The seven-day, 683-mile USA Pro Challenge cycles into the home stretch this weekend: Stage 6 take place tomorrow with a route from Golden to Boulder, and the race concludes on Sunday here in Denver.
Cheer the racers to the finish line as they pass by some of our favorite watering holes in town.
Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 East 17th Avenue, has rented bleachers facing the course that will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday; the market will be grilling up its popular Niman Ranch burgers throughout the day. Marczyk's parking lot will be open as well; call 303-894-9499 to check availability. (And the shop asks that you bring your own cow bell.)
Or grab a front-row seat up the street on the patio at Parallel Seventeen, 1600 East 17th Avenue, where you can also enjoy the restaurant's bottomless brunch on Sunday; call 303-399-0988 for more information on specials.
Also on Sunday, Civic Center Park will be the site of a free festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Opie Gone Bad and Chadzilla and the Asteroids; a maxi stunt show (mini-motorcycles) and the Strider bike World Cup competition; giant Jenga; and plenty of food vendors, as well as the New Belgium beer gardens and Infinite Monkey Theorem wine.
Through the weekend, you can belly up to the bar at Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar, 1401 Curtis Street, today, Saturday and Sunday and order the limited-edition Skinny Fast and French cocktail -- a martini with Voli Orange-Vanilla Light Vodka, St. Germaine, Red Bull, Honey and lemon crafted in honor of the challenge.
Note: Saturday's viewing party at Flagstaff House in Boulder has sold out, but there is a waiting list; call 303-442-4640 for more information.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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