What’s happening in Colorado this weekend, June 8-10, 2012 (HeidiTown on the radio)

the Mayor in a blue car at Colorado Nationals
The Mayor of HeidiTown at the 2011 Colorado Nationals. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s another great Colorado weekend with events that will suit every taste and every age group.

The following is the transcript from my weekly radio show on  KRFC  88.9 FM. If you’d rather listen to the show,  click here.

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

This is the line up for June 8 through the 10th, 2012, and now that the festival season is in full swing I urge you to hook up with me on Facebook and Twitter, because it’s an impossible task to share everything I’d like to share here on the radio show.

First up, it’s the Taste of Fort Collins this weekend. Food events take place around the state and it seems most towns now have one and these festivals are a great way to introduce your taste buds to new restaurants in your community.

Taste of Fort Collins LogoFort Collins has a thriving food scene and new restaurants are cropping up every month. 41 restaurants are participating in this year’s Taste of Fort Collins. Marketed as a family-friendly event, festival goers can even vote on their favorite restaurant at the Taste. Last year’s People’s Choice winner was Jax Fish House. For more on this two-day tasty affair go to TasteofFortCollins.com.

I’m not a car nut and I can’t tell you the first thing about an engine, however, I LOVE vintage cars, so I really enjoy attending the Colorado Nationals held at The Ranch in Loveland every year.

The event features over 1500 rods, custom, classic and muscle cars through 1972. There are vendor and manufacturers exhibits, a swap meet, a model and pedal car show, an autocross competition that’s very exciting and a lot more.

Even if you aren’t a gearhead, I know you’ll have fun at the 15th Annual Colorado Nationals running this Friday through Sunday. Get all the details at Good-Guys.com, look under Events.

The famous Greeley Blues Jam is upon us. It starts in downtown Greeley this Friday and then the ticketed event is Saturday at Island Grove. Eleven hours of nonstop blues awaits the avid fans of this annual music festival. Learn more at GreeleyBluesJam.com.

Two events are happening in the tiny but fabulous town of Lyons, Colorado this weekend. It’s the Lyons Outdoor Games and the Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival is back. The games were created 11 years ago to celebrate mountains sports such as kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and more. There are numerous clinics and exhibitions by some of the world’s most elite athletes.

The Burning Can is a festival of CANNED beer featuring over 25 breweries. This is the perfect weekend to be in Lyons, check it all out online at LyonsOutdoorGames.com.

It’s Wool Festival in Estes June 9 and 10. This is one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America featuring demos, contests, a children’s tents, exhibits and the sale of fiber animals like alpacas. In its 22nd year, this event draws more than 10,000 to the beautiful town of Estes Park, Colorado. One of the more interesting features of this event is that you can learn how to pack a llama for hiking of hunting. I’ve always thought it would be fun to hike the backcountry with a llama. Learn more at EstesParkCVB.com.

Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur Colorado
The joust at the Colorado Renaissance Festival is a highly anticipated event involving a lot of cheering and jeering from the crowd. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Two popular summer festivals get underway this weekend including my personal favorite the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur running through the end of July, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder running through mid-August.

It’s Parker Days this weekend, a family event that has been taking place in Parker, Colorado for thirty years. There’s a parade, carnival, and tons of activities for all ages. More at ParkerDaysFestival.com.

There is a fun fest taking place in southwest Colorado this weekend, a destination that should be on your radar this summer. June 7 through 10th is the 34th Annual Pioneer Days in Crawford, Colorado. Outhouse races are the highlight of this celebration of the wild west that also features lots of live entertainment, vendors, a Cowboy Cook-off, parade and lots more family fun. Learn more at CrawfordCounty.org.

As a reminder, if you are looking for ways to keep the kiddos busy this summer, be sure to check out your local museum. Many are offering workshops, exhibits and other programs aimed at entertaining and educating children.

That’s all the time I have for this week’s radio show. Be sure to join me on Facebook at HeidiTown.comonFB and follow me on Twitter for more festival and event information. The town is also on Google Plus.

Thank you for listening! Until next week I hope to see you online or at a festival near you!

3 Comments


  1. Also butterfly Pavillion butterfly’s and bubbly featuring MouCo.

    Denver Botanical gardens hops and grapes event.

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