This Weekend in Stoke: Top 5 ways to celebrate leisure for Labor Day
!xeR ikS dna bargainS You know you're a Coloradoan if the recent late summer temperatures approaching triple digits have you dreaming of powder days and wondering if your ski pants still fit. Join the club at either Sniagrab or Ski Rex this weekend for discounts up to 75 percent off last season's skis, snowboards, and related winter gear. Sniagrab ("bargains spelled backwards") is at Sports Authority's Denver Sportscastle, 1000 Broadway, and three other locations. Ski Rex is at four Colorado Ski & Golf locations in the metro area, Colorado Ski & Sport at Park Meadows and Boulder Ski Deals at 2525 Arapahoe Road in Boulder. The Labor Day sales are also your last best chance to get the lowest prices on season pass deals and lift ticket packages from every ski area in Colorado. The "VIP-only" events at both Sniagrab and Ski Rex start today and won't take you more than a few clicks on either of the above links to work your way into.
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Cruise for brews! New Belgium's 13-stop Tour de Fat swings by home on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a meandering parade-route cruiser ride starting and ending at Fort Collins' Civic Center Park at North Howes Street and Laporte Avenue, benefiting Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Bike Co-op. Check out bike-related events at the after-party including bike stunt shows, the Bicycle Dating Game and the Car-for-Bike Trade (seriously), and don't miss the return of John and Rebecca Higby's Yo-Yo People show: John Higby built his busking reputation here in Colorado before going on to dominate international yo-yo competitions and the yo-yo section of the Guinness Book of World Records. The Tour de Fat (and the Yo-Yo People) will also be coming to Denver next weekend, September 10.
Workin' at the Car Wash! The Denver Roller Dolls will wash your whip for you on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hawg Back Saloon in Golden, 15800 West Colfax Avenue, for the "Feeling Dirty?" Bike & Car Wash, a fundraiser for the league's all-star Mile High Club team as it prepares for the post-season playoffs. Patronizing the car wash will help send the Mile High Club to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Bridgetown Brawl West Region Championships in Portland at the end of this month, but try not to be too patronizing about it: These car wash dolls can kick your ass.
B-Squad Battle! For some actual roller derby action on Saturday, watch the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' B-squad Contenders battle the Choice City Rebels from Fort Collins on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1510 Clarkson Street. Tickets are $24; splurge an extra three bucks for a designated driver and free beer by taking the party bus to the bout from Longmont's Left Hand Brewing, 1265 Boston Avenue, or from the Skylark Lounge in Denver, 140 South Broadway.
Park it! Why go away for Labor Day and battle three-day weekend traffic when some of the world's finest public parks are right here in Denver? One hundred and twenty nine years ago, while union leaders were battling to improve working conditions for the American labor force and winning -- among other concessions -- the holiday we now celebrate as Labor Day, the city of Denver was busy stockpiling state land to create a system of public city parks for recreation. Celebrate the coincidence on Monday with a jaunt in the Aetna Park-to-Park 10-Miler, which starts at 7 a.m. in City Park near 23rd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, then takes a grand tour to Cheesman Park, Alamo Placita and Washington Park before concluding at the Denver Public Schools' All City Stadium at 1450 South Franklin Street.