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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Celebration

Annual APIDA – Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Celebration featuring a variety of performers and artisans representing the APIDA community including Indonesia, Polynesia (Hawai’i & New Zealand), the Philippines, China, Japan and more. We will feature artisans representing the APIDA community and delicious food too! This family-friendly celebration is free for all to attend.

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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.

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In It’s Many Colors

The Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers’ concert theme this season “In Its Many Colors” is a celebration of the wonderful diversity of a capella choral music. Works performed will explore the colors of music in all its glorious variety: style, pitch, rhythm, meter, text, non-text, and will also include paying homage to poets and composers of color who are very often overlooked in music history. All in all, it will be a concert packed with works spanning the entire color spectrum: A true aural rainbow for every music lover!

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Loveland’s Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding & Vow Renewal Ceremony

A romantic ceremony with music you vote on, a customized ceremony, keepsake photos, a LOCK couples can use to “Lock their love” on the famous LOVE sculpture or HEART sculpture in Loveland, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes, and a chance to win a huge gift basket, along with surprises at the Eagles game! An original way to celebrate your love ON Valentine’s Day!

2024 brings you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get married ON THE ICE at Blue Arena – prior to an Eagles Hockey Game!

Wedding & Vow Renewal Package
$160 per couple
1. Custom Wedding & Vow Renewal Ceremony in the Sweetheart City, Loveland CO
2. Romantic Ceremony & LIVE Music
3. Your Marriage Certificate Signed by the Officiant
4. Signature Wedding Cupcakes from B Sweet Cupcakes
5. Gift Bag from Participating Northern Colorado Businesses
6. Keepsake Photo with Custom Backdrop – Onsite
7. Keepsake Lock you can Use to Permanently ‘Lock your Love’ on the Famous Loveland Sculpture or Heart from Visit Loveland!
8. A Chance to Win a BIG Gift Basket from Local Businesses!
9. 2 Tickets for Each Couple to Attend the Eagles Hockey Game After Your Ceremony!
10. FREE Parking for All Wedding Couples
11. Discounted Game Tickets for Your Family (limited number)
12. Chance to Win Highlights During the Eagles Hockey Game
13. Professional Photographer Photos of the BIG DAY

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Loveland Turkey Trot

Banner Health is the proud presenting sponsor of the 22nd annual Loveland Turkey Trot. This family-friendly community tradition is organized by the McKee Wellness Foundation as a fundraising event to enable physical and mental wellness across Northern Colorado by helping to fill the gap between available resources and the needs of the community.

$40 per adult, $25 per youth (ages 5 – 17) and $10 per li’l tater (ages 4 and under). Prices increase to $45 (adult) after Nov. 17 and $50 (adult) for day-of registration.

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The city of Loveland Proclaims Never Give Up Day. August 18 is officially Never Give Up Day! The city of Loveland joins community members in celebrating Never Give Up Day on August 18th, 2023. Never Give Up Day is a celebration focused on cultivating a mindset of determination and highlights the unbelievable power of individuals who simply refuse to give in to life’s challenges.
Never Give Up Day provides a common platform that inspires individuals and professionals to organize virtual and physical events to take place on a local or national scale. The Mayoral proclamation signals the city’s role in recognizing the importance of perseverance and encourages awareness-raising activities. On Never Give Up Day we praise those who have won and achieved great things, and we admire those who struggle and know no despair.

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Dr. Stan Scheer Memorial Student Opportunity Fund Thompson Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

Dr. Stan Scheer Memorial Student Opportunity Fund Thompson Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

— Shotgun Style, 4-Person Scramble —Thompson Education Foundation honors the legacy of Dr. Stan Scheer and continues his spirit of generosity through the Dr. Stan Scheer Memorial Student Opportunity Fund. The Scheer Student Opportunity Fund provides gap funding for Thompson School District students to embrace individual academic, leadership, recognition and extracurricular opportunities to ensure opportunities when there are financial barriers in the way.Registration includes:
* 1 Foursome with 2 carts
* Breakfast
* Lunch
* Opportunity to win the HOLE IN ONE prize of $10,000
* Opportunity to donate for Mulligan passes
* Opportunity to donate to win ‘Beat the Pro’
* Opportunity to donate for “Loose Ends”
* Chance to win $360 PER PLAYER golf credit at Mariana Butte!
* Support of an incredible non-profit that serves Loveland students and familiesCost: $140 for individual golfer, $560 for a foursomeSponsorships are still available! Tickets go on sale July 7!

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60 Years Celebrating Seeds of Innovation

60 Years Celebrating Seeds of Innovation

We are thrilled to announce the largest celebration of innovation to ever take place in Loveland, CO! 

Thanks to the recruiting efforts of two Loveland business members sixty years ago, our little community welcomed Hewlett-Packard —bringing a world of technology and innovation to Loveland that has grown in amazing ways.  

On Saturday, October 8th 2022, The Loveland Strategic Partnership (#LiveLoveland) and a group of invested individuals are inviting the public to a HUGE CELEBRATION of innovation. “60 Years Celebrating Seeds of Innovation” is an event for everyone! Enjoy family-friendly activities, notable speakers, live music, food trucks, awards for outstanding businesses, students and citizens, tours of Forge Campus facility, an impressive historical timeline of innovation in Loveland, innovation displays, giveaways, and some surprises! 

Strong, sustainable businesses create prosperity for our community. Loveland is proud of its longtime connection technology, its present work in driving a strong business community and a limitless future to come.  This event is free for all to attend.

Event/Sponsorship Contact: Christine Forster
My Big Day Marketing & Events 

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Meals on 4th

Meals on 4th

Meals on 4th is back this year with a fun ‘50s flair, celebrating 55 years supporting our community. Mix and mingle with the community while raising awareness and funds for Meals on Wheels of Loveland & Berthoud.Meals of Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud is taking the streets of downtown Loveland again this year on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. for its annual Meals on 4th fundraiser. Join friends and colleagues from throughout the community for the most talked about event of the summer!Join Meals on Wheels of Loveland & Berthoud for a casually elegant dinner served under the big blue sky, in the heart of downtown Loveland, CO. You’ll enjoy a delicious six-course meal, live music, plus local brews and wines.Mix and mingle with the community while raising awareness and funds for Meals on Wheels of Loveland & Berthoud.
We hope you’ll join us for this magical evening.Sponsorship packages are available.Tickets are $155 each or $280 per couple and include:
• Welcome reception with local beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres
• Dinner, with multiple courses supplied by local restaurants serving farm-to-table dishes
• Live entertainment and engaging opportunities to help raise funds for Meals on WheelsAll proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud.

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Strangers on the Earth: Screening and interview with the Director

Strangers on the Earth: Screening and interview with the Director

Perhaps Europe’s most popular pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who in 2014 ventured to walk the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for his fellow pilgrims along the way. As Dane soon discovers, the paths we travel through life are often uncomfortably magnified by the reality of life on the Camino. Accompanied by the vast landscapes of Northern Spain, the haunting music of J.S. Bach for solo cello (performed by Johansen), and the very personal struggles and joys of the many pilgrims encountered along the way, Strangers on the Earth examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the concept of ‘journey’ and the vital role it can play as part of the human experience.Tristan Cook: Whether conceptual film, documentary or live concert, the work of director Tristan Cook examines systems of human expression at the intersection of cinema and the performing arts. His debut feature documentary, Strangers on the Earth, was hailed by the L.A. Times as “an inspiring and transporting portrait” of life and music along Spain’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. He has collaborated extensively with artists and organizations such as the Emerson String Quartet, pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Augustin Hadelich, New York Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, La Jolla Summerfest, and Music@Menlo. He is currently the Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Bravo Vail Music Festival. Tristan holds a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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