Weekend off the Wagon – May 10-12

Show your mom you love her with some tasty brunch on May 12.

Show your mom you love her with some tasty brunch on May 12.

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Mother’s Day is Sunday. You’re welcome.

Get outside this weekend. There’s a half dozen parties and festivals in the streets, and it looks like winter is taking a nap. We’re sorry we won’t see you at TRVE Slaughter. Unless you bought tickets like a smart person would. Then we’ll see you there.

Tickets for Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary Party June 15 are on sale today. As of this writing, they weren’t sold out yet.

All the details are after the break. What’s your plan this weekend?


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Friday, May 10

Terrace Party at St Julien

St Julien

Boulder’s St. Julien Hotel is beautiful. This is a fact.

It’s also fun, delicious, outdoorsy, well located, and overall a good place to do things besides sleep. With multiple bars and restaurants on the property and crawling distance to Pearl Street, it’s a pretty great option for a night away from Denver, or a place to put up friends and family when they come to town for a food and beverage vacation. But wait, there’s more! Add in live music and drink specials, and the terrace is an ideal spot to kick off the weekend. Oh, and these parties are free. No cover, no key card, no secret handshakes. Though you should totally make up a secrete handshake. Drink specials start at 2:30pm on Friday and run all night, and include:

$12 glasses Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
$12 glass Veuve Clicquot Rose
$8 10 Cane Rum St Julien Daiquiri

5/10 – Music by Highway 36

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Chocolate Festival Wine Gala

4pm – 10pm

Denver Merchandise Mart

Like chocolate? Then you’ll love the Colorado Chocolate Festival, which turns Mother’s Day weekend into one long, miasmic cacao high, as hopped-up chocoholics snake from booth to booth tasting chocolate of every ilk, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with wine, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles. Last year, there were chocolate contests, baking demonstrations and a Miss Chocolate crowning, and Willy Wonka strolled the room; there was even a Mother’s Day gift market of non-chocolate items.

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¡Drink Pink ! A Rosé Wine Tasting Extravaganza

6pm – 8pm

Forest Room Five

Believe it or not, Summer is fast approaching and pink wine will be all the rage once again. Here’s your chance to sample over 20 different Rosés with a large group of other wine-minded professionals. We’ll have representatives from several of Denver’s hottest wine distributors pouring the latest Rosé releases and answering your Rosé-centric questions.

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Saturday, May 11

Heroes and Villains Pub Crawl

Fainting Goat

Which side will you choose in the battle for world domination?

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Better Block Five Points

10am – 5pm

Sonny Lawson Park and Cousins Plaza

The Better Block project is a community revitalization effort that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a public space with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. For one day, the project will install pedestrian improvements, create seating areas, provide landscaping and street furniture, incorporate art into the public space, provide live music, and more. Better Block aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that lead to permanent solutions for areas in Denver.

To view a video of our 2012 Better Block please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA5tMyuHXoo&feature=plcp

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Dortmunder Returns

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing

A Deep Golden German Lager with A Smooth, Malty Flavor and moderate hoppiness. A CKBC favorite and right in time for Spring.

“Bistro Colorado” Field to Fork Cuisine starting @ 4:00 PM

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RiNo Art Safari

12pm – 5pm


Trek the wilds of the RiNo Art District on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 from Noon-5pm. Tour over 30 locations in the district, including over 50 art studios and creative spaces open in the district. Many locations will have special exhibitions and programming for the tour. We’ll also be debuting our new 2013 RiNo Field Guide and Smartphone App to help navigate the district.

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Northwest Denver Folk Festival

2pm – 12:30am

The Oriental Theater

also: Dr. Harlans Amazing Bluegrass Tonic / Gora Gora Orkestar / Brian Molnar (from Austin Texas) / Grant Sabin / Poet’s Row / Al Trout / Natalie Tate

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Street Party on the Platte

2pm – 6pm

Platte River Rowing Club, 1775 Platte Street, Denver

A delicious street party benefiting Project Angel Heart with gourmet eats from a passel of Denver’s best gourmet food trucks, great craft beer, a live band and yard games. The food trucks will be competing to see who has Denver’s best Sriracha inspired creation. Come have a great time, eat and drink well, vote for your favorite Sriracha dish and help support a great cause!

We’ll have craft beer from Denver Beer Co, Dry Dock, Odell, Oskar Blues and Great Divide; a bunch of great food trucks, a Sriracha competition and live music from Policulture, a reggae band out of Boulder. Admission is free!

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TRVE Slaughter [Sold Out]

2pm – 5pm


Blake Edmunds from The Squeaky Bean and the triumphant return of Prehistoric Dog.

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4pm – 11pm

Mercury Cafe

Conceived in 2004 by music-loving Teller parents, the event has grown into this east Denver elementary school’s biggest fundraiser.
But this event is not your typical school fundraiser. Don’t expect kid music. Expect everything under the sun music. And while, yes, kids are welcome – Tellerpalooza shows what makes Teller special. Parents that enjoy a great time, great music and each other.
Early in the evening, the stage features the Teller DPS (Denver Public Schools) student band comprised of elementary school peers. Later, students head home to babysitters; parents and local fans stay into the night. Downstairs, families may watch a performance from the Buntport Theater group, and play games together. Tellerpalooza will also go old-school with the ever-present bake sale – or if wine is more to your liking, participate in the “Wall of Wine” drawing and you may bring home a large box of assorted favorites donated by Teller parents.

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Sunday, May 12

bRUNch at The Matchbox with Waffle Up

10am – 12:30pm

The Matchbox

Our May 12 bRUNch is being hosted by The Matchbox and Waffle Up! We will meet at The Matchbox at 10 a.m. We will leave for the run at 10:15.

The price for this bRUNch is $20 and includes the following: Choice of Liege waffles from Waffle Up: Fresh Berries & Whipped Cream, Nutella & Banana, Lemon Curd & Raspberries and more.

Drink Options include two of the following: Coffee, Bloody Mary, Beer, Well Drink or iX Cocktails. Tax and gratuity are included.

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Complete details and tickets visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/167448796751672/.

About PJ Hoberman

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