Need a new set of wheels? Find a bike on the cheap at the world's largest bicycling expo. It's the end of the season and local bike vendors are willing to let you haggle down the prices. Want something more vintage? Find a selection of used bikes moseying around the expo for sale by their owner, or get rid of your old ride and use the cash for an upgrade. Get there early for the best deals. Sat 9 a.m.
You can fix your own flat tire—you just don't know it yet. Pete Roper and the Denver Bicycle Cafe gives the low-down on basic bicycle care, including proper maintenance of the tires, brakes, and chain, as well as tips for repairing and cleaning your ride. Also, learn how to prep your bike for the snowy season and how to safely pedal in all types of weather. Sat 10 a.m.
Ring in the spooky season with an urban adventure that's part Amazing Race, part Fear Factor, and part haunted house. Two-to-six zombie-dressed team members will run, walk, or crawl through downtown Denver while solving clues and completing checkpoint along the way. Sat 11 a.m.
Justin Roberts, one of the indie family rock scene's biggest stars, is coming to the Mile High City. His music, equal parts wit and whimsy, led the New York Times to tag him the "Judy Blume of kids music." Since the early 1990s, he's released seven albums and crisscrossed the nation playing for sold out crowds. His most recent album, Jungle Gym, explores childhood memories we all share—from sleepovers to school fire drills—and earned a Grammy nomination. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Are you brave enough to try a chile named, "Grab yo' mama, cause it's gonna hurt"? Try this chile and more during the cook off, featuring a variety of chiles from red to green, meat to veggie, and mild to hot. Wash that heat away with a brew from one of 30 breweries attending, bringing more than 68 beers including Bruenhaut Amber, Lagunitas' Little Sumpin Sumpin, New Belgium's Red Hoptober, and of course, Batch 19, and Colorado Native from Coors. Don't forget to cast your vote for "People's Choice" chile, awarded end of day. Sat 2-4 p.m.
Find out the truth about what happens at the White House—in the kitchen, at least. Take a break from the partisan attacks for an event that combines history with the culinary arts. Historian Adrian Miller (pictured) will talk about the lives of the First Chefs and the presidents they served, all while serving comfort foods based on original recipes. Proceeds benefit FosterSports, an organization that makes sports accessible to fostered, homeless, and displaced youth.
Saddle up for a night of rollicking entertainment in your finest Western attire. A performance by country music star (and Academy of Country Music award winner) Rodney Atkins rounds out a fun-filled evening of cocktails, a silent auction, and dinner. The annual fund-raiser benefits Volunteers of America, which helps our community's seniors, veterans, and homeless.
—Image courtesy of Volunteers of America
As a member of Outkast with Andre 3000, Big Boi skyrocketed to fame as a critically-acclaimed rapper. Now exploring a solo career, he released his first album in 2010, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, that included the hit "Shutterbugg." Expect to hear more singles like, “Mama Told Me” featuring Kelly Rowland, from his newest album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Sat 9 p.m.
These guys are living proof that a group of rag-tag musicians from Nederland can make it big. This quickly-rising indie acoustic band incorporates strains of gypsy, rock, folk, and alt-country. But, no matter the category, they are a band with a conscience: their name was inspired by a pair of elephants who were separated and subsequently died on the exact same day. Come share in their message for the world, played to the tune of 11 different instruments including the banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and, of course, their feet. Sat 8 p.m.