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You’re Not Having Fun Unless You’re in Lyons

Trail running with beer.  Whitewater kayaking competitions. Outdoor music festival. BMX and dirt jump competitions. Film festival. Slacklining. Camping. Acroyoga. Android Jones.

All of this is happening this weekend in Lyons, CO. Oskar Blues’ Burning Can relay and beer festival is one of the most popular events in Lyons this weekend, but there’s much more than just beer relays alongside professional athletes: kids games, dirty brass, visionary art, independent films and a whole lot of fun.

Here's all the details:

Burning Can Beer Festival & Relay Race

June 4, 2016

  • Beer relay races. Partner up for a beer relay race with Oskar Blues. You and your team will never forget the fun you’ll have racing on a scenic trail for the 5k – with beer that is. Get two minutes off your lap time if you drink a beer before you start! The beers are, of course, for those 21 and older – but anyone 13 and older can race. Get there early – registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Oskar Blues is also hosting a beer fest alongside the games (more on that below). Details here.
  • Beer garden. Enjoy tasting 150+ craft beers, including your local favorites and even some from around the world. Details here.
  • Tickets.  Get your tickets in advance because they're more expensive at the door. Ticket include entry to the Lyons Outdoor Games and a concert pass.
  • Live Music. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Check out the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Thompson Flood and Na’an Stop.

Lyons Outdoor Games

June 3 to 4, 2016

  • Tickets. $10 for adults. $5 for children.
  • Flying yoga. They say humans can’t fly on their own, but gravity will be defied as yogis ascend above their partners in acroyoga demonstrations. Never done it? Don’t be scared. From 10 a.m. to noon, Guy Ohm will be teaching a free workshop. Embed Acroyoga Image
  • BMX & mountain bike dirt jump contests and classes.  Watch BMX and Mountain Bikers flipping through the air in the Outlaws of Dirt Contest. For $25, young bikers, or “groms” can learn the tricks of the trade, too. Details here.
  • Slacklining with the pros. Nothing will inspire you more than Slackline Industries’ video of pro slackliners from around the world balancing and bouncing seemingly in lieu of nature’s laws. The best part? Their clinics are free!
  • Disc Golf, Cornhole.  Try your hand at disc golf and corn hole. Play a free round of six-hole disc golf from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You or your team will have to register for the cornhole tournament. Got a sweet cornhole toss? Show it off in one of their side competitions, you boss! Find out more here.
  • Kids Outdoor Games Area. The youngins won’t be missing out on any of the fun! From junior and cadet whitewater race lessons on the St. Vrain River, to face painting and slackline tutorials, kids can choose from a wide range of activities to get them pumped for outdoor sports. Avid 4 Adventure hosts a rock climbing wall and kayak pool. The Wilderness Institute will be on hand to teach about leave no trace, survival skills and outdoor safety. Kids can play to their heart’s content in the bouncy house and on a giant slide. Plus, there’s a Warrior Playground obstacle course and Renaissance Adventures will teach kids problem solving and teamwork on mythical quests. More here.
  • Whitewater races and clinics. Ladies river running, intermediate creek and play boating clinics are on Thursday, June 2. You won’t want to miss the Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race at 4 p.m. Friday, June 3. Plan your whitewater day here.
  • Whitewater freestyle kayaking rodeo. Just what you think. These courageous kayakers flip, turn and roll with it. Saturday is full of freestyle rodeo competitions at Black Bear Hole from 8 a.m. to well into the evening. An awards ceremony follows. Get details or register here.
  • Camping.  Tent or RV camp under the stars. Fun tip: Stay in Lyons on Sunday for easy access to superb mountain biking and hiking trails! Camping details are here.


Lyons Film Festival

June 3 to 4, 2016

  • Art, film, acoustic harmony. The Lyons Film Festival is where you should be headed this weekend if you prefer these arts over bikes and beers.
  • Tickets. Buy tickets to some or all of the film and art events, which start Friday morning.
  • Android Jones. If fan of visionary art, buy tickets for his signing at 11 a.m. on Saturday!
  • The films. Inspiration for the films arise from the killing fields of Cambodia, plans to save the world with trees and the humorous musings of romantic love.
  • Colorado culture. With films like The Rider & The Wolf, a documentary on the legendary biker Mike Rust, How to Grow Your Own or Rolling Papers (guess what these two are about), you can cap your day of outdoor adventuring (or toking) with an on-topic film.
  • Music. Musical acts include our very own Paul Kimbiris, who opens for the Railsplitters on Friday.
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