Saturday, October 01, 2016

Boulder Green Beer Fest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:22pm

Don your most convincing mermaid costume and venture into the sea of craft beer during this ocean-themed celebration of Colorado's favorite drink. At this eclectic event, sample brews from Boulder breweries and snack on a miso ramen bowl from Rama Ramen as you enjoy a live performance by indie rock back the Copper Children. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a nonprofit focused on establishing education programs on sustainability. Sat-Sun, times vary.


Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:54am

At this sustainability-focused festival, discover how to do more to conserve energy than just recycling your beer cans. This eco-friendly event features everything from films like Overview, a short about astronauts turned environmentalists, to presentations by sustainability activists. Don’t miss a panel featuring Denver-based endangered species advocate Taylor Jones. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Filthy Rainbow

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:30pm

Denver artist Lisa Corine von Koch reimagines the desert landscape in her native southern Utah in this colorful exhibit. Inspired by Moab’s vivid desert landscapes and her other travel destinations, each of her chromatically saturated paintings evokes a sense of heightened experience that mimics the feelings one might have during an adrenaline high. The vivid images also depict the bond shared between outdoor adventurers. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri. noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m. 

—Image courtesy of Lisa Corine von Koch

Costume Cruise

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 9:14am

Halloween might still be a month away, but thanks to this quirky bike ride, you can show off your costume early. Choose a scenic 10K route along the South Platte River or challenge yourself on a more strenuous 25K or 50K loop. After breaking a sweat, cool down with an Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, play lawn games, and enjoy a live rock and blues show by Conifer-based group 62 West. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit that helps those with physical disabilities participate in outdoor activities. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Jimmy Martin

Yes I Can! Canning Party

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:40pm

Thanks to this lesson, the cute mason jars in your cupboard can be more than just cute glasses. After this tasty class taught by Sari Kimbell of the Cooking Studio, you'll use those glass containers to store delicious homemade preserves, such as pear jam and apple butter. Learn the techniques for creating your own sauces and pie fillings at home and take away a stack of recipes as well as 18 pints of homemade treats to use in your fall cooking. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Cider Days

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:17am

Your kids can a smorgasbord of apple-flavored goodies at this 40-year-old fall celebration of Lakewood’s agricultural heritage. Witness Colorado’s largest tractor pull; learn how to use a cider press and other historic farm equipment; feast on festival fare like kettle corn and apple pie; and take advantage of unlimited access to children’s activities, like a bounce house, a climbing wall, and an obstacle course.

Wine and Dine for Felines

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:51am

During this charitable dinner, you can make an impact on the lives of hundreds of furry friends. Enjoy a buffet supper, then place your bets in the silent auction for items such as jewelry, wine baskets, and pet portrait sessions. Proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines, a local organization with a cat adoption program as well as a program for spaying and neutering feral cats. Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fresh Hop Fest

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:00pm

If you're not familiar with what distinguishes a fresh-hopped beer from a normal brew, consider this tasting event a delicious chance to learn. Forty brewers, including locals from Denver Beer Company and Spangalang Brewery, will show off the concoctions they made with hops picked less than 24 hours before they were dried and used. Grab a commemorative mug and fill it with the brewmasters' unique creations, from extra bitter pale ales to more sessionable brews with a hint of hoppy flavor. Sat 1-4 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Two Parts

Oktoberfest Beer Pong Tournament

Submitted by Beau Berkley on Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:43am

This isn't a stein-lifting competition, but there will still be enough booze to make it an Oktoberfest party. As you sip on brews from the Ginn Mill, you and you partner can take on several formidable opponents in a 64-team beer pong tournament for a chance to win the grand prize of two massive steins. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Colorado, an organization that provides services and supports to all Coloradans affected by autism. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Bowie and Prince Tribute Night

Submitted by Abbey White on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:12pm

Come dressed in your favorite Bowie or Prince attire and remember two legendary artists at this lively party. A Bowie impersonator will spin an hour of the pop kings' greatest hits, as attendees rock out on the dance floor and sample drinks such as the Purple Rain. Then sit back for a screening of fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, which stars Bowie as the Goblin King, as well as Purple Rain, an emotional, autobiographical drama about Prince's past. Sat.