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Bluebird District Awarded Funding for Public Art Project

We’re so excited to be the sponsor of a grant winner from Denver Arts & Venues’ “P.S. You Are Here” (PSYAH) program. This funding will bring more public art and creativity to the Bluebird District.

The project, Bluebird Haiku, will collect poems from the public, selecting 20 in total based on creativity and how they capture the essence and history of Colfax Avenue. Then, students from East High School will cut the stencils and apply them to neighborhood sidewalks.

Read more here.

2020-01-02T13:22:27-07:00January 2nd, 2020|

Thank you for another spooktacular Boo n’ Brew!

The  2019 Annual Boo n’ Brew on Saturday, October 26th was a huge success. An estimated 300 kiddos took to the streets of E. Colfax between Colorado Blvd. and Josephine, to trick or treat in a safe, fun, family friendly environment. 

The sun was shining on an unseasonably warm October day as our favorite street came alive, with an incredible, eclectic collection of businesses opening their doors and their candy bowls to the costume’d kiddos (and adult friends too!). Over 35 businesses participated with everything from salons and tattoo parlors, to Tough Mudder and Bishops, Twist and Shout, to many of our favorite dining establishments and watering holes, to the neighborhood anchor itself – the Bluebird Theater – there was no shortage of candy and treats for the kids that came out to celebrate the 13th annual Colfax tradition. 

Live music, pumpkin decorating, hair painting and a prize wheel with Bishops, a Haunted House at Hooked on Colfax,  face painting at Machete, a photo opportunity with Tough Mudder, obstacle course at Tiger Kim’s Academy, and of course SO MANY AMAZING COSTUMES rounded out the afternoon. 

The evening brought Trivia Night at Annie’s, a scavenger hunt, drink specials galore, a free show at Lost Lake Lounge, a kids after party at Tiger Kim’s, an anniversary party at St. Paul’s Tavern and some amazing costumes of course. 

Thank you to all of the incredible businesses that participated and to everyone that made Boo n’ Brew a part of your weekend plans. Check out some photos from the day below. We hope to see you next year!

A very special thank you to Tiger Kim’s Academy, Bishops, Hooked on Colfax, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, Middleman, Annie’s,  AEG/Bluebird Theater, and Trattoria Stella’s for their extra support for Boo n’ Brew!

2019-10-31T06:09:47-06:00October 31st, 2019|

Video: Tasty Colfax Traffic Calming

On July 23, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, the Bluebird District, and WalkDenver co-hosted a temporary Vision Zero traffic calming demonstration event during the 11th Annual Tasty Colfax event.

The Colfax & Madison intersection is home to an increasing number of popular restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood destinations and has seen a corresponding increase in pedestrian traffic in recent years. Anyone familiar with trying to navigate Colfax outside of a car knows how difficult and at times dangerous it can be.

With a Bus Rapid Transit project being planned for Colfax that would include adding more safe crossing locations, the pop-up traffic calming demonstration was a great opportunity to reimagine Colfax as a more people-friendly street in the future.

Click here for the full report from WalkDenver and make sure you check out the video recap here!

2019-09-30T16:22:27-06:00September 30th, 2019|

Save the Date! Boo n’ Brew is back Oct. 26th

The 13th annual Boo n’ Brew, hosted by the Bluebird Business Improvement District, will once again take over Colfax Avenue between Josephine and Colorado Blvd. on Saturday, October 26th

The event is two parts – one-part Kids and Family fun and one-part Adult self-led Halloween bar crawl. From 1-4pm, Colfax will come alive with the cutest costumed kiddos, a family-friendly block party, complete with trick-or-treating at more than 20 Colfax businesses, live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, food and drink specials and MORE! It is an opportunity to meet, greet, celebrate fall and say hi to neighbors and business owners alike!

The first 100 kiddos to check-in will receive a one-of-a-kind Boo n’ Brew pillow case to fill with all of the LOOT!  Come see what’s happening in the neighborhood and join in the festivities.

Later that day, Boo n’ Brew welcomes back the adults (or maybe just don’t ever leave?!), for a spooktacular bar/restaurant crawl. Participating businesses will offer the best drink specials in town, live music, costume contests and more.

Participating crawlers will be entered to win a grand prize! The hunt winner will be selected on Sunday October 27th and announced on the Boo n’ Brew Facebook page

Stay tuned for a list of participating businesses, event schedule, scavenger hunt score card and details coming soon at

To volunteer for the event please sign up HERE, for general inquiries or sponsorship information please email

2019-09-06T13:10:21-06:00September 1st, 2019|

Thanks for getting Tasty with us!

The 11th Annual Tasty Colfax, hosted by the Bluebird Business Improvement District, took over the streets once again on Tuesday, July 23rd to help showcase all that Colfax Avenue has to offer. Over 500 people hit the streets between Josephine and Cook on this one-of-a-kind walking restaurant tour of this eclectic Denver neighborhood. 

The weather was perfect for mingling with neighbors and new and old friends alike. Everyone ate until their bellies were full, listened to live music and saw a different kind of Colfax with the addition of the traffic calming demonstration.    

The pop-up traffic calming demonstration took place at one of Colfax’s busiest and most dangerous pedestrian intersections. The demonstration was possible thanks to a grant from Vision Zero, awarded to Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN)WalkDenver helped manage the project and assisted in the development, administration and support of the program.

Overall the demonstration was a huge success. People slowed down and our streets were safer during those three hours for those that live, work, play, commute and WALK in theBluebird District. The traffic calming pop-up closed down the median and the parking lane between Madison and Monroe, added a pretty parklet with temporary planters and seating area, a pedestrian crosswalk with crossing guards, a bike valet thanks to Wish for Wheels, tires, cones, traffic flaggers and volunteers in bright colored shirts! 

Tasty Colfax would not be possible without the incredible participating businesses that open their doors: Annie’s Café, Atomic Cowboy, Bastien’s, Cerebral Brewing, Fat Sully’s, Denver Biscuit Co., Goosetown, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Hooked on Colfax, Kitchen Table Café, Lula Rose General Store, Machete Tequila & Tacos, Mezcal, Middleman, Q House Denver, Saucy Bombay, Trattoria Stella’s, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, The Goods, To The Wind Bistro, Tommy’s Thai, Coloradical, and SIE Film Center.

Thanks to the support of the Tasty Colfax Community Sponsors: Rosen Properties, and Groundswell Cannabis Boutique by Lova. Thank you additionally to our partners on theTasty Colfax Traffic Calming Demonstration: Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN), WalkDenver, Vision Zero and Wish for Wheels and finally to Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy. More photos to come – see you next year! 

2019-08-13T19:10:06-06:00August 13th, 2019|

Bishops Cuts + Color Grand Opening June 22nd!

We’re excited to welcome Bishops Cuts + Color to the Bluebird District!

Bishops will open on June 22nd at 3825 E Colfax and offers a full menu of cuts, color, straight razor shaves, and facial hair grooming that will empower local residents to feel more confident in their individuality.

With a counter-cultural heritage, a contemporary aesthetic, and openness to all-ages and all-genders, Bishops is serious about hair and irreverent about most other things. This is more than a place to get a haircut, it’s a full-on experience. The Bluebird District is a perfect location for Bishops’ ethos that believes that haircuts can be transformational and differences should be celebrated.

Owners Seth Roberts and Alison Laevey have lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and are thrilled to see Colfax evolving as a destination for amazing amenities – acclaimed eateries and entertainment and other eclectic businesses. They’re excited to support local organizations from schools to nonprofits and community events.

Join Bishops for their Grand Opening on June 22nd for style and prizes. See flyer above for details!

2019-06-19T13:57:39-06:00April 29th, 2019|

Colfax Avenue Comes to DIA

Next time you fly in or out of Denver International Airport, make sure you check us out in the new Colfax Exhibit! The Colfax Avenue: The Longest Continuous Street in the USA exhibit will be on display through June 2019. It is located on Ansbacher Hall in the Jeppesen Terminal, Level 6 North, before A Bridge Security.

The exhibit highlights those who share Colfax’s history and its long-standing grit and reputation as one of the most notorious roadways in America. The exhibit also gives accolades to those who have worked to preserve its history.

Read the full press release and view photos here.

2019-04-29T15:55:30-06:00April 16th, 2019|

Traffic Calming Pop-up Coming to Tasty Colfax

We are very excited to partner with Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) and Walk Denver to integrate a Vision Zero Community Program Traffic Calming Project at the Intersection of Colfax and Madison during the 11th Annual Tasty Colfax on Tuesday, July 23rd from 5:30-8:30pm..

The City and County of Denver has launched a new community program that will give teams of community members an opportunity to design a project to increase awareness of Vision Zero and promote safer streets in our neighborhood. WalkDenver is assisting in the development, administration and support of the program.

A traffic calming and potential analysis project will take place at one of the busiest and most dangerous pedestrian intersections on Colfax. This increased pedestrian traffic is due to the massive influx of businesses at Colfax and Madison, and its proximity to residents.

Interested in getting involved with Tasty Colfax 2019? Click here for more information and to grab your tickets!

2019-04-29T15:56:07-06:00April 2nd, 2019|
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