Weekend off the Wagon – June 14-16

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Yet another big weekend of events in Denver. One of my favorite festivals in the state is this weekend: The Frisco BBQ Challenge. Streets filled with meat and beer, nestled in the mountains? Yes. Yes, I’d like two please.

However, I won’t be there this year, as I’ll be hanging out on the barricaded Arapahoe Street celebrating Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary. The event is sold out, but we might just have a ticket giveaway later today…

Sunday, this calendar-writer-upper can be found at Lola, rocking out to solid jams, drinking delicious beverages, gorging on amazing guacamole, and selling Denver Passports at the Denver Passport Launch Party.

There’s about 60 more events after the break. What’s your plan this weekend?


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Odell and Ride the Rockies


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Cold Crush Grand Opening

RiNo Neighborhood

Cold Crush, a new restaurant and lounge with an emphasis on locally-sourced food, music and the arts, is announcing its official grand opening with a party on June 13 – 15, 2013 from 4:00 P.M until closing time at 2700 Larimer Street in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood.

Aspen Food & Wine Classic


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Denver Greek Fest

The Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral of Denver

Come and attend one of Denver’s premier and FIRST summer outdoor festivals! Featuring LIVE traditional Greek dancing by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver and music by Etho Ellas. There is plenty of homemade food and pastries from throughout Greece to satisfy any appetite. Bonfils will be onsite Saturday for a blood drive as well!

Our cultural center, book store & gift shop will include original works of art. Beautiful gold and silver jewelry, authentic Greek merchandise and breathtaking photography also available. We are located at 4610 East Alameda Ave at the corner of Alameda and Dahlia (see the map on the right of page). There is parking in our lower lot near the East Gate and on Colorado Blvd and Alameda and shuttles will run throughout the day. There is also valet parking for $5 per car in the upper lot at the Metropolis Center lot and Cathedral upper lot will have handicap parking up there as well. We ask that only service animals are brought onto the site, and heightened security measures will require bag checks at the gates.

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Frisco BBQ Challenge


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco. The event kicks off on Thursday, June 13, with an evening of live music. The BBQ Challenge will run Friday, June 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Approximately 70 BBQ’ers from all over the region will compete for a variety of awards. Teams compete in a wide range of categories including pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, anything goes, barbecue sauce, side dish, salsa and dessert. And of course, each team competes for the coveted Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion titles. You don’t want to miss out on this killer BBQ!

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Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival

Riverbend Park

Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival
3 Day + Camping: Justin Townes Earle, The Devil Makes Three, Pokey LaFarge, Joy Kills Sorrow
Paper Bird, Waiting on Trial, The Brothers Comatose, Truckstop Honeymoon, James Reams & the Barnstormers, The Drunken Hearts, The Haunted Windchimes, The Fox Fire
Fri 6/14 – Sun 6/16
4:00 pm
This event is all ages

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This year Palisade is celebrating it’s 5th year of hosting the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival in Riverbend Park. Set among the stately cottonwoods along the banks of the Colorado River, and situated against the backdrop of Mt. Garfield, the Bookcliffs and the Grand Mesa, the Festival’s outdoor setting is second to none. PB&R is bringing some of the best traditional and contemporary Americana musicians to the Grand Valley over the three-day Festival. The Festival will also feature yoga, music workshops, jam sessions, local wines, craft beers, hand-mixed drinks, delicious foods, artisinal goods, a kid’s activity tent, and guided hikes and bike rides to natural, cultural and archaeological sites. Palisade is known as the Peach and Wine Capital of Colorado with the state’s greatest concentration of wineries, vineyards and orchards making it an ideal location for a weekend music festival and getaway.

Friday, June 14

Saison Man Bottle Release

5pm – 6pm

TRiNiTY Brewing

Saison Man.This long anticipated golden Belgian Ale is a ‘Post Industrial Session Saison’, brewed with weyerman pilsen, rye, flaked wheat, flaked oats, spelt, and grains of paradise. We hopped this beer with Styrian Goldings and Czech Saaz to create a bitter and dry profile, then fermented this recipe with 2 farmhouse yeast strains and Drie Bretta to create spicy and light barnyard notes. 4.9 % ABV.

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Steak and Spirits Cooking Class

Cook Street

Calling all carnivores! The best beef is expensive so be sure you know to prepare it right. In our Steak and Spirits class, you’ll learn about various cuts of beef and how to cook them with accompanying marinades and sauces. You’ll learn about a locally produced spirit through an educational pairing and will complete the class by trying out your creations.

Colorado Vodka Company will join us in this class and you’ll swirl, taste and learn about a variety of cocktails, including the classic Martini!

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Rockies vs. Phillies

6:40pm – 9:30pm

Coors Field

Saturday, June 15

Juneteenth Music Fest

Welton Street, Historic Five Points

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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Feast of Saint Arnold

12pm – 4:30pm

Colorado Springs
Colorado beer, wine, whiskey, food and music in honor of the Patron Saint of Beer. I always said those Episcopalians have it going on.

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Great Divide 19th Anniversary Party [Sold Out]

2pm – 6pm

Great Divide
Anyone who’s attended a party at Great Divide Brewing Company knows this party is one you don’t want to miss! We’ll open up the brewhouse, taproom, patio and close off the street to throw a big bash to celebrate 19 wonderful years of beer-making. Here’s the scoop:

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Tornado Relief Fundraiser & Annual Trivia Contest

2pm – 7pm


Stoney’s, OU Club of Colorado, OSU & Team Trivia presents a Tornado Relief Fundraiser and our Annual Trivia Contest.

There will be a $5 cover that will be charged at the door. 100% of the proceeds earned at the door will be donated to help support those impacted by the recent local tornado’s.

Want to test your knowledge? Join us for our Annual Trivia Contest on June 15th at 2pm. You could win $1000 Cash!

Call today to make your reservation at (303) 830-6839

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Rockies vs. Phillies

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

Wine Cork Crafting

4pm – 5:30pm

A Bottled Affair

Ready to try something new? Join us for an afternoon of wine and crafts! Wine cork crafting is fun, easy and great for small groups looking for something new to do. We’ll have all of the supplies you need to make the wine cork craft of your choice. Choose between a wine cork bulletin board, wine cork wreath or make a few adorable and dainty wine cork fairies (these make fantastic holiday ornaments!). Also included is one glass of wine for each registrant; additional wine available for $5 per glass. Instructor led.

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1940’s WWII Era Ball

5pm – 1am

Boulder Municipal Airport

Join us for a 1940’s USO style show with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and The Andrews Sisters! Step into Hollywood’s TBM Avenger! Enjoy a night of dancing with your sweetheart (or meet one), amongst WWII planes/flybys, military vehicles and re-enactors–listening to the Rocky Mountains most sought after big band, The Hot Tomatoes, under the nose of a WWII Bomber. Get ready for our Ed Sullivan Tribute Show complete with TV crew and live broadcast! Enter our hanger made into Casablanca’s Rick’s Café Americain—w/belly dancers, Sam, Rick and even a roulette table that attendees can play on! See world famous Las Vegas Bob Hope impersonator, Bill Johnson and UK 1940‘s Swing era entertainer, Ricky Hunter!

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Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

7pm – 9pm

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

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Sunday, June 16

Father’s Day @ al Lado

al Lado

50% off all bottles of wine. Dads can enjoy Sangria & Steak with complimentary glass of sangria. Pairs well with the Skirt Steak; harissa, chimichurri, onion marmalade and patatas fritas. ( A larger entrée for those hungry guys.)

Father’s Day @ Marco’s

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza will treat all dads to a free16oz beer with the purchase of a specialty pizza (Try the Hell’s Kitchen) or lasagna. Father’s can finish up their meal with a giant cannoli.

bRUNch at Tamayo

9:15am – 12:15pm


Tamayo will be hosting our June 16 bRUNch. Check-in occur from 9:15 – 9:30. We will leave for the run at 9:30.
The cost for this bRUNch is $20 and includes 4 items (choice of food or drinks) tax and gratuity.

5K: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/225472311
10K: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/225473249

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Rockies vs. Phillies

2:10pm – 5pm

Coors Field

Denver Passport Launch Party

2:30pm – 7pm


Join us at Lola on Sunday, June 16, as we kick off the passport program! There will be live music, drink specials, and of course, a whole lot of passports. Passports will be for sale! Passport purchasers will get a surprise special as well. Not to mention, Lola is offering two-for-one Coin Margaritas within the passport. Come check it out!

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Tequila at Tamayo

3pm – 8pm


Celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th at Tamayo on Larimer Square and dad will get one complimentary shot of Casa Noble Blanco tequila with his meal. Reservations are recommended, please call 720.946.1433. Tamayo is located at 1400 Larimer Street on historic Larimer Square. Find more information at www.richardsandoval.com

Treat Dad to Beer, Bourbon and Beer

3pm – 8pm

Second Home Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day, June 16th at Second Home Kitchen + Bar where they’ll be serving man-sized meals during “Beef, Bourbon and Beer” night. Order a tender grilled beef filet or delicious grilled steak and frites and get a complimentary Breckenridge Bourbon or Colorado beer (no substitutions). After Father’s Day, Second Home Kitchen + Bar will continue the “Beef, Bourbon and Beer” nights every Tuesday throughout the summer at 150 Clayton Lane in Denver’s Cherry Creek. Find more information at http://www.secondhomedenver.com/ or via phone at303.253.3000

Jazz in the Park

6pm – 8pm

City Park

The 2013 season begins June 2nd and continues for 10 weeks each Sunday night from 6-8 p.m. The concerts are FREE for everyone, rain or shine, and located at the pavilion in City Park.

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Future Events

  • June 28-29 – Epic Beer Festival (Information)
  • July 20 – Copper Kettle’s A Night To Remember (Tickets)
  • July 26 – Denver Summer Brew Fest (Tickets)
  • August 16 – Endless Summer (Tickets)

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About PJ Hoberman

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