Festivals & Events

Coffin Race in Manitou Springs
Festivals, October

Featured Festival: Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, Colorado

All photos courtesy of ManitouSprings.org. Let’s be frank, Manitou Springs is quirky, and sometimes downright weird, but that’s a big part of why I like it. We’ve done several weekend trips to Manitou over the years, and it’s always a ... [ Read More ]
Volkstanzgruppe Dancers at Oktoberfest in Greeley, Colorado
Festivals, September

Friday’s Featured Festival: Greeley Oktoberfest

The Volkstanzgruppe Dancers entertained the crowd and gave free lessons. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. This is not the first time I’ve mentioned the Greeley Oktoberfest on HeidiTown, and long before they became an advertiser here, I thought this was one ... [ Read More ]
Is Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest the best music festival in Colorado?
August, Festivals, Music

Is Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest the best music festival in Colorado?

My parents met while singing in a traveling church band in the 70s, and on many childhood nights I fell asleep listening to my dad strumming his guitar downstairs. My mom, who is an accomplished pianist, laughingly used to accuse ... [ Read More ]
hot air balloon
August, Festivals

A festival full of hot air – Sweetheart Balloon Rally & Airstream Show

As you might imagine, I go to a lot of events and festivals, and quite frankly, a lot of them look the same – beer garden, food vendors, kids’ area, 5K, pancake breakfast. This isn’t necessarily bad, especially in smaller ... [ Read More ]
Assemble sign on the feed & grain
Festivals, July

Junkyard Wars ““ Loveland, Colorado style

Photos by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved. (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 ... [ Read More ]
Biergarten Festival 2012 LOGO
Festivals, July

Biergarten Festival in Morrison, Colorado gets it right

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 ... [ Read More ]
Loveland Loves BBQ LOGO
Dining, Festivals, July

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews (July 13-14, 2012)

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 ... [ Read More ]
Little girl on pony.
April, Festivals

Mead Roubaix Festival will be fun for entire family

Mead Roubaix Festival (Photo courtesy of the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce). I really enjoy sharing events like the Mead Roubaix Festival with my readers. Small town festivals are at the heart of what this blog is all about. There ... [ Read More ]
Snow Sculpture After Dark 1
December, Festivals

Snow Sculpture Festival comes to Loveland, Colorado

Loveland’s Snow Sculpture in the Dark is quickly becoming a premiere festival in Northern Colorado. Snow Sculpture After Dark 2010 (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved) This year’s event runs December 5-10, 2011. Read all about it by clicking ... [ Read More ]
Christkindl Market Logo
December, Festivals

Celebrate the holidays in downtown Denver at the Christkindl Market

Here is an event that you should make part of your family tradition this holiday season. The Denver Christkindl Market runs for nearly a month in downtown. You can make a day of it – attend the market for lunch ... [ Read More ]