KUSA –If you really want to learn more about Iceland…or German culture… or Latino cinema, then this is the weekend for you.
In addition to learning new and interesting things, you can also go to Rocky Mountain National Park for free, drink beer (both at Denver Beer Fest and Oktoberfest), see Bret Michaels (if only the "Rock of Love" bus were still a thing), experience Boulder art and become inspired at the Race for the Cure (in addition to helping an important cause).
Since it's fall, it goes without saying that you should probably wear a cardigan to all of these event. Or at least a nice, light sweater.
Taste of Iceland - Sept. 24 - 27http://bit.ly/1oiaiW2
When you think of the (very pretty) island nation of Iceland, you might think of volcanos… or maybe the quirky artist Bjork. You can learn what the country's really like at the Taste of Iceland, which highlights Iceland's food, music and art. You can sample Icelandic culinary delicacies at Rioja, which is launching an Icelandic menu. On Saturday, you can check out the Reykjavik Calling concert, which features collaborations between Icelandic artists and Denver musicians. Also this weekend, you can learn how to totally impress your friends at your next party via Icelandic cocktails. Last but most definitely not least, you can take part in Yarn Storming, an event where knitters are invited to take part in adding a splash of color and texture to the trees in Civic Center Park.
CineLatino – Sept. 25- 28 – SIE FilmCenter – http://bit.ly/1pa7K0j
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the SIE FilmCenter is launching a four-day cultural celebration of Latino Cinema, which features 12 films that showcase the contributions of Latinos to the movie business. The movies showcased include everything from "The Desert" to "Zoot Suit" to "The Man Behind the Mask." All-access passes are $60 for the general public and $50 for members of the Denver Film Society.
Denver Oktoberfest– Sept. 26 – 28 - http://bit.ly/1nJjJxv
When Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen got married in 1810, one might wonder if they knew that their union would lead to a series of events commemorating German culture in places as random as Denver. Regardless, Oktoberfest has become a yearly tradition around the world, and it's something worth treasuring. Denver's Oktoberfest is already 45 years old, and attracts more than 350,000 to a six-day festival that involves everything from food to beer to music to stein hoisting to…more beer. Getting in is free, but you'll have to pay for all the good stuff.
Denver Beer Fest – Sept. 26-Oct. 4 - http://denv.co/1qvF9y4
Even if you couldn't get tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, it doesn't mean you can't celebrate beer this weekend at a festival…involving beer…in Denver (note: this is not Oktoberfest). This features more than 300 beer-related events at area breweries, restaurants, tap houses and attractions, in addition to beer bike nights, midnight beer breakfasts (because…priorities), tap takeovers and even a beer street party with bands, brews (that's probably why it's called a "beer street party") and food. For a schedule of events, check out http://denv.co/1mVIOul.
NoCo Nature Festival – Sept. 27 - http://bit.ly/1mUTERh
Appreciating nature isn't that hard: you basically just have to look out your window and be like "yeah, this is pretty cool." But actually knowing what you're looking at when you're communing with nature? That's a little bit harder, but you'll definitely be on your way to doing just that when you take part in the NoCo Nature Festival. Activities include bird walks where local birders will help you become more familiar with the flying creatures you see, wildlife camera walks, presentations about everything from wolves to reptiles and, obviously, a costume contest. The entire event is free.
Rocky Mountain National Park Free Entrance Day - Sept. 27 - http://bit.ly/ZNiQP8
If you're both outdoorsy AND frugal (and don't mind crowds) then this is definitely the weekend for you. Explore the majesty which is Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall without paying a dime (it's in honor of National Public Lands Day). Spend some time watching the elk bugle in Moraine Park, take a hike through the Wild Basin or just take an awesome, Aspen-filled drive that is sure to lead to some fantastic Instagram pics (note: you can submit your fall leaves photos here: http://static.9news.com/your-take/).
Race for the Cure Denver – Sept. 28 - http://on9news.tv/1upkenN
It might be a new route, but it's the same great cause and as usual, is sure to offer another inspiring group of women. Also new this year is the Family Walk. The 5K run begins and ends on Auraria Parkway and 7th Street. Hang around after the race to cheer on an awesome group of women during the Survivor Celebration. If you don't want to get up early but still want to support the cause, you can pay $25 to "Sleep In For the Cure." Three-quarters of the net proceeds from Komen Colorado support breast cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment and education. For a look at what you need to know on race day, check out the link above.
Smash Bash at Centennial Park (featuring Bret Michaels) – Sept. 28 –Centennial Park http://bit.ly/1rXkZ7i
If you have wanted to wave your cellphone back in forth while listening to an impassioned live version of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and did not go to Thunder in the Rockies, have no fear. Rock/bandana god Bret Michaels is at Centennial Park as part of the free Smash Bash. And if your passion for music extends beyond seeing the former lothario of the "Rock of Love" bus, the Groove Hawgs and Rob Drabkin are also expected to make appearances. Doors open at noon and the show starts at 1 p.m. General admission is free, but you can get $50 VIP tickets – which include food, two beers and seat. Proceeds support the For Kids Foundation. If you want an in-depth analysis of the last Bret Michaels show in Colorado, check out http://on9news.tv/1mVJSOR.
Boulder International Fringe Festival – Daily until Sept. 28 - http://bit.ly/YM86jU
This your last weekend to check out the Boulder Fringe, which is described on its website as a "rollicking, white-knuckled, breathtaking event." The fringe hosts artists, local, national and international artists who present shows in Boulder's various venues. The goal is to use art to generate more art, because let's be real: can you ever have enough art? The Fringe has everything from "Conscious Burlesque" to a Kid's Fringe to a performance by the Worst Pilgrim Ever. Ticket prices vary – but many events are under $15.
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