s Brewing Company will even be donating a portion of their profits to the Larimer Humane Society so be sure to drink up for the cause! Don’t miss Umami Eats (ooh.mah.mi), Shields Family Cotton Candy, and others who will be featuring provisions for all taste buds.

For only $10 a ticket ($15 the day of the event, children under 10 and dogs are free), four-legged friends and their bipedal comrades can join in all the fun. Grab a leash and come out for a day of education, awareness, and entertainment for the whole community.

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Fresh Hop #9 Returns at Copper Kettle

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Join us for the return of our Fresh Hop #9, with local hops from Brew Club Member #9’s Garden!

The Rorey Carroll Band will be out with their amazing bluegrass from 6-9pm.

Little India Food Truck from 5-9pm.

Conifer Blues Festival

1pm – 7pm

History Meyer Ranch, Conifer, Colorado

Show Times:
1:00 to 2:30 – Catfish Kray
2:40 – 2:55 – Louis Gonzalez
3:00 – 4:30 Once Removed
4:40 – 4:55 – Gavin Maurer
5:00 – 7:00 – Siegel-Schwall

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The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

1pm – 7pm

Millennium Harvest House, Boulder, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is located in the heart of Boulder, Colorado at the iconic Millennium Harvest House Hotel. The festival attracts consumers that are geared toward premium high-end product – including premium cigars, hand-crafted brews, unique wine and spirits, fine automobiles, excellent food and everything encompassing the finer things in life.

Event Attendees have the chance to mingle with the most prominent cigar manufacturers and celebrities from around the world. All attendees purchasing a cigar ticket will be provided with an official festival bag containing over 20 premium cigars, cutter, lighter, festival glass, t-shirt, drink tickets and much more. Each attendee is provided with unlimited free food. Various ticket levels are offered to suit your needs. Please see the ticket section for more information on these ticket levels.

Highlights of the Festival

Over 1,500 Consumers of Premium Cigars & Fine Product
The Top Premium Cigar Manufacturers from around the world
Craft Brew, Fine Wines, Local Spirits, Great Food
Live Music, Exotic Automobiles, Guns, Billiards & More.
For the first time ever we are opening up the annual golf tournament to consumers. This will provide the avid golfer the ability to enjoy an 18-hole round of golf while mingling with premium cigar manufacturers and other consumers. Golf includes 18-holes in the format of your choice (either scramble or peoria), beverages, dinner, and multiple prize giveaways. For more information on the golf tournament, please see the golf section. Spots are extremely limited, so sign up as soon as possible to secure spots for you and your friends.

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Live Music at Lowry Beer Garden

3pm – 7pm

Lowry Beer Garden

Billy Byrd

Blind Wine Tasting at SIP Fine Wine & Spirits

4pm – 7pm

SIP Fine Wine & Spirits

Thats right- just like the professionals do it! We will have all wines brown bagged and evaluation sheets that will be used. We’re not here to intimidate ~ only to have fun! So come down and taste away!

At SIP there are no wrong answers!!!

Fifth annual St. Jude Songwriters Supper – Under the August Moon

6pm – 12am

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Join us for the fifth annual St. Jude Songwriters Supper – Under the August Moon. The event will be held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, recently awarded the “Best Meeting and Event Venue” in the Denver metro area.

Experience Mile High like never before! Guests will enjoy an on-field cocktail hour and silent auction. You will get the opportunity to walk where the Broncos players do as we move to the United East Club Lounge for the remainder of the evening.

Guests will also enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Denver skyline in the Club Lounge during the seated dinner, live auction with our renowned auctioneer and unforgettable musical performances of nationally recognized songwriters.

The Colorado community has helped support the ground-breaking research and world-class patient care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join us on this special fifth anniversary evening to continue supporting the St. Jude fight against childhood cancer and its mission of finding cures and saving children.

Cocktail/cowboy chic attire is recommended.

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Sunday, August 26

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: ABT 12

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.

CO Kickin’ for a Cause Kickball Tournament

City Park

This is not your ordinary kickball. Test your strength, stamina, and mental grit – just kidding!

Join us for a day of beer, burritos and kickball. Get a team together (15 max), craft a creative team name (team “uniforms” should match it) and sign up!
If you are looking for a team to join, just let us know and we’ll hook you up.
Registration starts at 9:00 am and play starts at 10:00 on Sunday, August 26 at City Park ballfields.

$20 per person and $275 per team before 8/20. ($25 & $325 after 8/20).

Lunch and beer provided – bring your own cooler and anything else you need for a hot and sunny Colorado day.

PLUS – there is an after-party at X Bar (Colfax & Washington).

CO Kickin’ for a Cause benefits the oral health care program for our patients living with HIV & AIDS

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USA Pro Challenge

10am – 4pm

Various places

Stake out your spot to watch the most challenging bike race held on US soil.

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Live Music at Lowry Beer Garden

3pm – 7pm

Lowry Beer Garden

Mark Lindsey Brier

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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