The Taste of Colorado has been slinging food in Civic Center Park in some form or another since 1984, when the main event was called the Festival of Mountain and Plain -- resurrected from a festival of the same name in the late 1800s. Festival activities begin today at 11:30 a.m. and run through Lab ... More >>
News flash: Plenty of people in Colorado regularly engage in outdoor recreational activities after using marijuana. But the notion of a so-called "Hash Hike," slated to take place on (we're pretty sure) Saturday morning on a nearby 14er, has resulted in online vibe-harshing between the Reddit users ... More >>
The first summer edition of Denver Restaurant Week is in full swing, so there's plenty of great food to enjoy around town this week before you plunge into the eating orgy of Labor Day Weekend. Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary menu -- including the start of the Taste of Color ... More >>
A Colorado summer can be short, which is why those in the know hit the road early and often, from Memorial Day to Labor Day -- and even later if they can. There are plenty of campgrounds, RV sites, motels, condos and luxury resorts to choose from, but it's hard to top the character or quirkyness of ... More >>
Last week, we told you about new rules for Washington Park set to go into effect on Memorial Day weekend -- an apparent response to Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt's unsuccessful effort to ban alcohol at the park due to what he described as "belligerent, drunken behavior." Mere days later, the ... More >>
Labor Day weekend is one of the biggest drunk-driving holidays on the calendar. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 1,342 people were arrested over a nineteen-day stretch between August 16 and September 3 of 2013 for suspected driving under the influence. One of them was Rebecca ... More >>
It was one of the most sadly ironic events of the year: On Labor Day weekend -- when the heat was on to catch drunk drivers -- cannabis activist Jenny Kush was killed by one of those drink drivers, as related in our September cover story, "The life and tragic death of Jenny Kush." Now her death ha ... More >>
The free Labor Day fun is over, but you can still fill your week with aliens, art and poetry -- all without emptying your wallet. If you know of more worthy free events, post information on them in the comments section below, and visit the online Westword calendar for a comprehensive look at what's ... More >>
Labor Day weekend is full of culinary jubilations, including the Taste of Colorado. But if you want to get the hell out of town -- and away from the oppressive heat -- head to Vail, the site of Gourmet on Gore, an outdoor culinary and libations festival that kicks off on August 30 and runs through S ... More >>
The thirtieth annual A Taste of Colorado runs from Friday, August 23 through Labor Day. The four-day, free festival features food (well, you have to pay for that), music, and more. Festivities will be held at Civic Center Park and will showcase eats from over fifty local restaurants; visit the websi ... More >>
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is the latest brewery-in-planning to try crowdfunding as a way to raise money for equipment or other needs. Several other breweries in Colorado have tried to do the same thing over the past few years with limited success. The brewery, which has already signed a lease a ... More >>
Editor's note: Election day is near, and if you haven't voted early, you have decisions ahead of you, not the least of which is whether to vote at all, as Josiah Hesse postulates in "Your vote doesn't matter: Why there are better things to do on election day." Hesse's colleague, Chris Utterback, tak ... More >>
Young Cherry Creek restaurant Phat Thai offered a strong start to Labor Day weekend. Upper-body strong, that is. Organizers channeled muscle and mettle with a female arm-wrestling competition that featured members of the Denver Derby Dolls and the public pushing up their sleeves and pitching in to r ... More >>
Since etiquette of yore prohibits the wearing of white after Labor Day, be sure to wear all of your white attire on this three-day weekend. And there will be plenty of places to display your duds, from food-truck pool parties to tiny art shows, vintage auto exhibits to free film screenings. The best ... More >>
Striking out is a lot less painful when you have a green chile breakfast burrito and bloody Mary by your side. At least, that's the thinking behind the "Breakfast-n-Bowl" special at Crown Lanes Bowling Center and Sports Bar, a good option for those still laboring to find Labor Day fun.
In 1962, husband and wife Frank and Barbara Finn purchased the old Bluebird Lodge and its dining hall, nestled in the mining town of Gold Hill (ten miles west of Boulder, up Sunshine Canyon). The couple turned the almost-century-old spot -- now known collectively as the Gold Hill Inn -- into a gourm ... More >>
Michael Atkinson's thoughtful review of In Darkness brought up tough, but important, memories.
Apart from rosé, is there any wine more universally misunderstood and underappreciated than riesling? There simply aren't enough column inches allotted us to spout off the multitude of reasons this varietal is one of only three whites worthy of being classified as a "noble" grape, but its ye ... More >>
Don't be ashamed of your mimosa intake.Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it's time to really buckle in and start preparing for the big family holidays. Or, it's just time to leave on the cheap for a little while because you blew all your cash this summer on mid-afternoon mimosas in the su ... More >>
Vegetarian fare plays an important role in Lebanese cuisine, and Golden's Ali Baba Grill is testament to the fact that you can get delicious (meat-free!) international cuisine as far west as the foothills. There doesn't seem to be a down-time for this eatery; when we stopped by on Labor Day ... More >>
Tupac gets into other people's pools, tooDenver's public pools have been closed for almost a month already, and if you don't wanna fork over the cash for one last hurrah at Water World, what do you do? Baby pools in the yard suck, and chances are, if you have your own actual pool in your yard ... More >>
Flickr. Update below: Today -- gloriously breezy today! -- Denver Public Schools students will finally get a respite from the oppressive heat that has marked the end of August. And since most city schools don't have air-conditioning, many parents and school district officials have been left w ... More >>
What?!? But it's only August, right? Sure, it's August now, but school starts this week, and before you know it, it will be Labor Day weekend, and Sniagrab will kick off at Sports Authority. Then football will be here, along with a chill in the air as our tomato plants die. Halloween candy wi ... More >>
Mark your calendar: On Labor Day weekend, 8Ball & MJG, the legendary Tennessee 'hood rap aficionados, are set rock Casselmans on Sunday, September 4, with cast of locals that includes Fresh Breath Committee, Young Doe, Rockie, Hynpautic, King Teff and Johnny Rocket.
Get out your earplugs! All summer long, Elitch Gardens has been ending every night with a fireworks show -- although the amusement park modified the display, muting the "high-percussive" explosions when some neighbors complained about the noise. But tonight, as part of a competition, the park ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, Phish is closing out its tour at Dick's on Labor Day weekend, Roger Daltrey is performing the Who's Tommy at 1STBANK in October, Return to Forever is returning the Paramount and Sugarland is stopping by Comfort Dental with Sara B ... More >>
Wynton MarsalisJazz Aspen Snowmass, which has been going strong for the last two decades, announced the line-up for its twenty-first season. The June Festival's headliners include Sheryl Crow (June 25) and Jennifer Hudson (June 26). Raul Midon, Richard Bona and Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingst ... More >>
Full-sized photos below.While most of us relaxed and had fun on Labor Day, approximately sixty people affiliated with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Comite en Defensa del Pueblo protested immigration policy at Aurora's GEO Detention Center, as they've done si ... More >>
Labor Day weekend offered us plenty of opportunities to say goodbye to summer by gorging on what our state's restaurants do best. And to celebrate, we headed to Gourmet on the Gore, a two-day food festival in Vail that offered tastes from several local restaurants, paired with cold beers and ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Noble Swine Supper ClubInfinite Monkey Theorem roséNow that Memorial Day has come and gone, some people might say that summer has officially started. Others might insist that It's now officially, unrepentantly, rosé drinking season. A few weeks ago I threw down the 201 ... More >>
Have a lost weekend at the Chatfield Corn Maze.
Discover the other Colorado.
Doesn't this get you into the yuletide spirit? Visited a Highlands Ranch-area Hobby Lobby on Saturday and was stunned -- and yet not stunned -- to see the store's entire lobby stuffed with Christmas trees. Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Then ... More >>
Its last call for the Our Journey self-guided tour.
Cheyenne hosts the Americana Music Festival.
The Masters are on the move. Mel’s in Greenwood Village (at 5970 South Holly Street) had a couple of parties (one for friends, and then a knock-down, drag-out staff bash) over the weekend, and is closing today for remodeling. The hostess I talked to last night said that the staff had been told to ... More >>
Blake Mooney was recently laid off from his job at NewMediaCompany.com and has somehow found some time to give a glimpse into the week in the life of a man on the dole. This is his story. Monday Tuesday: It shouldn’t be this easy. Before I started collecting unemployment, I was under the impressi ... More >>
Celebrate motherhood all Labor Day weekend.
Aspen hosts the mother of all volleyball tournaments.
Caribbean Cuisine Plus is a plus for Denver's dining scene.