The park is the place to be

Column by John Akal
Posted 8/11/21

I am so happy to be able to write something about events that are actually going to happen as opposed to a year of notifying everyone about things that are canceled. Of course, some things are still …

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The park is the place to be


I am so happy to be able to write something about events that are actually going to happen as opposed to a year of notifying everyone about things that are canceled. Of course, some things are still on hold but I’m glad to see that one of our Golden traditions is going to be back in the last few weeks of August.

I’m talking about our Movies and Music in the Park series. Last year they had to get a bit creative and change it to sort of a drive-in type of event, so kudos to the City for coming up with a clever alternate plan, but this year they are going to put it back where it belongs. Hence the slight temporary name change, Movies and Music “Back” in the Park.

This is a free series sponsored by the City of Golden that takes place on the last three Friday nights in August. It features a concert by a different band every week followed by the screening of a family-friendly movie. You can bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic basket if you choose, then settle in for an entire evening of entertainment. Did I mention that it’s free to attend? Yes, I did, but in this day and age, it’s worth mentioning again. Free. For the entire family. Or group of friends. And, yes, you can bring your dogs if they are on a leash and it’s free for them too. It doesn’t really say anything about other pets on the website, but this may not be the event you want to bring your 15 ft. pet python to. They don’t have ears so they can’t hear the bands.

The shows start at 7 p.m. with the music, then the movies roll at about 8:30 p.m., once it gets dark. They are projected on a large outdoor screen.

This year’s line up has the band La Pomp with Toy Story 4 as the movie on August 13, music by Izcalli with Raiders of the Lost Arc on August 20, and the last show has Los Cheesies playing before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on August 27.

This all happens at Parfet Park, which is located on the corner of Washington Avenue and 10th Street in Downtown Golden.

There are a few things to keep in mind if you are going to the shows. They are in a public city park so all park rules apply and these include keeping your dogs on leashes and picking up after them, no glass or alcohol and no smoking or vaping in the park. Also, they will be reserving the front and center areas for people with blankets so if you plan on bringing a lawn chair, set it up in the back or off to the side so you don’t block half the audience’s view. That should be kind of a common sense thing to do, but…

OK, so now that you know about Movies and Music Back in the Park, let me throw a monkey wrench into the grinder here for a moment. Although I hate to say this, as of this writing, all system are go, but things are changing and shifting with the Covid protocols once again. So, you may want to check with Golden’s website for any updates before you pile everyone in the car and head over there.

You can do that by going to You can also call them at (303) 384-8132 during regular business hours for more information and updates. Also keep your ears and eyes open for any Jefferson County or State updates on regulations and protocols. It’s probably a good idea to keep a mask in your pocket anyway, just in case you encounter a situation where they are required.

Now that your Friday night entertainment calendar is full for the month of August, you can focus on what to put in that picnic basket or cooler you might want to bring. Baguettes and cold cuts? Chips? Fried Chicken? Cole slaw? Assorted fruits? Cool refreshing drinks? Yeah, if your like me you’ll probably just stop at one of the local sandwich shops and order a combo to go. But whatever you choose to do, it’s going to be great to have a fun night under the stars and look up to see the glow from the giant “M” on the mountain again!

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

John Akal, Golden Colorado


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