Column: Golden offers a variety of summer activities

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It’s the middle of July and our summer is well under way here in Golden. Of course, that always means that we have loads of fun single events happening, but I don’t want to forget to mention a couple that happen every weekend here in our fair city.

During the warmer weather it’s always good to get out early, before the heat of the day creeps up or our afternoon thunderstorms might roll in. One good place to go for some fresh air as well as a few other fresh things would be our Golden Farmer’s Market that happens from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 8. You can find it in the west parking lot of the Golden Public Library, located at 1019 10th St. here in Golden.

As the name suggests, you can find plenty of fresh produce from our local Colorado farmers plus a variety of other artisan type foods as well as health, beauty and wellness products. It’s a really fun outdoor market set on the north bank of Clear Creek and sponsored by several reputable businesses and presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.

There will be a slight interruption in the schedule on July 30 for Buffalo Bill Days, and I’ll be taking a closer look at that event in next week’s column.

You can find more information by visiting or by calling Golden Chamber of Commerce Programs and Events Coordinator Laura Knowlton at (303) 279-3113 ext. 2.

Another thing you can do at the end of the week here in Golden is go for a train ride. There are two ways you can do that. One is just to hop on one of the RTD trains and ride it through Lakewood into downtown Denver. But you can do that any day, and it’s not exactly a unique experience. A lot of you probably ride that train every weekday and evening.

A little bit more of an interesting train ride is offered every Thursday through Sunday at the Colorado Railroad Museum. This is where you can take a trip back in time and experience what it was like to climb on board a train pulled by a real, working, vintage steam locomotive. Trust me, there is nothing that compares to seeing one of those in operation. From the sound of the hissing steam, whistle blowing and the bell ringing to the once familiar chug, chug, chug of it pulling out of the station you are instantly taken back to a time when traveling by train was a great adventure.

These train rides on those days through mid August and then just go to Saturdays into late October. Trains depart every half hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The trains take a loop around the 15 acre rail yard and the rides last between 15 and 20 minutes.

A ticket to ride is pretty reasonable too. They only cost an extra $4 for adults, and $2 for kids 2-17 yrs old, in addition to the regular museum admission fee. Museum Members get to ride for free.

Please note that there will be an interruption in the schedule during the month of September for three Day Out with Thomas event weekends. Be sure to visit for the complete schedule. There are loads of other events for you to check out on the website as well. You can also call the museum at (303) 279-4591.

The Colorado Railroad Museum is located at 17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden. You can’t miss it. It’s the place with all the old trains parked around it. The new trains are just taking stuff up the road to make beer. For some of you, that in itself brings its own brand of excitement too.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at


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