From music to food to vendors, your complete guide to Denver's Velorama Festival

Like a cyclist bombing down the side of a mountain, the Velorama Festival is coming up fast. A three-day event in the RiNo Arts District that combines the Colorado Classic cycling race with beloved Denver pastimes like live music, craft beer and local shopping, Velorama is an event that’s as unique as Colorado’s culture.

With so much happening over the next few days, we thought it best to breakdown the event into its component parts and open the floor to questions. Let’s start with you in the bike helmet.

What’s the Colorado Classic bicycle race?
Well, it’s just that: A four-stage UCI-sanctioned bike race. Stage 1 kicks off today in Colorado Springs, followed by Stage 2 in Breckenridge and two days of races in the Denver area this weekend. For a complete schedule, race maps and more, click here. And for live updates on both the Men’s and Women’s races, hit this link.

Can I get in on the race?
Sure, are you a sanctioned and sponsored pro cyclist capable of riding up to 100 miles a day?

Um…
Yeah didn’t think so. However, there will be Pro-Am Criteriums on Fri. Aug. 11 and Sat. Aug. 12 for those with a USA Cycling Permit #1905. Online registration is now closed but you can sign up in person on the day of the race. Click here for more information.

Who is performing at the Velorama Music Festival?
Some of the biggest names in indie rock, that’s who. Friday’s performances include La Santa Cecilia (6pm), The New Pornographers (7:15pm) and Wilco (8:30). Saturday’s roster includes Denver’s own Tennis (6pm), Saint Motel (7:15pm) and Seth Cohen’s favorite Death Cab For Cutie (8:30pm). The final day will see over five hours of performances from Colorado bands on the Take Note Stage, followed by Rob Drabkin (5pm) and alt-country favorites The Jayhawks (6:15pm) and Old 97s (7:30pm). For more on the musical lineup and a playlist featuring the best songs about bicycling, click here.

Dang, that’s a dope lineup. What’s your favorite Wilco song?
Oh wow, great question. “Heavy Metal Drummer” is obviously a classic but lately I’ve been going back to “Dawned On Me.”

There’s also a Flea at the festival, right?
Indeed. Denver Flea will be bringing over 200 local merchants to Velorama, selling everything from accessories and art to jewelry and home supplies. Hit this link for more information on the Denver Flea and visit this site for a complete list of participating businesses.

And I’m assuming I’ll be able to get food and drinks as well?
But of course! Denver’s thriving food truck scene will be well-represented, with Park Burger, Dude Bro Taco, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and more than a dozen others on site at Velorama. And because of its location in RiNo, some of Denver’s best craft breweries will be there as well, including Black Shirt Brewing, Epic, Our Mutual Friend and Ratio, among others. And between Bigsby’s Folly and Infinite Monkey Theorem, wine fans will have options as well.

Sounds awesome. But is this a family-friendly event?
Of course. There will be a Kid’s Zone brought to you by Bicycle Colorado and Sunday is Family Day, so kids under the age of 10 get in for free to participate in a full day of family-friendly activities.

Alright, I’m in. How do I get tickets?
You can purchase tickets right here on AXS.com. There are special deals on four packs of tickets and VIP packages are also available.

Last question: Can I ride my bike to the event?
Not only can you ride to Velorama, you can take advantage of complimentary bike valets at the South Public parking lot and at the North Valet, between 35th and 36th on Walnut. See you there!