Preview of April Events in Golden

April 1, 2019

Here’s a preview of some of the events in Golden this month. For the details, check the Calendar of Events.

Museum Exhibits:
American Mountaineering Museum – Gregory William Frux:  Mount Washington Observatory
Buffalo Bill Museum – The Buffalo Bill Story, From Adversary to Advocate, A Visit to the Wild West, Firearms, Kid’s Cowboy Corral
Colorado Railroad Museum – Got Style? Railroads & Interior Design, Ski Train: A Colorado Tradition, Images from the Tracks: Photographs of William Henry Jackson
Foothills Art Center – Members Show through April 21st | Otto Kuhler: Designing the Future opens April 19th
Geology Museum – Mineral from Colorado and Around the World, Radioactive Minerals, Meteorites, Fossil
Golden History Museum – 1968 Time Capsule, Epic Events, Legendary People, History Lab, The Salon, Touch Gallery
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – It Takes To to Tango: Collaborations Quilts through April 20th | Hawaiian Quilts opens April 22nd

Miners Alley Playhouse
Our Town
Miners Alley Children’s TheaterThree Billy Goats Gruff

Train Talks – “So You Want to Write a Railroad Book” at the RR Museum
Hexie Ladies at the Quilt Museum
Trailblazer’s Free Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
Trout Unlimited Meeting
Planning Commission Study Session
Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Lecture
SCRIPTprov at Miners Alley
Public Art Commission
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Archosaurs
What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature at the History Museum
MGD/PHO Multimedia Exhibition
City Council Study Session
Low-Key Applewood Moms
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Colorado Rails and Cocktails: Streetcar Suburbs at the Railroad Museum
Golden Kids Clothes Swap at Hillside Church
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
10th Annual Pi Mile Fun Run/Walk (3.14 miles) at the School of Mines
Train Rides at the Railroad museum
Coffee with Two Councilors
Jeffco Volunteer Fair at Foothills Animal Shelter
Opening Day – Three Billy Goats Gruff at Miners Alley Children’s Theater
Coffee with a Ranger at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Coyote Classic 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run for Shelton Elementary
MOMS Club of Golden, CO Meeting
Golden Safety Academy – Fire Safety & Prevention
GURA Board Meeting
Leonardo Da Vinci Lecture at Mines
Bell Middle School PTA
Golden High School PTA
Free Class – Taming Your Child’s Anxious Mind
Golden Beer Talks – Healthy Forests, Healthy Watersheds
Economic Development Commission Meeting
Colorado School of Mines – Adventure in the SerengetE-Days 2019
Auto-friendly Bicyclist Course at the Community Center
Game of Thrones Craft Night at the Library
Educational Event on Planning and Zoning in Golden
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Mammals
Golden Lunch Bunch – CSM Alumni
Marv Kay Day Celebration and Dedication
Teen DIY: Bubble Tea
Last Look With Hassan Najjar – Member’s Show at Foothills Art Center
E-Days at Mines
CMC Film Series: JEAN + The Crash Reel – Supporting LoveYourBrain
City Council Regular Meeting
E-Days at Mines
Rocky Mountain Storytelling – Story Seeds Conference and Concert
Art Book Club (ABC) at Foothills Art Center – The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Friday Tour – Railroad Post Office Cars
Western on Washington: A Saloon Stroll
E-Days at Mines
Courage Walk – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Drawing: Stickman to Illustration!
Pancake Breakfast at the Golden Gate Grange
Gathering of the Guilds at the Mountaineering Center
PEEPle’s Choice Awards
Artistry Through Applique Lecture at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
NREL Walking Campus Tour
Downtown Development Authority
Director’s Storytime and Craft
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
Tuesday Night Book Group at the Library – The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe
Utility Rate Citizen’s Committee
Parks, Recreation, and Museums Advisory Board
Town and Gown Book Club – The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman
Water-Wise Gardening Seminar: Plant Selection for a Water-Wise Landscape
Planning Commission Study Session
Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium at Mines, or GRADS
Cardboard Creations at the Library
Art on Tap – Bingo at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum – Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why
City Council Study Session
First Day of Passover (begins in the evening)
Rocky Mountain Quilt Study Group at the Quilt Museum
Friday Tour at the Railroad Museum
Mines’ Helluva Service Event
Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park
Bunny Express Train at the Railroad Museum
Eggmania/Easter Egg Hunt at the Golden Gate Grange
Gravity Blast Workshop at the Community Center
STEM Girls at the Library
Lecture at the History Museum: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America
Bicycle-friendly Driver Course at the Community Center
Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
Intro to Hiking Safety – Colorado Mountain Club
Sustainability Board
Land Stewardship Series – Intro to Wildlife Refuges
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Library for All – Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities
City Council Business Meeting
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Day Without Hate
Freaky Friday at the Library
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
Babysitting Course at the Community Center
Golden Goes Green at the Library
West Side Live! Presents Acoustic Eidolon
Dinosaur Ridge 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Big Read Station Eleven Book Discussion: Recycled Painting Workshop at the Library
Snakes Alive! Jefferson County’s Snakes at the Golden Library
Good News Breakfast

Back to School, TIF Agreements

August 20, 2018

Jefferson Symphony Concert in Parfet Park - Golden CO

Last night’s Jefferson Symphony concert in Parfet Park attracted an impressive crowd!  The Chamber reports that they had record crowds at the Golden Fine Arts Festival. Dave Powers took a few photos while checking out the art. See them on our Facebook page.

The Colorado School of Mines students begin classes todayJeffco Public School students began last week.

The Downtown Development Authority will gather an hour earlier than usual this evening–at 5:30, rather than 6:30–so they can take a walking tour of their downtown domain. Afterward, they will convene in City Council Chambers for their regularly-scheduled (and recorded) 6:30 meeting. Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro (715 Washington Avenue) is requesting a $500-700 grant to help pay for a one-way film window sign. They will vote on a sales taxed-based TIF agreement of up to $58,000 with the Buffalo Rose. Last year, the DDA approved a property tax-based TIF agreement of up to $250,000 with the Buffalo Rose. The DDA is working on a legal/financial agreement with the new owners of 1100 Washington (the former funeral parlor), but the details are not yet finalized.  To learn more about tonight’s DDA topics, review the meeting packet.

Tuesday Preview
The Downtown Merchants will meet tomorrow morning at 7:30 at Connects Workspace.  This is a monthly opportunity to exchange information about downtown events. All are welcome. Learn more….

The Chamber will host a Brown Bag Lunch & Learn tomorrow from 12:30-1:30. The topic is Solo-prenuer: Solutions for Common Problems of a “Solo-Proprietor’s” Experience, presented by Amira Watters and Lou Riverso with Jefferson County Business Resource Center. Learn more….

The Railroad Museum will hold their monthly craft and storytime tomorrow morning at 10AM.

Tomorrow night, the County is hosting an open host to discuss the Comprehensive Master Plan. If you have ideas or comments on development in Jefferson County, this is your chance to weigh in.

Buffalo Bill Days Events – Sunday Edition

July 29, 2018

Buffalo Bill Days - Golden Colorado

9-10:15AM Community Worship Service in Parfet Park
10AM-3PM Car Show on Washington Avenue
11AM -12:30PM Muttin Bustin’ in Lions Park
1PM The Duck Race – ducks are dropped in the Creek at Illinois Street and are fished out at Vanover Park, at Ford St.

Music in Parfet Park

11AM – 12PM – Dancing Girls
12:30 – 2:30PMDakota Blonde
3 – 5PMThe Long Run – Colorado’s Tribute to The Eagles

From the Golden Transcript’s archives:
The first Buffalo Bill Days was celebrated in 1946, which was the 100th anniversary of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s birth.  The celebration included a carnival with five rides and six concessions, a parade on Friday night, an airshow, a beauty show in front of the LaRay Hotel (now the Table Mountain Inn), a soap box derby, a tug-of-war featuring Mines fraternities at the Washington Avenue bridge, fireworks from Cemetery Hill (now Goldco Circle), and a buffalo barbecue in front of the Labor Temple (now the Buffalo Rose).  More than 30,000 people were expected to visit Buffalo Bill’s grave that weekend.

Ad for the 1st Buffalo Bill Days in Golden Colorado
Source: August 8, 1946 Colorado Transcript

The Golden Transcript (originally called the Colorado Transcript) has been publishing since 1866. The Golden History Museum has been working on digitizing the old issues, and they’re currently up to June of 1948. You’ll find old Transcripts online at  You can contribute to the cost of the digitizing project with a donation to the Golden History Museum.

Super Saturday

June 23, 2018

Golden History Museum Grand Opening - Golden Colorado

Lots going on today:

8AM-1PMGolden Farmers Market at 10th & Illinois

9AMYoga in the Park at Parfet Park

10AM – Grand Re-Opening of the Golden History Museum, with special guests, the Westernaires – learn more – Note: There will not be pony rides.  The ponies will be there, but just for petting and hugging–not riding.

2PMGolden History Roundtable featuring Paul Haseman: when Denver stole the capital from Golden! – Golden Library

5-8PM – Golden Weekends Downtown – carriage rides, music, and late hours in the stores – Learn more

7:30PMGhost Tour & Pub Crawl – meet at the Old Capitol Grill

8PM – Colorado Haunted History –Murder Mayhem Madness – meet at the Golden Visitors Center – Learn more

Tick Tock
Tonight (7:30) and tomorrow (2PM) are the final performances of District Merchants at Miners Alley Playhouse.

Sunday Preview:

Best-selling author Sandra Dallas will be at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum at 2PM, reading from and signing her new book, The Patchwork Bride.  Copies available in the museum’s gift shop.

Casey Brown will have Craft Beer with a Councilor at 3PM at Barb Warden’s house (map).

Way more than you have time to do

June 2, 2018

fly fishing in Golden Colorado

This is Free Fishing Weekend! Today and tomorrow, anglers of all ages can fish without a license anywhere in the state this weekend.  Grab your fishing pole and head down to the Creek!

Golden Farmers MarketThe Golden Farmers Market opens today. They’ll be in the parking lot at 10th and Illinois from 8AM-1PM, selling fresh produce, flowers, local products, and delicious cuisine.

The Golden Seed Savers will have a plant sale and seed swap at the Golden Community Garden (map) starting at 8AM, until they run out of plants.

Yoga in the Park kicks off this morning at 9AM in Parfet Park. Teachers from Golden Yoga & Healing Arts will lead a class for all skill levels and all ages.

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is open at the Jeffco Fairgrounds (map) from 9AM-5PM.

The Golden Super Cruise will be running tonight on South Golden Road, officially from 5-8:30PM, but you’ll see classic cars cruising around town all day.

Talk to the Government:
Congressman Ed Perlmutter will be at Natural Grocers (map) this morning from 10AM-noon. Government in the Grocery provides constituents with an easy and convenient way to meet one-on-one with Ed Perlmutter and his staff about issues, concerns, and needs.

Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves will be at Bean Fosters (map) from 10-11AM for Coffee with a Councilor. She’ll be available to talk to constituents about any questions or concerns they have regarding Golden.

MusiLive Music in Golden Coloradoc
GoldenGrass continues at New Terrain Brewing. Today’s line-up is 1PM – Hazel, 3PM – Good Time Travelers, 5PM – Black River Revue, and 7PM – Coral Creek.

Wrigley’s Chicago Bar & Grill features Willie & the Po Boys from 4-8PM.

Easter Events in Golden

March 30, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt - Golden Colorado

Easter is this Sunday, April 1st. There are several celebrations happening in town tomorrow (Saturday March 31st).

The Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt happens in Parfet Park. Bring your little one to the park ready to find some eggs, but be sure and get there early. The hunt starts right at 10AM sharp and doesn’t last long with so many little eyes looking for the brightly colored treasures! The hunt is free and open to ages 9 and under. It is hosted by the Kiwanis Club, Builders Club, Key Club, and Circle K.

The Golden Gate Grange is having Eggmania and an Easter Egg Hunt from 1-3PM. Bring hard boiled eggs for dyeing & decorating followed by an Easter egg hunt & visit from the Easter Bunny! Easter Baskets & dyeing materials will be provided. The Golden Gate Grange is located at 25201 Golden Gate Canyon Road just 4 miles west of Route 93 in Golden.

The Heritage Amusement Park (used to be called Heritage SQUARE Amusement Park) is open tomorrow and they will have two Easter Egg Hunts. The one for 2-6 year olds starts at noon, and the one for 7-12 year olds starts at one.

The Railroad Museum is running the Bunny Express Train from 10-4.


Chilly Nights and Chili Night

January 26, 2018

UllrGrass Music and Beer Festival - Golden Colorado

This is Family Day at UllrGrass. The show in Parfet Park will run from 3-8PM They will have an UllrEgg hunt, scavenger hunt, games, face painting, hula hooping, kids arts & crafts, and various food trucks! Don’t miss the interactive story of Ullr himself at 4:30 pm, narrated by Golden local Erinn Peet-Lukes and followed immediately with the Ullr Parade. Valhalla Happy Hour is from 3-4 pm: $3 ales and Screaming Viking Cocktails. See the website for ticket information.

The annual Golden Lions Club Chili Supper is tomorrow (Saturday Jan 27th) from 3-7PM at the Golden Masonic Lodge, 400 10th St (map). The chili is free, though donations are always appreciated. Beer from Golden City Brewery and Barrels and Bottles will be available for purchase. This is a fun event. You should go, and bring your friends and neighbors!

Preview of January Events in Golden

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!  For details on any of the following, see the Calendar of Events:

1 – Monday
Ring in the New Year Ramble
2 – Tuesday
English Paper Piecing at the Quilt Museum
Golden Fleece Fellowship at the Library
3 – Wednesday
Bonfils Blood Drive at the Library
TriceraTOTs at Dinosaur Ridge
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance
5 – Friday
Open Mic & Easel Night at Hillside Church
6 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves
Pediatric CPR/First Aid Class
West Side Live! Presents Takács Quartet
7 – Sunday
Family Fort Night at the Library
8 – Monday
FREE Open Climbing at the Mountaineering Center
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
9 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Golden Beer Talks – Rex Rideout, Music Historian
10 – Wednesday
Preschool Nature Nuts: Antlers and Horns
Jeffco Innovators’ Workshop – Why Has America Stopped Inventing
11 – Thursday
Let’s Dance for Toddlers at the Library
13 – Saturday
Babysitting Course
Interstellar Adventure Workshop
14 – Sunday
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Sunday at the Quilt Museum – Quilting Through the Stage Door
15 – Monday
NREL Walking Campus Tour
16 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: What IS a Dinosaur?
Storytime and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Miss Jane by Brad Watson
17 – Wednesday
Museum Selfie Day
Land Stewardship Series – Birding by Ear
Beacon Practice in Parfet Park
18 – Thursday
Wee Create – Paper Collage at the Library
Member Preview at Foothills Art Center
Lecture at the History Museum: Early Golden and the Quest for the Capital

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering - Golden Colorado
19 – Friday
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (19th-21st)
20 – Saturday
Coffee with Councilor Casey Brown
Wee DIY – Snow Globes at the Library
DIY Lab – ColderDojo
21 – Sunday
Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship
22 – Monday
STEM Girls at the Library
Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
23 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Sauropods
24 – Wednesday
Workshop Wednesday at the Library: Toy Hacks
What you need to know about college admissions and the SAT at the Library
25 – Thursday
E-Books on Your Kindle – Free downloadables from the library
Library for All – Program for adults with Disabilities
26 – Friday
UllrGrass Music Festival (26th-28th)
Opening Night for Fun Home at Miners Alley Playhouse
27 – Saturday
Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Winter Nature Journalling
Class at Foothills Art Center: Painting with Plastic Wrap
Felt and Sew an LED Bracelet at the Library
Golden Lions Club Chili Supper
28 – Sunday
Nan’s Hundred Club Rocky Mountain High Tea at the Quilt Museum
29 – Monday
The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop
Spanish for Kids
Sustainability Ideas for the Family
30 – Tuesday
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Theropods
31 – Wednesday
Ukulele Wednesday at the Library
Everything Dinosaur Talk: Paleontology 101

Both “Ooh!” and “Ah!”

December 1, 2017

Golden Chamber of Commerce's 30th Annual Candlelight WalkThe Golden Chamber’s Candlelight Walk is my favorite Golden event of the year, and tonight will be a beautiful night for it–unseasonably warm, with an almost-full moon. Meet at 6PM at Foothills Art Center (15th and Washington) for the walk. Bring a candle or glow stick, or buy one there. The crowd will be led by Santa Claus and will start down the hill at 6:30. When they get to the Visitors Center, the Mayor and a local girl will flip a switch and light the lights along the creek. It’s an “ooh” and “ah” moment! Afterwards, we’ll have a brief fireworks display, courtesy of the City.

Leadership Golden 2017 OrnamentThen you can walk around and enjoy a number of fun things. There will be a Christmas carol sing-along in Parfet Park, by the dragon statue; dancers performing in the Rotary Amphitheater along the creek; music and free admission at the Golden History Museum; more music and cookies at the Golden Library. The Golden Kiwanis Club will be serving roasted chestnuts at the Clear Creek History Park. The artist who designed this year’s Leadership Golden ornament (Julie Leidel) will be signing ornaments at the Visitors Center.

Christmas at Baby Doe's Clothing - Golden ColoradoDon’t forget to visit the downtown stores, because many of them are planning live music and free treats this evening. The Candlelight Walk is an enchanting event–Golden at its best.

For the complete run-down on the Candlelight Walk, tomorrow’s parade and other downtown events, and everything Christmas in Golden, check the calendar at

Preview of December Events in Golden

November 30, 2017

Holiday Lights in Golden Colorado

All Month
Foothills Art Center Holiday Art Market
A Christmas Carol at Miners Alley Playhouse
“How New Is Modern?” at the Quilt Museum
“A Better Place Could Hardly Have Been Chosen” and “A Visit to the Wild West” at the Buffalo Bill Museum
“Railroad Chin” and “T is for Trains” at the Railroad Museum
“Epic Events” “Made in Golden: Where Innovation Lives” “Show & Tell: Highlights From the Collection” and “Turn It Up: Golden’s Musical Memories” at the History Museum

For details on any of these events, refer to the calendar at

Golden High School Craft Faire
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Concert in the Mines Library
30th Annual Candlelight Walk, 6:30
Library – Cookies, Cider, Ukuleles
Family Sing-Along in Parfet Park 7PM
Ornament Signing in the Visitors Center, 7PM
Jeffco Open Space telescope at the Visitors Center, 7PM
Destination Dance Performance at the Rotary Amphitheater 7PM
Winter Concert at the School of Mines, 7:30
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Local Authors, 12:30-2:30
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Golden Concert Choir Concert, 3PM and 7PM
Gardner History 2018 Calendar Open House
Rocket Blast Workshop at the Rec Center
Coffee with Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves, 10-11
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum – Free Gift w/Admission
Golden High School Holiday Bazaar 10-3
Ornament Decorating Party at Dinosaur Ridge, 10AM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Midnight Masquerade for Miners Alley
Book and Garage Sale at the Geology Museum
Christmas with Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Adult Makers Guild at the Library
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concert
DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titan Experience at CSM
DIY Light-Up Holiday Cards at the Library
Jeffco Open Space Beginning Birders
English Paper Piecing at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Meeting: Future Use of Pleasant View Property
Jeffco Innovators Workshop
Christmas Tree Lighting at St. Joseph’s
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Broke Holidays – DIY at the Library
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
CSM Geology Museum Lecture
GHS Holiday Choir Concert
Holiday Book Sale at the Library
Family Art Night at the Community Center
GHS Holiday Band Concert
Breakfast with Santa
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Natures Gifts at Lookout Mtn Nature Center
Pictures with Santa @ Applewood Valley Methodist
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Create a 3D Printed Cookie Cutter @ Library
MOMS Club of Golden
STEM Girls at the Library
Golden Beer Talks: Warriors, Water, and Wild Beasts: Quenching Thirst Peacefully in the Shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Holiday Plant Care @ CSU Extension
Golden Writing Circle at the Library
Author Visit @ the Library-Andi Gregory Pearson
Holiday Sing-a-Long at the Community Center
Wild Wednesday@ the Library
Vocal Music Concert @ Bell Middle School
Fall Commencement at the School of Mines
Olde Golden Christmas Parade 10:30
Victorian Carolers 12-2PM
Free Carriage Rides after the parade
The Nutcracker at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1PM
Kids Craft – Gingerbread Houses @ Foothills Art Center
Artist Demos at Foothills Art Center
Holiday Dance Show
Cocktails with Councilor Casey Brown
Fuzzy Friends Sleepover at the Library
Free Carriage Rides Downtown
Story Time and Craft at the Railroad Museum
Book Group at the Library: Wintering by Peter Geye
Band Concert @ Bell Middle School
Printmaking Cards @ the Library
Winter Solstice
DIY Holiday Ornaments @ the Library
Ukulele Wednesdays @ the Library
Library for Adults w/Disabilities
Grow a Crystal Ornament @ the Library
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration @ the Golden Library
New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Denver Kickers Club

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