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.
One of my favorite summer activities is listening to live music while laying in the green grass and watching the clouds roll by. When I researched summer outdoor music options in Northern Colorado, I was overwhelmed. If you were so inclined, you could spend every evening of the week listening to live music somewhere in Colorado, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
I’ve mentioned several of these events before, but thought it would be nice to have them all right here in an a handy little list for my readers. I have no doubt that I’ve missed a few, so if you know of a free concert series in your town, whether it’s in Northern Colorado or beyond, please drop me a message in the comment section!
All of these concerts are FREE!
Foote Lagoon Concert Series (Loveland, Colorado)
This free concert series starts on June 16 and runs every Thursday until August 20. The Foote Lagoon is located at 500 E. 5th Street near Loveland’s municipal buildings just east of historic downtown.
The round stage is actually located in the lagoon, with the audience sitting either in the concrete seating area or on the grassy slopes of the lagoon. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and many people bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the show.
Each year the lineup at the lagoon is different and this year is no exception, featuring everything from honky-tonk to a Beetle tribute band. To see the entire schedule of bands including links to their website go to my previous post here.
Friday Fest (Greeley, Colorado)
Every Friday, starting on June 10, you can enjoy live bands during on 9th Street Plaza in downtown Greeley. The Greeley Blues Jam (June 10-11) kicks off the event and it concludes with the Arts Picnic extravaganza on July 30. Greeley’s music scene attracts talented bands from every genre. Learn all about GBJ in my previous post about the event. The Greeley Blues Jam is not a free event.
Lagoon Summer Concert Series (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
This event is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lagoon on the west lawn of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center. The concert series starts on June 29 and runs through August 10. To see what bands are on the schedule go to www.lagoonseries.com.
Also in Fort Collins…
Noontime Notes Concert Series – Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Street Plaza in Old Town. Runs June 7 through August 16.
Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Series – Friday nights in Old Town Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Starts June 3 and ends on August 19.
Longmont Summer Concert Series (Longmont, Colorado)
The City of Longmont offers three free concerts at various locations during the summer. First up, Concert in the Park in Roosevelt Park at 700 Longs Peak Avenue. These concerts run every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting on June 14 with the Celtic band, The Indulgers. <— YEAH! Love this band!
The Museum’s Summer Concert Series runs every Wednesday in the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center’s courtyard. Concerts take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and the museum is located at 400 Quail Road.
Last, but not least, the Downtown Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 10. These concerts take place every Friday night at 4th and Main in downtown Longmont with music starting at 7 p.m. To see the entire lineup of bands playing at each of these venues go to www.ci.longmont.co.us.
Rhythm on the Rails (Niwot, Colorado)
This is award winning concert series is held every Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. in Whistle Stop Park. The event starts on June 9 and runs through August 18, 2011. This event includes food vendors, artisans, kids activities and a beer/wine/margarita tent for the adults. Find a complete lineup of bands playing this venue visit www.niwot.com. The best part? It’s held in one of the Mayor’s favorite towns! Read all about Niwot, here.
Sounds of Centerra (Loveland, Colorado)
Friday, July 15 through Friday, August 19
The concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park, located just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra and are free to the public. To see the lineup of bands go here.
If you are anything like me, you plan ahead – especially when it comes to the busy summer months.
On that note, I’m going to do my very best to give you a heads up on Colorado summer festivals well before they happen. This way, you can fill up your summer calendar with lots of fun and not miss any of it!
I won’t always get ahead of stuff… sometimes I don’t even know it’s happening until it’s just a weekend away, but I will try to keep up to date on the events and festivals that I think fall into the category of “stuff the Mayor likes.”
Also, watch for giveaways this summer. If you haven’t joined HeidiTown’s “party block” on Facebook, I’d definitely recommend doing so (that’s where I often give hints about giveaways on the blog). That is also the place where I can give you last minute details on lots of events that I don’t have time to write-up here.
Lastly, if you would like to advertise your event or festival on HeidiTown, shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up with a Press Kit, rates and site info. One month or two month ad space is available. Let’s chat! TheMayor@HeidiTown.com
Thanks for supporting this town! It’s going to be a GREAT Colorado summer!!!
“˜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.
The snow may be falling along Colorado’s Front Range, but that doesn’t mean the end of market season. There are several winter markets this weekend, as well art walks, soccer and more.
If none of these events suit your fancy this weekend, the Mayor likes the events calendar at the DenverPost.com and at FortCollins.com.
Evergreen, CO – Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen High School
Admission $2, FREE for children & students
This festival features over 100 artisans with various crafts. From photography to jewelry there’s a little something to suit every taste at this popular event. The festival is presented by the Center for the Arts Evergreen, a non-profit promoting the arts, both visual and performing, to the mountain community of Evergreen.
Loveland, CO – Night on the Town
Tonight (Friday) from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Loveland
The many art galleries and shops in downtown Loveland stay open for this 2nd Friday art walk reoccurring each month in the Sweetheart City. Bundle up and stroll the charming streets of downtown Loveland. Stop in at one of the restaurants and ask about their Night on the Town special.
Niwot, CO – Winter Market
This market takes place inside Niwot Market (7960 Niwot Road) and will feature three local farmers: Ollin Farms, Aspen Moon Farm and Frog Star Farm. The wares at this market include meats, veggies and even wine tasting. There will also be craft vendors.
Denver, CO – Art Week (ends Saturday!)
It’s your last chance to experience Denver Art Week. Go to www.denver.org/DenverArtsWeek to find out more!
Denver, CO – MLS Eastern Conference Championship
Saturday, 7:30 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Get your tickets now to watch the Colorado Rapids play San Jose tomorrow! A win this weekend and they will play for the MLS Cup (scheduled for November 21 in Toronto).
Fort Collins, CO – Winter Farmer’s Market
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Opera Galleria (123 N. College Ave.)
Over 40 vendors come to the market to sell late season veggies as well as meats and other delectables likes jams, cheeses, bread, wines and more.
Don’t forget the Breckenridge Craft Spirit Festival is this weekend (read all about it by clicking here).
Denver, CO – 2010 Refuge Roundup
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (FREE)
Celebrate Colorado’s western tradition with music and lots of live animals, including raptors from HawkQuest, bison and horses. There will be archery demonstrations, crafts, games and hayrides for the kids. There will also be performances by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. This is the perfect event for the entire family. Learn more and see the entire line-up of events and performers at www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal.
Niwot, CO – Psychic Fair
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Left Hand Valley Grange Hall (FREE)
Billed as a day full of fun and enlightenment, this event could be just what your soul needs. At the fair you will find clairvoyance, tarot card readings, aura photography, aura portraits, aura energy readings and clearings/healing/energetic healing work and more. Find out more at www.BoulderHealers.com/psychicfair.
Boulder, CO – Boulder County Farmer’s Market Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There’s only a few more weekends left of of this farmer’s market located on 13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon next to Central Park in downtown Boulder. Spend some time at the market and then dine at one of Boulder’s fabulous eateries. The Mayor of HeidiTown has many favorites, but The Mediterranean is tops!
You can also check out Longmont’s Market, running from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Find out more about both of these markets at www.BouldersFarmers.org.
Parker, CO – Halloween with Horses
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Colorado Horse Park
$14 all-inclusive except for food (Children under 2 are free)
Here’s as unique event that features an array of entertainment from horse shows to a haunted house, from crafters to a petting zoo. Honestly, there’s so much going on at this event it’s best to head over to their Website and check out the line up. www.HalloweenWithHorses.org
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
Read all about Niwot, Colorado’s First Annual Left Handers Day celebration by clicking here.
Festivities start Thursday, August 12, 2010.
Happy 4th of July from the Mayor to you! Stay safe and be happy.
Here’s a list of where to catch a fireworks show in Northern Colorado:
Colorado National Speedway, July 3 & 4th, 4281 County Road 10, Dacono – NASCAR and fireworks, what’s more American than that?
Estes Park, July 4, Lake Estes – Festivities start at 11 a.m. and include lots of patriotic music and family fun.
Firestone, July 4, Miner’s Park (151 Grant Ave) – A parade at noon, followed by an ice cream social, face painting, music and more. It’s a whole lot of small town fun.
Fort Collins, July 4, City Park (1500 West Mulberry St) – All day 4th of July activities start with a balloon launch at 5 a.m. and end with the fireworks scheduled for 9:45 p.m.
Greeley, July 4, Greeley Stampede – Learn about this weekend long event that includes a rodeo and big time music stars at www.greeleystampede.org.
Longmont, July 4, Boulder Fairgrounds – Fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Loveland, July 4, over Lake Loveland – The BEST and BIGGEST show in Northern Colorado. Bring a lawn chair and get there early to stake a claim on a piece of grass at one of the many viewing areas around the lake.
Wellington, July 4, Liberty Park (3800 Wilson Ave) – A pancake breakfast, parade and car show will precede the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Windsor, July 4, Boardwalk Park (100 N. 5th St) – Leash up your pup and join the fun for a 4-legged race starting at 8 a.m. followed by an afternoon of live music and fireworks at 7 p.m.