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Now I don’t know if it’s the warm days and cool nights or just people getting ready for the cold winter months, but there is a lot going on in Denver for the first weekend in October. Everything from urban races to fantastic shows to great deals. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor run, a quirky date night, or a chance at some cheap photos, this weekend has something for everybody…
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Denver is doing its part by once again hosting a Race for the Cure 5K. Taking place on Sunday, October 2 participants will leave from the Pepsi Center and follow a 5K course through Denver, ultimately finishing at the Auraria Campus with a Survivor Celebration Ceremony. The 5K Inspiration Run begins at 7 a.m., while the 5K Celebration Walk begins at 8 a.m., followed by a Family 1K Fun Run at 9 a.m. More than 50,000 attendees turned the streets of Denver Pink last year with their support and there is sure to be another big crowd this year. So strap on those running shoes and favorite pink t-shirt to pound the pavement for a great cause. Check out their website for more info: www.komendenver.org
Zombie Dash 2011
Whether you are trying to survive the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse or part of the ever growing flesh eating, walking dead horde, the first ever Zombie Dashis for you. This unique urban race competition takes place throughout Downtown Denver featuring teams of 2 to 6 players facing challenges and answering Denver trivia questions at each checkpoint. Racers are only allowed to walk/run or use public transportation during the race, no bikes or cabs allowed! Based out of the Ginn Mill in the Ballpark District, this race is sure to leave you quivering in fear and anticipation. And for some bonus savings check out this deal…
Denver B-Cycle Promo Code – Save 25% on registration fees by using this code: Redbike
Esquire Theater Screening Shaun of the Dead
Keeping up with the spooky and scary theme for October, Esquire is doing a special midnight screening of Shaun of the Dead! The brilliant comedic team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost deliver a heart pounding and thrilling tale of a down and out Brit trying to sort out his personal life in the midst of zombie uprising! The Esquire Theater, located on Sixth & Downing, will be showing the film both Friday and Saturday this weekend at midnight. Seats are only $7.25 and are sure to go fast, so what are you waiting for?
Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
Courtesy of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) “Free Days” program, Denverites are in for a real treat Saturday October 1st. For the entire day the Denver Art Museum will not be charging admittance to Colorado residents. Make sure to visit the SCFD website for more “Free Days” this month to other great Denver attractions such as the Denver Zoo and the Botanic Gardens. So pack up a picnic lunch, grab the family and head out for a day of art and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum! For more information, please follow this link: www.scfd.org
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The Greatest Show on Earth is making its way to Denver once again! From September 29 – October 9 all sorts of amazing circus acts will be performed at the Denver Coliseum. Elephants, tigers, zebras, and an assortment of gorgeous and exotic animals will grace the stage. Death defying leaps on the tightrope, strong men on the floor, and an assortment of awe-inspiring acts are sure to leave you breathless under the big top. And of course who can forget about the world-famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clowns! Their zany antics are sure to have you cracking up with laughter. Special offers are available online, but don’t wait as the Greatest Show on Earth is in town for two weeks only!
Say Cheese! A Professional Photography Event
Finally, for a great opportunity to get fall family portraits done at a dramatically reduced price look no further than Denver’s Children’s Museum. All weekend local professional photographers such as, Andrea Flanagan, Lisa Turner, and Sally Clark are on hand to capture your family beautifully in this autumn season. Sessions are going fast so if you’re looking for more information or to reserve a session, please call 303.561.0104 or email LisaA@cmdenver.org.
So this past weekend was the last chance to enjoy Denver’s celebration of Bavarian heritage, live music & merriment, and of course…beer! So, on a surprisingly warm September day a few friends and I headed down to the Ballpark District to see things for ourselves.
When we first arrived its easy to see the numerous tents and stages setup for the vendors and performers. On either end of the festival were two stages for live music, with several blocks worth of covered tents between them. Journeying forward we see that there’s abundant food available from a multitude of vendors under these tents. Combined with the seemingly endless rows of tables and chairs, these tents form huge outdoor dining & drinking halls. And indeed, the beer was flowing, featuring both Coors and Sam Adams products. I myself was smitten with the classic Boston Lager from Samuel Adams Brewing, though they did feature the festival’s only seasonal beer: a namesake Oktoberfest. While enjoying my glass stein of the amber liquid, my friends and I continued to explore around and discover what other merriment was at the festival.
We came to find short lines and fun activities, including live music, carnival game tents, and an odd hamster ball on water game. People go into these clear plastic bubbles and then play across a large kiddie pool of water. The hilarity ensues as the participants try to stand in place, walking, and even doing flips in their bubbles on water. While this may not have any true ties to Oktoberfest, it certainly drew a crowd of curious eyes.
Meanwhile, the main stage featured two great performing groups, one of professionals and one of amateurs. The first are the traditional musicians and dancers dressed in full Bavarian clothing. This group seemed to be made up of two or three families and it was adorable watching the children enjoying their culture. One of the more memorable song and dance routines included wood chopping and sawing. No doubt based on the traditional usage and importance of timber in German history, the lumberjacks kept the beat and rhythm of the song through their axes and two-man saws.
But the most enjoyable, and certainly unique, entertainment was the stein hoisting competition. Simply put men and women drawn from the crowd held a “filled-to-the-brim” glass stein outstretched in each hand for as long as they could. While it sounds simple these steins are monstrous and made out of heavy-duty glass. (After trying myself I gave up after about 2 minutes, and that was with only one!) This isometric feat of strength was the highlight of the afternoon, with more than 60 or so contestants stepping up to the plate. Each round brought new surprises, contestants young and old, big and small, muscular and petite. But the best performance was an outstanding 6 minute showing from a middle aged gentleman. He didn’t have the biggest arms of the day, nor the best technique…but he was centered and focused. For a day filled with beer and a somewhat younger crowd this was a matter of honor and pride for him.
Moving along my friends and I decided to take a break from this celebration of German heritage and step into a different culture for dinner. So giving up our steins for pints we headed up the 16th Street Mall for a delicious dinner at Katie Mullen’s. Certainly the highlight of my meal was a delicious appetizer of salmon, pita and chive cream cheese. Though it may seem an odd mixture it was the best thing I ate all evening! The only thing that may have topped the food was enjoying the cooler temperature setting in for a balmy 70 degree night downtown on their outdoor patio. Facing out to 16th Street Mall it was easy to enjoy my dinner, have good conversation and people watch the night away. For the main course I partook in a somewhat bland Fish and Chips dinner. On the plus side I was given a heaping fillet of fish with just the right amount of fry encrusting the outside as well as a wonderful pairing of coleslaw. However, the steak fries were somewhat bland and lacked flavor, and the tartar sauce was a veiled concoction of mayonnaise at best. All in all I ate my fill and by the end of my meal I was stuffed and could take no more. While the fish and chips weren’t up to my standards, I’ve never been let down by Katie Mullen’s before and would recommend their boxty if you’re looking for a delicious and authentically Irish dish.
Afterwards we headed back to partake in some live music and fireworks. Unfortunately huge lines and thick crowds took away much of the carefree fun from our afternoon experience. Instead we headed up to the Tavern Downtown and enjoyed the fireworks from the largest rooftop bar deck in the state! It was a great show, filling the night sky with cracks, pop, and showers of glitter and light. The rest of the evening was centered around Downtown Denver’s nightlife as we continued to dance, drink and enjoy the evening. We stopped by Lodos for another taste of the rooftop life, while enjoying great music and less of a pretentious crowd than the Tavern drew. People dressed for a fun night and dancing versus people dressed to impressed and an odd mix of baseball fans, cougars on the prowl and powerbrokers from 17th Street blowing through their cash. The night continued on, and we stopped by 1Up next. A hipster bar if there ever was one, we packed into a somewhat dank and humid basement the bar is filled with retro and classic arcade games. While the nerd in me would absolutely love to sip his drink and play skeet ball all night, the crowds and pretentious drink orders make me think Saturday isn’t quite the right night for that. So in the end we went back to the Tavern to meet up with some friends…and that’s what really makes the night what it is. It’s not the music, the crowds or the cover charges. It’s about catching up with friends, meeting new ones and dancing the night away!
Autumn in the High Country. The aspens are beginning to change colors, the first snow of winter has dusted the mountain tops, and hundreds turned out to celebrate Oktoberfest in Breckenridge! That’s right for two days Breckenridge’s Main Street shut down to host one of Colorado’s best beer festivals. Breckenridge Brewery and Paulaner were on hand to provide several variations of ale and pilsners. Toasted Head Winery rounded out the drink menu by having samplings of some of their most popular bottles. But as much of a draw as well designed steins and enough kegs to criss-cross Colorado with, the biggest draw has to be the wonderful food and atmosphere.
Those Austrian Guys were on hand to get the crowds riled up with traditional Austrian & Bavarian tunes; from polkas to the chicken dance the band was in their element. And the food…don’t get me started, they had everything under the sun. Of course there was the traditional bratwursts, schnitzel, and pretzels. But there were also stands dedicated to turkey legs, funnel cakes, grilled corn and a whole host of other delicious festival food. Sure there was some rain and chilly weather on Saturday, but that didn’t dampen any spirits or keep the crowds away. The one element of Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest that is a bit of a bummer are the long lines to get beer. But, with friends by your side and a whole afternoon to enjoy the festival the lines really aren’t that bad. And you know what they say, “Good things come to those who wait”, Prost!
As Featured on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Urban Eye Newsletter…
That crazy month of September has rolled around once again, which can only mean one thing: it’s Oktoberfest Season! I’ve come up with this guide to help keep your month long celebration of that golden elixir right on track. Enjoy!
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat
Jump on the bike-loving bandwagon and join fellow pedal-pushers for a ride through the Mile High City. This Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. two wheel enthusiasts from all over Colorado will descend on City Park for a celebration of everything Fat Tire! Stick around for live music and theatrics by Dovekins, Daredevil Chicken Club, Yo Yo Squared, and Los Amigos Invisibles. All proceeds from the event to benefit BikeDenver and the Denver Cruisers.
Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation! Oktoberfest Denver is ready to commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, fireworks, a sausage eating contest and entertainment for all ages. Click here for a special Denver Daily Deal that gets you a commemorative 2011 beer stein and a free refill!
September 16 – 18; 23 – 25
Larimer St between 20th & 22nd
Denver Beer Festival
Heads up! The third annual Denver Beer Fest will be taking place September 23 – October 1, 2011. The nine-day festival presented by VISIT DENVER will include brewery tours, rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events. For a sneak peek of this festival try to get into the Denver Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo, a sampling gala on September 9th.
September 23 – October 1
Great American Beer Festival
Once again the Great American Beer Festival is coming to Downtown Denver. Held at the Colorado Convention Center, this three day extravaganza of everything beer features hundreds of brewers competing to be the best in America. It also features beer pairings, interviews with brewers, beer tastings and much more!
September 29 – October 1
Breckenridge’s 17th Annual Oktoberfest
Includes a fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier, genuine German cuisine, collectable steins and special accommodation packages. Main Street shuts down for the long weekend as people come from all over to take part in this wonderful end of summer/kick off to fall event. Make sure to get you’re pretzel necklaces and lederhosen, you won’t want to miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains.
So for all you foodies out there this is your weekend! A Taste of Colorado is back in Denver from Friday thru Monday of Labor Day weekend. Offering hundreds of food options to try from dozens of different area restaurant it is a food connoisseur’s paradise. And even though this weekend of tastes has been around for as long ss I can remember, this was the first year I went myself. That’s right, my sister and I went for a late lunch Friday afternoon, before the crowds really geared up for the long weekend. After passing through several vendors selling t-shirts, handbags, clothing, arts and crafts, and other knick-knacks, we came across the first row of food vendors.
Lining up in front of the City and County Building it was like a normal food festival on steroids. Everything from ice slushies to fired alligator to Neapolitan pizza, all side by side. Not to mention the generous selection of Pepsi beverages, MillerCoors products, and Barefoot wine, there was something for everybody. We bought our tickets and began studying what Taste had to offer. The festival is massive, truly taking up all of Civic Center Park and the adjoining blocks Downtown. There are several music stages, each sponsored by a different radio station, featuring jazz, rock n’ roll, country, and much more. There are plenty of interesting arts and crafts vendors, including a custom stain-glass maker that caught my eye. The Downtown Denver Partnership, which helps organize A Taste of Colorado, even put out three ping pong tables left over from their Employee Appreciation Week tournament for free play. The tables come with balls and paddles and are located right next to the fountains on the North side of the park.
However, my favorite offering has to be the Lego exhibit for kids (and adults alike). Featuring beautifully constructed animal heads that kids can use for a photo opportunity, several building stations with free legos, and building challenges and contests this is certainly a high light for me to stumble upon. But back to the food… We wandered over to Broadway which featured even more unique food vendors, offering wild game, world cuisine, and a truck giving away free Greek yogurt! (Chobani…way yummy with like a dozen different flavors) After snacking on an appetizer of free yogurt my sister and I decided to start sampling. First was a baklava sample from Pete’s Greek Town on Colfax. A Denver local’s kind place, Pete’s baklava was sweet, moist, and a great starter. Next up was a Pulled Pork slider from Hard Rock Cafe. Yes I could have gotten a slider from Elway’s, The Broker, or gotten one made of wild boar two tents down, but with a limited amount of tickets I held back. No problem with that as the pork was deliciously seasoned with a tangy BBQ sauce and an addition of chipotle mayo. For Kate’s main dish she selected a chicken dumpling from Hot Wok Cafe. Simple and prepared just right, it hit the spot. Well on to dessert, which ended up being a chocolate chip cookie straight from Grandma’s Goodies and Kate enjoyed a personalized Blue Raspberry slushie from Snow Business. She certainly had the right idea as the sun was really heating up, and with that we headed back home to get ready for a fun-filled Labor Fay weekend in the mountains.
I have to say that this event is a must-see if you’re in the Denver area, truly the king of food festivals. It runs until 10 p.m. tonight (Sunday), and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Make sure to squeak in today or tomorrow before this event is gone for another year. For more information on the event please visit their website at www.atasteofcolorado.com.
So for the next week all you readers are in for a special treat. I’ll be gone from Denver, but I’ll be documenting my Colorado Mountain West roadtrip! I’ll make sure to fill you in on fun activities to do, great places to stay and eat all while passing through much of Colorado’s mountain towns, like Aspen, Crested Butte, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, and Buena Vista. But since I’ll be out of touch with Denver for the next week or so, I figured it would be nice to mention some of the fascinating events going on while I’ll be gone.
Now that the Tour de France is over its time for the next best thing: USA Pro Cycling Challenge comes to the Rockies this August, and its finish line party is right in the heart of Denver! After a grueling 518 mile, 7 day journey through the rugged Colorado Rockies, 128 of the world’s greatest riders will cross the finish line on Broadway; right in front of the State Capital. Revel in the cycling sport and relax with riders at the finish line festival. Featuring live music, good food, the latest cycling gear and a full fledged beer garden this stage is sure to be the best of the race. Make sure to get there on time as the winner of this seven day ride will be crowned in the Mile High City. The race starts in Salida and ends on Sunday August 28 at Civic Center Park in Denver. For more information on the race please visit their website at www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.
The Denver Croquet Festival presents Through Hoops to Hope, which will be held on Wednesdays from August 24 – September 21 at Republic Plaza. The Festival will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness of the disease of dementia and increase the quality of life for those suffering with the disease. If you’re interested, there are 3 ways to play in the festival. You and a partner can enter as a team of two and play on specified Wednesdays, you can reserve the court for an hour, or you can simply swing by for free play. Courts can be reserved between 1 – 4 p.m. while open play is from 1 – 5 p.m. No experience is necessary, so swing by Downtown and bring some friends to have a laugh and hit some balls.
Ever felt like taking a bike ride with a few friends? How about a few hundred? Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. the Denver Cruisers hit the streets of downtown. Starting from three Denver area bars and restaurants, these riders go out for a one-of-a-kind tour of Denver. If you don’t have a bike, see this as an opportunity to utilize your local B-cycle station! Feel free to dress the part, each week there is a new theme for the riders (this week’s is Angels & Devils). Although the aim of the Cruisers is to have fun, make sure to ride safe. Please visit their website for appropriate rider safety: www.denvercruiser.com
Come explore one of Denver’s best Open Air Market on Thursday, August 25 Downtown at Skyline Park. Denver’s Urban Market will be open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. with an amazing array of local arts and crafts sold direct by the artist. Also, clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food and just about anything else you could want. Come out and have fun in the sun while supporting your local artists, businesses, and community at Downtown Denver’s premier outdoor shopping paradise. For more information on this open air market and others around the city check out www.coloradoevents.net.
Finally! A Downtown Date Night where there’s something everyone will agree on: Brews and Shoes! So ladies slip on those fashionable heels and men grab your favorite mug and join one of Downtown Denver’s hottest block parties! Benefitting the Love Strength Hope Foundation, one of the nationa’s leading cancer funds, this year’s Shoes and Brews event features some of Denver’s greatest restaurants offering unique food tastings and complementary wine and beer. There will be multiple bands playing throughout the evening as well as a DJ and other live performers. And don’t forget about the night’s main event: A Best Shoe Contest where the grand prize winner receives a year’s supply of Steve Madden shoes! More than $10,000 in gift certificates will also be awarded across 15 different categories. The night kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. at Writer’s Square in Downtown Denver (between Larimer & Lawrence on 16th St Mall). For more info on the night out, please visit their website: www.shoesandbrews.org.
And don’t forget about the Green Route Eco Music Festival, held in the RiNo District of Denver on Saturday, August 27th from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. For more information on this event, please read my earlier posting or visit their website at: www.greenroute.com
Learning to live green can be tough in a concrete jungle, but that’s where the Green Route Festival comes in! Held Saturday, August 27th, the Green Route Eco Music Festival and its sponsors help to raise awareness within communities to be as green as can be. Vendors will be there showing off a wide array of green technology for your home and lifestyle. Astralux and The Solar Revolution will show off their residential panels and Solera Apartments will exhibit their luxury, green apartments. Plenty of local, eco-conscious restaurateurs will be there with their wares, including Steuben’s Food Truck and Root Down Restaurant. More than 10 bands will play live music, including Fingers of the Sun and Flashlights. Representatives from the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, (those guys on Whale Wars) will also have a booth at the festival. Busker performers and RiNo artist’s original works will be there from noon until 11 p.m. so come on down and enjoy a Saturday afternoon in the River North District.
And to sweeten the pot, make sure to check out the Urban Dealight Deal of the Day for the Fesitival, 2 tickets for $15, that’s half off!!! Click here to see the sweet sweet savings.
For more savings, use the promo code “sea shepard” when you buy your ticket online, and it’ll only cost $10! Click here to see for yourself.
Green Route Festival
12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
RiNo District ( 26th St. between Blake & Larimer)
Since we can’t be everywhere all at once it can be hard to decide how to spend one’s precious weekend. With options all over Downtown Denver, within your community and neighborhood, and always something to do in the Colorado Rockies, its tough to narrow down your day. So without any further ado, here is a rundown on this weekend’s many events, with a little something for everyone.
Starting bright and early on Saturday morning is the 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region’s biggest and most successful HIV/AIDS research fundraiser. More than 8,000 members of the Colorado community come together at Cheeseman Park united in an effort to stop this deadly disease. Throughout the day there will be live entertainment, a 5K run/walk, a 1/2K fun run, volleyball and a Celebration of Life festival. Vendors will be there serving great food and drinks, as well as exhibiting panels from the National AIDS Quilt. Proceeds will benefit HIV/AIDS clients of Colorado AIDS Project, in addition to 20 other AIDS institutions. Even if your not the running type this will be a great place to spend a Saturday morning, out in the fresh air with plenty of friendly faces, so what are you waiting for?
Are you the kind of person who always has the camera out? You know, a true shutterbug? Well if that’s the case you’re in luck as the Colorado Photography Festival comes to the Auraria Campus Saturday – Monday this weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to look through the lenses of six of the nation’s premier nature photographers. All weekend great photographers and artists will descend on Denver for the Colorado Photography Festival, showcasing wonderful photos as well as teaching you some tricks of the trade. Saturday’s symposium includes talks aimed at improving one’s skills; Sunday’s workshops offer specific lessons (such as nighttime landscape lessons); and Monday wraps it all up with a seminar on Lightroom work and Photoshop. For more information regarding time and tickets, please visit the event website at www.coloradophotography.com.
Finally, for those with a more refined take on a fun night out, the Riverfront Park Fashion Show is here for you. Set at the base of the iconic Millennium Bridge, the 8th Annual Riverfront Park Fashion Show arrives again this Saturday, August 13. Showcasing several designers, including Ever and William Rast, this year’s show will definitely impress! Models from Donna Baldwin Talentwill be strutting their stuff, and the fantastic hair and makeup artists from Luxe Salon will keep them looking their best. Delicious culinary treats will be on hand from Fogo De Chao, Table 6, Happy Cakes and Zengo. Come down and enjoy an evening of high fashion against a gorgeous Downtown Denver backdrop, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Riverfront Park. (Located on 16th St. & Little Raven) For more information regarding event and tickets, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.riverfrontparkfashion.com/.