KUSA – September is almost here. That means your weekend will most likely be filled with the adventure of finding out what new shows and movies are streaming online now. There's also the Broncos preseason game to watch this Saturday. (Here’s how you can watch that, by the way.)
All that and so much more. Around the state, Colorado is offering an eclectic mix of events to fill up your weekend in between the game and the binge-watching marathon.
Palletfest – Aug. 29 and 30 – Denver http://bit.ly/1KL9D9Y
It’s an entire festival centered on the humble wooden pallets that ship just about everything you own -- from raw materials to finished products. You may not realize that there are over 4 billion of those pallets in circulation, with almost 200 million of them going into landfills every year. That’s why a whole weekend has been dedicated to these pallets in the nation’s premiere upcycling event. At the Sculpture Park in front of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, three teams will be going head to head, using their skills to turn stacks of pallets into works of art. The event includes a little something for everyone -- live music, food and drink, upcycled lawn games, a pallet maze and even pallet parkour. It's fun, it's sustainable and it's free to the public.You can find a full weekend schedule on their website.
Colorado State Fair – Aug. 28 to Sep. 7 – Pueblo http://bit.ly/1rSxegE
Continuing a tradition since it started as an agricultural exposition in 1872 (#funfacts), the annual Colorado State Fair is kicking off in Pueblo again on Friday. The 11-day event features rodeos, competitions, live entertainment, a carnival midway and plenty of delicious, greasy fair food. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, cash and, of course, your family and friends. It costs $7 to attend the fair for one day. Individual tickets for the carnival are $1 each. For more ticket prices or a fair schedule, check out the website.
Colorado Cider and Beer Circus – Aug. 29 – Frisco http://bit.ly/1NSFw3u
Celebrate Colorado’s craft beverage industry with drink samples, circus-style acts and live music. The ticketed craft beverage sampling event will take place in the Center Village in Frisco. Rocky Mountain cideries and breweries and a few select others from around the country will be included in the tastings. March Fourth Marching Band is headlining the event as part of Copper Mountain’s Summer Concert Series. $40 gets you unlimited sampling. Kids and friendly dogs are welcome free of charge. To see a schedule of events or for more ticket pricing information, check out their website.
Handmade Colorado Expo – Aug. 28 and 30 – Estes Park http://bit.ly/1WQZwtn
The seventh annual Handmade in Colorado Expo will be taking place in the Events Center at Estes Park, starting this Friday. The event has a vast array of independent designers producing original handcrafted goods over multiple media like metals, paper, glass, fibers, food, clay, paint, cloth, wax, gems and even more. You will only find Colorado-made items here. Both emerging and experienced artisans from all around the state will interact directly with customers to sell their work. The event is free and features local live music.
Zoppé Italian Family Circus– Aug. 28 to 30 – Snowmass http://bit.ly/1Lz2Vd1
If you want to see European culture firsthand, but you don't want to go through the process of getting a passport and actually planning a trip overseas, an Old-World Italian tradition is coming to Snowmass this weekend. The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is welcoming guests into their 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus.This show is propelled by a central story instead of individual acts, which is what you typically see when you go to a circus. Starring Nino the clown, the show features acrobats, horses, dogs, clowning and plenty of audience participation. General admission is $20.
Affordable Arts Festival – Aug. 30 – Littleton http://bit.ly/1ngrNFo
It's no secret that fine art is often expensive. So expensive, in fact, that an oil painting can sell for $500 -- and that's the starting price. Well, imagine a fine arts festival where you can afford each piece of art shown in over 140 booths. No, you aren't a CEO or an oil tycoon in this scenario -- you're at Littleton's Affordable Arts Festival, where all of the art is $100 or less. Artists from over 17 states sell their work at this event. The cost of admission is $5, and proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Arapahoe Community College Foundation to help students with scholarships.
Loveland Valley 5000 – Aug. 28 – Loveland http://bit.ly/1EUvnhI
The City of Loveland will be holding its 33rd annual 5K run/walk on Friday. Each year, a committee chooses which charity will benefit from the 5K. Race proceeds this year will support the House of Neighborly Service, which is celebrating over 50 years of providing basic needs to eligible low-income families in the Thompson School District. HNS also sponsors programs to provide money for needy school-age children and matches families in need with other families for Christmas gifts. The 5K starts and finishes at Loveland's Fairgrounds Park. Online registration is now open on the Valley 5000 website. Early registration is $27.
Fall for Burros Fun-raiser – Aug. 29 – Bennett http://bit.ly/1NHCIbw
The Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett is holding its first annual Fall for Burros Fun-raiser on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees get to take part in donkey rides, games, auctions and crafts. Food will also be available, and special guest Top Hogs will provide family entertainment with their performing trick pigs and hogs. Tickets are $20 per person, and kids age 4 and under get in free. Tickets will be available at the door.
Esquire Theatre midnight screenings – Aug. 28 and 29 – Denver http://bit.ly/1y9wLbC
We all know how fun it is to watch a good movie. But what many people don’t know is that watching a terrible movie can be just as fun. If you’re looking for something to do around 11:59 p.m. on Friday, you can try it out and see for yourself. The Esquire Theater on Downing Street in the Capitol Hill area will have a screening around then of a famous turkey so bad it gained a cult following. Which movie? Here's your clue: "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!" That's right, it’s Tommy Wiseau’s the Room -- complete with dry, lifeless acting, a melodramatic love triangle, random and unresolved subplots, endless establishing shots of San Francisco, a lot of football and an inexplicably framed picture of a spoon. If you haven’t seen this film yet, take this opportunity to go to the screening. If you have seen the movie, you can still have fun yelling and throwing plastic spoons at the screen, which is customary at these screenings. (You should probably make sure beforehand that you’re allowed to do so at this venue, actually.) Another cult smash, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be showing at midnight the next day. Both movies are not appropriate for children, and they’re midnight showings anyway, so it might be best to leave them at home for these. Tickets are $9... Oh, hi, Mark. (Another reference to the Room. Seriously, go watch it if you haven't.)
Broncos @ 49ers – KTVD – Aug. 29 - http://on9news.tv/1J6qQxS
Tune in to Channel 20 (Channel 5 for Comcast users) to watch the Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers at 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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