July

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews

Nothing feels as much like summer as a cold beer in one hand and a pulled pork sandwich in the other – welcome to Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews. This event always takes place on the second weekend in July. Through the years, this free event has grown to become one of Northern Colorado’s premiere summer festivals. On Friday morning, downtown Loveland starts to smell like delicious barbecued meat,

GACC-Biergartenfest-2013-Logo

The top three reasons why Biergarten Festival is one of my favorite summer fests: 1. It is located in one of the loveliest settings in Colorado. 2. The music never stops. 3. It’s simple. First, location. The Biergarten Festival is held in the foothills outside of Morrison, Colorado. The fest has its own pavilion with tables and a large dance floor. The view is beautiful and unobstructed from anywhere on

Assemble sign on the feed & grain

(Note: This event name has been changed to The Sculpture Games for 2013. It is now a 2-day event. More at www.thesculpturegames.com.) I consider myself creative and imaginative, but when it comes to art, stick figures are as good as it gets. My husband, Ryan, however, was born an artist. He used to get in trouble in school for drawing in math class, and in art class he was the

boys dancing at Biergarten Festival

The 16th Annual Biergarten Festival – July 13 & 14, 2012   Last year I was interviewed by Kama, from 99.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado. She asked me, “What makes a great festival?” I answered that setting is a huge part of what makes a festival special and authenticity is huge. There are three parts to creating great ambiance at an event and that’s setting, authenticity and layout. The

Pint glass at Loveland Aleworks

I was raised in a strict vegetarian household, and when I was 16-year-old I rebelled by eating bacon, and since then I’ve been making up for my childhood meat deprivation. Today, I freaking love meat, and barbecue festivals allow me to embrace my teenage rebellion and eat myself into a meat coma. Colorado has become a breeding ground for amazing barbecue events, and I like the trend. Loveland, Colorado has

Rippled silk effect German flag with sky background

I’m excited to tell my readers about this festival. This is not an Oktoberfest, but a celebration of German culture at a family-friendly event in Morrison, Colorado. The 15th Annual Biergarten Festival is a yearly event hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of Colorado (GACC-CO). The event is set up to resemble an authentic German beer garden atmosphere – the kind of place German families spend time together

Colorado State Haggis Toss Championships at Elizabeth Celtic Festival

  Much to my delight, there’s no shortage of Celtic festivals in Colorado. With the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival more than a month away, this little festival will give you a reason to jig in July. With everything from Scottish athletics to music by some of the best area Celtic bands, the Elizabeth Celtic Festival is definitely worth checking out. Read all about it here.

Greeley Stampede Rodeo

You don’t have to be a cowboy, or even own a pair of boots, in order to love the Greeley Stampede. This week long event has been held in Greeley, Colorado for over 100 years. The Stampede is a family-friendly celebration of western culture and American independence. While you can expect all the usual stuff at the Stampede, this year’s event has lots of new entertainment as well. Read all

Cherry Pie Festival, Loveland, Colorado

POST UPDATE:  The 2011 Cherry Pie Festival will be held on July 23.  All info here. Loveland, Colorado has a lot to celebrate – most recently Money Magazine named it the 33rd best place to live in America, and in the not  so distant past, AARP ranked Loveland as the #1 retirement town in America. Loveland has a rich agricultural past, and the area is best known for the historic