christy fantz
Christy Fantz

Bikes, beer and the bizarre.

Sounds like Boulder to me.

Close enough. It's New Belgium's Tour de Fat in Denver this weekend.

Aside from refreshing our palates with hops and barley, the Fort Collins brewery is aiming to make various cities across the nation better places to ride bikes. So New Belgium is hosting a shindig in Denver on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in City Park (main stage sits near 21st Avenue and York Street).

Aside from eclectic and crazy costumed folk like yourself, there will be a giant bike parade that weaves through the streets of Denver (around 17th Avenue). After the parade, the festival parties down with in the park with live music, comedy, games, contests and beer.

If you want to participate in the bike parade, but either don't have the wheels, or you don't want to lug yours from Boulder, the festival has partnered with Denver B-cycle, allowing users to purchase a discounted membership for the day — which must be done online, prior to the event. Find the free promo code at: newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/denver. free.

Here's the live entertainment lineup (note, featuring local and national acts as well as eclectic sideshows, like carnies and circus-themed acts. But not your mom, she and I have plans that day):

Main Stage:

11 a.m.: Danger Zone parade launch

12 p.m.: Scot Nery Show


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1:15 p.m: Slow Ride

1:30 p.m.: The Night Sweats

2:15 p.m.: Stunt Pepper Dance Contest (win a cruiser bike)

3:30 p.m.: Car for bike trade

4:00 p.m.: He's My Brother She's My Sister

Stage Stage:

12:30 p.m.: Mama Lou - Strong Woman

2:40 p.m.: The Handsome Little Devils' Squirm Burpee Circus

Grotto Stage:

12:25-1:10 p.m.: Matt Skellenger

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Bad Weather California

2:40-3:30 p.m.: Princess Music

3:55-4:45 p.m.: By All Means

Don't forget to swing by Le Tigre Tent, the "world's smallest circus tent," featuring 15-minute shows on the half hour.

The Tour de Fat is raising funds for Bike Denver and the Denver Cruisers.

Info: newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/denver. free

Coloring Denver

If we could all tag the world, half of it would be a rainbow of stick figures, cuss words and smiley faces, while the other talented half would be a motley kaleidoscope of picturesque fine art and poetry.

Alas, cops don't like when we graffiti shit. So let's just scratch that image of the pretty world and go back to concrete walls.

But this weekend we can learn more about the culture of graffiti in Denver.

Dread, a local street artist and muralist, founded Colorado Crush years ago to help the community embrace graffiti as a positive medium through art, music and hip-hop culture.

The event, which is sponsored by the City of Denver and endorsed by Mayor Michael Hancock, starts at noon on Saturday in the lot behind Cassleman's, 2620 Walnut St., Denver, and will feature a big block party with painters, music, merchants and artisans. There will be live paintings from various artists across the country, DJs, bboying/breakdancing, DJing/turntablism, graffiti battles and MC battles.

After the alley fair wraps at 7 p.m., the party then moves into Cassleman's for a live show featuring Los Angeles hip-hop group People Under The Stairs.

Info: facebook.com/CrushColorado; $5-$15

Hard liquor in the 303

Keep the party raging Sunday for the Colorado Distillers Festival, where members of the Colorado Distiller's Guild will host an afternoon of custom spirits, cocktails and presentations by experts.

The fest, at the Rackhouse Pub, 208 Kalamath Street, Denver, runs Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and a $45 advance ticket ($50 at the door) gets you unlimited small samples of local distillers' concoctions as well as an appetizer buffet from Rackhouse Pub to pad your wasted belly.

Check out what Colorado has on tap in the hard booze department. If it's anything like the state's craft beer, we're in for a sexy treat.

Info: coloradodistillersfestival.com

Contact Christy Fantz at 303-473-1107 or fantz@coloradodaily.com