Featured Festival: Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, Feb. 10-12, 2017

This fest has fireworks and fire arts, ice sculptures and light shows, bands and singers and so much more. No wonder Loveland Fire & Ice Festival won the Downtown Colorado, Inc. Governor’s Best Festival Award 2016.

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, courtesy photo

Courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

The amount of things to do at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival will make your head spin. It truly has a little something for everyone. Whether you like live music or are looking for entertainment for the kids — toddler or teens — this festival has got you covered.

In addition to the festival’s fireworks show that occurs every evening throughout the three day festival, and ice sculptures that dot the downtown landscape, there is a new event happening at this year’s Loveland Fire & Ice Festival.

It’s the brand new Brewing & Distilling Arts event. In addition to a carved ice bar that will be on display, local craft beers, ciders, wines, sangria and specialty moonshine will be available to taste via a token system.

The Brewing & Distillery Arts events, which happens daily throughout the event, is sure to liven up this already joyous festival. Check here for specific times and token sale information.

At its core, Loveland Fire & Ice is a family festival. Children will enjoy a carousel and carnival games. There are also carriage rides available to both families and sweethearts.  

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, ice sculpture, courtesy photo

Photo courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

If you love live music, you won’t want to miss this festival.

The musical lineup on the event’s Main Stage is filled with bands that will keep festival attendees dancing in the streets of Loveland to the sounds of classic rock, blues and pop.

There will be three more places to listen to music over the weekend including the Cleveland Performance Stage, Lincoln Performance Stage and Jefferson Performance Stage. The festival’s website has a complete lineup of performers on each stage on their Attractions page.

Visitors can also shop at Loveland Fire & Ice Festival in the event’s Marketplace featuring multiple vendors and exhibitors.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival 2015. (9)

Should all this excitement make you hungry, visit the Food Truck Food Court which will host 13 different vendors selling everything from coffee to waffles.

Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is an extravaganza of fun and an affordable way to entertain the entire family.

Featured Festival Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, fire performer, courtesy photo

Photo courtesy of Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

Loveland is located just 52 miles north of Denver, 58 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is just minutes from Fort Collins. It’s easy to join in the free fun in downtown Loveland this February.


Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

February 10-12, 2017

Loveland, Colorado (downtown)

Admission: FREE

(with the exception of some ticketed events)

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HeidiTown on the Radio – A Colorado New Year’s Eve

Heidi & Ryan Grand Lake

Happy Holidays to all the HeidiTown citizens, from Heidi & Ryan

It’s time for another segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

Please note that there will not be a radio segment next week due to the Mayor’s crazy holiday schedule.

The evolution of the HeidiTown brand over the past year has been amazing, and lots of exciting things are in store for the upcoming year.  On this week’s radio show I share with the listeners some of the changes happening around HeidiTown in 2013.

Also, I highlight some of the New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place in Fort Collins and Denver.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may 2013 by the Best Year yet for all of us!!!

Listen to this week’s radio show HERE.

Where to celebrate 4th of July (Northern Colorado edition)

Where to watch fireworks in Colorado

Fireworks display at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Commerce City. This is the Mayor's favorite fireworks show because it follows a Colorado Rapids match. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Outdoor picnics, patriotic hymns and fireworks – there’s nothing more American the 4th of July and there are several Northern Colorado communities that do a wonderful job at keeping this tradition truly red, white and blue.

First up, what’s more American than NASCAR and fireworks? Every year, Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, puts on a two-day event that includes fast cars and fireworks. This year the Mid Season Championships and fireworks show takes place on July 2 and 3, 2011. Visit for all the details and to purchase tickets.

Head into the mountains to see a large fireworks display over Lake Estes on July 4, starting at 9:30 p.m. Arrive in town early to catch the Estes Park Village Band performing marches and patriotic music in their annual tribute to America at the Performance Park Amphitheater on Elkhorn at 7 p.m. More at

The town of Firestone, Colorado knows how to throw an Independence Day party. The daylong festival starts at 10 a.m. on July 4, and includes a parade, vendors, a carnival, live non-stop live music and dance troupes. The day is capped off with a spectacular fireworks show at Saddleback Golf Club at 9:30 p.m. Get all the info at

Fort Collins, Colorado celebrates Independence Day with a downtown party that spills out into other parts of the city. City Park at 1500 W. Mulberry is the epicenter of activity, starting in the morning with the FireKracker 5K. There’s a shotgun golf tourney at the City Park Nine, and the 30th Annual Old Timer’s Game at City Park’s North Ball Field.

Of course, Old Town Square will be alive with music, a beer garden and family fun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy more baseball as the Fort Collins Foxes host Triple Crown at 1 p.m. at City Park South. Then, starting at 6 p.m., as a run up to the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show, enjoy the live music of Fierce Bad Rabbit as they open for the Fort Collins Symphony.

The Greeley Stampede is in full swing, and the 100 plus year old event wraps up with a huge fireworks display at 10 p.m. on July 4. Come early and enjoy the carnival and other offerings at the Greeley Stampede.

Wellington, Colorado hosts an annual car and truck show and Family Fun Fest at Library Park each 4th of July. This year’s activities start at 11 a.m. with fireworks across from Wellington Jr. High School at dusk.

Other fireworks displays:

Longmont, Colorado at Boulder Fairgrounds

Loveland, Colorado over Lake Loveland

Windsor, Colorado over Lake Windsor

For a comprehensive list of fireworks displays across the State of Colorado, go to The Denver Channel.

Get your kicks at the Greeley Stampede

Greeley Stampede Rodeo

Greeley Stampede Rodeo. Courtesy photo.

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 the 2011 Greeley Stampede here.

Where to watch fireworks this weekend in Northern Colorado

Happy 4th of July from the Mayor to you!   Stay safe and be happy.

Fireworks display at Dick's Sporting Goods Field in Commerce City. This is the Mayor's favorite fireworks show because it always follows a Colorado Rapids match. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Here’s a list of where to catch a fireworks show in Northern Colorado:

Colorado National Speedway, July 3 & 4th, 4281 County Road 10, Dacono – NASCAR and fireworks, what’s more American than that?

Estes Park, July 4, Lake Estes – Festivities start at 11 a.m. and include lots of patriotic music and family fun.

Firestone, July 4, Miner’s Park (151 Grant Ave) – A parade at noon, followed by an  ice cream social, face painting,  music and more.    It’s a whole lot of  small town fun.

Fort Collins, July 4, City Park (1500 West Mulberry St) – All day 4th of July activities start with a balloon launch at 5 a.m. and end with the fireworks scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

Greeley, July 4, Greeley Stampede – Learn about this weekend long event that includes a rodeo and big time music stars  at

Longmont, July 4, Boulder Fairgrounds – Fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Loveland, July 4, over Lake Loveland – The BEST and BIGGEST show in Northern Colorado.   Bring a lawn chair and get there early to stake a claim on a piece of grass at one of the many viewing areas around the lake.

Wellington, July 4, Liberty Park (3800 Wilson Ave) – A pancake breakfast, parade and car show will precede the fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

Windsor, July 4, Boardwalk Park (100 N. 5th St) – Leash up your pup and join the fun for a 4-legged race starting at 8 a.m.  followed by an afternoon of live music and fireworks at 7 p.m.

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