🎭 Give the Gift of Theater This Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Theater This Holiday Season
Treat your loved ones to an experience they will remember always by taking them to the
theater. Treasured holiday traditions, these performances are guaranteed to bring out the
awe and wonder of the season.

Regional Premiere of “Tuck Everlasting”
Vintage Theatre, Aurora
November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020
Based on the beloved novel, this production follows 11-year-old Winnie, who, after
befriending the Tucks, must decide if eternal life is a blessing or a curse.
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Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Johnstown
November 29, 2019 through January 19, 2020
Film history buffs, romantics, and newcomers alike will appreciate this delightful musical,
filled with iconic tunes such as “White Christmas,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” “Cheek to
Cheek,” and more.
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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
The Space Theatre, Denver
November 27, 2019 through December 22, 2019
Hilarious hijinks. Unrequited love. Gender-bending disguises. The clumsiness of romance is on display in every way in this Shakespearean comedy, which thrusts three unsuspecting
nobles into a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness.
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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Bug Theater, Denver
December 6, 2019 through December 28, 2019
Part film, part live stage production, you won’t want to miss this hilarious new adaptation of
the classic 1964 cult holiday hit!
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Ballet Ariel Presents “The Nutcracker”
Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood
December 14, 2019 through December 23, 2019
Experience The Nutcracker as only Ballet Ariel can perform it. The entire family will be
spellbound by our beautiful dancers as Clara travels through a swirl of snowflakes to meet
the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ballet Ariel returns for our sixth season at the Lakewood Cultural
Center with a stellar cast.
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Goodnight Moon
Randy Weeks Conservatory, Denver
November 30, 2019 through February 16, 2020
Treat the kiddos you love to a theatrical experience made just for them. The beloved
bedtime story comes to life on stage for a whimsical musical adventure! It’s time for Bunny
to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with song and dance in this
adaptation for Pre-K through 2nd grade.
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Give the Gift of Theater This Holiday Season

🖼 Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum once again proves its reputation as one of the world’s leading art institutions with its newest exhibit, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.

The Denver Art Museum once again proves its reputation as one of the world’s leading art institutions with its newest exhibit, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.

With more than 120 paintings, this collection is the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet’s work in more than two decades.

Monet famously traveled more than any other impressionist artist, with paintings capturing Normandy, the Mediterranean, the Netherlands, and beyond. This exhibit showcases his relationship with these varied and distinct places in which he worked.

Monet is also known for his profound relationship with nature, which is evident to visitors as they move through the works on display. Additionally, the exhibition illustrates the shift in Monet’s painting as he began to focus on series of the same subject, including haystacks, poplars, Waterloo Bridge, and waterlilies.

With such a large body of work on view, visitors may also note the increasing abandonment of any human presence in the landscapes Monet created. This progression, from his earlier works to his later works, only reinforces the theory that Monet chose to isolate himself in nature rather than partake in the social realms of society.

The exhibition begins with a map of “Monet’s Places,” marking where he sought inspiration, from Paris to his homes in Argenteuil and Giverny, his travels along the Seine, and more.

From there, the exhibition takes viewers, mostly chronologically, on the artist’s journey through six decades of experimentation with color and light until it climaxes with a room devoted to his water lily paintings from the garden at Giverny.

Monet: The Truth of Nature is on display now through February 2, 2020. Tickets are available online at DenverArtMuseum.org.

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🎩🔮 👻Unique Events Celebrating the Most Spirited Month of the Year

Experience something beyond pumpkin patches and Halloween parties. Unique Events Celebrating the Most Spirited Month of the Year.

October is about spirits, ghosts, and all things strange. If you’re looking to celebrate the spookiest time of year and want to experience something beyond pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, check out these events and exhibitions.

The Addams Family at Vintage Theatre, Aurora
Through October 27th
The ghoulish American family is delightful in this devilish musical comedy.
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25th Annual Ghost Tours of Old Manitou Walking Tours, Manitou Springs
October 25th & October 26th
This ghost tour tells the stories of real people from Manitou Springs’ history. The ghosts come back to visit on these two nights only and this year’s tour features a host of new ghosts compliments of THEATREdART.
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VIP Paranormal Exploration Ghost Tours, Denver
Through October 31st
Guests have the opportunity to hear the most haunted stories of Denver’s past and see, explore, use, and learn about professional paranormal experts’ many paranormal devices.
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Steampunk Curiosities, Pueblo
Through November 10th
Dave Duros reappears at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center with amazing new works that will astound and enthrall the viewer. He magically transforms discarded refuse into works of art in the “Steampunk” aesthetic.
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Enchanted Hollows, Denver
Through October 26th
The Denver Zoo has transformed into the ultimate autumnal celebration: Enchanted Hollows. Explore two unique experiences, Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and Woodland Hollow, an immersive art walk.
Learn more…

Day of the Dead Exhibit, Longmont
Through November 4th
The Longmont Museum is proud to showcase an exploration of the iconic female figure known as La Catrina.
Learn more…

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 🚂Junktique Antique Show and Market

Junktique Antique Show and Market in Florence Colorado
Junktique Antique Show and Market in Florence Colorado


Somebody unfamiliar with Florence may pass it off as just another small Colorado town. But those who’ve spent any time there not only fall in love with the town’s delectable charm, they also come away recognizing the incredible growth Florence is about to experience thanks to its title, “Colorado’s Antique Capital.”

How did it get that title? Florence experienced a boom in the 1880s thanks to the oil industry. But when the industry slowed, people moved away, leaving dozens of historic buildings untouched for decades. 

Today, these historic buildings are being filled by antique dealers…so many antique dealers. In fact, along Florence’s Main Street, you’ll find 20—and counting—dealers selling a huge range of unique finds, making for the highest number of antique stores per capita in the state.

Want to check it out for yourself? Come to Florence September 27th and 28th for the biggest antique event of the year—the Junktique Antique Show and Market. 

In the past, the Junktique show was a small part of Florence’s Pioneer Days, but this year they are upping the ante by adding 200 booth spaces down Main Street and turning Junktique into Colorado’s premier outdoor antique, vintage show, and flea market event.

At Junktique, vendors line Main Street for two days of bargain hunting and antique shopping. And it’s not just antiques. The show also has vendors of handmade items and fun activities for the kids.

Come find your treasure in Florence, Colorado’s Antique Capital. For more information, visit junktiqueshowandmarket.com.

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🍎 U-Pick Farms for Colorado’s Harvest Season

You might have read our list of favorite pumpkin patches, but what about the rest of Colorado’s delectable fruits and veggies ready for picking each fall? Lucky for us, there are many farms throughout the state that invite you to come and pick everything from apples to squash. So here, without further ado, is our list of Colorado’s u-pick farms open each harvest season.

Ya Ya Farm & Orchard   |   Longmont   |   YaYaFarmAndOrchard.com

Pick your own apples, pears, cherries, pumpkins, veggies, and flowers. Apples are ripe late July through mid-October. Pears are ripe September and October. Please note, reservations are required.

Miller Farms   |   Platteville   |   MillerFarms.net

Miller Farm’s Fall Harvest Festival celebrates the season with a one-of-a-kind experience. The Fall Festival gives everyone the opportunity to not only explore the farm but to also harvest their own vegetables. During the fall harvest, everyone takes a tractor ride to the farm’s fields with stops along the way to pick their own vegetables. Miller Farm’s Fall Festival runs through mid-November.

Bartels Farm|   Fort Collins   |   TheBartelsFarm.com

The Bartles Farm grows corn, hay, wheat, and barley but is known for its beautiful pumpkin patch and vegetable garden. Pick sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, spinach, beets, eggplant and more. You may pick straight from the garden by making an appointment with Nancy. Open mid-June through November.

Adam’s Apple Orchard   |   Ault   |   AdamsAppleColorado.com

Pick from more than 150 varieties of apples, as well as pears and plums. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through early November.

Fruit Basket Orchards   | Grand Junction  |   FruitBasketGJ.com

Anything that grows on the property of Fruit Basket Orchards is fair game for you to pick and eat. Here, you’ll find grapes until late September and apples until late November.

Delicious Orchards   |   Hotchkiss   |   BigBs.com

Pick what you want from this orchard filled with so many varieties of fruit and veggies it will make your head spin. What’s available is, of course, dependent on the time of year. However, there are lots of options all the way through the end of October. Want a more immersive experience? Delicious Orchards is open to camping.

Jenkins Farms Apple Valley Orchard   |   Penrose   |   PenroseApples.com

Peak apple-picking season is near the end of September, so now’s the perfect time to begin planning your trip to Jenkins Farms. They’re open Fridays through Mondays until the apples run out, which tends to happen around the middle of October.

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🚲 Pedal the Plains

There’s no better way to explore Colorado’s Eastern Plains than on a bike, and Pedal the Plains, a supported ride through Holly, Springfield, and Lamar is the ideal bike event to do it.

From September 13th through September 15th, hop on your road bike and join the end-of-summer ride that celebrates Eastern Colorado’s rich harvest season. Be prepared… this ride is far more than a bike tour. It’s a traveling party packed with boot-stomp’n live music, beer gardens, delicious and locally sourced food, interactive educational exhibits, and a touch of country fun.

Pedal the Plains is a fully supported bike tour. While you pedal, event organizers and host towns help with lodging, transportation, food, and all the other logistics you need to figure out.

This annual cycling event is unique compared to all others in Colorado because it celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains and offers opportunities for cyclists from the Front Range and beyond to learn about farming and ranching while experiencing the culture, history, and landscape of Colorado’s high plains.

Pedal the Plains averages 50 to 80 miles per day. However, if this length is too long—or too short—for you, there’s also a family fun ride for novice cyclists and a century option for seasoned riders.

By participating in Pedal the Plains, you’re also helping host communities, which benefit economically through associated fundraising initiatives and the influx of riders and their families.

Do yourself—and Colorado’s rural communities—a bit of good and Pedal the Plains in 2019. For more information,
visit PedalThePlains.com.

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🌊The River Gathering for Women Entrepreneurs

 The River Gathering for Women Entrepreneurs

Calling all women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs! Come participate in an incredible five-day, all-inclusive work/vacation retreat sure to inspire and guide you down the path you’ve always dreamed of.

The River Gathering will take place at the Surf Hotel in picturesque Buena Vista, Colorado, August 18th through the 22nd. Each day will start with yoga followed by a business-focused workshop lead by world-renowned Wolf and Heron. Afternoons will be free for exploration, and in Buena Vista, that means yoga, hiking, biking, kayaking, shopping, or relaxing in a hammock. There will also be opportunities for eating well, drinking well, and enjoying live tunes by the river.

This is your time to reconnect to your business and let The River Gathering take care of the rest.

Over the five days, workshops, with titles like Find Your WhyThe Influencer’s Toolkit, and Own Your Future, will include everything from branding and strategy to content marketing. Additional time will be available for you to work on your strategic plans, marketing goals, and website needs.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You’re a business owner craving some time away from the daily grind to think about how to grow in an intentional way.
  • You’re an entrepreneur invested in the company you’re working for, looking for ways to grow professionally and expand your network.
  • You love the idea of having a “workaway” weekend to reinvigorate you so you can finish the year strong.
  • You believe in building your business by fostering relationships.
  • You want to connect with other business owners who value genuine connection and sustainable growth.

Invest in YOURSELF and find the power to move forward in your career. Learn more about the River Gathering at TheRiverGathering.com.


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🖼Start August off with a Colorado Art Festival

Start August off with a Colorado Art Festival

When summer whips by as quickly as this one, you have to ask if you’ve done everything you’d hoped to. If experiencing an outdoor Colorado art festival is on your list, have no fear. During the first weekend of August, art festivals dot the state, making it easy to get your fill of Colorado’s finest watercolor, sculptures, hand-crafted jewelry, and more.

Check out one of the following art festivals, and maybe you’ll discover the budding artist in you!

Crested Butte Arts Festival
August 2nd to August 4th

The majestic town of Crested Butte is home to one of the nation’s top art events, presenting a broad spectrum of visual and performance arts. Now approaching its 47th year, the event is recognized as being one of the best-juried art shows in the West.

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Colfax ArtFest
August 2nd to August 3rd

Discover tons of creative activities and events for the whole family during two-days of Colfax ArtFest. Previously known as West Colfax MuralFest, this vibrant arts festival evolves into its 5th year bigger and better than ever.

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Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Festival
August 3rd to August 4th

The Grand Lake Area Arts and Crafts Festival features handmade articles from more than 60 talented craftsmen. Join them on the village green (town park) and enjoy the wonderful array of high-quality goods.

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18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival

August 1st to August 3rd

The 18th Annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival has been ranked as high as #23 in Sunshine Artist’s top 200 fine art festivals in 2017. This established show will feature 100 artists from around the country. Artists will present ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture, and more.

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🚙Our Favorite 4 x 4 Jeep Roads

Colorado is one of the best places in the nation to go Jeeping. With over 50 14,000-foot peaks and mountains in every direction, the Centennial State offers some of the most beautiful—and hard to reach—landscapes this country has to offer.

This July, when the wildflowers are at their peak, head out on a Jeep adventure for some of the best scenery you’ll ever see.

The following are some of our favorite places to go Jeeping in Colorado:

Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a network of four-wheel drive roads that connect Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton. It traverses passes up to 12,800 feet while showcasing old mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, beautiful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife.

Nearest town: Lake City

Medano Pass Primitive Road

Drop into the Great Sand Dunes National Park by going over Medano Pass Primitive Road, one of Colorado’s most renowned off-roading trails. Drive past creeks and canyons and over a 10,000-foot pass before descending into the soft sand of the Great Sand Dunes.

Nearest town: Westcliffe or Walsenburg

Colorado State Forest 

50 miles of off-road trails await Jeepers at the Colorado State Forest. If you’ve ever wanted to spot a moose, you might be in luck. The Colorado Forest is known for its large moose population.

Nearest town: Walden

St. Mary’s Trail

St. Mary’s Trail is actually a sprawling network of trails filled with amazing mountains views. Yankee Hill is perhaps its most famous trail as it is very steep and rocky but offers an incredible view of St. Mary’s Glacier.

Nearest town: Central City

Mosquito Pass
This challenging road is the highest pass in the state open to motorized travel. Its rocky terrain offers the perfect challenge for your high-clearance Jeep, with unmatched scenic views over an alpine environment. Since it can be closed at any time due to snow or inclement weather, this pass is the ideal summer trail trip. But be wary, it is not for the faint of heart.

Nearest town: Leadville

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🎸🏞😎The 8th Annual RIDE Festival

Looking for a stellar summer rock fest in an even more incredible location? Then head to Telluride July 12th through July 14th for the 8th Annual RIDE Festival. With headliner Widespread Panic, you know it’s going to be a wild ride and a fabulously fun weekend. 

The festival’s venues range from intimate to historic, with stages at the Wood Ear, the Moon at O’Bannon’s, the Liberty, Telluride Town Park, and the Sheridan Opera House.

Aside from Widespread Panic, more than two dozen other artists and bands join the RIDE Festival’s incredible lineup. These include Rose Hill Drive, Big Head Todd & the Monsters,and more.

Bring the kids along and let them play at the kid’s tents. The Ah Haa School for the Arts’seasoned staff and interns will be providing an assortment of arts and crafts projects including face painting, jewelry crafts, t-shirt decorating and design, and more.  Kid’s Tent staff will oversee organized games. There will also be a glass blower display and a variety of shows on the kid’s stage such as magic acts, acoustic sing-a-longs, and open mic.

As with any great festival, vendors will be lined up to tempt you with all sorts of goodies. From creative clothing to new, innovative gear, you’ll be sure to find something wonderful to take home as a souvenir.

Day passes, general weekend passes, and VIP passes are all available for sale and range from $75 to $568.

Since its debut in 2012, The RIDE Festival has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curation—handpicking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival’s stunning setting. Past RIDE Festival lineups have included such acts as Pearl Jam, Beck, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Sheryl Crow, Thievery Corporation, North Mississippi Allstars, The Lumineers, among others.

For more information, visit ridefestival.com.

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🚜💜🌾 The Annual Colorado Lavender Festival

This festival is just as lovely as it sounds. Breathe in Western Colorado’s peaceful setting, where snow-melt waters from the Rocky Mountains nourish high-altitude farms.

Coloradans love coming to Palisade to ride bikes alongside grape and fruit orchards, to sip wine from a winery’s patio, and to sample Colorado’s freshest and most delicious fruit. Beyond this, however, are flourishing lavender fields filled with distinctively scented purple flowers that bloom in Palisade each summer before being harvested for use in culinary and medicinal applications and aromatherapy.

The climate of Colorado’s Western Slope is well suited to growing two varieties of the plant—the French and English—and you can learn everything there is to learn about them at the Annual Colorado Lavender Festival.

This festival, scheduled for June 28th through June 30th is just as lovely as it sounds. During this weekend-long event, you can breathe in Western Colorado’s peaceful setting, where snow-melt waters from the Rocky Mountains nourish high-altitude farms. Enjoy a self-guided Farm Tour while marveling at how endless varieties of lavender thrive under Western Colorado’s dry climate and lean soils.

Attend one of the festival’s educational seminars or demonstrations, which cover essential oils, the basics of planting and growing lavender, Reflexology, how to make a wreath out of lavender, and more.

Other festival highlights include:

  • Motor coach tours sponsored by Sage Creations Organic Farm on Friday, June 28th
  • A FREE festival in the park from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 29th
  • Lavender & Wine Dinner at 13 Brix & Bistro Saturday, June 29th at 6 pm
  • Free Self-Guided Farm Tours on Sunday, June 30th
For more information or to purchase tickets for individual events, visit ColoradoLavender.org.

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🎻 FolkWest Folk Festivals in Pagosa Springs

FolkWest has been making beautiful music on Reservoir Hill Park in Pagosa Springs for some 22 years. Experience the magic of this Colorado mountain venue, located on a 130-acre ponderosa pine-covered mesa overlooking the rugged San Juan Mountains.

FolkWest hosts the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival, June 7th through June 9th, and the Four Corners Folk Festival, August 30th through Sept 1st.

Headliners for the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival include Sam Reider & the Human Heads, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Del McCoury Band.

For the Four Corners Folk Festival, you’ll have The Mammals, Billy Strings, and Earls of Leicester.

The Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival is especially known for its workshops, which are a tradition that go back to the festival’s very first year. Whether you’re a musician looking for tips and advice or an ardent fan hoping for a peek into the creative process of a performer you admire, the workshop tent is a great place to go.

Food vendors will be on-site for both festivals, with many of them serving breakfast and staying open into the night. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pets and alcohol are not permitted on the festival grounds. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs into the event.

Camping is available for both festivals with a three-day pass. Campsites are first come, first served. If you want to camp with friends you should arrive with them.

For more information on the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival or the Four Corners Folk Festival, visit www.FolkWest.com.

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👣 Colorado’s Unique Walking Tours in Colorado’s Mile High City

Want to do something a little different this Memorial Day Weekend? Why not book a walking tour? If you’re in the Mile High City (or plan to be), there are dozens of options for exploring downtown and the mountains beyond. Check out our list of favorite walking tours based out of Denver… but not necessarily confined to downtown.

Dark Side of Denver Ghost Tours

This tour combines historical facts with paranormal testimony to provide you with a new perspective of Denver. You’ll learn about the city’s hidden underground, hear some of its most famous ghost stories, and get exclusive tales from the tour’s personal investigations.

Delicious Denver Food Tours

Explore the city’s unique and thriving food scene on a walking Denver food tour. Your experienced guide will take you off the beaten path and introduce you to great local dishes while sharing stories about Denver’s rich history, street art, and architecture.

Historic Denver Walking Tours

Choose the Denver area you want to explore most. Locations include LoDo, Capital Hill, Larimer Square, 16th Street, and the Daniels & Fisher Tower.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking Tour

This hiking tour departs from Denver and takes you on the serene trails of Rocky Mountain National Park. Disconnect for a day and immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of these majestic mountains and alpine lakes. *This tour company also runs a Foothills Explorer Tour and a Boulder Hike and Beer Tour, which we also recommend.

Denver Graffiti Tour

Denver Graffiti Tour is a 2-hour walking showcase of the best street art in the city. Learn the story behind the murals, graffiti. and street art and how the rapidly changing RiNo neighborhood has affected the art and its long-time residents. The tour ends at Denver Central Market in the heart of RiNo, where you can enjoy great bars and breweries, galleries, and restaurants.

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🌞 Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off

Colorado's Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off

photo credit: Craig Daily Press

It’s safe to say that Moffat County, the northwesternmost of Colorado’s 64 counties, is a bit off the beaten path, but that’s what makes it so extraordinary. With nearly two million acres of pristine public lands, flowing rivers, and unspoiled landscapes filled with wildlife, Moffat County is the perfect place to escape the stresses of daily life and immerse yourself in nature.

In Moffat, you’ll find the towns of Craig, Maybell, Dinosaur, Hamilton, Massadona, and Lay. And from one end of the county to the other, you can fish, hike, camp, four-wheel, raft, and view wildlife.

What better way to experience Moffat County than during Colorado’s Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off, a multi-day event celebrating the region’s history, arts, culture, outdoor recreation, and great communities.

So, what’s going on at the Summer Kick-Off?

From May 4th through May 11th, athletes of all abilities can compete in the Where the Hell is Maybell Bike Event, the Dirt Hog Golf Tournament, and the Colorado Endurance Paddling Challenge.

Looking for a more leisurely good time? During these same dates, check out the Great American Horse Drive, the Maybell Heritage Days Celebration, or Art, Apps, & Ales at the Museum of Northwest Colorado where beer tastings and apps accompany a night at the museum.

There are also opportunities to peruse vendors and do a little shopping at the Spring Expoin Downtown Craig and the Home and Garden Show.

These events are just a sampling of everything there is to do in Moffat County during the Great Northwest Summer Kick-Off.  For information on these events and other events throughout the summer, visit www.VisitMoffatCounty.com.

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🌠Star Parties in Colorado


I saw Colorado’s stars for the first time when I was fifteen. It was on a camping trip, my first time out west, and I will never forget how it felt to watch the sky fill with so many stars I believed I’d traveled to another planet. “It’s like Star Wars,” I shared with my friends back home, who, like me, had never had the good fortune of seeing a real dark sky, one that exhibits the true potential of the galaxy and everything it holds.

In Colorado, we are lucky to have pockets where dark skies still possess the power to amaze. And nowhere is better for star gazing than the communities of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff in central Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley.

Since 1999, the local non-profit Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley has worked tirelessly to reduce light pollution. This includes replacing light pollution fixtures with shielded units that direct necessary light downward and educating the public on the importance of preserving the night sky.

These efforts paid off when, in 2015, the International Dark Sky Association awarded the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff an International Dark Sky Community Designation, making them the first and only International Dark Sky Community in Colorado, the 9th in the world, and the highest anywhere.

Experience Colorado’s darkest skies and brightest stars for yourself at a Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley Star Party. These free public events are scheduled from May to October based on current astronomical events. Join them and experience their powerful, state of the art telescope at the Smokey Jack Observatory at Bluff Park in downtown Westcliffe.

 photo credit: Dark Skies, Inc. of the Wet Mountain Valley

➤ For more information on Westcliffe/Silver Cliff’s night sky

➤ For star party information & calendar



  • April 5th at 8 pm
  • May 10th at 8 pm
  • June 7th at 8 pm
  • July 5th at 9 pm
  • August 2nd at 9 pm
  • August 12th at 11:30 pm
  • September 6th at 8:45 pm
  • October 4th at 7:15 pm

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🍷 From Benedictine Monks to Winery of the Year

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Tucked in the lush fields of Cañon City is a Gothic Revival style Abbey. While you’ll no longer find monks walking its grounds, you’ll discover a hidden gem—locally vinted, award-winning wines set against the stunning backdrop of the Royal Gorge Region.

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey invites visitors to its winery and tasting room, where staff guide you through a flight tasting of Riesling, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and much more. Although the wine is spectacular, it’s the architecture, the history, and the natural surroundings that really take your breath away.


Two Benedictine monks came from Pennsylvania to Colorado to establish the Order of St. Benedict Monastery in 1886. Upon the building’s completion, the monks opened a boarding school and made their first attempts at establishing a winery.

The school hit its height of popularity in the 1960s, after which enrollment steadily declined until the school was forced to close in 1985.

In order to find a new means of financial income, the Abbey’s remaining 20 monks returned to the idea of establishing a vineyard. In 2000, they entrusted the production to a professional viticulturist who began producing wine the following year.

The winery and tasting room opened to the public in 2002, welcoming visitors to its beautiful and serene Rocky Mountain vineyard.

Winery of the Year

This year, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey adds another award to its ever-growing list—Colorado Association for Viticulture & Encology (CAVE) Winery of the Year. Surely, the winery has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1886!

Although the monastic community dissolved in 2005, its spirit is felt in the winery’s tasting room, which is open daily, year-round.

For more information, visit www.AbbeyWinery.com.

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The Inaugural CANNIVAL Festival 

Seven years later, Colorado reports an economic boom as the marijuana industry generated more economic output than 90% of all other industries in the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety also concluded that use among youths does not appear to be increasing and traffic deaths directly attributable to marijuana are down.

Yep, we Coloradans (generally-speaking) are fond of our herb and what legalizing it has done for the state as a whole. If you’re in the pro-pot camp, come celebrate the green leaf lifestyle, at CANNIVAL, a three-day campout festival celebrating life, art, live music, and of course, the legalization of recreational cannabis. Please note, this is a 21 and over event.

Beginning on Friday, April 19th and running through Sunday, April 21st (take note of the dates you sly devils), become part of the first-ever CANNIVAL, where international & local musicians, artists, and enthusiasts alike, gather for unforgettable music and entertainment.

CANNIVAL will take place at I Bar Ranch in Gunnison, Colorado. I Bar Ranch is an authentic western heritage event center 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Gunnison. It is situated on a 10-acre converted hay meadow, 250 feet off of the Tomichi Creek, at the foothills of “W” Mountain.

CANNIVAL’s events include:

  • 420-Olympix
  • Movie lounge featuring classic ganja-loving movie
  • Paint n’ smoke area
  • Morning cannabis sermon and yoga
  • Workshops and open forum discussions
  • Mechanical bull rodeo
  • Glassblowers
  • Industry vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Massive bonfires
  • Hiking/biking trails on and around the venue

Colorado made history in 2012. Now, it’s your turn. Attend the first ever CANNIVAL festival for an experience to last a lifetime.

To learn more, visit www.Cannival.net

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Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius

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You probably know something about Leonardo da Vinci, like he painted the Mona Lisa or he drew that guy in the circle with his arms spread wide (it’s called the Vitruvian Man by the way). But these are just the tip of the giant Leonardo de Vinci iceberg, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has a new temporary exhibit that will tell you everything that lays beneath the surface.

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is an exhibit that shares the world of Leonardo the inventor, Leonardo the artist, Leonardo the scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, philosopher…

Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his influence has endured, and now it can be seen in the most comprehensive exhibition about Leonardo ever presented.

You will be introduced to Leonardo through replicas of his books of notes and sketches that were carefully re-created in Italy and remain the primary insight into his genius. The exhibit’s creators also built more than 70 replicas of Leonardo’s inventions using his detailed concepts.

By having the opportunity to examine these inventions up close, you’ll have a better understanding of Leonardo’s fundamental scientific and artistic principles and how they continue to have an incredible impact on the world. His inspiration laid the groundwork for many machines and devices, including the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, scuba gear, and military tank.

Other features of the exhibit include a Mona Lisa display where you’ll engage in a super-magnified examination of the famous painting, a multi-sensory cinematic experience, and a Leonardo-inspired catapult you can test yourself!

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius runs March 1st through August 25th. For more information, visit www.dmns.org.

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🍽 Denver Restaurant Week 2019

The Denver dining scene has exploded over the last decade, with the city racking up tour-guide honors and TV appearances at a rapid clip, including fourth place on Zagat’s “Most Exciting Food City” of 2018, Season 15 of the TV-competition “Top Chef,” and a Colorado outpost of the internationally acclaimed Slow Food Nations festival.

We’re sure you have a list of Denver restaurants you want to check out, and there’s no better time to do it than during the 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week, February 22nd through March 3rd.

During this 10-day-long event, hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for three price points: $25, $35 or $45. This tiered pricing structure, which debuted in 2017, returns for a third year thanks to the popularity of its “approachable pricing structure.”

“We started Denver Restaurant Week along with our partners to celebrate the city’s culinary scene and to change some less-than-enthusiastic local opinions about what we had here,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver, in a press statement.

“Over the past 15 years, Denver has grown to be internationally recognized as a top culinary destination; and Denver Restaurant Week has evolved as well, becoming a beloved annual event and celebration of how hard our chefs, restaurateurs, and service industry have worked to put Denver on the culinary map.”

To make your choice of restaurant easier, Visit Denver has broken the Mile High City into distinct dining neighborhoods, each of which comes with its own unique flavor. These neighborhoods include Downtown, Uptown, Highlands, Golden Triangle, South Broadway/Wash Park, Cherry Creek, Stapleton/Northfield, West Metro, and South Metro. Information on these neighborhoods and their participating restaurants are available on www.Denver.org. Still not sure where to dine? Visit Denver also offers the ability to peruse restaurant menus prior to making a selection.


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❄️🎿🏒⛸ A Winter Whiteout Celebration in the Lower 48’s Most Remote Town

 👁🍿📽➞ Lake City Ice Park

Have you ever thought about visiting Lake City? Maybe not, considering it’s the most remote town in the continental U.S. But that’s what makes it so incredible!

Actually get away from it all in this outdoor recreationist’s dream. Once in the spotlight for its resident cannibal Alfred Packer, Lake City is again making waves thanks to its incredible winter recreation opportunities.

Imagine, if you will, an in-town ice park (right next to the brewery no less), a ski hill that costs $20 per day (that includes gear), and over 100 miles of groomed trails along the continental divide. Yep, the secret that is Lake City is getting out, and this year, the town has put together a month-long event to commemorate everything it has for Colorado’s winter-loving friends.

Lake City’s Winter Whiteout starts January 26th with a Pond Hockey Tournament on Lake San Cristobal and ends March 2nd with the Annual Matt Milski Memorial Ski Race.

Every weekend in between features an event that showcases Lake City’s winter wonderland. ➞ See full schedule here. These events include:

·         Duel Slalom Ski Races

·         The Annual Lake City Ice Climbing Festival

·         The 4th Annual Cannibal Snowshoe Race

·         The Lake City Ice Fishing Derby

·         The Platinum Paddle Pond Hockey Tournament

·         The Lake San Cristobal Brew-Ski

Prepare to fall in love with Lake City. Tucked in the San Juan Mountains, it’s close to five fourteeners, three National Forests, one BLM district, four wilderness areas, and two wilderness study areas. When we say you can get away from it all in Lake City, we mean it.

For more information on Lake City’s Winter Whiteout, visit www.LakeCity.com.

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🐩❄️🎿 Wintersköl – Aspen’s Toast to Winter


Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual toast to winter, celebrates its 67th year January 10th through the 13th. These four days of festivities date back to 1951 when Aspenites decided to celebrate their town’s unique Nordic lifestyle. Today, Wintersköl features everything from a canine fashion show and fireworks to a snow sculpture competition and musical performances.

Check out some of the following unique events offered during the festival. For a full schedule, visit www.AspenChamber.org.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center WINTERSCULPT Anderson Ranch Arts Center WINTERSCULPT invites community members to gather a team and participate in a fun and lively 48-hour snow sculpture competition. Teams work around the clock to transform their 8’ square foot snow cubes into freestanding creations.

Aspen History 101 at the Wheeler Opera House Aspen History 101, a theatrical crash course in local lore, was born from the Aspen State Teachers College. The performance, featuring actors and actresses and song and dance, resurrects the party-loving atmosphere of Aspen State Teachers College, arguably one of the more entertaining aspects of area history!

Apple Strudel Downhill Come to the race where everybody wins! Celebrate this longstanding tradition that started in 1988 when Gretel Uhl began making apple strudel at the Merry-Go-Round Restaurant.

Ullr Nights  Friends and family take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for outdoor winter activities such as tubing, riding the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, snowbiking, and s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Dance to live music and enjoy an a la carte culinary celebration sure to please any palate.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre at the Wheeler Opera House Enjoy the most beloved family show in the world, featuring physical comedy, juggling, acrobats from the Moscow Circus, highly intelligent dogs, and even house cats! Popovich, a fifth-generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals, has rescued a majority of his performers from shelters all over the country and transformed them into Las Vegas stars.

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Unique New Year’s Eve Traditions

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If you haven’t yet made New Year’s plans, consider one of the following Colorado traditions. These events have been going on for years, making them bona fide, awesome experiences.

Yonder in Boulder
Yonder Mountain String Band has played the Boulder Theater on New Year’s Eve for years. It’s their home town after all. Here, you’ll meet bluegrass lovers who’ve attended the show every year. This is always a packed house filled with incredible vibes and stellar tunes.

Dinner on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
The railroad was largely responsible for Colorado’s growth during the mining days, making it a significant piece of the state’s history. The railway tradition carries on aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Cañon City, where the New Year’s Eve Dinner Train is one of the most unique ways to celebrate the new year.

Torchlight Parade at Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain’s New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks is the perfect family celebration with a kid’s glowstick pageant followed by a torchlight parade down the mountain, a rail jam under the lights, and a mountain-side fireworks display.

Ice Skating at Evergreen Lake
For more than 20 years, locals and visitors have ascended upon Evergreen Lake to skate under the stars. While on the ice, skaters also enjoy a firework display at 8 pm and midnight.

Kids at Keystone
Keystone hosts a full day of kids’ activities on December 31st. These include crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts, cookie decorating, and a torchlight parade to finish the day.

Visit this beloved Colorado ski resort for a torchlight parade on the mountain, a family fun party, a little stand-up comedy, gourmet dining, gondola rides, fireworks, and a champagne toast.

❄️ Happy Holidays!

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👢 🎻 🏕 Seven Peaks Music Festival


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.


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.


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.

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The Durango Blues Train

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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.

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.

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


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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.

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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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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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.


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.

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.

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:


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.

photo credit: Meridith Winkelmeyer

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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.

photo credit: Colorado Daily

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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