Saturday July 16. One of Colorado’s quirkiest parties is making a splash in Longmont after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Hooplagers from Wibby Brewing The pool party and beach party feature several huge above ground pools where adults can act like kids (kids responsible), float on pool toys, frolic with inflatable flamingos and enjoy the award-winning collection of lagers from Wibby’s, plus unlimited pours from up to 50 other Colorado breweries. There will also be food, pool games and the sounds of steel drum music to create a tropical ambiance.
Before you grab your bathing suit and towel, however, grab a non-perishable food item to give away when you enter, as it’s required with your ticket. And if you don’t want to drive from Denver, Wibby offers party carts and discounted rates at local hotels. Get tickets ($45) and information on events.eventgroove.com. The party starts at noon at 209 Emory St., Longmont.
Friday Sunday. If you need more beer fun, Joyride Brewing celebrates its eighth anniversary with an explosive block party with live music from nine bands, food trucks, several beers made in collaboration with other breweries, a children’s zone and, of course, lots of Ice Cutter Kölsch, who just won a gold medal at the Beer World Cup.
The bands will play on a stage in the street, which will be closed to traffic, for the three days. Lineup includes Hunter James and the Titanic, Midnight Shakedown, El Paso Lasso and Blue River Grass Band. The block party takes place in front of Joyride, 2501 Sheridan Blvd. at Edgewater, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. joyridebrewing.com.
Oysters and Irie
The Moulin d’Or Food Hallat 1012 Ford St. in Golden, hosts its first Reggae on the creek with live music from the Denver Vintage Reggae Society and freshly shucked oysters from Chef Jesus Silva, all combined with refreshing drinks on the patio and a view of Clear Creek.
Silva will prepare Baja Kumiai oysters on the half shell (available individually or in half dozen) with three homemade sauces. There will also be a fresh shrimp cocktail and wine tasting. The fun starts at 4 p.m. and continues until the food runs out. Rates and other details on goldenmill.com.
A taste of France at Larimer Square
Thursday-Sunday. French cuisine, art, history and live music will be at the center of the story Larimer Square From July 14-17, Denver celebrates its sister city, Brest, France, as well as July 14, which honors the country’s independence. There are several events throughout the weekend, some of which are free, while others require tickets or reservations.
Events include the Fête Nationale Française, with music by Purnell Steen, on Thursdays, as well as a pop-up market from 5.30pm to 9pm; music by DJ Ellechemist from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays; a pop-up bar experience at gate 44 on Friday; a brunch with chef Jen Jasinski at Bistro Vendôme on Saturday; and a balloon stomping contest on Saturday. All events take place between 14th and 15th streets. larimersquare.com.
Saturday. Rejoin On the street of Havana for a globally inspired market in the parking lot of the Havana Exchange mall at 2802 S. Havana St. in Aurora. The unique open-air market, which debuted this year, takes place twice a month on Saturdays and “highlights cultural diversity through business”, according to organisers. “You’ll find a mix of vendors from around the world with a variety of products ranging from food, crafts, art, jewelry and more.”
The free family event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the recently closed Bicycle Village store. The next dates for the market are August 13 and 27, and September 10 and 24. onhavanastreet.com.
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