Weekend off the Wagon – Memorial Day Edition (May 24-27)

Scenes from The Big Eat 2012.

Scenes from The Big Eat 2012.

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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. The official signal that chance of snow is down to a mere 50%, and that chance of an outdoor festival around every corner is up to 100%.

If you’re looking to get out of town this weekend, Vail and Beaver Creek are both celebrating the start of summer with food and drink. Or head up to the St Julien tonight for some terrace party delights. There’s also a full moon party down on Bannock Street this evening, if howling at the moon is more your style.

Two new breweries are open this weekend as well: Odyssey Beerwerks and Mountain Toad Brewing.

The one event not to miss this weekend? The Big Eat. Small bites and delicious sips from Denver’s independent restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, all in one place.

We’ve added a new section to Weekend off the Wagon. At the end, we’ll list a few events further down the road that you can buy tickets to now. You know, so you don’t miss out like you did for TRVE’s Slaughter.

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


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All Weekend

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Beaver Creek

As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews at one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings. To make the 10th anniversary one to remember, this year’s event will feature a kickoff concert at the Vilar Performing Arts Center featuring the high-energy Chicago soul blues of Big James and the Chicago Playboys.

Other musical highlights include Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band Featuring Erica Brown, Too Slim and the Taildraggers and John Németh who will perform live at scheduled times during the weekend. Barbecue masters will be competing for bragging rights and $10,000 in cash prizes. On Saturday a panel of professional judges will rate pork, beef and side dishes according to appearance, taste and tenderness. This year, attendees will have the chance to text their vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Selected winners will be crowned Saturday and Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza.

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Various locations in Vail

This culinary celebration was created to inspire guests with a weekend packed with delicious experiences and signature Vail adventure activities. Renowned Vail chefs collaborate with some of the state’s best culinary talent and will be joined by masters of the vine, cocktail artisans and craft beer experts, all game for adventure, from the kitchen table to the mountain trail. Several of Denver’s best chefs are participating, including: Frank Bonanno, Troy Guard, Jeff Osaka and Elise Wiggins.

TICKETS: Events are sold a la carte and tickets can be purchased online at http://feastvail.eventbrite.com/. Individual event tickets vary in price.
MORE INFO: A full schedule of events, lodging packages and other details are available at www.feastvail.com or by calling (970) 476-6797.
**A press release with schedule of events and additional details is attached.

Schedule & Tix: http://www.feastvail.com

Friday, May 24

St Julien Terrace Party

St Julien, Boulder

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! This Friday – May 3 – kicks off the St Julien’s Terrace Parties. The terrace is stunning by itself; 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

And music by Sambadende

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Denver Beer Co Luau

3pm – 7pm

Denver Beer Co

Join us Friday, May 24th, from 3-7PM for a Luau, Beer Co style!

Come live aloha with us while we jam to Ukelele tunes, beer filled coconuts, refreshing shaved ice from Maui Shaved Ice Co, grass skirts, and the tapping of our delicious Pineapple Pale Ale!

Party starts at 3Pm, so grab a hoaloha, your favorite tropical shirt, and come get your hula on!

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Full Moon Street Carnival

4pm – 10pm

901 Bannock St

Summer is Here!

Join us to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend at the first Full Moon Street Carnival of 2013! An evening of fun & food & drink awaits you:

* Beer from Left Hand Brewing Company
* Bonacquisti Wine
* Food from: Eighty Ate, Kuechos, Hey PB&J (Featured in 5280 Magazine), The Denver Cupcake Truck, Route 40, Yatai, Doner King, Tacos Puesta, Coaches Scoop, One Love, Mikes2 Kitchen, Capt’N Crabby, and The Crock Spot!
* Face Painting, Henna Tattoos, Balloon Animals + Additional Kids’ Activities
* Long Board Demos from Never Summer & Soar Outdoor
* Footbag Demos from World Footbag ranked Ken Somolinos
* High roller Adult Big Wheel Trikes
* Colorado Movie Cars!
* Sky Lantern Launch at Dusk (weather permitting)
* Music, Games, & More!

ATM On-Site; Easy Parking or ride your Bike!

See you all on Friday night!

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Saturday, May 25

Denver Day of Rock

2pm – 10pm

Downtown Denver

Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Concerts For Kids to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

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Dunkelweizen Bock Release

12pm – 10pm

Copper Kettle Brewing

A dark wheat bock beer w/ a full, rich body.

Bistro Colorado starting @ 4:00 PM
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DUPB Musicfest 2013 w/ The Head and the Heart & Mayer Hawthorne

4pm – 7pm

Magness Arena

DUPB Musicfest 2013
May 25, 2013 | Magness Arena
Presented by: DUPB, 97.3 KBCO, Westword & Amplitude Entertainment

– The Head and the Heart
– Mayer Hawthorne
– Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
– Places
– Foxfield Four
– Vetta Star

All tickets are now on sale!

Student Tickets: $9.95 | Public Tickets: $29.95
Tickets available at: www.comusicfest.com

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Rugby Elite Cup Final

6pm – 9pm

Infinity Park

The inaugural Elite Cup final will take place at Glendale’s Infinity Park on Saturday, May 25. The Cup tournament began in April and put the top eight teams in the country on a highly competitive five-week schedule to earn the prestige of being the first team to win the Cup.

The upcoming final pits the best in the east, the Life Running Eagles, against the best in the west, San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG), for a winner-take-all rumble in the Rockies. The match promises to showcase some of the best rugby the United States has to offer.

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Hops and Hooks Crochet and Beer

7pm – 10pm


Learn basic crochet stitches and how to make two spring time projects!

Left-handed hooker available for the southpaws…

Guided beer tasting – learn how to taste and some tips on pairing with food!

Materals, beer and snacks included!

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Rapids vs. Chivas

7pm – 9:30pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Sunday, May 26

Bluth Brunch

11am – 3pm

Denver Film Society

Come celebrate return of America’s favorite dysfunctional family with Reel Social Club’s Bluth Brunch featuring light brunch food, an open bloody mary bar, and Arrested Development trivia. Reel Social Club Members get access to the brunch for free. Wristband price for non-members is $10. Reel Social Club members can RSVP by emailing reelsocialclub@denverfilm.org.

Following the brunch we’ll watch 2 hours of the brand spankin’ new Arrested Development Season Four. The Screening is free for everyone but your Bluth Brunch wristband guarantees you a seat.

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12th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs

12pm – 4pm

Arapahoe Basin

Join us for our largest party of the year! Spend the day sampling beer from 10 breweries from Summit County and Colorado.

Breweries include Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, AC Golden, Avery, O’Dells, Oskar Blues, Wynkoop, Tivoli, Twisted Pine, and Elevation.

Cost: Must be at least 21 years of age
$30 which includes beer sampling from 10 breweries from 12:00pm-4:00pm,
a commemorative mug, and a ticket for sliders at the BBQ.

$25 gets you beer sampling from 10 breweries from 12:00pm-4:00pm and a commemorative mug.

Live music from bluegrass band Hardscrabble in the Base Area from 1:00pm-4:00pm

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The Big Eat

2pm – 5pm

Sustainability Park

This Sunday, May 26, marks the third annual Big Eat. Presented by EatDenver, Big Eat is an opportunity to taste small bites from independent Denver restaurants. And breweries. And wineries. And distilleries.

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Anchorman Quote-Along

10pm – 12am

Alamo Draft House

Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Brick Tamland loves lamp. Champ Kind loves fun. Brian Fantana thought he was in love with a Brazilian girl once…or a Chinese girl…at any rate, it was this girl, and he made out with her. These are the men of the Channel 4 News Team and they’re here to deliver… the news.

If you’re a man who’s never been to an ANCHORMAN Quote-Along, you’ve missed out on one of the most quote-able, drink-able, enjoyable nights of your life. And if you’re a woman who’s never been to the ANCHORMAN Quote-Along, I encourage you to dress like a man and try your luck at getting in…it is AnchorMAN, not AnchorLADY. And that is a scientific fact.

We’ve got a lot of fun props for you for this show, with mustaches for all and a yazz flute for you to play along with Ron during his melodically intense seduction of Veronica Corningstone. Prepare yourself for a hilarious and insanely ridiculous ride to Pleasure Town.

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day

A park near you



BolderBOULDER is not your ordinary road race. There is a lot more to the day than just the 10K, and you have a lot more options to make your race perfect.

Even though the overall race is big, it’s really 97 separate smaller races that let everyone go at the gun and finish at their own pace. The waves are divided up into six categories: qualified runners (ones with proof they can run under 68 minutes), runners, joggers, jog/walkers, walk/joggers and walkers.

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Future Events

  • June 8 – Colorado Urban Wine Fest (Tickets)
  • June 9 – Festival For Water (Free)
  • June 15 – Great Divide 19th Anniversary (Tickets)
  • July 20 – Copper Kettle’s A Night To Remember (Tickets)
  • July 26 – Denver Summer Brew Fest (Tickets)


Did we miss something? Want your event on next week’s Weekend off the Wagon? Email us.

About PJ Hoberman

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