Friday, September 17:
BeerAdvocate magazine presents the BeerAdvocate Does Denver Pub Crawl, visiting several of downtown's greatest beer hotspots between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Visit www.beeradvocate.com.
Cherokee Ranch and Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road in Sedalia, presents the Halfway to St. Patty's Day Irish Single Malt Tasting; the $65 admission price tag includes a castle tour, buffet, cash bar, performance and dessert reception, plus the liquor tasting. Call 303-688-5555 or visit www.cherokeeranch.org.
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, presents the Denver Rare Beer Tasting, unlimited samples of 26 hard-to-find brews, plus hors d'ouevre and a commemorative tasting glass, for $80. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; visit www.pintsforprostates.com.
The Denver Cupcake Truck will be parked in front of B's Ballpark Museum, 1940 Blake Street, starting at 1 p.m.; you can get $1 off admission to the museum, too. Visit www.ballparkmuseum.com or call 303-974-5835.
Earthlinks, 2828 Larimer Street, hosts Growing Our Urban AgriCULTURE, a potluck and networking party for the urban agriculture scene. It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; call 303-389-0085 or visit www.growlocalcolorado.org.
Enjoy two weekends of Bavarian music and dancing -- this round runs through Sunday, September 19 -- as well as traditional food, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, beverages from Beck's and Jagermeister, contests, runs and much more at Vail's Oktoberfest; visit www.vail-oktoberfest.com.
Great Divide Brewing Co., 2201 Arapahoe Street, presents Appaloosa Grill at the Great Divide Beer Garden, a free barbecue, live music and food inspired by (and using) Great Divide products. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Sunday, September 19; call 303-296-9460 or visit www.greatdivide.com.
Head to the city for Oktoberfest Denver, one of the city's longest-running festivals: Two back-to-back weekends of races, competitions, contests, music, dance and, of course, beer; this round runs through Sunday, September 19. Visit www.oktoberfestdenver.com.
Telluride hosts Telluride Blues & Brews through Sunday, September 19, featuring B.B. King, ZZ Top, the Mick Fleetwood Blues Bank, Allen Toussaint and more, including microbrews galore. Admission is $25 to $172; visit www.tellurideblues.com.
The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, 401 Water Street in Canon City, offers Oktoberfest Trains with live music, beverages and a traditional Oktoberfest lunch through Sunday, October 10. Admission is $45 to $65; visit www.royalgorgeroute.com.