Featured Festival: Governor’s Art Show, Loveland, Colorado

I’ll never forget the first time Ryan and I attended the Governor’s Art Show & Sale in Loveland, Colorado. We love art and art galleries and visit many during our travels and to say that we were impressed by this show would be an understatement. The collection of artwork curated for this juried show is truly a cut above.

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All photos courtesy of Governor’s Art Show & Sale.

Loveland, Colorado has been known for art since the 1970s when three bronze foundries called the town home. Over the years, the city’s reputation has grown beyond sculpture and many different types of artists have been drawn to this Northern Colorado community.

It’s appropriate that for the past quarter of a decade Loveland has hosted the largest juried art show to feature only Colorado artists. The 26th annual Governor’s Art Show will kick off on April 28 with a Preview Party and Gala and the show will run through May 28. 

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Hundreds entered, but only twenty percent of the artwork submitted, a total of 56 artists, were chosen for this year’s show and more than half of those artists are new to the Governor’s Art Show. Artworks of various mediums, techniques and styles will be represented. See list of selected artists here.

On May 20, the Plein Air Festival, in association with the Governor’s Art Show, will take place in various locations around Loveland. This event is your opportunity to see more the 50 painters from across Colorado at work in downtown Loveland, at Sweetheart City Wines and beyond. See a list of locations here. The festival is followed by an auction held at the Rialto Theater.  

Governor's Art Show & Sale Plein Air Festival

While exhibit admission to the Governor’s Art Show is just $5, there is free admission to the show during Loveland’s second Friday art walk, Night on the Town, Friday, March 12, 6 to 9 p.m. and the last day of the show, May 28.

If you go to one art show this year, this should be it. At just $5, you’ve got no excuse not to visit.

Governor’s Art Show & Sale

GALA – April 28, 2017

Purchase Gala tickets here

SHOW – April 29 to May 28, 2017

Admission $5 (tickets available at the door)

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Loveland Museum Gallery

(show hours are museum gallery hours)

503 N. Lincoln Avenue

Loveland, CO 80537


The Governor’s Art Show is presented by Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs, directed by Pam Osborn and endorsed by the Governor of Colorado. It requires year-round planning, a budget exceeding $100k and many hours of volunteerism. All proceeds will benefit Rotary-sponsored charitable projects and causes, including scholarships for local art students.


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Featured Festival: Front Range Rally, May 28, 2016

Coloradans have lots of choices when it comes to beer festivals. On any given summer weekend there are three or more beer festivals taking place across the state. So how do you make a choice about which beer festival deserves your hard earned money? That’s where I come in. I attend a lot of beer festivals and while some are struggling to remain relevant, other are thriving.

Front Range Rally is thriving

Front Range Rally rainbow shot

Photos by Emily Sierra Photography. Used with permission.

Front Range Rally is not just another beer festival. The FRR team works tirelessly to make sure attendees have a great experience each and every year. I’ve sat in on FRR committee meetings and this team really does care. Plus, the festival raises money for a worthy cause and that helps keep this festival at the top of its game.

Upslope at Front Range Rally

Front Range Rally is a craft beer and food truck festival that takes place annually on the last Saturday in May in Loveland, Colorado.  More than sixty breweries will be represented at the festival this year and ten food trucks have already signed up. In addition to breweries, several cideries and distilleries will be at the fest.

Front Range Rally features a large variety of craft brews. Melvin Brewing from Jackson, Wyoming will be there, as will Perrin Brewing Company from Michigan. While Colorado’s craft breweries are awesome, I love having the opportunity to taste a few out-of-state beer at a festival.

Splurge on VIP

I don’t always promote purchasing VIP tickets to a beer event unless VIPs get treated well and FRR does a bang up job. VIP tickets include the usual – one hour early entry to the fest – but this VIP package also includes access to exclusive beers, a buffet of ribs and coleslaw, seating in the shade and best of all, a private restroom. No waiting in lines for VIPs.  

Front Range Rally VIP pic

Drink for a good cause

Front Range Rally benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the festival go directly to this nonprofit that distributed 8.9 million pounds of food to low-income residents throughout Larimer County in 2015.

I hope that you will join me in Loveland this May!

Front Range Rally

May 28, 2016

2600 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO

General Admission 2:30 to 7 p.m. ($40)

VIP entry at 1:30 ($60)

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Featured Festival: Front Range Rally, May 30, 2015

One of Northern Colorado’s best – if not the best –  beer festival is just around the corner. Front Range Rally is in its third year and it just keeps getting better.


This craft beer and food truck rally is held as a benefit for the Food Bank for Larimer County, so you can be happy in the knowledge that you are drinking and eating for a good cause.

What makes this particular Loveland-based beer festival unique are the food trucks. This year there will be 12 food trucks serving up everything from wood fired pizza to wings. This year there’s even a truck serving soups and salads for those looking for lighter fare. Of course, there will be several barbeque food trucks to choose from too. If you want to go a little more “high end,” the Mile High Lobster Shack will fix you up with a lobster roll that will have you dreaming of the ocean.

Food truck at Front Range Rally. Photo by Emily Sierra Photography.

While the food is good, most of us attend Front Range Rally for the beer and there will be lots of wonderful craft beer at this year’s event. In fact, 50 breweries will be serving up their delicious brews and even a few craft distilleries have snuck in this year too.

There will be several breweries in attendance that I haven’t seen at any other festival yet including Weldwerks Brewing from Greeley and Odyssey Beerwerks from Arvada.

With over 130 unique beers being poured at Front Range Rally, you’re sure to find one or two or 12 that suits your fancy.

Brewery's pouring beer at Front Range Rally. Photo by Emily Sierra Photography.

For those who purchase a VIP ticket, the day will include early entry to the fest (1:30 p.m.), access to a VIP tent which features exclusive beer varieties, seating, shade and a private restroom. For an additional $10 you can attend an American Sours seminar presented by five brewers at 3 p.m.

Front Range Rally

May 30, 2015

2600 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colorado

2:30 to 7 p.m.

VIP session starts at 1:30

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Lisa Levy made herself a brewery sticker shirt at Front Range Rally. Photo by Emily Sierra Photography.


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Featured Festival: HeidiTown Fest, May 23-24, 2015

HeidiTown FEst 2015 logoIt’s that time, time to featured HeidiTown Fest here on the blog.  I hope that you’ve already heard about this brand new festival that I’m hosting in Ouray, Colorado over Memorial Day weekend.

I’ve been thinking about throwing a HeidiTown Fest for a couple years, and I finally took the plunge. I’m both scared and excited about this year’s festival because first year events are always a bit stressful for the organizer.

I chose Ouray because it is one of the most beautiful places in Colorado and there are lots of gals named Heidi that call the town home, so it seemed like the perfect place to hold the inaugural fest.

You can find out all the nitty gritty details on the fest’s page here on, but let’s just say that HeidiTown Fest is all about celebrating Colorado. I am giving you the chance to experience Colorado the way I get to experience Colorado – like a VIP. Why should travel writers and bloggers have all the fun?

At HeidiTown Fest you’ll be adventuring during the day and enjoying HeidiTown parties at night. You will not be bored at this festival.

When you arrive at your hotel you’ll receive a welcome packet from me that will include all your passes, plus a sheet with tips on what other things you can do while in town; like eating at delicious restaurants or visiting a museum.

Grab your spouse, your kids or some friends and enjoy Ouray with me this Memorial Day weekend!

Please note that Second Chance Humane Society, the May recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back, will also be our featured nonprofit at the festival. There will be an opportunity to donate to this Ridgway animal shelter during the social gatherings throughout the weekend.

I plan to move HeidiTown Fest to a different Colorado town each year, so you can look forward to experiencing a new community and new area of the state every Memorial Day weekend.

HeidiTown Festival

May 23-24, 2015


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Win tickets to Front Range Rally, a craft beer & food truck festival

Contest now over. Keep tabs on HeidiTown’s Facebook page for another Front Range Rally ticket giveaway happening there on May!

Yesterday I promised that if HeidiTown’s Facebook page could reach 3000 fans this week I’d give away tickets to Front Range Rally.

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We blew past that goal in under three hours!

So I’m keeping my promise and giving away a pair of tickets to Front Range Rally ($80 value).

What is Front Range Rally? Well, it’s only the best beer festival in Northern Colorado. And why do I give this fest such high honors? Here are four reasons:

1. 50 craft breweries (more than 130 unique beers)

Beers on ice at Front Range Rally. Dancing in my head photography.

2. Twelve food trucks

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You’re invited to HeidiTown Fest 2015!

HeidiTown Fest 2015 is happening… it’s really, really happening!

I am so excited to invite you to Ouray over Memorial Day Weekend 2015, May 23-24, to experience Colorado like I experience Colorado.

I am thrilled to introduce my readers to one of Colorado’s fantastic gems – Ouray, Colorado.

We’re going to have a heck of a weekend. Anyone who books a HeidiTown Fest package will be a VIP and gals named Heidi will be VVIPs, Very, Very Important People.

All the details, including package information, have been outlined on the HeidiTown Fest page. Click the link!

I hope to see many of you in Ouray this Memorial Day Weekend.


Heidi, the Mayor of HeidiTown



Win an overnight stay & tickets to the Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza

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A brand new wine event is happening in Breckenridge, Colorado over Memorial Day Weekend. The Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza is unique because it will feature all Colorado wineries, musicians and food. Take it from me, it’s difficult to find a Colorado-centric wine festival outside of the Western Slope area.

Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza

There are three days of festivities, all taking at Beaver Run Resort. I’m a big fan of this resort and love the chill ambiance. They have everything from hotel style rooms to four bedroom condo style suites available. There are two swimming pools; one with a poolside bar. The Colorado Suite that I stayed in this past winter was huge, with lots of character. Ours had an entire room dedicated to the gigantic jacuzzi tub. They have a wonderful shuttle service that takes you all over Breckenridge and will pick you up too, but should you decide to eat at the resort, there are three restaurant/bars to choose from. Continue reading

Featured Festival: TEDxFrontRange (May 22, 2014)

TEDxFrontRange LogoI’m featuring TEDxFrontRange on HeidiTown again this year, and while it isn’t a festival, it fits the spirit of HeidiTown. If you are unfamiliar with TEDx, it’s an afternoon of enlightenment through short presentations by a variety of folks.

TEDx originated from TED, founded in 1984, by Richard Saul Wurman. He saw a powerful convergence between Technology, Entertainment and Design happening in the world. The event brings together movers and shakers; individuals who have done amazing things or simple things that have had amazing results.

TedxFrontRange Logo2Speakers take the stage for up to 18 minutes. There are two annual TED conferences, with one occurring in the United States and the other in Edinburgh, Scotland. Speakers have included movie directors, software developers, founders of various nonprofit organizations and so many more. Continue reading

HeidiTown Gives Back: Realities for Children (Realities Ride & Rally)

Realitie Ride Poker Run for Realities for Children

Photo from Realities for Children on Facebook

Into every life, a little rain must fall, but children shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of the storm and that’s where Realities for Children comes in.

The Fort Collins based, Realities for Children is the May recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign. The mission of RFC is  to provide for the unmet needs of children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk by uniting local businesses, youth agencies and the community in collaborative and mutually beneficial service.

The nonprofit was established in 1995, by Craig Secher, who was a child protection case-manager with Larimer County Child Protective Services. As he watched children slipped through the cracks of the system, he decided he was going to create a safety net. That safety net was Realities for Children.

Today, the nonprofit supports the services of 25 local youth agencies and represents over 150 business members invested in making a difference.

Realities for Children’s biggest fundraiser of the year happens at the end of this month.

bikers on the Realities for Children poker run

Photo from Realities for Children’s Facebook Page. Submitted by David Campbell for Biker Net.

Realities Ride & Rally

May 24-25 – Memorial Day Weekend 2014

This event is the World’s Largest Motorcycle Poker Run. Nearly 3000 riders participated in the event in 2013 raising more than $100,000, and that entire amount was placed in the Realities for Children Emergency Fund (benefiting the most vulnerable children). Continue reading

Featured Festival: Governor’s Art Show (& Gala)

For the second year in a row, the Governor’s Art Show is being featured on HeidiTown and I couldn’t be more honored. Whether you are a lifelong art collector, or just a casual art observer, this is the art show for you.


Governor’s Art Show & Sale, May 4 – June 15, 2014

Gala, May 3 (purchase tickets here)

My husband,  Ryan Schlaefer, is one of the most talented artists I know. Despite the fact that he’s an artist and I draw stick people, we both love art, and during our travels around Colorado and beyond, we frequently visit art galleries and art shows. This is how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Governor’s Art Show & Sale, taking place annually in Loveland, Colorado for more than two decades, is one of the best around.

The Colorado artists who are chosen to participate in this prestigious event have eye-opening and awe-inspiring talent. This is the kind of show you may want to visit more than once. My husband and I enjoyed last year’s show so much that I even blogged about it over on  his website’s blog here.

The Gala takes place May 3, and is your chance to rub shoulders with fellow art lovers, as well as the artists themselves. The show is presented by the  Rotary Club of Loveland  and the  Thompson Valley Rotary Club. It is a major fundraiser for both clubs whose mission is to help local and global neighbors through volunteerism and philanthropy. In addition to being a fundraiser, the two clubs have paid over $2 million to Colorado artists over the years.

Several of our favorite artists from last year are back. Be sure to check out the work of  Tiffany Miller Russell. Her medium is cut paper and you have to see her work to truly understand the patience it must take to complete her projects.

Another truly astounding artist who is back this year is  Julie Bender, who paints with fire – literally. The technique is called “pyrography.” When you go, do not miss  Mark Thompson‘s work. Trust me, you will be amazed.

I could go on and on about the artists who will be showing at the Governor’s Art Show & Sale, but you have to experience this event for yourself, and plan to spend a little time. This isn’t a show you’ll want to rush through, but rather I encourage you to savor the experience.

The Show and Sale runs May 4 through June 15 and is held at the Loveland Museum Gallery, open Tuesdays and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m. On Second Friday, Loveland’s monthly art walk, the museum is open from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery exhibit fee is just $5, with no gallery fees on May 22 and June 4.

FREE ART THEATER SHOW starring Loveland-based artist Scott Freeman scheduled for Saturday, May 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bill Reed Middle School. I’ve seen Freeman perform and his work is astounding. Go to the event website for more information.

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