As Denver prepares to host the first 2012 presidential debate on Wednesday, October 3rd, invitations are flying for various debate watching and pre-debate parties, and there are plenty from which to choose.  Below are a few that we’ve seen, but if we’re missing any, feel free to let us know and we’ll update the post.

October 3

Lincoln Club Debate Watch Party

Features commentary from former Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams and political strategist Katy Atkinson

Where: CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver

When: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person, includes light refreshments

RSVP: Amanda Mountjoy, 303-333-0844 or [email protected]

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Colorado Republican Party Debate Watch Party

Sponsored by CU College Republicans and Colorado Elephant Club

Where: CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO

When: Cost: $50 for adults, $25 for students, $15 for children under 17 (with valid ID)

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Colorado Republican Business Coalition and Colorado Hispanic Republicans Debate Watch Party

Featuring CNN and France 24 (an international outlet)

Where: Brooklyn’s Sports Bar by Sports Authority Mile High Football Stadium

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 includes dinner off the menu; cash bar

RSVP (if you intend to pay at the door): [email protected]

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One Past 5—The Great Debate

Join Historic Denver, Inc. in a pre-debate happy hour!

When: 5:01 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver

Cost: $20.01 for Historic Denver, Inc. supporters and members; $25.01 for non-members of Historic Denver, Inc.

Registration: Buy tickets online:


Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Teen-Focused Presidential Debate Watch Party

The Children’s Hospital of Colorado is hosting this debate watch party for teens and adult mentors to thoughtfully review and discuss the first presidential debate of 2012.

When: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: The Mount Oxford Auditorium, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Aurora

Cost: Free with registration, but space is limited (Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Registration: RSVP online –


The Wildlife Experience Debate Watch Party

View the debate in the comfort of a stadium-style theater at the Wildlife Experience.

When: 6:00 p.m. cocktails and refreshments; 7:00 p.m. broadcast and viewing

Where: Extreme Screen Theater at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria St., Parker

Cost: Free to attend with a cash bar and concessions

Registration: No registration necessary

More information: Visit the Wildlife Experience’s upcoming events page –