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Pastels on 5th ~ Loveland

Fun ThingsSeptember 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pastels on 5th is a one-day, sidewalk chalk art event that highlights one of Loveland’s most distinguishing features, its internationally renowned arts community. The event features artwork created right on the sidewalk by the 90+ local and regional artists. There is also live music, food vendors, an artist marketplace and a children’s art area. This is a free, community-wide, family friendly event!

A benefit for Alternatives to Violence.

Moon Theatre presents “Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike” ~ Loveland

September 18-20 & 25-27, 2015
Location: Rialto Theatre

This Tony Award-winning play (2013) and Drama Desk Award Winner for Outstanding Play (2013) revels in its psycho-comedy capers. Playwright Christopher Durang’s eccentric sibling characters Vanya, Sonya, and Masha grapple with coming of age in their middle years. Add a touch of the unpredictable Spike, and you’re off for a wild ride to the wrong side of forty.

Movie Night “Stand by Me” ~ Loveland

September 30, 2015
Location: Loveland Library

Join us for a free showing of the classic 1986 movie “Stand by Me”, starring a very young Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Kiefer Sutherland, and directed by Rob Reiner. As a poignant coming-of-age story, “Stand By Me” is shown as a tie-in with this year’s Loveland Loves to Read selection Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger.

Based on the Stephen King novella The Body, “Stand By Me” tells the story of four inseparable 12 year olds during their life-changing summer of 1959. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into the woods to find it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.

The movie, which includes adult themes and language, is free. Come revisit this timeless coming-of-age-classic. Popcorn!

Rist Canyon Art Auction & Mountain Festival ~ Fort Collins

Fun ThingsSeptember 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Richard Schmid Rist Canyon Fine Art Auction. 10 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado under the “Big Top” in a Rist Canyon mountain meadow. (County Road 52E off of Highway 287)

Join the hundreds of people who attend this FUN EVENT each year in Bellvue, Colorado! Support The Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department while having fun! The MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL which has been taking place year after year, simply gets BETTER AND BETTER. We boast several, very good reasons to attend, enjoy, and have “MOUNTAINS of FUN” with family and friends. Thank you in advance, Northern Colorado for your support!

Historic Homes Tour ~ Fort Collins

September 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Old Town

The Poudre Landmarks Foundation presents the 31st Annual Historic Homes Tour. This late-summer event opens seven private residences as well as two historic city-owned properties to tour guests.

On the tour this year are three homes built prior to World War II, two homes representing post-war housing before approximately 1960, one early-20th-century country club repurposed as a residence, and one farmhouse dating from the early 20th century with unique collectibles from the first 50–60 years of Fort Collins’ history. The city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at each tour stop on tour day. Advance tickets will be available beginning August 12 at the local outlets, click here for details. Tour attendees may ride the Municipal Railway Trolley free on the day of the tour.

Proceeds from the event go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.

FORToberfest ~ Fort Collins

September 18-19, 2015

The Downtown Business Association’s newest signature event, FORToberfest, is a Fort Collins-style Oktoberfest street celebration with a twist: a celebration of outdoor patios, our vibrant music scene, the local brewing industry and the importance of sustainability to our City (“bikes, beers & bands”). The festival kicks off Friday night with a concert in Old Town Square, and on Saturday, the grounds expand to include the streets of Old Town (Linden, Walnut Streets).

First Friday: A Night Of Art ~ Greeley

Fun ThingsSeptember 4, 2015
Location: Downtown Greeley

Downtown Greeley is a vibrant and thriving community filled with creative industries, unique small businesses and delicious dining options! First Fridays are a collaborative effort by many of these creative businesses to establish a vital arts experience within the community. For a complete list of gallery shows, visit

* Friday Fest will also be taking place on Friday, September 4th! Enjoy great music and fun for the family on the 9th Street Plaza. Tonight’s featured band: Chris Daniels and the Kings.

Great Greeley Chalk-a-Lot! ~ Greeley

September 12, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: University of Northern Colorado Student Center, south parking lots at 11th Avenue and 22nd Street.

Help break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk art drawing!

Neighbors, friends, co-works, family, scouts clubs, congregations, teams, seniors, students can sign up for any number of squares that they will fill completely with a drawing. We provide the chalk, the theme (this year is ‘nature’), a kit of tips and even some roving artists to help out.

No experience is necessary.

My Favorite Bands Festival ~ Greeley

September 26, 2015
Location: Historic Lincoln Park in Downtown Greeley

A one-of-a-kind annual outdoor music festival, My Favorite Bands features Colorado’s best bands covering the greatest bands of all time. Never saw Devo while they were touring? Missed Jimi Hendrix or Johnny Cash while they were still alive? My Favorite Bands has you covered.

The festival’s focus is not any particular style of music, but rather paying tribute to the artists who inspire the musicians on stage. This musical melting pot approach makes room for all the entertaining flavors to satisfy a crowd all day long. To put it another way, MFB has something for everyone.

Windsor Harvest Festival ~ Windsor

Fun ThingsSeptember 5 – 7, 2015

Something for everyone at the 93rd annual Windsor Harvest Festival!

This year’s festival kicks off Saturday, September 5th with a Town BBQ at Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th Street, beginning at 4:30 pm.
Enjoy the Street Dance following the BBQ. The night will wrap up with a great Fireworks display over Windsor Lake.

The activities will switch to Main Park on Sunday and Monday where there will be close to 200 Arts and Crafts and Commercial Booths as well as a great selection of Food Vendors. There will be great music and demonstrations coming from the Entertainment Stage in the park along with plenty of rides and games for the kids! Many other events to attend or participate in, such as the Labor Day 5K, Mud Volleyball, Bulls on the Beach, horse and carriage rides and more!

The parade on Monday, September 7 begins at 9:00 am and promises to be great as always!

To see a full schedule of events visit the Windsor Harvest Festival website.

Pop-Up Library ~ Windsor

September 13, 2015
Location: High Hops Brewery

The Pop-Up Library – A Community Celebration
– A special brew made by High Hops
– Free root beer floats for the first 60 kids
– Ride your bike and get prizes – Plus a safety check and minor adjustments for your bike
– Windsor Trivia contest

Inside an Investigation ~ Windsor

September 29, 2015
Location: Windsor-Severance Library

As part of our C.J. Box author events, join Windsor Police Detective Andrew Stanger as he takes you through an investigation from dispatch to disposition.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ~ Johnstown

Fun ThingsJuly 23 – September 13, 2015
Location: Candlelight Dinner Theatre

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film and featuring a lively score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a family-friendly blockbuster that you will find “Truly Scrumptuous.”

Adopted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick with music / lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B Sherman.

Octopus Storytime ~ Johnstown

September 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:15 PM
Location: Glen A Jones MD Memorial Library

We’re going under the sea to take a look at our Octopus friends. We’ll be having a craft and fun with Ms. Kristi and Ms. Deb!

Johnstown Farmers Market ~ Johnstown

Fridays in September, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Parish Street between Charlotte and W South 1st St.

Farmers, food artisans, bakers & candlestick makers are at your Johnstown Farmer’s Market “…your local market…”.

Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show ~ Estes Park

Fun ThingsSeptember 5-7, 2015
Time: 9 am-5 pm Saturday & Sunday, 9 am-3 pm Monday
Location: Bond Park

More than 100 booths feature a variety of hand-crafted goods including paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home decor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more. It is a weekend that promises a fun day of unique shopping in Bond Park and throughout the adjacent downtown area. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club sponsors the event.

Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival ~ Estes Park

September 10-13, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Stanley Park
Admission: $20 advanced tickets – $25 at the gate

Enjoy bagpipes & drums, Highland & Irish Dancing, Folk music and Celtic rock, jousting competitions, athletic and other competitions at the largest Scottish Festival in the West.

Autumn Gold – A Festival of Bands, Brats ‘n Beer ~ Estes Park

September 26-27, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bond Park

Listen to some foot tapping music and relax with a cold brew and a mustard-smothered bratwurst at the 23rd Autumn Gold Festival.

Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Park Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado bands play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts.

Bring the kids! Free family activities include face painting, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, a bounce house and fire engine rides!

The highlight of the Autumn Gold Festival is the popular raffle with the winner taking home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each.

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