Weekend off the Wagon – October 19-21

2010 Denver Zombie Crawl

2010 Denver Zombie Crawl by Xuilla on Flickr

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Zombies! Zombies! Everywhere! And an 80s Ski Party to boot. Combination costume? Ya, do that.

Beyond parties with flair, there’s a few chili cook-offs and Becoming Van Gogh is at DAM starting Sunday (for a few months). Oh, and A-Basin is open.

Also, we’re throwing a party with Imbibe Denver. It’s called the Denver [only] Beer Festivus. 20 local breweries. Rocking good time. Tickets and info are available on ImbibeDenver.com. Buy early, prices go up after Halloween.

Know about something that we missed? Have an event coming up? Send it our way: events@denveroffthewagon.com.

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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Friday, October, 19

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

Black Sheep

5pm – 9pm

MCA Denver


Happy hour drink specials
Black Sheep from 7–9PM
$5 AFTER FIVE (includes admission to the galleries)
Galleries open until 9PM

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EatDenver Harvest Week: Million Dollar Cowboy

6pm – 10pm

The GrowHaus, Denver, CO

Thirty six of EatDenver’s restaurants will host a series of pop-up dinner parties at the Grow Haus in honor of Colorado’s amazing produce and producers. Parties will sprout-up each day – a brunch and five dinners – featuring different chefs and fun interactive themes. Each four to six course meal will be accompanied by hand-crafted cocktails, local brews and wines.

Put on your diamonds and cowboy boots and two-step your way
through the wild west
Friday, October 18th

Mushroom duxelle, potato “crouton”
Apple lemon saute, duck confit, quince chip

“Cowboy Coffee” lamb carpaccio on fry bread
The Avenue Grill

Smoked trout cake, chayote and radish salad, jalapeno and cilantro vinaigrette
The Fort

Berkshire pork belly, maple-serrano bbq’d Hotchkiss pinto beans,
parsnip-corn salad
Ghost Plate and Tap

Colorado Prime Rib, spaghetti squash casserole,
grilled broccoli rabe, cranberry gastrique
Elways, Ghost Plate and Tap, The Fort, Panzano’s

Italian s’mores tart, toasted marshmallow, chocolate pot de creme, amaretti graham cracker

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80s Ski Party

8pm – 2am

Mile High Station

You could say that the 80’s Ski Party is ‘totally tubular,’ but then I suppose you would be dating yourself. For the 9th Annual we were thinking ‘sick bird’ or ‘wicked killer’ might describe the event a bit more appropriately. On October 19th, all those who dare to relive the greatest decade of ski wear will unite to celebrate skiing primarily, the 80’s course and especially the life of our friend Adam Barron. Mark your calendars and get ready for the only event that truly prepares you for the upcoming 2012-2013 ski season. With the purchase of a ticket, patrons will receive BEER until it runs out and drink specials from the bar.

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Saturday, October 20

Capitol Hill Pub Crawl

1pm – 8pm

Join us for a SCAVENGER SCRAMBLE around Capitol Hill to some of our favorite local establishments! The scramble will include activities both mentally and physically challenging- so bring your A-Game! Think adventure race meets pub crawl! The winning team will receive a neighborhood prize basket with gift cards to all of your favorite spots! There will also be a prize for the team with the best costume, so dress up! For more information on the event including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cody at 303-830-1651 or codygalloway@chundenver.org. Thank you to our 2012 Pub Crawl Destinations: Prohibition, Pub on Penn, X Bar, Cheeky Monk, Subculture and Park & Co., with an afterparty hosted by Uptown Tavern!

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Knock Your Boots Off Beer Tasting & Chili Cook-Off

2pm – 5pm

Arapahoe St. behind the Foss Building Parking Lot

68+ beers from Coors Distributing Company and lots of chilis!
Get tickets at the Golden Visitors Center – $20 early, $25 at door

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Zombie Crawl

2pm – 2am

On Saturday October 20, 2012 at 2:00pm, Denver will be holding the largest Zombie gathering in history at Skyline Park.

Remember, this is an ALL AGES and FREE event. Everyone is welcome. We do however ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies

Please register for this FREE event. We would like to get an accurate count of attendees so we can set the World Record!

11:00 am – Organ Trail
12:00 – Makeup and costume help
2:00 pm – Kickoff!
3:00 pm – Widows Bane
3:55 pm – Thriller!
4:00 pm – Zombie Crawl Parade down 16th St.
5:30 pm – Costume Contests @ Skyline Park
8:00 pm – Zombie Crawl after party at Casselman’s

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Blackbelly Catering Popup Harvest Dinner

5pm – 5:50pm

Shannon Red Barn Farm | 1341 N. 95th St., Lafayette, CO

Blackberry Catering presents a Harvest Dinner (5-courses) at Shannon Red Barn Farm with Bravo TV’s Top Chef Season 5 winner and Blackbelly founder, Hosea Rosenberg. Wine pairings will be offered by The Natural Wine Company, featuring sustainably produced wine from around the world. $85 per person / $15 wine pairing. Book reservations through blackbellycatering.com/events -or- email karen@blackbellycatering.com. Seats are limited and sell out fast.

Beer For Colorado Night

6pm – 10pm

The Denver Bicycle Cafe – 1308 E 17th Ave – Denver, CO 80218

A Craft Celebration for Colorado’s Education!
What: A showcase of great beer from local breweries & baked goods from some kind folks at Steuben’s
All proceeds go to Teach For America
Where: The Denver Bicycle Cafe
When: October 20th
Why: It’s fun to do good things, great beer tastes better with great people, and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are good for three pints of showcased beer, and those who buy online will recive a $20 discount on a ride home with Uber Car Services ($18 at the door).

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Home Cookin’ in The White House

6pm – 9pm

Exdo Events Center

From George Washington to Barack Obama, chefs have nourished the presidential palate. Unfortunately, most chefs have performed their culinary artistry in historical obscurity. Home Cookin’ in The White House is a unique event that will bring their stories—and their excellent food—to light. Cultural Historian, Adrian Miller, will give an entertaining, non-political presentation that describes the relationships that chefs had with past Presidents, what life was like for them, and the foods they prepared. Event attendees will also dine on a carefully-tailored menu of comfort foods inspired by the presidential recipes of African American chefs. KUSA-TV | 9 News Anchor, Kirk Montgomery, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

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Shake, Rattle and Groan ZOMBIE PROM

8pm – 2am

Denver Press Club

Saturday October 20th, from Betty Bluebird- the creators that brought you the smash “HOWL” New Year’s event three years running, comes the
1st Annual “Shake…Rattle…GROAN!” Zombie Prom
a collective assortment of dance-tastic live music, frightening burlesque, zombie horror films, concessions, prom photos, and even a contest to crown a best-dressed prom king and queen.

Live music performance by Mancub will overpower those undead senses. Harken back to decades-past with the d.j.-ing of Mile High Soul Club. Hoot away at the sanguine and grotesque burlesque show, featuring Tatianna Tata, Starshine and Veronica VanTassel. All of course, under the guidance of the star host, the one and only Sid Pink.

Event will take place at the exclusive and historically haunted
Denver Press Club, located at 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver CO 80204.
Doors open at 8pm.
Tickets are being offered for $12 presale at shakerattleandgroan.com.
If there are tickets available they will be sold at the door for $15

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Sunday, October 21

Becoming Van Gogh

Denver Art Museum

Becoming Van Gogh is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is funded by Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation; Wells Fargo; Sotheby’s; and Sill-TerHar Motors, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati. Additional funding is provided by Telemundo Denver and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

This exhibit runs from October 21 through January 20.

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Chili Cook Off at Joy Wine and Spirts

12pm – 5pm

Joy Wine and Spirts

Join Us Sunday, October 21st from noon to five for our 2nd annual chili cook off as 40 of the city’s best restaurants and amateur contestants get together to see who makes Denver’s best chili while raising money for the Colfax Community Network.

Beer tastings, wine tastings, children’s activities and fun for the whole family!

Tickets are on sale now at Joy Wine & Spirits: $10 a piece or 4 for $35. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Want to find out where your chili stands among the city’s best? Register now at Joy Wine & Spirits. $25 for a team of two, includes all-you-can-eat chili, fame and fortune, and a chance to win great prizes!

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Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

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