All’s Fair

For this year’s Night Fair Before Christmas, fun expert Kalina Ross decided she would go so big that she would need two parties: a shindig for the little ones and another celebration for the grownups. During the day, this part market, part party will be a wonderland for kids, with a hot chocolate bar, a strawberry shortcake tower, a magician and a glitter tattooist. And at the center of the family-friendly fun will be live music from many artists, including Black Lash and the Sassprilla String Band. Emcee and poet Bianca Mikahn will wander through the crowd spreading cheer as the human embodiment of the Christmas spirit.

“I love all the markets, but I always see that there never really is a place for the children to be,” says Ross, who started the Night Fair with friend and co-organizer Phaedra High three years ago. “I really like to include kids so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.”

But once the children have had their fun, the party will turn into an adults-only throwdown with music from Felix Fast4Ward, Venus Cruz and more. Grownup guests will get to enjoy a free dab bar, fondue and a s’mores bar while perusing crafts and goods from local merchants.

The Night Fair Before Christmas is at the Watering Bowl, 5411 Leetsdale Drive. The family portion of the celebration runs from 1 to 7 p.m., and tickets are just $5. Doors open for the evening festivities at 9 p.m., and the action continues until 3 a.m. Tickets are $10. For a full list of musical acts and more information on participating vendors, visit the Night Fair’s Facebook page
Sat., Dec. 20, 1-7 & 9 p.m.-3 a.m., 2014

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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