Fourth of July is here and it’s time to celebrate our country’s birthday. There are loads of events to celebrate with all of the classics included: parades, BBQ and fantastic fireworks. When the festivities are over, don’t fret, because there is plenty more to do around the Mile High City. If the hankering for barbecue just wont quit, head to DunBar Kitchen for a summer barbecue or learn to cook “slow food” at The Source on Thursday.  Bruz Beers  is opening and Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating their 26th Birthday with their annual Hootenanny. Whatever you decide to do this week we can bet you won’t be left hungry or unsatisfied.

Monday, July 4

All photos by Camille Breslin.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar. Photos by Camille Breslin.

What: 4th of July Brunch Buffet   

Where: Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 1001 Santa Fe Dr

When: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Cost: All you can eat $ 18 plus $10 for all you can drink

Low Down: Interstate Kitchen & Bar is throwing a buffet that is light on the wallet, but heavy on the food. The buffet includes omelets, shrimp, carving station, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, French toast, sausage, bacon, ham, hash and plenty more! Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys are also available so you can kick start the Fourth of July fun.

Little Machine Beer

Photo courtesy of Little Machine Beer

What: 4th of July Pig Roast and Fireworks Viewing

Where: Little Machine Beer, 2924 W 20th Ave

When: 2 p.m.–11 p.m.

Low Down: There is plenty to do at this parking lot celebration with grills for you and games for all of your friends. There will be two firework displays in the neighborhood so bring your starspangled lawn chair. The pig roast is hosted by Baby E’s BBQ and there is a to be determined dessert.

Illegal Pete's

The 130-seat patio includes an outdoor bar and a 125-inch projector for movies. Photo by Kim Baker.

What: Film on the Fax

Where: Illegal Pete’s 2001 E Colfax Ave

When: 7:30 p.m.

Low Down:  Head to Illegal Pete’s on Colfax, grab a burrito and enjoy  “Independence Day”  on the patio. They will be doing screenings every Tuesday night following this Monday 4th celebration. The evening starts with comedians from Sexpot Comedy at 8:30 p.m. and the movie kicks off at sunset. If you’re one of the first 25 people, you get a free draft from Ratio Beerworks.

Tuesday, July 5

Photo courtesy of Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Photo courtesy of Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

What: Cook Street’s Restaurant Week

Where: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 1937 Market St.

When: July 5-8, slots from 11:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m.

Cost: $25

Low Down: The Cook Street Culinary School invites you to enjoy a threecourse meal prepared by its students. Each day features a new menu with items such as a lobster risotto with frico chips and a lemon crème brûlée with lavender. While you’re there, check out their classes which range from the classics such as sushi, and French classics to the original Everybody Loves Bacon, and Wake Up & Bake.

Wednesday, July 6

Dunbar. Photography by Camille Breslin.

Dunbar. Photography by Camille Breslin.

What: Summer BBQ in Beer Garden with Dude’s Brews

Where: Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House, 2844 Welton St.

When: 6 p.m.

Cost: $20

Low Down: Continue the barbecue love way past the fourth and stop on by Dunbar’s Beer Garden where they’re having a BBQ & Beer party every Wednesday till August 31. It’s only $20 for 2 beers from the featured brewery and a plate of BBQ with 2 sides. This week’s brewery is Dad & Dude’s Breweria, so bring your dad to show him all your love and appreciation of him and beer.

Thursday, July 7

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The Source. Photo By Roman Tafoya

What: Slow Food Denver  

Where: The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd

When: 6 p.m.- 9p.m.

Cost: Free

Low Down: As described by the nonprofit Slow Food Denver: “Slow Food is an idea, a way of living, and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” They aspire to change the community from within and give everyone access to healthy clean food. At this event, Krista Roberts of Slow Food Denver and Amy Quinn, author of A Table in Time will be having a discussion around the table about the idea of Slow Food and its impact. The Source is hosting this free event, but be sure to grab some of their food at Comida or Acorn.

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Friday, July 8

Bruz Beers Grand Opening

Photo courtesy of Bruz Beers.

What: Bruz Beers Grand Opening

Where: Bruz Beers, 1675 W 67th Ave, Ste 100

When: 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Low Down: Bruz Beers is opening this weekend and they would love to see you at their Grand Opening Celebration. They specialize in authentic hand-crafted, Belgian-style beers and they will have a variety available plus food trucks. There will even be kids activities, so bring the whole family. The celebration starts on Friday and continues Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 9

Breckenridge Brewery. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

Breckenridge Brewery. Photo by Kyle Cooper.

What: Breckenridge Brewery’s Hootenanny

Where: 2920 Brewery Ln., Littleton, Colorado 80120

When: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Cost: $26-$45

Low Down: Come celebrate Breckenridge Brewery’s 26th Birthday. There will be all day music with Big Head Todd and the Monsters headlining. This party is fueled by beer, barbecue and dancing so bring your dancing feet and an appetite for barbecue. This year’s Hootenanny benefits the Conscious Alliance, a Colorado nonprofit that fights hunger around the country. There’s much more to see and hear so check out their website for the full lineup.


Saturday, July 9

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Photo by Brittany Werges.

What: The Way Back’s Patio Opening Party

Where: The Way Back, 4132 W. 38th Ave.

When: 3–6 p.m.

Price: Free

Low Down: When the Way Back opened in the former Bark Bar space in March, it came without patio. This Saturday, however, it’s time to break in the patio with a tiki party. Enjoy complimentary Flor de Caña mai tais or Hendrick’s Gin daiquiris until the bottles pour their last drop. Stick around and enjoy the crafted cocktails and tasty eats while soaking in the sun on the newly opened patio.