Movies & Music in the Park kicks off this Friday!

The first four Fridays of August feature family-friendly movies and music for free in Parfet Park. This Friday, August 2 we kick the series off with a lesson on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World along with the music of Half Pint & the Growlers, a tasty brew of Swing, Gypsy, Twang and Soul… Read more…

Chilly Nights and Chili Night

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

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!”

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

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

A Lovely Fall Day

Creekside Path - Golden Colorado

Should be a lovely day to be in Golden Colorado--sunny and mid-60s.   The final election Coffee with a Councilor will be this morning at 10AM at Natural Grocers (map).  Casey Brown will host Ward 3 candidate Jim Dale.

While the main Golden Farmers Market is over for the year, the neighborhood market at 15th and Jackson is still operating, this week and next.

Miners Alley Children’s Theater will perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 11AM and 1PM.

The Beer Tasting and Chili Cookoff will be happening in Parfet Park from 1-4PM.

Tonight’s Golden Hayride Beer Tour is sold out, but there are a few spaces left on tomorrow’s.  Next weekend, they’ll be starting the Haunted Hayride.

Likewise, tonight’s “Murder, Mayhem, & Madness” tour is sold out, but there are openings on the Sunday night tour, and there are several more scheduled this month.

Party, Party, Party…

Movies and Music in the Park

Tonight is the LAST Movie & Music evening in Parfet Park.  The Moses Jones Band will start playing at 7PM.  The Star Wars movie, Rogue One, will begin at dusk.  Bring a picnic and blankets or lawn chairs.  It should be a beautiful night–low 70s with a waxing moon.

Tomorrow will be an event-filled day in Golden. 

The Quilt Museum is having their annual Summer Garage Sale from 9AM-2PM. Pick from various types and patterns of fabric, quilting accessories and kits, quilts and quilt tops, and other miscellaneous items. If you are a quilter or crafter, you don’t want to miss this Garage Sale!

The District Attorney’s office is holding their annual Safety Fair at the Jeffco Fairgrounds from 9AM-1PM.  At this one-stop safety shop, consumers can take advantage of document shredding, drug take-back, free 911 cell phones for seniors, free credit reports printed and reviewed by bank officers on-site, Internet and cell phone safety programs with CHEEZO, kids’ bicycle rodeo with free helmets, and much, much more. The Safety Fair begins outside at the fairgrounds with interesting exhibits and then continues inside through the main exhibit hall with 80+ booths. Parents will find interactive safety activities for kids as well as bouncy castles, face painting, and craft tables. Adults and seniors can browse row after row of booths with giveaways, demonstrations and handouts. Admission is free.

There will be a big celebration at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, celebrating its 40th Anniversary.  Their guest speaker will be Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (R) Medal of Honor Recipient.  The day will begin with a motorcycle ride from the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora, past the Colorado Veterans Monument in Denver and out to the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial here in Golden. Bikers will line the street around the memorial with flags throughout the event. Professional entertainment, vendors, and a booth showcasing the remodel project will be on the grounds. Parking in the Home Depot lot or at the Jefferson County bldg…Shuttles will be available.   They will have flyovers, an eagle for photo ops, food, and FUN!  There will be a concert starting at 11:30, general frivolity afterwards, introduction of VIPs at 1:45, and a formal ceremony starting at 2.  Learn more….

City Business and Weekend Music

Public Transit in Golden Colorado

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  Here are a few of the topics.  See the meeting packet for more details.

A group of concerned citizens will visit council to request a meeting to discuss concerns about growth and density in Golden.

RTD Collision of Purposes
On July 27th, Council voted to fund an additional green bus. Their objective was to increase bus service to and from the light rail station from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes, thereby encouraging more frequent use of public transportation. On August 10th, our representative to the RTD board visited Council and let them know that RTD planned to reduce the frequency of light rail service to Golden from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes at certain times of day. Council is understandably nonplussed about this decision and will vote on a resolution to request that RTD reconsider their plans.

City Staff will present their proposed 2018 Capitol Improvement Plan to Council.

Council will acknowledge an agreement that the Public Art Commission has made with Foothills Art Center and Golden High School to install a mural along north Washington Avenue. The theme will be Help, Hope, and Strength. It ties it with the High School’s suicide prevention program.

Here’s the line-up for live music this weekend:

GOLDEN HOTEL – Clear Creek Jazz Quartet 6-9PM
ACE HI TAVERN Karaoke at 9PM

ACE HI TAVERN Karaoke at 9PM
BUFFALO ROSE – Beloved Invaders – 3:30 and Noise Pollution The AC/DC Experience with Slave to the Grind – 7
GOLDEN MOON SPEAKEASY – Algorhythm Trio at 8PM
PARFET PARK – Moses Jones Band – 7PM

ACE HI TAVERN – Karaoke at 9PM
BUFFALO ROSE – The Duke Street Kings – 3:30 and The Atomic Punks with Maiden Denver – 7PM
UNITARIAN CHURCH – Skeleton Girls at 6:30PM

BUFFALO ROSEJamers Speiser 2PM
ROCK REST LODGE – Moses Jones Quartet 3-7PM

Rally for Unity in Parfet Park

Parfet Park - Golden Colorado

Don’t forget tonight’s gathering at 6PM in Parfet Park to promote Tolerance and Unity.  This event was organized in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia clash involving white supremacists, in which one counter-protester and two police officers died.  The event has been organized by Golden UnitedThe rally will include group singing led by members of the Golden Community Choir. Many people are willing to listen to and appreciate those whose beliefs are different from our own, that is, until those beliefs overstep decency and do not hold all humanity as equal. As images of violence once again flash across our screens, we can no longer be silent. Racists were not afraid to show their faces. People who do not agree with them must show our faces, too.Please share this invitation and bring signs that express unity. Please do not bring political signs.This rally is organized by Golden United, a non-partisan, residents-driven effort to engage the Golden area community across all walks of life to find common ground and act with respect and dignity to strengthen OUR community. Questions can be directed to Ron Benioff (

There will also be a meeting at 6PM at the Community Center to discuss the planned changes to Washington Avenue north of downtown. Please join us next Tuesday, August 22 at 6 p.m. for the next meeting on the Washington Avenue Complete Street project. This project includes improvements on Washington Avenue between 10th Street north to Hwy 93. Based on input at previous public meetings and direction from City Council, we have completed design work and prepared a phasing plan. You can learn more about the project and view concept plans on our City Projects pageThe design team would like your input on specific aesthetic treatments and landscaping.  Note: this will not be an openhouse-style meeting, where you just wander in at any time.  The doors will open at 6PM and a formal presentation will begin at 6:30.

Concert in the Park Tonight

Jefferson Symphony Orchestra - Golden Colorado

The Golden Fine Arts Festival continues today from 10AM-5PM.  At 6:30, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will perform a FREE concert in Parfet Park!

Bring your family and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of great music as you relax on the lawn.

The JSO, under the direction of Associate Conductor Steve Mallinson will perform a variety of familiar music from around the word including Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, Star Trek Through the Years and American favorite In the Moon and Sing, Sing, Sing.

It’s a good old-fashioned concert in the park that the whole family will enjoy!

The Golden Library will have a viewing party tomorrow from 10-1 to watch the solar eclipse.  They have only a few of the eclipse-viewing glasses left, and they’re keeping those few for sharing during the viewing party.