Weekend off the Wagon – September 7 – 9

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I love wearing a hoodie while drinking out on an empty patio because everyone is too cold to handle the temperature dropping below 70. This is my weekend.

Today is a First Friday, so if you’re looking to wander the streets this evening, check out the various Art Walks. If that’s not your style, Brew at the Zoo is tonight. Remember, you have to buy tickets ahead of time.

Tour de Fat is tomorrow. If you’ve been, you need no explanation. If you haven’t, no explanation can do it justice. Just go. Avery is also throwing their first annual IPA Fest. They do Strong Ales and Sours so well, this one is sure to rock.

Oh, and it’s football season. Where are you watching the game on Sunday?

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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Longs Peak Scottish – Irish Highland Festival

Estes Park

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Colorado Pork N Hops Challenge

Grand Junction, Colorado

The Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge has become one of the top annual events in Western Colorado. On the weekend of September 7th & 8th at Lincoln Park in beautiful Grand Junction, the 2012 Colorado Pork & Hops Challenge kicks off with over 13,000 people coming out for this All-American Family Festival which includes a professional KCBS BBQ competition where over 50 professional BBQ teams from all over the country flock to Grand Junction to compete for over $20,500 in cash and bragging rights. An Amatuer BBQ competition for local contestants will also take place for anyone who thinks their BBQ is the best in the city. There will also be BBQ tasting as well as activities for the whole famil – check back soon for updates. Several food vendors will be serving up award winning lip smackin’ BBQ and other festival favorites. Ice cold Budlight through out the event and tons of live bands will be performing as cap off the event Saturday night with a great headliner band (TBA).

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Vail Oktoberfest

Vail, Colorado

Friday, September 7

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Dry Dock Barrel Aged Quadrupel

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 – A very special Colorado wet-hopped pale ale firkin this week that they are calling Sticky Icky. It will tap around 4pm and was hopped with fresh, wet, whole cone Colorado hops. 10oz pours only.
Dry Dock – Toasted Coconut Porter
Hops & Pie – A bunch of Oskar Blues options

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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WineDown the Summer at Centerra – 5th Annual Wine Tasting

6pm – 9pm

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra – East of the Promenade Shopsdirectly behind Macy’s, Loveland, CO

The 5th Annual WineDown the Summer takes place on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park located off I-25 and Hwy. 34, just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, CO.

The evening event promises to provide a respite from the harried pace of the summer season. Wine tastings and savory finger foods catered from local restaurants will complement acoustic jazz within a beautiful one-of-a-kind outdoor park. Attendees can experience the distinctive natural setting of Chapungu Sculpture Park, which offers live art and pathways to explore Shona African stone sculptures.

An evening of music, culture and great food and wine is $35 per person, $65 per couple or $30/person for a group of 10 or more. Cost includes souvenir wine glass, unlimited tastings, finger foods and musical Jazz entertainment. Proceeds to benefit the Thompson Valley Rotary Club Foundation.

Questions? – please contact Celeste at 970.402.7409

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Brew at the Zoo

7pm – 10pm

Denver Zoo

General admission – $70
Preview admission – $100 (SOLD OUT)
Designated Driver – $30

Join the creatures of the night at Denver Zoo for a suds safari featuring more than 40 of Colorado’s finest breweries, complimentary appetizers, music and dancing at the 15th annual Brew At The Zoo. Skip the crowds and be the first to enjoy Denver Zoo’s Brew At The Zoo by purchasing a preview ticket. Preview ticket holders will receive early admission into the event starting at 6 p.m.
Raise your glass to conservation education!
Net proceeds from Brew At The Zoo will benefit Denver Zoo’s Red Apple Fund for Life-Long Learning, which makes it possible for all individuals – no matter their economic circumstances – to discover the wonders of animals through participation in Denver Zoo education programs.

General admission – $70; Preview admission – $100; Designated Driver – $30. Adults 21 and over. No guests under 21 years of age will be admitted (including infants). This event will sell out. Tickets are available until 5 p.m. Friday, August 31. No ticket sales will be available at the door.

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Saturday, September 8

Bull & Bush 41 in 41: Pimp My Rye

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.

Day 41 – this is the last one!

Clam Bake

Arapahoe Basin

On Saturday September 8, join us in the base area for our first ever Clam Bake and Lobster Boil!

Start the afternoon with a cocktail in the 6th Alley Bar before the dinner bell rings at 4:00pm.

Price: $38/person + tax

RESERVATIONS must be made by calling 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246).

Time: Food will be served starting at 4:00pm

Live music from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Clambake Menu:

Served Buffet Style

New England Style Clam Chowder

Freshly baked Green Onion / Cheddar Biscuits

Fall Fresh Salad with Mixed Field Greens and all the Fix’ns

Prince Edward Island Mussels

White Wine, Garlic, Peppers, Onions and Tomato

Fresh Colorado Sweet Corn

Red Bliss Potatoes

Grilled Red Bird All Natural Chicken with BBQ Sauce

Watermelon, Cookies and Brownies

The above with;

1 1/2 dozen Littleneck Clams

Butter and Broth

$38.00 per person plus tax

Add a 1 ¼ lb Live Maine Lobster for and additional $20.00 plus tax

Arapahoe Basin is committed to sustainability and strives to make our events as green as possible. Please help us by recycling and composting while you are here.

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Sunnyside Music Festival

Chaffee Park

The Sunnyside Music Festival provides free and low-cost music, entertainment, food, and activities to the greater Sunnyside neighborhood of Northwest Denver via an inclusive all-day music festival in Chaffee Park. Through community outreach, it supports musicians, artists, businesses, schools, non-profits and community folks.

We support our local charities too! 10% day of proceeds are given to one charity that directly impacts the NW Denver area in at least one or more of the following areas: kids, low income, arts and greening. Check our website for current beneficiaries.

FREE music Fest held annually the Saturday after Labor Day.

This year the date is 9.08.12 that’s right! Sept 8, 2012

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Tour de Fat

City Park, Denver, CO

Hold on tight, Denver, we’re headed back for another round! New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming back to town for one day on Saturday, September 8 at City Park. 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 Bike Denver and Denver Cruisers.
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.

The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from the West side of City Park, but be there early to register.

Performances by: Yo-Yo People, The Cleverly’s, Sssnakenstein, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

Schedule de Fat

9:00 AM – Parade Registration

9:45AM – Rhymanese Twins Parade Launch

10:00 AM – Bike Parade

11:00 AM – Devil Dan Show (main stage)

11:30 AM – Yo- Yo People (sideshow stage)

12:20 PM – Slow Ride (sideshow stage)

12:00 PM – The Cleverlys (main stage)

12:40 PM – Squirm Burpee Circus (sideshow stage)

1:30 PM – That One Guy (main stage)

1:40 PM – SssssnakenStein (sideshow stage)

2:30 PM – Car for Bike Trade (main stage)

3:00 PM – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (main stage)

3:50 PM – De Finale!

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Avery Brewing Company’s Inaugural IPA Fest

12pm – 5pm


Please join the Avery Brewing Company family in our hop worship for the Inaugural Boulder IPA Fest!

Be they dank or piney or floral or tart, spiced or fruited or dry-hopped or wet, Double or Imperial, a little of some or all those together, please join us to celebrate India Pale Ale in all of its iterations and strengths!

Tickets are $35 and include 16 4-oz pours, live music, and a commemorative pint glass. Tickets are on sale now in the Avery Tap Room and online at http://ticketalternative.com/Events/20352.aspx. Proceeds will benefit Trips for Kids, which opens the world of cycling to at-risk youth.

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12pm – 5pm

Golden City Brewery

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Sunday, September 9

Big Chili Cook-Off

10am – 6pm

Evergreen Lake House, located at 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd., Englewood,Colorado

You’re all invited to the 11th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off, Music & Arts Festival,scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 2012.

This year’s event will again be held at the Evergreen Lake House, located at 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd. in beautiful downtown Evergreen.

This spectacular day features a chili cook-off competition, live bands all day, the Firefighter’s Challenge competition, juried Art Show and sale, retail and food vendors,and children’s activities featuring an Arts and Crafts Tent, Juggling, Face Painting and Jump Castles.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with chili sampling beginning at 11:00am. Live music will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run continuously until 6 p.m. A Fire fighter tribute will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the Chili Cook Awards at 4:15 p.m.

The 11th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off, Music & Arts Festival benefits the six Mountain Area Fire Departments and the Blue Spruce Kiwanis Foundation.

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Grand Opening – Kingman Estates Winery Tasting Room

12pm – 5pm

Kingman Estates Winery, Denver, Colorado

Come join our us in celebrating the opening of our winery and tasting room. We plan to have live music, provided by Paul Ijames, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. We will have free wine tastings and light food pairings in the form of cheeses, crackers and specialty meats. Winery tours are available and all visitors are welcome to purchase any of our wines they are interested in.

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Case Lot Tasting and Sale

1pm – 4pm

University Club / The Vineyard WIne Shop, Denver, Colorado

Taste 100 Wines from around the World!

You are invited to attend a special tasting of all the wines listed in our Case Lot Sale brochure ( will be posted very soon). The Vineyard has teamed up with a non-profit organization, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in arranging this event. The tasting will be held at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St. The wines will be accompanied by an assortment of breads, fruits, and cheeses. Knowledgeable personnel will be on hand at each table to serve and describe the wines.

Price per person is just $30. Your tax deductible donation is $15.

Call us at 303-355-8324 for to make a reservation

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Denver Broncos Season Opener vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

6:20pm – 9:30pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

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