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Tamales, hot beer, and a Christmas 5K

Hello City Casters!

It’s Friday, and in addition to my usual weekend event recommendations, I’ve got a few holiday-related programming notes to fill you in on. 

  • Next week, the newsletter will look a little bit different. In the spirit of the season, each day leading up to Christmas Eve we will be reflecting on some of the people, places, and things in Denver that we love most. Think of it as four days of personal Denver recommendations. Awesome, right?
  • The week after Christmas, we will be taking some time off to enjoy the holiday and prepare for the new year. So don’t expect us in your inbox everyday, but we will be checking in periodically to say hello and drop a few treats!
  • We will officially be back in both your inbox and your podcast feed on a regular schedule with fresh, new daily content starting Monday, January 3, 2022

— Peyton Garcia, City Cast Denver Writer


🫔 Something To Eat

’Tis the season for tamales! Traditional Mexican Christmas customs often include tamale-making. And this weekend, Cerveceria Colorado is partnering with Kahlo’s Mexican Restaurant to celebrate the holidays with a four-course tamale y cerveza pairing for $25. Buy your tickets online now and swing by the brewery on Saturday anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. to dig in.

What about Christmas dinner? If you’re looking for a warm, ready-made meal to enjoy on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, there are plenty of local restaurants serving up holiday dinner. 

🧣 Something To Keep You Warm

Not that the weather is forecasted to be all that cold this weekend… But despite warm temps, the Colorado Runner’s Christmas Sweater 5K is still on for this Sunday starting at 8 a.m. at Wash Park. Participants are encouraged to don their tackiest Christmas apparel for this holiday run/walk/jog/stroll that will raise money for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. And bonus: there will be cookies at the finish line.

🎄 Something Christmas-y For The Kids

Gingerbread cookie decorating is what’s on schedule at the Little Man Ice Cream craft table for the final weekend of the Little Elves Workshop. Stop in at the Little Man Factory on Sunday afternoon from noon to 1 p.m. to participate. 

🍺 Something New To Try

Hot beer — wait, hear me out! Hot beer is popular in lots of cold places around the world, like England, Austria, and the Czech Republic, where it’s considered as delicious and welcoming as a warm mulled wine or hot toddy on a cold winter day. Try it for yourself this weekend at the first annual Hot Bierfest & Holiday Marketplace taking place at Primitive Beer in Longmont this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. 

🎙️ Something To Tell Your Friends About

Did you know City Cast Denver has sister podcasts and newsletters in three other cities? There are now City Cast teams in Chicago, Houston, and Salt Lake putting out content about their respective communities that is equally as awesome as what we’re doing right here. And it won’t stop there! Pittsburgh will be joining the City Cast ranks very soon, with dozens of cities expected to follow after that.

So tell the Chicagoans, Houstonians, and Salt Lakers in your life to sign up for their local City Cast products so they can become better, prouder, more informed citizens in the city they love.

Interested in joining City Cast? As City Cast continues to grow into a national network, we are constantly looking for talent across the country to fill remote positions in audio production, podcast hosting, newsletter writing, talent recruiting, marketing growth, and more. Think you or someone you know would be a good fit? Learn more about our open positions here

🔎 Something To Keep An Eye On 

What do you think of Denver Public Schools’ new superintendent, Alex Marrero? Well, the school board likes him so much they want to extend his contract by two years after just five months on the job. 

I guess it’s time to accept that the new COVID variant really is here — and it’s spreading

The benches at Union Station are being ripped out and replaced with plants to “improve greenspace” and “enhance pedestrian circulation” — orrrr is it to stop unhoused folks from sleeping there?

🎙️ Something You May Have Missed

A look back at our shows of the week

TODAY: Denver wins and fails of 2021

THU: How can we support our burnt out nurses?

WED: Why exactly does DIA need another $1.1 billion?

TUE: Reclaiming education at the American Indian Academy of Denver

MON: Denver has a special place in Christmas history

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