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Slow Food Nations, the 3-day food festival, kicks off today in Larimer Square.

What’s worth knowing this week in Denver July 19 – 25, 2019?  Slow Food Nations starts today, everything to know about 14ers, and how to avoid the sink hole on 36. Plus, a few more things to know… 

So, how are you holding up in the heat? We have family visiting this weekend so we’ve already had a pool day and have decided today is a museum day…because sometimes you’ve just got to hide out inside! (I’ve also taken to carrying around a small misting bottle filled with water, which works surprisingly well to help keep cool.)

One thing I’ve been slacking on this week: dinner. Because who wants to cook (or even eat much!) in this heat? Then I remembered that Slow Food Nations is happening all weekend…last year we were able to sample our way through the fare and didn’t even need to make dinner! The 3-day festival kicks off with the Colorado Fare Block Party today. Just remember your misting bottle (because today may be a record-breaker!) or maybe wait for the cooler Saturday and Sunday temps.

Here’s a few more things to know this week in Denver…

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery adds a SoBo location.

Uncle opened a second spot in Wash Park.

Stanley Marketplace is getting a new pizza place this fall.

River North Brewery re-opened in RiNo.

5 summer farm dinners where fresh veggies reign.

Wash Park’s Frozen Matter honors the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary with fun and boozy “space” flavors.

Need the perfect place to take a Denver selfie? Here’s 24 local restaurants, breweries and bars with awesome murals.

The Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” interactive art exhibit is coming to Denver, and sounds incredibly eye-opening.

9 half-marathons to train for this summer.

Colorado Athletic Club is hosting a free, bi-weekly summer series with a workout in the plaza and a free post-workout drink. (Or check out their Sweat in the City series at Denver Milk Market.)

The scooters are staying.

Tube to Work Day returns to Boulder Creek.

A ranger’s advice on protecting Rocky Mountain National Park.

Best public gardens to visit in Colorado.

Best backcountry hut trips for summertime.

3 beaches near Denver where you can actually swim.

Colorado’s rafting season will extend into fall this year.

Essential advice for 14er first-timers and 5 of the easiest 14ers for newbies. (Plus, which ones beginners should avoid, akathe most dangerous 14ers in Colorado.)

Local foragers are thrilled that rare burn morels are popping up in post-wildfire southeastern Colorado.

Why this is not the end of a drought in Colorado.

Where Jack Kerouac slept in Denver.

And other ways to get from Denver to Boulder because…giant sink hole.

A few more fun weekend options…Denver County Fair (National Western Complex), Mile High Global Bazaar (Skyline Park),Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days (Globeville), Blues & BBQ Festival (Edgewater), more unique events this weekend, and more things to do in Denver in July.

Enjoy the weekend!

P.S. Who wants to make dinner this week? Not me! Where kids eat free at local restaurants around town or order dinner by 3pm from SupperBell.

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Your best pup friends are always welcome at Red Rocks Beer Garden. ©Alexa Brown 2019.

Morrison is home to the world-renowned Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, as well as scenic trails and crisp brews at the Red Rocks Beer Garden. This is the fourth installment in our summer Colorado Hike and a Brew series.

It’s time for Hike and a Brew in… 

MORRISON

Some of the best views of the soaring Red Rocks are on the trail. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

HIKE or BIKE: Red Rocks

If you’re a lucky girl like me, you’ve listened to your favorite band play as the sunset flames red and gold over Red Rocks. Or you’ve climbed those VERY tall steps (at least for us fun-sized gals) in the quest for killer quads (out..of…breath). 

But have you hiked any of those dusty red trails? 

No? Then now’s your chance! 

Below are two options — a short one from Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, and a longer one starting at Matthew Winters Park right down the road. 

Bring water — it’s usually hot and dry. Dogs must be leashed. 

Be sure to stop and soak up the view on the Red Rocks Trail. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

(1)  TRADING POST TRAIL (1.5 miles RT)

Park at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.
The trail is a loop, so have fun and savor the incredible red monoliths surrounding you.  

(2)  RED ROCKS TRAIL to MORRISON SLIDE (4.5 RT; option for 5 miles RT): Heart-pumping with incredible views looking down on Red Rocks Park.
Park at Matthews/Winters Park.
Cross the creek and follow the Village Walk Trail for 0.4 miles. (If biking, take the Village Ride Trail). A beautiful walk through a meadow overflowing with summer flowers.
This turns into the Red Rocks Trail. Continue for 0.4 miles.
At fork, stay left on Red Rocks Trail for another 0.8 miles.
At fork, stay left on Red Rocks Trail and enjoy views of THE Red Rocks for another 0.7 miles. You can turn around here at any point, and return the way you came for a 4.5 miles RT.

OR To add an additional half mile:
Right on Morrison Slide Trail for 1.5 miles. A steep uphill climb.
Stay left on Cherry Gulch Trail for 0.3 miles.
Stay left on Red Rocks Trail for 0.4 miles.
Stay left on Village Walk Trail for 0.4 miles.

Red Rocks Beer Garden is just down the road from your Red Rocks concert or hike. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

QUENCH YOUR THIRST:  Red Rocks Beer Garden

Just a block off Morrison’s main street and a short drive from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, you’ll find Red Rocks Beer Garden, offering all-Colorado beer, wine, liquor, and food. There’s even dedicated rideshare parking making it uber-easy to get to your concert. 

©Suzanne Brown 2019

Red Rocks Beer Garden offers twelve beers on tap, and more in cans from all your favorite breweries like Princess Yum Yum from Denver Beer, Golden Haze IPA from New Terrain, Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing, Kellerman Pilsner from Green Mountain, Sour Rosé from Crooked Stave, and gluten-free Blonde from Holidaily

The patio is sunny and bright with picnic tables, red umbrellas, a firepit, and a bubbling fountain. Inside, you’ll find the bar, cozy seating, and loads of board games.

Pay as you go at the friendly bar, so no waiting for your check. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

I try the crisp 4 Noses Brewing Bout Damn Time IPA. Lounging in a comfy chair in the Colorado sunshine, with Fitz and the Tantrums singing happily through the speakers and my pups snoozing on my feet, I grin. This is the place to just be. With friends. With yourself. With a beer. This is Colorado.  

Lucy thinks there’s no better place to chill with moi. ©Alexa Brown 2019

Stop by after your hike, before your concert, or after dinner. My pups and I will see you there! 

Red Rocks Beer Garden (116 Stone St., Morrison — follow the signs!) is open Mon through Thurs 11AM – 10PM, Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM, and Sun 11AM-9PM. Kid and dog-friendly. Board games. Free water available. If you need some grub with your brew, they offer Rocky Mountain pizza, a hummus plate, warm Baker Street pretzels, chips, and popcorn. You get $2 off your first drink with your Red Rocks ticket, and the bar plays music by bands performing that day. Best tailgate in town, without any of the work!

Did you miss our past Hike and a Brew posts? Tag along with Suzanne and her pups as she hikes and brews in Evergreen, takes in the stunning views in Idaho Springs, and her recent visit to Golden.

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Molly’s Spirits and Rocky Mountain Soda have just released the Soda Club Lime Organic Vodka Soda. Image courtesy of Molly’s Spirits.

What’s worth knowing this week in Denver July 12 – 18, 2019?  Where to go to keep cool, watching outdoor movies in bed, and two adults-only nights for the Children’s Museum’s new Adventure Forest. Plus, a few more things to know… 

It’s a hot one in Denver today. And all week long actually. I confess, I’ve been hiding out indoors a bit more than I feel good admitting. And I’ve given my kids carte blanche with the garden hose, so if you happen to walk by our house, my apologies. Here’s a few more (and probably better) ways to keep cool this week…

Denver’s best outdoor swimming pools.

11 spots to SUP an hour or less from Denver.

A guide to Denver’s outdoor pools, water parks and splash pads.

Colorado’s best lakes with campgrounds. (And 18 places to rent a boat.)

Little Man Ice Cream Factory is now open!

And Denver companies Molly’s Spirits and Rocky Mountain Soda have teamed up to create Soda Club Lime Organic Vodka Soda, which sounds like it may be the perfect way to end a hot day outside. You can grab a 6-pack from Molly’s now.

And a few more things to know this week in Denver…

Arvada’s Morning Story is now open in Denver.

A guide to Colorado food halls.

Denver’s best patios for dinner and drinks.

Hapa Sushi in Cherry Creek is relocating…but only by two blocks.

Did Hugh Jackman serve you a cup of coffee this week?

Campus Lounge closes. Again.

10 Denver spots for weekly free trivia nights.

High-flying dancers will perform off a Breck mountainside next month.

No need to feel sheepish about your Adventure Forest curiosity…the Children’s Museum’s fantastic new outdoor structure will be open to adults only for two nights this summer.

How Coloradans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

For four nights this August, you can watch movies in bed under the stars…with hundreds of others.

This Boulder lawyer can help you to understand the bias in certain news outlets.

LEGO “park people” lounge around downtown.

This Denver-based app could save furry friends from getting overheated in the car.

Uber Transit ticketing now available for all users.

A break-down of 10 Denver running clubs so you can find the perfect fit.

A free Broncos training camp for fans will take place July 27. (But you must sign up for tickets!)

5 can’t-miss waterfall hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Everything you need to know about climbing your first 14er.

5 Colorado fairs and rodeos to check out this summer.

And how Denver became one of the country’s most walkable cities.

A few fun weekend options…Colorado Black Arts Festival (City Park West), Colorado Irish Festival (Littleton), Urban Market (Skyline Park), Dining al Fresco (Larimer Square), and more things to do in Denver in July.

Enjoy the weekend!

P.S. Adelska Date Night can plan the perfect night out for you and your S.O. and plan the perfect hike-and-brew day

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Swingin’ Denver can get anyone to kick up their heels. All photos © Suzanne Brown 2019

In a date night rut? Adelska Date Night offers lively and personalized VIP dates in Denver for you and your partner.  

What did you do on your last date night?

Did you make your own pasta before savoring a four-course chef’s meal? Or channel your favorite sommelier at a blind wine-tasting? Or learn to swing dance?  

Or did you merely stare at each other blankly before giving up and putting on your pjs and heading for the couch. Only to find out there’s absolutely nothing new on Netflix and you just can’t watch Friends for the sixty-eighth time. 

Yeah. Me, too. 

That perfect, thrilling, romantic date can sometimes be as elusive as a unicorn riding a freaking rainbow. Especially, if you’re the one always planning it. 

That’s why I’m letting Adelska Date Night plan my next night out. 

Adelska Date Night will do all the planning, and let you take all the credit.

All you have to do is go online and give them your deets, including day, time, budget, and what kind of date you want — adventurous, outdoorsy, foodie, unique, trendy, pampering, romantic, etc. And get this! They don’t ask how old you ARE. They ask how old you FEEL! Perfect for anyone like me who never acts her age.

Sarto’s Social Italian Eatery can teach you to make buona pasta.

Ready for that pasta-making class? They can arrange it. Want to learn glass-blowing, or plant your own matching, cutie-pie succulents? They got you. 

The sweet sisters at Madelyn Claire Floral offer gorgeous succulents and blooms for all occasions. 

Want to go oyster shucking, or take a distillery tour as you sip cocktails? Or want a sommelier to coach you through a blind wine tasting so you can learn to pair your wines like a pro? You’re golden. 

Test your wine skills at Bigsby’s Folly with a blind tasting for two.

Or have you always wanted to learn to swing dance with an internationally renowned, and very patient, instructor? Even if you have an “I-despise-dancing-more-than-crashing-my-bike” husband? Yep. it can happen. (AND they even found a move he would do!)

Every date Adelska plans, whether it’s a few hours, overnight, or a weekend adventure, is personalized for you and your partner. AND you are treated like VIPs wherever you go! Best table in the house. Yes, please!

Now that I’ve seen what Adelska offers, I can’t wait for them to plan my next date night! 

I may just find that unicorn, AND the rainbow. I’ll definitely let you know. 

Adelska Date Night is happy to curate a personalized date for you and your partner. They offer Premium Dates, Overnight Adventures, and Weekend Getaways. Prices start at $49/couple. 

Psst…explore Denver with a Delicious Denver Food Tour or cook together at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

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What’s worth knowing this week in Denver July 3 – 11, 2019?  All the area Independence Day fireworks and food celebrations, and cheap and free things to do in Denver. Plus, a few more things to know… 

With the holiday tomorrow, I figure today is basically Friday (I hope it is for you, too!), so here’s the weekly round-up.

Will you be watching fireworks this week? There’s no shortage of July 4th events in and around the Denver area this week, but heads up…some of them are tonight, including Independence Eve in Civic Center Park. If you’re feeling a little more traditional, try 4thFest and a Colorado Rapids game or Truck Stop: A Food Rally at Stanley Marketplace or the Elitch Gardens Independence Day Fireworks celebration tomorrow. Where to find patriotic treats around town and more places to eat and drink for the holiday. And, here’s a rare Colorado way to celebrate…A-Basin will be open for 4th of July skiing.

It’s a short week, so it’s a short round-up, but here’s a few more things to know this week in Denver…

The Little Man Ice Cream Factory grand opening.

The best Colorado pilsners to cool off with this summer.

Where to eat sushi around town.

5 new Colorado spirits producers to know.

5280’s Top of the Town.

The comedy fest coming to Colfax next week.

10 things to do around Denver for $10 or less. (And more free things to do in Colorado.)

A pop-up “smash” mini golf coming to Denver for one day this fall.

CPR revamps OpenAir as a new indie music station.

10 best comedy events in Denver this month.

DIA seeks photographers for Colorado-themed exhibition.

Where to go glamping in Colorado.

Tube to Work Day rescheduled for July 19.

The Colorado railroad tracks that you can now bike.

Biking and wine-tasting on the western slope. (And hiking trail and drinking beer closer to home.)

A few more fun weekend options…Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Cherry Creek North), Rocky Mountain Gay Rodeo (Jefferson County Fairgrounds), and Central City Opera Festival (Central City), Plus, more things to do in July.

Enjoy the holiday week!

P.S. Super excited for the Cast & Sip event at Denver Botanic Gardens next Thursday (July 11), where we’ll get the chance to try our hands at fly-fishing and sample wines from Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars. Get the details and your tickets now!

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Westbound & Down in Idaho Springs pours colorful brews! ©Suzanne Brown 2019

Idaho Springs has Mount Evans, sparkling lakes, heart-pounding hiking, and the sleek Westbound & Down for your fuel and brew. Join Suzanne for the third installment in our summer Colorado Hike and a Brew series. 

It’s time for Hike and a Brew in… 

IDAHO SPRINGS

Stunning views at Echo Lake near Mount Evans. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

HIKE: Echo Lake and Chicago Lakes

The drive up to Echo Lake from Idaho Springs is winding fun, full of spectacular mountain views, babbling creeks, thick pines, and the summer-loving creatures known as Colorado road cyclists. When you reach the shimmering lake, jaw-dropping, white-peaked views of Mount Evans and Mount Rosalie greet you.

Below are two options for hikes that begin at the Echo Lake parking area: a short one around Echo Lake and a longer one to Chicago Lakes. The altitude here is 10,600 feet, so bring layers because it’s usually 20-30 degrees cooler than Denver. Try to go early in the summer because storms usually hit before noon, and this park draws a crowd. Fishing allowed. Picnic tables available. Dogs must be leashed. 

Echo Lake offers picnicking, fishing, hiking, and views that make your heart happy. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

(1) ECHO LAKE TRAIL (1.3 miles RT): Easy, out-and-back around Echo Lake

Park at Echo Lake. If coming from Idaho Springs, turn right before the lake and continue down a dirt road to a larger parking area with restrooms.
Follow the trail to the lake, and go right at the lake.
Go left at the trail split (right takes you to the Chicago Lakes Trail), and continue through the lovely pines.
When you reach Echo Lake Lodge (restaurant and gift shop), turn around and return the way you came. 

This sign for Chicago Lakes is about half-mile from the Echo Lake parking area. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

(2) CHICAGO LAKES TRAIL (8.5 miles for lower lake; up to 10 miles for upper lake):  Heart-pumping with alpine flowers, lakes, waterfalls, meadows, mountain views

Park at Echo Lake. If coming from Idaho Springs, turn right before the lake and continue down a dirt road to a larger parking area with restrooms.
Follow the trail to the lake, and go right at the lake.
Go right at the trail split towards the Chicago Lakes Trail.
You will hike down an incline, and the trail will turn into the Idaho Springs Reservoir Road before returning to a normal trail.
Continue to climb towards Upper Chicago Lake. You will reach the lake at approx. 4.25 miles. Return the way you came for an 8.5 mile RT.
OR continue for another 0.6 miles to Upper Chicago Lake. Return the way you came for an approx. 9.8 mile RT.  

Westbound & Down Brewing Company has dog hitchin’ posts for your furry friends. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

QUENCH YOUR THIRST:  Westbound & Down Brewing Company

Among the mountain eats and shops in Idaho Springs, you’ll find sleek Westbound & Down brewery and restaurant. Their beer is brewed in stainless steel with water that’s 100% Clear Creek County snowmelt filtered on site. The vibe is rustic and modern, with family style tables, an open bar, and indoor/outdoor seating on two sides where they roll up the garage doors to let in that fresh Colorado air. 

The open bar at Westbound & Down. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

The bar serves a variety of beers — IPAs, porters, Hefeweizen, Mexican lager, Belgians, pilsners, stout, and fruited Berliner Weisse — basically a juice box for adults, as well as wine and specialty cocktails. You can also take your favorite beer home in a 64-ounce growler or 32-ounce crowler cans. 

Beers out back overlooking Bridal Veil Falls and the water wheel. © Alexa Brown 2019

I try a sampler of citrusy Don’t Hassle the HEF, tropical Double IPA, malty Angry Dan Brown Ale, and sweetly-sour Blackberry Sage Saison. The traffic stands still on I-70, and I grin because I know the secret. The Idaho Springs exit. A magical place where I can sip my brew, grab a bite, and gaze at Bridal Veil Falls. No exhaust necessary.

Spring Salad with watermelon radishes. Burger and fries always lurking. ©Suzanne Brown 2019

Be sure and check out their full restaurant menu with specialities like Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Beef Burger with coffee bacon jam (YES, this is divine!), Weinertako (brat & kraut), Falafel sandwich, Chicken & Waffle, and a Fried Green Tomato BLT, as well as house-made green chili, sandwiches, salads, and a kids menu.

Tired from that I-70 traffic? No worries! The menu will tell you what beer goes best with your grub so you can just relax and enjoy!

Now all you have to do is find that magical exit: Idaho Springs…

Westbound & Down (1617 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, Colorado) is open daily 11 AM – 10 PM.

Did you miss our past Hike and a Brew posts? Tag along with Suzanne and her pups as she hikes and brews in Evergreen as well as her recent visit to Golden.

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The 2nd Annual Cast & Sip at Denver Botanic Gardens on July 11 promises an evening of fun whether you’re a novice angler or a fishing novice. Image courtesy of Cast & Sip.

Taste your way through Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars wines and try your hand at casting a fly at the upcoming Cast & Sip at Denver Botanic Gardens on July 11. All proceeds benefit Trout Unlimited.

I love Colorado’s outdoors lifestyle. But, by no means am I a hardcore outdoorswoman. I’d say I fall somewhere about halfway between that and the person who thinks being outdoorsy means drinking on patios. I love hiking and camping, but the outdoor sports that require a little more skill, like say fly-fishing, although intriguing, can also feel a bit intimidating to someone like me. But tell me you’re going to put a fishing rod in one of my hands and a glass of wine in the other, and now you’re talking!

The upcoming 2nd Annual Cast & Sip with Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars at Denver Botanic Gardens was made for people like me. Those who maybe want to figuratively dip their toe in the stream, but appreciate the comfort of a controlled setting. And guidance. And a glass of wine or two. (Okay…so maybe I lean a tad closer to the drinking-on-patios level of outdoorsy-ness.)

Of course, that’s not to say that serious anglers won’t enjoy it, too. In fact, it’s a fantastic opportunity to test out some of the latest fly rods from top manufacturers.

Here’s the scoop…on Thursday, July 11, Dennis Cakebread (chairman of Cakebread Cellars and founder of Mullan Road Cellars) is teaming up with non-profit organization, Trout Unlimited, and Tucker Ladd from Denver’s own Trout’s Fly Fishing shop to host a fun evening of wine, hors d’eourves, and fly-fishing all in the name of conservation.

We’ll get the chance to sample Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir as well as Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend all while enjoying the beauty of the botanic gardens and channeling our inner fisher.

But, the best part is that it’s for a worthy cause. All proceeds benefit Trout Unlimited whose mission is to protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain our coldwater resources. (See what they’ve been up to in Colorado here.)

The Details:

2nd Annual Cast & Sip with Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars
Thursday, July 11, 5-7:30pm
Denver Botanic Gardens (909 York Street)
$50/person

See you there? I’ll be the one looking somewhat awkward with my fly rod, but very comfortable with my glass of wine!

This post is sponsored by Cakebread Cellars and Mullan Road Cellars in partnership with Trout’s Fly Fishing to benefit the nonprofit organization Trout Unlimited. Thank you for supporting the events and brands that support Denver Dweller! 

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Friday Night Bazaar kicks off at 5pm tonight. Image courtesy of Denver Bazaar.

What’s worth knowing this week in Denver June 28 – July 4, 2019?  Denver’s newest BBQ joint that you need to get to early, goats at libraries, and all the fireworks displays around the metro area. Plus, a few more things to know… 

What are you up to tonight? If you’re heading downtown you should check out the Friday Night Bazaar (Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse) in RiNo. Cold drinks and shopping local vendors on a warm summer evening sounds like a fun way to end a VERY hot day. Here’s a few more things to know this week in Denver…

Slow Food Nations Festival is coming this month. But, the movement is about so much more than a weekend. And Airbnb is partnering with Slow Food to create six custom culinary experiences.

Zeppelin Station gets a deli.

A new street food concept is coming to Avanti F & B.

Pink lemonade pie, dirty horchata, and more seasonal ice cream flavors you need to sample around the city this summer.

Finally open…the new Post Oak Denver barbecue joint on Tennyson. (But, you gotta get there early in the day because they’ve been selling out!)

Where to find the best Chinese food in Denver.

It almost seems an oxymoron but…Denver’s best vegan wings.

Changes at The Source’s Acorn.

You can book an Ultreia chef to cater a paella party in your house.

We’re smack dab in the middle of Negroni Week…here’s where to find the best ones in Denver. (Doesn’t that sound sooo good right now?)

You can now drink full-strength alcohol in Denver parks…but here’s what you gotta know.

5 beer adventures you can have in Colorado. (And don’t miss our bi-weekly summer series, Hike and a Brew!)

What is forest bathing and why is everyone talking about it?

Sustainable sunglasses made in Boulder.

These Colorado bike shops are making it easier for families to go biking.

Starting this weekend, Westminster gets an Alamo Drafthouse.

NPR goes behind the scenes at the MCA.

Denver Zine Fest is over…here’s what you missed.

Which Colorado city was just declared the number one small town in the country?

Unusual Colorado hotels to stay in this summer.

Where to watch outdoor movies in Denver this summer.

And a summer tradition of goats and libraries…found out which of the latter will host the former.

A few more fun weekend options Final Friday (RiNo) and Westword Music Showcase (Golden Triangle). And, a few ways to feel patriotic in the city this week… Independence Eve (Civic Center Park), 4thFest and Colorado Rapids, (Dick’s Sporting Goods), Park Hill 4th of July Parade (Park Hill), Independence Day Fireworks (Elitch Gardens), and where else to see fireworks around the metro area this July 3 and 4. Plus, more things to do in July.

Enjoy the weekend!

P.S. A peek at the new Pistol Whip’s mouth-watering menu and where to find gourmet ice pops in hundreds of flavors. (But, don’t call them popsicles!) 

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Image courtesy of Cherry Creek Arts Festival, copyright Liz Levy 2018.

Get your fill of art, culture, music, shopping, and sooo many foodie events this July. Start off the month right by heading to the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a Denver tradition. Plus, 4th of July celebrations, Slow Food Nations, Denver County Fair, and more fun things to do in Denver in July 2019…

Through October 12: Skyline Beer Garden, Skyline Park

July 2: Free Day,* Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

July 2: Free Night,* Museum of Nature and Science

July 2: Free Night,* Children’s Museum of Denver

July 3: Independence Eve,* Civic Center Park

July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31: Cherry Creek Fresh Farmers’ Market, Cherry Creek Mall

July 4: 4thFest and Colorado Rapids (with fireworks),* Dick’s Sporting Goods

July 4: Truck Stop: A Food Rally, Stanley Marketplace

July 4: Independence Day Fireworks,* Elitch Gardens

July 4: Park Hill 4th of July Parade,* Park Hill

July 4: 4th of July BBQ, Seedstock Brewery

July 4: Park Hill Farm & Flea, Park Hill

July 5:  First Friday Art Walks*: Santa Fe Art District, Tennyson Street Culture Walk, and RiNo Art District

July 5: Friday Night Bazaar, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (RiNo)

July 5 – 7: Cherry Creek Arts Festival,* Cherry Creek North

July 5 – 7: Rocky Mountain Gay Rodeo,* Jefferson County Fairgrounds

July 6: Free Day,* Denver Art Museum

July 6, 13, 20, 27: RiNo Fresh Farmers’ Market, Boxyard Park

July 6 – August 6: Central City Opera Festival, Central City

July 6, 13, 20, 27: Union Station Farmers Market, Union Station

July 7: City Park Jazz: Invisible Bird,* City Park

July 7: World Soccer Celebration 5K, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

July 7: Colorado Music Festival: Peter Wolf family concert and kid activities,* Chatauqua Park

July 7, 14, 21, 28: City Park Espanade Fresh Market, City Park

July 7, 14, 21, 28: Golden Triangle Farmers Market, 11th Avenue Hostel

July 7, 14, 21, 28: RiNo Farmers Market, EXDO Event Center

July 7, 14, 21, 28: Stapleton Fresh Market, Stapleton Founders Green

July 9: Hot! Hot! Hot!: Sizzling Food, Film & Fun Fundraiser, Avalon Ballroom

July 9 – 11: Civic Center Eats,* Civic Center Park

July 10: Free Day,* Denver Botanic Gardens (York)

July 10: DMNS Sci-Fi Film Series: Contact, Phipps Theater

June 10 – 12: Denver International Wine Festival, Omni Interlocken Resort & Spa (Broomfield)

July 11: 2nd Annual Cast & Sip with Cakebread Cellars, Denver Botanic Gardens (benefits Trout Unlimited)

July 11: Park Hill Farm & Flea, Park Hill

July 11: Spoons and Tunes,* Park Meadows

July 12: Friday Night Bazaar, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (RiNo)

July 12: Bastille Day Soiree Francaise Rooftop Cocktail Party, Carla Madison Rec Center

July 12 – 14: Colorado Black Arts Festival,* City Park West

July 12 – 14: Colorado Irish Festival,* Clement Park (Littleton)

July 13: Urban Market,* Skyline Park

July 13: Dining al Fresco, Larimer Square

July 13: Drums Along the Rockies,* Broncos Stadium at Mile High

July 14: City Park Jazz: Conjunto Colores,* City Park

July 16 – 18: Civic Center Eats,* Civic Center Park

July 17: DMNS Sci-Fi Film Series: Donnie Darko, Sie Film Center

July 18: Park Hill Farm & Flea, Park Hill

July 18: Urban Market,* Skyline Park

July 18 – 21: 49th Annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale, Cherry Creek North

July 18: DMNS Science Lounge: Moon Mayhem (21 and up), Museum of Nature and Science

July 18: Spoons and Tunes,* Park Meadows

July 19: Friday Night Bazaar, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (RiNo)

July 19: Denver County Fair: Whiskey, Wine & Wieners, National Western Complex

July 19 – 21: Slow Food Nations,* Larimer Square

July 19 – 21: Mile High Global Bazaar,* Skyline Park

July 19 – 21: Denver County Fair,* National Western Complex

July 19 – 21: Pearl Street Arts Fest, Boulder

July 20: Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days* (349  E. 47th Avenue)

July 20: Denver County Fair: Beer Fest, National Western Complex

July 20: Lavender Festival,* Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

July 20: A Paris Street Market, Park Meadows

July 20: Blues & BBQ Festival* (Edgewater)

July 21: Free Concert: Aterciopelados with Pink Hawks,* Levitt Pavilion

July 21: Donor Dash 5k Run/Walk,* Wash Park

July 21: City Park Jazz: Brass Band Extravaganza,* City Park

July 23 – 25: Civic Center Eats,* Civic Center Park

July 24: DMNS Sci-Fi Film Series: Get Out, Ricketson Auditorium

July 24: Local Tastes, Clyfford Still Museum

July 25: Park Hill Farm & Flea, Park Hill

July 25: Spoons and Tunes,* Park Meadows

July 26: Friday Night Bazaar, Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse (RiNo)

July 26 – 28: Indigenous Pop X, McNichols Civic Center Building

July 26 – 28: Underground Music Showcase, South Broadway

July 27: Summer Brew Fest, Mile High Station

July 27-28: Urban Market,* Skyline Park

July 27 – 28: Cheesman Park Art Fest,* Cheesman Park

July 27 – 28: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival,* Sloan’s Lake

July 27 – 28: Kids’ Obstacle Challenge,* Apex Center (Arvada)

July 28: City Park Jazz: Freddy Rodriguez & the Jazz Connection: ,* City Park

July 28: Denver Milk Market bRUNch Club, Denver Milk Market

July 30 – 31 and August 1: Civic Center Eats,* Civic Center Park

July 31: DMNS Sci-Fi Film Series: Jurassic Park, Phipps Theater

Happy July!

*kid-friendly event

P.S. Make your own fun this July…check out our summer series, Hike and a Brew, to combine Colorado’s two favorite pastimes!

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Owner John Slaughter is as warm as he is funny. Pictured with Eggplant Beignets. All images copyright 2019 Suzanne Brown.

New American eatery Pistol Whip in Denver brings sublime food and a sense of community to the Santa Fe Arts District.

Down in the booming Santa Fe Arts District, Tribe Tattoo owner John Slaughter and his wife, Holly, transformed an old tire shop into the cutting-edge New American bistro Pistol Whip.

“We wanted to add to the community in a good, positive way,” John says. “So why not bring amazing food?”

And with the help of former Panzano chef, Nic Lebas, they are!

Holly and John are cheerful, gracious, warmhearted, and feel like my new BFFs.

I walk into the open, airy space and immediately feel like I’m at my hip friends’ cozy yet edgy house for dinner. Exposed high ceilings, garage doors that open onto the sunny patio, cobalt blue velvet chairs lining the bar. This is a perfect place to catch up with friends.

Tall ceilings and bright windows in Pistol Whip’s dining room.

I order The Santa Fe tribe — tequila, hibiscus-passion, peppers, and strawberry. It’s tart with the perfect bite. My friend orders a Mary Cassatt — rosemary infused vodka with cucumber, lime, and prosecco. She says it tastes like sunshine on a beach. There’s also a large wine list with 20 bottles by the glass, as well as other cocktails and a “create your own martini.”

The refreshing Mary Cassatt and Santa Fe Tribe cocktails.

We start with Lebas’ great-grandma’s Meatballs made with wild boar and served on creamy polenta. Lean and tasty, and big enough for a meal!

Meatballs on creamy polenta.

Next is shrimp served with jalapeño cheddar grits. Worthy of a true Southerner. I promise.

Shrimp and Grits.

This refreshing Green Apple Salad topped with crushed pistachios, house Tasso ham, and the creamiest blue cheese is my new love. The orange vinaigrette is a perfect match.

Green Apple Salad. This one is mine, sorry.

Chateaubriand. I can’t even. So deliciously perfect. My mouth is watering thinking about it. Order this. And call me. I’ll be there in five.

Best Chateaubriand this meat-eating gal has ever tasted!

And then two gorgeous desserts. A Citrus Baba Savarin. Decadent “donuts” soaked in rum and topped with coconut chantilly cream and berries.

Citrus Baba Savarin.

And a Dark Chocolate Cake with chocolate sea salt bark and amazing brown butter ice cream. I want a scoop Every Single Day.

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