I love riding bikes. I know this because at the end of a ride my teeth are covered in bugs and grit from smiling widely during my outing, but that’s okay – totally worth it. Riding a bike is one of the last things that genuinely makes me feel like a kid again.
This past weekend, I got to experience the best of both worlds during a fat bike tour with Ridden – I rode a bike that made me feel ten again and I took full advantage of being an adult because our bike ride destination was Breckenridge Distillery and Broken Compass Brewery.
We met up with our tour guide, Ashley Mahs at Ridden, a cool downtown sports shop selling new and used gear and providing rentals. Ridden started offering guided fat bike tours this winter, and participants get to ride brand new Borealis fat bikes that are made in Colorado Springs. Continue reading
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means from this point on I will be running around the state like a crazy woman with dusty festival feet and pulling a tired, but accommodating husband along behind me.
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who have died in service of this great nation. It’s also marks the kickoff of the summer festival season, although summer doesn’t officially start until June 20.
It’s a very busy weekend, so let’s get started.
Here in Fort Collins… the Realities for Children Motorcycle Ride and Rally has become a tradition in Northern Colorado. It is one of the state’s largest charity motorcycle poker runs and features lots of stuff to get your motor runnin’ including live music, fireworks, a stunt show, vintage and custom bikes and more. The Rally starts on Saturday in downtown Fort Collins and runs from 11 to 11. Downtown’s largest fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. The ride continues on Sunday at Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson in Loveland. For details and to register for the ride go to RealitiesRide.com.
Also, mark your calendar because Bohemian Nights Presents the Thursday Night Live Concert Series on Thursday May 31. Enjoy local music every Thursday in Old Town through August 2nd. For band info, go to DowntownFortCollins.com.
In Estes Park this weekend, enjoy the Art Market. Ninety Artisans will display their talents in Bond Park. Details at ArtCenterofEstes.com.
And speaking of ART, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival is also this weekend at the Denver Pavilions. 150,000 art-lovers are expected to attend this event that includes a special exhibit of DiVinci’s Machines. Go to DowntownDenverArtsFestival.com for a map of this huge artsy affair and the schedule.
Also in Denver, the Memorial Day Parade & Tribute Ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Civic Center Park. Let’s never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted each and every day. Visit DenverGov.org/Veterans for more.
This weekend is also the Boulder Creek Festival, three days of entertainment, shopping and people watching. This event is a great way to break in your festival sandals and practice your dance moves. Go to BCEProductions.com for the details on Boulder’s unofficial kick off to summer.
Also in Boulder, Cinderella is now underway at Boulders Dinner Theater. Watch for a review coming soon to HeidiTown.com.
There are several river-oriented fests this weekend in two of my favorite Colorado mountain towns.
First it’s Paddle Fest in Buena Vista. If you haven’t been to this part of Colorado, you’ve really been missing out on one of the most spectacular destinations in the state. Located on the Arkansa River, Buena Vista and Salida are two town highly regarded by kayakers and PaddleFest is an interactive event that will get you ready for a safe, fun season on the water. This event has grown over the years, check it out at CKSPaddleFest.com.
And speaking of the water, it’s the 32nd Annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs. Take it from me, this town knows how to throw a party, and this event is no exception. The festival celebrates everything on the river with races, slaloms, tube rodeo, Crazy River Dog Competition and lots more. Go to FriendsoftheYampa.com for more information.
Staying at altitude, it’s the Beaver Creek’s 9th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue. This is a serious weekend of eating, drinking, golfing and more. For ticket information go to BeaverCreek.com.
There is a lot more happening around Colorado this Memorial Day weekend including Territory Days in Old Colorado City, an historic family-festival the kids will love, more at ShopOldColoradoCity.com. And the 4th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival, also in the Springs. Old time music is alive and well at this event, details at MeadowGrass.org. And in Mesa Verde it’s the 12th Annual Indian Arts & Culture Festival, a week long celebration of Native American Culture in one of the most fascinating Colorado destinations. Go to to MesaVerdeCountry.com to plan your trip.
I’m out of time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t hook up with me out there on social media and learn even more… join the town’s block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or visit the town on Google Plus.
Thanks so much for listening! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and until next time, I will see you online or at a festival near you.
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 is just something extra charming about festivals held in little communities around Colorado.
The first Mead Roubaix Festival was held last year, and it is a combination of bike race and community fest. The bike race attracted 600 participants who made their way to Mead, Colorado, a town of about 3,000 that is one mile west of I25 and approximately 36 miles north of Denver.
Not being a cyclist, I had to look up what the word roubaix meant. It turns out it is derived from the French word rubble and has come to refer to a bike race where the riders ride a route that has paved and unpaved sections. The Mead Roubaix bike race is a 12.5-mile loop on a mixture of hard packed dirt and paved roads around the town.
Because this festival occurs in conjunction with a bike race, even if you aren’t racing you should bring along your bike because a Longmont bike shop, Bike-N-Hike, will be giving free tune ups at this event.
The day starts out at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and at 9:30 there’s a “Who Let the Dogs Out” doggie dash being sponsored by the business where I board my dog, Happy Tails Dog Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. The dash includes a two-mile walk with bandanas for the dogs and goodie bags and prizes for participants. You can find info on the doggie dash here.
The festival has a large Kids’ Zone where children can play all day for just $5. There’s a bungee trampoline, bounce house, obstacle course, pony rides and more. And while the kids play, mom and dad can browse local vendors’ booths and partake in refreshments in the beer garden.
I think the Mead Roubaix Festival will be a great opportunity to get the family out and start working on those summer tan lines – mine usually involve stripy feet from wearing a variety of sandals.
The Mead Roubaix Festival takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Mead Town Park, 441 Third Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the bike race is currently underway at CyclingEvents.com/MeadRoubaix.
Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?
From book fairs to science festivals, it’s a weekend filled with culture and fun from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins to Durango. Here’s the line up for October 14-16, 2011.
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This weekend there just so happens to be one of those events in my backyard.
Author of “Party Across America,” Michael Guerriero, describes Tour De Fat as a “rolling carnival on wheels that’s sponsored by a brewery with a conscience”¦ part costume party, part pedaling pandemonium, and 100% chaotic originality.” He adds, “the atmosphere is that of a hip carnival or a rock “˜n’ roll circus.”
New Belgium Brewery, of Fort Collins, Colorado, sponsors this event that occurs throughout the summer and fall in 13 cities across the western United States. On Saturday, September 4, the Tour comes home to Fort Collins, Colorado.
Tour de Fat is a parade of costumed beer drinkers on bikes followed by lots of partying. The message is “Bikes are cool. Throw away your car keys and ride!” Okay I sort of made that up, but it’s the basic message of Tour de Fat. The festivities also includes bands and other less traditional entertainment.
Get all the details and register for Tour de Fat by clicking here.
Click here to join the Tour on Facebook.