The one’s a weekly pop-up in Sustainability Park with volleyball, cornhole, live music and surprise “five-minute happy hours” at the full bar (through Halloween). The other’s a quarterly blowout, next held September 12th-13th in Sculpture Park. But they both showcase the best of what our local hipsters have to offer, from South African beef jerky and jalapeño popsicles to organic bow ties and belt buckles made of reclaimed skateboards.
Sure, this overgrown garage sale-meets-dubious amusement park is open year-round. But it’s an inexplicable fact that sizzling summer days are prime time for joining the sweaty masses to ironically buy toy-soldier snow globes and gnaw on hormone-pumped turkey legs.
You really don’t have to go to the Great American Beer Festival to go to the Great American Beer Festival. From September 18th to 26th, the brewers who pour into town from across the country pop up at local restaurants and bars for tap takeovers, paired dinners, and various other beer bashes. At the same time, Oktoberfest gets underway at the edge of Ballpark, complete with stein-hoisting and dachshund-racing competitions. Given the perfect end-of-summer weather that usually attends all these sudsy goings-on, there’s no better time for a Denver drinking crawl.
But maybe wear protective gear as this is one notoriously rickety roller coaster. And bring a barf bag while you’re at it, because there’s an open bar at the Denver Film Society’s wildly popular private fundraiser.
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