Weekend off the Wagon – July 26-28

Today is Final Friday in RiNo!

Today is Final Friday in RiNo!

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It’s the last Friday of July. Which is crazy. And also means it’s Final Friday in RiNo! The Denver Summer Brew Fest is also tonight, or you could go mingle with singles at the zoo.

Saturday, head up to Boulder and check out the Jul-IPA festival, or stick around Denver and drink some Belgian beers at Wynkoop’s United Tastes of Belgium.

There’s a bunch of wine events this weekend as well, and of course there’s a few parks in which you could go enjoy a picnic…

Tickets are on sale for Endless Summer, August 16. Breweries and distilleries are being announced now, and this event benefits Water for People. No water, no beer. No water, no whiskey!


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Planet Bluegrass

Late every July the small mountain town of Lyons, Colorado becomes the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends converge on the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River. Originally founded by Bill Monroe and members of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, today’s RockyGrass is known internationally as one of the great traditional bluegrass festivals.

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Telluride Wine Festival


The Telluride Wine Festival is the longest running wine festival in Colorado.

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Friday, July 26

Final Friday


Welcome to Final Friday, “Denver’s Music Walk & Urban Bazaar” open May thru September along the North Larimer/Walnut corridor.

Final Friday occurs on the last Friday of the month < MAY – AUGUST > with participating businesses, community areas and venues opening their doors to 25+ MUSICIANS, BANDS, and PERFORMERS; emphasizing the real love of Denver – MUSIC. Each venue hosts a variety of music and performance entertainment for the evening. Venues include art galleries, bars, design shops, retail, restaurants and offices all lined up providing easy access for the passersby along Larimer and Walnut in the River North Art District, located in Greater Five Points, Denver Colorado.

Adding to the excitement are 25+ LIVE ART, LIVE PERFORMANCES, and FOOD VENDORS connecting each venue along the music walk. “FINAL FRIDAY” wristbands offer attendees discounts at participating venues; valued at $50.

$5 Wristbands are available for purchase here online and at MegaFauna located at 2701 Larimer St. Denver CO 80205. MegaFauna is open daily 10AM to 9PM, closing at 7PM Sundays.

Final Friday is a community supported event vital to the healthy evolution of economic development of the North Denver communities (Greater Five Points, Curtis BallPark, River North neighborhoods) and we appreciate your active involvement in celebrating the art of music in a balanced and healthy campaign.

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2010 Vintage Release Party and Tasting for Distant Cellars

5pm – 9pm

Joy Burns Center on the DU Campus

Each year wineries across the country throw elaborate parties to celebrate the release of that year’s chosen vintage. While this year Distant Cellars has decided to bring their party from California and throw it in the heart of Denver. This party will showcase the 2010 vintage which will have three labels being presented. There will be a zinfandel, red wine blend, and a viognier being tasted. There will also be art work from local artists being displayed as well as products from other unique Colorado owned companies. The release is being hosted as an open house so if you can come and hang out for the night, but if you can’t please just stop by and have a taste and then continue with your plans.

Distant Cellars is a Colorado family owned winery located in Amador County, California. They specialize in small batch hand crafted wines that speak to their specific growing region. Each wine is different and unique and this will be an amazing opportunity to meet everyone from the winemaker to the founder

Cost: Free Tasting of Wine and Appetizers, Cash bar for Beer and Spirits

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Old Town Parker Wine Walk

5pm – 8pm

Downtown Parker

Adults 21 and over purchase a Parker Chamber provided wristband with ten tabs, receive a wine glass and instructions that no wine is allowed outside of any participating establishment. A one ounce sample of wine is allowed with only one sample per business.

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Denver Summer Brew Fest

6pm – 10pm

Mile High Station

The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

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Grimm Brothers Anniversary Dinner

6pm – 9pm

The Garden Room 697 N. Denver Ave Suite 100 (Right behind our Taproom)Loveland, CO 80537

We’re coming up on three years of brewing awesome Craft Beer and we’re planning two great events to celebrate. We wouldn’t be here without all of our good friends and customers. We want to thank you all personally and hope you’ll join us.

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FUN-raiser for CO Wildfire Victims

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Bottle & Bottega

Bottle & Bottega (955 Lincoln St Unit E in Denver) recognizes that there are long-term support needs for those throughout Colorado that battle wildfire blazes, and their families. In response, the art and wine studio is hosting a hands-on painting benefit with proceeds going to the Colorado Professional Firefighter Foundation (CPFF).

Attendees at the fundraiser will take part in a hands-on painting tutorial that will culminate in guests taking home their own 16X20 canvas. All painting supplies will be provided, as well as light hors d’ouevres.

Just prior to the painting session, CPFF members/local fire officials will speak with attendees about the continued support needed for firefighters and their families.

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Single’s Safari

7pm – 10pm

Denver Zoo

Singles Safari is one of Denver’s best single’s mixers in a venue like no other! Meet some of the region’s most active, adventurous and intelligent singles and enjoy an evening at one of Denver favorite cultural attractions. Join Denver’s finest with a ticket that includes after-hours zoo admission and interactive animal encounters – some with zoo animals and some with other night creatures from Denver’s social scene. Enjoy exotic adult beverages and decadent appetizers sure to please every palate.

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Saturday July 27

Demo Day with BBQ Grand Champion Chris Marks

10am – 1pm

General Shale, 1845 Dartmouth Avenue, Denver

Chris Marks is an eight-time American Royal BBQ Contest Grand Champion. He has been featured on the Food Channel’s “Taste of America,” Travel Channel’s “BBQ Battle” and numerous other local and regional BBQ shows. Chris continues his passion for BBQ by promoting and endorsing the GoodOne™ Smokers/Grills

Grimm Brothers 3rd Anniversary Party

12pm – 9pm

Grimm Brothers Taproom & Parking Lot 623 N Denver Ave. Loveland, CO80537

Look who is getting older. Help us blow out the cake as we turn three. Food and music throughout the day. Special releases both new and old as well. Firkins as well. Family friendly.

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Jul-IPA Festival

1pm – 6pm

Millennium Hotel – Creekside in the Pavillion

After 5 years of celebrating a month of IPAs, the West End Tavern presents the inaugural JUL-IPA Festival.

28 Breweries, Live Music, W.E.T Rolling Smoke BBQ, and a Head to Head Wing King Challenge…all creekside in the Millennium backyard!

Breweries Include:

Avery Brewing Co. * Bootstrap Brewing Co * Boulder Beer Co * Boulevard Brewing Co * Bru Handbuilt Ales * City Star Brewing Co * Crazy Mountain Brewery * Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project * Elevation Beer Co * Epic Brewing Co * Fate Brewing Co * Firestone Walker Brewing Co * Grand Teton Brewing Co * Great Divide Brewing Co * Green Flash Brewing Co * Lagunitas Brewing Co * Left Hand Brewing Co * New Belgium Brewing Co * Odell Brewing Co * Oskar Blues Brewery * Sierra Nevada Brewing Co * SKA Brewing Co * Stone Brewing Co * Telluride Brewing Co * TriNity Brewing Co * Twisted Pine Brewing Co * Upslope Brewing Co * Widmer Brothers Brewing Co * Wild Woods Brewery

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United Tastes of Belgium

1pm – 4pm


On July 27 from from 1-4 PM we’re holding our third-annual United Tastes of Belgium.

Once again it will showcase samples from or inspired by our favorite European brewing nation and samples of tasty chocolates and cheeses.

It’ll take place from 1-4 PM upstairs at Wynkoop Brewing Company.

The beer list will include a world of Belgianesque beers. Everything from new and experimental treats and year-round and seasonal treasures, to sour beers, lambics and other wonders from our favorite European brewing nation.

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Learn 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. When it comes to enjoying wine, that’s what ‘Learn 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. Advance payment is required to secures your reservation.

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Sunday, July 28

Zombie Run

9am – 12pm

City Park

We hope you’re a morning person, because the post apocalyptic playground you’re about to brave offers no protection. At the starting line, you’ll come across a flipped tanker, the source of the toxic compound. After the first kilometer, you’ll enter into a military-controlled apocalypse zone. Beware, this is where your dash from zombies will begin. Around kilometer 3, you’ll make it to a vaccination hydration center. The vaccine will fail, and you’ll have to continue to sprint from zombies. The last 2 kilometers are a free-for-all, as you charge towards freedom. Zombies are everywhere. Helicopters circle overhead and military personnel distribute facemasks for safety during your final steps.

Runners have the option of wearing a custom, latex free “life-balloon”. Our brain hungry zombies will try to pop your balloon and take your life before your reach the finish line. But if you’re not fast, don’t worry! Our course is designed like a zombie movie set, so if you don’t wear your balloon or survive the race, you’ll still have a spooky run. Dead or alive, all runners get to complete the entire course and attend the Quarantine Party.

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bRUNch at Cafe Bar

9:15am – 12:15pm

Cafe Bar

Cafe bar will be hosting our July 28 bRUNch. Check in will occur from 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. in front of the restaurant. We will leave for the run at 9:30.

The cost for this bRUNch is $20 and includes one entree, two drinks, tax and gratuity.

Check out the full menu here: https://www.facebook.com/events/483398035078435/?ref=14


Bar Stool Open Mini-Golf Bar Crawl

11:30am – 2pm

Punch Bowl Social

9 holes at 8 bars on South Broadway.

$35 per teams of 2.

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Jazz in the Park

6pm – 8pm

City Park

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Future Events

  • August 4 – Avery 20th Anniversary Party (Tickets)
  • August 16 – Endless Summer (Tickets)
  • August 24 – Curly Wolf Beer, Wine, and Spirits Festival at Outlaws of Dirt (more info soon)
  • September 8 – Colorado Distillers Festival (More info)

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About PJ Hoberman

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