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Festivals-Community & Fairs, Boulder County, Colorado
Summer 2014

Berthoud Day

June 7: 60th annual celebration in Berthoud Town Park features a parade, pancake breakfast, 5k run, vendors, food and beer, children’s activities and more. It runs all day, 6:30am-9pm.www.berthoudcolorado.com.

Boulder County Fair

Aug. 1-10: Colorado’s oldest county fair has been going strong for nearly 150 years. Events include rodeos, carnival rides, community competitions (like a chili and salsa cook-off), live entertainment, demonstrations and a beer garden. Parking is free, and so are many of the events. The Grand Fair Parade is Aug. 2. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.www.bouldercountyfair.org.

Boulder Creek Hometown Fair

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Big hometown celebration closes the summer months with more than 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, plus live performances, a beer garden and food court, a classic car show, a 5k walk, the Great Zucchini Race and the Chili Inferno Cook-off. In downtown Boulder, in Central Park and the Municipal Building lawn. www.bouldercreekevents.com.

Buffalo Bill Days

July 23-27: Golden’s largest community festival includes classic events like a car show, parade, golf tournament and live music. www.buffalobilldays.com.

Estes Park Heritage Festival

Aug. 23-24: Explore the history of Estes Park with mountain men, live music, wagon rides, Stanley Steamer rides, antiques, history exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment. Schedule and details:www.evhpf.org.

Hanuman Festival

June 12-15: This celebration of “yoga, music and community” includes live music, yoga classes and demonstrations, healthy food, and a huge Vendor Village. The expansive “Hanuman Lawn” is adjacent to Boulder High School on Arapahoe. www.hanumanfestival.com.

Left Handers Day

Aug. 9: The name “Niwot” translates to “left hand” in Arapaho, so Niwot is the perfect place to celebrate this international observance (which is actually Aug. 13). Events include an art show, farmers’ market, live music, dancing, kids’ games and a pie-eating contest. 9am-9pm.www.niwot.com.

Longmont Festival on Main

Aug. 22: The city of Longmont celebrates the close of summer with several blocks of live music, food, arts and entertainment. Main Street is blocked off from Longs Peak to Third Avenue for the event, which runs 6-10pm. 303-651-8484; www.festivalonmain.com.

Louisville Downtown Street Faire Concerts 

Fridays, June 13-Aug. 15 (except July 4): Weekly celebration in Louisville includes live music in Steinbaugh Pavilion, 834 Front St., plus food and 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. Scheduled performers include Los Lobos and Samantha Fish. www.downtownlouisvilleco.com.

Louisville Fall Festival

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Labor Day weekend festival at various Louisville venues features music, antique car and truck shows, pie contests, games, a parade, and food and crafts booths. www.louisvilleco.gov.

Loveland Corn Roast Festival

Aug. 22-23: Old-fashioned event includes a parade, a corn-shucking competition, a corn-eating contest, and all the roasted or boiled corn you can eat, plus live music and vendor booths. Check times and venues at www.loveland.org.

Lyons Good Old Days

June 27-28: Annual celebration includes a traditional pancake breakfast, a food and beer garden, a midway, live music and the Lyons River Run 5k. In Bohn Park, off Second Avenue and Park Street in Lyons. www.townoflyons.com.

Lyons Outdoor Games

May 31: Despite flood damage in Lyons, this yearly event is still being held (although it’s one day only), and proceeds benefit flood relief. The multi-sport festival is in conjunction with Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Beer Festival. Full details weren’t available at press time, so checkwww.lyonsoutdoors.com.

Mead Summer Festival

June 14: The small town of Mead, just east of Longmont, celebrates summer with a community-wide festival featuring live music, vendors, a beer garden and family activities. 4-8pm at Mead Town Park.www.meadchamberofcommerce.com.

National Night Out

Aug. 5: The Firestone Police Department sponsors a National Night Out event to heighten crime and drug prevention; a free ice cream social for the community is at Firestone Town Hall, 151 Grant Ave. from 6-8pm. Other towns and cities around Boulder often participate; check www.natw.org for an updated list of events.

Nederland Old Timers’ Days

July 26: Family-friendly free event in Chipeta Park includes a parade down First Street.www.nederlandco.org/government/town-hall/special-events.

Rhythm on the River

July 11-12: Longmont’s annual, free music festival features live music, theater and dance performances, children’s activities, food vendors, artisan booths, a 5k run, and lots more. At Roger’s Grove Park, northeast of South Hover Road and Boston Avenue in Longmont. Parking shuttles are available from the Boulder County Fairgrounds. www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr.

Summer Sundays at the Historic Brunner Farmhouse 

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10: The Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities presents three family festivals, with food and drink, a carnival from 4-6pm, and live music from 6-8pm. Bring your own lawn chair to the historic Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St. in Broomfield. www.artsinbroomfield.org.