Conference Events and Optional Activities

There are many exciting events and optional activities planned for the IARR conference. Some are included in the registration fee, others are optional "add-ons" at the time of registration and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis due to limited capacity. When you register, be sure to still select that you want to attend events that are included in the registration fee, even if it is $0 or else you may not be able to get a ticket.


More details will be available as the conference draws closer, but here are a few that are planned!

Events included in registration fee

Kick-off cocktail party @ the New Belgium Porch, Colorado State University Football Stadium

Thursday, July 12th, 2018


Cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment by an awesome local Bluegrass band, Ginny Mules, under the stars in the foothills of the Rockies. Great way to get settled into the Fort Collins vibe and get (re)connected with other conference attendees!


If you would like to purchase the band's CD to get a feel for their music, you can purchase their CDs here!


Poster Session Cocktail Party

Friday, July 13th, 2018


Come sip drinks and snack on appetizers while networking  with fellow conference attendees and learning about their work during this poster session with views of the Rockies in the CSU Lory Student Center.

Exhibit installs a ram's head sculpture in the Lory Student Center entryway, January 8, 2015.

Karaoke  @ the Ramskeller Pub

Friday, July 13th, 2018


Back by popular demand, we have rented a karaoke machine and are taking over the campus brewery for a night of singing and frivolity.


Newcomers and Old Timers Networking Event

Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 5-7 pm


This event is not one to miss, but there is limited space available. You will want to register early!


Sponsored by Facebook, this event serves to introduce newcomers to  old timers (regardless of age or professional level) of IARR. So if this is your first time to IARR, you will get to network with those who have been  longtime members! In-person social networking at it's best. This event will be held at a cozy tasting room for Prost Brewing.


Beer tasting at New Belgium Brewery

Saturday, July 14, 2018 5-7 pm


For those attendees who are not going to the Newcomers and Old Timers event at Prost Brewery, another event will be held at the New Belgium Brewery! With a large outdoor beer garden, beer taster tokens, and plenty of outdoor games, this is a fun place to relax and soak up the Fort Collins brewery scene.


Awards dinner

Sunday, July 15th, 2018


The traditional award dinner and banquet will be held at the beautiful Fort Collins Hilton. A cocktail reception will  be held in the atrium before dinner is served. After all the awards have been announced, the party will begin!  DJ and is a party you do not want to miss!


Optional add-on activities

We have several add-on activities that you can sign up for when you register (at additional cost).  We know everyone has their own preferences on what they would like to do in their free time, so we wanted to offer many different types of organized activities for you to meet and network with other IARR conference attendees while you are in Fort Collins, CO. If none of these organized activities appeal to you, we have other ideas listed on the Planning your Trip page.

Saturday Night Shenanigans

Saturday, July 14th, 2018, 8-10 pm


This optional event is for truly adventurous and open-minded conference goers! With Eris Enterprises sponsoring, we have reserved a private party at Avogadro's Number with none other than the Cupcake Cabaret serving as our entertainment. This cabaret group performs a regularly sold-out "Friday Night Follies" show, and we have arranged for them to perform just for us on a Saturday night (hence our play on the name). Think Vaudeville meets Burlesque and you get the idea of what the show is about. While not for everyone, it will prove to be a fun and entertaining night for those who reserve their tickets early!


There are limited tickets available for this show, and they can be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis at the time of conference registration. If the weather is good, additional tickets may become available the week  of the conference and the show will be performed on the venue's outdoor patio.


Price: $20 per ticket


River Run and Brews Cruise Day Package

Monday, July 16th, 8 am- 4 pm


The River Run & Brews Cruise package is designed to show guests the very best of what Fort Collins has to offer: rafting and craft beer! This package experience allows guests a comfortable, entertaining and informative way to participate in two activities that have made Fort Collins famous! The package includes a halfday, AM Plunge, whitewater rafting trip with Mountain Whitewater Descents; all of your rafting equipment including wetsuit, gloves & booties; a Mountain Whitewater Descents t-shirt and a three hour Craft Brews Cruise with Magic Bus Tours. The bus tour includes entertainment by guide, limo transportation, and brewery tours arranged by Magic Bus Tours.


Price: $130 per  person


Fort Collins Craft Brews Cruise

Monday, July 16th, 2018, 1-5 pm


This 4-hour excursion is the Cadillac of brewery tours in Fort Collins. We provide safe transportation cruising in our painted limo bus touring breweries beyond a comfortable walking distance. 4 hour fully guided craft brewery tour visiting the best breweries in Fort Collins with private talks and beer tastings offered by breweries along the way.


• Enjoy over 13 different beers on your tour,

• Get a behind the scenes look with tours of the brewing facilities arranged by Magic Bus Tours. At least 2 facility tours included.

• Learn about beer styles, brew history, tasting techniques, and lots of useless beer trivia as the guides keep you happy, comfortable, and entertained.


Price: $51 per person


Old Town Craft Brew and Cider Walkabout


A 3-hour guided craft brewery tour visiting the smaller brewers in Old Town Fort Collins. • Get a behind-the-scenes look with tours of the brewing facilities arranged by Magic Bus Tours. At least 2 facility tours included.

• Hear fun local history and anecdotes as we walk between locations.

• Enjoy the opportunity to sample more than 12 different craft brews included with ticket price.

• Learn about beer styles, tasting techniques, and lots of useless beer trivia as the  guides keep you happy, comfortable, and entertained.


Price: $32 per person


Old Town Fort Collins Scavenger Hunt

Monday, July 16, 2018, 11 am-12:30 pm


On this fun scavenger Old Town Fort Collins is turned into a giant game board combining the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 90 minute city tour. Teams make their way among popular and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local culture and history. This is a great way to have fun while relationship building and learning about the community.


Price: $8 per person


Hiking at Horsetooth Mountain Park

Monday, July 16th, 2018


Shuttles will transport hikers to Horsetooth Mountain Park, just a few miles outside of Fort Collins city limits, on the west side of the beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir.


You will get a brownbag lunch and water bottle, and be able to select two different hikes:

  • A moderate 2.2 mile hike (round trip) to a beautiful waterfall. Easy to  hike for families, less athletic or altitude acclimated hikers. Great views of Fort Collins and wildflowers.
  • A moderate to difficult hike which is about 5 miles (round trip) takes you to the base and top of Horsetooth Rock. This hike is more challenging, but the reward is a gorgeous view of Fort Collins and the front range.


Price: $25 per person


White water rafting down the Cache la Poudre

Monday, July 16th, 2018, 8 am- 12 pm


Experienced rafters and excitement seekers will want this particular river adventure. It has all the scenery of the milder Poudre Splash route, but adds big class IV rapids that will make your heart pound and bring a huge smile to your face. The almost continuous rapids like Crystal Wall, Three Rock, and Pine View Falls keep the fun going the entire trip.


Price: $73 per person


Fort Collins Sightseeing and History Walking Tour

Monday, July 16th, 10-11 am


Get to know Fort Collins! Join us for an entertaining one hour stroll to learn about fun folklore, current traditions, local ghosts, and the colorful history that shapes our town. Along the way you’ll hear stories about the colorful characters and events that transformed Fort Collins from a small army fort to the rich and vibrant city it is today. This is a one hour walking tour covering a total distance of ½ mile.


Price: $10 per person

avery house

Trail of Terror Ghost Tour

Monday, July 12 11 am - 12:30 pm, or 1-2:30 pm.


Come walk with the spirits who are dying to meet you! Explore Old Town Fort Collins most famous haunts on a guided walking ghost tour with a local historian. You will explore many historic locations including visits to several haunted chambers below ground. This tour includes two mini ghost hunts with professional detection equipment. The Trail of Terror Ghost Tour will involve ascending and descending several staircases around town and has a total walking distance of about ½ mile.


Price: $12 per person


Bike & Brew Excursion

Monday, July 12, 1:30-3:30, and 4-6 pm.


Pedal around with fellow IARR members to local breweries!  Great way to get some exercise, tour Old Town, socialize, and sample beers!


Two tours leave the Lory Student Center at 1:30 and then again at 4:00 pm.


Price: $30 per person