❣️Valentine’s Day is Just a Little Sweeter in Loveland

Make this Valentine's day even sweeter by visiting Loveland on February 14th and 15th for the second annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival.

Make this Valentine’s day even sweeter by visiting Loveland on February 14th and 15th for the second annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival.

For more than 70 years, Loveland has embraced sweethearts near and far. And this year, the nation’s “Sweetheart City” invites them to gather downtown on the new Foundry Plaza to celebrate the season of love.

The festival kicks off on 3rd Street with a group wedding, after which attendees can enjoy live music, a beer and wine garden, a light show, pyrotechnics, a tunnel of love, and more. 

Kid-focused activities will take place in and around the kids’ zone on 4th Street between Lincoln and Cleveland during festival hours. Some of these activities include but are not limited to a brick creation station, princess meet and greets, the Little Miss Valentine and Mr. Cupid Contest, airbrush face painting, glitter tattoos, an ice penguin ring toss, and a Palace of Sweets.

For more information on Loveland’s Sweetheart Festival, visit visitlovelandco.org.

In addition to hosting the Sweetheart Festival, Loveland also runs the largest Valentine re-mailing program in the nation. Every year, more than a hundred thousand valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and send them on to the intended recipients. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, the city also authorizes the placement of red hearts with sponsored personal messages on light poles and other fixtures lining the downtown streets.

Take your honey, your family, or your friends and celebrate the love you share in Loveland, Colorado, where Valentine’s Day is just a little sweeter.

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🦢The High Plains Snow Goose Festival

A very special natural phenomenon occurs on the plains of eastern Colorado each winter, and it's something you have to see to believe.

A very special natural phenomenon occurs on the plains of eastern Colorado each winter, and it’s something you have to see to believe. 

During their annual migration, thousands of snow geese find respite on the lakes and riparian habitats of Lamar and the city’s neighboring towns. These beautiful birds land, blanketing fields and bodies of water with white as if snow has fallen, and when they take off in tandem, the sound echoes and shakes the earth. 

Witnessing the snow goose migration is jaw-dropping, even to the most novice birdwatcher or naturalist, and there is no better time to see it than during the Annual High Plains Snow Goose Festival, February 6th through February 9th, 2020. 

Each year, nature lovers congregate in Lamar to witness the great snow goose migration and to participate in tours, programs, a trade show, and more. 

While the High Plains Snow Goose Festival offers tours to see these magnificent white birds, there are also tours to nearby canyons, gems of southeastern Colorado offering an outdoor and wildlife viewing experience unique to this corner of Colorado, and Two Buttes Reservoir, one of the region’s favorite birding spots. 

This year’s presentations include the natural wonders of southeastern Colorado, local history, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and the WWII Camp Amache Japanese Internment Camp, and live raptors from the Pueblo Raptor Center. 

The keynote speakers for this year’s High Plains Snow Goose Festival are Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila, who documented their recent journey from Florida to Alaska in a 1978 VW Bus in their blog, “Birding by Bus.” Come hear about their journey and the incredible species of birds they discovered along the way.

If you’re feeling a bit less adventurous but still want to partake in birdwatching, you can join an organized walk along the Willow Creek Nature Trail, a mile-long trail behind Lamar Community College. This small tract of land, filled with trees, streams, and ponds, has one of the highest concentrations of bird species in the entire state! 

Event registration is free. However, field trips range from price depending on the length of the program and if meals are provided. Numerous programs are also offered at no charge. To learn more, visit HighPlainsSnowGoose.com.

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🐴+🎿+🍺=❣️ San Juan Skijoring + UtePils Beer Festival = eeehaawwww FUN

San Juan Skijoring + UtePils Beer Festival = eeehaawwww FUN


Skijoring is a unique sport here in Colorado, made popular by the Leadville Skijoring event that happens in X. But for many who may wish to see what it’s all about, Leadville is far away, with travel made more difficult because of closed passes and snowy roads. 

The good news for our western Colorado friends is that the Ouray County Rodeo Association hosts its own Skijoring event in Ridgeway, and it’s just as fabulous as the famed Leadville event, only in Ridgeway, you’re surrounded by the stunning San Juan mountains for breathtaking views in all directions. 

On January 11th and 12th experience this exciting sport that combines cowboys riding horses while pulling skiers through a challenging course of gates, jumps, and obstacles. 

This year will be Ridgway’s fourth year hosting this event and they are ramping things up! The course design this winter will be different than anything ever seen before in the history of Skijoring. For example, Snowboard, Novice, Sport, and Open will all run different courses and the track will be more technically difficult for all competitors. 

The Ridgeway Skijoring event is paired with the UtePils Festival, a beer festival featuring microbrews from around the area. Beer will be poured on Saturday and Sunday with up to 15 different breweries to choose from. 

Food and merchandise vendors will also be on hand all weekend long to keep you full and satisfied and to give you a chance to walk away with some cool Skijoring gear. 

For more information, visit OurayCountyRodeo.com 


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Winter Dew Tour Comes Back to Breckenridge

The Winter Dew Tour returns to Breckenridge December 13th through the 16th.  This exciting, multi-day event features the world’s best skiers & snowboarders competing in individual men’s & women’s competitions, team challenges, streetstyle events, and men’s & women’s snowboard adaptive events.

Dew Tour is an innovative series of competitions that celebrate creativity and style. Its organizers believe in uplifting their community, self-expression, and exploring the world through the culture of action sports.

During these four days featuring skiing and snowboarding’s most daring and inspiring athletes, big air is just the beginning…

Events such as the Ski Jump, Half Pipe, and Snowboard Jib (jumping, sliding, or riding on top of objects like boxes and rails) make up Winter Dew Tour’s four-day schedule. These events and more and will take place at various locations on the mountain, including Peak 8, the Slopestyle Jump, and the Modified Superpipe.

Spectators are encouraged to check out Dew Base Camp located in downtown Breckenridge in Blue River Plaza at Washington and Main Street. This laid-back event showcases brands focused on the adventures of travel and the gear it takes to get you there. Samples, demonstrations, entertainment, and a cultivating culture can all be found at Dew Base Camp.

Winter Dew Tour also features Streetstyle and Girls Who Ride. Located in downtown Breckenridge, Streetstyle and Girls Who Ride brings together the industry’s best competitors to show off their skills on the streets.

Winter Dew Tour is free with the exception of a few events, such as Saturday’s concert featuring the Motet at Riverwalk Center.

For more information, visit www.DewTour.com.
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Holiday Extravaganza in Cañon City

Immerse yourself in holiday cheer in Cañon City. While it’s conveniently located near the Front Range and filled with numerous attractions, Cañon City is also Colorado’s home for holiday festivities.

There is something special about the holidays in Cañon City. With its small-town feel, community events, unique stores, and decorated, historic main street, Cañon City delights every visitor during this time of year.

Cañon City offers a wide range of holiday events, so you’re sure to find something to suit every interest. As early as November 11th, Cañon City hosts the Air Force Academy Bandfor a special chamber recital series. From then on, a whirlwind of events includes everything from A Festival Fair and the Santa Express Train to The Cashore Marionettesand the Ugly Christmas Sweater Parade. For the kiddos, there are also opportunities to meet Santa. With his busy schedule, you’ll want to make sure you get that crossed off your list.

Check out www.ChristmasinCanonCity.com to learn more about the area’s holiday happenings. There’s even a map showing the homes that go all out with their holiday light decorations. If you love touring over-the-top holiday homes, this is the city for you!

While you’re in Cañon City, check out some other very popular attractions, including the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, and the Dinosaur Experience. Or, stroll through historic downtown, which is listed on the National Historic Register for its abundance of turn-of-the-century architecture.

For more information on Canon City, visit www.RoyalGorgeRegion.com.

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Denver Arts Week!

Immerse yourself in Denver’s vibrant arts and culture scene during Denver Arts Weeks. This week-long celebration of visual arts, theater, music, film, museums, history, and more is the best opportunity to immerse yourself in every exciting movement happening in Denver.

From November 2nd through November 9th, you’ll have the chance to participate in more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, concert halls, and everywhere in between. These events are heavily discounted or free, allowing you to easily explore Colorado’s vibrant cultural scene.

Highlights include:

Free Night at the Museums  Denver’s best museums are open late and admission is FREE between 5 pm and 10 pm. There’s even a complimentary shuttle from museum to museum. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Know Your Arts First Friday  In Denver’s creative neighborhoods, including the Art District on Santa Fe, Belmar Block 7 Art District, and Tennyson Street Cultural District, participating galleries will offer free admission and local art at low prices.

Denver Arts Week keeps the kiddos in mind with its family-friendly events filled with imaginative activities intended to stimulate young minds and create a lifelong love of the arts. Some of our top picks include Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure at the Lone Tree Arts Center, Pumpkin Nights at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton, and Corduroy at the Conservatory Theatre.

With so much to see and do during Denver Arts Week, be sure to check out  www.denver.org/denver-arts-week/ to learn more about all the available opportunities.

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Colorado’s Uniquely Frightening Halloween Haunts

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

Haunted Field of Screams

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

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

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Haunted Mines 
Colorado Springs

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

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

Learn more…

The Forrest of Doom 

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

Learn more…

Dead Zone Scream Park

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

Learn more…

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Think Colorado’s Favorite Pumpkin Patches

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

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

This beloved community event provides three days of family fun for over 1,500 festival goers from Chaffee County and surrounding communities. With horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, field games, crafts, face painting, food, music, and more, this event continues to grow every year. Read more…

🎃Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Patch
Lafayette, September 22nd to October 31st

This family farm sells pumpkins and fall produce. Play in the corn or straw bale maze and see farm animals and tractors. Wagon rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Read more…

🎃Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Cañon City, Mid-September to October 31st

This corn maze is always awesome with a different theme, game, and layout every year. The pumpkin field is “pumpkin-lish-ous” with lots of variety and sizes of pumpkins. And don’t forget, your paid admission includes many fun activities, including pick your own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Read more…

🎃Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Grand Junction, October 1st to October 31st

This family farm offers a pick-your-own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch, two corn mazes, a petting zoo, hay rides, and numerous other farm-fun activities. Read more…

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🎆🌌Digital River Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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


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🍺 🍺 🍺 Great American Beer Festival


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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🍷 🍇 🚲Tour de Vineyard Bicycle Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more, visit www.TourDeVineyards.com.

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