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Blossoms of Light

With a hot drink clutched between your mittens and warm treats in your coat pocket, take a stroll through the illuminated gardens after-dark and be dazzled by festive lights that transform familiar sights into a twinkling wonderland. Your kids will especially love playing with the interactive light display, where they can conduct a large field…

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this popular pizzeria. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheese. Also, try the Highland location.

Saucy Bombay

Bombay Clay Oven's sister concept is a fast-casual Indian joint where you can build your own bowls, wraps, and plates. Try the chicken tikka masala bowl.

Chocolate Lab

Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

Tasty Colfax

Here’s your chance to try Colfax Avenue’s treasure trove of eateries. At this block party, the ticket price includes all the sights, smells, and eats from 20 restaurants and breweries. Try Denver Biscuit Company’s famed biscuit sandwiches, or grab a bowl of tikka masala from the recently opened Saucy Bombay, the sister-restaurant of Bombay Clay…

The Denver Nickel and Dime Animation Extravaganza

Held at the intimate Sie FilmCenter on Colfax, viewers will be captivated by over 30 short-animation films from local and international creators during this one-night event. Hosted by animated character Bearver C. Rogers, guests will also be joined by a variety of acclaimed animators, including Debra Solomon, the artist behind the animations in the popular,…
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Telluride is already home to a world-famous film festival, and with this three-year-old fete, the mountain town is staking the same claim for the small screen. More than 50 pilots, episodes, and digital shorts from the world of serialized entertainment will be screened throughout the festival's six days. The schedule features everything from new indie shows…
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Money Plays 8

On Kentucky Derby day in 1997, a supergroup of Denver lounge musicians—including Jimmie Image, Mikey Dinero, and Sammy Keys—came together for their first show. Two decades later, the beloved swing band will reunite to give a lively performance at one of the city's finest old-school cocktail bars. Don your fedoras and saddle shoes to catch the…
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Czech That Film

Step aside, La Dolce Vita. The foreign films in this fest come not from Italy or France but from the lesser-known cinematic talents of the Czech Republic. Five new films, including Tiger Theory (a drama about a man coping with his father-in-law's death) and The Noonday Witch (a thriller about a mother struggling to keep her…
25 Best Restaurants

12 at Madison

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format dish meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's cozy restaurant is ideal for dining with a small group. Don't miss the quinoa congee or parsley-garlic calamari.

The Goods

Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs.

Chow Urban Grill

Specializing in putting creative twists on American classics, this restaurant offers everything from flatbreads to chargrilled East Coast oysters. We recommend the braised pork belly bahn mi with Sambal aïoli or the Colorado lamb burger served on a brioche bun.

New World Cheese

Enjoy more than just artfully composed cheese plates at this cafe. Choose from a full menu loaded with gems like a gouda waffle, stuffed figs, and macaroni and cheese grilled cheese.

Dae Gee

Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Congress Park eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, egg yolk, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Erawan Thai Cafe

Experience the fresh and authentic flavors of Thailand at this Congress Park eatery. Chef-owner Art Suthithanin uses natural herbs and spices to create traditional selections of Asian curries, noodles, and more.

Bar Max

Formerly known as Cafe Max, this European bistro offers a simple, curated menu. Pair the prosciutto, Brie, and fig spread sandwich with a glass of Prosecco.

TAG Burger Bar

An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

Odelay Tacos

This vibrant Mexican bistro offers casual dining in a hip space. Order any of the authentic street tacos (choose between beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, or tempeh) with one of five house-made salsas.

Bar Car

The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the fresh pizza from Denver Deep Dish, housed under the same roof.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss the R.B. & C—a grilled sandwich piled with roast beef, green chile, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.


Fresh lime margaritas, an extensive tequila list, and traditional Mexican food. The ambience is warm, festive, and fun.

Tokyo San Bowl

Dine-in or get delivery at this fast-casual Japanese restaurant. The menu includes familiar dishes like teriyaki, udon, and rice bowls, as well as sushi.

Shells & Sauce

Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

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