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Animal Affairs

Animal Affairs

For information about volunteering for other animal-related nonprofits, see listings under Volunteer Opportunities.

Butterfly Pavilion
Explore a lush tropical rain forest brimming with butterflies, then settle in for a visit with Rosie, the center’s “famous” (and friendly) tarantula. Regular daytime admission is only $1 if it’s your birthday. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. See a list of events for all ages at www.butterflies.org.
June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 & Sept. 1: Tripod Photography Class for adults
June 18-24: Pollinator Week

Colorado Horse Rescue
Nonprofit CHR provides emergency relief, shelter, care and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks. 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont; www.chr.org.
June 2: Summer Open House, 10am-4pm
Save the Date, Sept. 22: Mane Event Fundraiser

Denver Zoo
Visit one of the zoo’s newest residents, Baby Ruth the sloth, and more than 4,200 other amazing animals. Watch African penguin feeding daily at 10:15am, and interact with the llama keepers as they care for their charges at 1:30pm. The zoo’s calendar is full of special events and classes all year long. 2300 Steele St., 303-376-4800; www.denverzoo.org.
June 21: Do at the Zoo, annual fundraiser
July 12: The Watering Hole: Adult Lecture Series

End-of-Season Dog Swims
When the summer pool season is winding down, it’s time for playful pups to take a refreshing dip. Check online for details about each location listed below.
Boulder: Dog Dayz at Scott Carpenter Pool; www.bouldercolorado.gov
Lafayette: Dog Days of Summer at LaMont Does Outdoor Pool, Sept. 3
Longmont: Aug. 14-15: At Roosevelt Park Activity Pool, (9am-noon and 4-7pm); At Kanemoto Activity Pool (4-7pm)
Louisville: www.louisvillerecreation.com

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Greenwood rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release into appropriate habitats, and it treats nearly 3,500 mammals, birds and waterfowl every year. The center offers education programs, release-site programs and numerous volunteer opportunities, plus a thrift shop and consignment gallery at 3600 Arapahoe Ave. www.greenwoodwildlife.org.
Save the Date, Sept. 7: Wild Night for Wildlife, annual fundraiser (tickets on sale in June)

Humane Society of Boulder Valley
The shelter cares for more than 8,000 animals each year, and 93 percent are successfully adopted or reunited with their families. The society also offers classes for dogs, trains volunteers to work with the animals and provides veterinary services to the public. 2323 55th St., 303-442-4030; www.boulderhumane.org.

Longmont Humane Society
Besides caring for more than 4,000 animals every year, LHS offers dog training and low-cost veterinary services such as vaccinations, spaying, neutering and dentistry. 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. The thrift store is at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 216. 303-772-1232; www.longmonthumane.org.

Medicine Horse Program
Medicine Horse Program is a nonprofit that enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults and families through therapeutic interaction with horses. Volunteers are always needed. MHP is at 8778 Arapahoe Road. www.medicinehorse.org.
Wednesdays through June 27: Body-Centered Meditation with Horses, 9:30-11am

The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Meander along the “Mile into the Wild” elevated catwalk as you look for Eddy the black leopard, grizzly bears Gaika and Masha, Kanookie the lynx, and hundreds of other large carnivores. The sanctuary is east of Boulder in Keenesburg, off Highway 52. Check online for ticket prices and other info before going. 303-536-0118; www.thewildanimalsanctuary.org.

ArtEvents

Art Events

For more art-related events, see individual listings in our Galleries section. For classes, see listings under Classes. For holiday arts and crafts shows, see listings under Holiday Events.

Art Parts Creative Reuse Center
This community nonprofit inspires and promotes creativity through reuse. Art Parts accepts donations of reusable art, craft and school materials from individuals and businesses, and then sells them at a discount to the public. It also hosts Bricolage Gallery, which exhibits art made from found objects. 2870 Bluff St.; check www.artpartsboulder.org for hours and donation information.

Arts Longmont Studio Tour
See listing under Arts Events/Galleries. www.artslongmont.org.

Arts on the River
Aug. 26: Boulder County artists gather along the river in Lyons to display their paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry and other handcrafted pieces. There’s also live music, children’s activities and food trucks. Co-hosted by the Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission. 1-7pm at River Bend, 501 W. Main St., Lyons. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Berthoud Sunfest and Quilt Show
June 16: View more than 100 quilts on display and vote for your favorite. There’s also a quilt raffle, arts and crafts vendors, and more. 10am-4pm in Fickel Park, 620 Mountain Ave., Berthoud. www.berthoudcolorado.com.

Boulder Art Association
Rotating works by BAA members are on display year-round at businesses throughout the county; check the website for a schedule. The association also holds monthly meetings and other events. 303-444-9922; www.boulderartassociation.org.

Boulder Art Therapy Collective
Boulder Art Therapy Collective is “an environment that inspires people to freely share and make art together in community” through weekly workshops, open studios and clinical trainings. Group and individual art-therapy counseling sessions are available. 1400 Lee Hill Road, #7; www.boulderarttherapycollective.com.
Tuesdays: Tuesday Night Stress Relief and Relaxation Art Group, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursdays: Altered Book Club, 6-8pm

Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA provides information and resources for and about the artists and art organizations in the area. The group also maintains an online calendar of countywide arts events and hosts monthly Business of Arts workshops. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Boulder Creative Collective: Warehouse
BCC’s Warehouse is an event space and gallery where Boulder-area residents “can connect with art through exciting and unexpected events.” It offers art exhibits, classes, social hours for artists, and a Community Critique every other month where artists can share their work and get constructive feedback. BCC is at 2500 47th St. #10 (the yellow door). www.bouldercreativecollective.com.

The Boulder Market
June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, Aug. 12 & 19: Boulder’s “premier open-air marketplace” showcases the works of more than 70 arts and crafts vendors and local merchants, plus live music while you shop. 11am-5pm in Central Park, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard. www.coloradoevents.org.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association
2nd Saturdays: BoMA’s monthly demonstrations are open to the public ($5 for nonmembers) and feature techniques and tips about the metal arts. Past topics included knife making, direct casting and torch-fired enameling. Subscribe to the group’s Meetup site to RSVP and find out the venue, which varies depending on the time of year. The group also hosts events, sales and hands-on workshops at 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.

Boulder Plein Air Festival
June 3-10: Second-annual festival is a week-long celebration of “remarkable landscapes and scenic cityscapes,” sponsored by Open Studios. Watch artists in action in the beautiful outdoors, then attend events like workshops, receptions, exhibitions and lectures. At various Boulder locations; see www.openstudios.org for the schedule.

Boulder Public Library: Yarn-fiti Knit-In
3rd Sundays: Communal, self-directed work sessions are for knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists to help craft yarn pieces for a community yarn installation in the Canyon Gallery this fall. 2-4pm in the Mt. Sanitas room at the main library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.; www.boulderlibrary.org.

Estes Park Art Events
Estes Park is the site of several popular art events during the summer; check www.estesarts.com and www.visitestespark.com for more details.
Mondays, June 4-Aug. 27: Monday Artisans Market, Riverside Plaza
June 7-10: Wool Market & Fiber Festival
Aug. 25-26: Handmade in Colorado Expo
Sept. 1-2: Estes Park Alpaca Market

Farmers’ Market Artisan Shows
Juried shows are held in conjunction with the Boulder and Longmont Farmers Markets—2nd Saturdays in Boulder and 4th Saturdays in Longmont. www.bcfm.org.

Firefly Handmade Fall Market
Aug. 4-5: Browse the work of more than 100 independent artisans while strolling through the shady tent; there’s also live music, food and drink, and children’s activities. In the Boulder Main Library parking lot, 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. www.fireflyhandmade.com.

High Peaks Art Festival
June 23-24:
18th annual event in Nederland is a juried show of fine arts and contemporary crafts, plus live music and food from local restaurants. At various venues in Nederland; check www.highpeaksartfestival.com for the events schedule.

Lafayette Art Night Out
May 11: See listing under Community & Cultural Festivals. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Longmont Art in Public Places Tours
The Longmont Bike Map (available online or at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center) shows the locations of the 100-plus works in Longmont’s impressive public art collection, so you can design your own walking, biking or driving tour. AIPP also hosts guided tours via bike or walking; check the AIPP section of www.longmontcolorado.gov or AIPP’s Facebook page for dates as they’re added.

Longmont Second Fridays
2nd Fridays: Galleries and arts organizations in downtown Longmont join to present special openings, promotions and activities for all ages, 6-9pm. www.downtownlongmont.com.

Louisville Art Association
The nonprofit LAA hosts members’ shows, student shows, meetings, demos, workshops and classes; check www.louisvilleart.org for a schedule. LAA is at 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. www.louisvilleart.org.
June 21-23: Plein Air Workshop
Aug. 18: Dabbler’s Workshop: Drawing Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Aug. 29-Sept. 9: National Juried Fine Art and Photography Show and Sale

Loveland Sculpture & Art Shows
Aug. 11-12: Two special arts events take place on the same weekend in Loveland—a nationally recognized sculpture show and a fine arts festival. Shuttle service is available throughout the city for the weekend.
Sculpture in the Park: The largest juried outdoor sculpture show in the country, now celebrating 35 years, featuring more than 2,000 pieces; at Benson Sculpture Garden, 2908 Aspen Drive just off 29th Street. www.sculptureinthepark.org.
Art in the Park: Huge arts and crafts festival plus a beer garden and live music; 2800 N. Taft. www.artintheparkloveland.com.

Pearl Street Arts Fest
July 21-22: From whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oils and more, this event is “a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder.” There are also demonstrations, performances and children’s art activities. Find times and more details at www.boulderdowntown.com.

 

Benefits & Fundraisers

Benefits & Fundraisers

A Moveable Feast XVIII
June 2: The evening begins with a large cocktail party for all guests at a private home, then smaller groups move on to other homes for a moveable feast of courses, from appetizers to dessert. Proceeds benefit Blue Sky Bridge, a child advocacy center working to create a community free of child abuse. Find updated details at www.blueskybridge.org.

Buffalo Bicycle Classic
Sept. 9: Annual bike race raises scholarship funds for CU students; see listing under Bicycling Events. www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.

Growing Gardens ¡Cultiva! Dinner
Aug. 4: Feast under the stars at a farm-to-table dinner that’s a fundraiser for the nonprofit Growing Gardens’ community programs. Local chefs prepare five courses using fresh organic ingredients from the ¡Cultiva! garden, plus locally raised meats and local beer and wine. Wear garden-party attire and garden-friendly footwear. 5-9pm at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. Tickets: www.growinggardens.org.

“I Have a Dream” 12th Annual Golf Tournament
July 23: Annual tournament helps support I Have a Dream’s mission of sending low-income students to college. Includes breakfast, lunch, on-course beverages and prizes. At Omni Interlocken Golf Club. Register: www.ihadboulder.org.

Leftapalooza
Aug. 11: Help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at this annual event sponsored by Left Hand Brewing Co. It features the Mile High Tribute Band Competition, plus craft beer and food. Noon-8pm at 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. www.lefthandbrewing.com.

Longmont Chamber: Commerce Cup Open
June 25: Annual golf tournament sponsored by the Longmont Chamber benefits a different local nonprofit each year. At Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont; check online for times and other info. 303-776-5295; www.longmontchamber.org.

Louisville Chamber: Spaghetti Open Golf Tournament
July 13: Entry fee includes a hole-in-one contest, breakfast, a luncheon awards banquet and a spaghetti dinner; proceeds benefit the Louisville Chamber. 7:30am tee-off at Coal Creek Golf Course 585 W. Dillon Road, Louisville: register at www.louisvillechamber.com.

Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
July 28: Annual pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for the Nederland Area Seniors and includes all-you can-eat pancakes and all the accompaniments. 8-11am at Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North. www.nederlandareaseniors.org.

1940s WWII-ERA BALL
June 16: Get your tickets early, because this nostalgic fundraiser always sells out. Proceeds help the Wounded Warriors Project and the Spirit of Flight Center. Includes dancing and live music amidst World War II planes, plus a parachute jump, swing-dancing lessons and a classic car show. Vintage jeeps shuttle you back to your car. 5pm at the Boulder Airport (blue hangar), 3393 Airport Road. www.1940sball.org.

There with Care: Care Cup Challenge
June 5: Annual golf tournament at Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield benefits There with Care, an organization that helps families and children facing critical illness. Register at www.therewithcare.org.

 

Bicycling Events

Bicycling Events

Bike Rides/Races

We can pretty much bike year-round here in Boulder County, but summer is when the race circuit really heats up. Whether you ride for fun, ride for a cause or ride to train, many of these fill up early, so register far in advance.

June 3: B360/Circle Boulder by Bicycle Fun Ride kicks off Boulder’s Walk and Bike Month. The self-guided 10am ride for all ages is followed by food, family activities and an expo with giveaways. Details: www.walkandbikemonth.org.

June 16: The G’Knight Ride, now in its 7th year, is a celebration of cycling for all ages and abilities. 3-10pm at Longmont’s Roosevelt Park; register at www.eventbrite.com.

June 23-24: Bike MS: Colorado 2018 is a two-day ride to benefit the National MS Society, following a Westminster-Fort Collins-Westminster route. There’s also a shorter ride that stays in Fort Collins. www.bikemscolorado.org.

July 21-22: The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic is a multiday ride in Summit County with several route options and distances. www.couragetours.com.

Aug. 11: The B Strong Ride, presented by Celestial Seasonings, benefits several cancer-related nonprofits. 69, 38 or 24 miles, plus a 1-mile ride for kids. 7:30am-3:30pm at 4600 Sleepytime Drive. www.bstrongride.com.

Aug. 25: Venus DeMiles is a women’s bike ride with 33-, 64- and 100-mile route options that “celebrates the spirit of sisterhood.” Route begins and ends in Longmont’s Prospect Park, 700 Tenacity Drive. Register at www.venusdemiles.com.

Sept. 9: The Buffalo Bicycle Classic has raised more than $3 million since 2003 for promising students in CU-Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. Choose one of seven biking distances ranging from “Little Buff” to “Buff Epic” (a 110-mile ride with a 9,000-foot elevation gain). www.buffalobicycleclassic.com.

 

Business Events

Business Events

Boulder Chamber
The Boulder Chamber, at 2440 Pearl St., hosts business-skills seminars, weekly leads groups, women’s leadership groups, Business After Hours and other programs; see www.boulderchamber.com for details and to register.
June 15: Nominations close for Women Who Light the Community awards
June 28: Bolder Young Professionals Disc Golf Throwdown
June 28 & Aug. 30: Membership Orientation

Boulder County Arts Alliance
BCAA hosts Business of Arts workshops for artists, with topics like grant writing and audience development. www.bouldercountyarts.org.

Boulder County Independent Business Alliance
BIBA hosts two series that bring together local business owners for lunchtime and happy-hour networking, plus meetings and how-to sessions. See www.boulderiba.org for the event calendar.

Boulder Small Business Development Center
The Boulder SBDC offers low-cost workshops on a variety of topics in both Boulder (at Boulder Public Library) and Longmont (check online for venue). A few are listed, but check the event calendar at www.bouldersbdc.org for more.
June14: 50 Ways to Market Your Business (Boulder)
June 26: Startup Essentials (Longmont)
July 18: Startup Essentials (Boulder)

Colorado Green Building Guild
CGBG is a nonprofit association of building professionals promoting healthier, resource-efficient homes and workplaces. It hosts monthly lunch presentations, roundtable discussions, house tours, member happy hours and other resources for professionals, homeowners and students. 303-447-0901; www.coloradogreenbuildingguild.org.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County
This Longmont-based organization is the main voice for Latino businesses and the issues affecting them in and around Boulder County. Members have access to business training, professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy. The group’s office is at 471 Main St. in Longmont. www.thelatinochamber.com.

Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
The Longmont Chamber offers ongoing business networking events for members and nonmembers, plus members-only seminars, regular new-member orientations, leads groups, and occasional seminars that are free and open to all. www.longmontchamber.org.
June 25: Commerce Cup Golf Tournament (see listing under Benefits & Fundraisers)
July 19: New Member Orientation

Longmont Startup Week
July 23-27: This week full of free events is a collaborative gathering for entrepreneurs, intrepreneurs, investors and the whole community. Includes keynote addresses, workshops, networking and more. Check https://longmont.startupweek.co for a schedule, which wasn’t available at press time.

 

Children/Teens

Children’s/Teens’ Activities

For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.

Art Stop at BMoCA
Saturdays: The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art offers free, hands-on art activities for families every Saturday during the Boulder Farmers’ Market. Museum admission is also free during the market. 9am-1pm at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. www.bmoca.org.

Boulder Public Library Children’s Programs
Storytimes for little ones in different age groups start at 10:15am most days of the week at different library branches; there are also bilingual and musical offerings. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for the full schedule or call 303-441-3099.
Tuesdays: Lap Babies Storytime, 9:15am (Main Branch)
Thursdays: Musical Storytime, 4pm, all ages (Main Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches)
Saturdays: Spanish/English Storytime, 10:15am (NoBo Branch)
June 3: BeeChicas: Meet the Bees and Hold a Drone, 4-5:30pm (Main Branch)
June 14: Digging for Dinosaurs, 4pm (Reynolds Branch)
July 7: Saturday Sing-Along, 3pm (Reynolds Branch)

Boulder Public Library Teen Activities
The Boulder Public Library’s main location and its branches offer a variety of free programs for teenagers all year long, including a popular makerspace. 303-441-3099; www.boulderlibrary.org.
June 6: Sticky Fingers Cooking for Teens, 6pm (NoBo Corner Library)
June 9: Sticky Fingers Cooking for Teens, 3pm (Meadows Branch)
June 20: Wire-Wrapped Stones for Teens, 2pm (Meadows Branch)
July 9: Wire-Wrapped Stones for Teens, 4:30pm (Main Branch)

CU Science Discovery
Science Discovery hosts after-school and day-off science classes, with hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Visit sciencediscovery.colorado.edu for the schedule and registration information.

CU Wizards Program
Monthly Wizards shows during the school year are free science programs geared toward 5th-through-9th-graders, but all ages are welcome. Shows begin at 9:30am; check campus venues atwww.colorado.edu/cuwizards
June 16: Blackholes!

Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in weekly art classes at Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Ages 5-8, noon-12:45pm; ages 9-12, 1-2pm. $10; free for members. www.firehouseart.org.

Lafayette Bike Rodeo
June 9: Free event for kids 12 and under is hosted by the Lafayette Police Department and includes a bike raffle, T-shirts and free hot dogs. 9am-noon at 355 S. Boulder Road in Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com.

Lafayette Kids Public Safety Day
July 18: See police and fire department demonstrations, learn about Flight for Life and other agencies, and bring your bike for a safety check. Event runs 10am-2pm with free open swimming beginning at noon. At LaMont Does Park, 500 S. Boulder Road. See www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.

Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days is a low-cost program that allows preschool children (ages 2-5) and their parents/caregivers to engage in educational, hands-on art activities during the school year. See the schedule and registration info at www.longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.

Louisville Touch-A-Truck
June 2: Small trucks, big trucks, dump trucks, fun trucks…they’re all at this annual event, and they can all be touched. Fun for all ages, but bring ear plugs if you don’t like loud noises. 9-11:30am at Louisville Recreation Center, 900 W. Via Appia Way. www.louisvilleco.gov.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Touch a cloud, tangle with a tornado, create a little chaos—NCAR’s science exhibits help kids learn about weather, climate and other earth-science topics. Free. Open 8am-5pm weekdays at 1850 Table Mesa Drive. scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.

Pages & Paws
Wednesdays: See listing under Literary Events.

Recycled Boat Race
July 22: Youths under 18 are invited to participate in a boat race with watercraft they’ve made completely of recycled materials (except duct tape is allowed). No motors, but wind power is acceptable. 10am at Union Reservoir, 0461 Weld County Road 26, Longmont. Register at www.longmontcolorado.gov/rec.

Tinker Art Studio
This Boulder art studio, founded by educators and artists, offers classes for all age levels in many subjects, including painting, pottery and drawing. Weeklong summer camps run June 4-Aug. 18 and fill up quickly. 5926 S. Broadway, www.tinkerartstudio.com.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History hosts workshops and other events all year long, including the program listed below. Free, but space is limited, so register by calling 303-492-1666 or emailing museum@colorado.edu. The museum is in the Henderson Building on the CU campus, 15th Street and Broadway. Find more details and registration info at cumuseum.colorado.edu.

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
See listing under Nature/Outdoor Events.

YMCA Teen Activities
The YMCA of Boulder Valley offers programs that help teens grow and give them a chance to connect with adults in a safe environment. 303-442-2778 (Mapleton Center), 303-664-5458 (Arapahoe Center); www.ymcabv.org.

Classes

Classes

For more classes, see listings under Food & Drink, Garden & Home, and Nature/Outdoor.

The Art Underground/The Arts Hub
The Art Underground, 901 Front St. in Louisville, and The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette, are nonprofit centers that offer classes for all ages in dance, theater, music, photography, film and visual arts.www.artunder.org.

Boulder CPR & First Aid
Certified American Red Cross instructors teach first aid, CPR, babysitting and lifeguarding. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. 303-668-8079; www.bouldercpr.com.

Boulder Digital Arts
BDA offers workshops, classes (in-person and online), certificate programs and events for digital artists and creative professionals working in film/video, marketing, social media, photography and graphic design. Upcoming classes include Video Production Certificate Program (June 18-22), Tips and Tricks for Travel Photography (June 26), and Understanding and Investing in Cryptocurrencies (July 25). Register at www.boulderdigitalarts.com. BDA is at 1600 Range St., Suite 100.

Boulder Metalsmithing Association
BoMA offers a variety of classes and hands-on workshops in metal arts, like Creative Chain Making, Tool Making for Jewelers, and Amulets & Talismans. 4919 Broadway, Unit 14. www.bouldermetalsmiths.com.

Boulder Potters’ Guild
The Potters’ Guild offers classes and practice sessions for all skill levels, from beginning to master-level. Check www.boulderpottersguild.com for a schedule, and sign up for email alerts about sales and other special events.

Center for Musical Arts
The Center for Musical Arts, located at 200 E. Baseline in Lafayette, features 13 teaching studios with private and group lessons for all ages. www.comusic.org.

Citizenship Classes
Intercambio offers free weekly classes around Boulder County that help participants learn English and give them information about the U.S. citizenship process and the citizenship interview. For locations and other details: 303-996-0275; www.intercambioweb.org.

EXPAND Program
Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s EXPAND program sponsors adventures, services and recreation programs—including sports, fitness, camping and swimming—for children, teens and adults with disabilities. www.bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec.

Front Range Anglers
See listing for free fly-fishing classes under Sports Events.

Herbalism Classes
The Boulder-based herbalist, nutrition consultant and author Brigitte Mars offers a variety of herb-related workshops and classes, including short herb walks around Boulder.
www.brigittemars.com.
July 28 & Aug. 18: High-Altitude Herb Walk, Nederland
Save the Date: 10-Week Herbal Healing Class Begins Sept. 12

Lifelong Learning Program
Boulder Valley School District offers classes for all ages in subjects like writing, dance, health and fitness, money, languages and gardening. www.bvsd.org/LLL.

The Living Arts School
The Living Arts School is a “folk school” for traditional living skills, crafts and music. Classes are held at various locations throughout Boulder County. See the complete class schedule at www.livingartsschool.com.

Longmont Yarn Shoppe
Learn how to knit, crochet, weave, spin and do needle-felting at this Longmont store. See the full schedule of classes at www.longmontyarn.com. The store is at 454 Main St., in the rear unit.
Tuesdays: Charity Handwork, 1pm
1st Wednesdays: Crochet Guild of America Chapter Meeting, 7pm
July 14: Double Trouble Tunisian Afghan, noon; Embroidery Basics, 2pm

Mudslingers Pottery School Summer Clay Camps
Mudslingers offers small-group lessons and workshops for beginning and experienced potters, and open studio sessions for experienced ones. 920 Main St., Suite 1, Louisville. 303-926-0996; www.mudslingerspottery.com.

Nomad Bead Merchants
Saturdays: Free Beading Basics classes happen on a drop-in basis each week from 10am-1pm. At 2pm, “make-and-take” sessions let you create your own unique jewelry (materials fee applies). There are also fee-based classes most Sundays. Registration required. 1909 Ninth St. 303-786-9746; www.nomadbeads.com.

Parlando School of Musical Arts 
Parlando offers group and private lessons for all ages, on topics like Cello Group Class, Chamber Music and Flute Choir for Adults. Parlando is at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; there’s also a satellite location in Denver. www.parlando.org.

Recreation Centers
Boulder County recreation centers offer a variety of classes in sports and fitness, healthy living and nutrition, arts and crafts, social dancing and more. Visit each center’s website for a schedule and registration info, or pick up a brochure in person.
Boulder: East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive; North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway; South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive. 303-413-7270; www.boulderparks-rec.org.
Erie: Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St. 303-926-2550; www.erieco.gov.
Lafayette: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. 303-665-0469; www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation.
Longmont: The main rec center is at 310 Quail Road. Classes are also offered at the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., and at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St. 303-774-4800; www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec.
Louisville: 900 W. Via Appia. 303-666-7400; www.louisvillerecreation.com.
Nederland: Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Highway 72, 303-258-9721; www.nederlandcommunitycenter.org.

REI Boulder Classes
The Boulder REI store, 1789 28th St., offers classes and workshops on outdoor topics such as backcountry navigation and how to climb a 14-er. www.rei.com/boulder.
June 7: Women’s Bike Maintenance Basics
June 20: The Buzz About Bats

School of Rock
This nationally known music school offers lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Locations are 3280 28th St., Unit 1, Boulder, and 11970 Quay St., Broomfield. www.schoolofrock.com.

Studio Arts Boulder
The nonprofit Studio Arts Boulder offers ceramics programs at the Boulder Pottery Lab, in the historic Fire Station #2 at 1010 Aurora Ave. Classes are for all levels of ability for youth, teens, adults, seniors and people with disabilities; there are also date nights, family nights and summer camps. www.studioartsboulder.org.

Community Festivals

Community Festivals

Berthoud Day
June 2: Annual celebration features a parade at 11am plus live music, kids’ activities, vendors, and the Berthoud’s Got Talent competition.11am-9pm at Berthoud Town Park, 200 7th St. www.berthoudcolorado.com.

Boulder County Fair
Aug. 3-12: At nearly 150 years old, this is the oldest county fair in the state. Events include rodeos, carnival rides, live entertainment, community competitions, demonstrations and a beer garden. Parking is free, and so are many of the events. The Grand Fair Parade is Aug. 4 at 10am. For the full schedule, see www.bouldercountyfair.org.

Boulder Creek Festival
May 26-28: This huge annual festival has been Boulder’s unofficial kickoff to summer since 1987. It features nine separate event areas, more than 500 vendor booths, live entertainment on four stages, carnival rides, food and drink stations, and a signature rubber duck race down the creek. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. Find the full schedule of events and times for each day at www.bceproductions.com.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
Sept. 1-3: This annual end-of-summer celebration includes arts and crafts vendors, live performances, a 5k, interactive sports activities, a food court and a beer garden. Monday from 1-6pm is the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. For the schedule of events and other info, see www.bouldercreekevents.com.

Boulder Dance COALITION: International Festival
June 15-17: See listing under Arts Events/Dance.

Boulder Jewish Festival
June 3: Jewish cultural celebration includes live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, vendor booths and family activities. On Pearl Street Mall in front of the courthouse, 11am-4pm. Free. www.boulderjewishfestival.org.

Buffalo Bill Days
July 26-29: Golden’s largest community festival includes classic events like a car show, parade, golf tournament and live music. www.buffalobilldays.com.

Colorado Brazil Fest
Aug. 9-11: Three-day annual festival features live music and dance performances, workshops, vendors, traditional foods and more, at a variety of Boulder-area venues. Find the updated schedule of events at www.coloradobrazilfest.org.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
July 28-29: The dragon boat races are a big hit, but this popular event has grown to be so much more. It’s a two-day celebration of Asian culture and athletic skill, with competitive and recreational races, food and vendor booths, kids’ activities, live performances, history exhibits and more. At Sloan’s Lake Park in northwest Denver, 25th Avenue and Sheridan. www.cdbf.org.

Colorado Latino Festival Week
June 18-24: Big weeklong festival showcases traditional music, food, and informational and vendor booths. Events are in Boulder and Longmont; see the updated schedule at www.thelatinofestival.com.

Colorado Medieval Festival
June 1-3: It’s a whole weekend of food (like turkey legs), drinks (like mead), artisan booths, dancing, live music, and a Battle of the Bards competition. At the Savage Woods, 1750 Savage Road, just west of Loveland. www.coloradocastle.com.

Colorado Renaissance Festival
Weekends, June 16-Aug. 5: The annual Renaissance Festival is a blast from the past, with master revelers, comedic performers, skilled artisans, roasted turkey legs, steak on a stake and other delights. In Larkspur, south of Denver (exit 173 off I-25). www.coloradorenaissance.com.

Lafayette Art Night Out
June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14: Free community event features artist booths, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids’ activities. 5-9:15pm at Festival Plaza and along Public Road in downtown Lafayette. www.cityoflafayette.com/ano.

Longmont Pride Festival
June 23: Free community event from 2-6pm features activities, arts and crafts, a dunk tank, a photo booth, vendors, and much more. On 4th Street between Main and Emery in Longmont. www.outboulder.org.

Louisville Downtown Street Faire
Fridays, June 8-Aug. 11 (except July 6): Popular celebration in Louisville includes live music in Steinbaugh Pavilion, 834 Front St., plus food/ vendor booths, children’s activities, and other special events. The festivities run from 5-10pm, and the music plays from 6:30-9pm, rain or shine. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.

Louisville Fall Festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Annual Labor Day weekend festival at various Louisville venues features music, antique car and truck shows, pie contests, a parade, food and crafts booths, and games. www.louisvilleco.gov.

Lyons Good Old Days
June 23: Big community event, held annually, includes a pancake breakfast, a food and beer garden, a midway, live music and the Lyons River Run 5k. In Bohn Park, off 2nd Avenue and Park Street in Lyons. www.townoflyons.com.

Lyons Outdoor Games & Burning Can Festival
June 2: Outdoor, adventure sport and music festival helps raise funds for Lyons flood relief. The multi-sport festival is in conjunction with Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Beer Festival. Check www.lyonsoutdoors.com for more details and camping info.

Rhythm on the River
July 13-14: Longmont’s annual free music festival features two evenings of live music, theater and dance performances, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, artisan booths, a nighttime 5k run, and lots more. At Roger’s Grove Park, northeast of south Hover Street and Boston Avenue in Longmont. Parking shuttles are available from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. www.longmontcolorado.gov/rotr.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 22-24: Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with a festival of light, flowers, food, music and dancing under the festive maypole. The Midsummer Pole is raised at 10am on Saturday, followed by a Grand March Entrance. All events are at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. www.estesmidsummer.com.

Taste of Louisville
June 2: This big annual event, a favorite for more than 30 years, includes more than 100 vendors plus 5k and 12k races, the Louis-Palooza music festival, the farmers market, children’s activities, and more. 9am-4pm in downtown Louisville. www.louisvillechamber.com.

Cultural Festivals

Cultural Festivals

See listings above under Community Festivals.

 

Farmers Markets

Farmers’ Markets

Fall’s impressive bounty is apparent at farmers’ markets in Boulder County and beyond, with a plethora of farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, flowers, herbs and much more, with offerings changing weekly as the season progresses.

Berthoud: Saturdays 9am-1pm June 23-Sept. 29 at Fickel Park in downtown Berthoud; www.berthoudlocal.org.
Boulder: Saturdays 8am-2pm through Nov. 17 and Wednesdays 4-8pm through Oct. 3 at 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Erie: Thursdays 5-8pm through Sept. 20 on Briggs Street between Wells and Moffatt streets. www.realfarmersmarketco.com.
Frederick: Thursdays 4-8pm June-August and 4-7pm in September at Crist Park, 105 5th St. www.frederickco.gov.
Lafayette: Thursdays 4-8pm June 7-Sept. 27 at Lafayette Florist, 600 S. Public Road. www.bcfm.org.
Longmont: Saturdays 8am-1pm through Nov. 17 at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Boston Avenue. www.bcfm.org.
Louisville: Saturdays 9am-1pm through Oct. 13 at 824 Front St. wwwrealfarmersmarketco.com.
Mead: Sundays 10am-1pm June 24-Sept. 23 at Mead Main Park. www.townofmead.org.

Food Events

Food & Drink Festivals & Events

For tours of local wineries, breweries and distilleries, see listings under Tours.

A Taste of Colorado
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Huge annual festival in downtown Denver features food, drink, music and visual arts. For venue info and an events schedule, check www.atasteofcolorado.com.

Ales For Females
Select Mondays: Three times per month on Mondays (6:30-8pm), beer-loving women meet to discuss all things beer and learn how to pair beer with food. This event has become so popular that tickets must be purchased in advance at www.lefthandbrewing.com. The Left Hand Tasting Room is at 1265 Boston Ave. in Longmont.

The Art of Cheese Cheesemaking Classes
Longmont’s artisanal cheesemaking school offers classes covering everything from soft cheeses like chèvre to firm cheeses like cheddar and Jarlsberg. Find the full schedule and Longmont locations at www.theartofcheese.com.
June 29-July 1 & Aug. 24-26: Cheesemaking Bootcamps
July 17: Make Mozzarella with Dad (or a friend)

Boulder Beer’s 39th Anniversary Celebration
Sat June 23: 11am–10pm. Live music on the patio all day with the Gasoline Lollipops headlining at 6pm. A rare beer garden of experimental pilot brews on tap outside from 12-6pm. www.boulderbeer.com.

Boulder Craft Beer Fest
Aug. 18: Fifth-annual event brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder and beyond. The ticketed event for ages 21+ also includes live music and food for purchase. Tickets go on sale in early June at www.boulderdowntown.com.

Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Wine Festival
June 8: Who needs red or white when there’s pink? Fourth-annual festival showcases new releases from around the world, plus food samples and a silent auction that benefits There With Care. 6-9pm (VIP entrance at 5pm) at Omni Interlocken Resort’s Outdoor Pavilion, Broomfield. www.drinkpinkvino.com.

Erie Brewfest
June 9: Now in its sixth year, this beer celebration runs from noon-4pm on Briggs Street in historic downtown Erie. Find out more at and get discounted tickets online at www.eriechamber.org.

Estes Park Wine Festival
Aug. 11-12: Annual event features more than a dozen Colorado wineries, plus food and merchandise vendors and live music. In Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. Tickets are available at King Soopers or online at www.estesparkwinefestival.com.

Food Lab Cooking School
Food Lab offers 3-hour classes with plenty of time built in to enjoy the prepared courses. They also hold summer camps for kids. Recent class topics included Cuban Cookery and Fresh Pasta Workshop; see the calendar online for the summer schedule. 1825 Pearl St. www.foodlabboulder.com.

Great American Beer Festival
Save the Date: The festival is Sept. 20-22 in Denver, but tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for members (see info online) and Aug. 2 for the general public. GABF always sells out immediately, so log on to www.ticketmaster.com at 10am on the designated day. www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com.

Growing Gardens Garden to Table Cooking Classes
June 28, July 12 & July 26: Register for just one class or for the three-part series. Learn how to cook with superfoods, how to host a garden party and new things to do with Southwest flavors. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave.; find more details at www.growinggardens.org.

Lafayette Brewfest
Sept. 8: Explore craft and micro brews one pour at a time. Tickets sold by 4-oz. pours; there’s also live music. 2-7pm in downtown Lafayette; find details at www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Lafayette Peach Festival
Aug. 18: With 4,500 servings of peach cobbler, 500 peach pies, and crates of Palisade peaches, there’s plenty of peachiness to go around at this annual festival. There’s also arts and crafts, food vendors, antiques, kids’ activities and live entertainment. 9am-4pm in old town Lafayette along Public Road. www.lafayettecolorado.com.

Local Table Tours
LTT hosts a number of culinary-themed tours around Boulder, including Coffee & Chocolate, Cocktail and Farmers Market tours. www.localtabletours.com.

Lucky’s Market Classes
Lucky’s Market, 3960 Broadway in Boulder and 700 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont, offers occasional one-session classes, like Cheese Appreciation and events for kids. Keep abreast of the schedule by “liking” the store’s Facebook page, or download monthly schedules at www.luckysmarket.com.

Nederland Area Seniors Pancake Breakfast
July 28: See listing under Benefits & Fundraisers.

Pints in the Park
Sept. 1: Adults-only party features brews from nearly two dozen breweries; $25 advance-purchase price gets you a souvenir glass and all the beer you can drink. Noon-4pm at Louisville’s Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive. www.pintsintheparkco.com.

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival Tour
This festival gives you two dates to sample pizza, beer, live music and lawn games, plus a chance to vote for your favorite local brewery and pizzeria. www.bouldercreekevents.com.
June 23: Community Park, Louisville, 1-6pm
Sept. 3: As part of the Hometown Festival in downtown Boulder, 1-6pm

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival
Aug. 25: This annual event showcases premium cigars, handcrafted brews, unique wines and excellent foods. 1-6pm; VIP entrance at noon at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. www.rmcigarfestival.com.

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival
July 28-29: This annual tradition for tea lovers features seminars, workshops, tastings, a tea dinner, a small bazaar, and children’s tea parties. Find the full schedule of events at www.rockymtnteafestival.com.

Taste of Louisville
June 2: See listing under Community Festivals.

Taste of Tomato
Aug. 25: See listing under Garden & Home Events.

VegFest
July 28-29: VegFest is a two-day health and environmental fair supporting a vegan lifestyle. It features cooking demonstrations, food sampling, food and nonprofit vendors and fun for the kids. At 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. www.vegfestcolorado.org.

 

Forums

Forums/Lectures/Workshops

Boulder Center for Conscious Community
“BC3” offers workshops, classes, coaching sessions, art exhibits and book groups. 1637 28th St. 303-449-5417; www.consciousboulder.com.

Boulder Public Library Adult Programs
BPL hosts several discussion groups that meet weekly or monthly at the library’s branches. There are also business workshops; see listing under Business Events. www.boulderlibrary.org.
Tuesdays: Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group, 10am-noon (Meadows Branch); contact
Final Mondays: Women of the West, 11:30am-1pm (Main Branch)
Final Thursdays: Geopolitics Discussion Group, 1-3pm monthly (Main Branch)

Boulder Shambhala Center
This Tibetan Buddhist studio offers discussions, lectures, meditation classes and workshops; many events are free. 1345 Spruce St. www.boulder.shambhala.org.

Broomfield Depot Museum Speaker Series
June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 & Sept. 12: Local history comes alive at this history series sponsored by the Broomfield Depot Museum. Presentations begin at 7pm at the Broomfield Crescent Grange, 7901 W. 120th Ave., unless noted below. www.broomfield.org.
June 13: Mixed Blood: The Love and Lineage of the First Families of the Santa Fe Trail
July 11: Adolph Zang’s Lakeside Amusement Park
Aug. 8: We Followed the Coal and Migrant Work for a Better Life: One Family’s Journey
Sept. 12: Wild Women of the West (at Broomfield Auditorium)

City of Boulder Home-Ownership Program
Monthly orientations sponsored by the city of Boulder instruct prospective buyers on affordable housing and using city programs to buy a house. Check the schedule at www.boulderaffordablehomes.com.

Elevations Credit Union Reality Check Seminars
Elevations Credit Union offers dozens of free presentations each year at its different area branches—on topics like Social Security, retirement, real estate, investing and wills—and you don’t have to be a credit union member to attend. Elevations also sponsors some free programs that aren’t related to finances at all. The dates listed below all take place at the Diagonal Branch, 2960 Diagonal Highway; visit www.elevationscu.com to RSVP and to see the rest of the schedule.
June 7: Retirement Income Planning, noon
June 12: Buying Residential Property, 6pm
June 28: Planning for Long-Term Care, 6pm

Ignite Boulder
Sept. 20: Save the date (and get your tickets soon) because these events always sell out. Ignite Boulder is a “night of geeky presentations with a twist.” Each speaker has exactly 5 minutes to teach us something, enlighten us or simply entertain us, backed by 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. At Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. More info: www.igniteboulder.com. Tickets: www.chautauqua.com.

The Integral Center
The Integral Center is a place where members can meet others, work, take classes, listen to presentations, and more. There’s something on the calendar nearly every day of the week, including yoga and meditation, and the center is also home to the Mandala Integrative Medicine Clinic. Nonmembers can drop in to most programs for a fee. Stop by 2805 Broadway to check it out, or visit www.integralcenter.org.

TED X Boulder
June 3: TEDxBoulder, modeled after TED talks, features live presentations with the theme “Truth & Daring.” Ticket includes light picnic-style dinner. 5pm at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Purchase tickets at www.chautauqua.com.

TED X Mile High
June 16: This year’s TEDxMileHigh features two live sessions of speakers offering breakthrough discoveries and fresh perspectives on the topic “Uncommon.” At the Buell Theatre in Denver; learn more and purchase tickets at www.tedxmilehigh.com.
June 29: Deadline to apply as a TEDxMILEHIGH speaker for the fall event

TinkerMill
TinkerMill is a nonprofit makerspace where members have access to tools and equipment they probably don’t have at home—like 3-D printers, CAD workstations, sewing machines, a kiln, soldering setups and woodworking stations. 1840 Delaware Place, Unit A, Longmont; visit www.tinkermill.org for details and to view the calendar of classes, clubs and meetups.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History offers numerous workshops, lectures, classes and forums all year long, and many are free. For a schedule, see cumuseum.colorado.edu. The museum is located in the Henderson Building, Broadway and 15th Street.

Fourth of July Events

Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way, with a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the summer sky. Here’s a list of area events; you can also head to high ground above Boulder and watch several at once! Verify details for all events before you go, especially if we’re experiencing drought conditions or rain.

Boulder: Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast takes place at CU’s Folsom Field; gates open at 8pm. Program includes live music, a sing-along, an appearance from Ralphie the buffalo and fireworks at 9:40pm. Gates open at 8pm. www.boulder4thofjuly.com.
Broomfield: The Great American Picnic begins at 5:30pm and includes pony rides and inflatables, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks beginning at dusk. Bring a picnic dinner to Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Check www.broomfield.org for info about parking shuttles.
Estes Park: Fireworks over Lake Estes begin at dusk, but the fun starts early in the day with a pancake breakfast, a patriotic concert and a classic car show. www.visitestespark.com.
Firestone: Full-day celebration begins at 7am with a pancake breakfast and 5k/10k runs; a parade at 10am; then activities in Old Town Firestone like face painting, a climbing wall, mini golf, a classic car show, a beer garden, and live music leading up to the fireworks at dusk. At Miners Park, 170 Grant Ave. www.ci.firestone.co.us.
Lafayette: The fun begins at 4pm at Waneka Lake, 1600 Caria Drive, with food concessions, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks at dusk. www.lafayettecolorado.com.
Longmont: Grab an up-close seat at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, or secure a great view at a number of other sites around the city. Fireworks begin at dusk. At noon, don’t miss the Longmont Symphony’s annual patriotic concert at Thompson Park. www.longmontcolorado.gov.
Louisville: Coal Creek Golf Course (585 W. Dillon Road) opens at 6pm for music, games and fun, and fireworks begin at dusk. www.louisvilllechamber.com.
Nederland: Check www.nederlandco.org for 2018 celebration updates.
Niwot: Niwot traditionally hosts a full day of activities that includes a pancake breakfast and a parade; check www.niwot.com for 2018 details.

Garden Events

Garden & Home Events

Colorado Native Plant Society Garden Tour
June 16: Self-guided tour from 9am-1pm takes you to five Boulder-area private gardens to view native and xeric techniques. Find ticket info and other details at www.conps.org.

Colorado Shakespeare Gardens
June 9-Aug. 12: The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens—lovingly maintained by volunteers—feature flowers, herbs and vegetables that pertain to the season’s plays at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Plants have markers with more info about them and favorite Shakespeare quotes. Garden tours are also offered before some performances. On the CU campus, just west of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. www.coloradoshakespearegardens.org.

Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens offers acres of plant displays, classes for all ages, lectures, plant shows, gardening certification, botanical illustration instruction, storytimes, and a great deal more. The main gardens are at 1007 York St.; the Chatfield location is at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. www.botanicgardens.org.
June 5, July 3, Aug. 7: SCFD Free Days at Chatfield Farms
June 5, July 19, Aug. 29: SCFD Free Days at York Street
July 21: Lavender Festival (Chatfield)
Aug. 24: Fête des Fleurs (York Street)

Festival of Flowers Garden Tour
June 8-9: Tour six stunning Longmont gardens as you help raise funds for the Longmont Symphony Guild. Hours are 9am-3pm each day, and Master Gardeners will be on hand at two of the gardens to answer questions. See www.longmontsymphony.org for ticket outlets and more information.

Growe Foundation
The Growe Foundation strives to educate children about healthy eating and environmental stewardship. It gives students hands-on education, both in school classrooms and on-site at the gardens. www.growefoundation.org.

Growing Gardens
This Boulder nonprofit’s mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. It offers summer camps for kids, community gardens, adult classes, classroom visits during the school year and community events. The gardens are at 1630 Hawthorn Ave. www.growinggardens.org.
June 28, July 12 & July 26: Summer Garden to Table Cooking Classes (see listing under Food & Drink Events)

Harlequin’s Gardens
Harlequin’s Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St., offers low-cost classes on a variety of garden topics; a few are listed below, but check online for the full schedule. The on-site display gardens include a xeriscape herb garden and ornamental grasses. 303-939-9403; www.harlequinsgardens.com.
June 10: Successful Home Composting, 1pm
June 23: Honeybee Meet & Greet, 10am
July 21: Basic Landscape Design, 1pm
Aug. 25: Gardening with Mushrooms, 1pm

Hudson Gardens
Littleton’s Hudson Gardens offers numerous free or low-cost educational sessions on topics like beekeeping and vegetable gardening. Visitors can observe Master Gardeners planting, weeding and harvesting, and then ask questions or get advice. 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. www.hudsongardens.org.
June 13: So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?
June 16: Roses 101

Lafayette Old Town Garden Tour
June 9: Stroll through old town Lafayette a variety of gardening styles, xeric landscapes, raised beds, outdoor rooms, beehives and chicken coops. Proceeds fund grants given by the Lafayette Old Town Association to help homeowners beautify their properties. More info: www.oldtownlafayette.com.

Longmont Home & Garden Show
Aug. 18-19: Free lifestyle show features vendors exhibiting the latest trends in home improvement, decorating, gardening and more. At Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. www.longmonthomeshow.com.

Lyons Farmette
Lyons Farmette, a working organic farm and sustainability center, offers classes in cooking, beekeeping and raising chickens, soil health, herbal skin care and more. It also hosts farm dinners and art events. Check the online calendar for updates. 4121 Ute Highway, Lyons; www.lyonsfarmette.com.
July 22: Wool Day, 9am-4:30pm
Sept. 4: Edible Flowers Class, 6-8pm

Sturtz & Copeland Classes
Sturtz & Copeland offers free gardening classes on a variety of topics, and attendees also get a discount on purchases. 303-442-6663; www.sturtzandcopeland.com.

Taste of Tomato
Aug. 25: Annual tomato-tasting festival is sponsored by the CSU Extension and Harlequin’s Gardens. Bring your favorite homegrown tomatoes for free entry. 10am-1pm; check www.harlequinsgardens.com for venue and more info.

Three Leaf Farm
Three Leaf Farm in Lafayette offers garden-related classes and workshops on topics like herbal medicine and soap making. Check the full schedule and other details at www.threeleaffarm.com. 445 S. 112th St., Lafayette.
June 22-24: Botanica! A Festival of Plants, 10am-3pm
July 14: Soap-Making Workshop, 10am
Aug. 11: Fermented & Cultured Foods, 11am

Whittier Garden Tour
June 2: 15th-annual event is a self-guided tour of 10 outstanding gardens on historic Mapleton Hill; proceeds benefit Whittier International Elementary School. Food trucks on site. 9am-2pm. Order tickets online at www.whittiergardentour.com; they cost a bit more the day of the event.

 

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