Give the gift of warmth this year by donating to HomeAid Colorado‘s Share the Warmth 2021 clothing drive.
As a proud partner of the local nonprofit, Kentwood Real Estate is hosting donation drives across Denver. At all four Kentwood offices, you can drop off socks, hats, gloves, and other winter items through October 29. Please call our office closest to you to schedule a donation drop off.
Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek 215 St. Paul Street #200 Denver, CO 80206 | (303) 331-1400
Kentwood Real Estate City Properties 1660 17th Street #100 Denver, CO 80202 | (303) 820-2489
Kentwood Real Estate DTC 4949 South Niagara Street #400 Denver, CO 80237 | (303) 773-3399
Kentwood Real Estate Northern Properties 2510 E Harmony Road #202 Fort Collins, CO 80528 | (970) 300-1985
Kentwood Real Estate is a supporter of HomeAid Colorado, an organization devoted to building new lives for Colorado’s homeless through housing and community outreach. HomeAid works with local home builders, trade partners, real estate entities to supply essentials and build housing for people in need of a roof over their heads.
With the Halloween season creeping up on us, fill your October weekends with these thrilling events you can do with your family and friends. From haunted houses and parades to bar crawls and cabarets, here is a list of festivities you’ll be dying to attend!
A Wicked Weekend of Family Fun:
Glow At the Gardens is a Halloween special at the Denver Botanic Gardens with luminaria-lined pathways decorated with spooking lighting and glowing gourds. Pumpkin artists will be featured with their larger-than-life sculptures and detailed pumpkin masterpieces. There will also be a wide variety of activities and entertainment with autumnal food and beverages. The event runs from October 19–24.
A family favorite, the Broadway Halloween Parade is on for its fourth year. It features floats, bands and marchers filled with Halloween spirit. Show off your costume as you join this day of fun on October 23, and be sure to bring this Halloween bash to a close by shambling in the street at the end of the parade.
Enjoy not one but two weekends of Halloween festivities at McGregor Square. The McGregor Scare is filled with pumpkin carving, face painting and watching Halloween classics on the lawn. Children can participate in Trick-or-Treat Street on October 30 and get a head start on the candy collection. McGregor Scare is a full day of fun from October 22–24 and October 29–31.
The Adults’ Haunted Halloween Nights:
Do you love a good spine-chilling thrill? Named the Number 1 scariest attraction in the U.S. by Fangoria Magazine, the 13th Floor Haunted House contains three hours of horror tours. This year’s eerie attractions include Frost-Bite, a high-tech cryogenics lab that successfully reanimates the dead, and Bad Blood, a gory battle between vampires and werewolves. Featuring intricate set designs, a stellar cast and spectacular special effects makeup looks, you will be in for a night of nail-biting terror. Buy your tickets now before they sell out. The attraction runs until November 1 and will also be open for the first two weekends of November.
For the Music Lovers:
Any American Horror Story Fans out there? The Denver Horror Story Cabaret is a burlesque show that pays homage to the iconic characters from the TV show “American Horror Story.” It will be an entertaining night on October 20 in the most haunted room of the Clocktower Cabaret.
Have a fun Halloweek at Red Rocks with the various concerts scheduled for the last week of October. Here are the events:
October 27 – G-Eazy
October 28 – Blackberry Smoke
October 30 – Flatbush Zombies with Earl Sweatshirt, Young MA, Reason, Teezo Touchdown and Nyck Caution
Join the Halloween Zombie Crawl that will take over Denver’s LoDo district. Dress up and come over to pick up your zombie survival kit. You will receive a map of all the participating bars and nightclubs along with information about entry and drink specials. Join the hellish horde of pub crawlers on October 30!
Denver Halloween Bar Crawl is back! From dance parties to live bands to costume contests, it is an adventurous night to celebrate Halloween on October 30. Did we mention how your ticket grants entry into a $1000 cash giveaway if you follow @BeSocialScene #BeSocialScene?
There is no shortage of events to celebrate your Halloween spirit this month. Spend time with your friends and family and enjoy the fall festivities. For more spooktacular events, click (here).
Colorado is one of the absolute best places in the United States to experience the magical season of fall. From the crisp altitude air to the breath-taking leaves changing across the Rocky Mountains, Colorado offers a plethora of opportunities to get outside and get some autumn sunshine. If you are looking for a fun activity for the whole family, we recommend experiencing one of Denver’s many pumpkin patches. Great for people of all ages, young and old, kids can pick out their perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween, while adults can enjoy fetching a few decorative gourds. Below is our list of the top pumpkin patches in the greater Denver metro area. Throw on a sweatshirt, pick out your perfect pumpkin, and even take a tractor ride. Make this upcoming fall one you’ll never forget!
Criteria For Making Our List
It’s all about the produce! Picking the right pumpkin means the farm must have an excellent selection.
All of these patches have additional activities to keep you entertained for hours.
These patches are located close to the greater Denver metro so that you can make a convenient and relaxing day trip out of it.
Mile High Farms
Mile High Farms is a hybrid of pure family fun. Half of the farm is an amusement park, while the other half is a pumpkin patch. The Bouncy Castle and Petting Zoo are always kid favorites, and the corn maze represents an Indiana Jones-like adventure for the whole family. The pumpkin patch is sizable and always has a good assortment of girth and variety for your plucking pleasure. Mile High Farms is located in Bennet (just east of Aurora) on I-70, next to the Colorado Air and Space Port.
Located a short drive away from Boulder, Erie is one of Colorado’s hidden gems, making a name for itself as a fantastic place to call home. If wagon rides are at the top of your list for pumpkin patch experiences, then Anderson Farms is the place. This Colorado staple is a family-run business that has been in operation for decades. The site has a multitude of activities to keep the whole family entertained the entire day and even offers private campfire sites for those wishing to spend the evening! For you brave souls, we recommend sticking around at night for the Zombie Paintball Hunt and Terror in Corn’s Mile of Mayhem.
Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most esteemed brands in Denver, and their operation over at Chatfield Farms is equally impressive. Boasting one of the longest corn mazes in Denver (7 acres), the Denver Botanic Gardens pumpkin patch is nestled next to Chatfield Reservoir. This year, the maze will have a space theme, so expect it to be one of the busier corn mazes in Denver. You can also take a night trip to the York Street location in central Denver for their Glow in The Gardens celebration, showcasing lit-up pumpkins and gourds.
Address: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128
Opening on the 25th of September, Cottonwood Farms is Boulder County’s premier pumpkin patch. Cottonwood Farms is located in Lafayette, close to Boulder, and is considered a thriving hub for the county. The farm serves up an assortment of different items for the holidays that will leave a permanent grin on the face of any child or parent. A giant pumpkin patch and a Christmas tree area are some of the highlights of this holiday hotspot. This beautiful farm is by far the most affordable pumpkin patch option; at a five-dollar entry fee, you can’t beat it! They also offer wagon rides and corn mazes to keep the family entertained for hours.
Parker is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Denver, and Flat Acres Farm is the highlight of the area this coming fall. Voted the top Pumpkin patch in Colorado in 2017 and 2018, and they have not missed a beat since. They host an amazing variety of local Colorado food options that includes funnel cakes and ice cream. There will also be a petting zoo with bunnies, sheep, goats, and ponies provided by Kodiak Ranch. For you Halloween lovers, check out Freight Acres – Colorado’s largest outdoor haunted attraction.
Platteville is a quaint little farming community just east of Longmont, one of the fast-growing cities in Northern Colorado. Out of all of the pumpkin patches on our list, Miller Farms offers the most produce picking. Bring unlimited bags and fill up on peppers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, and, of course, pumpkins. Tractors come around every thirty minutes and pick up a new group to take them on an hour picking tour, overlooking acres of gorgeous fields with the picturesque Rockies in the background. Old airplanes and farming equipment are scattered throughout the farm, perfect for playing and climbing on. This pumpkin patch will keep the kids entertained for hours and your fridge full for weeks.
Autumn in Colorado is a season that attracts visitors from all over the world. The red and yellow leaves covering the mountains and hillsides are truly a sight to behold. If Colorado is a place you call home, don’t miss out on visiting one of the above pumpkin patches this October. More than just a place to pick produce, these pumpkin patches are an experience the whole family will enjoy. Kentwood Real Estate is an elite team of REALTORS® whose exceptional service, local expertise, and deep community roots create a market advantage for clients. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Want to explore the Denver art scene? Look no further! Denver is home to year-round art events in various vibrant and cultural art districts. This month, two exceptional digital exhibitions are coming to Mile High City. Meow Wolf Denver opened their doors on September 17, and the Original Immersive: Van Gogh Exhibit Denver is opening on September 30 to the public.
Meow Wolf is opening their third permanent exhibition, Convergence Station, which is an experience one should not miss. Three years in the making with art from 300 creatives (over 110 from Colorado) explore four stories, five large “anchor spaces” and 70 distinct rooms of exquisite digital art. As a permanent location, embrace a unique and mind-bending adventure of innovative storytelling on September 17. Please note that masks must be worn at all times and gaiters, bandanas, valved masks or any other masks the CDC does not recommend are not permitted (CDC recommended masks will be provided if necessary). They recommend arriving 15-20 minutes before your reservation and parking is $10 per vehicle all day. For more information and tickets, visit (here).
The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
Immersive Van Gogh is one of the most anticipated shows, and it is finally coming to Denver. The exhibition is a lifetime experience that consists of Van Gogh’s work in 500,000 cubic feet of projections. Step into the painting and explore the wonder of Van Gogh’s masterpieces in an immersive medium. The modern portrayal of the iconic artist in Lighthouse Denver is designed by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated David Korins, creating a gallery unique to only Denver. For more information and tickets, visit (here) and learn about their safety protocols (here).
Denver’s expansive and entertaining art scene is elevating beyond the tangible level to new digital heights. Denver will be a hub of artistic creativity with Meow Wolf’s locally produced experience and Van Gogh’s modern interpretation through projections. Be sure to check out these events!
In 1619, Dutch traders sold 20 Africans into slavery in Jamestown, Virginia, marking the beginning of African enslavement in North America. Although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, the recent events of Charlottesville and George Floyd have proven (once again) that African Americans are still fighting for change in this country. But, how do we stand together in solidarity in support of the black community?
Being an ally doesn’t just mean protesting or taking to social media. Supporting Black-owned businesses is one thing you can do to show unity with the African American community. Black-owned businesses are a source of pride and power for African Americans. They’re an essential part of black history and culture, but they also present a unique opportunity to invest in the future of black people in this country.
With the current racial climate in America, we at Kentwood believe it’s critical to stand with the black community by supporting, endorsing, and partnering with their businesses. Here is a wonderful list of Black-owned companies in Denver worth considering, as put together by 303 Magazine.
August is National Black Business Month, and in support, we would like to invite you to Coffee at the Points on September 7th (details below).
COLORADO BLACK BUSINESS RECOGNITION
August is National Black Business Month in America, a time when individuals and businesses recognize Black-owned businesses across the country. This BEOC September Black Business event is a part of that national acknowledgement as well as a celebration of Colorado Black Women Business Leaders and Colorado Business Leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to social equity, diversity and inclusion in the Colorado and Denver Business landscape.
COFFEE AT THE POINTS
BRINGING CORPORATE COLORADO AND THE BLACK BUSINESS COMMUNITY TOGETHER
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 \ 4:30PM- 6:30PM (5:15PM PROGRAM)
In Japan, “forest bathing” is the concept of immersing one’s soul in nature. Coloradans have embraced this notion, taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. Whether you’re taking in the sights from your porch, hiking 14ers, or enjoying happy hour at one of our local breweries – there is something for everyone in our state to leave an indelible mark on your soul and make you feel at home.
Colorado Day is on August 1st and marks the 145th anniversary of the founding of our great state. We’re proud to be celebrating this milestone with you! As a Colorado-founded company, Kentwood has been serving our extraordinary community for 40 years.
Below are a few facts and tidbits about our beautiful home in honor of Coloradans everywhere. These are our ideas on what makes Colorado the finest state in the nation. Many locals may have different thoughts and suggestions. It can be hard to narrow down the list in a state like Colorado.
Brief History of Colorado
The United States acquired the Colorado Territory in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan established the Colorado Territory with the same borders the state currently has.
On August 1st, 1876, Ulysses S Grant signed a proclamation admitting what was then known as ‘Colorado’ to become the 38th state in America’s Union, officially becoming the Centennial State in honor of the nation’s 100th anniversary.
Interesting Facts about Colorado
Colorado has multiple nicknames, including the Centennial State, the Lead State, the Buffalo Plains State, and the Switzerland of America.
Colorado is the only place ever to turn down the Olympics.
Colorado has a fascinating literary history and has been home to some incredible writers. Hunter S. Thompson lived at his Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, outside of Aspen, where he wrote some of his best works. Phillip K. Dick, who wrote dozens of classic science fiction novels, was born in Colorado, and is buried here. Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, called Colorado Springs home. Jon Krakauer, who wrote the mountaineering classic Into Thin Air, lives in Boulder.
Also, horror master Stephen King is a big fan of our state and has set many of his books here, including The Shining. You can even stay in the hotel where King’s classic takes place if you dare. If you want to learn more about Colorado writers, past and present, stop by the Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.
Top Quintessentially Colorado Things to Do
Colorado has over 200 natural thermal pools that are waiting for your visit! There are countless options, from remote to convenience, and each one offers its own set of benefits. For those looking for an easy access hot spring with therapeutic properties on the side, we recommend Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat – this is a perfect mountain town opportunity if you’re interested in soaking without too much hassle!
In the past decade, the popularity of the craft beer movement has helped boost the demand for local breweries. Today, breweries are popping up all over the state, with at least 150 throughout Colorado.
New Belgium Brewing Company, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative changes to the industry in recent years. Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan founded New Belgium back in 1991 and have watched their small brewery grow into a national powerhouse.
The live music scene in Colorado features variety and depth. You’ll find some of the best jazz in the country at Denver’s prestigious Dazzle Club, Boulder’s Jazz on Pearl Street, or Sunday evening’s Jazz in City Park. You’ll also find your favorite bands and artists at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, perhaps the most gorgeous place in the nation to see an outdoor concert.
Originally built in 1906 by John Brisben Walker and his business partner Charles Lippincott, Red Rocks Amphitheater covers 9 acres with natural red sandstone rocks providing a stunning backdrop for the performances. Red Rocks has been a go-to destination for many artists, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, U2, and the Grateful Dead.
The history of ghost towns in Colorado began with gold seekers who discovered gold in 1859, bringing people worldwide to Colorado. As the population grew from 584 settlers at that time, they found themselves faced with difficult conditions and harsh terrain. To this day, you can find a reminder of these struggles all over our beautiful state: Ghost Towns!
One such town is St. Elmo, founded by prospectors looking for silver during the 1880s mining boom near Nathrop (on Highway 50 between Buena Vista and Salida). From its humble beginnings as an ore-processing camp to being abandoned due to flooding issues, visit today for a glimpse into early pioneer life or just stop off on your next road trip.
Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in North America. Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park has endless hikes for all skill levels. There are also numerous hiking trails near Boulder, perfect for families with kids, such as Chautauqua Park. Garden of the Gods is a great place to explore if you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing mountain stroll. Near Durango lies one of Colorado’s most scenic routes – the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada!
One of the most well-known attractions in Colorado is the 14ers – mountains with summits that are above 14,000 feet high. There are fifty-eight total fourteeners in Colorado, and below you’ll find just a few to get started on your adventure!
Mount Elbert – Located in central Colorado and was once thought to be the tallest mountain in America. Standing at 14,440 feet high, it’s no wonder Mount Elbert is one of the most famous mountains for hikers and climbers to explore.
Mount Massive – Three other peaks surround this mountain over 14,000 feet high: Mount Princeton (14,197), Mount Shavano (14,227), and Mt. Antero (14,197).
Colorado has arguably the best skiing in the world, offering residents and visitors the chance to ski or snowboard in diverse terrain, from challenging steeps to wide-open bowls. There are 26 resorts total, providing Colorado skiing with its unique charm.
For example, Vail Ski Resort has more than 100 runs spanning four mountain peaks, while Winter Park Resort has six mountain peaks that are all expertly groomed daily by their team of snow-makers. Breckenridge Ski Resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, with an average annual snowfall of 200 inches per year. The resort features 92 runs that are perfect for all levels – beginner to expert!
Colorado is a fantastic place for kayakers to get their paddle wet. The Arkansas River offers both fast water and slow-paced paddling trips, which means it’s up to you what kind of experience you want! Whether looking for remote wilderness or picturesque scenery, the Arkansas River has something in store. It’s an adventure not to be missed by any avid kayaker—so grab your gear and head out on this beautiful river today!
Colorado offers a premier golfing experience with dozens of low-land courses in the Denver metro area to high altitude courses throughout the mountains. The Rockies are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the tee boxes. The cool mountain air is refreshing and invigorating and will allow you to enjoy your game even more. Some of our favorite courses in Colorado include Denver Country Club, The Broadmoor, The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, and Grand Elk Golf Course.
Mountain biking is a sport that’s been increasing in popularity over the years with new technologies and features like suspension or disc brakes on mountain bike tires. Colorado has some of the best trails for this activity, offering natural settings and breathtaking views! There are two main categories of trails you can go down: downhill (faster speeds) or cross country (less steep slopes). But if you’re looking to go fast while going on obstacles-filled courses, then downhill might be your choice!”
Kentwood is proud to be a Colorado company, and we want you to have fun exploring the state as much as we do. Get out and enjoy your day; after all, the mountains aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
On June 30th, 2021, Kentwood held its annual Top Producer Dinner, honoring leading agents and brokerage teams. This long-time tradition is one of Kentwood’s most influential and distinguished events, commemorating award-winning brokers with sales between 10 million and 90 million-plus in 2020.
The spectacular event was hosted at Denver Country Club, one of Colorado’s most prestigious and well-known country clubs, overlooking the breathtaking 18-hole golf course – originally designed by James Foulis in 1905. The dinner was held outside to practice social distancing.
Contrary to the traditional sit-down style of years past, premier bars and grazing stations were casually sprinkled throughout several terraces and perfectly manicured lawns. Food stations included Italian charcuterie, assorted sushi and seafood, and build-your-own tacos. Sophisticated polyrhythms and melodies filled the night sky with live music by The Pet-Friendly Jazz Collective – a local Denver band.
This was Kentwood’s first signature event since the pandemic. The event was a stunning evening bringing together colleagues and friends separated for the past 18 months – an exclusive gathering of Kentwood’s most brilliant talent.
With cell phones required to be turned off, intimacy and connectedness were a focal point. For the agents and teams themselves, the event exuded excitement, celebration, and inspiration.
“That was one of the best parties…everything worked!” raved Luisa Staerkel, Managing Broker.
“…and everyone was so happy to get back together.”
“Could not have been a more elegant evening, and nobody could have made the night more special for us,” said Edie Marks, Broker Associate and Top of her Profession since 1977.
With 30+ years of gathering top-producing agents, Kentwood looks toward the future for continued excellence in the Colorado real estate market.
Notable venues from past Top Producer Dinners include The Art – a Hotel, Ruth’s Chris Denver Tech Center, STK Downtown, EDGE Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, Coohills, and The Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar.
Maybe you’re a fan of packing your 4th of July weekend to the brim with barbecues, live music, and lawn games. Or perhaps you tend to err more on the side of a casual brewery or winery with good company. One thing’s for sure: it’s not Independence Day weekend without fireworks! From Estes Park to Denver, Glendale to Brighton, all over Colorado, there are celebrations aplenty for our nation’s independence.
Below is a list of the best places to see fireworks in Colorado (alphabetical order) for casual celebrators and festivity fanatics alike. Also listed are canceled shows due to city bans on fireworks in the hopes of preventing wildfires.
Canceled. What a shame. This annual celebration is typically a dazzling explosion of color and sound.
Canceled. Too bad, Fireworks at Folsom Field have been a tradition since 1941. Hopefully, they’ll be back in 2022.
Canceled due to an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks.
In Brighton, Colorado, you’re in for a treat at Carmichael Park this 4th of July. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors will be delighted to find live entertainment, food, and fireworks galore. Shortly after the event kicks off, DJ Tidal Wave opens up the festivities with upbeat live music at 5 p.m., followed by Anavrin’s Day (a 90’s alternative grunge band) at 7 p.m.
A lovely day outdoors is finished off with fireworks to take place at the end of the concert, a display which is considered one of the region’s largest. Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, water, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Castle Rock annually sports a stunning display that shoots off of the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, and this year will be no exception. The show will begin around 9:30 p.m. at sundown, preceded by a three-shot salute 5 minutes before the show, and another three-shot salute 1 minute before the beginning of the display, so you’ll have plenty of warning to hunker down and find a great spot to enjoy.
This display should be visible from most places throughout the I-25 corridor, and if you’re local to Castle Rock, you can simply watch from the comfort of your neighborhood. However, suppose you’re not a local. In that case, a few of the best locations to view from include: Castle Rock Service Center, the lower lot of the Castle Rock Recreation Center, Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, the south side of Butterfield Crossing Park, Bison Park, and more (the complete list can be found on www.crgov.com).
Also, if you’re planning to light off a few fireworks yourself, be wary of the regulations surrounding fireworks for personal use: only fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal to use. Also, you must use them only on July 4th, and if they leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces, you are in violation.
The Commerce City 4thFest not only has the state’s largest public fireworks display, but it has plenty of festivities to enjoy leading up to the grand finale fireworks show. This show is coupled with a Colorado Rapids game at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, making it a dream come true for fans of both 4th of July and soccer.
The pre-match festival begins at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard. You can find free, family-friendly programming before the game, starting at 7 p.m., where the Colorado Rapids will be playing the Seattle Sounders.
You can continue the celebration into July 3rd, where you’ll find Larimer Square bustling with activity. The party on the Square starts at noon, and the festivities are complete with portraits by caricaturist artists, foods, live music, and, of course, a bit of shopping along the way.
Feel free to lounge on the many outdoor patios and enjoy world-class food, cocktails, and brews while you listen to the tunes of live musicians, including DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band. Then, on July 4th, you can journey back to downtown Denver to catch a Coloradan’s firework favorite: the Colorado Rockies Postgame Show – a massive fireworks display. Even if you’re not in the stadium, be sure to look to the skies for the spectacular display, which can be seen widely across the downtown area.
Fireworks were canceled this year. Too bad. The annual display at Green Mountain Cemetery was a tradition!
The Estes Park 4th of July Celebration is one you don’t want to miss. Quite a few events precede the concluding fireworks at 9:30 p.m., including a car show and live music. The “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show features over 100 vehicles to peruse and admire: head over to the Estes Park Events Complex to enjoy the wide variety of cars, ranging from street rods and sports cars to vintage and classic cars.
The Estes Village Band will also be giving a free concert at 7 p.m. Simply mosey to the west end of downtown at the Performance Park Amphitheater to enjoy their free, annual patriotic concert that features songs by John Philip Sousa and others. Then, the Big Bang Concert will offer views of the fireworks show, along with music, food, and local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands. Finally, finish the evening off by finding a grassy spot at Stanley Park along the Lake Estes Trail to catch the stunning fireworks show as it glimmers over the beautiful Lake Estes.
The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins. Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at The Ranch.
The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins. Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at
The Ranch. Don’t worry about entrance fees, as this celebration is free, with 4,000 parking spaces becoming available at 6 pm.
Fireworks will begin at 9.15 pm, with food trucks providing snacks and refreshments—music over the loudspeakers playing Big Rob on local radio station 96.1 KISSFM.
Steamboat has officially canceled its annual fireworks celebration, which is too bad because it might have been the best in all of Colorado, especially since it always takes place right after the infamous Howelsen Hill Rodeo. That being said, Kremmling is just a short 30-45 minute drive away from Steamboat and will host its annual “Fire on the Cliffs” display.
Located in Kremmling Town Square, enjoy a beer tent, live music, and family entertainment before the show.
If you want to catch a fireworks-only event on July 3rd, then Lakewood is the place to be! Big Boom Bash is a fireworks-only display taking place over Jeffco Stadium at 9:15 p.m. The Big Boom Bash not only includes an incredible array of fireworks but the production will also be choreographed to music. So, if you plan on taking a peek at this incredible display, tune in to 100.3 FM, MIX 100 to get the whole experience.
The show should be visible from Lakewood parks and residences located within a 1.5-mile radius of Jeffco Stadium, but bear in mind that parking will be minimal (so walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transport is encouraged). Here are some of the best spots to enjoy the show: Creighton Middle School, Trailblazer Parking Lot, Lakewood Park, the west side of O’Kane Park, and more. The complete list of locations can be found on www.lakewood.org.
The annual Winter Park 4th of July Celebration will be held on Sunday from 7 pm – 10 pm at Rendezvous Event Center, a terrific outdoor space in Hideaway Park downtown. Enjoy a free concert before the firework display by Colorado Native, Buckstein. Take the whole family, roll out a picnic blanket, and watch the sky light up over Grand County. There will be plenty of entertainment, including a cornhole tournament and bocce ball. Make sure to get there early to lock down a good viewing spot on the lawn. They must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.
Sonora Smart spent her summers at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. Her mother tragically passed away when she was young, so she and her five siblings were raised by her father, a Civil War veteran. The year was 1910, and at the time, Mother’s Day was the only holiday in America honoring one’s parents. Sonora felt this was unjust. After all, her father was the anchor of their family. Thus, on June 19th, 1910, Sonora organized the first-ever Father’s Day celebration at the very same YMCA she grew up loving.
What is your perfect father’s day? Honor the patriarch of your family by making this upcoming weekend an unforgettable experience. Below outlines our ideal Father’s Day Weekend in Northern Colorado, starting Friday night thru Sunday evening. We hope this article inspires you to go above and beyond for your father this upcoming weekend. Have fun, and, of course, stay safe.
Friday Night – Dinner and Karaoke
If you haven’t been to Berthoud, then you are missing out. This rural Larimer County town is the perfect place to spend a relaxing summer night. Head over to Derby Grill and treat dad to live music and Karaoke. The menu is extensive, but every Friday night features the Walleye fish fry or prime rib.
Both are excellent choices! Kick back, drink a cold one, and watch the sunset over the picturesque Rocky Mountains in the background. There is no better way to kick off Father’s Day weekend!
Saturday Morning – Loveland Garden Tour & Art Show
Start the morning off by soaking in the sunshine while also helping a local charity. The Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show, celebrating its 17th year, is the primary fundraiser for Loveland Youth Gardeners. You will learn introductory horticulture, sustainability techniques, and best practices for both indoor and outdoor living spaces on this tour.
Afterward, stick around to meet local artists, many of which focus on sustainability.
Saturday Brunch and Afternoon Stroll – Downtown Loveland
After the Garden Tour, take dad on a short drive over to downtown Loveland where you will enjoy brunch at town favorite Doug’s Day Diner. We recommend the Mona Lisa Omelet or Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito.
While you’re downtown, cruise along Washington and Lincoln Avenue to visit boutique shops and local breweries/wineries. Don’t forget to stroll the side streets, as this cute Colorado gem is the definition of homely.
Tap off this perfect Saturday with a fantastic dining experience at The Emporium, located in the upscale Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Fort Collins. With a French and American-inspired menu, walk through their open wine display to pick the perfect pairing with your meal.
The Emporium delivers delicious cuisine, and we recommend the Country Meatloaf or Muscles Mariniere, with a side of Popcorn Polenta. Following dinner, take dad on a summer night stroll around downtown Fort Collins, also known as Old Town.
Boost those endorphins with some early morning exercise. The 24th Annual Father’s Day 5K is a local favorite among Northern Coloradans. Held in Fort Collins, run, jog, or walk alongside your dad down the quaint streets of midtown. This is a pet friendly race, so you can bring your pup if you wish.
Proceeds from the race go to Adaptive Recreation Opportunities – a government program ensuring anyone, regardless of income or ability, has access to recreation services.
After your morning run, dad will probably be ready to take a load off and chill. Boulder is about a 45-minute drive from Fort Collins, just enough time to rest up for the Boulder Creek Festival. Along Canyon Blvd, from 9th to 14th street, this weekly summer festival brings together the local community with live music, local artists, and great food trucks.
Be sure to get your ticket ahead of time. If you need a respite from the sun, take a short walk over to the elegant Saint Julien Hotel. Sit out back, overlook the flatirons while sipping a signature cocktail, or take advantage of their 10,000 square foot spa. A little R&R never hurt!
Not many places in the world, much less America, provide the same dining experience as The Flagstaff House. That’s because this chateau-like restaurant sits 6,000 feet high on a sloped hillside overlooking all of Boulder. But it’s not just the views that impress, Executive Chef Chris Royster curates the menu daily with seasonal and local ingredients, and with 16,000 bottles in the cellar there is a perfect match for every dish.
This unparalleled dining experience has made it on Forbes Travel Guide over 40 years in a row. End this amazing Father’s Day weekend sipping wine with the magical golden sun setting over the red flatirons.`
There’s an incredible bond between a father and his children. It’s a connection forged through years of love and sacrifice. When you’re a child, you see your dad as a superhero—a larger-than-life presence who seems to do no wrong. As you get older, you begin to realize he’s just a man, fighting the same quirks and limitations we all do. The reality is this only deepens our respect for our fathers because being heroic isn’t being gifted with superpowers or immense talent; it’s waking up every day and doing the right thing for your family even when it’s hard. Those are actual heroes, and it’s great we can set aside a day to honor that dedication.
The cat is out of the bag! It’s not just us that know Denver is one of the best places to live. A recent article by US News ranked Denver as the number 2 city in the nation to call home. Take advantage of all this great town has to offer by treating your dad to an unforgettable Father’s Day experience. Need some tips? Below is our perfect weekend, starting Friday night thru Sunday evening.
Friday Night – Film on the Rocks
Specifically, Friday night, head out to Morrison and take in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s no better way to start Father’s Day weekend than with one of the best adventure films ever made. It doesn’t hurt when the movie is playing at Red Rocks, one of the most beautiful venues in the world.
A young Harrison Ford paired with Spielberg filming jaw-dropping action set pieces results in a film that never lets up and comes pretty close to being perfect.
Sunday morning, you’ll want to fuel up, so stop by the Root Down in LoHi. A part of local restaurant group Edible Eats, this upbeat gem boasts one of the best breakfasts in all of Denver. Be sure to try the Fried Chicken and Goat Cheese Biscuit or Almond Pancakes. To catch a little buzz before your big day, sip on some bubbles with their infamous Blood Orange Mimosa.
Be sure to make a reservation ASAP, as their brunch is hard to get into, even on a typical weekend.
If food can be a masculine adventure replete with history and American West bravado, that meal is found at the Buckhorn Exchange. The restaurant was opened in 1893 by Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz. He was a member of Buffalo Bill Cody’s scouts and rode and toured with Cody and the legendary Chief Sitting Bull, who gave Zietz his nickname.
In 1905 Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential train stopped at the restaurant for dinner and drinks. The next day Zietz and the great frontiersman president headed off to the Western slope for big game hunting. Today the restaurant continues this Western Spirit and serves excellent steaks and bison. Also, look out for more exotic fare like rattlesnake and Rocky Mountain oysters.
Father’s Day is notoriously a busy breakfast holiday, which means it’s challenging to get into most restaurants without reservations weeks in advance. Denver Biscuit Co. is a local charm with four locations throughout Denver. They have both in-house dining, delivery, and pick-up, so you will be assured to grub down on Sunday morning.
We recommend trying The Lola – buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, housemade honey butter, covered in maple syrup, and built-on french toast!
If the dad in your life still has energy, then head over to Coors Field for the 1:00 pm game between the Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers.
This stadium is one of the most beautiful in the entire Major Leagues. Grab a Rockie’s dog and a cold beer. The experience at Coors Field is perhaps above any in the entire league, which explains why LoDo will host the upcoming 2021 All-Star Game.
In the afternoon, you can head over to the Juneteenth celebration, with events all over the city. Juneteenth celebrates when slaves from Texas learned of their freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Denver has an incredible Black history worth reading up on. With one of the oldest Juneteenth events in the country, it’s a celebration of Black culture and arts along with Black-owned businesses and their contributions to Denver.
Jax Fish House has three excellent locations in Colorado: LoDo (1539 17th Street), Glendale (650 South Colorado Boulevard), and Boulder (928 Pearl Street). They offer a wonderful Father’s Day Special – get a classic surf and turf — New York strip steak and Maine lobster tail, asparagus, red potatoes, and demi-glace — for $55 per person (the take-home version feeds two for $110).
You can also add on a bottle of Willamette Valley Sineann Jax Pinot Noir for just $25, less than half price. This deal also applies to take-out. Be sure to reserve your meal before Friday, June 19th.