Colorado Weekend Ten To Do

June 17 – 19,  2011

Focus on Dads this weekend with stereotypical manly interests – car shows, barbeque or the buzz of a chain saw. Add plenty of food, wine and music for a successful event.

 

Aspen – Food & Wine Classic

June 17 – 19 – Around TownAspen Mountain - B

Indulge at the yearly premier Food and Wine Classic. Over 80 seminars, tastings, demonstration, panel discussions led by top chefs – Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Jacques and Claudine Pepin; and, wine experts including Thomas Keller and David Lynch plus many more.

Breckenridge – Kingdom Days

June 18 & 19 – Breckenridge and Area

The Kingdom of Breckenridge celebrates its 152-year heritage with Wild West gun fights on Main Street, gold panning, historic hikes and walking tours, storytelling and mine tours. Gather a team, build an outhouse, then push or pull it to the finish in the 5th annual outhouse races. Dozens of FREE events, activities for all ages.

Craig – Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

June 15 – 18 – City Park

A dozen carvers from around the country compete for cash prizes while turning tree stumps into 3-dimensional works of art. The craftsmen rev up their engines starting Wednesday; work continues until Saturday afternoon judging. Saturday brings arts, crafts, food vendors, car and motorcycle show, and live music, ending with awards and a FREE public concert by the Outlaws.

Denver – Greek Festival

June 17 – 19 – Alameda Ave. & Leetsdale Dr.

One of Denver’s largest and longest running ethnic festivals features traditional Greek music, folk dancing and tons of good food (love the Greek fries). Events include a Greek boutique and tours of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Don’t miss the homemade desserts including baklava. OPA!

Frisco – Colorado BBQ Challenge

June 16 & 18 – Main Street

Frisco’s Main Street fills with more than 60 teams competing in the 18th annual event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Tastings, entertainment, games, cooking demons and pig races ensure a smokin’ good time.

Glenwood Springs – 114th Strawberry Days

June 17 – 19 – Throughout TownGlenwood Pool - B

Colorado’s oldest community festival, 114-years-old, includes carnival, entertainment, parade, arts festival and pie eating contest. FamilyFest focuses on interactive, entertaining and creative experiences including mural painting, pony rides and petting zoo. The century long tradition of FREE strawberries and ice cream continues on Saturday.

 

Hotchkiss – 52nd Black Canyon Art Exhibit

June 17 – 19 – Memorial Hall Gallery

The Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association hosts the annual show that includes painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, graphics pastel and fine craft. Show judge Virginia Unseld holds a Travel Journal workshop on Friday afternoon.S

 

Salida – New Belgian FIBArk Whitewater Festival

Rafting - BJune 14 – 19 – Riverside Park

America’s oldest, boldest and largest whitewater festival in its 63nd year with events from international competitors to pancake breakfast, carnival to mountain bike races. With lots of fast moving snow melt 2011 should be an exciting year for “First In Boating on the Arkansas”.

 

Steamboat Springs – Rocky Mt. Mustang Roundup

June 16 – 19 – Meadows Parking Lot & Downtown

Mustangs of the motorized variety not wild horses. Scenic Mountain Tour on Thursday, Autocross events on Friday, Show ‘n Shine along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat from 10:30am-3pm on Saturday – FREE to the public. Awards breakfast Sunday morning.

 

Telluride – Bluegrass Festival

June 16 – 19 – Telluride Town Park

Hugh festival weekend in Telluride’s summer of festivals. Ten thousand fill venues all over the mountain valley. Music, music, music from returning favorites and rising stars – dozen of groups playing the main stage or jammin’ around campfires.

 

Above all remember and celebrate Dad!

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Check back each week during the summer for a potpourri of Colorado events and festivals for the upcoming weekend.

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