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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Kids bored this summer? Let HeidiTown help

Since the beginning of summer break, I’ve seen dozens of my friends complaining on Facebook about their kids’ boredom and asking about interesting ways to keep them busy this summer.

Kids bored this summer Let HeidiTown help. The living Farm, Paonia, Colorado.

The Living Farm, Paonia, Colorado

I’m not a mom, so I’m not going to use this blog post to list arts and crafts projects or fun backyard activities to do with your kids this summer. However, I am going to shed light on a few free and low costs outings that are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for at least a few hours.

Outdoor concerts

Nearly every town in Colorado seems to have a free concerts series happening this summer. Some cities, such as Loveland, have two (Thursdays and Fridays). See my recent post for Visit Loveland for details. Continue reading

Skiing, pizza, dog sledding & more in Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park Resort Sign Feb 2013 HeidiTown.comEach Colorado ski town has its own unique feel, and Winter Park feels comfortable. For many Coloradans, it’s comfy because they’ve been skiing there since childhood, but even for the Winter Park newbie, the town has a relaxed vibe. Maybe it’s a Grand County thing. Winter Park, Granby and Grand Lake are towns that make visitors feel welcome. No need for fancy clothes, the most recent ski gear or a brand new car, just come as you are and have fun.

We recently spent a weekend in Winter Park. I was covering Grand Park Dog Days of winter, a sanctioned sled dog race, and you can see all the photos here.

Pizza, pizza, extraordinary pie

Winter Park is a ski town, no doubt. It’s been a tourist destination since the 1930s when it was called Hideaway Park. In 1978, when the Winter Park Ski Area was being developed by the City of Denver, the town was renamed Winter Park.

Many Coloradans grew up skiing Winter Park, in fact, many of my husband’s earliest ski memories took place there. Folks are nostalgic about places like Hernando’s Pizza Pub, a joint that’s been serving up popular pies since the sixties.

HeidiTown dollar bill at Hernandos Winter Park 2013

We stopped in at Hernando’s on Friday night and the wait was 70 minutes – this place is busy year round, but the pizza is worth the wait. Pizza places are dime a dozen in ski towns, and Winter Park is no exception, but the pizza at Hernando’s is exceptional, plus, the 20,000+ dollar bills plastering the walls give it an ambiance all its own.

Earlier in the day I had fulfilled a childhood dream of dog sledding at Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park. This amazing experience merited a full blog post of its own, and you can read it here.

Dog Days of Winter Park Feb 2013 HeidiTown

The Grand Dog Days of Winter Park 2013.

The school bus shuffle

The free bus system in Winter Park is a great option, but navigating it can be a bit of a challenge. We stayed at Iron Horse Resort, a sweet ski-in ski-out property at Winter Park Resort. Unfortunately, in an attempt to go downtown, we got on the wrong school bus and proceeded to take a tour of the resort, eventually ending up back at Iron Horse.

After a quick discussion with the front desk, we discovered that during the day, you must take the bus to the ski village and then transfer to a bus that goes downtown. Starting at 5:30 p.m. there are buses that run from Iron Horse Resort to town every half hour or so.

We eventually made it downtown and enjoyed our pizza and our awesome waitress, Jill at Hernando’s. We managed to catch a bus back to Iron Horse, but got a quite a tour of Winter Park before getting back to our condo.

My tip for riding the Winter Park bus system is to always tell your driver your final destination, and don’t be in a big hurry to get there. Remember, it’s free, and if you are planning on having a drink or three with your pizza, it’s far better to ride the bus than to drive drunk.

the pool at Iron Horse Resort Winter Park Feb 2013

The view from the pool at Iron Horse Resort.

The Iron Horse rocks & so does Ski Depot

We had a studio apartment at the Iron Horse, complete with bathroom, full kitchen and the most comfortable Murphy bed I’ve ever slept in. Our room was light, bright and comfortable. The property also has pool/hot tub facilities. What sells most people on Iron Horse is that it is a ski-out, ski-out property. You literally walk out, put your skis on and ski down the hill to the resort.

Most conveniently, Breeze at Ski Depot has a store downstairs at the Iron Horse Resort. This is where we got our ski rentals and the staff couldn’t be nicer – even on a crazy, busy Presidents Day weekend, they were friendly and fun. I even got advice on how to get off a ski lift without falling on my face.  

My husband skied two days, ripping it up on Mary Jane and having a hell of a good time doing it. The resort was busy and there were some lines on day two, when the top of the mountain closed due to high winds, but it was a beautiful ski weekend. As a below average skier, I didn’t spend long on the mountain, but had a great time watching GoPro Racing from the deck of the Derailer Bar, and drinking a bloody Mary complete with bacon garnish. Yes, bacon.

Grand County, where adventure awaitsBloody Mary with Bacon at the Derailer Bar in Winter Park Feb 2013 HeidiTown

So why Winter Park? With everything the town and resort has to offer, plus outstanding opportunities for more winter adventures within easy driving distance, such as snowmobiling in Grand Lake, cross-country skiing at Devil’s Thumb Ranch or tubing at CO Adventure Park in Fraser, Winter Park makes an ideal location for a winter getaway.

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This trip sponsored in part by Winter Park & Fraser Chamber.


HeidiTown on the Radio – Holiday fun in Fort Collins & family activities around Colorado

This week’s radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM offers up some seasonal fun this weekend in Fort Collins PLUS, some ideas on what to do with out-of-town guests over the holidays in Denver and beyond.

Listen to the segment  HERE.

Church Carolers on the radio – Mother’s Day Weekend in Colorado & Tips on Gifts for Mom

This post includes some exciting news! The new banners are at the printers, so look for one at a festival near you this summer.


And now on to our regular scheduled programming… the following is the transcript from my weekly segment on KRFC 88. 9 FM.

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

This weekend it’s all about our moms. Yes, Sunday is Mother’s Day and if that caught you off guard, I suggest you get those flowers ordered today!  But if you want to get her something unexpected, something she’ll never forget, I wrote a blog post last year with some suggestions.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut when it comes to Mother’s Day, flowers and brunch, but how about getting her tickets to dinner theater? There are at least seven dinner theaters in Colorado, and there are some wonderful shows on stage currently, including “Oklahoma!” at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Boulders Dinner Theater, and “The Sounds of Music” right here in Fort Collins at the Midtown Arts Center.

If your mom has a green thumb like my mother, you might consider buying her a pass to the Denver Botanic Garden, or better yet, get her a membership.  Or, get her tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion – this place is NOT just for kids.

Admiral butterfly on orange flower

Another outside the box gift might be classes“¦ has your mom expressed a desire to learn photography or pottery, or tango? My mother-in-law has always wanted to learn how to fly fish. Check with your local community college, rec center or chamber, to find a class your mom might enjoy.

Lastly, consider a gift certificate for afternoon tea at a fancy establishment like the Brown Palace in Denver or the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Another tearoom to consider is The Boulder Dunshanbe Teahouse.

So there you have some Mother’s Day ideas that go way beyond flowers.

In last week’s segment I gave you a sneak peek ahead at some events happening this weekend including the Montrose Food & Wine Festival and the Downtown Art and Jazz Festival in Grand Junction.

This Friday, May 11, is Loveland’s Night on the Town. This 2nd Friday Art Walk has become a tradition in the artsy community and if you haven’t been lately, it’s a good time to go. New stores and restaurants are now open in downtown Loveland, including the Rialto Center. To keep tabs on everything happening in the art-friendly town, go to

This is opening weekend for one of HeidiTown’s citizens’ favorite music venues in Colorado. The Mishawaka’s 2012 Summer Season opens in Bellvue, Colorado this Saturday with Head for the Hills kicking off the celebration. Doors open at 6 p.m. Go to for the entire summer concert lineup.

Here’s something different, the Second Annual Aerial Acrobatics Arts Festival is this weekend at the Oriental Theater in Denver – a great venue by the way. The festival is the first of its kind anywhere and showcases aerialists from North American to be judged in two competitions. Even the audience gets to pick their favorite. To learn more about this highflying festival of skill and artistry go to

And from acrobats to beer… May 12 through the 19th is Colorado Beer Week. You may believe that every week is beer week in Colorado, and that’s true, but this is the official week where restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues around the state will be celebrating the drink that we Coloradoan’s like to think we invented… beer. Go to for details.

City Star Brewing Berthoud CO

City Star Brewing is now open in Berthoud, Colorado. (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

May 14th through the 20th is American Craft Beer Week, and in Northern Colorado you can participate in Beer Bingo. Pick up your bingo card at a participating brewery, and as far as I can tell, nearly all NoCo breweries from Berthoud’s City Star to all the big boys in Fort Collins are participating. Keep an eye on and for more information on American Craft Beer Week.

As the summer festival season goes into full gear, there’s no way to cover all the fun fests here on the radio show, so be sure to hook up with me at, join the town’s block party at, follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or circle the town on Google Plus.

Through those channels I can share with you even more things happening across Colorado.

I really do encourage you to try a new festival this summer. Whether it’s a celebration in your own community that you’ve never attended, or an event across the state, get out there and enjoy one of the greatest festival states in the union.

I’ve said it before and I will say it many times again – there are no excuses to be bored when you live in Colorado, and that’s why I love this place so much.

So until next week, I will see you online or at a festival near you!

The past in living color at History Colorado

Frank Oom History Colorado

History Colorado (Photo by Frank Oom, used with permission)

I had an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new History Colorado museum in Denver this week, and I am so excited to share this blog post with you.

I grew up visiting museums, and I really love them, so I’m not completely unbiased when it comes to writing about museums. However, the fact that I have toured so many makes me a pseudo museum expert, and most museums, especially those focusing on history, feel very similar, but I am here to tell you that History Colorado is truly different.

Continue reading this post by clicking here. on the radio – What’s happening across Colorado on March 30 to April 1, 2012

The following is the transcript from my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.  If you’d prefer to listen to the audio —>  LISTEN HERE.


New Belgium Scavenger Hunt poster

The hunt is on at Ski Loveland this weekend!

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of, a blog about events, festivals and travel across Colorado.

Here’s the line up for March 30th through April 1st, 2012.

First, I want to point out an error in last week’s segment.  I said the Flobots were playing the Breckenridge concert series at Peak 8, but that was last year’s schedule!  The line up this year includes Julian Marley, Soul Rebels, Leftover Salmon, Donavon Frankenreiter, Toots & Maytals & Rusted Root.  Sounds like a good time in Breckenridge this spring! Of course, it’s always a good time in Breck.  Keep tabs on the town and resort at

There are lots of film festivals across Colorado, and I rarely mention them because there are so many and most are fairly typical, however, sometimes one catches my eye. On Friday, March 30th, the Colorado Mountain Club will host the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival at the Wildlife Experience in Parker.

The festival promotes the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of back country, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation. This is the seventh annual world tour of the festival and the 90-minute program features some of the most extreme winter athletes in the world. More on the film festival at, and more on the venue at

The Sound of Music

This weekend, I will be attending “The Sound of Music” at Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. The show started last weekend, and I’m excited to see Midtown’s production of one of my favorite stories. Watch for a review of the play on next week.

Other dinner theater productions now playing include “Oklahoma” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Loveland, running through June 2nd. “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Boulders Dinner Theater, playing through May 13. “One Enchanted Evening” is currently underway at The Heritage Square Music Hall in Golden and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” starts on April 7 at the Union Colony Dinner Theater in Greeley.

White hatHere’s one of those events that you may not here about anywhere else, because I simply find it delightful, although perhaps it won’t appeal to many of the males who might be listening. It’s the Haberdasher’s Delight Hat Workshop at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver on Saturday, March 31st.

Participants create their very own Titanic-sized millinery masterpiece with the help of historic fashion experts. The museum provides the hat, materials and refreshments, while you supply the creativity. The material will be for spring or summer hats, but on September 15, you can return to the museum to create a winter hat. Learn more at

On the Western Slope there’s a Spring Fest this Saturday in Palisade. This downtown festival has an Easter Bonnet contest, gardening tips, music, vendors, food and dancing. It will be a great way for the area to embrace the start of their growing season. Visit the for details.

This weekend at the Loveland Ski Area it’s the annual New Belgium Brewing Scavenger Hunt brought to you by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Be sure to put on your thinking cap before you go, because the clues won’t be easy. To give you a few hints, some of the fun includes hunting for Bigfoot and chasing down an angler. Afterwards, celebrate all your hard work with a cold brew. More at

That’s all the time I have for  this week. Until next time, join the town’s block party on The Facebook page is such a great addition to HeidiTown, because I can tell you about a bunch of events and festivals that never make the blog or the radio show.

Be sure you are following me on Twitter @HeidiTown and join the town on Google Plus. Lastly, you are always welcome to email me directly at

Thanks for listening!

HeidiTown on KRFC 88.9 FM – St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Colorado

The following is the transcript from my weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado. If you’d like, listen to the AUDIO HERE.


Heidi & donkey

The Mayor of HeidiTown poses with Alma, an old lady donkey at Longhopes Donkey Shelter. Photo by Christine Forster, all rights reserved.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of, a blog about events, festivals and travel across Colorado.

Before I tell you what’s happening this weekend, I want to tell you about this month’s Gives Back recipient. Every month, I personally select a Colorado-based nonprofit organization to introduce to the community and be featured on the blog all month long.

In my work as a freelance writer in Colorado, I’ve had the opportunity to write about many wonderful organizations and realized HeidiTown was an additional platform where I can give them support.

Last month’s featured nonprofit was Freedom Service Dogs, an organization that trains shelter dogs to help military vets returning with physical disabilities or mental trauma.

This month’s featured organization is Longhopes Donkey Shelter located in Bennett, Colorado. They are one of only a handful of donkey rescues in the country. I’ve had the opportunity to visit the facility and meeting a donkey will smash all the stereotypes you once held about these animals. For more information about Longhopes go to my blog and click on the Gives Back Campaign on the right hand side of the page.

St. Patrick's Day FCAnd now, on to the weekend. It’s already mid-March and that means St. Patrick’s Day. I am more than a little excited that the holiday falls on a Saturday this year. Here in Fort Collins don’t miss the big parade downtown and after party in Old Town Square. The parade runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the party starts immediately after. Get all the details at

Speaking of things Irish, the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival, which started as the Fort Collins Irish Festival in 2008, will be returning to Fort Collins Civic Center Park this year. So mark September 28 through the 30th on your calendar and join me in a jig at this very fun event.

Fort Collins isn’t the only place to celebrate being green this weekend. Denver has a huge parade and throws a big party too, and other towns up all around Colorado will be partying, especially since it’s a Saturday – so it’s very likely there’s a St. Patrick’s Day event near you.

In Boulder you can even witness the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Conor O’Neills, a great Irish pub on 13th Street. To keep up on all the stuff happening in Boulder, go to

Celtic Tenors by Barry McCall

Celtic Tenors, photo by Barry McCall, all rights reserved.

If you’d like a classy St. Patrick’s Day event, check out the Celtic Tenors at Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. This international sensation tours the world, and will bring you to tears with their amazing rendition of Irish Classics. Get more information about the Celtic Tenors at, and find out more about their concert at

While in Greeley, you should check out my favorite pub in all of Colorado, Patrick’s Irish Pub on 8th Avenue. My husband and I are fans of true pubs, and this place fits the bill. If you haven’t been to downtown Greeley lately, you’ve been missing out.

Here’s a nutty event happening at Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Mesa, Colorado. It’s the 3rd Annual Dummy Jump with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. I love these crazy mountain resort events, like the Cardboard Classic in Steamboat Springs. I participated in that one and will never forget sliding down the mountain in our cardboard shotski… that event coincides with the Steamboat Springalicious Festival in April. More at

But I digress, back to the event this weekend in Powderhorn. Teams build a dummy and then it is sent off a huge ski jump. The judging criteria for the dummy jump are the best! Your dummy jump is judged on amplitude, creativity, structure and destruction on impact. You gotta love that last one. To learn more go to

That’s all the time I have this week. I invite you to join the town’s block party on Facebook at, or follow my shenanigans on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus. Until next week, I will see you online!

Thanks for listening and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! on the radio – What to do in Colorado the weekend of March 9-11, 2012

KRFC birthday bash

The following is my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. If you prefer, you can listen to the  audio HERE, or read through the following transcript of the show.  Enjoy!

FYI: I am giving away tickets to the KRFC Birthday Bash on this Thursday, March 8, so please tune back into the blog on Thursday to enter!


Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of, a blog about events, festivals and travel in Colorado.

It’s already the second weekend in March and that means St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  I love the holiday and this year it’s landing on a Saturday. There are parades all over the state on Saturday, March 17, including the granddaddy of them all, the 50th Denver St.  

Patrick’s Day Parade in Lower Downtown. There are also parades in Colorado Springs, Greeley, and of course, right here in Fort Collins.

New this year in Fort Collins, after the parade, stay downtown and enjoy and Irish Party with live music and green beer in Old Town Square. More at

Now, back to this weekend, March 9 through the 11th 2011.

First and foremost, this Saturday it’s the 9th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash and this year it’s going to be grand. The party is being held at Lincoln Center and is a fundraiser for KRFC, Fort Collin’s very own public radio. The live music showcase will include Ben Taylor, John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jaden Carlson and Martin Gilmore. Come out and support public radio and have a great time as well.

Strong Ale FestFor beer lovers this Friday and Saturday, Avery Brewing Company in Boulder Presents the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. The event celebrates craft beers from all over the country that are above 8 percent ABV. For more information go to

If you are a craft beer fan, and many, many of you are, you can spend nearly every weekend attending a beer event, and I can’t cover them all, but I’ve discovered a guy who does.  There’s a beer blogger in Greeley who puts out a list of all beer related events each and every week. Impressive, right? So check his blog out at

Horse lovers won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver this weekend. This huge event runs the 9th through the 11th and there are over 150 presentations being given at the event in 7 venues. I did mention this is a big event, right? Cowboy tales, a craft show and an holistic horse fair are just three of dozens of events scheduled for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. Go to for all the information.

window and shutters.white houseHere’s a unique event I discovered. It’s the 2012 Old House Fair being held at Metro State. Denver’s Old House Society hosts the event that offers resources and workshops specifically for people who own homes over 50-years-old. The fair includes an antique road show, notable Denver appraisers, workshops on all kinds of subjects and exhibitors will be on hand to showcase products and services.  If you own an old home, this is an excellent opportunity to get some of your questions answered.  Visit for details.

This is a bit of a drive from Northern Colorado, but for birders it will be worth it. The 29th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival runs the 9th through the 11th. I have friends who have been to this event and they were very impressed. The festival includes birding outings, workshops, a craft show and a lot more. To learn all about this feathery festival visit

Last, as I informed you last week, I’m a crazy soccer fan and this weekend is opening day for the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The Colorado Rapids take on the Columbus Crew this Saturday. Join me before the match at the Class VI/PidArmy tailgate!  For more visit

That’s all for this week. As always you can keep up with me on Facebook at, or on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus.  So until next week, I will see you online!

Thanks for listening! on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado Feb. 17-19, 2012 & Mardi Gras

Manitou Springs CarnivaleAs you probably now know, has a weekly radio show on  KRFC 88.9 FM  and  I post the transcript and upload the audio of each show here on the blog.  Depending on my editorial schedule for that particular week, these radio posts go up on Tuesday or Thursday.

To listen to the audio CLICK HERE, or read through the following transcripts.


Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

Here’s the lineup for February 17-19, 2012 and a little beyond for you planners.

Last week I mentioned the 53rd Annual Home & Garden Show is at the Colorado Convention Center, but I failed to say that it runs through February 19th, so if you have a green thumb, or want to get a head start on summer projects, you still have time to get down to this event.

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday is February 21st. Mardi Gras celebrations are known as the feast before the fasts, and it’s traditionally the last day for Catholics to indulge before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent.

While that’s the real story behind Mardi Gras, most of us just think its just another good excuse for a party.

Manitou Springs plans to celebrate Mardi Gras with their 20th Annual Carnivale & Gumbo Chili Cookoff. Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs is a Colorado town with it’s own unique flair and it’s one of our favorite places to spend a weekend. The people of Manitou are quirky, fun and friendly. Carnivale involves a big parade and town party that also includes a gumbo cook off with professional and amateur chefs. For more information visit

I found a couple Mardi Gras parties in the mountains, although some of the other resorts are probably planning festivities as well. Winter Park Resort will be handing out beads from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be bands and street performers at this event. There’s always something fun happening in Winter Park so visit to stay informed.

SolVista Basin at Grandby Ranch is also planning events. Join them for Hurricanes and Gumbo at the Seven Trails Grill on Saturday. And don’t forget about night skiing and tubing at SolVista Basin, learn more at

Ice Castles in Silverthorne 1

Photo courtesy of The Ice Castles at Silverthorne. All rights reserved.

Remember, there’s more to do in the Colorado Rockies than just skiing in the wintertime… and here’s a great example. The Ice Castles at Silverthorne just made it on to my radar and I’ve got to get up to see this for myself. This is a giant structure made entirely from ice with walkways, tunnels and arches. It’s also illuminated during the evening hours. This is apparently the only structure of its kind in Colorado and is open through April. The word on the street in HeidiTown is that this is well worth the trip. To check it out go to

Staying in the mountains there’s another wine festival taking place. Keystone Winter Wine Weekend at Warren Station is a two-day event featuring wine tasting and chef demos. More at

Back on the Front Range, the 27th Annual Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival runs February 17 through the 19th at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza located at 125 and 120th. Enjoy workshops, jams for beginners and experts, and lots of bands. For the entire lineup visit

For music lovers, here’s an ongoing event. It’s the Estes Park Music Festival Concert and it runs November through April at the Stanley Hotel. Every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. guests enjoy national and international musicians performing in this magnificent setting. Go to for the lineup of performers.

Also in Estes, it’s another train show. The 15th Annual Rails in the Rockies is this Saturday at the Estes Park Conference Center. This model train show covers 16,000 square feet and has 40 model train layouts. This is the perfect event for families. Details can be found at

Oscar Party at the Kress

Oscar Party at the Kress 2011. Photo by Matthew Gale of @NominationStation.

For those of you like me, who plan ahead, it’s Oscar month and that means viewing parties will be held around Northern Colorado and the rest of the state on Sunday, February 26. I’ll be attending the Oscar Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley, and I hope to see you there!

That’s all for this week. Inevitably I miss things, so keep up on all the last minute events and festivals I discover by joining on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or circle the town on Google Plus.

Until next week, I’ll see you online. Thanks for listening!

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