July

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Gothic Mountain photo by Doug Beezley

I learned recently that Colorado Parks & Wildlife is involved in many nature festivals throughout the state. From birding excursions to festivals celebrating elk, these events take place all year and in every corner of Colorado. Here are a few events happening this summer and fall that I think should be on your radar. Make sure that you have updated your state’s park pass before going; you wouldn’t want to

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival

There’s something about wine and jazz  – they seem to be a natural fit. Perhaps it’s all the notes; flavor notes and C notes. Okay, so that’s just silly, but these two wonderful things really do pair very nicely. I was first introduced to the wine and jazz combo at Copper Mountain back in 2012, and since then I’ve had my eye out for other wine and jazz festivals that

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What haven’t I written about Biergarten Festival? It’s one of my favorite Colorado summertime festivals, and in fact, I’d say it’s in the top three. For me, Biergarten Festival ticks all the right boxes because it’s an authentic German summer party with all the proper accouterments. It’s truly fun for everyone, from the smallest member of your family to the oldest. Why do I look forward to Biergarten Festival? Well,

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Nothing is better than a small town celebration of the 4th of July, and you’ll find just that in Firestone, Colorado. Firestone is located  30 minutes north of Denver and 40 miles south of Fort Collins, along I25. Founded as a coal mining town in the early 1900s, the town remained tiny until 2000, when folks discovered its charm. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town grew 431% from

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We’ve been visiting the  Colorado Renaissance Festival for many, many years. In fact, my husband’s been visiting the realm since he was just a kid. It’s one of our favorite summer excursions. At the end of the day we’re hot, covered in dust and turkey leg grease, but we’re happy. Colorado Renaissance Festival is an outstanding production and I’ve pointed to this fest as an example that should be followed

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There’s a fun, family-friendly event happening in Firestone over five Fridays this summer, and it’s called Food & Flick Friday. This is an event for everyone, from the new baby in the family to that newly engaged couple who is looking for a romantic night out with Disney. Food & Flick Friday gets underway on June 6 and runs through August 8, and takes place in Hart Park, with one

Aztec dancer at Native American Cultural Gathering in Colorado kneels. HeidiTown.com

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was surrounded by Native American history. Therefore, it was sort of “old hat.” I knew a lot about Native Americans in the area because school presentations and museums were filled with this information, but I wasn’t innately interested. It was so common that it didn’t feel very exotic. It wasn’t until recently, that I became more intrigued by the Native American story –

Happy Hour at Smokin Moes in Winter Park, Colorado. Heiditown.com

A girlfriend getaway to Winter Park, Colorado With the back of my Toyota stuffed with suitcases and coolers full of wine and other sweet treats, we were off. This was our long awaited girls-only weekend to be spent stuffing our faces with delicious cheese and washing it down with wine at The Village Uncorked at Winter Park Resort. My cohorts were Christine and Susan, longtime friends who are also my

Pagosa Springs Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy Photo

Mermaids, knights in shining armor, craft beer and belly dancing? I am so there! And I will be, because I’m attending the 5th Annual Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival on July 19-21, 2013. This festival is a fundraiser for the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the town’s 1700 residents have truly embraced this event. Last year more than 2400 people attended the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival in Town

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The following featured festival has been brought to you by Mueller & Associates, CPA, LLC. Last year this event was called Assemble, but the name has been changed to The Sculpture Games. The new event proved popular and this year’s games have been extended to two days. What are The Sculpture Games? Think Junkyard Wars meets the Loveland arts scene. Loveland has long been a mecca for artists, especially sculptors.