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  • Ready, Set, Toke: Bong-A-Thon Returns to Colorado
    July 26 at 11:31 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    One of Colorado's longest standing cannabis competitions returned on July 24, and it didn't disappoint. Held for over forty years in secret locations across the state, the Bong-A-Thon's weed-smoking races highlight the toughest lungs across the…

  • La Alma Lincoln Park Could Be Denver's Next Historic Cultural District
    July 14 at 5:58 a.m. by Evan Semon

    La Alma Lincoln Park (LALP) is not only one of Denver’s oldest residential neighborhoods, with a rare concentration of homes built before 1890, it was also at the heart of Denver’s Chicano movement in the 1960s and 1970s. On August 2, Denver City…

  • MLB's Play Ball Park Is a Hit at Colorado Convention Center
    July 12 at 5:48 a.m. by Evan Semon

    Major League Baseball’s Play Ball Park has filled the Colorado Convention Center with family fun; it's open through July 13, when the All-Star Game will be at Coors Field.

  • What a Card! Mickey Mantle Now Safe in Hall of Legends
    July 11 at 7:42 a.m. by Evan Semon

    A mint-condition 1952 Topps baseball card devoted to New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle is now on display at the Hall of Legends at the Rally Hotel. On July 10, the card — estimated to be worth $10 million — was escorted to McGregor Square…

  • Get in the Game at Play Ball Park!
    July 8 at 4:01 p.m. by Evan Semon

    It's a hit! In the wind-up to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the MLB is letting everyone take a swing at Play Ball Park, a free fan experience at the Colorado Convention Center that will be open through July 13.

  • A View to the Future: City Fixing Up Inspiration Point Park
    July 2 at 6:16 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Inspiration Point Park is getting an upgrade, thanks to the Elevate Denver bond project; the plan calls for restoring a portion of the historic wall, improvements to the park overlook, installation of a new playground set and new picnic site with…

  • The Beautiful People of Pride 2021
    June 27 at 8:41 a.m. by Miles Chrisinger

    After a virtual 2020 Pride, the annual celebration of the LGBTQ community returned on Saturday, June 26. Instead of the usual parade and Civic Center Park gathering, hubs and parties popped up citywide, and the community rallied through bad…

  • Marijuana Mansion Welcomes Back Denver's Cannabis Scene
    June 25 at 8:03 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Denver's cannabis event scene was finally in full swing at the Marijuana Mansion, a 132-year-old mansion in Capitol Hill turned into a pot party house. Renovated to include different themed rooms that pay homage to cannabis and the home's haunted…

  • Cookies Opens Second Colorado Dispensary in Commerce City
    June 21 at 7:57 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Cookies, one of legal marijuana's most popular brands, debuted a second outpost in Colorado over the weekend during the grand opening of its Commerce City dispensary at 5385 Quebec Street on Saturday, June 19. Former Denver Broncos running back and…

  • Juneteenth Festival 2021 on Welton Street
    June 20 at 12:32 p.m. by Kenneth Hamblin III

    Thousands of people turned out on June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth, a new federal holiday and a date long marked by festivities in Five Points, Denver's historic Black neighborhood, and rain didn't put a damper on the celebration. The bash continues…

  • Inside Casa Bonita, Now Open for Tours (If Not Dining)
    June 20 at 10:27 a.m. by Evan Semon

    In March 2020, Colorado's most iconic pop-culture palace was shuttered. But suddenly this month, the doors to Casa Bonita were unlocked, and people were welcomed inside the pink marvel at 6715 West Colfax Avenue — not to eat, but to take a free…

  • Five Points Mural Gallery Unveiled in Time for Juneteenth
    June 17 at 8:28 a.m. by Evan Semon

    On June 16, Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled the Five Points Mural Gallery, a partnership between the Downtown Denver Partnership Welton Street Renaissance Project and the Black Love Mural Festival. Local curator Robert Gray pulled together a group…

  • Grateful Dead Fans Reunite as Bob Weir Brings Inspiration to Red Rocks
    June 9 at 12:45 p.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Bob Weir & Wolf Bros played to a jam-packed Red Rocks crowd that was decked out in Grateful Dead paraphernalia, stoned, dancing and ecstatic on Tuesday, June 8 — the first of four Colorado performances from the Dead co-founder, singer and…

  • Anniversary of George Floyd's Death Marked by Vigil, Demands for Police Reform
    May 25 at 5:04 a.m. by Evan Semon

    After the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, demonstrations rocked Denver for five nights. A year later, a task force released a 112-step proposal to resolve Denver's criminal justice system, described at a…

  • Westword’s Feast To-Go Dished Up a True Movable Feast
    May 13 at 9 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Feast, Westword's annual celebration of the local food scene, pivoted during the pandemic and was transformed into Feast To-Go, a drive-through version at the Stanley Marketplace on May 13 that offered samples from more than ten of Denver's best…

  • How Bizarre! RiNo Bazaar Brings Life Back to the Street
    May 1 at 8:48 a.m. by Evan Semon

    After months of empty streets, the crowds at the RiNo Bazaar on April 30 made for an almost bizarre, otherworldly sight. There were few masks but many smiles at the festive gathering, which will run from 4 to 9 p.m. every Friday through the…

  • Super Fans Rally to Save Casa Bonita
    April 24 at 3:49 p.m. by Evan Semon

    Casa Bonita closed up tight in March 2020, and while the ownership group has promised to reopen the pink eatertainment palace this summer, it also recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. To show community support for bringing back…

  • Lotus Blossoms at the First Red Rocks Concert of 2021
    April 23 at 7:30 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Red Rocks came back to life for the venue's debut 2021 show — the first in Lotus's four-night stand. Fans bundled up fashionably and danced through the electronic jam band's instrumental music. With a 2,500-max capacity, the normally 9,500-seat…

  • The Colorado Rockies Are Back at Coors Field
    April 3 at 6:48 a.m. by Evan Semon

    Opening Day brought crowds back to lower downtown on April 1 — though not quite the crowds of years past, since capacity at Coors Field is now held to 21,000. The four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers continues with games on Saturday…

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Visited Denver March 16
    March 16 at 6:22 p.m. by Evan Semon

    If you were coming to Denver from Washington, D.C., wouldn't you visit Maria Empanada? That's where Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, stopped off for a small-business roundtable that marked the Biden administration’s…


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