Colorado’s Uniquely Frightening Halloween Haunts


It’s haunted house season again, and rather than showcasing the biggest and scariest of them all, we thought we’d take a step back and share some of Colorado’s more unique haunted experiences. I mean, who says ghosts and zombies can only inhabit a house? Check out our list for most unique “scares” in Colorado.

Haunted Field of Screams
Thornton

Explore three terrifying attractions including the Dead Man’s Night Maze, the Zombie Paintball Massacre, and the Haunted Field of Screams.

The last is an interactive tour of terror that leads from one nightmare to the next, with the moonlight as your only guide. Dare to walk through 16-foot-tall cornstalks and prepare to get spooked at every turn.

Learn more…
https://hauntedfieldofscreams.com/

Haunted Mines 
Colorado Springs

Seriously, what’s scarier than the mining tunnels once used throughout the mountains of Colorado where hundreds of deaths occurred? Dare yourself to explore deep within the realms of Colorado’s darkest, deepest tunnels where ghosts of buried miners reside.

Additional curiosities abound in the mines, including rock formations and insect life found nowhere else on the planet. Most notable are enormous arachnids larger than the bird-eating tarantula.

Learn more…
https://hauntedmines.org/

The Forrest of Doom 
Morrison

Breathe fresh air as you embark on a moonlit hike… through the Forest of Doom. Monsters, demons, evil spirits, and other devilish creatures will walk alongside you in complete darkness out in the open. We assure you, hiking will never be the same!

Learn more…
http://theforestofdoom.com/who-we-are/

Dead Zone Scream Park
Littleton

Get caught in a realm between the living and the dead in The Dead Zone. Prepare for frights in three different and unique zones across hundreds of acres of farm property, including the Corn Stalkers, the Cursed Hayride, and the After Dark Corn Maze.

Learn more…
https://www.deadzonescreampark.com/


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Think Colorado’s Favorite Pumpkin Patches

It’s the time of year for gathering pumpkins, and nowhere is better for this than a Colorado pumpkin patch. While there are dozens of amazing pumpkin patches throughout the state, here are some of our favorites.

🎃Guidestone’s Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival
Salida, October 12th to  14th

This beloved community event provides three days of family fun for over 1,500 festival goers from Chaffee County and surrounding communities. With horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, field games, crafts, face painting, food, music, and more, this event continues to grow every year. Read more…
https://guidestonecolorado.org/about-us/special-thanks/pumpkin-patch-harvest-festival/
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🎃Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Patch
Lafayette, September 22nd to October 31st

This family farm sells pumpkins and fall produce. Play in the corn or straw bale maze and see farm animals and tractors. Wagon rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more…
https://cottonwoodfarms.com/halloween-pumpkin-patch-fall-festival-boulder-co/
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🎃Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Cañon City, Mid-September to October 31st

This corn maze is always awesome with a different theme, game, and layout every year. The pumpkin field is “pumpkin-lish-ous” with lots of variety and sizes of pumpkins. And don’t forget, your paid admission includes many fun activities, including pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Read more…
https://dianaspumpkinpatch.com/
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🎃Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Grand Junction, October 1st to October 31st

This family farm offers a pick-your-own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, two corn mazes, a petting zoo, hay rides, and numerous other farm-fun activities. Read more…
https://studtspumpkinpatchandcornmaze.com/
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🎆🌌Digital River Fest

Rhythm Revolution is heading to Salida Colorado to host Digital River Fest 2018. This three-day event is packed with yoga and spinning classes mixed with beats from live DJs.Rhythm Revolution, a fitness movement rooted powerfully in music and exercise, is packing up its satellite space in Denver and taking its studio production on the road. With bikes in tow, Rhythm Revolution will set up shop in random, unsuspecting places and create shows with names unique to the venue itself. What you get are live, totally unscripted experiences that are fun, exciting, and amazing for your mind and body.

From September 28th through September 30th, Rhythm Revolution is heading to Salida to host Digital River Fest 2018. This three-day event is packed with yoga and spinning classes mixed with beats from live DJs.

All classes and events will take place at Riverside Park, with classes in particular happening inside the amphitheater.

Digital River Fest is an all ages event and features family-friendly, child-focused yoga on Sunday afternoon. With that said, the minimum age for cycling classes is 16, and all participants must sign a liability waiver.

On Friday and Saturday night, music and dance events will feature artists in their natural habitat—a club setting at additional venues downtown. For example, check out the party set to go down at the Scout hut, which will be called the Techno Barn for these two, special evenings.

For more information on Digital River Fest, visit www.DigitalRiverFest.com


 

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🍺 🍺 🍺 Great American Beer Festival

 

As far as beer festivals go, the annual Great American Beer Festival is the biggest of them all!

September 20th through September 22nd, hundreds of brewers will descend on Denver to showcase new and unusual beers, culminating in the largest collection of U.S. beer ever assembled.

During this fun festival, brewers serve their beer directly to attendees in single-ounce tasting portions, making it possible to try a whole lot of varieties.

The festival also features two competitions—the general competition, in which a professional judging panel evaluates all entries during five three-hour sessions over the three-day period, and a Pro-Am Competition, in which commercial craft brewers submit beers created from award-winning homebrew recipes from American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.

It’s no surprise the Great American Beer Festivals has found a home in Denver. Not only does Denver have the world’ largest single brewery (Coors), it also has the nation’s largest brewpub (Wynkoop Brewing Company) and the highest number of home brewers.

The Great American Beer Festival takes place inside the Colorado Convention Center. Over the course of its three days, there are four separate four-hour sampling sessions—one Thursday, one Friday, and two on Saturday.

After a few days of judging, awards are presented inside the convention center’s Bellco Theater on Saturday. The 2018 GABF will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center, a 100,000 square foot increase from 2017. Also, 2018 will be the first year brewers will be placed alphabetically according to their name rather than grouped according to the state they come from.

For more information on the Great American Beer Festival, visit www.GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

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🍷 🍇 🚲Tour de Vineyard Bicycle Tour

Wine and bikes collide September 15th during Palisade’s Tour de Vineyard Bicycle Tour. This wine ride is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and wants you to join in the fun as riders from all over the country cruise through Colorado’s wine country.

The changing of seasons from summer to fall is one of Colorado’s greatest highlights. Take in the gorgeous colors along with some of the Western Slope’s most stunning scenery as you ride with friends on a 23-mile or 58-mile course. These routes are chock-full of wineries, vineyards, orchards, and mesas and have a little something for everyone.

The 2018 ride is limited to 1,300 riders, so register today to reserve your spot!

Tour de Vineyards began back in 1994 in conjunction with the Colorado Mountain Winefest with the goal of creating a rider experience unlike any other in our state. Today, Tour de Vineyards offers recreational and competitive cyclists opportunities to cycle by beautiful and lush vineyards and enjoy foods and beverages authentic to the region.

Aid stations with water and supplies line the routes. Additional support includes roadside assistance to those experiencing mechanical problems or those who become too fatigued to finish. Riders registered with the event receive a t-shirt, a wine glass charm, a post-ride brunch, a raffle ticket for prize drawings, and more.

Two days of events include a Friday night VIP party and live entertainment, massages, and exhibitors on Saturday. After the ride, participants can catch a free shuttle to Winefest where the celebration continues.

To learn more, visit www.TourDeVineyards.com.

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👢 🎻 🏕 Seven Peaks Music Festival

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Be one the first to experience the Seven Peaks Music Festival, an inaugural event August 31st through September 2nd in Buena Vista, Colorado.

This three-day county music festival takes place at the Meadows, an idyllic venue made of grassy fields and creeks and surrounded by several stunning 14,000-foot peaks.

Make yourself cozy for the weekend by reserving a campsite for you and your friends and family. This is a family-friendly event. All ages are welcome and children six and under are free!Headliners for the weekend include Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Clint Black. Other exciting acts include Sawyer Brown, Brothers Osbourne, Elle King, and more!

As with many other outdoor festivals, food and craft vendors are on hand to make your stay easy and delightful.

With the Seven Peaks Music Festival, the fun doesn’t end at the festival’s grounds. Explore Buena Vista and its surrounding wilderness by participating in any one of several outdoor adventures organized by the festival.

By partnering with Adventure Hub, Seven Peaks Music Festival offers opportunities to raft or kayak a river, race through the wilderness, or zip line down the mountain while the sun is high. At the end of your adventure, return to jam out at the festival without missing a beat! Adventure Hub makes sure all its adventures are a convenient round-trip journey to and from the festival by shuttle!

Don’t miss this exciting event. In years to come, you can say, “I was there its very first year.”

For more information on the Seven Peaks Music Festival, visit www.SevenPeaksFestival.com.

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Annual Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow

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On August 11th, guests to the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs will have the very special opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of America’s Native American culture at the 10th Annual Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow.

As a celebration of Native history and culture, this exciting and colorful event features Native drums and dancers, Native art and artisans, live wolf and birds of prey exhibits, children’s activities, Native vendors and food, and much more.

More than entertainment, the Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow is the perfect opportunity for non-Natives to learn about American Indian culture, history, dances, and music. Attendees will discover the meaning behind a drum, a song, and a dance while also learning the difference among the regalia worn by Native dancers.

Beyond the dances, artisan demonstrations will show viewers how traditional Native art, such as paintings, jewelry, beadwork, and more are created, and native food, such as Navajo tacos and fry bread, will be served.

History

In 2009, The Palmer Lake Historical Society sponsored its first outdoor Native American Intertribal Festival because it felt it was important to preserve and promote the history, traditions, and culture of the area’s first inhabitants. The historical society’s goal was to facilitate interaction between non-Natives and American Indians from local tribes. The historical society later partnered with One Nation Walking Together in 2013 and moved the powwow indoors, and over the years, attendance grew to thousands.

Details:

Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow

Saturday, August 11th, 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

Grand Entry begins at 11 am.

Admission cost is $5. Dancers and children 12 years old and under are free.


Crossman Dans(c)e at Dance Initiative in Carbondale

Dance Initiative, a Carbondale-based organization that provides in-school creative dance education, commissions local artists to choreograph original compositions, hosts a residency program, produces the annual Spectrum Dance Festival, and offers community workshops is excited to announce its upcoming Artist in Residence Program: Crossman Dans(c)e.

August 5th through August 11thCrossman Dans(c)e, a New York-based contemporary dance company, will entertain its audiences with performances and workshops at Dance Initiative’s Launchpad, a dance studio located at 76 South 4th Street in Carbondale.

Crossman Dans(c)e looks at humanity in formalism or how the pedestrian can co-exist with the virtuosic and has performed in several New York dance programs, including DanceRoulette, La MaMa Moves!, and Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates.

Dylan Crossman created Crossman Dans(c)e in 2013 after several years of living in New York, where he worked with choreographers Julia K. Gleich and Sean Curran, became a founding member of Peter Kyle Dance, joined Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and more. Dylan also works with children as well as adults, introducing them to Merce Cunningham’s creative ideas and philosophy.

In Carbondale, he will be joined by Sumi Clements, Artistic Director of Summation Dance (NYC) and MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; Jason Collins, dance-based performer and producer and BFA graduate of The Julliard School; and Christine Flores, BFA graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami.

The following are highlights of Crossman Dans(c)e Artist in Residency:

Q&A with Dylan Crossman, Free
August 7th, 7 pm 
Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale 

All Levels Cunningham Dance Workshop, $15
August 11th, 10 am – 11:45 am 
The Launchpad, 76 South 4th Street, Carbondale

Works in Progress Performance, $15
August 11th, 7 pm 
The Launchpad, 76 South 4th Street, Carbondale

For more information, visit www.DanceInitiative.org.

Crossman Dans(c)e at Dance Initiative in Carbondale Colorado


Cowboys are Just the Tip of the Iceberg at the Greeley Stampede

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➳➳ 🎻Watch here for the Superstars Concert Lineup.  EeeeeeeHawwwwww!

If you don’t have plans for the upcoming week or for the Fourth of July, head to Greeley for the Annual Greeley Stampede. This summer event has so many activities and events, it truly has something for everyone.

From June 22nd through July 4th, Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley fills with spectators, amateur cowboys, and rodeo pros excited for events ranging from the PRCA Rodeo Series and Demolition Derby to American Bull Fighting and Cowboy Games.

The Greeley Stampede, however, is much more than cowboys and bucking broncos. Beyond the arena is Carnival Americana, where more than 50 rides and attractions await to elicit screams and thrills. A Kids Korral in the Stampede grounds entertains little ones with face painting, a grizzly bear show, the Innovation Station, and more. There are also national and regional musical artists playing each day at Extraction Park Stage, daily parades, shopping, a classic car show, art exhibits, and, at the end of the Stampede’s two-week run, a massive Fourth of July fireworks display.

The Greeley Stampede is rich in tradition and heritage dating back to the late 1800s. By 1920, the Stampede was the largest fair or festival in the world. Though it was started to honor local potato farmers, the Stampede has since grown into an internationally acclaimed festival attracting close to 450,000 people annually from all parts of the United States and several foreign countries, including Canada, Mexico, and England. The Greeley Stampede is the 2nd largest fair in Colorado and features one of the largest rodeos in the world.

For more information on the Greeley Stampede, visit www.GreeleyStampede.org.


Rapids and Grass Festival in Buena Vista

Rapids and Grass Festival in Buena Vista

Pack your tent and head to Buena Vista June 29th through July 1st for the Rapids and Grass Festival, an event that was so successful its first year, organizers are doing it all over again!

This year, in addition to the huge beer tasting event and live music at the Beach, Rapidgrass, DJ Logic, and Leftover Salmon are set to perform Friday night through Sunday night in the Ivy Ballroom at the brand-new Surf Hotel adjacent to the festival’s grounds.

A weekend at Rapids and Grass means sampling beers from over 45 of the best breweries in the country, jamming to an incredible lineup of bluegrass music, and taking in the sweeping mountain views.

Local food trucks will serve up lunch and dinner and a 7-mile raft trip through class III whitewater will be available on Sunday for an extra fee.

Kick the weekend off Friday night from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar’sWelcome Party. This popular watering hole is located in Buena Vista’s historic 1880s jailhouse and features 10 rotating taps of craft beers from across Colorado, the United States, and abroad.

Tent, car, and RV camping is available at the festival site. Imagine camping under the stars surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks after a great day of beer, music, and soaking in the sun.

After its inaugural year, the Rapids and Grass Festival was touted by many publications, including PorchDrinking.com, which said, “Welcome to the new standard in festivals,” and 5280 Magazine, which said, “There are few things more ‘Colorado’ than bluegrass, river sports, and craft beer.”

For more information, visit rgfest.com/

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Discover the Perfect Wedding Venue in Central Colorado

It’s June in Colorado, which means weekends filled with weddings all across the state. Who doesn’t want to get married here? With backdrops ranging from red, rocky mesas to lush, green mountainsides, Colorado has quickly become a top destination wedding location.

Central Colorado is an ideal wedding location. Venues here offer a “far away from it all” feeling just two short hours from Denver and Colorado Springs. Invite your guests to celebrate your union at a riverside boutique hotel, historic theater, or authentic Colorado ranch. The possibilities don’t end there. Check out our list of recommended venues, florists, and more in Buena Vista, Salida, and beyond.

Steel Horse Inn – Villa Grove
This charming creekside mountain inn, on 17.5 acres, is just 35 miles south of Salida. Its large rustic barn and caterer’s kitchen makes it the perfect place for weddings, and other special events. Weekend wedding packages include 1 or 2 night stay accommodations.

Hutchinson Ranch – Poncha Springs
Capture the serenity of Colorado and the majestic beauty of the Rockies at this beautiful, historic ranch. Various ceremony sites and a newly completed event barn are ready for your special occasion.

The Loft Orpheum Theater – Buena Vista
This historic theater in downtown Buena Vista offers the perfect venue for brides and grooms looking for something hip and fun under the shadows of 14,000-foot Mt. Princeton.

Salida SteamPlant – Salida
The SteamPlant Event Center is central Colorado’s uniquely beautiful and historic venue for weddings, meetings, conferences, banquets and more.

Surf Hotel – Buena Vista
At the Surf hotel, guests enjoy a sense of luxury without pretension inspired by the understated elegance of European hotels and the spectacular natural beauty of its home on the Arkansas River.

Once you have your venue booked, it’s time to consider the details. For flowers, check out Rancho Verde Flowers, and for catering, visit Rusting Ram. For more information on weddings in Central Colorado, Heart of the Rockies Wedding Association is another fantastic resource.

photo credit:  Steel Horse Inn


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The Durango Blues Train

photo credit:  durangobluestrain.com
Do you love soaking in Colorado’s breathtaking scenery? Do you also love the blues? Combine the best of both worlds aboard the Durango Blues Train, a 3.5-hour moving musical experience in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado.
Enjoy the blues, award-winning craft beer, hard cider, and the beautiful scenery surrounding you! WATCH VIDEO HERE 🎦🍿
On June 1st and June 2nd, and again on August 17th and August 18th, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passengers ride along with blues artists who play into the night. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach while passengers dance from car to car, delighting in a variety of musical performances.

A highlight of the evening includes sunset views along the “Highline,” a world-famous section of the railroad 400 feet high above the Animas River.

Not a blues fan? Not to worry. A ride on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is reason enough to come along. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad first brought trains to Durango in 1881. While these trains were used to haul silver and gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, it was the views that became the railroad’s priceless attraction.

For more information on the Durango Blues Train, visit DurangoBluesTrain.com.

Check out the lineups for June and August!

June lineup:
·         Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
·         Amanda Fish
·         C.W. Ayon Duo
·         Dos Gatos
·         Left Lane Cruise
·         Russ Chapman

August lineup:
·         The AJ Fullerton Band
·         The Rebekah Meldrum Band
·         Molly Gene – One Whoaman Band
·         D.W. Doucet
·         Cary Morin
·         RL Cole


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Bike Events to Kick Off the Biking Season

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Tis the season for two-wheelers in Colorado. Yep, I’m talking about biking season. Get into gear May 18th to May 20th by attending one of the following bike events in three different corners of the state.

Grand Junction Off-Road and Bike & Gear Expo
Grand Junction, May 18th to May 20th
Grand Junction’s annual off-road, endurance mountain bike event offers a 15, 30, or 40-mile race, each of which consists of a carefully curated set of geologically mesmerizing trails.

Climb your way out of downtown and onto the Uncompahgre Plateau while connecting some of the area’s favorite technically challenging singletrack, double track, gravel roads, and paved segments of the world-famous Lunch Loops trail system.

A bonus? Grand Junction’s Downtown Music Festival occurs simultaneously, making it a great weekend for hitting the trails and taking in some great tunes.
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Ride the Cog
Hayden, May 19th
Support the Hayden Heritage Center by participating in Ride the Cog. This museum fundraiser gives mountain and road bikers the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views on a challenging choice of rides that includes a 30-mile paved and gravel road ride, a 26-mile mountain bike ride, and a short family ride through town. Afterward, enjoy lunch and live music at the museum.
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Ride the Pass
Aspen, May 19th
The Ride for the Pass is a recreational ride and road bike race up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass that allows riders to savor the beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it opens to cars for the season. Ride for the Pass benefits the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work and is followed by a party at the St. Regis featuring fantastic raffle prizes and giveaways.
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CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista

Glorious river season, the time when big waves are all the talk, tanned faces greet you with a smile, and tourists fill restaurants and shops, bringing with them an infectious energy.

To celebrate the arrival of high water and the river rats who ride its waves, Colorado Kayak Supply (CKS) in Buena Vista throws its annual Paddlefest, an activity-filled weekend honoring the Arkansas River and the valley through which it runs.

During Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th to May 28th, kayakers, rafters, bikers, climbers, families, spectators, beer connoisseurs, foodies, nature lovers, and more descend upon Buena Vista to partake in or watch any one of dozens of activities and competitions.

Whitewater events include everything from kayak and stand up paddleboard competitions to group paddles and roll clinics. The whitewater events conclude on Monday with the popular Race to the Grill. During this family-friendly event, all ages boat, SUP, or float the Milk Run to River Runners Grill where food and drinks await.

Want to get your feet wet but are a little intimidated by whitewater? Not to worry. Paddlefest has you covered. Several options for flat water fun are available at the town pond. Try your hand at stand up paddleboarding or practice your roll without the stress of big rapids.

Although Paddlefest is traditionally a water-based festival, the last few years have witnessed an increase in land events. These events range from disc golf competitions and running races to bouldering competitions and town parties.

This year, in honor of a very powerful and important movement, CKS is showcasing a women’s group paddle, ladies’ competitions, and a women adventurers film series on Thursday night at the Watershed Stage.

Buena Vista is the place to be Memorial Day Weekend. The energy here is infectious and real, the crowds are generous and happy, and the mood is so uplifting, you can’t help but want to dare yourself to push your own boundaries.

Visit www.CKSPaddleFest.com for more information.

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🚲 Denver’s Bike Paths: A Utopia for Cyclists

 

photo credit: Meredith Winkelmeyer

With Colorado’s trails notoriously muddy this time of year, ride your bike on Denver’s dry, paved paths.

Given Denver’s reputation for being home to the athletically minded, it should come as no surprise to learn the Mile High City boasts more than 85 paved bike paths!

With the weather slightly warmer on the Front Range than in the mountains, the end of April is the ideal time to explore the following Denver bike paths.

🚲Bear Creek Bike Trail

Bear Creek Bike Trail connects downtown Denver with the foothills of the Rockies. It’s 20 miles long and follows Bear Creek all the way to the town of Morrison, home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater.

🚲The Greenway Trail Along the South Platte River

This ride gives you a tour of downtown Denver plus more than 20 signs that tell the area’s history. The path then heads to the calm and tranquil Hudson Gardens before opening into Chatfield State Park

🚲Cherry Creek Trail

The Cherry Creek Trail is Denver’s main cycling artery, connecting Aurora in the southeast with the heart of downtown. From history to street art, it’s a ride you don’t want to miss.

🚲Sloan Lake Trail

Cruise around Sloan Lake for 2.6 miles while taking in great views of downtown Denver.

🚲Clear Creek Trail

This 18-mile ride from North Denver to Golden is among the best road rides in Colorado. You’ll coast through residential areas and along the countryside before entering Golden, home of the Coors brewing factory.

🚲Washington Park Loop

Stay within city limits and make loops around beautiful Washington Parks. This 2-mile scenic ride is popular among cyclists looking for a quick fix.

🚲South Platte River Trail

Stretching from Thornton in the north to Englewood in the south, the 20-mile South Platte River Trail is one of Denver’s most important cycling corridors. If you need to connect to other trails in the city, this is your ride.

For more information on these and other trails, visit www.ColoradoBikeMaps.com.

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⛷Closing Days and Shenanigans at Colorado’s Favorite Mountain Resorts

It seems like just yesterday we were hitting the slopes for the first time this season. While our snowfall might not have been as epic as in years past, our fun was nothing less than stellar. Warm days, sunshine, and good friends are what make a day on the hill memorable.

Okay… you got me. A little bit of the fluffy stuff helps, too.

With that being said, we bid adieu to the 2017-2018 ski season with some monster bashes at some of our favorite ski resorts. This April, kiss the ski season goodbye in pure Colorado style by participating in these super silly, entertaining events.

Steamboat 
April 15th at 1 pm

Come to the base of Steamboat Ski Area in Gondola Square for the Splashdown Pond Skim. At this annual event, guests try to make it all the way across the pond, some even in costumes.

Follow up the Pond Skim with a free concert featuring Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
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Snowmass
April 15th at 1 pm

Finish your 2017-2018 ski season at Snowmass’s Schneetag, a purely Colorado event where teams of four pilot homemade crafts down a slope and attempt to float across a pond. As a bonus for spectators, each team will present a theme and perform a skit before they descend.
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Breckenridge
April 22nd

Breckenridge always knows how to throw a great party and closing day is no exception. The Breck Plunge will help close out the season with a splash. Join the fun at the base of Peak 8 with live music, food, drinks, and great people!
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Copper Mountain
April 14th and April 15th

Copper Mountain doesn’t devote one day to closing festivities but two! Come for this weekend long celebration featuring live music by the Mighty Mighty Bostones and March Fourth. Wild activities include Red Bull Slopesoakers and the Retro Shred-a-thon.
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High Altitude Honky-Tonk

Spring is in the air with Colorado’s summer music festivals around the corner. Kick the music festival season off with the Rocky Mountain Country Fest at the Warren Station for the Arts in Keystone, March 23rd and 24th.

The Warren Station for the Arts in River Run Village creates unique and memorable experiences through public events, festivals, cultural performances, and more. This March, it’s proud to present the first annual Rocky Mountain Country Fest at Keystone, a weekend filled with honky-tonk, southern rock, country folk, and the best in Colorado western music.

Festivities begin with Friday night dances lesson for all levels. Summit’s own Mike “Tex” DeGarie, an expert in country western dancing, will be on-hand to teach beginner moves and experienced steps.

Put your new moves to the test when Twenty Hands High, a group of musicians that keeps the dance floor full and everyone singing along, takes the stage for the rest of the evening. Enjoy Jim Beam and Coors drink specials as you dance the night away!

Music begins again at 6:30 pm on Saturday with the Slingers, an ensemble of notable honky-tonk, country, and cowboy musicians. Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams follows at 7:45 pm, and Wylie and the Wild West steps onstage at 9:30 pm.

Come for a weekend of skiing or riding and spend your nights enjoying Colorado western music at its finest. To learn more and to buy tickets, visit WarrenStation.com.

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🌟Get Your Glow On at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Get Your Glow On at the Denver Colorado Museum of Nature and ScienceDid you know there are more than 2,000 firefly species worldwide? Or, that bioluminescence is the only source of light in the largest habitable space on Earth, the perpetually dark deep sea? Learn these facts and more at Creatures of Light, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science‘s newest, temporary exhibit that explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and fungi, minerals, and live animals that get their glow on.

See video in the making Creatures of Light here ➛

On Earth, there are many creatures that glow, and this exhibit explores how and why they do. Move through a series of luminous environments, from familiar grassy meadows to the deepest parts of the ocean. Hands-on exhibits, videos, animations, photographs, and iPads with additional in-depth content teach visitors how light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, defend against predators, and more.

Galleries include an eastern North American meadow at night where fireflies flash, a dark cave in New Zealand where the ceiling is speckled in blue-green lights, and wooded forests with bioluminescent mushrooms covering the floor.

Let’s not forget about the sea. In Creatures of Light, a Puerto Rican lagoon is lit by tiny “pyrotechnic” plankton called dinoflagellates and an interactive coral reef wall shows how shining blue light onto corals can make them glow neon shades of pink, orange, and green.

In the Deep-Sea Theater, visitors will be introduced to a variety of animals, including a jellyfish that lights up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened and a viperfish whose fangs are so long they don’t fit inside its head.

Creatures of Light runs until June 10th, 2018 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Admission is included with your general admission ticket. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.  See video here ➛

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🍿 A Night at the Theater 

Sure, Colorado is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. But, did you know we also have a thriving theater scene?

Sure, Colorado is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. But, did you know we also have a thriving theater scene?

Theaters across the state regularly showcase exciting, nationally known productions. On the Front Range, in particular, you’ll find the largest concentration of theaters with performances catering to a range of interests. This weekend, and in some cases weekends thereafter, change up your favorite evening activity by checking out any one of the following performances.

DENVER

First Date at the Garner Galleria Theater
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents.

Zoey’s Perfect Wedding at the Space Theatre
Watch in awe as this wildly funny fiasco destroys one bride’s expectations of her perfect day.

American Mariachi at the Stage Theatre
This heartwarming story about music’s power to heal features live mariachi music.

The Great Leap at the Ricketson Theatre
Personal pressures and history collide in one thrilling late-80s Beijing basketball game.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center
Respect combines excerpts of 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more.

Stomp at the Buell Theatre
Using anything but traditional percussion instruments, the Stomp crew creates pulse-pounding, electrifying rhythms for an unforgettably unique performance, every time.
GOLDEN

Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical at the Miners Alley Playhouse
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose secrets defined her family and her life.
AURORA

Sleuth at the Vintage Theatre
When mystery writer Andrew Wyke invites his wife’s lover to his country estate, a battle of wits quickly turns into a sinister and deadly game of cat and mouse.

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❄️ Pagosa Springs’ Winterfest Weekend 

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Head to the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Southeastern Colorado this Saturday and Sunday for Pagosa Springs’ Winterfest Weekend.

From Saturday, February 3rd through Sunday, February 4th, Pagosa Springs’ Chamber of Commerce hosts fun events for the whole family.

Kick off the weekend Saturday morning at the hot air balloon mass ascension in downtown, where dozens of colorful balloons fill the sky. Once the balloons are afloat, head to Town Park for the always creative Barkus Parade.

Other Saturday events include a youth fat bike fun race, with racing distances from 1k to 12k, the 7th Annual Penguin Plunge, and the Anything Goes Downhill Sled Race, where every entry is homemade.

Wait… there’s more!

Also on Saturday is a BB Gun Biathlon at the Pagosa Nordic Club, bike demos in Yamaguchi Park, a crepe and coffee brunch, and a free skate night at the Pagosa Multipurpose Pavilion.

If you missed the balloon ascension on Saturday, have no fear. Balloons launch again on Sunday morning. Once again, balloons fill the winter sky, this time over the Pagosa Lakes area. Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and come enjoy the spectacular view!

After Sunday’s balloon ascension, Pagosa Springs gets ready for the Super Bowl at the Winterfest Super Bowl Blowout at Pagosa Brewing.

Come play a lively corn hole tournament and celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with a special Winterfest drink and appetizer. Seven TVs will keep you and your friends cheering your favorite team throughout the afternoon.

Visit www.VisitPagosaSprings.com for more information.

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⛸ Think Colorado’s Definitive List of Outdoor Skating Rinks

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This Christmas Eve, take your family and friends to a local outdoor skating rink for some wholesome fun. Colorado boasts a long list of outdoor skating opportunities, so there’s sure to be one close by. Pull down your hats, wrap your scarves, and lace up a pair of skates for a great activity enjoyed by all.

Here’s our definitive list of Colorado’s outdoor skating rinks:


Front Range

  • Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs has a skating rink with themed nights, live music, and food vendors on the west side of Acacia Park.
  • Denver – The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park along 16th Street Mall offers skate rentals while nearby restaurants are ready to serve up warm beverages.
  • Evergreen –  Evergreen boasts a 40-acre lake with a surrounding path that’s great for an afternoon walk.
  • Lakewood – Get last minute shopping done and go for a skate at The Rink at Belmar.
  • Louisville – Enjoy WinterSkate in historic downtown Louisville.
  • Nederland – Head into the hills for a skate at the Nederland Ice and Racquet Park.

Northern Colorado

  • Estes Park – YMCA of the Rockies offers outdoor ice skating with Rocky Mountain National Park as the backdrop.
  • Fraser – The Ice Box is a partially enclosed sports complex in Fraser.
  • Tabernash – Head to Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash for a spin on their private rink.
  • Winter Park Resort – Winter Park offers two ice rinks, Village Ice Rink and Cooper Creek Square Ice Rink.

Central Colorado

  • Aspen – Aspen’s Silver Circle Ice Rink is picturesque and conveniently located on Durant Avenue across from Rubey Park.
  • Beaver Creek – Luxury is the word at Beaver Creek’s 9,000-square-foot ice rink.
  • Breckenridge – The Gold Run Nordic Center not only has 30K of impeccably groomed classic and skate cross-country ski trails, but a great ice skating pond.
  • Crested Butte – The Nordic Center’s rink is on the edge of downtown and near amazing cross-country ski trails.
  • Glenwood Springs – The Glenwood Springs Community Center Ice Rink is an 85-foot by 200-foot National Hockey League-size, outdoor, covered rink.
  • Keystone – Keystone’s Decrum Square Ice Rink is one of the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor rinks in North America.

Southwestern Colorado

  • Ouray – Take in the grandeur of a box canyon at the Rotary Park Ice Rink and warm your bones afterward at the Ouray Hot Springs
  • Silverton – Kendall Mountain Recreation Area has ice skating along with a small ski hill, snow shoeing trails, and a sledding hill.
  • Pagosa Springs – Though famous for their hot springs, Pagosa Springs also has an ice rink behind the River Center.

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✨ The Twinkling of Lights at Colorado’s Zoos ✨

 The Twinkling of Lights at Colorado’s Zoos 

Delight family and friends this holiday season with a trip to a local zoo for extraordinary light shows. What better way to spend an evening than surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights with the sights and sounds of exotic animals in the background. Here are three Colorado zoos ready to sprinkle a little holiday magic this December. 


Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs lights up 85 sculptures on over 50 acres. Fires throughout the zoo offer a chance to warm up on chilly nights.

Santa Claus is in the house at Santa Zone, while animal encounters and the Sky Ride offer unique views of the zoo and its special residents.

Electric Safari is open nightly, December 15th to the 23rd and December 25th to January 1st. ***Please note, Electric Safari is not open on Christmas Eve, December 24th.

➤ Visit www.CMZoo.org for more information


Electric Critters at the Pueblo Zoo

Enjoy 150 magical creations with 250,000 dancing lights at the Pueblo Zoo. As you wander through the zoo, sip on hot chocolate or nibble on treats from the Candy Cane Café.

This cherished Pueblo tradition is open 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, December 15th to the 23rd and December 26th to the 30th.

Santa will be at Electric Critters on December 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd.

➤ Visit www.PuebloZoo.org for more information.


Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo

Zoo Lights spans 60 acres at the Denver Zoo and offers nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets, and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places they’re least expected.

Zoo Lights runs nightly through December 31st. ***Please note, the Denver Zoo is closed on Christmas Day, December 25th.

➤ Visit www.DenverZoo.org for more information.

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Soak in Holiday Magic on a Santa Train Ride

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Choo choo! It’s time to jump aboard a holiday train for a visit from the big man himself. No holiday experience is more magical than a ride on an old steam line through some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery.  With the magic of Christmas surrounding them, kids often call their holiday train ride the highlight of the season.

Colorado offers several different Santa trains, including the Polar Express Train Ride at the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Santa Train at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. But, the following three are our personal favorites.

Book your tickets now because these rides sell out fast!


Santa’s North Pole Adventure and Holiday Lights Train – Georgetown Loop Railroad
Join Santa on this scenic mountain ride as he passed out presents, treats, and goodies to all the kids onboard. Cars are decorated to the max and heated to keep you warm. This one-hour trip runs during the day as Santa’s North Pole Adventure and at night as the Holiday Lights Train.
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Santa Express Train – The Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Travel through Cañon City’s famous Royal Gorge before stopping at the “North Pole” to pick up Santa. Enjoy hot cocoa and warm cookies served by Christmas elves along the way. Christmas carols and children dressed in pajamas fill the train as Santa listens to wish lists and hands out authentic reindeer bells.
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Polar Express – Durango and Silverton Railroad
The story of a child’s Christmas Eve journey comes alive onboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride. All ages can enjoy the experience, warmth, and fun of the Christmas season on a special trip to the North Pole.
➤ Learn more…

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Carolers and Cocoa at Palisade’s Olde Fashioned Christmas

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Take a step back in time this holiday season at Palisade’s Olde Fashioned Christmas December 1st and 2nd. Famous for its vineyards and wine tours, Palisade invites you to participate in another unique and very special event, where carolers sing, cocoa is poured, and holiday shopping focuses on craft.

Starting at 5:00 pm on December 1st and continuing until 4:00 pm on December 2nd, This Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration will take you out of the hustle and bustle often associated with this time of year and into a place filled with traditional holiday magic.

With all the sights, sounds, and tastes of holidays gone by, Palisade offers a pleasurable holiday shopping experience filled with soup sampling, carolers, carriage rides, gingerbread creations, and lots and lots of good cheer.

It all begins on Friday evening at 5:00 pm with caroling by the Taylor Elementary Serenaders as they march up Main Street to the Town Plaza to light the town tree. Warm up with hot cocoa and coffee on the plaza or purchase a cup of soup from Altrusia’s Cup of Warmth at the Slice of Life Bakery. The Parade of Lights will follow at 5:30 pm with floats, bands, horses, fire trucks, buggies, and of course, Santa.

Craft vendors ready to help you complete your shopping lists will be at the Downtown Marketplace from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop also takes place on Saturday, where kids can make a craft ornament and decorate a gingerbread house cookie baked by the elves at the Community Hospital. Santa will be there too, so have your wish lists ready!

A parade, cookies, music, Santa, crafts, and more! It’s a Palisade tradition. Visit www.Palisadecoc.com for more information.

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Kick Off the Holiday Season at Greeley’s Festival of Trees

 

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Once the Thanksgiving turkey is eaten and the pumpkin pie is gone, it’s time to turn up the notch on the holiday season. And no Colorado city kicks off the holidays better than Greeley.

Head north after your Thanksgiving gathering to participate in Greeley’s 29th Annual Festival of Trees. This winter wonderland competes with the North Pole as beautifully decorated trees, holiday entertainment, kids’ activities, door prizes, Hearts & Tails Carriage rides, a silent auction, and more take place November 24th through December 2nd.

Every year, the Festival of Trees presents a forest of beautifully decorated trees, whimsical to elaborate, each with its own unique theme. At the end of the Festival, the coveted People’s Choice, St. Nick’s Pick, and Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree awards are presented to the businesses, individuals, or organizations whose trees are voted overall favorites. There’s also Candy Cane Lane, a showcase of evergreens adorned with ornaments created by children who compete for the Kids’ Choice ribbon. Come to Greeley and vote for your favorite!

Special events during this nine-day celebration include Whoville Holiday Seussabration, Silver Bells Social, Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out, and Teddy Bear Bash. Throughout the festival, you can also bid on seasonal items, such as trees, wreaths, Santas, snowmen, and year-round items like jewelry, in the silent auction!

Take the entire family to participate in one of Northern Colorado’s most cherished holiday traditions. It’s a spectacular celebration for everyone. Visit www.GreeleyGov.com for more information.

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Colorado Ski Resorts Opening Dates and Early-Season Tips

Woo hoo! Colorado’s ski resorts are getting ready to open (some already are), and many of us are already strapping on our ski racks and waxing our boards.

Before you head out, we want to offer a few tips for a successful early ski season.

1.       You’re excited. We get it. But, so is everyone else, which means the few open runs will be filled with a mix of overly-eager skiers of various abilities navigating the challenges associated with early season skiing. So, just be cautious as you cruise. You don’t want to get injured and have to miss the awesome snow still to come.

2.       The first few days in ski boots can wreak havoc on your shins and feet. Prevent pain associated with stiff ski boots by wearing them around the house. This way, your feet won’t suffer total shock when they’re first buckled in for the season.

3.       Rocks and man-made snow abound early in the season and can seriously damage your gear.  Protect it by using old skis or boards during the early-season.

With these tips in mind, go forth and enjoy Colorado’s stellar ski resorts opening for the 2017/2018 season on the following dates:

OPEN NOW!

November 15th

November 17th

November 18th

November 21st

November 22nd

November 23rd

November 25th

December 8th

December 9th

December 15th

December 28th

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Visit a Colorado State Park this November

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Just because it’s November in Colorado doesn’t mean you can’t go camping. In some parts of the state, November will still give you sunny and warm(er) days perfect for all sorts of outdoor play. Our state parks are perfect for a weekend getaway, and the following four are ideal this time of year.


Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo

Anglers love Lake Pueblo, and with 10,000 acres of land, it’s also a great place for hiking, biking, or simply exploring nature. Campers enjoy views of the Greenhorn and Wet Mountains to the southwest and Pikes Peak to the north.

Full-service marinas and a diversity of campsites invite guests to stay awhile. Water recreation includes sailing, motor-boating, waterskiing, river tubing, and fishing.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Trinidad Lake State Park, Trinidad

As the southernmost state park on this list, Trinidad Lake should also be the warmest. Trinidad Lake is ideal for water sports and fishing, while miles of trails winding through local history and spectacular scenery provide opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Highline Lake State Park, Loma

Highline Lake State Park is west of Grand Junction, near the Utah border. Considered an oasis in the desert, its lakes, lush grass, trails, and trees make it the recreation epicenter of the Grand Valley. Connected to miles of trails and close to communities, the park also makes an ideal base for exploring the Grand Junction area.

Mancos State Park, Mancos, Colorado

Mancos State Park in southwestern Colorado is a haven for year-round outdoor recreation. In the spring, summer, and fall, canoeists, kayakers, and wakeless power boaters enjoy the calm waters of Jackson Gulch Reservoir. Mesa Verde National Park, the San Juan Skyway, Public Lands, and Durango are close by, making this state park a great excursion for all interests.

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Holiday Shopping at Colorado Arts and Crafts Fairs

Support Colorado artists by shopping for your holiday gifts at a local arts and crafts fair. There are so many to choose from. Check out any of the following. There’s sure to be a fair close by!

Smoky Hill High School 34th Annual Craft Fair 
November 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Smoky Hill High School
16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80016

This popular event is celebrating 34 years with 211 vendors showing hand-crafted items. The craft fair is a great place to purchase decorations, unique clothing, jewelry, and gifts for the holidays. Funds raised are used to award scholarships to senior students who plan on becoming teachers and to support clubs and activities.

Arvada Fair for The Band 
November 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Arvada High School
7951 W. 65th Ave
Arvada, CO 80004

Visit this new craft fair and shop from over 100 local artists showcasing their handmade items. Proceeds directly benefit the Arvada High School Band and Color Guard programs.

2017 Applewood Holiday Arts and Craft Festival
November 4, 2017 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and November 5, 2017 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Standley Lake High School
9300 W. 104th Ave
Westminster, CO 80021

This fair will have more than 110 selected artisans and vendors. Join this festival for art, crafts, repurposed wares, antiques, collectibles, specialty foods vendors, entertainment, catered luncheons, special attractions, demonstrations, and more.

Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors Holiday Boutique
November 4, 2017 9am-4:30pm
Conifer High School
10441 Hwy.73
Conifer, CO 80433

Bring your shopping lists for a festive day of holiday and Christmas shopping.

2017 Pueblo Holiday Bazaar 
November 4, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and November 5, 2017 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Palace of Agriculture, Colorado State Fairgrounds
1001 Beulah Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

Come out and grab some perfect holiday gear. There will be more than 150 booths with unique holiday gifts.

2017 Englewood Holiday Bazaar 
November 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Malley Recreation Center
3380 S. Lincoln St.
Englewood, CO   80110 

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping early. There will be more than 100 artisans selling their wonderful handmade crafts and fine art. Concessions will be available for lunch or snacking.

2017 Castle Rock Craft Show 
November 4, 2017 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Douglas County Events Center
500 Fairgrounds Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80104

More than 150 vendors will be offering unique handcrafted products. Other than crafts, there will be food, free door prizes, wreath auction, community corner, raffle, silent auction, book sale, concessions for purchase, and much more.

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Vintage Halloween Fun Fest

Vintage Halloween Fun Fest

Enjoy a wholesome, old-fashioned Halloween celebration at Denver’s Vintage Halloween Fun Fest Sunday, October 29th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Ramada Plaza Denver North fills its event space with classic Halloween activities geared toward kids. Get your craft on at the mask making station or dip into your creative side at the caramel apple decorating station. Kiddos can release their Halloween energy in the bounce house or test their skills on a slew of carnival games, such as pumpkin bowling. You’ve heard of bowling. Now imagine it with a pumpkin instead of a bowling ball and pins that look like giant candy corns and zombies!

Special events occur at specific times throughout the afternoon. Remember apple bobbing? Well, at this festival there’s a new spin on the classic game. No need to dunk your head into cold water. Instead, you can compete in aerial apple bobbing, which is just as fun and just as challenging—but drier! Open mic ghost stories give you a chance to share your scariest story and the costume contest awards prizes for spookiest, funniest, cutest, and best in show costumes.

This year, give your kids a taste of a classic Halloween party. Visit www.VintageHalloweenfest.com for more information.

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Get Locked Up at Asylum for the Ultimate Fright

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Haunted houses are so last year. This Halloween, take it up a notch at Asylum in Pueblo, where you and your friends get locked in an asylum and have one hour to escape. Are you ready for the challenge?

SOCO Escape Room offers experiences in Pueblo’s Black Iron Building throughout the year. But for Halloween, it stages its most frightening experience, Asylum. From October 5th through November 5th, SOCO Escape Room will lock you in a room, where getting out won’t be so easy. You’ll have one hour to free yourself. During that time, you and your team will need all your wits about you as you work to solve a labyrinth of physical, logical, and investigative puzzles in order to escape. If you don’t, there’s no telling what the consequences might be.

Asylum’s escape room is a frightening, immersive experience where participants must work as a team to solve a series of puzzles and tasks inside the room in order to escape within a specified time limit. SOCO Escape Rooms are themed and have a unique storyline that engages you with your environment.

So, what’s Asylum’s story? The Brindley twins call themselves psychiatrists. They snatch people off the streets and make them patients in their very own asylum. In your worst nightmare come true, you awake in a locked in a room. The vicious twins will be back in an hour to give you your treatment.

Escape or die.

Visit www.SOCOEscapeRoom.com for more information.

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Get Goosebumps at the Telluride Horror Show

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Telluride has made a name for itself with its annual summer film festival. But each October, during the Telluride Horror Show, the scariest films in the industry steal the spotlight.

The Telluride Horror Show, Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival, returns October 13th to October 15th for its 8th season. For three days, film fans will experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House, Nugget Theatre, and Palm theater.

Films run constantly throughout the weekend, which averages 20 feature films, more than 30 short films, and several animated films. Though this festival is a bit on the down-low, it’s been named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Festivities start Friday afternoon with an ice cream social, creepy campfire tales, and a killer karaoke party. Saturday’s events include a book signing and a pig roast, while Sunday offers horror trivia and a closing party. Several Q & A sessions with directors, casts, and crews of featured films are also scheduled Friday and Saturday.

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Colorado Pumpkin Festivals

Harvest and pumpkin festivals kick into high gear every October. This weekend is no exception as several great events take place across the state. If you’re looking to pick a pumpkin, take a hayride, or enjoy some fresh, warm apple cider, check out any of these exciting fall festivals

Denver Botanic Corn Maze – Littleton Chatfield Farm’s 8-acre corn maze is sure to stump the best-of-the-best navigators. Life-size animal cutouts are hidden throughout the maze for fun photo opportunities, and the maze is open after dark for those daring enough to tackle it with only a glow stick as a guide. Other activities include hayrides, barrel train rides, pony rides, and hamster balls. ➜ Learn more…

Punkin Chunkin Colorado – Aurora Come watch pumpkins fly via a variety of wild contraptions. Competitions become fierce as teams fight to win top honors. Visitors can also pick their pumpkin from a big pumpkin patch and enjoy pony rides, face painting, crafts, and other family activities. ➜ Learn more…

The Annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival – Colorado Springs Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a farmer’s market, hands-on activities, crafts for kids, the operation of indoor and outdoor machinery, the Gold Canyon Gunfighters, and Gold and Gem panning with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. ➜ Learn more…

Harvest Days – Pueblo Harvest Days is an annual event for families to pick out a pumpkin, take a hayride, get lost in the giant corn maze, and meet some farm animals. ➜ Learn more…

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The Mountains Are Calling: 14er Fest in Buena Vista

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Celebrate the mountains and all the outdoor fun they provide at 14er Fest in Buena Vista, September 29th through October 1st. No, you won’t be required to hike a fourteener—though you could. Buena Vista is in a region with the highest concentration of fourteeners in all of Colorado. But you will be asked to have a great time on the trails and along the river while reveling in everything our incredible mountains offer.

Centrally-located in a high mountain valley, surrounded by multiple mountain ranges, and set alongside the Gold Medal Arkansas River, Buena Vista is an outdoor paradise. And as the town’s popularity has grown, so too have its trail systems.

14er Fest unites all types of trail users—off-roaders, mountain bikers, hikers, anglers—for three days of activities, live music, camping, and libations.

Group hikes and rides start directly from town at the base of the Midland Trail System or a short distance away in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area or Fourmile Recreation Area. Scheduled clinics show participants how to improve performance, demos offer a chance to try new equipment, and races offer friendly competition.

With 40 trails for off-road day trips, 200 miles of singletrack, and 20,000 acres of wilderness to explore, Buena Vista is the ultimate location to honor our amazing mountains and to remind us how lucky we are to call Colorado home.

Visit www.14erfest.com for more information.

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Wine and Autumn Leaves at Abbey Winery’s Harvest Festival

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City is a very special place for anyone looking to taste great wine in a gorgeous environment. Located on the grounds of the historic Holy Cross Abbey, this winery combines Sauvignon with stained glass and Cabernet with cloisters. Complete with a tree-shaded park and stellar customer service, the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is a must for any wine enthusiast passing through town.

September 22nd through September 24th, the Winery hosts its annual Harvest Festival, a weekend-long celebration of fall’s bounty and great wine. The winemakers’ dinner at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park gets the weekend rolling. Dinner attendees meet local winemakers, dine on gourmet food, and taste award-winning Abbey wine. Saturday’s and Sunday’s events take place at the Abbey and are filled with an awesome selection of fresh delicacies like salmon, crepes, roasted chilies, and freshly baked breads. Live music plays throughout the day and activities for kids keep everyone happy all-day long. 

The Harvest Festival at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is a free event with ample parking. Now that the leaves have turned and we are arguably in Colorado’s most beautiful time of year, it’s time to relax with a glass of wine and take in the scenery at this quintessential fall outing. 

For more information, visit www.AbbeyWinery.com.

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50th Annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show

Colorado is famous for its mining, so it’s only fitting that Denver’s Gem and Mineral Show is considered one of the best in the country.  

This year marks the event’s 50th anniversary, and it plans on going big! From September 15th through the 17th, amateur and professional geoscientists, collectors, museum professionals, families, and school children will gather at the Denver Mart to learn and share their finds, knowledge, and adventures.

Gold and Silver is the theme of the 50th-anniversary show, which will feature dozens of themed exhibits, distinguished speakers, and more than 150 mineral, fossil, jewelry, and gemstone dealers. Popular with the kiddos are “Mr. Bones,” free gold panning, hands-on exhibits, and a huge fluorescent.

Exhibitors will showcase their collections and share their stories, while also selling specimens for visitors to start or advance their own collections. Exhibitors will also vie for awards honoring the best-of-show in many categories, including best specimen, best fossil, and best institutional and individual cases.

Different gem and mineral clubs first put on shows in the 1950s. These clubs combined in the 1960s to form the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. The first official show was in 1967, and it has since grown into the second largest in the nation.

For more information on the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, visit www.DenverMineralShow.com.

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Fall Colors Shimer from a Historic Passenger Train

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Fall is a magical time in Colorado. From a distance, our mountains transform into a delightful red and gold palette. Within an aspen grove, the season’s vibrant colors glisten, creating a unique and sensational landscape.

Soak up this year’s fall colors in new and exciting ways aboard a scenic train ride. Colorado’s late 19th century mining boom brought several train lines into the high country. Today, these historic trains still operate, providing rides through some of Colorado’s most stunning backdrops.

While there are several passenger train lines in the state, the following offer our favorite fall color tours.

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad http://www.leadville-train.com/special-tours/fall-photo-weekends/

Visit the town where mining reigned. Once a bustling city, Leadville is now famous for its fourteeners and outdoor recreational opportunities. Surrounded by miles of national forests, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad takes you deep into nature during its Fall Photo Weekends.

Georgetown Loop Railroad https://www.georgetownlooprr.com/fall-colors/

For a quick trip from the Front Range, head to the Georgetown Loop Railroad, one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow-gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. Enjoy the changing of the leaves as you wind through the aspen-filled Rockies between Georgetown and Silver Plume.

Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad http://cripplecreekrailroad.com/

This 45-minute trip starts at Cripple Creek’s 1894 train depot and heads south, where it passes the old Midland Terminal Wye, a reconstructed trestle, and several historic mines. Enjoy beautiful colors and fascinating experiences that include an old steam engine with pillaring smoke and the sounds of working steel.

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Epic Days at Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center

The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) knows how to close a season. With the river slowing down and cool weather sweeping in, RMOC is about to throw a party open to any outdoor enthusiast wanting a few more thrills before the snow falls and the water freezes over.

Epic Days is an exciting weekend (September 2-4) designed to highlight some great adventures in the Arkansas River Valley. With instructional courses and group outings provided by RMOC’s professional staff, it’s a fun weekend for all abilities.

Learn something new, hang out with friends, and enjoy some epic days by participating in any one of the following courses or events.

Kayak Courses

  • Strokes and Balance – Gain the tools necessary to begin your whitewater career, such as outfitting and equipment and the all-important roll.
  • River Transition – Take your flatwater skills to the river and learn to maneuver around in the current.

SUP Courses

  • Strokes and Balance – Learn everything you need to know to begin having fun on a stand-up paddleboard.
  • River Transition – Take the skills you learned in Strokes and Balance and head to the river. Practice skills like peel outs, eddy turns, and ferries. Finish with a short downriver run.

In addition to kayak and SUP course, RMOC will offer group paddle trips that include a day on the Salida Town Run or through Brown’s Canyon National Monument in a whitewater kayak. There is also a group bike ride that starts at the top of Trout Creek Pass, heads around Buffalo Peaks, and into the Midland Trail System. Other activities include kayak roll sessions, riverside camping, live music, and a used gear sale.

For more information on RMOC’s Epic Days, visit www.RMOC.com/Epic-Days.

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Colorado’s Favorite Rock Climbing Areas

photo credit: Meridith Winkelmeyer

Colorado offers some of the best and versatile climbing in the country. For those seeking limestone cracks or granite slabs, single sport lines or long multi pitches, there are many climbing areas likely to suit your needs. The following are some of our favorite climbing areas in no particular order.

The Monastery
Find superb granite sport climbing just twenty minutes from Estes Park at the Monastery, where more than one hundred bolt protected sport climbs range from 5.6 to 5.14. Monastery’s location is considered remote, making it a well-kept secret… for now.

Independence Pass
Independence pass, between Twin Lakes and Aspen, is considered one of Colorado’s most scenic drives. As a climbing area, Independence Pass offers short approaches and an assortment of sport, multi-grade, and multi-pitch options. There’s great bouldering as well for climbers who want to chill in the stellar scenery

Rifle Mountain Park
Climbers from all over the world come to challenge their skills at Rifle Mountain Park, where more than 400 established climbs include some of the most difficult in the country. Perhaps the best climbing in Western Colorado, Rifle Mountain Park offers climbs for the novice to the professional.

Garden of the Gods
Located in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is not only convenient, it’s also made of red sandstone spires with Pikes Peak in the background, making for a beautiful climbing experience. The spires offer easy and difficult routes and can accommodate a variety of skill levels.

Shelf Road
Shelf Road area in Canon City is an easy drive from Colorado Springs. With large campgrounds and short hikes to dozens of bolted routes, Shelf Road is very popular with Colorado climbers. Canon City boasts mild winters, making year-round climbing possible. For climbers looking to get outside when other regions still have snow, Shelf Road is the place to go.

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Oh Boy, Here Comes the Fringe

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The weird and the wacky gather in Boulder this August 16th – 27th for the annual Fringe Festival, a 12-day event full of independent and original performances on the edge of what is considered normal.

The Boulder Fringe was established in 2004 to provide a platform for artists to showcase their work in non-traditional spaces. Since then, the Fringe has educated the public about independent art that is accessible and affordable. While the organization produces plays, concerts, parties, workshops, and special events throughout the year, the summer festival is its main event.

Previous years’ performances have included puppets, masks, dance, plays, and all manner of comedy and weirdness.

Performances are known to push the envelope, with some performers looking to see how far they can go to discover a new form of entertainment. By giving these performers a platform, the Fringe showcases voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard.

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The Fringe also puts art in unusual spaces. Can you imagine burlesque in a church or clowns in a sanctuary? No? Well, the Fringe did. This years’ venues include Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Community Dance Collective, Wesley Lounge, Wesley Theater, Pine Street Sanctuary, Pine Street Fellowship, and Kelly’s Barn.

There are more than 52 Fringe Festivals held in cities throughout North America, with another 50+ Fringe Festivals occurring in Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Boulder Fringe follows a model adapted loosely from the original Fringe Festival, which first took place in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

To learn more about the Boulder Fringe Festival, visit www.BoulderFringe.com.

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Big City Arts Descend on Breckenridge

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Do you love living in Colorado but miss the arts and culture of big cities like New York or San Francisco? Breck Create, an organization devoted to supporting and promoting arts, culture, and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge, shows us we can live the mountain lifestyle and still have big city-quality arts and culture with its annual Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA).

This August, BIFA offers 10 days of carefully curated events that include visual art, music, film, interactive theater, classes, tours, a contemporary circus, environmental installations, and a very inventive category affectionately titled, spectacle.

Visual art enthusiasts will love Ephemeral Pathways, a series of photo-based collages inspired by the Rocky Mountains or Contemplative Environments, a mixed media exhibition that brings the outdoors in.

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Fans of big music should not miss Itchy-O, a 30-plus piece marching band that draws inspiration from many cultures, while fans of theater will want to experience ANTS, an interactive, roving performance that has giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscape project.

A very special performance by the famous Casus Circus will delight people of all ages as performers display seemingly impossible feats of brute strength.

And what about spectacle? What does that entail? One example is Birdmen by Close-Act Theatre, where large, illuminated pterodactyl-like creatures descend upon Blue River Plaza and roam through the streets of downtown Breckenridge. How cool is that?

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This is just a sampling of all the amazing opportunities for awe and amazement at this year’s BIFA. BIFA runs from August 11th through the 20th. To learn more about all its great activities, shows, and performances, visit www.BreckCreate.org/bifa.

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The Scottish Highlands Descend on Snowmass

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Want to experience the Scottish Highlands but can’t travel across the pond? Not to worry. On August 4th through 6th you can swing by Snowmass for the Colorado Scottish Festival, the only FREE Scottish festival in Colorado and the highest in the world.

In its 54th year, the Colorado Scottish Festival has its itinerary dialed in. From a Scottish Ceilidh (a party pronounced kay – lee) to a good ol’ whisky tasting (taking away the “e” for authenticity), this festival has it all.

Friday night kicks off with a concert by Celtic rock band, Ruaile Buaile. For those wanting a first-class evening, a ticket to the Thistle Club, the festival’s premier experience, offers a world-class dinner, scotch tastings, an auction, and private seating at the concert.

On Saturday, the festival moves into high gear as several activities fill the day. Attendees can enjoy piping and drumming competitions, dance competitions, and Scottish athletic competitions—think Caber Toss, the Clachneart, and the Hammer. Families will want to check out the kids’ zone for activities like Gathering of Sheep and Finding Nessie. Or, they can head to the Renaissance Scots Living History Village where they’ll experience Scottish Highland life and crafts from the time of William Wallace through Culloden in 1745.

Want more? This festival has it—Dogs of the British Isles, a Bonnie Knees Contest, and, of course, whisky tastings with Baz Dabkowski, a whisky aficionado known for his whisky knowledge and witty commentary.

Join the many clans who descend upon Snowmass every year for this unique and amazing festival. While you might not be able to make it to Scotland, you can probably make it to Snowmass. For more information, visit www.ScottishGames.org.

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Mesa County Fair—Western Colorado’s Biggest Summer Gathering

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Each July, the Mesa Country Fair in Grand Junction attracts over 50,000 visitors from all over Colorado and surroundings states. While that sounds like a lot of people, there’s good reason for it. These five days are jam-packed with great entertainment for all ages and interests. From horses and cows to art and wine, there’s something for everyone.

The Mesa County Fair serves Fruita, Grand Junction, Collbran, DeBeque, Palisade, plus unincorporated areas like Mesa, Molina, Gateway, and more. As an annual celebration, its mission is to honor the county’s residents, community, and history, and to promote the area’s diversity. The fair features family-friendly entertainment and educational opportunities and showcases local products and services.

The fair’s event list is long and can be found on www.MesaCountyFair.com. Highlights, however, include a carnival, wine tasting, Moto Mayhem, a demolition derby, a rodeo, and open class competitions, which are open to adults ready to show off their creative skills.

Tickets are required to enter the fairgrounds, which provides access to vendors, Celebration Stage entertainment, a kids zone, ground acts, and tours. If you want to see it all and save money while doing it, consider purchasing a Partner Package, a HUGE value for two people wanting to experience everything the fair has to offer.

This year, the Mesa County Fair will run from July 25th through July 29th. For more information, visit www.MesaCountyFair.com.

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Beer Never Tasted So Good—Buena Vista’s Inaugural Rapids and Grass Beer Festival

It’s 3:30 on a glorious summer afternoon in the Colorado mountains. I’m riding my bike toward South Main in Buena Vista, and as I near the quaint, urban development, I’m stopped by two children selling lemonade.

It’s a scene straight from Mayberry, and while I sip my freshly poured glass, I think how strange it is that I’m on my way to Rapids and Grass, Buena Vista’s inaugural beer festival. I should be stumbling onto rowdy crowds, not young entrepreneurship.

But, this is Buena Vista after all. Despite the 850 tickets purchased and the 44 beer vendors that have descended upon South Main Square, the town’s magic makes the event feel like a quaint family affair, where people of all ages have gathered to enjoy an afternoon under a clear blue sky and along the magnificent Arkansas River. Along with that, there just happens to be dozens of craft beer vendors ready and eager to fill up your glass.

The line to enter the festival is short and moves quickly. I’m fitted with a cloth wristband and handed a small glass with the Rapids and Grass logo printed on the side. “Have a great time,” I’m told, and seconds later, I’m surrounded by craft beer tents sampling every type and flavor of beer imaginable.

The number of tents packed into the square is overwhelming, and I take a short stroll to see everything available. The festival has been open for a mere thirty minutes, and already there are lines at each tent. However, no one seems to mind as there are big smiles and laughter everywhere I look. I take inventory of the breweries. Some names are industry giants, some I’ve never heard of before. With this caliber, it’s impossible to believe I’m in Buena Vista. A town that, only a decade ago, had no music venue at all save for a Sunday night acoustic guitar set at a local café.

A bluegrass band is on a small but professional stage set along the river. Lights tilt and twirl as though set to illuminate a night sky. The music, however, is subtle, a perfect background for the drinking festivities. I have my glass filled with a cherry-flavored sour beer and sit on a rock to listen to the music. A security guard passes me. He’s wearing a purple tee-shirt with the words, “Peaceful Security” accompanied by a peace sign. “Too appropriate,” I note, as I take another sip.

Rapids and Grass is a three-day beer festival dreamed up by Sarah Haughey, owner of Buena Vista’s Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar. It began with live music at The Beach on Friday and a kick-off party at the Jailhouse. Saturday included eight hours of non-stop musical performances and three hours of tasting some of the country’s most artistic craft brews. The weekend concluded with a float on Sunday that carried 200 people down the Arkansas River.

As a great addition to Buena Vista’s July 4th weekend, Rapids and Grass Beer Festivalgave attendees more than a tasting event, but a total experience that involved music, camping, and rafting. For the breweries involved, it gave them an opportunity to be part of the beautiful—and growing—Arkansas River Valley.

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Music in the Mountains is Pure Magic


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Sure, Colorado is famous for its bluegrass, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and for being the birthplace of big-name bands and musicians like The Fray, Judy Collins, and The Lumineers, but it’s also an amazing place to see classical music. With pine-lit mountains, green fields, and aspen meadows as a backdrop, multiple venues offer music series that showcase the world’s top classical musicians.

One of Colorado’s most notable music series is Music in the Mountains in Durango, which runs from July 10th through July 30th. For over thirty years, this classical music festival has featured musicians of the highest caliber in one of Colorado’s most beautiful mountain towns.

Music in the Mountains began in 1987 when Maestro Mischa Semanitzky dreamed of hosting a classical music festival in Durango. Ten years later, it turned into a full-blown festival, the same year the local conservatory launched its summer string and piano instruction programs. Today, more than 100 world-renowned musicians entertain audience of all ages during the three-week-long series.

This year’s series includes violin and piano duets, chamber concerts, world concerts, Irish fiddle concerts, and performances by Conservatory students. Some performances are coupled with experiences, like samplings of artisan desserts or a multi-course dinner paired with wine and a live auction. For families with children, a special concert, Tubby the Tuba and Peewee Piccolo, will play near the end of the series, on July 25th.

While many of Durango’s visitors come to bike, hike, or ski, Music in the Mountains offers a special treat for those who prefer the sounds of a string orchestra or the power of the piano. For more information, visit www.MusicInTheMountains.com.

 

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Cool Down and Get Down at Rhythm on the River

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On July 7th and July 8th, when the heat of the day subsides, Longmont residents and visitors will head to Roger’s Grove Park for the city’s annual Rhythm on the River, a zero-waste summer festival that started in 1995 with a mission to celebrate arts and the environment and educate visitors through music and interactive exhibits. 

The festival runs from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on both days and offers activities for children, teens, and adults. Art enthusiasts can participate in the Artful Experience, a tent where teens and adults can create one-of-a-kind wall hangings. At the Play Place, children can bounce on one of many inflatable structures. At Outdoor Adventure, bolder visitors can test their skills on a climbing wall, a ropes course, or in a kayak. Home Depot even hosts an activity—build your own wood toys! Other activities include a 5k, a duck race, and Illuminate Your Mind, presented by the Longmont Library.

Music is set to play on two stages throughout the festival. With headliners like Rob Drabkin, Euforquestra, Wild Child, and Policulture, visitors are guaranteed a great time. Shuttles are available for bringing visitors to the event and will circle Boston Ave., Hover Rd., 3rd Ave., and Sunset St. Food will also be plentiful as local restaurants make up “restaurants row” by serving their most popular dishes.

Bring your family, bring your friends. Whatever you do, don’t miss this awesome Front Range festival. For more information, visit www.LongmontColorado.gov.

 

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Parades to Fireworks: Colorado’s Fourth of July Celebrations

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Bar-b-ques, parades, parties, fireworks, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue. Who doesn’t love Independence Day? In the Centennial State, celebrations are held in the some of the country’s most beautiful locations—perfect backdrops to honor purple mountain majesties and spacious skies. While each Colorado town has something special planned for the Fourth of July, the following three celebrations are on the top of our list.

114th Annual Cowboys’ Roundup Days – Steamboat Springs
In Steamboat, Independence Day is a week-long celebration that starts on Friday the 30th with Art on the Mountain and a pro rodeo. The party continues through July 4th with a musical performance by Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, a ski jumping competition, a pancake breakfast, a block party, and finally, some of the finest fireworks in the state.

Tri Lake 4th of July Celebration – Monument
Enjoy a full day of festivities for the whole family in Monument, a growing residential area situated at the high point between Denver and Colorado Springs that features rolling, arid hills and views of Pikes Peak. Fourth of July activities include a pancake breakfast, a fun run, a children’s parade and main parade, a street fair, a beer garden, music, and fireworks over Palmer Lake.

Arvada Independence Day Celebration
There’s no need to head to the mountains for an awesome July Fourth Celebration, not when Arvada hosts a stellar party at the Stenger Soccer Complex. From 4pm to 10pm, enjoy free activities that include face painting, bouncy houses, sensory games, human hamster balls, vendors, and food trucks. At 9pm, once the sky has darkened, fireworks light up the sky.

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120th Annual Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs

Coloradans are always look for a reason to celebrate. In Glenwood Springs, our ancestors decided to toast the strawberry, a quintessential summer fruit that’s as pretty as it is sweet and notorious for being part of some very famous desserts. Yep, I’m thinking shortcake, pie, trifle, sorbet, sundaes… the list goes on and on.

In 1898, Glenwood Springs was going through a transformation. Rough gamblers and cowboys were moving out, and in their place, came families looking for a wholesome town to raise their children. As the town grew, a simple strawberry picnic was scheduled for reacquainting old friends, making new ones, sharing the strawberry harvest, and celebrating summer.

120 years later, this small, casual picnic has grown into the Strawberry Days Festival, a weekend-long celebration in honor of the community, summertime in the Colorado mountains, and, of course, the strawberry.

Each year, on the third weekend in June, a parade down Grand Avenue kicks off the festival, after which free strawberries and ice cream are served to the public. The rest of the festival then takes places at Strawberry (Sayre) Park. Here, live music and a fine arts and crafts fair are set up to entertain visitors.

For families, a large and popular Family Fest is filled with activities for children of all ages. These activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini train, face painters, a bubble fairy, the Salida Circus, and more. A Carnival also runs throughout the festival in the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot. Rides and games at the carnival are varied and exciting—perfect for those looking for a bit more excitement.

120th Annual Strawberry Days Festival – June 16th to June 18th, 2017
*Carnival runs June 15th to June 19th

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Colorado’s Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails

Bike enthusiasts all over the world flock to Colorado to ride its expansive network of mountain bike trails or to tour miles upon miles of scenic byways. However, these long and sometimes technically difficult trails are not always ideal for families looking to introduce young children to the joy of bike riding.

The good news is that Colorado offers dozens of trails perfect for the young rider, trailer-towing parent, or someone simply seeking a leisurely ride and breathtaking scenery. Following are some of the best the state has to offer:

Yampa River Core Trail – Steamboat
The best way to explore Steamboat Springs is by bike. The town has built a city-long bike trail that runs from one end to the other and meanders along the Yampa River. This 7.5-mile trail is relatively flat and passes the Yampa River Botanic Park, restaurants, shops, and multiple places to kick your feet up and relax.

Rio Grande Trail – Glenwood to Aspen
This mountain-high trail travels through the Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. Ride through multiple towns like Carbondale and Basalt, pass by magazine-worthy ranches, and soak in the beauty of the aspen trees. The trail inclines slightly as it travels up the valley from Glenwood, making it a bit of a challenge for younger riders. However, if you start on the Aspen side, your ride will be largely downhill, and once you’ve had enough, you can jump on the valley’s public bus route for an easy trip back.

Breckenridge to Frisco Bike Path – Breckenridge and Frisco
The most popular section of Summit County’s 55-mile bike path network is the part that runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. This 10-mile out-and-back climbs a few small hills but takes riders through green forests and finishes at either one of these popular mountain towns where visitors can grab a bite to eat, play in parks, or shop unique downtown boutiques.

Cherry Creek Regional Trail – Denver
The Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a picturesque 40-mile route that begins in downtown Denver and connects suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, including the communities of Parker, Centennial, and Franktown. The vast majority of the trail has an 8-foot wide concrete surface, but short sections of the more rural southern end consist of gravel trail and road. Finish your ride at the Cherry Creek Reservoir, a park that not only offers an 880-acre lake, but also a natural prairie environment of gentle, rolling hills, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Mineral Belt – Leadville
Travel up to 10,000 feet to the historic town of Leadville and ride the state’s highest paved bike path. Enjoy spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains while riding among conifer forests, aspen groves, and meadows. This 11.6-mile loop offers remnants of Leadville’s mining days complete with interpretative signage, which helps to make this ride an educational adventure as well as a recreational one.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail – Glenwood Springs
The Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail follows the winding course of the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero for 16.2 miles. This paved trail is easy going and heavily used by outdoor recreationists of all pursuits. Along with rafting, there is no better way to see Glenwood Canyon, one of Colorado’s most beautiful destinations.

Poudre River Trail – Greeley
At 21 miles long, this popular northern Colorado trail wanders along the majestic Cache la Poudre River from Greeley to Windsor, Colorado. The trail is located about 50 miles North of Denver and 2.5 miles East of Interstate 25 with many locations within Windsor and Greeley to jump on.

Make bike riding a family affair. Start your kiddos young and they’ll thank you when they’re older. There are few better activities to do together than cruising on bikes, getting great exercise, and soaking in Colorado’s beautiful landscapes.

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Come Celebrate Mike the… Headless Chicken?

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Many historical figures called Colorado home—Molly Brown, Buffalo Bill, Horace Tabor—but perhaps none has a more bizarre story than Mike, a headless chicken who put the small Western Slope town of Fruita on the map.

In September 1945, Lloyd Olsen went to his hen house thinking he would simply come back with dinner. But, after chopping off the head of an unassuming chicken, the bird went back to doing what it did best—pecking for food and preening his feathers.

When the chicken was still alive the next day, Olsen began to hand feed and water it with an eyedropper. A week later, Olsen brought the chicken, now named Mike, to doctors at the University of Utah, who said he survived his decapitation because the ax blade had missed his jugular vein and a clot had prevented him from bleeding to death. Additionally, he was able to go on “being a chicken” because most of his brain stem was left on his body.

Mike lived as the “Headless Wonder” for eighteen months, during which he went on national tour, appearing in sideshows and earning a value of $10,000. Unfortunately, it was on the road that he choked on a piece of food, ultimately ending his very bizarre life.

Today, Fruita celebrates Mike’s legacy with the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. 2017 marks the festival’s 34th year, which will take place on June 2nd and June 3rd.  Weekend events include a golf tournament, poultry show, live music, pancake breakfast, car show, disc golf tournament, 5k, Peep and wing eating contest, rooster calling contest, games, delicious food, and artisan booths.

Though his story is strange, Mike the Headless Chicken is a Colorado legend. Join in celebrating his amazing life in Fruit this June. For more information, visit www.MikeTheHeadlessChicken.org.

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Up Up and Away at Cañon City’s Annual Balloon Festival

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With so many of Colorado’s vibrant Front Range cities, mountain towns, and historic regions hosting weekend-long Memorial Day events, it can be difficult to choose where you’ll spend the holiday. However, if you’re anywhere near Colorado Springs or Southern Colorado, you might want to consider heading to Cañon City for the Create Cañon City Balloon Festival, a long-standing annual event that ignites the senses while providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere for all ages.

The Annual Create Cañon City Balloon Festival takes place on the grounds of the Holy Cross Abbey, a historic monastery-turned-winery nestled against the spectacular backdrop of the Wet Mountains. With its pastoral and scenic grounds, the abbey perfectly complements the brightly colored balloons that fill the sky throughout the weekend.  And with acres of space for running, it’s ideal for families looking for a relaxing and care-free event.

Throughout the weekend, hot air balloons from all parts of the U.S. and Canada are launched each morning and hover above the abbey throughout the day. In the evening, when the sun begins to set, the balloons—and the abbey—are set aglow, creating a magical atmosphere unique to this spectacular event.

During the day, food, wine, and art vendors fill the grounds, and several events, like live music, skydiving demonstrations, rocket launches, military bands, Holy Cross Abbey Monetary Tours, and a host of flying-focused activities, are available for your entertainment.

Free to the public and family-friendly (no dogs, please), the Create Cañon City Balloon Festival is one the Royal Gorge Region’s most popular and favorite festivals. For more information, visit CanonCityBalloonClassic.org.

Create Cañon City Balloon Festival: May 27th – May 29th, 2017

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Find Rhythm and Soul at the Five Points Jazz Festival

Denver is home to Five Points, a historic, culturally-rich neighborhood known as the “Harlem of the West” because it was frequently visited by famous jazz musicians like Billy Holiday, Luis Armstrong, and Miles Davis. The neighborhood also garnered fame when Jake Kerouac made frequent mention of it in On the Road. 

Denver’s Five Points is now a colorful, exciting neighborhood that draws creative residents who seek the fusion of old and new and want to live in a place where their art is supported and celebrated. A walk through the neighborhood takes you past craft breweries, museums, coffeehouses, and galleries and instills a strong sense of history unique to this very special corner of Denver.

On May 20th, from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Five Points’ culture and history will be celebrated at the 15th Annual Five Points Jazz Festival. This free, family-friendly event offers a full day of music spread across several venues, which means there’s something for every taste at every hour of the day. These venues include the Main Stage, Plaza Stage, Arts & Venues Stage, Crossroads Theater, Coffee at the Point, Cervantes, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, and 715 Club.

Two Jazz-focused documentaries, Nina Simone, Love Sorceress and Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, will also be shown. For more hands-on activities, visitors can participate in yoga, drum circles, and dancing. And for those who take their kiddos along, a family zone will offer child-focused activities like face painting, a giant slide, a jumpy castle, and more.

For more information on the Five Points Jazz Festival, visit www.ArtsAndVenuesDenver.com.

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Time to pamper your mamas!

Time to pamper your mamas! That’s right, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and you know the mothers in your life deserve a day to spoil themselves. In the Denver area alone, there are dozens of opportunities to give your mom the fun and relaxing day she craves. 

The following are our favorite Mother’s Day events sure to please moms with all different types of interests.  

Mother’s Day Brunch Bus http://centennialspecialtytours.com/
Your mom can kick back and enjoy brunch and cocktails as a luxury party bus chauffeurs her around town. She’ll start with coffee and doughnuts and finish with tacos, while picking up Moscow mules and mimosas along the way.

Mother’s Day Custom Perfume Experience http://www.scentedstudio.com/
Give your mom the opportunity to learn the art of perfume making. In this workshop, she’ll go through the journey of smelling 22 different blends and then have the chance to customize her own perfume. Lunch, wine, and mimosas are provided, making this a total sensory experience.

Mountain Mamma: Influential Women Walking Tour http://centennialspecialtytours.com/
If your mom is interested in history, this tour has her name written all over it. She’ll travel through the heart of Denver while listening to discussions on some of Denver’s most influential women, such as Mattie Silks, the unsinkable Molly Brown, and the local legend Dana Crawford. Afterwards, she’ll also have a chance to take part in a distillery tour and tasting.

Colorado Rockies Mother’s Day Family Photo http://m.mlb.com/rockies/tickets/theme-tickets/mom Is your mom a baseball fan? Then take her to Coors Field this Mother’s Day and commemorate the moment with a Colorado Rockies family photo. Packages include a ticket to watch the Rockies take on the Dodgers, exclusive, post-game field access for your Mother’s Day Family Photo, and full digital rights to your photo sent via email.

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Jump Into Spring at Cañon City’s Music & Blossom Festival

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Cañon City is located in an area we Coloradans affectionately call a Banana Belt—a segment of a larger geographic region that enjoys warmer weather conditions than the region as a whole, especially in wintertime.

Given these conditions, spring in Cañon City comes earlier than in the rest of Colorado, and its growing season stretches longer. In April, when much of Colorado’s mountains get their last snowstorms, Cañon City’s trees start to bud, its crops sprout, and its flowers blossom.
In true Cañon City fashion—a city that loves a good celebration—residents honor the arrival of spring with the Annual Music and Blossom Festival.

What began as a private garden party in the 1860s has since grown into a week-long tradition that includes a craft fair, kids’ zone, blossom pageant, & chocolate walk. During the weekend, festival goers can watch a grand parade, during which food vendors serve tacos, hamburgers, pizza, caramel apples, lemonade, snow cones, Polish sausages, corn dogs and much more—all the things that make a festival fun! The weekend will also host a carnival, a rodeo, and many bands, including national high school, middle school, and junior high school bands set to compete in Concert Band, Jazz Band, Parade, and Orchestra.

Cañon City Annual Music and Blossom Festival: May 4th through May 7th, 2017

Jump into spring while taking in all the beautiful flower blossoms in Cañon City at the Annual Music and Blossom Festival. For more information, visit www.ccblossomfestival.com

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A Singletrack Party for All Those Bike Lovers Out There

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The snow is melting, the weather is warming, and biking season is upon us.         *Cheers*

To celebrate the start of biking season, head to Fruita April 27th through April 30th for the 22nd Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival.
Fruita is renowned for its world-class singletrack and considered by many as the best biking destination in Colorado. Often compared to Moab, Fruita is the natural location for hosting this awesome event.

For four days, the biking community descends on this western slope town to check out everything that’s new in the industry, demo new bikes, listen to great music, and take group rides on the area’s most famous trails, like Kokopelli Loop, Bookcliffs Area, Horsethief Bench, and Rustlers Loop.

The party kicks off Thursday night with a VIP party before swinging into full gear on Friday. This year, there will be a special trail dedication, which officially opens a new stretch of singletrack in the Kokopelli Loop Trail System. On Friday and Saturday evenings, live bands will play downtown, and throughout the entire weekend, 50 of the largest companies in the industry will showcase new services and products in one of the state’s top cycling expos. The weekend closes with the traditional Klunker Crit, a ride through town, where participants wear hilarious costumes and ride the oldest, junkiest bikes they can find.

There are many ways to experience the festival. While many of the activities are free, various weekend passes offer perks like jerseys, beer in the beer garden, unlimited demos, and a spot on a guided ride.

For more information on the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, visit www.FruitaFatTireFestival.com.

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Colorado’s Beauty Shines on Earth Day

Colorado’s Beauty Shines on Earth Day

Earth Day, a worldwide, annual event held April 22nd, was first celebrated in 1970 after peace activist, John McConnell, proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace. Today, more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day with landmark events, like the signing of the Paris Agreement, which occurred on this day in 2016.

In Colorado, Earth Day is a day to celebrate our mountains, our rivers, and the open space we’ve come to love and depend upon. It’s also a time to learn what we can do to preserve our natural surroundings.

The following are some great Colorado Earth Day celebrations. All are free and offer opportunities to learn more about living sustainably and protecting our earth from harmful activities and practices. 

Glenwood Springs 
Enjoy a family-friendly event that celebrates the Roaring Fork Valley’s efforts to promote sustainability. Events include live music, exhibits, and hands-on activities aimed at educating the community on ways it can help protect the environment.  For more information, visit www.RoaringForkEvents.com.

Denver
Bring the kids to the Children’s Museum of Denver for planet-focused activities, including Encana’s 3D sandbox that allows you to create geographical landscapes like mountains, rivers, and plains. For more information, visit www.mychildsmuseum.org.

Colorado Springs
For a very special Earth Day celebration, visit the Garden of the Gods, where you’ll experience Native American dance performances, live animal presentations, children’s craft activities, nature walks, and free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. For more information, visit www.GardenofGods.com.

Fort Collins
Head to Civic Center Park for informational booths, displays, a Kids Zone with arts and crafts, live music, speakers, and a local food and beer garden. Music that includes a drum circle and the Waido Experience will also play throughout the day.  For more information, visit www.visitftcollins.com

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Hop to It – It’s Easter Egg Hunting Time

By Lindsay Diamond

Easter is my son’s favorite holiday. Who can blame him? A basket full of presents waits for him in the morning and the following Easter egg hunt not only feeds his competitive side but fills his basket with, yet, more treats.

While we participate in a small, community-organized egg hunt, there are several throughout Colorado that don’t hold back, that make Easter one of the grandest and most fun days of the year.

The following are Think Colorado’s picks for Colorado’s most excellent, over-the-top Easter day events. Please note, events take place on Saturday and Sunday, so please read carefully!

Winter Park
Winter Park Willie and the Easter Bunny deliver holiday fun with an on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park as well as a base area egg hunt for children under 5. There is also the ‘Bunny Ski Race,’ a child-friendly event that’s been an Easter tradition for more than 39 years.

When: April 16, 11am to 1pm.

For more information, visit www.WinterParkResort.com

Colorado Springs
Miramont Castle, one of Colorado Springs’ historical treasures, hosts an annual Victorian easter egg hunt for children ages 2-10. In this hunt, one lucky kid will find a golden egg and win a very special basket. Following the egg hunt, participants are invited to the beautiful Tea Room, where an elegant 3-course, child-friendly Victorian High Tea awaits.

When: April 15th, with seatings at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm.

For more information, visit http://www.miramontcastle.org./

Denver

Visit the Colorado Railroad Museum and hop aboard the Bunny Express Train—pun definitely intended! Let this 1880s-vintage passenger train transport you into spring while you experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago. The Easter Bunny and Spike the Railyard Hound will be handing out candy, and the Depot General Store will have the perfect gift for this year’s Easter baskets.

When: April 15th, 10am to 4pm.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org.

Copper Mountain
Hop on over to Copper Mountain for the world’s largest Easter egg hunt. Your little ones will be busy trying to collect as many of the 65,000 eggs as they can. Covering 2,500 acres, this hunt is split up for kids of different ages. From a three and under hunt in Center Village to an on-mountain hunt for the bigger kids, there’s something for everyone.

When: April 16, 8am to 12pm

For more information, visit www.CopperColorado.com

Fort Collins
There isn’t one event that makes Fort Collins shine. Rather, it’s the sheer number of Easter egg hunts in this northern Colorado town that make it so special. So many in fact, there’s a map showing each and every one. Check out the Fort Collins Easter Egg Hunt map and find the hunt that’s right for you!

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Bee There or Bee Square: The Palisade Honeybee Festival

Come to Palisade Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th for the Palisade International Honeybee Festival, a community-driven event created in 2008 to educate the public about the worldwide honeybee crisis, support the healthy honeybee population, and demonstrate its impact on agriculture. The Honeybee Festival was created by a group of Palisade business owners who wanted to gather the community in celebration of its agricultural roots and to bring attention to the threatened honeybee population.

The festival’s welcoming reception will take place on Friday evening, and then on Saturday, from 11am to 4pm, the honeybee events will go into full swing. There will be bee costume contests, a spelling bee, and many educational opportunities via art, crafts, lectures, food preparation, cooking demonstrations, and the distribution of published materials. The festival, which celebrates its ninth year, highlights the many benefits of honeybees, such as personal honey consumption and the pollination of commercial orchards and other crops.

Palisade is a thriving agricultural community best known for its peaches and, in recent decades, for a burgeoning wine industry. This small community boasts hundreds of acres of orchards and vineyards and enjoys seventeen wineries, including a meadery that produces honey wine from locally harvested honey. This makes Palisade an ideal location to celebrate the honeybee. And now, when trees and other plants are turning green after their winter slumber, it’s a perfect place to spend the day outside.

For more information on the Palisade Honeybee Festival, visit palisadehoneybeefest.org.

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Spring Arrives with Tulips and Fairies in Boulder

Photo Credit: bouldercoloradousa.comSpring Arrives with Tulips and Fairies in Boulder Colorado

As spring approaches, we feel a quiet awakening that runs parallel to the seeds that poke their heads through the earth before bursting into bloom. We can’t help feeling better as our days warm, we spend more time outside, and green begins to cover the landscape. What better way of celebrating this rebirth, the arrival of spring, and your love of the natural world than attending the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival.

This Sunday, April 2nd, pull out your wings, face paint, and wands and head to Pearl St. Mall in Boulder for a day of honoring Mother Earth and all the beauty she provides. This festival runs from 1pm to 5pm and marks the official arrival of spring in Boulder. While many adults enjoy this very special event, it’s especially ideal for children, who are deemed little fairies as they wave their wands over the 15,000 tulips that decorate the mall and welcome them to spring. Activities for these little fairies (again, children) include foam sword dueling, a dino dig, art projects, face painting, nature activities, cookie decorating, and more.

Performances are held throughout the day on the 1300 block of Pearl Street. This year, performances include “Walking the Bear,” “A Tale of Cinderella,” and “Teresa Storch and the Sharp Eleven.” At 3:30, the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade begins at the courthouse. All children are invited to join the Tulip Fairy as she leads the parade around the mall.

For more information on the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival visit www.BoulderDowntown.com
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Grab a Pint Glass, It’s Colorado Craft Beer Week

Grab a Pint Glass, It’s Colorado Craft Beer Week

In Colorado, we are blessed with some of the country’s best beer. And because Coloradans tend to like a good time—be it outdoors, at a concert, or relaxing on a deck under a sunny, blue sky—one could argue that a good beer is the perfect companion to so many Colorado activities. With that in mind, Colorado has experienced a boom in craft breweries. Currently, there are more than 350 breweries in the state, which is roughly 10% of the national total. And while we didn’t invent the concept of craft beer, we did perfect that art of the craft brewery. Few venues are better for hanging out with friends than your local brewery. The vibe is great, the food is delicious, and the beer is…well, superb.

Starting March 18th, celebrate your love of craft beer at Colorado Craft Beer Week. During these beer-devoted days, hundreds of brewery-supported events are hosted throughout the state. From educational panels at neighborhood breweries to the Collaboration Fest at the National Western Stock Show Complex, there’s something for everyone.

Throughout the week, enjoy brewer-led tours complete with special tappings and tasting. There’s also a beer and pancake-themed fun run, a variety of educational events in tasting rooms, local pubs, and liquor stores, and special chef-prepared dinners paired with beer.

Don’t miss this awesome week of events where you’ll experience what makes Colorado the state for craft beer. For more information on Colorado Craft Beer Week, visit coloradobeer.org/events/

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