This post-Super Bowl weekend is a big one for terrific events in Colorado. There are winter festivals in which to celebrate the season, as well as golf and travel expos to help prepare you for spring. For our inner 10-year-old, the baddest monster trucks in the world are making a stop in Denver. So get up off the couch, have a good stretch and celebrate your liberation from football-watching by checking out one of these fun events across Colorado:
Loveland Fire & Ice Festival - Loveland
This weekend-long celebration in downtown Loveland features nightly light shows with fireworks, snow and ice sculptures, live music, a car show of new and vintage first responder vehicles, a food truck food court, carnival rides, face painting, carriage rides, hot chocolate and s’more stations and more. New in 2018, festival organizer Blazen Illuminations has launched a Fire Sculpture People’s Choice Competition. The competition brings together community artists to create their own fire masterpieces to be displayed throughout the festival. Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival was inspired by Disneyland’s Main Street USA light and fireworks show as well as Montréal En Lumière and is unlike any other Valentine’s Day event you will experience. This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.
Denver Golf Expo - Denver
It may be February but it's always golfing season in Colorado. This annual show is the perfect place for golfers to learn about golf clubs, lessons and courses. Professionals from the PGA, Colorado Golf Association, the Junior Golf Alliance and the Colorado Women’s Golf Association will be on hand and there will be seminars on topics from swing biomechanics to putting. Dozens of Colorado golf courses make up some of the 120 booths and many offer discounted golf packages. The Denver Golf Expo runs Friday to Sunday at the Denver Mart at I-25 and 58th Ave.
Vacation season is just around the corner and now is the time to plan your next adventure. Head to the National Western Complex on Saturday and Sunday and explore local and far away destinations. Home-design professionals will be on hand with expert advice for your own castle. Colorado scratch-food entrepreneurs will be offering samples of tasty locally-made treats. There will also be plenty of show-only deals and prize giveaways. Save $3 per ticket buy purchasing online.
Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series - Denver
If you have a heartbeat, you love monster trucks. Monster Jam — the "most action-packed live event on four wheels" — makes its annual stop in Denver this weekend. Alien Invasion, EarthShaker, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Megalodon, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Pirate's Curse and Zombie will be roaring their engines at Pepsi Center through Sunday. These family-friendly shows are also affordable with tickets starting at $15 at AltitudeTickets.com. For more event and driver information, visit MonsterJam.com.
Steamboat Winter Carnival - Steamboat Springs
Head to Steamboat Springs this weekend to experience the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Although the festival has been underway since Wednesday, the highlights of the festival are on Saturday and Sunday. The street events feature kids being pulled on skis behind horses and adults being pulled on shovels through downtown Steamboat. Howelsen Hill will be lit up with the colors of flares, LED lights and fireworks. A Winter Carnival button is required for entry and spectating at all events and can be purchased at local businesses. Visit SteamboatChamber.com for a full schedule of Winter Carnival events.
Bighorn Sheep Day at Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs
The 13th annual Bighorn Sheep Day celebrates Colorado's state mammal and hopefully you'll be able to catch a glimpse of one in the stunning setting of Garden of the Gods. The day will include wildlife viewing stations with shuttle bus access, nature walks, nature presentations, youth crafts, live animals, games, a visit from Smokey the Bear and more. The family-fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Kool Kustom Kar Show - Pueblo
Car aficionados, rejoice! The coolest historic automobiles will be at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo this weekend. The show will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the AG Palace. Visit KoolKustomKarShow.com for more information.
Winter Carnival - Grand Lake
Grand Lake's Winter Carnival is a day of all things "winter fun" and it ends with an evening of fireworks. This year's "Superheroes and Cartoons" theme is reflected in the Looney Toons Parade down Main Street and The Incredibles parent/child sled pull. There will also be bed sled races, super human bowling, snow sculptures, a snowman contest for kids and much more. The fireworks over Grand Lake are planned for 8 p.m. Click here for a complete Winter Carnival schedule.
GalaxyFest 2018 - Colorado Springs
Comic fans, cosplayers, gamers and independent film artists will surely head to GalaxyFest this weekend. Now in its 7th year, GalaxyFest is the first comic convention in Colorado Springs. The organizers say they consider GalaxyFest to be a celebration of the eclectic arts and pop culture. There will be panels, autograph sessions, interactive displays and more. The family-friendly event runs from Friday to Sunday at the The Antlers Wyndham Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs. Tickets are available online and a complete schedule is viewable at GalaxyFest.org.
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