KUSA — The July heat is sure to be intense, but don't let that stop you from heading outside and experiencing a unique Colorado event. We've found dozens of festivals, concerts, celebrations, sporting events and races happening this weekend in every corner of Colorado. Don't forget to send us your weekend photos at YourTake. Enjoy the weekend!
Denver County Fair — Denver
Summer fair season is officially underway with the arrival of the Denver County Fair this weekend. The fair, which runs from Friday to Sunday, is packed with family-friendly events including a daily carnival, mullet 5K run, cat show, goat yoga, contests and much more. Held at the National Western Complex, the Denver County Fair will showcase everything 4-H, from rocket science to chickens. A beer and wine fest will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes unlimited pours for just $20. The mullet 5K run will start Saturday at 8 a.m. with prizes, refreshments, free stuff, face painting and balloons for the kids. The fair will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest goat yoga session in the world on Sunday. A complete Denver County Fair schedule, tickets, 5K race and goat yoga registration are available at DenverCountyFair.org.
Donor Dash 5K Run/Walk — Denver
The 19th Annual Donor Dash will take place on Sunday at Denver's Washington Park. The dash is a 5K run/walk to honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrate the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognize those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk and runs are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. To register for the 2018 Donor Dash, head to DonorAlliance.org.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo — Colorado Springs
A Colorado tradition is underway at the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, now in its 78th year, runs through Saturday with some of the top talent in professional rodeo from across the country competing in bareback, saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, mutton bustin' and bull riding, plus back this year is bullfighters only freestyle bullfighting, in which three fearless bullfighters compete for bragging rights and a cash prize. Rodeo events are scheduled for Thursday and Friday nights as well as a Saturday matinee. The rodeo grounds also have a mechanical bull, pony rides, photo opportunities with longhorns, vendor booths, roadhouse saloon, dancing and food and drink options. Get your tickets ahead of time at PikesPeakorBust.org.
Wine on the Water Wine Festival — Pueblo
The inaugural Wine on the Water Wine Festival will take place Friday night. The event will be held at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo. More than 100 wines will be available for tasting and there will be craft vendors and entertainment too. Wine on the Water Wine Festival will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available online.
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo — Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs will be a photographer's dream this weekend with the 35th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park event. Hot air balloons will inflate and launch above Bald Eagle Lake on Saturday and Sunday and dip into the lake like bald eagles. After the balloons are airborne, there will be coffee and breakfast vendors to help you start your day. An evening balloon glow will take place on Saturday with the colors of the balloons lighting up on Mount Werner. Also in Steamboat Springs is the 44th Annual Art in the Park, with 150 art vendors, live entertainment, food and drink vendors and children's activities. Art in the Park runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at West Lincoln Park.
Dead & Company — Boulder
Jam music godfathers Dead & Company ended a 15-year concert hiatus at Folsom Field in 2016 and have returned each year since. The Grateful Dead spinoff will play a pair of shows on the University of Colorado campus for the third consecutive year. The band, which consists of original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart and new members John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, will perform Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets can be purchased at CUBuffs.com.
Drums Along The Rockies — Denver
Colorado's premier marching music event returns to Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Saturday. The music event is annually one of the best and most popular events of its kind in the world with bands from Arizona, Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado scheduled to compete. The Broncos Stampede and Broncos Brass will also be performing. Drums Along the Rockies tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.
Fun on the Uncompahgre Fest — Montrose
The 4th Annual Fun on the Uncompahgre Fest offers a lineup of events on land - and water. The festival, held at the Montrose Water Sports Park on Saturday, includes crowd-pleasing water competitions like freestyle kayaking, surfing, stand up paddle board cross, boatercross and land-based activities like food, beer, live music and family-friendly activities. The public can bring a helmet and participate in the FUNC-y River Parade Saturday afternoon. Head to VisitMontrose.com to see a complete event schedule.
Colorado Springs PrideFest — Colorado Springs
PrideFest, the official Colorado Springs LGBT Pride festival and parade, takes place Saturday and Sunday at America the Beautiful Park. Saturday is Family Day with live music on two stages as well as plenty of family-friendly activities. The PrideFest Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Cimarron and Tejon in downtown Colorado Springs before marching to the park. Admission is $5 upon entry and will include both festival days. Head to COSPrideFest.com to see a complete schedule or to purchase tickets.
Colorado Irish Festival — Littleton
Littleton's Clement Park is home to the 24th Annual Colorado Irish Festival from Friday to Sunday. The festival celebrates all that is green and is known for its eclectic display of kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic sports, Irish step dancing and Irish rock and classic music, plus plenty of food and drink options. The Colorado Irish Festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. If you thought St. Patrick's Day was fun, you're going to have a delightful experience at this festival. Tickets can be snagged at the festival gate or at ColoradoIrishFestival.com.
Wings of Freedom Tour — Loveland
The Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport this weekend. The tour offers "Flight Experiences" on three historic World War II planes: a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell. Each experience is a 30-minute flight aboard one of these historic planes and is for those with or without a pilots license. The mission is to educate the world about our courageous World War II veterans and remember those who have left us. To learn more or to register for a flight, visit CollingsFoundation.com.
Keith Urban's Graffiti U World Tour — Greenwood Village
Country music superstar Keith Urban will make a tour stop in Colorado on Saturday night. Urban will take the stage at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre and will be joined by rising country star Kelsea Ballerini. Keith Urban recently released his tenth album Graffiti U featuring the single "Coming Home." Tickets for the concert can be purchased at AXS.com.
Broncos Carne Asada — Greeley
The Denver Broncos are hosting a fan event on Saturday at Greeley's Lincoln Park from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The first 500 fans at the Carne Asada will get free food and drinks. The event features a fan fest atmosphere with autograph opportunities with Broncos alumni, Broncos cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot. There will also be free giveaways and opportunities to win Broncos merchandise and autographed items.
Cattlemen’s Days — Gunnison
The Gunnison Valley has celebrated its western way of life for 118 years with Cattlemen's Days. Selected by American Cowboy magazine as one of the best western events in the country, Cattlemen's Days honors ranching culture with the "Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos" which will be held on Friday and Saturday. The celebration will also have a carnival, livestock sale, cattle show and dance. The 2018 Cattlemen's Days conclude with a cowboy church service at the rodeo grandstands on Sunday morning. A complete schedule is available at CattlemensDays.com.
Colorado Black Arts Festival — Denver
"The Art of Knowing" is the theme of the 32nd Annual Colorado Black Arts Festival at Denver City Park West. The free event is a celebration of African American art and culture and runs Friday through Sunday. There will be live music on several stages, a film pavilion, a scavenger hunt, a community mural, art garden, a food court and much more. A complete event schedule can be found at COLBAF.org.
Saturday's Ride For Life aims to protect the mental health of our first responders by raising funds for mental health and grief services and for suicide prevention within the community. The ride runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will begin at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse in Golden. If you'd like to purchase a ticket, make a donation or volunteer, visit Foundation1023.org. Funds from the poker run will go to Foundation 1023, which provides free counseling services to first responders, and the Denver Fire Department Charitable Foundation.
Buffalo Days — Grand Lake
Now in its 71st year, Buffalo Days celebrates Grand Lake history through community culinary creativity. Grand Lake restaurants will be serving up their best buffalo menu items including buffalo hot dogs, buffalo prime rib, buffalo chili cheese fries, buffalo brisket, buffalo stew, buffalo pizza and many more. The Buffalo Days 5K will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the Buffalo Days Parade on Grand Ave. steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday. For race registration and more information, head to GrandLakeChamber.com.
The 3rd Annual Reflection Garden on Tap Beer Festival and Fundraiser will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Aurora Water Wise Garden - the site of the 7/20 Memorial, now under construction. Admission to the festival is free but purchase of a wristband for beer tasting is required for those guests 21 and older. Funds from the beer tasting will go towards "Ascentiate," the artwork of the memorial which will be dedicated during a ceremony on July 27. Tickets can be purchased online.
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame — Greeley
The bells of Notre Dame will chime in Greeley this weekend. The Stampede Troupe will present "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Monfort Concert Hall of the Union Colony Civic Center on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A 32-member choir will perform onstage singing music from the Disney animated feature and new songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. For tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at UCStars.com or at 970-356-5000.
Morrison Biergarten Festival — Morrison
T.E.V. Edelweiss is hosting the Morrison Biergarten Festival this weekend beginning with a 5 p.m. dinner Friday followed by a performance by Rick Borger and the Average German Band from 6 to 11. The festival, which opens on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., prides itself in being the most authentic and best Biergarten Festival in all of Colorado. Festival organizers say to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to take advantage of the cool breeze coming off of the lakes. Tickets are available at TEVEdelweiss.org.
Mile High Wine Fest — Denver
Wine connoisseurs, rejoice: the 2018 Mile High Wine Fest is Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. The event at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton will feature live music from The McPherson Project, Madalynn and the Perennial Sound, and The Movers and Shakers. In addition to wine samplings there will be local food, crafts and artisans. Tickets are available at MileHighWineFest.com or at all King Soopers locations.
Broncos Movie Night: Coco — Denver
Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing the Academy Award-winning Pixar film "Coco" on the big screen at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The event is Friday night with doors set to open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie scheduled to begin at 7:30. Attendees can sit on the field or in the stands during the movie. There will also be giveaways and photo opportunities. Tickets for Broncos Movie Night are $5 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo — Commerce City
The boys in burgundy are at home this weekend for a match against the Houston Dynamo. First kick of the Colorado Rapids' match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Regular admission tickets and special Odell 'Are you in for 90?' ticket packages (with shirt and 90 Shilling beer) are available at AltitudeTickets.com. It's also Star Wars Night! If you get your ticket here you'll get a Rapids & Star Wars scarf.
Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival — Keystone
No matter if you're a Chardonnay fan or you prefer a nice Riesling, you'll find something you'll like among the 300 varieties of wine at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival. The Warren Station Specialty Wine Tasting on Friday evening will kick off festivities which continue through Sunday. The jazz lineup this year includes Will Donato, Gregory Goodloe, Tony Exum Jr., JJ Sansaverino, Jeff Kashiwa Band, Althea Rene Band and Dotsero will headline Sunday. Tickets are available at KeystoneFestivals.com.
The Rockies continue their homestand with three-game series against the Seattle Mariners of the American League. Friday night's giveaway is a Dinger Foam Hat to the first 10,000 fans and on Saturday, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Nolan Arenado Walk-Off Cycle Bobblehead. Sunday's 1:10 p.m. game is Military Appreciation Day. Veterans and Active Duty Military can get in for free and the first 15,000 fans will receive a Military Appreciation Rockies Hat. Get your tickets at Rockies.com/Tickets. After Sunday's game the Rockies will take a four-day break for MLB All-Star festivities. The Home Run Derby is Monday night and the 89th All-Star Game is Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.
I Love the 90's Bash — Fort Collins
The "I Love the 90's Bash" is coming to Fort Collins on Saturday. The event is a bar crawl party with participants dressed in outrageous 90's gear and the best 90's music. Several bars are participating including Bondi Beach Bar, Craft Tacos, Drunken Monkey, East Coast Bar, Pinball Jones and more. A ticket gets you into each bar for no cover, a bar crawl mug, slap bracelet and drink specials. Get jiggy wit it and get your tickets here.
The Ride Festival — Telluride
The 7th Annual Ride Festival is back in beautiful Telluride on Saturday and Sunday with two days of rootsy, rocking talent. The String Cheese Incident will headline both nights. Saturday's lineup includes Sheryl Crow, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, ZZ Ward, Big Something, Larkin Poe and Tyler Childers. Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Grace Potter, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dhani Harrison, Quaker City Night Hawks and New Respects are scheduled on Sunday. Get your tickets at RideFestival.com.
Seal with the Colorado Symphony — Morrison
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Seal is live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this Sunday night. He won't be taking the stage alone however. Seal will be joined by the Colorado Symphony for a truly unique Centennial State concert experience. Corinne Bailey Rae will also be performing. You can get your tickets at AXS.com.
Colorado Brewers Rendezvous — Salida
Surrounded by soaring mountains and hugged by the Arkansas River, the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous is one of the most beautiful beer festivals in the country. The 22nd Annual event will take place on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Salida. Over 75 Colorado breweries will be offering 300 samplings of beer. There will be live music throughout along with plenty of food vendors. Get your tickets online at SalidaChamber.org.
Barr Trail Mountain Race — Manitou Springs
The Barr Trail Mountain Race is one of Colorado's most historic - and most difficult - mountain running events. The 12.6-mile course begins at the Cog Railway Station (6,570 ft.) in Manitou Springs and ascends the Barr Trail towards Pikes Peak up to Barr Camp (10,200 ft.) before turning around and descending back to the station. The 18th Annual Barr Trail Mountain Race will start at 7 a.m. Sunday. If you have what it takes to participate, register online.
87th Annual Bazaar — Denver
Now in its 87th year, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel's Annual Bazaar is one of Denver's oldest Bazaars. The event will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 3549 Navajo St. You can expect live music, Italian food, Italian vendors featuring salami, cheeses and imported items, Italian-style ceramics, peaches to order, a candy spinning wheel, midway games for kids, a grand raffle, bingo plus bazaar food like pizza, pizza fritta, sausage, sandwiches, pies with ice cream, root beer floats, wine, beer, meatball sandwiches, corn, fruit kabobs, hot dogs and more. A procession will follow Sunday's 2 p.m. Mass. More information is available online at OurLadyMountCarmel.com.
Thirty Seconds to Mars & Walk the Moon — Greenwood Village
Channel 93.3's annual concert event, Big Gig, arrives this Sunday at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. The 2018 headliner is the Jared Leto-led rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. "Shut Up and Dance" performers Walk the Moon will provide support along with K.Flay, Welshly Arms, lovelytheband, Jukebox the Ghost, Two Feet and L.I.F.T. The concert has an early start time of 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Tickets to Big Gig are available online at AXS.com.
Fairmount Cemetery Car Show — Denver
Looking for a relaxing thing to do on a Sunday in July? Bring your cool car to the 3rd Annual Fairmount Cemetery Car Show or stop by to take a peak at more than 250 cars on display on the cemetery's main drive. Food trucks will be on site serving up tasty lunch items. The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Car registration is available online.
Music in the Mountains — Durango
Durango has been home to one of the premiere classical music festivals in the country for over 30 years. The music festival has free and ticketed rehearsals, lectures and concerts scheduled through July 29. This weekend, the festival orchestra will perform "Fairy Tales" on Friday night and "Through the Looking Glass" on Sunday. Two concerts will be held Saturday night: the ten-piece ensemble The Nightowls will perform at the Festival Tent and "Where the Wild Things Are" will be performed at the Sunflower Theatre. Tickets are available at MusicintheMountains.com.
Silverthorne Fine Art Festival — Silverthorne
A new art festival arrives this weekend in Silverthorne. The 1st Annual Silverthorne Fine Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the base of the Gore Range in Summit County. The festival will feature 80 fine artisans in 13 categories from around the world and admission is free.
Saturday's Sand Creek races will begin at Central Park in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood. There are several race lengths for runners and walkers. The courses wind past the Bluff Lake Nature Center, the Sand Creek Trail and along Westerly Creek. Participants are sure to spot some wildlife through the peaceful course. Registration is available online.
Matt Stillwell at The Biergarten — Fort Collins
Country singer Matt Stillwell will be performing a free concert at The Budweiser Brewery Experience in Fort Collins on Saturday. Guests can enjoy an evening of live country music with a cold, crisp, freshly-brewed Budweiser in hand. The event is free and open to guests of all ages, but you must be 21 or older to sip the brews, including the limited-release Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. but brewery tours begin at 11 a.m.
The newest production at the Denver Center's Garner Galleria Theatre opens Thursday. "Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man" is a romantic comedy that takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo. The production plays Wednesdays to Sundays through August 5. Tickets are available at DenverCenter.org.
World Cup Finals Watch Party — Commerce City
The World Cup Finals are here and the biggest screen you can watch it on in Colorado is at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. On Sunday morning the match will be broadcast on the scoreboard inside the stadium. There will be food and drink available, a fan fest skill zone and best of all, admission is free!
World Soccer Celebration 5K — Commerce City
Soccer fans can get warmed up before the World Cup by participating in a 5K race before the finals matchup. The course runs through Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Get your tickets at AltitudeTickets.com.
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