Weekend Planner: Fourth of July and Beyond
While a number of area restaurants are on summer break, many more are up and at ’em for the long holiday weekend. We’ll be updating the list as necessary, so keep checking this page.
Baby Backs and Beer at Freshcraft
Firecracker-shrimp po’ boys, smoked-rib platters and plenty of special brews are on tap at this LoDo magnet for beer geeks. 1530 Blake St.; 303-758-9608
Barbecue at Beryl's Beer Co.
This brand-new RiNo brewery is hosting a barbecue with live music and, obviously, beer galore from noon to 10 PM. 3120C Blake St.
Barbecue Bash at Lola
From noon onward, LoHi’s upscale Mexican fixture will be dishing up barbacoa, tacos, killer s’mores on a stick and more. As the afternoon deepens and the booze takes hold, you can groove to some live music and enter a taco-eating contest. 1575 Boulder St.; 720-570-8686
Big Bang at Central Bistro & Bar
Though it doesn’t need much more to offer than the view of the fireworks from its patio, this LoHi hangout is also serving up a $10 Big Bang burger-and-beer combo — with fries, of course — along with drink deals and live music from 6 PM onward. 1691 Central St.; 303-477-4582
Bottomless Brunch at Tamayo, Zengo and La Biblioteca
All three of Richard Sandoval’s eateries are hosting their $35 bottomless brunches today, complete with Stars ‘n’ Stripes Margaritas layered in the colors of the flag (call for hours, as they vary). Tamayo: 1400 Larimer St., 720-946-1433; Zengo and La Biblioteca: 1610 Little Raven St., 720-904-0965
Cheese and Charcuterie at The Bitter Bar
James Lee’s cocktail lounge will be open and presenting meat-and-cheese boards from Blackbelly to pair with those gin-and-housemade-tonics or bourbon over root-beer ice cubes. 835 Walnut St., Boulder; 303-442-3050
First Friday Throwdown at Infinite Monkey Theorem
To put a little patriotism into tonight’s First Friday shindig, the RiNo winery bids you dress in red, white and blue when you head in for $5 keg wines paired with pizza and oysters from Basta. 3200 Larimer St.; 303-736-8376
IndepenDANCE Day Block Party at DADA Art Bar
An artist's reception, a hip-hop show and a barbecue with $1 PBRs — this RiNo lounge and gallery is doing it all today from 2 PM to close. 2470 Broadway; 720-350-4716
Independence Day Jubilee at POST Brewing Co.
Starting at 2 PM, the Lafayette brewery and chicken shack's switching proteins for the holiday to host a backyard pig roast ($12 per plate). 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette; 303-593-2066
Linger and Root Down Open
To date, the ever-sizzling LoHi siblings have been closed on July 4, but this year they’re in business, starting with happy hour at 4:30 PM. Based on the skyline panoramas both are blessed with, reservations are highly recommended. Linger: 2030 W. 30th Ave., 303-993-3120; Root Down: 1600 W. 33rd Ave., 303-993-4200
Lobster and Apple Pie at Bruxie Gourmet-Waffle Sandwiches
Today only, the Glendale counter joint is offering its waffle-based twist on the Maine lobster roll (pictured below); supplies are limited, so come early. Other specials running the whole weekend include a cheddar-topped apple-pie sandwich with frozen custard and a strawberry-blueberry shake called, naturally, the Red, White and Blue. 1000 S. Colorado Blvd.; 303-963-9045
Fundido al Fresco at Zolo Grill
This Southwestern longtimer doesn’t usually accept reservations for its patio tables, but today’s an exception, with good reason — those seats will be primo for catching Boulder’s fireworks display. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; 303-449-0444
Pop Rocks and Hot Dogs at West End Tavern
The longtime Boulder watering hole is putting fireworks in a glass for the holiday in the form of a Pop Rocks cocktail, supplemented by other drink specials (including a domestic whiskey flight), housemade hot dogs and free rides to the Independence Day celebration at Folsom Field (7 PM). 926 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-3535
Pop-Up Root Beer Float Social at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew
Starting at 4 PM, this RiNo taproom is teaming up with soon-to-be neighbor Y’All Scream to serve $5 floats until 10 PM or until they run out; 20% of the proceeds go to the RiNo Arts District. 2810 Larimer St.; 720-722-2810
Red, White and Blue Ribbon Special at Patxi's Pizza
All three branches are pouring PBRs for a buck a pop from open to close, because freedom! Cherry Creek: 185 Steele St., 303-331-1000; Englewood: 3455 S. University Blvd. Unit B, 303-783-2000; Uptown: 1598 E. 17th Ave., 303-832-8000
Wild Wild West Brunch and Patio Pig Roast at Kachina Southwestern Grill
From 7 AM to 2 PM, this Westminster Southwestern eatery is hosting its Wild Wild Brunch, featuring items like bison burritos and fried quail with jalapeño-blue corn waffles; afterward, (4-8 PM), there’s an outdoor pig roast with $5 tacos and deals on beer and margarita pitchers. 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; 303-410-5813
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek North’s long-running outdoor celebration of the arts will be a whirlwind of acrobats, musicians, craft exhibitions, food-and-booze vendors and culinary demonstrations galore — check out the chef lineup here (Friday-Saturday 10 AM-8 PM, Sunday 10 AM-6 PM; admission is free).
Cured de France
The Tour de France starts today, and this Boulder gourmet shop is celebrating with a cheese-and-booze package now through July 27. The selections will change every few days as the race progresses from England through the regions of France — first up, for instance, is a duo of Montgomery cheddar and Robinson’s Old Tom Ale, while champagne and Fougerus are planned for the Paris finale (samples pictured top). Prices will vary accordingly, from $25 to $50 for each of the eight "stages," and you can also have them delivered for $95 per box, or purchase the entire bundle for $295 and get a free bottle of wine in a reusable carrying cage to boot. 1825B Pearl St., Boulder; 720-389-8096
Held at the Exhibit Hall on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, this health- and eco-focused two-day expo features cooking demos, film screenings, live entertainment and concessions from dozens of vendors, including Cilantro Truck and Happy Leaf Kombucha (10 AM-6 PM; $10 per person 16 and older). 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden