Weekend off the Wagon – October 26-28

Waiting for the Race to Start

Waiting for the Race to Start, by Sean Buchan

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With Halloween on a Wednesday this year, will you celebrate this weekend? Next weekend? Wednesday? ALL THREE? There are plenty of parties going on this weekend. We picked a few that sounded a little different than the norm. Game of Thrones party? $1000 Costume Contest? Grace Potter and the Nocturnals? Oh my.

In other news, Rackhouse Pub turns 3 this weekend. They throw down. Seriously. Just go. But watch out for gorillas.

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 26

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

Oct 26
Time and Space Crafts
Sci-fi crafter Samuel Schimek will help you make your own Star Wars luggage tag while watching Barbarella.

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Around the World in 80 Sips – Denver

7pm – 10pm

Mile High Station, Denver, CO

We have searched far and wide for 80+ of the world’s finest wines and you’ll taste them all during a night of sipping, swilling and socializing. As you’ve likely guessed, this signature tasting party celebrates wines from around the world from countries like Italy and New Zealand and our very own Napa Valley, featuring varietals from such inimitable names as Italy’s Castello Banfi, Napa’s Chateau Montelena, and New Zealand’s Craggy Range. In between tasting you’ll indulge in savory bites of iGourmet’s artisanal premium cheeses and Creminelli’s mouth watering charcuterie to name a few. We even have delicious craft beer from Odell Brewing Company and Vanberg & DeWulf to change things up a bit.

Take advantage of the early-access VIP pass and you’ll taste the event’s best wines sans crowds and lines and be privy to special VIP only bottles. In addition to the valuable wine knowledge learned at the event all attendees will walk away with their very own Bottlenotes stem created by the talented glass makers at Bottega del Vino along with a copy of the book that is the inspiration for this event, Bottlenotes Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips by our CEO Alyssa Rapp.

There’s a discount code at localwineevents.com: http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/442123

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

7pm – 10pm

Fillmore Auditorium

Saturday, October 27

25th Birthday Party – Party like it’s 1987

West End Tavern

Join us on Saturday, October 27 to celebrate 25 years of The West End Tavern!
-Rock out to tunes of the 80′s by the Matt Flaherty Trio from
6 pm – 9 pm.
-Complimentary birthday cake and party favors
And the best 80′s costume wins a prize!

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Denver Gorilla Run

Wynkoop Brewing Company

The Denver Gorilla Run is a charity fun run with a difference. Everyone who takes part wears a full gorilla costume – from fluffy head to furry toe – and helps raise funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, the international charity working to save the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas and keeping Dian Fossey’s dream alive for the past 27 years.

Have Fun and Help a Good Cause!!!
Event Highlights:

Gorilla suits are yours to keep
Great Silverback Block Party
Food provided by some of Denver’s most famous restaurants
Live music from Under the Radar
Sponsored by Wykoop Brewery and Silverback Pale Ale

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Rackhouse Anniversary Party

Rackhouse Pub

As is the Rackhouse Pub tradition, we don’t half-ass our anniversary party. We’ve been scheming this year’s celebration for almost a year. This year’s festivities features one of our favorite Colorado breweries, Dry Dock Brewing Company. Sail on over to the Rackhouse Pub on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 to hang out and to drink some of the rarest beers around.

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Marczyk Neighborhood Fair at Colfax. So you think you can can?

11am – 4pm


Marczyk’s on the ‘Fax, at the corner of Colfax and Fairfax, is holding a Neighborhood Fair complete with a canning demo, pumpkin carving contest, jam and jelly competition, and pie competition. First second and third place ribbons for the winners! In addition, there will be tastings of Marczyk’s fall prepared food menu, neighborhood vendors, and cider donuts for sale. “The neighborhoods surrounding the Colfax store are quite different from the 17th Avenue store, even though they are only a few miles away from each other,” explains store manager Suzanne Waldmann. “We have lots of families here, and they have space for veggie gardens. People are getting back to the basics with canning their tomatoes, making jam, and even raising chickens in the city. So here’s their chance to win a blue ribbon!”

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Fall Fest: 10th Anniversary Celebration

2pm – 2am


Fall Fest!
Lola’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Live music starting at 2:30 pm & $1 Tecates from 2 pm to close

Great happy hour and dinner specials

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Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo

7pm – 9pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Last game of the season!

Game of Thrones Halloween

8pm – 12am

LoHi SteakBar

This Halloween, LoHi SteakBar will become a medieval fantasy world where everyone is struggling in the only game that matters- the Game of Thrones. On Saturday, October 27 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., join SteakBar for a special Halloween event based on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. Come dressed in costume representing a particular Game of Thrones House. The best group representation of a House will win a party for 12 people during an upcoming Happy Hour complete with an hour of complementary cocktails and sliders. Who are you plotting against?

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$1000 Halloween Costume Contest

10pm – 2am

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Come join us at Stoney’s Bar and Grill for our $1000 Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday October 27, 2012 starting at 10pm!

– First place winner will receive a cash prize of $1000
– 2nd runner up will receive a $100 gift card & a tailgate party by Southern Comfort
– 3rd runner up will receive a $50 gift card & a Chiminea from Dos Equis!

Prize giveaway @ 12:30am

Dance the night away to a spooky video DJ Set by VJ Aaron while enjoying 2 for 1 Dos Equis and $3 Soco Lime & Soco Cherry Shots!

This is a night you won’t want to miss!!

*Ice sculptures provided by Cool Hand Ice

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Sunday, October 28

Broncos vs. Saints

6:20pm – 10pm

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub

10pm – 12am

Vine Street Pub

About PJ Hoberman

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