KUSA - It's the weekend (again), and in true Colorado fashion, bluegrass festivals, lots of beer, cat videos, a celebration of corn and Brazil (not to mention a day at the reverse daycare center at the Vans Warped Tour) could be in your future.
Remember to have a great weekend, and be safe!
Avograss Bluegrass Festival – July 31 – Aug. 3 – Fort Collins http://noconow.co/1kmRnwZ
If you're into things like chemistry and physics, you might think Avogadro and think 6.02214129(27)×1023 mol−1 , also known as the number of constituent particles (usually an atom) per mole of a given substance. If you're from Fort Collins, you probably associate Avogadro's Number with a certain live music venue that also happens to have a cool bar and serve vegetarian food (poetry readings and burlesque shows also happen there). This weekend, that venue will host the Avograss Festival, which features local and national bluegrass acts including the Hillbenders, Whiskey Tango, Good Gravy and Henhouse Prowlers. Kid's activities and "jam opportunities" are also available. One-day passes are $15, and you can buy a four-day pass for $35.
Colorado Brazil Festival - July 31 - Aug. 3 - Boulder http://bit.ly/Xh74vb
If the World Cup got you totally stoked about Brazil, but you can't afford a plane ticket and/or get the time off work to journey to South America, we have good news! A little taste of Brazil is coming to Boulder,and it will probably cost you less than buying yourself the bikini you'd need in Rio. Things kick off on Thursday with an evening of Brazilian guitar with legend Alessandro Penezzi. On Friday, you can dance the night away with Choro and Forro, on Saturday, you can listening to more music during the Brazilian Carnaval at the Boulder Theater, and on Sunday, you can end your weekend on a high note with a samba jam and barbecue at Boulder Beer. Tickets prices vary. Check out the link above for more information and a schedule.
The Internet Cat Video Festival - Aug. 1-2 - SIE Filmcenter - http://bit.ly/UMrqut
Some would say that the Internet is a beacon of information, a place where the world has become infinitely more connected and knowledgeable. Most people, however, use the Internet for its intended purpose: watching cat videos. You can see the very best in cat videos this weekend at the SIE Filmcenter, where for 75 minutes, you can live in a world where both adorable antics and peace reign. There are only three shows, so be sure to buy your tickets early!
Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival – Aug. 1 – 3- River Run Village http://bit.ly/1wmd5RB
If it weren't for the presence of 14ers, one might think the Rocky Mountains turned into the Appalachians, what with all of the bluegrass festivals happening lately. And this weekend in Keystone, you can get the best of both worlds, where beer adds more harmony to the already harmonious combination of bluegrass and mountains. Thirty-plus microbreweries will be on hand to help you best enjoy the dozens of artists making beautiful bluegrass magic against one of the most scenic backdrops out there. Single day passes are $40, and a weekend glass pass (both include a mug for unlimited beer sampling) costs $75.
Adams County Fair - Aug. 1-3 - Adams County Regional Park Complex http://bit.ly/1rRi6UF
Start your weekend at the fair on Friday with 9NEWS Kid's Day, and then "cowboy up" for the rodeo, demolition derby, goat show, rabbit judging and much, much more. Performers Bryan the Circus Knight, Orange Peel Moses and the Yellow Designs Stunt Team will keep you entertained while you wander around the fair. And, more importantly, fair food -- such as walking Doritos (note: we're not sure what they are but we're very excited to find out) and deep fried pork rinds.
High Desert Opera – Aug. 2- Grand Junction- http://bit.ly/1uHXn7T
Usually operas are sung in its original language, but High Desert Opera is making an exception this weekend for Giacomo Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." The opera tells the story of a U.S. Navy captain who buys a house with a 999-year lease in Japan and his geisha wife, known as Madame Bufferly. The show boasts live music, accompanied by a specially assembled 16-piece HDO orchestra conducted by Scott Betts. Tickets are $39, $29 and $19. Some bargain tickets are available for $10.
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival – Aug. 2 – Olathe http://bit.ly/1occFbn
We were going to begin this event listing with a corny joke, but we refrained (trust us though: it would have been a-maize-ing). The festival has pretty much everything you could want (especially if you're a fan of corn), live music to a fishing derby to a pancake breakfast (to pregame for corn), not to mention a parade to a corn-eating contest. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12.
Vans Warped Tour - Aug. 3 - Sports Authority Field - http://bit.ly/WNPwqE
Regardless of if you're in the mosh pit or the reverse daycare tent reserved for parents (you read that correctly), the Vans Warped Tour is bound to be a good time. Spend your Sunday listening to the best hip-hop, electronica, indie, rock and hardcore artists revered by the "youths" -- including local act Air Dubai, the Devil Wears Prada (the metal band, not the film starring Meryl Streep) and Yellowcard (if you're a 2000s kid, you might feel a wave of nostalgia upon the mention of "Ocean Avenue"). And don't feel left out, parents: you get in for free if your kid buys a ticket.
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Light Rail - Visithttp://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtmlto plot your route
Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route