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Steampunk at the Station

Saturday, June 18 • 10:00AM – 5:00PM • After-Hours Concert: 6:30 – 9:00PM

In celebration of the Steampunk culture that finds its roots in steam engines and technology, the Colorado Railroad Museum will host a Steampunk gathering and after-hours concert on Saturday, June 18. Our steam engines provide the perfect backdrop for this cultural phenomenon found in clothing, art, lifestyle and music.

During the day, visit steampunk vendors, enjoy performances by buskers, and take a ride behind a steam locomotive. Receive 50% off Museum admission when you arrive in your finest steampunk attire or with a gadget.

rrmuseum_062016rAfter-Hours Concert In the evening, join us for our first after-hours concert, featuring Colorado’s own Hydrogen Skyline, an acclaimed indie rock band which has played alongside bands like Abney Park and Atlas Genius.

Along with the show under our new pavilion, you’ll enjoy local food trucks and a visit to the beer garden for a brew from some of Golden’s craft breweries.

Gates open at 5:30PM; the concert begins at 6:30PM. Concert tickets are $20 and available online at Ages 21 and up only.

Thank to our sponsors: CBS4, Mix 100, 92.5 The Wolf, KOOL 105, OUTFRONT Media and SCFD

For more information on both events, call the Colorado Railroad Museum at 303-279-4591, 800-365-6263 or visit online at

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Enjoy the Plein Air Festival along the Loop



Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD), which produces and manages the Colorado Plein Air Festival (formerly the Denver Plein Air Festival), announced today that the 2013 festival will kick-off on Thursday, Aug. 1 on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol at noon. Registered artists will have access to locations around the state to make their creations “en plein air” (in the open air) through Sept. 29, 2013 and during special “paint outs.” Professional, amateur and young artists from communities around Colorado are encouraged to participate and experience the magic of creating en plein air.

Running seven consecutive years, the Denver Plein Air Arts Festival grew to become the largest urban plein air event in the nation. Last year, it expanded beyond the city’s borders to include Denver Mountain Parks along the Lariat Loop as artist “paint out” locations. This year, History Colorado’s museums and historic sites located in Georgetown, Silver Plume, Montrose, Pueblo, Trinidad, Leadville, Fort Garland and Platteville are joining the Lariat Loop Alliance, Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space as “paint out” locations, in addition to urban locations around Denver. Additional statewide “paint out” locations will continue to be added in the coming years.

The festival ends in Morrison, Colo. with an artist’s reception at The Fort restaurant on Sept. 27 and final “paint out” at the Tesoro Spanish Market on Sept. 28 and 29.

Artists from all mediums are invited to participate and have the option of entering one or more pieces into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival’s juried competition under “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth” categories. Accepted works for a juried competition will be exhibited for the public at the Denver Public Library in November and December 2013, with winning works receiving a special showing at History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum Gallery. See for complete festival information.


  • Denver Aug. 1 Colorado State Capitol/Civic Center: official festival kick off at noon at state capitol.
  • Denver Aug. 2 Golden Triangle Museum District/ First Friday paint out.
  • Jefferson County Aug. 3 Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Denver Aug. 7 Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum (Hamilton and Acoma plazas)
  • Morrison Aug. 10 Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Leadville Aug. 17 Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
  • Morrison Aug. 17 Red Rocks Country Club
  • Denver Aug. 20 Tears-McFarlane House
  • Denver Aug. 21 Living Room “Full Moon Paint Out” (4 p.m. to close)
  • Genessee Park Aug. 21 Buffalo Overlook/Chief Hosa
  • Evergreen Aug. 24 Evergreen Lake/Dedisse Park
  • Georgetown Aug. 24 “Paint the Bridge” competition at the Georgetown Loop Railroad®,
  • Morrison Aug. 24 Historical buildings or Bear Creek
  • Montrose Aug. 24 Ute Indian Museum
  • Denver Sept. 4 Grant Humphreys Mansion
  • Denver Sept. 5 Museum Residences rooftop terrace
  • Pueblo Sept. 6 El Pueblo History Museum
  • Golden Sept. 7 Buffalo Bill Museum
  • Platteville Sept. 7 Fort Vasquez Museum
  • Trinidad Sept. 7 Trinidad History Museum
  • Denver Sept. 10 Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Fort Garland Sept. 14 Fort Garland Museum
  • Denver Sept. 14 Denver Art Museum sculpture deck
  • Lakewood Sept. 14 Bear Creek Park
  • Denver Sept 18 City Park
  • Denver Sept. 19 Funky Buddha “Full Moon Paint Out” (5 p.m. to close)
  • Golden Sept. 21 Dinosaur Ridge
  • Denver Sept. 25 16th Street Mall
  • Morrison Sept. 28 & 29 The Fort/Tesoro Spanish Market

Artist Entry Information

Artist participation in the Colorado Plein Air festival includes a $25 registration fee and is open to all artists and all media. Artists have the option of entering one or more pieces completed during the event into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival Juried Competition — artwork entry fee for juried competition for potential awards of cash and prizes is $10. Artwork may be submitted in the categories of “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth.”

Artists may submit one or more pieces, up to 24″ x 30″ on canvas/board/panel or watercolor paper, for official festival stamping from Aug. 1 to Sept. 29 (canvas, boards, etc. need to be stamped prior to painting).

Stamping locations are: Participants wishing to enter the juried contest should email images from Aug. 7 to Oct. 10 to See for complete festival guidelines and registration information.

About the Golden Triangle Museum District

Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) is a member-based 501c6 organization with both private and nonprofit members. It is a Denver Registered Neighborhood Organization and is home to many of the city’s museums, including History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum, the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Denver Firefighters Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Molly Brown House, as well as the new History Colorado Center and Clyfford Still Museum. Also within the GTMD are the Denver Public Library, Curious Theatre Company, Denver Musicians Association, Colorado Ballet, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Art Institute of Colorado. These cultural centers are interspersed with art galleries and open studios, as well as professional offices, specialty stores, salons, spas, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, all committed to “the art of living with art.” Visit for more information.

The Colorado Plein Air Festival could not be possible without support from:

Blue Cow; Center of Arts at Evergreen; Clubhaus Cajun Restaurant; Christies of Genesee; Civic Center Conservancy; Colorado Mountain Art Gallery; Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens; Denver Mountain Parks; Denver Public Library; Dinosaur Ridge; Downtown Denver Partnership, The Fort; Funky Buddha; History Colorado museums and historic sites (History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Museum, Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park®, Grant Humphreys Mansion, Fort Vasquez Museum, Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade, Healy House & Dexter Cabin, Trinidad History Museum, Ute History Museum); Hooked on Colfax; The Lariat Loop Alliance; the Living Room; Jefferson County Open Space; MAD Greens; Museum Residences; Naked Juice; Pahaska Tepee; Red Rocks Country Club; Tears-McFarlane House; and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown.


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Has the Lariat Loop Gone to the Dogs?

Cute DogThere’s no reason to leave your best friend at home this summer as you travel along the Lariat Loop, in fact, you’ll want to make sure your furry companion joins the adventure as several canine attractions have been added to the Lariat Loop in recent years. No, it’s not the bones at Dinosaur Ridge, but rather recreational areas for dogs and their human companions.

During your travels along the Loop you can visit dog parks in western Lakewood, Golden, Evergreen and Conifer. Most are just a bark’s distance from the actual route.

The Elk Meadow Dog Park, located at 3291 Stagecoach Blvd in Evergreen has two separate off leash parks. One is dominated by trails, trees, boulders and steep inclines and is the larger of the two. The second one has more cleared open space and is geared for socialization. This award winning park is unique in its setting, and owners can leave the enclosed areas with dogs on lease and hike along side Troublesome Creek.

dogs on creekForsberg Dog Park is located just east of the new Soltera development at 14800 West Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. Note that it can be very popular (i.e. busy) at times. It provides users with sweeping views of the Hogback to the west and the foothills of the Rockies from the historic Rooney Ranch/Dinosaur Ridge area to the peaks near Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. There are actually 2 park areas, one facing south and one facing the east. The eastern park has an obstacle course for training furry friends. This dog park is adjacent to the Green Mountain Open Space Park and the trail system in Forsberg Park.

Golden boasts two dog parks – Homer’s Run and Tony Grampsas Dog Park. Grampsas Park in located at 4471 Salvia Street in south Golden. It is located to the north of the athletic facilities and picnic areas. It has deciduous tree cover and water elements in summer with a ditch running through it. Make sure to bring a towel and look for the secret place to wash your dog off with the hose. This park has more shade than most.

Homer’s Run is part of the Ulysses Sports Complex at 17651 10th Avenue. It has a three-foot fence and is well suited for smaller dogs. It is exposed to the sun so be sure to bring water for your pet. You can watch some of the future Rockies, Buffaloes, and Broncos developing their skills at the complex while coming to or leaving the dog park.

Your furry friends are also sure to love the scenery along the Loop. Please always remember to drive safe and clean up after your pet. Help us make sure the Lariat Loop remains scenic and inviting to all visitors. Pets should be licensed and have their rabies shots and always be under control to protect our other animal friends and avian life.


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