Best Bets for September 28

September 28 2005, 10:00 PM
Great American Beer Festival — Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Mmmmh, beer. Or so Homer Simpson once said. Sample over 1,500 beers—Duff excluded—at one of the nation's largest beer festivals. Enjoy an hour of live music and presentations from some of Denver's top chefs, while perusing endless rows of cold brew—from microbrews to PBR. Did someone say pretzel necklace? Designated Drivers receive complimentary soda and a free gift. Thu-Sat 5:30-10 p.m., with a special connoisseur tasting Sat 12:30-4:30 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. For tickets, call 303-832-TIXS or head over to Old Chicago, Wynkoop, Falling Rock, and other fine beer retailers. Mustache-4-Cash 2005 Kickoff — Sept. 29
Ever wanted to grow a cool mustache but couldn't find a valid reason (besides being a cop)? Now you have one. As part of this unique fundraiser, "growers" collect pledges from family, friends, and co-workers to help raise money for The Byrne Foundation and Project Youth Foundation. Participants attend "How's it Growin?" parties through the month with the finale being the Mustache-4-Cash Halloween Bash. Men (and women...let's not discriminate) put down your razors and start growing. Sign up and pledge packet pick up at the Kickoff party. Fri 6-8 p.m. La Rumba, 9th and Acoma. For more info go to www.mustache4cash.org. "Botox & Chocolate & Shoes, Oh my!" — Sept. 29
Celebrate womens' guilty pleasures and support the Denver Chapter of Volunteers of America while you're at it. Guests indulge in chocolate martinis and succulent desserts while perusing an exclusive trunk show from Kaazana Shoes. And what goes better with alcohol, chocolate, and shoes than Botox? Guests also receive a $50 gift certificate towards Restylane or Botox with the evening's host, cosmetic doctor, Dr. Buford. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Body By Buford at the Center for Aesthetic Surgery, 125 Inverness Drive East, Suite 200. RSVP to Peggy at 303-708-8234 to register. Elk Fest 2005 — Oct 1-2
Here is a great chance to view elk during the rutting season (carefully, that is). Learn more about Colorado's antlered beauties, their habits, and how to observe them in the wild. Located in downtown Estes Park, Elk Fest offers live music, viewing tours, bugling competitions, and many vendors specializing in elk products. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bond Park at the intersection of Elkhorn and MacGregor. Movie and a Martini — Sept. 29
Visit The Wildlife Experience for an evening with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Well, at least they'll be up there on the big screen—in Sydney Pollack's 1985 dramatic love story, Out of Africa. Relax with a cocktail served in a keepsake martini glass while snacking on appetizers and viewing the museum's galleries and exhibits before the movie. Thu 6:30 p.m. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria. $20. For more information call 720-488-3336 or go to www.thewildlifeexperience.org.