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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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SummerFest in the Rockies is just around the corner

Held annually on the  second weekend in July, this year (2011) will be the  5th SummerFest celebration. Held at Civic Center Park/Foote Lagoon in Loveland, Colorado, this community event features a smorgasbord of activities, and always kicks off with a Friday night event to remember.

Continue reading about Summer Fest here and get a hint about an exciting upcoming HeidiTown giveaway.

Estes Park Winter Festival (Jan. 14-17, 2011)

I recently met a couple from Switzerland who said that Estes Park, Colorado reminded them of their home country. Estes Park is a charming little town nestled among snow-capped peaks and I can think of no better place for a Winter festival.

The 2nd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival is a four-day extravaganza, has everything a winter festival should have and more. The event kicks off on Friday evening with cowboy poetry, smores and a dessert bar at Historic Crags Lodge. This is a free event. For info on the lodge visit

Also on Friday and Saturday the Estes Park Memorial Observatory will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit to learn about the observatory. Participation is free, but a $3 donation is suggested.

On Saturday and Sunday there’s a never ending list of things to do including an interactive ice castle, a chili cook-off, wine and beer tasting, live music, and merchant and artists.

Most of the action during the festival occur in Bond Park and while most of the attractions are free just $5 gets you access to all the activities in the park. Horse and carriage rides will be available to transport people from downtown Estes to Bond Park.

The Estes Park Winter Festival is the perfect event for everyone!

Winter Trails Day 2010 (photo from Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook)

Of special note”¦

On Saturday, January 15, Estes Park celebrates Winter Trails Day. This event occurs at 100 resorts and Nordic centers around the country. It gives adults and children the chance to try out snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free. In Estes the event will take place at Rocky Mountain National Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drive to the park entrance to get directions. For more information about Winter Trails Day, visit their website.

The details”¦

The Estes Park Winter Festival runs January 14-17, 2011. For a full list of events and entertainment visit You can also find the festival on Facebook here.



Snow sculpture festival comes to Loveland, Colorado

An artist works on a small ice sculpture during Loveland's Winter Walk. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

The 2011 Snow Sculpture in the Dark in Loveland, Colorado will run December 5-10.  An updated blog about the event will be posted on Nov. 18.  In the meantime, go  here for details.

While at downtown Loveland’s Winter Walk today I came across some ice sculptures in the making. Witnessing art being made is fascinating to me, especially since I have a hard time drawing stick figures, so of course I stopped and watched.

It turns out this was a preview of something much, much bigger. Downtown Loveland, Colorado is going to play host to  Sculpture in the Dark, a snow sculpture competition, and street festival. The event starts with the closure of a few downtown streets on Wednesday, Dec. 8, so that the five snow sculpting teams can get started. The event culminates on Saturday with the announcement of the ice sculpture winning team and lots of other activities.

This festival makes a lot of sense because Loveland is already known for it’s sculpture, with Benson Sculpture Park, an internationally renowned sculpture show each summer, and dozens of sculptors and artists calling the area home.

Be sure to get downtown to vote for you favorite between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, December 10. Stay downtown for Night on the Town, Loveland’s second Friday art walk. The festival draws to a close after the Parade of Lights through downtown Loveland on Saturday evening.

These sculptures are just a taste of what's to come during Sculpture in the Dark. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

There are lots of other activities on tap for this event including wagon rides with Santa, musical entertainment, a live nativity scene and more. For the entire line-up including times and locations go to Engaging Loveland.

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