Celebrate the winter season on this final weekend of January. The world's biggest winter sports stars are in Aspen for the annual X Games and Alamosa has a whole weekend devoted to ice. Also, it's never too early to get a start on your spring home improvement projects. Whether you're in southern or northern Colorado, there's a home improvement show near you. Seize this weekend-long break from football (sorry, Pro Bowl) and check out one of these fun events across Colorado:
Winter X Games - Aspen
The X Games, called the "world's best action sports, music and festival experience on snow," are back at Buttermilk Mountain from Thursday to Sunday. The weekend will showcase the world's best winter sports athletes just two weeks before Olympic competition begins in South Korea. All competitions are free and open to the public. There will also be concerts from Martin Garrix, Method Man & Redman and LCD Soundsystem and Marshmello with tickets available at XGames.com or at the on-site box office. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
Great Fruitcake Toss - Manitou Springs
Fruitcakes will be flying in downtown Manitou Springs on Saturday. This event for all-ages features the marvelous fruitcake toss, a costume competition and a fruitcake bake-off. All you have to do to compete in the toss is bring a non-perishable food item for the Manitou Springs food bank. If already threw yours out, there will be fruitcakes available for "rent." Local bakers will be on hand competing in the "Too Good to Toss Fruitcake Bake-Off" for the title of Fruitcake King or Queen. The entire event takes place at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Rio Frio Ice Fest - Alamosa
Head to Alamosa for a fun, family-friendly weekend. This year's superhero-themed festival includes ice sculptures of your favorite superheroes, the Rio Frio 5K on Ice, a bonfire, a polar plunge and plenty of entertainment. A new addition to the Ice Fest is the ice carousel, a large spinning circle ice on the frozen Blanca Vista Ponds. Saturday night is the always-popular Grub n' Pub where ticket-purchasers get to sample downtown Alamosa's favorite restaurants. Sunday morning's 5K on Ice takes place entirely on the frozen Rio Grande. For a full schedule of events head to RioFrioIce.com.
American Mariachi - Denver
American Mariachi, the newest production at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, opens Friday night. Written by Denver playright José Cruz González, the production tells a humorous and heart-warming story about music's power to heal. Tickets start at just $20 and are available online at DenverCenter.org. American Mariachi plays at the Stage Theatre through February 25.
International Snow Sculpture Championships - Breckenridge
Snow sculpture artists from around the world are competing in the 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships. Although sculpting ends Friday morning, there are other events as well. The masterpieces will be shown off at the awards ceremony Friday night at 6 p.m. and will be available for viewing all weekend. A professional acrobatic Cirque Show will follow the awards ceremony. Kids nine and up can learn the basics of snow sculpting at the Main Street Station Junior Snow Sculpture event Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free, but registration online is recommended. A laser show is planned for Saturday at 7 p.m.
What began as a modest museum in a Breckenridge cabin has grown into a prestigious institution known for its famous wildlife dioramas, its work in archeology, anthropology and paleontology — as well as human physiology, health, mechanics, astronomy and more. Today a mere 2% of the 1.5 million artifacts and specimens are on display. Admission is free on Sunday, but it does not include the Planetarium or IMAX (tickets can be purchased at DMNS.org). This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.
Colorado Springs Home & Landscaping Show - Colorado Springs
Learn the best tips on how to improve the value of your home at the Colorado Springs Home & Landscaping Show. Meet remodeling and design specialists while exploring beautiful landscape ideas. Joanie Sprague of TLC's Trading Spaces will have how-to demos. Bring your attic treasures for free antique appraisals. The show runs from Friday to Sunday at the newly-expanded Altered Reality Event Center off North Academy and Palmer Park. Tickets are $7, youth 16 and under are free.
Northern Colorado Home & Outdoor Living Show - Loveland
More than 100 designers, retailers, contractors will be showcasing remodeling ideas, home designs, furniture, home accessories and more at Northern Colorado's home show. Entry and parking at the Northern Colorado Home Improvement Show are free on Friday to Sunday. Show hours are Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First National Bank Exhibition Hall. This event was first published by MileHighOnTheCheap.com. For more local deals and discounts go to MileHighOnTheCheap.com.
Colorado Motorcycle Expo - Denver
The country's largest indoor motorcycle swap meet is just one part of the huge motorcycle expo at the National Western Complex on Saturday and Sunday. With 800 booths, there's no better place to find parts, accessories and everything you need for your bike. The largest motorcycle show competition in the Rocky Mountain region will have over 100 bikes competing in over a dozen categories. Rock band Guild of Ages will be performing both days. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $20 for a weekend pass, kids 12 and under are free. Visit ColoradoMotorcycleExpo.com for a full schedule of events.
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