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Free Live Music with Lorna’s Swingset

Lorna’s Swingset, Colorado’s popular gypsy jazz band, will perform from 6-7:30 pm Friday, August 2, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The Museum is open from 5-8 pm with free admission for First Friday Art Walk. The Museum has four galleries, a music room featuring international instruments, the Losel Doll House showcasing Tibetan dolls and costumes handmade by Buddhist monks, and a gnome treasure hunt for youth. In the Museum’s Main Gallery, One World, One Family honors indigenous peoples around the world and their cultures. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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Free Admission for Moms on May 11

In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, mothers and grandmothers will enjoy free admission to the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures on Saturday, May 11, from 11 am to 5 pm. The Museum has four galleries, a music room featuring international instruments, the Losel Doll House highlighting Tibetan dolls and costumes handmade by Buddhist monks, and a gnome treasure hunt for youth. In the Museum’s Main Gallery, Collections: Unexpected Treasures showcases a variety of unusual collections, including uranium glass, fossils, combs, rocks, thimbles, Cooper’s tools, scrap metal transformed into artwork, stone axes, masks, barbed wire, music boxes, and baskets. In the Hall Gallery, Inspiring Women of Northern Colorado highlights 48 women who have made a difference in the community by demonstrating commitment, courage, and resilience. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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Live Music for First Friday Art Walk

The States Duo will perform live from 5:30-7 pm Friday, May 3, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Martin Bates and Janie Stein play folk, country, bluegrass, and soft rock. The Museum is open with free admission from 5-8 pm as part of First Friday Art walk. In the Museum’s Main Gallery, Collections: Unexpected Treasures showcases a variety of unusual collections, including fossils, combs, rocks, thimbles, Cooper’s tools, scrap metal transformed into artwork, stone axes, masks, barbed wire, music boxes, and baskets. In the Hall Gallery, Inspiring Women of Northern Colorado highlights 48 women who have made a difference in the community by demonstrating commitment, courage, and resilience. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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An Italian Supper Under the Stars

For a magical meal on the summer solstice, An Italian Supper Under the Stars will be hosted from 6:30-9 pm Thursday, June 20, by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures and City Park Gelato & aMore. The repast is part of the Museum’s Global Adventures club, designed for those who love to travel, want to recount their travel experiences, delight in sharing stories of travel, and/or dream of traveling one day. The special supper will be prepared by Paul and Nenita Pellegrino, long-time residents of Fort Collins and owners of City Park Gelato & aMore. The traditional approach of dining in courses will be mixed with an experience highlighted by conversation and laughter. Dishes will be prepared at table side by Paul, who will share stories of his Italian cultural roots blended with the influence of his wife, Nenita, who is Filipino. The sumptuous menu will include assorted non-alcoholic beverages, Rigatoni LaRosa, Piedmontese alla Fiorentina, Fiorentina of Florence, fresh mozzarella, caprese platters with crostini bread, arugula and fresh fennel salad, gelato, and traditional Italian cookies. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm outside City Park Gelato & aMore at 1720 W. Mulberry Street. In the event of inclement weather, the dinner will be served at City Park Shelter #7. Reservations for the evening are $75 per person, and reservations are required by 5 pm Wednesday, June 12, at globalvillagemuseum.org. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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Travel in Style to Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

The 31st annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is in Golden this year, and premier luxury bus transportation to and from the fabulous festivities on Saturday, June 15, is being offered by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Arranging the trip is the Museum’s Global Adventures club, designed for those who love to travel, want to recount their travel experiences, delight in sharing stories of travel, and/or dream of traveling one day. The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival welcomes over 80 artisans, organizations, and performers to share their culture and traditions through food, crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment. Participants will enjoy the raising of – and dancing around – the Midsummer Pole, the Scandinavian Market, the Fjellborg Vikings in their living history encampment, storytelling and games with Leif the Viking, making crafts such as flower crowns, and the Scandinavian Classic Car Show by the Rocky Mountain Volvo Group. Transportation tickets are $80 per person, and registration and signed waiver are required by 5 pm Friday, June 7, at globalvillagemuseum.org. The luxury bus will depart at 8:30 am from Harmony Park and Ride, on the northwest corner of I-25 and Harmony Road. The return trip will arrive by 4 pm at the same location. Admission to the Festival is free, and registrants will pay for their own food and shopping. Registrants are asked to bring a cell phone to maintain contact with the group. If weather is not conducive for the outdoor Festival, the bus will drive around Golden, catching the sights and stopping at the Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center. The unique Center features authentic Himalayan cuisine and traditional Sherpa culture with interior décor that is an authentic representation of a typical Sherpa house in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. Participants will be responsible for the cost of their meal. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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Colorado Summer

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning

Colorado Summer Vacation Planning, the best season

If you're planning a Colorado summer vacation, you have come to the right place. A Colorado summer vacation is the best time of year to visit this glorious state. The Mountain West is the most geographically diverse region in the United States, and with that comes natural wonders to be explored. A Colorado summer road trip starts with finding destinations that meet your expectations, planning scenic routes through the mountains, and locating all those fun family activities along the way. Use our FREE itinerary tool to start planning and organizing your summer vacation.

Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado has 42 state parks, 4 National Parks, 11 national forests, and 42 wilderness areas, each showcasing different parts of our great state, from the eastern plains to the highest peaks. That adds up to 43.3% of Colorado classified as public land, and what amazing land it is! These parks and forests are popular attractions during the Colorado summer, and fortunately, they are spread out across the state. You can easily visit one or more during your scenic road trip. State Parks offer various amenities for camping and feature attractions such as a gorgeous mountain lake, hiking trails, and much more. Learn more about National and State Parks.

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Colorado Summer Culture, Festivals, Local Events

As you travel through the state, you will encounter many cultural events and festivals (events calendar).

  • Check the concert calendar and find an outdoor concert or nearby live music. Red Rocks Amphitheater is always a fantastic place to watch a show.
  • Consider a brewery tour such as the Coors Factory Brewery Tour in Golden or the Breckenridge Brewery Tour. Winery tours are also popular.
  • Catch a game at the Coors Field, home of the Rockies, in Denver.
  • Many mountain communities have regular art walks or exhibits going on.
  • The Colorado Pro Rodeo Tour is a popular cultural event with scheduled rodeos throughout the state.
  • Stop at a nearby Farmers Market. Beyond all those mountains lie very fertile valleys. Colorado produces many fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and artisan crafts. Palisade peaches are a favorite.
  • If you enjoy participating in local athletic events, search your favorite mountain community for whatever type of race or event you would like to participate in. You will surely find something (mountain biking, running, golf tournaments…, etc.).

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Family Fun Colorado Vacation Planning - things to do with kids

If family fun is what you’re after, Colorado is the place to be. You might say that family entertainment is the state’s specialty. Mountain resort towns (ski resorts) are your-round these days, featuring gondola and chairlift access mountain biking and hiking trails. You will also find mountainside adventure parks in these same locations, adding to the fun with various kids activities such as bungee trampolines, put-put golf, adventure park-type challenge courses, mountain slides, and more. Nearby mountain communities have even more fun things to do with kids such as guided tours, state parks, and dedicated adventure parks.

Whitewater Rafting, Lakes, Water Parks, Adventure Parks and more

Getting wet during the Colorado summer season is widespread and easily attainable. With abundant mountain lakes, whitewater rivers, and water parks across the state, you can easily add this to your vacation planing. The popularity of adventure parks has created variations that include adventure packages, which combine water fun with other types of adventure.

  • Whitewater rafting is a super fun family adventure. You can easily find rafting companies that provide trips to match the group size and ability level.
  • Try ziplining across Colorado’s stunning landscape. Many zipline companies now offer adventure packages.
  • Water parks are another great summer way to cool down. Check out Elitch Gardens and Water World, both in Denver, which are super fun.
  • Stop at the Frisco Adventure Park, located in Frisco next to Lake Dillon. It is a family-friendly center with lots of family activities.
  • Visit one of Colorado’s many lakes. The larger lakes have marinas with boat rentals, allowing activities like water skiing and jet skiing, sailing, SUPs, fishing, and more.
  • Take a guided horseback ride. Horseback riding is found near mountain resorts or popular destinations like Estes Park.
  • Schedule a group off-road tour, a great way to build memories and see the fantastic sights.
  • Visit a state park. Parks are found throughout the state. These unique parks feature family entertainment such as beaches, picnic sites, boat rentals, fishing, hiking & biking trails, and more.

Colorado Summer Vacation Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

Dinosaurs and Historical Vacation Planning Stops

Colorado Summer Dinosaur Sites

Colorado is rich in history and has many interesting historical sites worth visiting along your family's summer road trip. If you’re planning to visit the Royal Gorge Region, add a stop at one of these exciting dinosaur fossil preserves or museums:

  • The Royal Gorge Regional History Museum, see fossils, dinosaur bones, and a complete Stegosaurus replica skeleton.
  • Garden Park Fossil Area - a 3,600-acre area rich with fossils.
  • Indian Springs Trace Fossil Site - see tracks left by prehistoric creatures.
  • Include Skyline Drive as part of your summer road trip - view fossils and more tracks.

Dinosaur National Monument in NW Colorado is a unique geographical place with dinosaur remains from 100 million years ago. This area is rich in fossils and early pioneer history.

Historical Colorado Road Trip

Many of Colorado’s mountain towns developed during the Gold Rush era, coinciding with the cattle companies' open-range days. These two significant Western development events are seen in the Colorado we know today. Check out the local mountain town museums to learn more about how early settlers lived and made a living.

Denver Museums

Dever has 51 unique museums, ranging from children-focused to more traditional centers, such as the Museum of Nature & Science, Black American West Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

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Sightseeing a Perfect Family and Friends Activity

When you arrive in Colorado, sightseeing begins, as the mountain landscapes will instantly captivate you. However, getting deep into roads less traveled or passing through dramatic landscapes can be done in various ways. Sightseeing tours are a wonderful way to share memories with family and friends. If getting an eye full is what you’re after, here are some recommended sightseeing options:

  • Take a scenic train ride. Not only will you pass through dramatic mountain landscapes, but you will also learn about Colorado’s mining era. These trains are perfect activities for kids as they often feature hands-on mine exploration, storytelling, and special holiday trains.
  • Sign up for an off-road tour. Guided jeep tours will travel on original mining roads (maintained) through rugged terrain and pass by dramatic vistas—a fun family and friends activity.
  • While in one of Colorado’s resort towns, you can buy a ticket for a gondola ride or a chairlift ride and get a bird's-eye view of the forest and surrounding landscapes. You can also hike or bike at the top and stop in for lunch.
  • Include a scenic byway in your Colorado summer road trip. Stop at historical sites, check out ghost towns, and camp along the way.

Summer Vacation Rest and Relaxation

A Colorado summer vacation can be a chance to rest and rejuvenate your soul. Health and wellness retreats and experiences are growing in popularity. Visiting one or several of Colorado’s natural hot springs is a favorite place to recharge. The soothing, hot mineral waters will revitalize your being. Many of these natural springs have been developed into full-service spas that combine experiences such as massage, meditation, and spa services and provide on-site lodging.

Colorado Summer Vacation Hot Springs

Some of Colorado’s favorite places to explore and enjoy your summer vacation are places that have big attractions such as:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is a favorite national park with various camping options, extensive hiking trails, and educational experiences.
  • Estes Park is a beautiful mountain town beside RMNP, the gateway to Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake, and Lake Granby.
  • The Royal Gorge Region has attractions like the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Royal Gorge whitewater rafting, and the Royal Gorge Scenic Train.
  • Mesa Verda National Park in southwest Colorado offers a spectacular look into the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visitors can call, walk, drive, or take a tour through the park.

A Colorado Summer Vacation Planning and more

There are many more amazing places and things to do on your Colorado Summer Vacation, and hopefully, you will make discoveries along your journey. Planning your summer vacation starts with finding destinations and activities that interest you and crafting your summer road trip route to facilitate these visits. If finding kids activities is a primary focus please check out this article specifically about kids activities in Colorado. Please use the free itinerary tool as you will find it indispensable for organizing your trip.

Collecting and Collections by Renowned University Expert

Russell Belk, Distinguished Research Professor and Marketing Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada, will present Collecting and Collections by Zoom from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, April 27. The presentation is being hosted by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Dr. Belk will address the role that collections play in our lives, families, and communities as well as how collecting impacts the person who accumulates the objects. Digital collections and online access to museum collections will also be explored. Dr. Belk is the author of more than 800 journal articles and books as well as the recipient of numerous awards. In the announcement of his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Belk was described as a world leader in his field as well as one of the founders of Consumer Culture Theory. Tickets to the presentation are $5 per Zoom registration, and reservations are required at globalvillagemuseum.org. Registrants will receive the Zoom link the day before the program. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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The Official Lucky’s St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl – Fort Collins

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International Trivia Night

The ever-popular International Trivia Night will be held from 6-8 pm Tuesday, April 30, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The event will feature 50 questions, with teams of six competing for prizes and bragging rights. Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are required at globalvillagemuseum.org. Partial teams or full six-person teams are welcome with a two-step process. First, team members should make individual reservations. Second, an email with the names of team members must be sent to the Museum’s Outreach Coordinator at outreach@globalvillagemuseum.org. Individuals who register without a team will be joined with others on the night of the event. Refreshments, including wine, will be served. Registration closes at 5 pm Friday, April 26. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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Earth Day Celebration of Ecotourism

In a salute to Earth Day in April, the Global Adventures club at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures is hosting an open house meet-and-greet highlighting ecotourism from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, April 20, in the Museum’s program room. As defined by The International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is responsible travel that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education. Museum members and students from Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University will be available to discuss ecotourism, and handouts and videos will supplement the conversation. The Global Adventures gatherings are designed for those who love to travel, want to recount their travel experiences, delight in sharing stories of travel, and/or dream of traveling one day. Admission to the ecotourism event in the Museum’s program room is free, and refreshments will be served. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 for ages 4-12, and free for ages three and under. The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit globalvillagemuseum.org or call 970-221-4600.

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