This Week in Denver January 12 – 18, 2018

This Week in Denver January 12 - 18, 2018

More than 100,000 attended the 2017 Women’s March of Denver. The 2018 event will be held Saturday, January 20.

What’s worth knowing this week in Denver January 12 – 18, 2018? This year’s Denver Women’s March, all the 2018 cultural free days, and the city’s new rec center. Plus, a few more things to know…

Nearly a year ago I marched alongside more than 100,000 people in the Denver Women’s March. It was emotionally intense and awe-inspiring to be a part of so many people coming together in this peaceful demonstration of standing up for ourselves and the rights of others.

It was also a little scary…not so much during the march, but before it. I didn’t know what to expect and I felt a little queasy wondering how the day would unfold. I get anxious in crowds and I certainly had no idea I would be standing tightly packed amongst tens of thousands. But, I felt oddly calm once we were there, buoyed by the positive messages around us. And, I’m so glad I attended for so many reasons. Not least of all because there were times in 2017 that the memory of all those people demonstrating…women, men, and even kids…kept me going. And sometimes the best you can do is to just keep going, right?

This year’s organizers are striving to make this year’s march a more focused, inclusive event. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 Women’s March of Denver, which will be held downtown on January 20.

A few more newsy links to check out this week…

Two former Barolo Grill chefs will pop up at Bistro Barbes on January 15. Get a fantastic bowl of clam chowder at Chowder Room before it closes on January 20. Love watching Top Chef Colorado edition? Snag tickets to this Top Chef judge’s 5-course tasting menu at Frasca on January 25. This is what “conveyor belt hot pot” is and we’re getting one.   Former La Loma chef is opening El Cazo in Jefferson Park. And the 2018 Denver restaurant openings you’ll want to watch for.

Also, Alamo Drafthouse will open its third Denver area location in Westminster this year. And Stoney’s Bar & Grill is opening a new music venue.

Procrastinators, you can still recycle your Christmas tree through January 31.

Now’s your chance to take the kids skiing in the city…Denver’s Ruby Hill Rail Yard, the free urban ski terrain park, is now open.

Here are all the free days for the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Denver museums this year.

Side Stories, a 10-day short film festival, will play on the outside walls of RiNo buildings next month.

Get tickets to the much buzzed-about Meow Wolf long before it opens.

See how the Denver jewelry designer behind Lux & Luca combines style with politics. (We also featured Lux & Luca necklaces in our Holiday Gift Guide.)

Denver Post is now charging for much of its online content.

Want to camp in Colorado this summer? Reserve your campsite now.

You’ll be blown away by the city’s newest rec center named for the late City Councilwoman Carla Madison (at East Colfax and Josephine).

Have you heard that early morning dance parties are now a thing in Denver?

Denver recently made the New York Times‘ 52 Places to Go in 2018 list.

Thinking of adding a furry friend to your family? There are a number of pet adoption events this month in Denver.

What are you up to this weekend? A few options…Sip & Shop Sidewalk Sale at Stanley Marketplace, free days at Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens, and Snowga! Yoga on the Ice.

Enjoy the weekend!

(P.S. For daily curated content on Denver local living and local businesses, follow my Denver Dweller magazine here on Flipboard!)

What else do you need to know in Denver this month? Check out Things to do in Denver in January. Also you might be interested in these resources for Fighting Hate in Denver.

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  • Reply Judy LeMarr January 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Great to know about the Women’s March. Really looking forward to Side Stories.

    • Reply Heather Garbo January 14, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Isn’t that a cool idea? I love that we all will get to experience Side Stories just by walking around in RiNo!

  • Reply Neil January 13, 2018 at 9:15 am

    since the denver post is charging now, maybe you could reconsider your source links?

    • Reply Heather Garbo January 14, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Neil! I’ve been thinking about that, too. I’d hate to ignore an interesting or important story on the Denver Post, though, so I’m thinking that I’ll mark the Denver Post links with an asterisk and include a warning that the Denver Post only allows a certain amount of content to be viewed for free per month before readers must subscriber for $11.99/month. That way readers can determine if the link is worth it to them to read.

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