As most of my regular readers already know, beer festivals are a dime-a-dozen here in Colorado. So how does one decide which festival is worthy of their patronage? Check with me! Today I’m here to tell you that San Juan Brewfest (August 27) rocks, and here’s why.
Durango’s cool factor is off the charts. It’s brew-factor is also off the charts. There are six breweries and two distillers in this town of 16,000, making it an easy place to find a good drink.
Also, with restaurants such as El Moro Spirits & Tavern, Ken & Sue’s and Jean Pierre’s, Durango is winning the foodie game hands down. Very few towns of this size have this many gourmet food offerings.
In addition to food and drink, Durango offers an array of activities such as biking the Animas River Trail, floating the river, riding the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and so much more.
San Juan Brewfest rocks
San Juan Brewfest is awesome because it’s an excuse to hang out for a day or two in Durango, but there’s more.
The best part, is that San Juan Brewfest is top-notch, and I can tell you from personal experience that its park venue is one of the best in Colorado for one big reason and that’s shade. August festivals get hot and shade becomes a major priority and festival bonus.
Secondly, because Durango is in Southwest Colorado, the San Juan Brewfest attracts a number of breweries from New Mexico that you won’t see at most Front Range beer festivals. This year, there are breweries coming from as far as Oregon, California and Wisconsin. See the entire list here.
In all, fifty-four breweries and distilleries will be at the event along with three bands (see band lineup here).
Last year, we went to San Juan Brewfest as VIPs which rocked. This year’s VIP package includes access to a brewer party on Friday night at Steamworks Brewing Co., one-hour early entrance to the beer festival, VIP area with a catered lunch and private bathroom, and a festival t-shirt. This is a GREAT VIP package and there are a few VIP tickets left.
Durango has a laid-back vibe that I love and so does San Juan Brewfest. I’d encourage you to make this festival your last summer hurrah.
San Juan Brewfest
All proceeds of San Juan Brewfest benefit United Way of Southwest Colorado
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Buckley Park at 12th & Main in downtown Durango
VIP, 12 to 5 p.m. / Upgraded GA 12:30 to 5 p.m. / GA 1 to 5 p.m.
(this is a 21 & over event)
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I love Colorado during the holiday season. From Denver’s Larimer Street to the Christmas Market in Georgetown, there’s something about Colorado that make me feel as though I’m spending the holiday season in a postcard.
As the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, I attend a lot of events and festivals and I spend a lot of time at holiday events around the state, so I’ve decided to share what I deem as the Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns. This list is in no particular order, although if I were to pick a number one Colorado Christmas town, it would be Georgetown.
1. Georgetown, Colorado is a hidden gem just 45 minutes west of Denver along I70. I’d driven by it a hundred times before actually stopping in, but once I did I realized what a great little place it really is, and during the holidays it’s truly outstanding. With the a tree lighting ceremony, Letter Day and the Georgetown Christmas Market running for two weekends, this town commemorate the holidays the way they were intended to be celebrated. Visit HistoricGeorgetown.org for more information.
2. Breckenridge, Colorado is well known as a ski town, but this place has a lot of other stuff going on and that’s why it makes my list. The Victorian style architecture of the town looks resplendent during the holidays. With the Lightening of Breckenridge on the first weekend in December to carriage rides available throughout the holidays, and wonderful shopping opportunities, this town will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a holiday postcard. Check out GoBreck.com to keep an eye what’s happening in Breckenridge year-round.
3. HGTV recently named Durango, Colorado as one of their “Top Ten Christmas Towns,” and it’s no surprise. Durango is home to the Polar Express, a production of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This train ride is a memorable way to celebrate the holidays with your children. During the month of December, Durango is alive with festive music and the hubbub of the holidays. There’s never a dull moment and always something Christmassy happening, and that’s why it makes my list. Go to Durango.org for more information on this top Christmas town.
4. The 12 Days of Aspen, is just one reason this ski town is making the list. From December 20, through New Year’s Eve, Aspen, Colorado celebrates the season with all sorts of cheery activities from concerts to theater, from street entertainment to free ice-skating, to shopping and restaurant specials and so much more. Aspen is also quite lovely during the holidays – just one more reason they made this list.
5. Nestled between the soaring peaks of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado is known as the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s always a bustling during the summer, but this charming little village lights up during the holidays. Visitors should stop at Longs Peak Coffee & Paper House for a cup of hot chocolate and then stroll the streets of this picturesque town. While in town, be sure to visit the famous The Stanley Hotel, to see the holiday dÃ©cor.
Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?
From book fairs to science festivals, it’s a weekend filled with culture and fun from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins to Durango. Here’s the line up for October 14-16, 2011.
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Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?
It’s time for another KRFC 88.9 FM segment, and I can’t believe this is already my 6th segment. Time flies when you are having fun and I am certainly having lots of fun – my hope is that you are too!
There’s another great weekend in store for Colorado and it includes everything from fall festivals to a bass festival – that’s the bass instrument, not the fish. So hold on to your hats and get our your calendars, because here’s what’s on the agenda for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, 2011.
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Find out what’s going on in Colorado this weekend, September 16-18, 2011. From Oktoberfests to art festivals, you can always find something interesting to do this in colorful Colorado.
“˜Tis the season for holiday events and festivals, so I’ve decided to look ahead at the next several weeks and share with my readers the events I’ve discovered. I have no doubt I’ve missed many, so feel free to add your town’s event in the comment section. Please note, in today’s post I’m only writing about November 20 thru November 27.
Fort Collins, CO – Santa Arrives & the Old Town Ice Rink Opens
November 20, Old Town Fort Collins
Santa arrives in Old Town Square at noon on Saturday. Santa’s Workshop hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, November 21 to December 24. There will be all kinds of holiday activities associate with Santa’s Workshop. For all the details visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
On Saturday, Old Town Square’s ice rink opens with skating just $2 and skate rental only $1. For a full ice rink schedule visit www.downtownfortcollins.com.
Horse and carriage rides will be available throughout the holiday season in Old Town Fort Collins. For information and reservations visit www.coloradocarriage.com.
HeidiTown Tip: Fort Collins’ downtown parking structures will be free every Saturday and Sunday, November 27 until January 2, 2010.
Loveland, CO – Ice Rink Open, Horse & Carriage Rides Start today!
The Promenade Shops at Centerra
For details visit www.thepromenadeshopsatcenterra.com
Gunnison, CO – Sugar Plum Festival
November 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Field Western Heritage Center
Come do your holiday shopping at this arts and crafts fair featuring arts, crafts, wines and food. There’s a little something special for everyone on your Christmas list at this annual event.
Old Colorado City, CO – Christmas Tree Lighting
November 20, 5 p.m. at 25th & West Colorado
This is one of my favorite Colorado towns, and if you haven’t visited now is your chance. Watch this beautiful town light up, while listening to the holiday choir and sipping hot chocolate. You can even visit with Santa Claus at Meadow Muffins.
Estes Park, CO – Catch the Glow
November 26, activities start at 12 p.m. including hayrides and visits with Santa. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Estes Park.
This breathtaking holiday parade happens every year on the day after Thanksgiving. With music, floats, lights and more, the entire family will enjoy this kick-off of Estes Park’s holiday season. There are many holiday activities in the town including the Holiday House Christmas Bazaar, Quota Club Home Tour, a Holiday Art Walk, a black-tie Fantasy Ball and many music concerts. For all the festivities visit www.estesparkcvb.com.
Niwot, CO – Niwot’s Enchanted Evening
November 26, 5 to 8 p.m., downtown Niwot
Watch the trees light up in this charming Colorado town. The evening also includes bus rides by Banjo Billy, lots of live music, and arts and crafts vendors. The downtown stores will stay open late and serve refreshments to accommodate holiday shoppers. Be sure to visit Santa at Niwot Interiors.
Greeley, CO – Festival of Trees
November 27 thru December 4 at Union Colony Center
If you like Christmas trees this is the event for you! Each tree has a theme and visitors can vote for their favorites. There are different categories and even a kid favorite. Win prizes and meet Santa Claus at this annual event. Learn more at their comprehensive Web site: www.greeleygov.com.
Greeley Lights the Nights
November 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. starting in Lincoln Park
Dozens of floats decorated with lights will move through the streets of downtown Greeley in this lighted parade that kicks off the holiday season.
Durango, CO – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad presents Polar Express
November 19 thru December 28
For info & tickets: www.durangotrain.com
Take your children on the Polar Express, the ride that brings the popular children’s book alive. This is an event you and your family will never forget.
For a list of all the holiday events in Durango go to www.durango.com.
Georgetown, CO – Georgetown Loop Railroad Santa’s North Pole Adventure
November 26 thru December 30
For info & tickets: www.georgetownlooprr.com
Just 45 miles west of Denver, Georgetown is a winter wonderland. From their Christmas Market starting December 4 (more on that at a later date) to a train ride with Santa, if you like the holidays this is the town for you.
There are several holiday train rides to choose from on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, but if the kids would enjoy riding the rails with Santa, the North Pole Adventure is the way to go. Cookies, hot chocolate, candy canes and Santa. What more could a kiddo want?
HeidiTown Tip: The Mayor loves Georgetown. Read all about her weekend stay in this mountain community HERE.
As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.
I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.
First Friday Art Walks – An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10). For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.
Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)
What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.
Lakewood, CO – Cider Days
Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)
What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.
September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)
What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.
Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale
Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)
What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.
If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.
Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.
Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.
Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):
La Veta, CO
Cañon City, CO