Weekend off the Wagon – September 14-16

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If  you do one thing this weekend, and only one thing, it should be the  Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewers’ Olympics. Besides that, it’s a normal weekend in Denver. Wine fests, beer releases, movies in the park. Top Gun is playing in Civic Center Park tonight. So that’s cool.

On a somewhat related note. DANGER ZONE!

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 Mountain Winefest in Palisade, CO

Palisade, CO

For the last two decades, Colorado Mountain Winefest has been the premier Colorado wine celebration in the state, bringing dozens of local wineries to celebrate our award-winning wines and growing industry.

With 50 Colorado wineries in attendance and a few thousand close friends to share unlimited sips, it’s the kind of perfect day that makes everyone wish they lived here. The daylong event in Riverbend Park features live entertainment, unlimited wine samples, a commemorative tasting glass, wine tote and the chance to buy wine directly from the winemakers.

New this year, Winefest has taken the best of the seminars and demos from festivals past and incorporated them all into the event free of charge. So no need to pay extra to learn about food and wine pairings from top chefs, get in-depth knowledge of Colorado’s unique terrior or learn to pick out common aromas from the wine glass.

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Great American Techno Festival

Beta Nightclub, Casselman’s Bar and Venue, and NORAD Dance Bar

The Great American Techno Festival (GATF) is an annual electronic dance music festival organized by the Denver Techno Group LLC. It is the only event of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region. Now in it’s second year, the festival will be taking place from September 13th through 16th, 2012.

The four-day festival focuses on showcasing some of the best American techno talent making waves in the international dance community, as well as local talent. The festival takes place at some of the best dance music venues and nightclubs in downtown Denver, including Beta Nightclub, Casselman’s Bar and Venue, and NORAD Dance Bar.

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Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Breckenridge, Colorado

Telluride Blues and Brews

Telluride Town Park

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place in Telluride Town Park, a renowned outdoor music venue with breath-taking mountain peaks for a backdrop. At the heart of our venue is the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, a small, humble wooden stage that has held the weight of legends over the years. When B.B. King performed here in 2004, he sat on this same stage, looked out at the mountains before him, and told the crowd, “Out of the 90 different countries I’ve been to, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here.” It’s not the altitude that’ll take your breath away. It’s the views.

The historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado is situated 8,750′ above sea level and is a renowned ski town by winter and the festival capital of Colorado in the summer. Telluride’s main street, just steps away from the festival grounds, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. At night, after the music ends in the park, we move the festival scene into various music venues located throughout the town of Telluride. These are the “Juke Joints,” and once they get jamming a walk down main street feels like a walk down Beale Street in Memphis.

The festival is only three days and three nights. Once you get to Telluride, you won’t want to go home.

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Vail Oktoberfest

Vail, Colorado

Friday, September 14

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

Movies in the Park: Top Gun

8pm – 10pm

Civic Center Park

Last one of the season!

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Saturday, September 15

Backyard BBQ Rail Session

9am – 7pm


Ready for Winter?! So are we! Dust off those boards and skis and get stoked because we’re bringing you 10 tons of snow this September! Our Park Crew has been working hard all summer and has some fresh rails that need to be hit. Register to compete in the rail jam for your chance to win some HUGE prizes!!

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Cherrity Pie Festival

11am – 3pm

Denver Botanic Gardens

Since their inception in 1999 Colorado-based Pie Consulting & Engineering has supported multiple community and non-profit organizations: including making donations, volunteering services, hosting events and participating in fund raising events.

In 2010 the Board of Directors of Pie Consulting & Engineering made the decision to give more to their community by creating an official Pie Consulting & Engineering hosted annual fund raising charity event. With this idea in mind a brainstorming session was held and the concept of an annual Cherrity Pie Festival was born.

Festival ticket prices: Adults: $20 in advance/$25 at event. Children(age 10 and under): $10 in advance/$15 at event.

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Fight Fire with Beer Festival

12pm – 10pm

29th Street Mall, Boulder

[From FermentedlyChallenged.com]

Firefighter Appreciation Week in Colorado will be observed September 8th – 15th, culminating with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival September 15th in Boulder. The event was created to honor firefighters currently risking their lives battling fires across the state of Colorado as well as to provide an annual non-partisan platform to enable all residents of Colorado to say “thank you” to firefighters who work to keep them safe 365 days a year. At the festival local brewers will be asked to participate in a competition called the Fight Fire With Beer Governor’s Cup, which will be judged by Colorado fire chiefs and Governor Hickenlooper. The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the “Official” Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars, restaurants, and made available for retail sale the entire year – until a new winner is selected. Proceeds will be donated to provide fire education throughout the state.

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Peach Saison Release at Copper Kettle

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing Company

We only have two firkins of our peach saison! Try it side by side withour belgian saison in the tap line!

12:00-10:00pm: Tap Release
5:00-9:00pm: Epicurean Catering
5:00pm: Indigent Row – Irish/CelticRock Band

Downtown Aquarium Wine Fest

1pm – 4pm

Downtown Aquarium

Napa vs. Sonoma

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Vine Street Uptown Block Party and Brewers’ Olympics

1pm – 6pm

Vine Street

Head over to Vine Street Pub this Saturday for a block party and the 2nd Annual Brewers’ Olympics. Brewers’ Olympics, what’s that? Imagine a middle school field day, with balloon tosses and three legged races, but the middle schoolers are actually burly bearded brewers and shit-kicking pink boot wearing breweresses (I just made up that term, feel free to never use it) and the events are all beer related. That’s what the Brewers’ Olympics are.

Last year was ridiculous. This year should be ridiculouser. Stop asking questions and just go.

Sunday, September 16

93.3 Big Gig

Red Rocks

Silversun Pickups, 3OH!3, The Hives, The Wombats, The Locals Only Stage

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Fans on the Field

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Coors Field, Pepsi Center

Experience the thrill of Denver’s three world-class sporting venues and professional sports franchises. Run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High, along the warning track at Coors Field and across the floor at Pepsi Center to support the unique and innovative programs of the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The 10k and 5k courses are both fully accessible – all are invited to participate!

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Pop UP Picnic Denver

11:30am – 2:30pm

You pick it

We need YOU to host a picnic ANYWHERE you desire!
Post here WHERE you will be picnicking.
Objective: Making people recognize the importance of SLOWING DOWN, EATING REAL FOOD, and BUILDING COMMUNITY.

Quick and Dirty Details:
We are asking you to:
1) Pick a picnic site location (be as creative as you want)
2) Invite your friends to picnic with you on Sept. 16 @ 11:30
3) Post a Pop Up Picnic sign while you picnic
4) Make a video having your guests answer the following questions:
Who are you? Where are you? What did you eat? “We love Pop Up Picnic because…” What does “real” food mean to you?
5) Email your video to 51cvjl666gab@m.youtube.com or popuppicnicdenver@gmail.com

Yes, it’s that easy! For the not-as-quick details, visit our “Notes” page!

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About PJ Hoberman

PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?