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Berthoud Day Parade, Berthoud, Colorado

Berthoud Day Parade 2010. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved

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.

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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!!!

When: Friday, August 27

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Longmont, Colorado

What:  It’s the 10th anniversary of Festival on Main, Longmont’s largest community street party.

Read all about this family fun festival by clicking here.

On Friday, August 28, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. the streets of Longmont will be alive with the sounds of festival. Put on by the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, the Festival on Main is going into its ninth year, and this party is going to be bigger and better than ever. The festival is held on Main Street, between 3rd Street and Longs Peak Avenue, and the entire length of roadway is shut down for the event.

Raising Cain

This year’s main stage musical lineup includes Loveland jam band Past Due, starting at 6 p.m., followed by headliner Raising Cain at 8 p.m. The Colorado band, Raising Cain, plays covers of popular songs including classics, modern rock, ballads, country, swing, Motown, oldies and jazz standards. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, as this band is sure to get the crowd moving.

There is also a showcase of local talent at the Longmont Idol competition being held in the 300 block of Main Street. The contest will be in its second week and the competition is tough. There will also be street jugglers, fire eaters, stilt walkers, a miniature train ride, a 14-foot bubble making machine, an obstacle course and much more. The festival includes an array of food choices, from Mexican to Greek, and many local restaurants will be providing delicious options to satisfy the entire family’s tastes.

The Longmont Small Business Association will be hosting a small-business expo in conjunction with the festival. Participating businesses will display their wares and services in booths at the event. The Longmont Humane Society will be present, hosting a Meet & Greet of their dogs in need of good homes.

There’s a little something for everyone at this year’s Festival on Main, so bring the entire family and do a little face painting, take a ride in an electric vehicle, watch gymnasts and dancer, as well as martial artist perform, do some dancing yourself, or just people watch.

For more information, visit www.festivalonmain.com.

NOTE: The 2010 Festival on Main is scheduled for Friday, August 27.

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NewWestFest kicks off its 21st year today in Fort Collins, with more than 50 bands taking the stage in several venues, including a Kids Music Adventure stage located at the Fort Collins Museum Courtyard on College.

Perhaps the most famous musician playing the festival is Academy Award and two-time grammy award winner Melissa Etheridge, who will headline the Mountain Avenue main stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

NewWestFest is a free community festival. Running August 14, 15 and 16, it is held in Old Town Fort Collins. The event attracts nearly 125,000 people to the downtown area where they can partake in music, arts and crafts, delicious food, beer gardens and more.

For more information, regarding parking, band schedules and more, visit NewWestFest’s Website.

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Where can you see a juggler, a magician and a guy dressed as barbarian – eat steak on a stick, a turkey leg and wash it down with ice cold hard cider – ride a camel, try your hand at shooting a bow, tossing an ax or throwing a tomato, and carry a sword, ax or bow without being incarcerated? 

This is the last weekend of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, where you can do all the above-mentioned activities, plus, shop till you drop.  From high end artisan products to rocks labeled as dragon bones – you can even buy a pet shoulder monkey, complete with realistic movements and purple fur, all sold to you by a shopkeeper with a horrifically butchered English accent.

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 We’ve been going to Renaissance Festival for eight straight years. Growing up in Littleton, Colorado, my husband also attended the festival as a kid (after all, this festival is in its 33rd year).  In my opinion, if you can’t have fun at the Renaissance Festival, I don’t know where you could ever have fun.

 The festival is held in Larkspur, Colorado and runs for eight straight weekends, starting in June. This Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m. The event is held rain or shine, and discounted tickets are available at King Soopers stores.  For more information, visit the festival at www.coloradorenaissance.com.

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Heidi’s helpful tip:

 1.  Get there when the gates open. There are less crowds in the a.m. and this makes for a better shopping experience.

2.  The petting zoo isn’t just for kids.

3.  Don’t miss the Washing Wenches show.

4.  Don’t be afraid to be silly and try silly things. Believe me, no matter how many times you fall off the rope ladder, you will not look as silly as the fat guy dressed as a Viking complete with a skull balanced atop his head.

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The Washing Wenches, the funniest show at the festival.

All photos by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer.  All rights reserved.

Please read my article about the First Annual Fort Collins Irish Festival HERE.

Fort Collins Irish Festival, Civic Center Park, Laporte Ave. & N. Howes St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Visit the website at www.FortCollinsIrishFestival.org.

Hope to see you there!