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Bikes and Brew: Tour de Fat

Saturday, Aug. 17

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Riding bikes is fun, but throw in costumes and beer and it's a party. Mark Saturday, Aug. 17, on the calendar, raid the back of the closet for a suitably ridiculous outfit and don't forget to pump up the tires on your best two-wheeled, pedal-driven contraption for the return of Tour de Fat.

Events kick off with the costumed bike parade through downtown. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the park, followed by the parade at 11 a.m.

Crowds spend the rest of the day at Ann Morrison enjoying beer from event sponsor New Belgium Brewing--including the 8.5-percent Rampant Imperial IPA, a hoppy treat that is sure to make your pedals wobble with joy.

Check out live performances, including Honeymoon Cabaret, juggler and contortionist Scot Nery and husband-and-wife yo-yo team Yo-Yo People, as well as music by Slow Ride, Fierce Bad Rabbit and Devotchka. The signature event will take place at 3:30 p.m., when one Boisean hands over his or her car for a year, vowing to only get around via bicycle.

While admission is free, proceeds from a suggested $5 donation for the parade will benefit Boise Bicycle Project, Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association and the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.