It’s the first weekend in June and the following is the transcript from my radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM. Find out what’s happening around Colorado this weekend, plus a look ahead at the busy month of June.
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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.
In just a couple weeks I’m heading up to TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers. This year the event is being held right here in Keystone, Colorado and writers from around Sydney, Australia to Paris, France are attending. I’m excited to be representing Colorado at this event. Tourism is one of the most important industries in our state, and I’m proud to have carved out my little niche in this dynamic industry.
Now… on to the show.
Here’s the lineup for June 1 through June 3, 2012.
It’s First Friday Art Walk across the state this weekend, and I recommend using this as an excuse for a date night!
This Saturday, here in Fort Collins check out Global Village Museum’s World Rhythms in Old Town Square. Seven bands will perform live World Music from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. Dance to the beat of African drums, swing your hips to some Latin tunes and tap your toes to Celtic jams. Enjoy craft beer, international vendors booth, and new this year, the Rio Patio featuring margs and salsa. For more information on this events and other fun happenings in Fort Collins go to DowntownFortCollins.com.
Also on Saturday it’s the 58th Annual Berthoud Day in Berthoud, Colorado. I am excited to announce to the KRFC listeners that I will be emceeing this event. The day starts with a huge parade at 11 am that winds through this charming small town, followed by a big celebration in Berthoud Park with several stages, a pizza eating contest, a beer garden and lots more. Bring the entire family out to enjoy Berthoud Day. Go to BerthoudColorado.com to keep tabs on this event and this town.
Looking for a foot-stomping good time? Look no further than the third annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival. The event will be held at Parrish Ranch just west of Berthoud, Colorado on June 1 through 3rd, and the ranch will be alive with the sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, washboards and more. If you love old-time music you won’t to miss this musical event. For info go to the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association website at TheCROMA.org, that’s TheCROMA.org.
Lots of stuff is happening in Denver this weekend, here are the highlights… the long awaited Toyota Elephant Passage is opening at the Denver Zoo. The 41st People’s Fair is taking place in Civic Center Park. This is a laid back event where I enjoy listening to the many different bands, doing a little shopping, a little drinking and a little people watching.
While in Denver, check out the Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square. I have not yet had the opportunity to experience this event, but I’ve been told it’s really amazing. You can check out some of the past chalk paintings at DenverChalkArt.com or follow them on Facebook.
I want to mention that Film on the Rocks starts Monday, June 4 at Red Rocks. If you’ve never been to this event, it’s a good time. This year’s movie lineup includes one of my personal favorites, Office Space, and other films such as Bridesmaids and Wayne’s World. For everything happening at this iconic Colorado venue this summer go to RedRocksOnline.com.
Lots of other stuff is going on this weekend, but I’m going to take this opportunity to look ahead at some June events that should be on your calendar, including one of my favorite events of the entire year, the 1940s WWII Era Ball. This year’s ball takes place on June 16 at the Boulder Airport. Watch for a write up about this one-of-a-kind event on HeidiTown.com on June 1st.
Also, I hope you’ve already marked June 23 and 24th on your calendar. It’s the 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival in Fort Collins at Civic Center Park. This is one of the most highly anticipated beer events in the State, and for good reason. More than 40 Colorado breweries will be represented this year, and there is also a reunion show scheduled for 12 Cents for Marvin. More at DowntownFortCollins.com.
I’m running out of time, so I have to wrap up, but for more be sure to visit the blog at HeidiTown.com and join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.
Thanks for listening! I hope to see you at a festival this weekend! Happy 1st weekend of June!
It’s time for another HeidiTown segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. During the week these segments run Wednesday, between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
For those of you who may wonder why I never mention the price of admission to events and festivals on the radio, it’s because it’s against the policy of public radio. I am not even allowed to say whether an event is free because that’s a momentary value. So for those of you who have wondered, now you know the rest of the story!
The following is the transcript from the radio show, but if you prefer, you can listen to the show HERE.
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.
This is my segment for April 20 through the 22, 2012 and wow, this is a busy, busy weekend with everything from family-friendly festivals to jazz and science fiction. Eclectic, right?
First, Earth Day is Sunday, and there are lots of events planned around this celebration of Mother Earth.
To celebrate Earth Day in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Colorado, head to the Garden of the Gods. This Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be wildlife demonstrations, native American dance performances, crafts and live music. The annual Garden of the Gods park cleanup will be the same day. Go to GardenoftheGods.com for more information and directions.
Here in Fort Collins, Earth Day festivities will be held in Civic Center Park. There is a combination of activities planned and families are encouraged to bring along the kiddos. With informational booths, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden, it will be a great day to be in Old Town. Visit SustainableLivingAssociation.org for all the details.
There are many Earth Day events planned around Denver. The Museum of Nature and Science, one of my favorite museums in the country, has Earth-friendly family-fun on Sunday with GeoDome shows, crafts, renewable energy activities and more. Get info at DMNS.org.
The Denver Zoo, also one of my favorite places, is hosting a Party for the Planet on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 1. Learn about what local area students are doing in their own neighborhoods to save the planet. Learn more about this and other zoo activities at DenverZoo.org.
At the Denver Botanic Gardens enjoy Family Fun Nights – Earth Day Extravaganza on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October, families have the unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecal Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers.
Get the entire lineup at BotanicGardens.org. And by the way, this facility is one of the top-rated botanic gardens in the US and you should plan to visit this season. Just don’t forget your camera!
There are a few Earth Day events at local parks, including Barr State Park on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. This is their 42nd annual Earth Day Celebration, and one of my preferred bird watching areas in Colorado. Also celebrate at Mueller State Park near Divide Colorado on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents and children are invited to enjoy activities like crafts and hiking.
There are other events happening this weekend including the Mead Roubaix Festival on Sunday, April 22. I’ve previously mentioned this event that includes a bike race and a family-friendly festival. They have a large Kids Zone and bike tune ups, so you should definitely bring the kids and bikes to this event. Mom and dad can enjoy the vendors and beer garden while the kiddos play to their heart’s content. You can read all about the Mead Roubaix Festival on HeidiTown.com.
The 42nd UNC Greeley Jazz Festival is this weekend. This renowned event is one of the largest and most well respected of its kind in the country. Music lovers can learn more at Arts.UNCO.Edu.
Trekkies take note! StarFest is this weekend in DTC. This is Denver’s largest science fiction convention. There are 100 events taking places at three different convention hotels and special guests this year include Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek fame. There’s even… and I’m not making this up… a Klingon Feast planned. I’m also telling you that as a life-long trekkie, I totally want to go to this event! Go to StarLand.com for the schedule and maybe I will see you there!
Phew, I told you this was a busy weekend. There’s a lot more, but I’m running out of time, so be sure you tune into the blog and to HeidiTown’s Facebook page this week for more. Remember, it’s Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.
If you missed anything today or need web info, I post a transcript of this show each week to HeidiTown.com.
Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online! Or at a festival near you!
The transcript from my radio segment for KRFC 88.9 FM, Fort Collins public radio, is below. Find out what’s happening across Colorado on the first weekend of spring 2012.
If you’d rather, you can listen to the audio HERE.
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.
Spring has officially sprung. On my walks with the dog I’ve noticed bits of green finding their way up through the brown that covers the Front Range after winter. I’ve also noticed the mountains are still covered in bright, white snow.
Yep, it’s mud season in the mountains, but it’s actually one of my favorite times to get up to one of the resort towns. The crowds have thinned and it’s time for spring festivals like the one I mentioned last week, Springalicious in Steamboat. This event happens the first week in April, but this weekend it Bud Light Spring Jam in Aspen. This party includes concerts and competitions on the slopes. This is the last weekend of a two weekend event. For more info go to StayAspenSnowmass.com.
During the month of April, at the base area at Peak 8 at Breckenridge Resort on Saturday and Sunday afternoons live bands perform. The concert series kicks off April 2nd with the Flobots performing. For the entire band line up go to Breckenridge.com.
PLEASE NOTE FOR MY HEIDITOWN READERS: Unfortunately, the Flobots performed last year. The old schedule was online & I didn’t realize I was looking at the wrong schedule. For the right schedule of bands in Breck go HERE. I will make a note of my mistake in next week’s radio show!
Most of the mountain resorts say goodbye to ski season with a big party, so your favorite resort probably has Spring events too.
Back here in Fort Collins, this Friday night is the 30th Annual Wine Fest, a wine tasting to benefit Disabled Resource Services. The fest is one of the largest wine events in Colorado and features over 500 different wines paired with food from local restaurants. The event also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction. This year’s event will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. More at WineFestFC.org.
Also in Northern Colorado, out at The Ranch it’s the 51st Gem and Mineral Show presented by the Fort Collins Rock Hounds. It runs all weekend inside the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Building. This year’s exhibits feature fossils and quartz. There will be demos, door prizes a mineral specimen grab bag and more. Children are welcome to attend. More at FortCollinsRockHounds.org.
If you prefer climbing rocks rather than busting them open, there’s also an event for you this weekend. In Golden, a fun little Colorado town, it’s MountainFest 2012 at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and is the perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for all your spring and summer mountain adventures. The event features outdoor skill clinics, museum tours, open climbing and climbing competitions on the indoor rock wall, slacklining and an expo. There’s even a band scheduled to rock the place from 4 to 6:30. Learn more at CMC.org.
Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to downtown Loveland. If you haven’t been there in awhile, it’s time to go. They have been working hard to revitalize the downtown area in and around 4th Street. There are several new restaurants and soon there will be a new brewery. With the Rialto Theater project now complete, it’s a good time to get to Loveland, perhaps catch this weekend’s play Jane Austin’s Persuasion, performed by Lost Marbles Theatrics. Keep tabs on what’s happening at the Rialto at ci.Loveland.co.us.
That’s all the time I have for this week. Until we meet again, join me and other town citizens at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Or chat with me on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus. As aways, you are welcome to email me at TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.
Thanks for listening and Happy Spring!
This year, Summerfest in the Rockies will kick off on July 8, 2011 with Spirits at Sunset. This is a twist on their usual wine tasting event. With a unique new distillery now open in Loveland, as well as a new brewery, the organizers thought it would be fun to highlight these two small businesses.
The evening will be an interactive beer and spirits tasting with drinks provided by Dancing Pines Distillery and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (two of the Mayor’s favorites!). The soiree will feature food by Taste Catering infused with liquors from DP and beers from Grimm. Dessert will be provided by I Dream of Cupcakes. After Midnight, an award winning jazz and swing band, will set the mood for this spectacular evening.
Guests at this event will witness the unveiling of the newest Loveland HeART, sponsored by Ozzie’s Body Shop.
This event will be held Friday, July 8, at the Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland, Colorado from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to Spirits at Sunset is $35/person and $55/couple, and tickets can be purchased here.
I’m very excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to this exclusive event. Just leave a comment telling me why you’d like to attend Spirits at Sunset. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 24 at 3 p.m.
Check out all the fun in store at this year’s Summerfest in the Rockies here.
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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.
I’ve been writing and attending festivals in Colorado for long enough to inform you with authority that we Coloradoans celebrate beer very, very well. I don’t try to keep up with all of the beer festivals around the state – it would be nearly impossible. There are events that feature chili beers, microbrews, home brews, and there are small fests and large fests and then there’s the grand daddy of all beer festivals, the Great American Beer Festival.
One of the things I most like giving away on HeidiTown are tickets to beer events. After all, free beer always proves to be very popular.
This week I’m giving away two tickets to Colorado Brewers’ Festival.
After trying a new approach to the festival last year, the organizers have gone back to what has worked best in the past – although the event is still being held in location of Civic Center Park in downtown at LaPorte and Howes Street.
The organizers have done away with the beer sessions that were instituted last year, and now festivalgoers can enjoy tasting beers and listening to bands on three stages all day long. Twenty bands will play over the two days with 12 Cents for Marvin and 3 Twins Broadband headlining the event.
This year’s festival is being held June 25-26, 2011. Tickets purchased in advance are $10, and tickets at the gate are $15. Designated drivers get in for free. Once inside, patrons can purchase $1 tokens and exchange them for 4 oz. tasters on any of the over sixty Colorado beers that will be represented at the event.
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In order to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this year’s festival, please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Colorado beer. My current pick is Little Red Cap by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse located in Loveland. Be sure to stop by and visit them at the festival – tell them the Mayor of HeidiTown sent you.
A winner will be chosen at random on Friday at 3 p.m.
Find out more about the Colorado Brewers’ Festival at www.downtownfortcollins.com.
One of my favorite summer activities is listening to live music while laying in the green grass and watching the clouds roll by. When I researched summer outdoor music options in Northern Colorado, I was overwhelmed. If you were so inclined, you could spend every evening of the week listening to live music somewhere in Colorado, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
I’ve mentioned several of these events before, but thought it would be nice to have them all right here in an a handy little list for my readers. I have no doubt that I’ve missed a few, so if you know of a free concert series in your town, whether it’s in Northern Colorado or beyond, please drop me a message in the comment section!
All of these concerts are FREE!
Foote Lagoon Concert Series (Loveland, Colorado)
This free concert series starts on June 16 and runs every Thursday until August 20. The Foote Lagoon is located at 500 E. 5th Street near Loveland’s municipal buildings just east of historic downtown.
The round stage is actually located in the lagoon, with the audience sitting either in the concrete seating area or on the grassy slopes of the lagoon. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and many people bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the show.
Each year the lineup at the lagoon is different and this year is no exception, featuring everything from honky-tonk to a Beetle tribute band. To see the entire schedule of bands including links to their website go to my previous post here.
Friday Fest (Greeley, Colorado)
Every Friday, starting on June 10, you can enjoy live bands during on 9th Street Plaza in downtown Greeley. The Greeley Blues Jam (June 10-11) kicks off the event and it concludes with the Arts Picnic extravaganza on July 30. Greeley’s music scene attracts talented bands from every genre. Learn all about GBJ in my previous post about the event. The Greeley Blues Jam is not a free event.
Lagoon Summer Concert Series (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
This event is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lagoon on the west lawn of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center. The concert series starts on June 29 and runs through August 10. To see what bands are on the schedule go to www.lagoonseries.com.
Also in Fort Collins…
Noontime Notes Concert Series – Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Street Plaza in Old Town. Runs June 7 through August 16.
Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Series – Friday nights in Old Town Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Starts June 3 and ends on August 19.
Longmont Summer Concert Series (Longmont, Colorado)
The City of Longmont offers three free concerts at various locations during the summer. First up, Concert in the Park in Roosevelt Park at 700 Longs Peak Avenue. These concerts run every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting on June 14 with the Celtic band, The Indulgers. <— YEAH! Love this band!
The Museum’s Summer Concert Series runs every Wednesday in the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center’s courtyard. Concerts take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and the museum is located at 400 Quail Road.
Last, but not least, the Downtown Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 10. These concerts take place every Friday night at 4th and Main in downtown Longmont with music starting at 7 p.m. To see the entire lineup of bands playing at each of these venues go to www.ci.longmont.co.us.
Rhythm on the Rails (Niwot, Colorado)
This is award winning concert series is held every Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. in Whistle Stop Park. The event starts on June 9 and runs through August 18, 2011. This event includes food vendors, artisans, kids activities and a beer/wine/margarita tent for the adults. Find a complete lineup of bands playing this venue visit www.niwot.com. The best part? It’s held in one of the Mayor’s favorite towns! Read all about Niwot, here.
Sounds of Centerra (Loveland, Colorado)
Friday, July 15 through Friday, August 19
The concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park, located just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra and are free to the public. To see the lineup of bands go here.
St. Patrick’s Day seemed the appropriate time to post my article about the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival. As you know, the Mayor likes all things Irish and she likes Irish festivals most of all.
And as you can see by the adjacent photo, Leprechauns like me. By the way, being kissed by a Leprechaun gives you good luck for life, so obviously I am good to go!
I attended the first two years of this festival when it was the Fort Collins Irish Festival. Both times I had an absolute blast. The ambiance will be different this year because it isn’t being held in downtown Fort Collins, but it’s going to be an even bigger and more amazing, not-to-be-missed event.
In 2008 and 2009 the festival was held in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. The first year attracted 4,300 festivalgoers and the following year that number more than doubled.
The event organizers had a hit on their hands and realized they needed a bigger space. In 2010, they planned to move the event to The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. Due to unforeseen circumstances and a struggling economy, the 2010 event was cancelled.
This year the festival is back on and is going to be bigger and better than ever. Scheduled for August 25-28, 2011 at The Ranch, this event will be a celebration of Irish music, history and culture.
This year the festival welcomes the NYPD Pipes & Drums, America’s oldest and largest pipe and drum band. Rocky Mountain Irish Festival is currently seeking sponsors for the NYPD Pipes & Drums. If you or your company is interested, visit the festival’s website (link below).
One phenomenal exhibit this year is the John F. Kennedy President Exhibit, a collection of over 350 pieces of memorabilia including personal items such as Tiffany cuff links, letters, 1960s campaign materials and more. The exhibit has been traveling the country for three years, but has never been exhibited at an Irish festival and has never been in Colorado.
There will also be comprehensive exhibits on The Great Starvation and Irish hero, Michael Collins. Returning to the festival are the Irish Archives, the Irish Surnames Exhibit as well as a number of independent exhibitors. The festival is expanding this year to include a smorgasbord of Irish authors and artists.
This festival always has an amazing lineup of bands playing both contemporary and traditional Irish music. For a full line up of bands and other information visit Rocky Mountain Irish Festival online.
Visit the festival on Facebook HERE.
Read a previous article about the festival HERE.
This event caught my eye because bluegrass music is always a good time and at $10, ticket prices are just right.
This weekend Laporte, Colorado will be alive with the sound of the fiddle, banjo and guitar. It’s the First Annual Northern Colorado Bluegrass Festival to be held on Sunday, September 5 at Bar Double-S.
Laporte is just six miles northwest of Fort Collins on Old US-287. Bar Double-S is located at 3311 County Road 54G, and will host the event starting at 12 p.m. Underage festival attendees are allowed at this event but will receive wristbands.
Northern Colorado Bluegrass Music Festival was organized by BuckVillian Productions. The band, The BuckVillians, recently received first place at Loveland’s Got Talent at Corn Roast Festival in August.
On their Web site, the BuckVillians write the NCBMF is, “an exciting day for both us and for local Bluegrass music.” Local bands performing include The Hartmans, Lonesome Traveler, Mountain Holler and The BuckVillians.
The goal of the event is to entertain and to bring attention to the amazing bluegrass music right here in Northern Colorado. You can purchase your tickets in advance at www.nocobluegrass.eventbrite.com for only $10, or at the gate on the day of the show for $12.
When: Friday, August 27
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Longmont, Colorado
What: It’s the 10th anniversary of Festival on Main, Longmont’s largest community street party.
Read all about this family fun festival by clicking here.