KUSA - What's more Colorado than an event that revolves around hiking with your dog? Perhaps an event that entails listening to the Yonder Mountain String Band, dipping your toes in the St. Vrain River and drinking New Belgium beer. Also very cliche Colorado? Listening to reggae music in Boulder's Pearl Street Mall.
You have the chance to do all of these things -- and more -- this weekend, as well as help support a good cause, get your kids into the whole exercise thing very early in life and explore historic homes in the Highlands.
If you're really feeling crazy, you can also attend a festival honoring sugar beets.
Summer doesn't technically end until Sept. 22, so why not spend these final days enjoying it while we can?
Kinfolk Celebration Sept. 19-20 – Planet Bluegrass in Lyons http://bit.ly/1p1EQeS
Celebrate those waning, final days of summer in hands down one of the best places to experience the season: Planet Bluegrass, the famous music venue in Lyons. Colorado's own Yonder Mountain String Band is headlining the annual celebration of "community, camping and musical mania" (that's according to Planet Bluegrass' website). John Bell of Widespread Panic will stop by the festival on Friday, Jason Carter and Ronnie McCoury will help perform on Saturday. In true Colorado fashion, festavarians (that's Planet Bluegrass' name for festival attendees) will also have to the chance to eat from local food trucks, drink New Belgium beer and dip their feet in the St. Vrain River when they get hot.
27th Annual Fall Fest – Sept. 19-21 – Downtown Boulder http://bit.ly/1pjPJI1
The leaves are beginning to turn and the flatirons continue to be pretty awesome, so why not make the trip up to Boulder this weekend! The Pearl Street Mall will be filled with arts and crafts, as well as musicians – who will play everything from reggae (…Boulder) to indie rock (oh Boulder) to country and kids music. Also present will be a large beer garden furnished by the kind folks at Avery Brewing Company, those legendary margaritas from the Rio and plenty of local food. Children's entertainment in the form of a carnival will also be provided. Admission is free, but tickets to the WoW Bubbles and Children's Carnival are separate.
Colorado Fall Home Show – Sept. 19-21 – Colorado Convention Center http://bit.ly/1tgS50q
It's (sort-of) fall, and maybe you're thinking to myself "golly, I need to remodel my home." Or, maybe you're going through an HGTV kick. Regardless, there's something for all sorts of homeowners at the Colorado Fall Home Show, which featuring hundreds of exhibitors who are capable of remodeling, refreshing and renewing your house. Another key point of the show? The chance to learn more about sustainable living. General admission is $12, but discount tickets are available at King Soopers for $10. One hundred percent of every ticket sold is awarded in horticulture grants and scholarships across Colorado.
Riot Fest – Sept. 19 – 21 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High http://bit.ly/1lwxi1m
As you probably know by now, there was a little bit of controversy about where Riot Fest would be held. And even though it's not happening at May Farms, Sports Authority Field will still feel like May Farms… and we're guessing this massive concert featuring acts like the Flaming Lips, Die Antwoord, Weezer, the Wu Tang Clan, the Cure and much, much more will be…well, a riot (we apologize for the bad joke). Single day passes start at $65.
Sugar Beet Days in Sterling – Sept. 20-21 – Logan County Courthouse http://bit.ly/YTfMA
What were you doing in 1904? The city of Sterling was getting a sugar beer factory. Even though that factory is no longer operational, the festival devoted to the vegetable with a scientific name of Beta vulgaris has gone on. Sugar beet days is meant to be a celebration of agriculture, and it includes everything from shopping to entertainment to delicious food. Artists from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming will make the journey down Interstate 76 to attend the festival, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Walk to End Alzheimer's – Sept. 20 – City Park http://bit.ly/1BN8bSg
Walk alongside thousands of others – including the Bowlen family – in the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, research and support. Denver's event is one of 600 held in communities nationwide. There is no official registration fee for the walk, though participants are required to sign a waiver and encouraged to raise funds. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a 5K run starting at 8 a.m. The walk starts at 9 a.m.
Wag n' Trail – Sept. 20 – Glendale Farm Open Space http://bit.ly/1tgRXhs
Is there anything more Colorado than hiking with your dog (other than pulling up to the trailhead in a Subaru and/or miscellaneous SUV with a bumper sticker about your dog)? No, there's not, and even better, during Wag N' Trail, you get to hike with your dog on a beautiful 1.6 mile loop while helping the approximately 5,000 homeless pets that come through the Buddy Center every year. The event also includes demonstrations from RUFF Flyball Club, the chance to shop for pet-friendly products and to meet adoptable dogs from the Buddy Center.
A Jewel of the Highlands –Sept. 21 – West Highland neighborhood http://bit.ly/1u1yR0l
There is something voyeuristically delightful about stepping into other people's homes and lives (ok, that sentence actually sounded pretty creepy now that it's appeared on the computer screen…). Nevertheless, you've got to admit it would be pretty cool to check out eight unique homes in one of Denver's most famous neighborhoods. The homes include what's described as a "spectacular" three story Victorian, a mid-century modern and a classic bungalow. Tickets are $20 in advance, $15 for seniors and $25 for day-of purchase.
Hop, Skip & a Jump Start – Sept. 21 – Children's Museum http://bit.ly/1qgOklZ
This may be the family friendly race to rule them all. Bring your kids, and participate in everything from a stroller-friendly 5K to a toddler trot to yes, even an infant crawl. Registration includes a t-shirt or a onesie, chip timing (for the 5K, not the infant crawl) and prizes for the top finishers. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K and Expo starts at 9 a.m.
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