HeidiTown.com on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado February 3-5, 2012

ice bike racing evergreen winter festival
GOT SPIKES? The Ice Bike Race on Evergreen Lake, part of the Winter Festival on February 4. Register at www.evergreenwinterfestival.com. (Photo from Evergreen Winter Festival on Facebook)

It’s another upside down week here in HeidiTown.com. This post usually goes up on Thursday, but again, a writing conflict is interfering with the Tuesday post, so I’m posting this early.

The following is my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

Listen to the audio –> HERE, or read the following transcript of the show.

Hi, my name is Heidi, and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

Here’s the line up for this coming weekend, Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5.

First, I wanted to chat briefly about something I’ve noticed while browsing calendars around Northern Colorado. If you enjoy art, this is the place to be! Local calendars are always filled with art shows, art openings, artists meet and greets and art workshops. And with that, don’t forget that this weekend is First Friday Art Walk here in Fort Collins and in other community across the state.

As far as festivals this weekend, check out the Winter Festival at Evergreen Lake. This is a first annual event and runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. It kicks off with a 5K SnowDash at Echo Mountain. Other events throughout the day include mountain bike races on the frozen lake, a snow sculpture competition, ice-skating, sleigh rides, fire works, live music, a beer garden and more. Bundle up and take the entire family to Evergreen this weekend. Learn more at EvergreenWinterFestival.com.

wine and chocolateIn Old Town Arvada this Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., it’s the 11th Annual Chocolate Affair. Yes, celebrate all things chocolate at this event in historic downtown. With chocolate tasting, a chocolate treasure hunt, a chocolate cookie contest and chocolate artistry, you’re going to want this festival with a side of milk! Find out all about this sugary event at ArvadaFestivals.com.

Last week I shared a snowshoe tour happening in Durango, this weekend there’s a Snowshoe Outing at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. This guided hike is geared for beginners. Call the Bear Creek Nature Center for more information. As I mentioned before, guided snowshoe outings occur all over Colorado during the winter, so there’s bound to be one happening near you.

If you are headed up to do some skiing with the kids this weekend, check out Keystone Kidtopia on Saturday and Sunday. This is a festival designed with kids in mind. They can explore the ultimate Snow Fort, dance to live music in the plaza, make arts and crafts, go Disco Tubing and join in activities on and off the slopes. The snowfort is open daily at 11 a.m. There will be additional Kidtopia weeks on February 17-20, March 10-14 and March 18-21. More at Kidtopia.com.

Fairies wear boots Ska Brewing beer logo
This year's special Snowdown beer is Faeries Wear Boots Gingerbread Brown Ale by Ska Brewing.

And don’t forget, Durango’s ultimate winter festival, Snowdown is underway and runs through February 5! Outside Magazine rates this as one of the top winter festival in North America and it made my top 5 Colorado Winter Festivals not to be missed list. At Snowdown, Durango pay homage to the silly things that happen when a person gets cabin fever with event like a polar plunge, a burp off, arm wrestling competitions, snow golf and plenty more hilarious activities that help ward off the winter blues. Each year has a different theme so head over to Snowdown.org to find out the theme for 2012.

For those who like to plan ahead, a great winter festival is just around the corner, Steamboat Springs Carnival runs February 8 through the 12th. I LOVE this event and have written about it several times on HeidiTown.com.

Also coming up it’s the Winter Teva Mountain Games in Vail on February 10 through the 12th. The Summer Teva Games is a celebration of adventure sports, music and mountain lifestyle, so the Winter Mountain Games are a celebration of winter adventure sports and lifestyle. Visit TevaMountainGames.com for details.

That’s all for this week. Remember, I can’t fit it all into the radio show, so be sure you have joined the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Lots of additional events and festivals are posted there on a daily basis. As always, you can chat with me anytime on Twitter @HeidiTown.  The town is also now on Google Pus. Until next week, I’ll see you online!

Thanks for listening!

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