Weekend off the Wagon – Labor Day Weekend Edition (August 31 – September 3)

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Three day weekend! Obviously, you’re going to be productive, wake up early, go for a run, do other healthy… right. You’re going to drink. With people. At places. Below you’ll find a few options.

In Denver, there’s a few places you should definitely check out. You’ll be hard pressed to miss A Taste of Colorado if you venture anywhere near downtown. There’s a Full Moon Party tonight that looks pretty sweet. And Sunday, the Justice League of Street Food is throwing a Pool Party.

If you want to get a drink out of town, there are fests, parties, food extravaganzas, and a few Oktoberfests. Keep reading for the details on those.

Next Tuesday, we’re throwing a little shindig called Tequila Tuesday with Tanteo Tequila at Limón. You should come, it’ll be swell.

Have a great long weekend, and let us know what you do. Pictures or it didn’t happen.


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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A Taste of Colorado

Civic Center Park

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region.

Over 500,000 people make the four-day Festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration and enjoy the offerings of over 50 area food establishments, 270 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region — all for no admission fee.

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Frisco Oktoberfest

Frisco, Colorado

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival

Fri Aug 31, 2012 – Mon Sep 3, 2012


Steve Miller Band
Canaan Smith
Lauren Alaina

Saints of Valory
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Mumford & Sons
Nathaniel Rateliff

Vintage Trouble
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Kid Rock
You Me & Apollo

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Gourmet on Gore


This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. The open-air event offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events and a Tasting Tour to kick things off on Friday, August 31. World-renowned artist Carrie Fell created the featured art that reflects the atmosphere of Gourmet on Gore, this art is showcased on posters for the event. These posters will be available at Gourmet on Gore, and Fell will be on hand throughout the weekend for personal signings.

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Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek’s annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin’ oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer, and wunderbar wurst! Make the most of Labor Day weekend with the Bavarian festivities, and even enter the daily costume contest at a chance to win some great prizes!

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Friday, August 31

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: J. W. Lees Calvados Aged Harvest 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.

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

Full Moon Street Party

4pm – 10pm

901 Bannock St. Denver, CO

Come join us under the Full Moon and kick off Labor Day weekend in style!

  • Beer from Left Hand Brewing Company
  • Food from Mestizos, Hey PB&J, Crepes a’Go-Go, Eat Eatclectic, Chef Driven, Tipsy Cupcakes, Sunset Tacos, Coaches Scoop, Eighty Ate, Bob’s Blazin BBQ, Mikes2 Kitchen, Capt’N Crabby and The Panna Cotta Peddler
  • Live Music from Aaron Hart and Casey Ferrell
  • Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Balloon Art, & more
  • Colorado Movie Cars!
  • Sky Lantern Launch at dusk (weather permitting)
  • High Roller Adult Big Wheel Trikes
  • ATM on-site, easy parking, or ride your bike!

Make a night of it and start off this long weekend the right way!

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Saturday, September 1

Boulder Brew Festival

Boulder Theater

It’s back! The 3rd annual Boulder Brew Festival is now bigger, longer, and better! Join us as we make the move over to the Boulder Theater in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado as we bring tons of the best brews in the nation to your taste buds for this life changing experience. Each of the two sessions will feature unlimited tastings, LIVE music and great times!

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

VIP (Avail. through Living Social ONLY for a limited time!)

Festival Tasting Cup
Entry 1 hour before General Admission
Boulder Brew Festival t-shirt
Unlimited Samplings
General Admission

Festival Tasting Cup
Unlimited Samplings
Unforgettable Memories!
Session #1 (1pm – 5pm)

VIP 1pm entry

GA 2pm entry

Session #2 (6pm – 10pm)

VIP 6pm entry

GA 7pm entry

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Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Marriage Golden

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.

Tour de Fat

Civic Center Park Area, Ft. Collins, CO

Hold on tight, Ft. Collins, we’re headed back for another round! New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming home to Ft. Collins for one day on Saturday, September 1 at Civic Center Park (Laporte Ave. and North Howes St.). Tour de Fat rookies and veterans alike are encouraged to grab a bike and join us for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry, all while raising money for Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins and Fort Collins Bike Co-op.

For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more. Don’t forget to stock up on your TDF costume needs at Eco-Thrift.

The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from Civic Center Park, but be there early to register or register on-line before you get there.

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Chile Chili Festival

10am – 6pm

Douglas County Events Center and Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado

Colorado’s Annual Chile Festival is just around the corner! On Saturday, September 1st 2012 – come to the Douglas County Events Center and Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado for a hot time!

From 10AM until 6PM you will get to visit with local farmers and producers, chile experts and vendors while enjoying fine libations and gourmet food from the Denver Food Trucks! There is no other event like it.

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Freshcraft 2nd Anniversary Party

11am – 2am


We made it to two! We’ll be celebrating all day in the only way we know how – great food & great beer!
In addition to our regular menu Chef Lucas and the team will be putting out some great BBQ all day, including a delicious BBQ breakfast plate.
In addition to our regular (awesome) tap list we’ll be tapping some very special beers at the following times:

11:00 (open): Upslope Peach Cobbler (firkin)
Palisade peaches and spices make this a delicious treat!

1:00 pm: Avery Lilikoi Kepolo (Mahu)
Wit beer with passionfruit

3:00 pm: New Belgium La Folie
Sour brown ale

7:00 pm: Firestone Walker Parabola
Barrel aged Imperial Stout

10:00 pm: Oskar Blues Jim Beam Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (nitro)
The name says it all

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12pm – 10pm

Left Hand

Leftapalooza, featuring the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, is back for its second year!! Left Hand Brewing Company’s ultimate music and craft beer experience brings together some of the most talented cover acts in the country to help raise funds and support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For just $10, concert goers can enjoy a full day’s worth of great music at the brewery as seven bands showcase the talents of U2, Rush, the Grateful Dead, Van Halen, the B-52s, Steely Dan, and Led Zeppelin! The day will also feature the Leftapalooza Chili Fest, local food vendors, kids’ activities, and of course Left Hand beer!

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Voodoo Island 1950’s Tiki Exotica Ball

3pm – 1am

Millennium Harvest House Outdoor Pavilion and Pool on Boulder Creek1345 28th St. Boulder, CO.

Step back in time to 1950‘s Hawaii and experience Martin Denny’s and Les Baxter’s wonderful world of Tiki-Exotica!

Dance the night away under the stars to an exotica inspired, 9-piece Afro-Cuban orchestra–amidst a Tahitian oasis of bamboo huts, palm trees, giant smoke filled tikis, a waterfall and hula dancers. Take a dip and lounge by the pool, made into the Voodoo Lagoon (but watch out for the mermaid!) while watching evocative performances by Hawaiian fire dancers, Elvis on ukulele, Carmen Miranda, Princess Poo Poo Ly and Mermaid Noveli! Listen to live 40’s & 50’s Hawaiian swing music, 50’s surf music (think Pulp Fiction), or a jungle riverboat performance. Enjoy an authentic Polynesian show while sipping a flaming scorpion bowl and tasting a real Polynesian BBQ. Featuring musical performances by Polynesian Fiafia, Onda Afro Cuban Orchestra, Mad Dog and the Smoking J’s & Vibes on Velvet.

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Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph & the Family Band

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Chatfield Green at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Sunday, September 2

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Tank Town Brown

Sun Sep 2, 2012 – Mon Sep 3, 2012

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.

Taste of Keystone

11am – 3pm


Bring a hearty appetite and prepare your taste buds for the best culinary event of the summer! The Taste of Keystone is a perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine. Here’s an opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisine from Keystone’s best restaurants including: Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, and The Bighorn Steakhouse.

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Justice League of Street Food Pool Party

5pm – 10pm


Join us for a very special event… a bodacious Justice League Pool Party! We will have all of your favorite trucks including Pinche Tacos and Mana from Heaven in addition to some guest trucks like Yatai Food Cart, DipStik, and The Panna Cotta Peddler. We also have a special deal for service industry folks, come out and bring proof of employment and we will make sure you get a free shot to start your night.

Catch the best tunes from DJ Eddie B
Happy hours from 5-6 and 9-10 with great drink specials
Hula hoop contest for some awesome drink prizes
Access to the tubular TAXI pool
Sand castle contest for the kids

All proceeds benefit Earthlinks

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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

Monday, September 3

Labor Day

See “All Weekend” up top for events going on today.

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