Weekend off the Wagon – March 8-10

Frozen Dead Guy Days Coffin Race

Frozen Dead Guy Days Coffin Race, by Jerry W. Lewis on Flickr

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Much like Christmas decorations going up on Labor Day, it appears Festival Season is kicking off a few months early. That’s a terrible analogy. I’m sorry.

There are four sizeable fests this weekend: The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, Copper Uncorked, Frozen Dead Guy Days, and SnowBall Music Festival. None of them are in Denver. All of them look awesome.

Our friends at ImbibeDenver have a SnowBall after party: SnowBrunch.

Tickets are now available for three ridiculous events in the next three weeks. Colorado Craft Beer Week, March 18-24, is fast approaching, and we’ve got two special events for you: Legends & Rarities and New Kids on the Block. A mere two weeks after that, DStill is going to rock your face off April 1-6, with a craft spirits showcase on April 3.

So much awesome.


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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Wine Festival of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

The Wine Festival of Colorado Springs, the premier wine festival in the Front Range, will feature The Wines of France, March 7-9, at The Broadmoor, Garden of the Gods Club and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. All proceeds from this event benefit the FAC.

For the first time in the 22-year-history of the Wine Festival, the Wines of France will be featured and a distinguished line-up of guest winemakers will be on hand, including Claude Gaudin of Vitigestion, Christian Beyer of Emile Beyer, Charles Lazzara of Volio Vino Imports representing Kermit Lynch, Nate Slingsby of Robert Kacher Selections and James Adams of The Sorting Table.

Over the course of modern history, every wine producing country has compared itself to France. The standard bearer for the world’s wine industry, French wines are considered the benchmark in many styles, like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.

“We think we are presenting the best wines ever offered at the Wine Festival,” said Jim Little of Coaltrain Wine & Spirits and member of the organizing committee. “And that’s saying a lot because we’ve served a lot of great wines over the years. Our guests, our French wine experts and distinguished chefs, are knowledgeable, approachable and personable … second to none.”

Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit with the wine makers and learn insider tips at several wine and food seminars, two auctions, a Grand Tasting at The Broadmoor and a Gourmet Wine Dinner at the Garden of the Gods Club with specially-discounted rates at both luxury properties.

Adults over 21 only. Identification is required for admission.

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Copper Uncorked

Copper Mountain

Unpretentious. Unexpected. Unexpensive. Ok, we know that isn’t a word. And we also know that Copper Uncorked brings the quirky Copper spirit to winter wining and dining. Vino and vittles all for a value. How’s that for alliteration? And how’s that for a fun weekend?

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Frozen Dead Guy Days


Behold the Frozen at the 12th Annual Frozen Dead Guy Days®

What goes best with a Frozen Dead Guy? SNOW!
Dress Warm. Drive Carefully.
The show goes on… snow or shine.

* Amazing FREE Live Music all Weekend (two tents)
* Coffin Racing
* Costume Polar Plunging
* Frozen T-shirt Contests
* Ice Turkey Bowling
* The Blue Ball (live band)
* Brain Freeze Contests
* Parade of Hearses
* Frozen Salmon Toss
* Snowy Beach Volleyball

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SnowBall Music Festival

Winter Park

Pretty Lights •STS9 •Big Gigantic •Kendrick Lamar
Porter Robinson •Portugal. The Man •Datsik •Grizmatik
Flying Lotus •The Presets •JAPANDROIDS •Krewella •Poliça
Delta Spirit •Flosstradamus •Tennis Robert Randolph & The Family Band •Surfer Blood
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs •Orchard Lounge •Aeroplane Zion I •Crizzly w/ Lil Flip
RAC •Shlohmo •Michal Menert •RUBBLEBUCKET •Gigamesh •RUN DMT Twiddle •American Royalty •Luminox •Destructo •Robotic Pirate Monkey yamn •Tumbleweed Wanderers •The Floozies •Truth
Bestfriends •ISHI •Bonfire Dub •RUMTUM •School Knights •KINK ADOR K Theory •Steffi Graf •Mo’Rockin •Ramona •Vinnie Maniscalco Cold River City

Ya. That.

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Friday, March 8

Denver Restaurant Week – Final Night

Denver Restaurant Week is a two-week celebration of the culinary scene in Denver. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity).

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Saturday, March 9


11am – 3pm

Winter Park Mountain Lodge

Snowball music festival is going down this weekend! So pack your glow sticks, a jacket, and head up to Winter Park for one wild weekend. Be sure to join us for the first ever SNOWBRUNCH! Brunch tickets include full buffet, bloody bar, 6 big name artists, complimentary swag bags (we definitely just made that term up), and so much more. To benefit a great cause in Phoenix 999.

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Cocktails 101: Mojitos and More!

1pm – 4pm

Stir Cooking School

This class focus on everything about muddling a perfect cocktail.

Menu: Classic Mojito – Whiskey Smash – Caipirinha – Strawberry Ginger Mojito

Price: $55.00/person

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2pm – 4pm

City Wine

This week, in the throws of winter doldrums, we bring you an escape.

We pride ourselves in trying to find “new and different”.

Grapes called Müller Thurgau, Cortese, Pecorino, Inzolia, Vermentino Muscadet, Mauzac, Malvasia, Malvar, Grüner Veltliner, Marsanne, Clairette, Ugni Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Roussanne, Furmint, Macabeo, Parellada.

Exotic places such as Collio, Slovenia, Macedonia, Cassis


No charge.

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Learning to Taste

4pm – 6pm

A Bottled Affair

Sometimes all you need to take a hobby or interest to the next level is a bit more knowledge. That’s what ‘Learning To Taste’ is all about. Led by Certified Sommelier and wine writer, Ashley Vaughters, we’ll taste at least 5 distinctly different wine styles and analyze what makes them so different. Guided in part by your Wine Aroma Wheel (yours to take home) you’ll learn about the interaction between your sense of taste and smell, as well as how to pinpoint the flavors and aromas that you love (or don’t love) in a glass of wine. We’ll also cover the basics of how to identify a wine that is ‘corked’ or otherwise gone bad and what to do about it. Seating limited; advance purchase required.

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Yak & Yeti Collaboration Release

4pm – 6pm

Yak & Yeti

The Yak and Yeti Brewpub (7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada) recently brewed some collaborations with KROC club members (krog.org). The first release is here and gone

Very Berry Stout (6.8% & 38IBU) with Dana Johnson, (stout with Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger Tea) Released on Friday Feb 22nd at 4PM

Coming up:
1) Carrot Cake Dessert Ale (7.1%, 24IBU) with Porter Royer, (ale with 12lbs/bbl carrots, bready malts, vanilla/spices and lactose to emulate frosting) Release: March 9th at 4PM

2) Pink Peppercorn IPA (TBA) with Clint McCaskill, (IPA with 3lb/bbl of pink peppercorns) Release: March 22nd at 4PM

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The unGala

6:30pm – 11:30pm

Infinite Monkey Theorum

Raise your glass, experience some things you’ve likely never seen at an event like this, and hit the dance floor to celebrate 10 years of PlatteForum’s award-winning programs that serve artists, underserved youth, and the community.

The unGala will feature live artist demonstrations by many of PlatteForum’s 70 past creative residents, a deliciously creative menu provided by the iconic Denver Italian restaurant Carmine’s on Penn, dessert treats by the Denver Cupcake Truck, the fabulous wines of Infinite Monkey Theorem, the sounds of local latin jazz outfit Conjuntos Colores, several surprise pop-up performances and special appearances, and a community mural project, before breaking into an all-out dance party led by current PlatteForum creative residents DJs Memetic and Pho to close out the night. Each ticket includes all food, entertainment, and two complimentary glasses of wine before a cash bar kicks in.

Did we mention we’ll close out the night with the best dance party ever?*

Wear your funky, wear your fresh, wear your fancy, but be there!

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Sunday, March 10

Nothing on our calendar. How about yours?

About PJ Hoberman

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