Weekend off the Wagon – August 30-September 2

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September 1 is this Sunday–summer is officially winding down. It’s about that time to start pulling out your warmer clothes, folks, but not before going all out this Labor Day Weekend (be sure to wear all the white that you can).

Taste of Colorado starts today and will be going strong all weekend long in Civic Center Park. Colorado is steadily becoming well-known for its craft beer prowess, so new this year to the event is Pub in the Park where some of your favorite local’s will be showcasing some special edition beers for you to enjoy.

In this week’s edition of the Weekend off the Wagon we’ll also be including Monday events for you to scope out. If you were one of the wonderful people who bought a Denver Passport this summer, we’ll be ending things with a bang at the Horseshoe Lounge Monday. The more stamps you have, the better the chance you have to win something in our raffle! (10 stamps already gets you a beer on us). RSVP today so we know how much beer we need!

Cheers and Happy Labor Day!

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All Weekend


A Taste of Colorado

Civic Center Park

New this year, the Pub in the Park presented by AM760 will feature new and limited edition beers and ciders from national and local breweries. Festivalgoers will be able to purchase individual beers and ciders or a wristband allowing them to sample multiple offerings at the Pub located across from the Coors Sports Zone. In addition, a few of the breweries will offer truly unique “one keg only” offerings that you won’t want to miss out on! Make sure to check the Festival’s Facebook page to find out more about what’s brewing and the schedule of events at the Pub in the Park.

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Gourmet on Gore


An open-air culinary and beverage festival, Gourmet on Gore takes place along Vail’s Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street showcasing the Vail Valley’s premier restaurants as well as wines, spirits and beers from around the world. Live music, delicious food and superb drinks all meet together on this unique weekend to create a delightful epicurean atmosphere in Vail Village. There is no cost for admission to Gourmet on Gore open-air tasting, and the event is open to the public.

The 2013 event will include a Tasting Tour to kick things off on Friday and Brunch on Bridge Street to close out Gourmet on Gore for 2013. Additional elements throughout the weekend will include chef demonstrations, mixology seminars, tasting events and more. Final details and the full schedule of events will be posted to the Gourmet on Gore website, www.gourmetongore.com.


Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

Boulder Central Park, 6 p.m.

Just as the Boulder Creek Festival kicks off the summer in Boulder County, the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is the perfect bookend to close out the summer event season in downtown Boulder. Started in 1998, this hometown celebration features over 100 arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park and on the Boulder Public Library lawn along the creek, great live performances at the Bandshell, an interactive Sports & Kids Expo, the 4th Annual Family Fun & Fitness 5K, food court & beer garden, the infamous Chili Inferno Cook-Off, Classic Car Show, and an entire children’s area with carnival rides and exhibitors, the Great Zucchini Race, Big Wheel 300 races, and much more! Don’t miss out on the festivities of this unique community event!

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Too Much Funstival 

Denver Metro Area

This comedy group is hosting a FREE Labor Day Weekend festival with amazing music and food at various locations in Denver. Did I already say it was free? Okay, cool.

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Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend

Brush Creek Park, Eagle

This weekend will feature delicious foods and dinners created by hand selected local chefs from Eagle utilizing local and regional foods and local mushrooms and wild edibles, foraging for mushrooms & wild edibles, education on mushrooms and wild edibles, wine tastings and beer tastings. The home base for the weekend will be the Brush Creek Pavilion and Park and will host all of the dinners and educational presentations. Plus enjoy a beautiful  Labor Day Weekend in the amazing Town of Eagle!  The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Welcome Party for weekend guests and continues until Sunday evening. A truly unique experience that any food lover, foodie, locavore or mushroom enthusiast will be sure to enjoy!

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Celebrate the Diversity of Southwest Cuisine w/ Kachina

Kachina Southwestern Grill, Westminster 

Kachina rings in its first anniversary and “Celebrates the Diversity of Southwest Cuisine” with a series of southwest-inspired events taking place throughout the restaurant and patio August 30-September 2, 2013. Locals and visitors alike have the opportunity to experience the diversity of modern Southwestern cuisine with a “Chef and Butcher” specific menu curated by Chef Jeff Bolton, along with house-made paletas, interactive games and activities, complimentary Kachina birthday cake offered all weekend, decorations, live music and daily promotions.

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Friday, August 30


Full Moon Carnival – Labor Day Weekend Kickoff!

Speer & Bannock St., Denver, 4-10 p.m.

Refreshments by Left Hand and Bonacquisti with food trucks galore featuring Fire Dancers, Carnival Performers, Live Music, and a sneak peak at the styles they’re gathering for the Sept 20th Runway Show!

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Adult Daycare

The Lobby, Denver, 6-10 p.m.

Denver’s favorite ballpark-neighborhood restaurant and bar is excited to announce it has partnered with Chef Jensen Cummings of Slotted Spoon. The event will feature Black Bottle Brewery and Tender Belly to launch the first of a series of showcase parties that brings the fun back to the adults. At 6:00pm on August 30th The Lobby will host the first ADULT DAYCARE patio party.

Only 50 guests will get to experience each event for a mere $45. This includes four tap beers from the featured brewery, unlimited eats, and your collectable swag. The inaugural Adult Daycare at The Lobby will be held on one of the premiere patios in all of Denver. Hip tunes and goofy games such as drunk coloring contests leave no question that this is the place to be.


Reds vs. Rockies

Coors Field, 6:40 p.m.

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Saturday, August 31


Switching Gears: The Moth at Tour de Fat

Civic Center Park, 1 p.m.

Join The Moth and Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s celebration of bicycles, beer and all manner of sustainable folly, for a day of merriment that offers music, a bicycle parade, artistic spectacles and other tantalizing creative endeavors… including a very rare, midday, broad-daylight Moth show. Come gather round!  We’ll feature four stories told by prizewinning-Moth storytellers brought from headquarters and two local stories told by…maybe you?

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Reds vs. Rockies

Coors Field, 6:10 p.m.

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Sunday, September 1


A Taste of Keystone

Lakeside Village

There’s no better way to sample the best food from some of Keystone’s Top Chefs. Tasting tickets will be available for purchase at this single-day event, so come walk around the beautiful Keystone Lake and satisfy your taste-buds with cuisine from some amazing local Keystone restaurants including the Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Bighorn Steakhouse and the Black Bear Grill. There will also be live music and a silent auction benefiting Mountain Mentors.

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bRUNch at Parallel Seventeen 

Parallel 17 will be hosting our September 1 bRUNch.
Check-in will happen from 9:15 – 9:30. We will leave to run at 9:30 a.m. The cost for this bRUNch is $20 and includes choice of entree, two drinks, tax and gratuity.
Check out the full menu and routes: https://www.facebook.com/events/502664343144364/.

bRUNch is limited to the first 50 bRUNcher who register. Reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/16LEhQ0.


Reds vs. Rockies

Coors Field, 2:10 p.m.

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Monday, September 2


Passport Finale Party

The Horseshoe Lounge, 4-7 p.m.

It’s been a great summer full of amazing drinks. Let’s end it right – with a party! Every stamp in your passport is worth 1 raffle ticket. 10 stamps gets you a free drink on us! Prizes are rolling in, and include beer, bike tuneups, t-shirts, hats, gift cards, and much more! It’s free to get in. RSVP so we know how much beer to buy!

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Future Events

  • September 6 – Vail Oktoberfest (More Info)
  • September 8 – Colorado Distillers Festival (More info)
  • September 13 – Brew at the Zoo (More Info)
  • September 14 – Denver Beerathon (More Info)

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


About Jasmin Hudacsek

Editor for Denver off the Wagon and avid black coffee drinker.