Street Dreams

Colfax Avenue is a street of many personalities. The longest continuous road in the U.S. has a checkered and colorful history, one that is often misunderstood. Today’s Tasty Colfax aims to clear up those misconceptions and brighten perceptions, with an event that shows off just how diverse and delicious the street can be.

Focusing on the area around the Bluebird Theater, this part pub crawl, part block party has encouraged shops and restaurants along East Colfax Avenue from York Street to Colorado Boulevard to bring their business out to the sidewalk. A ticket to the shindig gets visitors tastings from sixteen eateries, including Tommy’s Thai, Bastien’s, Fat Sully’s and more, plus a chance to peruse local wares while enjoying live music and street art.

“The vision of Tasty Colfax is to bring awareness to the community of these unique retail businesses. This strip of Colfax has a lot of mom-and-pop shops, Colorado start-ups and restaurants that are unique to the area,” says spokeswoman Kate Stephenson.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m.; two outdoor stages will host music from artists like Orange Peel Moses, Dead End Drivers and the Wild Riders while mural painters and chalk artists decorate the blocks where businesses will be strutting their stuff. An after-party will follow at Park House, 1515 Madison Street, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets to Tasty Colfax are $25 to $30; get yours, along with more information and a list of participating businesses, at tastycolfax.com.
Tue., July 29, 5:30-8:30 p.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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