There is a lot going on this weekend across the great state of Colorado. Many of the best winter sports athletes in the world are in the state this weekend looking to qualify for the next month's Olympics. To help spread the seasonal cheer there are winter festivals in Aspen, Breckenridge and Estes Park, not to mention an Oatmeal Festival as well. And it's never too early to look ahead to the warmer months as this could be the weekend to get that boat you've been wanting.
So don't just spend all weekend on the couch watching football. Grab your coat and gloves and check out one of these fun events across Colorado:
- Aspen Snowmass
- Fri. Jan. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 9:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
More than 400 athletes from around the world will be competing at Aspen Snowmass this weekend looking to punch their tickets to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. This is the penultimate U.S. qualifier for ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle. The event, which runs from until Sunday, features fireworks at 6 p.m. Friday night. Free parking is available at the entrance to Snowmass with a shuttle running every 20 minutes. For a full schedule click here.
- Fri. Jan. 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For 55 years, Ullr Fest has been Breckenridge's celebration of snow. The town will look to defend its world record for the longest shot ski on Thursday and a parade down Main Street will follow at 4:30 p.m. On Friday afternoon there is an ice plunge with music, food, drinks, laughter and best plunge costume contest. Comedian Jimmy Dunn will perform at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. Tickets are $25. Saturday events include a family snow day with art projects and snacks, an ice skating party and a Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Riverwalk Center. For a full list of events visit GoBreck.com.
- Estes Park
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Estes Park will celebrate the winter season this weekend at new Estes Park Events Complex. Saturday is the day to taste award-winning chili (while supplies last) and Sunday is best for BBQ. Both days feature a variety of beers, retail venders, live music, entertainment and kid's activities. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
If you're looking to keep your New Year's resolutions at least through January, head to Louisville for one of these fun races. With a half marathon, 5K and 10K, there is length for all skill levels. The races will be held at Coal Creek Golf Course on Dillon Road. All participants will receive a souvenir pint glass and a long sleeved t-shirt. You can register online here.
- Fri. Jan. 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For 41 years the International Sportsmen's Expo has been the Rocky Mountain region's longest-running sportsmen show. Created for the whole family, the Expo is for all enthusiasts who enjoy the outdoors. The Expo features over 540 exhibitors from Colorado and around the world. To buy the latest gear, or learn more about fishing, hunting, camping and RVs, this Expo is a "must-see." Tickets are available online at AXS.com.
- Fri. Jan. 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The best local and national boat industry professionals are also at the Colorado Convention Center this weekend. If you're looking to get on the water in 2018, information and deals on boats, watercraft, accessories and supplies can be found here. Tickets are available online at AXS.com. Children 16 and under are free. If you bring a non-perishable food item you'll get $2 off your ticket if you purchase your ticket at the Colorado Convention Center ticket booth.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The 21st annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival kicks off with the traditional oatmeal breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Pioneer Elementary School. It boasts the world’s largest toppings bar (150 toppings). The festival also adds a new feature this year: a Ninja Warrior Course for all ages at the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Preregister now online for the Lafayette Oatmeal 5K fun run/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Race registration includes a breakfast ticket. Parking is limited so use the lot at Flatirons Community Church. Shuttle service will run continuously from to and from Pioneer Elementary.
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- Fri. Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m.
The red-hot Nuggets remain one of the best entertainment options in Colorado. The Nuggets will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. It will be an 80's Night as the team will recognize members of the teams from the 1980's including Calvin Natt, Mike Evans, Bill Hanzlik, Danny Schayes, Wayne Cooper, and Michael Adams, who will be signing autographs before the game. Tickets are available at AltitudeTickets.com.
- Fri. Jan. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sat. Jan. 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Sun. Jan. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- NWSS runs daily until Jan. 21
The 112th National Western Stock Show, the premier livestock, rodeo and horse show in the United States, set opening-weekend attendance records - with good reason. The show is a nationally-recognized celebration of western heritage and culture. The rodeo is one of the world's richest regular season professional rodeos and there are plenty of other entertainment options as well. The horse show is one of the largest in the county and the western trade show is Colorado's largest. Exploring the exhibit hall, featuring 900 spaces of fine art, jewelry, clothing, household items and agricultural products and equipment, is truly a Colorado tradition. Tickets and a full schedule of events can be found at NationalWestern.com If you're a true Coloradan, you can't miss this annual event, which runs through the 21st.
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