KUSA – Colorado turns 139 years old this Saturday, and there's no better way to celebrate than to go out and soak in some of the state's culture.
Here are some events this weekend that will allow you to do just that.
Colorado Day – August 1 - 2 - Denver - http://bit.ly/1JttEWs
In honor of Colorado's birthday, many of History Colorado's museums will be free on Saturday. The center in Denver will also be holding a birthday bash, complete with food, music, dancing and hands-on activities. There will also be special events and performances throughout the day, like trick roping, Mestizo Dancers and a vaquero demonstration.
40's on Fourth Street – August 1 – Loveland - http://on.fb.me/1LQJmes
If you're a history buff who laments the lack of a working time machine, you'll probably want to be in Downtown Loveland this Saturday. A 1940s block party will fill Fourth Street between Lincoln and Cleveland avenues with World War II military equipment, re-enactors in uniform, a dance band playing 40's tunes and more from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Everything is free -- even a showing of "Kelly's Heroes" in the Rialto Theater.
Sesh Fest – August 1 - Denver - http://bit.ly/1HYJwhc
The statues in Sculpture Park won't be the only ones celebrating there this Saturday. A crowd of beer lovers will join them to enjoy food trucks, art, lawn games, music and -- of course -- session beers from Colorado's local breweries. Tickets are on sale now for $25, and they'll go for $35 on the day of the festival.
Weld County Fair - July 29 - August 3 - Greeley - http://www.weldcountyfair.com/
Free and open to the public, the annual event starts Wednesday. Displays and contests give youth and adults the opportunity to learn and exhibit skills in agriculture, livestock, natural resources, engineering, consumer and family, fine arts, horticulture and family living.
Beat the Heat BBQ - July 31 - August 1 - Alamosa – http://www.slvbeattheheat.com/
Beat the heat and eat some meat at this barbecue, brew and chili competition hosted by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Cookers compete for prizes in chicken, pork, ribs, brisket and dessert while event-goers enjoy food booths, live music and family entertainment. The event is free and open to the public, but you have to register if you want to compete.
Beaver Creek Art Festival - August 1 - 2 – Avon – http://bit.ly/1I8qanK
Nothing quite completes a weekend like an art festival. Hundreds of local artists showcase life-size sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. Admission is free. You can also visit one of the high-end boutiques and trendy restaurants in the area while you're at it.
Bluegrass and Beer Festival - August 1 - 2 - Keystone - http://bit.ly/1U2H9iM
The Rockies take on the quirks of Appalachia in this two-day event. You can find mountain music and down-home cooking here while more than 30 local craft breweries showcase their uniquely blended beer. There will also be 13 local and national bluegrass acts on three different village stages. Tickets are available online at varying prices.
Alice in Wonderland Party – August 1 - Denver - http://bit.ly/1Kxw9FI
Wonderland is moving to Lower Downtown Denver for an evening, and you can be Alice (as long as you're over 21). Tickets for the event, which starts at Jackson's Sports Rock Bar at 5:30 p.m., include VIP line jumping, drink specials, an enchanted forest experience with overgrown mushrooms and talking flowers, a dance party with the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts and much more. Don't forget to dress up, because the winner of the costume contest gets $50. You can get tickets online for $30.
Red Bull Rise – August 2 - Aspen - http://win.gs/1MTQ3uV
Runners from all over the world will get to show off their endurance on Aspen Mountain for 12 hours. Solo runners, duos and teams of four will run up 3,000 vertical feet of elevation gain in 3 miles in the Vertical K course. Then, they'll take the gondola down. Those with the most number of laps will win $6,000. Registration ranges from $75 to $300, depending on the number of people on your team.
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