Near or far, small or big, there are many events to consider attending this Labor Day weekend. We rounded up a diverse 10 for you to choose from. If there are more we should all know about, please share them in the comments below.
When: Friday, August 29 from 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Big Wonderful, 2500 Lawrence Street
What: An island-inspired outdoor party to bid summer farewell
More info, tickets, reservations: There are full bars & $4 drinks, Rocky Mountain Showdown played on projection screen, two sand volleyball courts, Reggae band: TANAKA performing live, Hawaiian themed food & drinks, fire spinners, food trucks, hula dancers, and more. There is a $5 suggested donation for the St. Francis Center.
GOURMET ON GORE
When: Friday, August 29 through Monday, September 1
What: A culinary festival offering open-air tasting of world-class wine, beer, and spirits paired with food from Vail's top restaurants.
More info, tickets, reservations: Other events include a Friday tasting tour for $75 at 6 p.m., and a Bourbon & BBQ Dinner on Saturday with tickets for $65. Admission to open-air tasting is free each day, with bites and pours available to pay as you go. Visit Gourmet on Gore on for more details.
TASTE OF COLORADO
When: Friday through Monday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
Where: Civic Center Park
What: The annual festival that brings together over fifty Denver eateries and food vendors along side different family-friendly activities, music, and more.
More info, tickets, reservations: Admission is free. Information on vendors, schedules, and more is available at atasteofcolorado.com.
BARBECUE AND BEER
When: Saturday, August 30
Where: 3855 Mariposa Street
What: Diebolt Brewing is hosting a party in collaboration with two local businesses, the Bakin Bakery, a food truck, and the Big O, a new barbecue ---???.
More info, tickets, reservations: No tickets, no reservations, just show up. For more information, call 918.625.9038.
DENVER PASSPORT CLOSING PARTY
When: Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m.
Where: The Big Wonderful, 2500 Lawrence Street
What: A bash to say good bye to the Denver Passport until next summer.
More info, tickets, reservations: All Passport holders will receive a free beer, food and raffles. For every five passport stamps, Passport holders will receive a raffle ticket to win prizes. Prizes include gift certificates to Whole Foods, Renegade, Humboldt, Rialto, Ignite, Local Bar 46, New Belgium, Denver Bike Cafe, Bar Car, Atticus, Little Man, 2015 Denver Passports, Riot Fest Tickets and tickets to Imbibe events.
To claim your free beer, Passport holders are encouraged to RSVP here.
VIEWHOUSE GRAND OPENING
When: Friday through Sunday, various times.
Where: ViewHouse DTC, 7101 S. Clinton Street, Centennial
What: A three day series of events celebrating the grand opening of the second location of ViewHouse.
More info, tickets, reservations: Friday: The Samples will kick-off the summer band series, Music on the Green at 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Red Bull Motocross Extravaganza features Red Bull's professional motocross stunt team drivers entertaining guests with show times at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. DJ Squirt will play after dark. Sunday: Bottomless buffet brunch featuring gala-apple pancakes, twists on the classic eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos and bacon along with complimentary bottomless mimosas with the purchase of an entrée.
SIP AND LISTEN AT GOLDEN MOON
When: Every day this weekend
Where: Golden Moon Speak, 1111 Miner's Alley, Golden CO.
What: Cocktails and live music. Friday: Mikey Smith and Friends 8 to 11 p.m.; Saturday: Chance Trio 7 to 10 p.m.; Sunday: Cody Hart duo 6 to 9 p.m.
More info, tickets, reservations: No cover charge. For more information, call 303.993.7174.
PIG ROAST AT ATTICUS
When: Sunday at dinner time, either 5 or 6 p.m.
Where: Atticus, 1115 E Evans Avenue
What: A 70-pound Colorado pig will roast for three days before being served family-style with all the fixings and traditional Cuban side dishes.
More info, tickets, reservations: Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for kids, with a choice between seating at 5 or 6 p.m. For reservations, call 720.459.8273.
LABOR DAY PICNIC AT LOLA
When: Monday, from noon to 9 p.m.
Where: 1575 Boulder Street
What: A Mexican-inspired pig roast and barbecue to celebrate Labor Day. Happy hour drink prices all day, picnic plates, tacos, and a dessert menu will be offered.
More info, tickets, reservations: For the picnic plates, expect beef ribs barbacoa, pollo asada with chili rojo, smoked chicken wings, pork shoulder. The tacos: chicken, fish, steak, duck carnita, and smoked mushroom. Four desserts will be available. For more details, check out the event page here.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTER FESTIVAL & BBQ
When: Monday, September 1 at 5 p.m.
Where: Ajax Tavern, 685 East Durant Avenue in Aspen
What: A third-annual event featuring all-you-can-eat-and-drink oysters, buffalo Rocky Mountain oysters, beers from Roaring Fork Brewery, and Infinite Monkey Theorem wines.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets cost $79 and are available for purchase on the event's website, along with more details.