If you’re anything like us, you’ve been longing for NoCo’s unique summer events and festivals to make a comeback. The good news: Many events are returning this year! Subscribe to our MBD Marketing & Events newsletter (at the bottom of any page on our website) to stay in the know. Here is a list of some of our favorite upcoming northern Colorado events in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley.
Fest of Ale 9
Where: Loveland Aleworks
When: July 3, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $35 for participants, $10 for designated drivers
The Details: Join your friends for Loveland Aleworks' 9th-anniversary party in downtown Loveland. There will be multiple different beers on tap to enjoy, featuring a variety of styles. This year there will be 2 food trucks, live music, and entertaining games. Commemorative glass for everyone. Make sure to visit the Hop Yard, Sour Alley, Slush Station, and Smoothie Stage to find and vote for your favorite of the festival. Learn more here.
Promenade Kids Day at Centerra
Where: Promenade Shops at Centerra
When: July 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Details: Kids enjoy a fun day of crafts, games, prizes, sweet treats, and more. More info here.
Movies on Main at Centerra
Where: Main Plaza, Promenade Shops at Centerra
When: June 25 (Moana); July 30 (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The Details: Movies on Main is an outdoor movie series held on the Main Plaza and brought to you by The Promenade Shops at Centerra. More details.
People’s Tiny House Festival
Where: The Ranch Event Complex
When: July 17 and 18 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $10 for both days
The Details: The People's Tiny House Festival expos all facets of simple living including tiny houses, converted vans, converted school buses, container homes, and more. The event also invites vendors from all over the front range of Colorado to come and display their wares and services. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly! Purchase tickets online.
Aspire 3D Kite Festival
Where: Loveland Sports Park
When: August 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Details: This free event is open to all ages of the public and will include live entertainment, interactive programs, kite design and flying workshops, professional demonstrations, and a variety of activities to inspire all generations. Additionally, the first 300 kids will receive a free kite! We also encourage you to bring your own kite. Let’s light up our beautiful Colorado sky! RSVP online.
Garden Concert Series
Where: Locations vary by date
When: June through September, late afternoon/evening
Cost: Varies by artist; $25-85
The Details: Enjoy live music in one of Fort Collins’ picturesque parks from June-September. Concert schedule and lineup information here.
First Friday Art Walk
Where: downtown Fort Collins
When: July 2 and August 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Details: Art Walk is a monthly self-guided walking tour that celebrates creativity, culture, and community in Downtown Fort Collins on the first Friday of every month! From fine to funky, Art Walk showcases a spectrum of artistic styles to entertain and engage amateurs and art aficionado of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
FoCo Food Truck Rally
Where: Fort Collins City Park
When: every Tuesday from June 1 - September 14 from 5:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. or until trucks sell out
Cost: Free entry
The Details: Gather for live music and a selection of local food trucks Tuesday evenings at Fort Collins’ City Park. More information and truck lineup here.
Fort Collins Foodie Walk
Where: downtown Fort Collins
When: June 18, July 16, and August 20 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Details: The Fort Collins Foodie Walk features Old Town’s finest culinary shops, as they stay open late on the 3rd Friday of each month for interactive showcases, seasonal flavors, and exciting taste experiences.
Taste of Fort Collins (weekend passes sold out)
Where: Washington Park
When: July 24 and 25
Cost: 1-day passes TBD
The Details: The Taste of Fort Collins is a northern Colorado tradition – a community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for Northern Coloradans’ active lifestyle. Taste of Fort Collins continues to benefit the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins Foundation in its charitable activities in the community. This three-day festival offers attendees food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters.
Wine Fest Fort Collins
Where: The Hilton Fort Collins
When: August 6, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: General Admission $80, VIP $105
The Details: Wine Fest Fort Collins features 500+ wines by over 150 Colorado, domestic, and international wineries, local craft brews and some of Northern Colorado’s best cuisine.
Wine Fest Fort Collins was created in 1982 and is the primary fundraising event for Disabled Resource Services. Representatives from local wineries, distributors and breweries serve samples to help attendees learn to appreciate beverages, sampling through sight, smell, and taste. Guests will also learn about pairing by sampling tapas from restaurants and caterers.
Where: Island Grove Regional Park
When: June 24 - July 7
Cost: Varies by event
The Details: This multi-day event boasts rodeo events, a demolition derby, a carnival, and big-name concerts. Purchase tickets for each event online.
Weld County Fair
Where: Island Grove Regional Park
When: July 24 - August 2
The Details: The Weld County Fair is an annual free event held the last week in July. The fair is open to the public and boasts a variety of displays and contests. The fair gives the youth and adults of Weld County an opportunity to exhibit their skills in a wide variety of areas including agriculture, livestock, natural resources, engineering, consumer and family, fine arts, horticulture and family living.
3rd Annual MDA Car Show
Where: St. Michael’s Town Square
When: August 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Details: Vintage cars and trucks will be on display to raise money to send children to summer camps in Colorado.
NCC COGA Chili Cook Off
Where: Island Grove Regional Park
When: August 14 at 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person (children under 12 free)
The Details: Taste some chili! Stay up-to-date with the event’s Facebook page.
To stay up-to-date with northern Colorado events, subscribe to our MBD Marketing & Events newsletter at the bottom of any page on our website. Enjoy your summer, NoCo!
Congratulations to all of our Wedding and Vow Renewal couples!
We are so honored to help you celebrate your love!!!
Our wonderful photographer, Dick Knapp, has already sent over photos! You can find them on the wedding website. We will also post them on our My Big Day business page. We will post your photo booth pics from Exposure Selfie too! http://www.valentinesdayinloveland.com/2020-photos.html
We want to thank Todd Harding, Branden Sipes and all of our wonderful business partners as well for supporting this celebration of love!
Thank you for choosing to spend your Valentine's Day in this very special way. We hope to see you next year!
Get Married or Renew Your Vows
in the Sweetheart City: LOVELAND, CO
Loveland's Annual Valentine's Day Group Wedding
Friday, February 14th, 2020
The Foundry Park, Downtown Loveland CO
Registration 2pm - 4pm Ceremony 4:30pm
* Officiated by Todd Harding
The Loveland Sweetheart Festival
February 14-15, 2020
Spend Valentine’s Day at the free Loveland Sweetheart Festival Feb. 14-15, 2020.
Bring the family or your sweetheart for free fun including a Special Effects Laser Light Show, LIVE entertainment, Palace of Sweets, Kids Street with games and activities, Tunnel of Love, interactive art projects, Sweetheart Classic 4-miler and Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest. The festival is an extension of Loveland’s 74+ year history in the nation’s Sweetheart City. The festival features something for everyone – families, couples, beer, wine and chocolate lovers, running lovers, art lovers and forever loves. Open 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Lovelandsweetheartfestival.com
Loveland’s Valentine’s Day Group Wedding
Friday, February 14, 4:30 p.m. in the Foundry Plaza
Say “I Do” in the land of love at Loveland’s Valentine’s Day Group Wedding. The wedding features a romantic, candlelit ceremony with music and readings voted on by wedding couples, a customized ceremony, keepsake photos, a love lock for the new love lock sculpture, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes, and a chance to win a huge gift basket. Fun Fact: All marriage licenses that get issued from Loveland have a special “Sweetheart City” designation. Valentinesdayinloveland.com.
Valentine Hotel Packages
The Townplace Suites by Marriott – Loveland’s first downtown hotel – has a “Leave the key to your heart in Loveland” hotel package for valentine weekend. In addition to a one night’s stay in a luxurious suite and complimentary breakfast buffet, guests will receive a bottle of Champagne, a sweet treat, discounted movie tickets, and a love lock to place on Loveland’s two love lock sculptures.
Sylvan Dale Ranch Romantic Sweetheart Getaway packages include a one- or two-night bunk and breakfast package Feb. 14-16 in a cozy fireplace cabin at the ranch complete with a dinner for two, hearty ranch-style breakfasts and access to 3,000 acres of hiking trails, game courts, game room, and horseshoe pits. Trail rides will also be available by reservation weather depending.
Northern Colorado is primped and primed for an outstanding 2019 Holiday Season! We have so many suggestions for holiday fun, there won’t be a moment to rest between now and Christmas! There is something for everyone - families, couples, singles, pets -- you name it!
Get your jingle bells on and check out our Ultimate NoCo Holiday Events Guide - you’re sure to find one of the MBD elves at some of these fun stops!
Thanksgiving Day Trots and Races - Fort Collins & Greeley, CO
You can burn some calories before you stuff yourself with all the turkey and trimmings! Both Fort Collins and Greeley will host their own Turkey Trot Races. You can register for the Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run here: http://www.fctdayrun.com/ and the Greeley event here: https://ncmcfoundation.org/event/ncmc-turkey-trot-2k5k-fun-runwalk/
Greeley Lights the Night Parade - Greeley, CO
This lighted holiday parade kicks of the Christmas season in downtown Greeley! There will be over 70 lighted parade floats that will lead revelers through downtown Greeley to Lincoln Park where the holiday light switch will be thrown! Make plans to attend this fun, FREE event!
Wellington Carriage Rides - Wellington, CO
The city of Wellington will help you get into the holiday spirit by offering carriage rides throughout the holiday season. Rides are $5 a person (kids under 12 are free). The fun goes from 5:00-7:00PM on weekends.
Cookie Decorating at Old Colorado Brewing Co - Wellington, CO
Simply Cakes will be set up in the Old Colorado Brewing Company’s taproom to teach you how to decorate a variety of holiday cookies and treats!
Santa’s Reindeer Return to Bath Garden Center - Fort Collins, CO
Make plans to meet up with Santa’s back up reindeer at the Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins. They will be greeting visitors on three Saturdays throughout the month of December.
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop @ Studio Vino - Loveland, CO
Local florist Wild Posies will provide all the tools and supplies to create a beautiful fresh holiday wreath!
Parade of Lights Preview - Fort Collins, CO
What could be better than free entertainment? The Colorado State Marching Band will be putting their final preparations on their Parade of Lights performance. Pick a spot on the route and watch the band’s light filled practice parade!
Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer Musical - Greeley, CO
Get your tickets early for this popular holiday show! Rudolph will be performed at the Union Colony Civic Theater:
Timnath Holiday Lighting Festival - Timnath, CO
Everyone is invited to help Timnath kick off the holiday season! There will be tons of holiday activities for you to partake in - and Christmas lights galore!
Homesteaders Holiday - Greeley, CO
This family friendly event benefits the Friends of the Greeley Museums. You’ll be able to tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. Relive holidays from the past at this fun event!
Wellington’s Annual Christmas Parade of Lights -Wellington, CO
Make plans to attend Wellington’s Parade of Lights starting at 5:00PM. Santa Claus will be there to help kick off the holiday celebration! You can even promote your business in the parade!
Winter Maker’s Market @ New Belgium - Fort Collins, CO
Over 40 local vendors, hot drinks, food trucks, and live music will be set up from 11am-5pm at New Belgium! Word is Santa will be there too!
Windsor Wonderland - Windsor, CO
Santa Claus is coming to town! Windsor Wonderland will have holiday treats, live performances, a tree lighting ceremony and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Johnstown Jingle - Johnstown, CO
Another town holiday celebration! There will be pictures with Santa, reindeer to meet, carolers to enjoy, holiday shopping, gingerbread houses and more!
A Christmas Nightmare Day @ Ice Rink at The Promenade Shops - Loveland, CO
It’s a Friday 13th Christmas Mash Up! Come skate, dressed up as your favorite character from everyone’s favorite Christmas Nightmare movie!
TUBA Christmas in Oak Street Plaza - Fort Collins, CO
This fun event has been a staple of downtown holiday celebrations since 1974. Come listen to a plethora of tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums and baritone horns play your holiday favorites!
Chocolate and Tequila Pairing @ Wicked Tequila - Loveland, CO
Yum! Two favorites - chocolate and tequila! Wicked Tequila Room will be partnering with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory from Estes Park for this fun and tasty event!
Light the Menorah - Greeley, CO
Chabad of Northern Colorado will be celebrating Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah on the 9th St. Plaza in downtown Greeley.
Menorah lighting and Chanukah Celebration - Fort Collins
Join in celebration with this Fort Collins tradition. The giant menorah will be lit in Old Town Square and will include Jewish holiday music and traditional Chanukah foods.
Crystal Ball 2019 - Estes Park
Ring in the New Year at the Stanley Hotel’s Crystal Ball celebration!
November 15-January 1 Winter Wonderlights - Loveland, CO
Celebrate the holidays in a new light! This walkable holiday attraction will be available for you to see throughout the holiday season. Stroll through the Chapungo Sculpture Park and marvel at all of the lights and tunnels. Weekends will include live entertainment and family friendly activities!
November 29-December 7 UCCC Festival of Trees - Greeley, CO
Join in a Greeley tradition and visit the 31st Annual Festival of Trees presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild. The beautiful tree displays are only part of the holiday fun served up at this event - there’s also a silent auction and other family friendly entertainment as well!
November 30-December 21 Downtown Winter Market - Loveland, CO
Get your holiday shopping done all in one spot, each weekend, November 30-December 21 in downtown Loveland, CO. The winter market runs from 3-7pm each Saturday.
December 6-8 Canyon Concert Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” - Fort Collins, CO
Join the Canyon Concert Ballet troupe as they perform this holiday classic!
"Best Shucking Event Planners!"
The My Big Day team participated in the legendary Loveland Corn Shucking contest. Thousands of people gathered around to celebrate corn!
The Corn Roast Festival is famous! We were lucky to score a slot. "Best Shucking Event Planners!"
from our friends at the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival....
Warm Weather, Vandalism Trigger Transition from Snow Sculpting to Ice Sculpting at Loveland Fire and Ice Festival Feb. 13 and 14
In snow sculpting, they say that Mother Nature is the fourth teammate. Following days of 60+ degree weather, more warmth in the forecast and this weekend’s vandalism of produced snow and the snow making machine, the Loveland Fire and Ice Festival has had to alter its snow sculpting competition. Today, after consulting with participating snow sculpting teams, the event will instead feature an ice sculpting competition.
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the Loveland Fire & Ice team has been working to create snow in preparation for the competition. The team was working on several contingency plans to ensure the competition had snow; however, the entire state of Colorado is feeling the impact of reduced snow and moisture.
We have been keeping an eye on the weather forecast while we have been working to make our own snow for the event and have been collaborating with some of our partners and contacts around the state to find alternative options to meet the needs of the competition,” said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations and Loveland Fire and Ice event organizer. “Unfortunately, our snow pile and our snow machine at Fairgrounds Park were vandalized over the weekend, reducing the amount of snow that we have locally. The snow machine is currently inoperable, meaning we no longer have the capability of making snow locally. Even the high country is struggling to keep its snow count and that eliminates our Plan B. We have been working hard to ensure that our snow sculpting competition has the resources that it needs;however, with less than three days until the competition was set to start, we needed to take action.”
The Loveland Fire and Ice Festival snow sculpting competition will become an ice sculpting competition in 2015. Participating snow sculpting teams have been contacted and as of today, six teams will be participating, including the 2014snow sculpting champions, team Snice from Breckenridge and the 2014 snow sculpting People’s Choice Award winner, the Snow Fuddz. Ted Struckman with Struckman Sculpture Ice is providing 60 blocks of ice at 18” x 30” x 10”, the standard ice sculpting competition size. Instead of sculpting one 8’ x 8’ block of snow, each team will now have up to six blocks of ice to sculpt. Webb estimates that there should still be enough snow to pack 2-4 blocks during the snow stomping party on Wed. Feb. 11, but there isn’t enough to fill all blocks to keep the snow sculpting competition intact. The ice blocks will arrive Friday morning and that will be when ice sculpting teams can start to work.
Despite the changes with the snow sculpting competition, all other aspects of the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival remain the same.
Presented by Visit Loveland Colorado and Blazen Illuminations, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival is a family-friendly event featuring a live show-stopping light show musical spectacular that will transform 4thStreet in downtown Loveland with lighting projections, illuminations and fireworks accompanied by snow and ice sculptures, a Snow Vehicle Car Show, live,free music and more. Programming kicks of at 3 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday, with the light show musical spectacular at 6:15 and 9 p.m. each evening.
“Loveland is known as the nation’s Sweetheart City and is the perfect place to host an unforgettable and uniqueValentine’s Day celebration,” said Webb. “We wanted to bring an event to Loveland that ties in with the city’s focus on Valentine’s Day, art and community, and one that is exciting and fun for the entire family. The festival was inspired by Disneyland’s Main Street USA light and fireworks show and Montréal En Lumière, making it a great way to celebrate the holiday.”
Buildings along 4thStreet in downtown Loveland will be illuminated with Valentine-themed red and white lights and designs. The light show musical spectacular will feature the lights dancing to live music and accompanied by a festive fireworks display. In addition to the special effects, lighting, fireworks and ice sculpting competition, attendees can experience:
· Live, free music and performances throughout the event
· Snow Vehicle Car Show with a collection of vintage and new snow machines and vehicles on display
· Romantic carriage rides along 4thStreet
· Hot chocolate and S’more stations for families
· Local Loveland food and artisan vendors and more.
Loveland’s Fire & Ice Festival brings Colorado’s best talent together to produce a show stopping light show and special effects display. Blazen Illuminations has been a major player in many Colorado productions including the Denver City and County building Christmas display,and developing Civic Center Conservancy’s concept for Denver’s Independence Eve lighting and firework display. Blazen has partnered with Angel Light Pyrotechnics for the event. Angel Light provides fireworks and special effects displays around Colorado including the nationally recognized Fourth of July show for the city of Loveland, Independence Eve for the city of Denver, and the Larimer County Fair.
In addition, the festival will showcase the many talents and products of local downtown businesses as vendors for event attendees coming to Loveland from other areas of Colorado and beyond.
The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at LovelandFireAndIce.com.
Raise Your Glass!
A toast to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for bringing Oktoberfest here. They have a passion for authentic German style beers and are happy to share it with us. The owners of Grimm fell in love with the many styles of German beer and the way they have been made since the 1800’s. They learned how to make the many styles and perfected the process and tastes. Grimm Brothers decided everyone needs to share in this wonderful festival dedicated to BEER. That’s right your heard me, BEER.
They started the festival in their parking lot in 2010. It has become so popular they have steadily grown thought the years quickly. They are getting so popular they are needing to expand. This year they are moving to a bigger venue at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre.
The Loveland Oktoberfest is just around the corner (September 20th) and they need volunteers!
If you like beer, love music, and are willing to volunteer, they need YOU!
Sign up to volunteer: CLICK HERE
More info on this year's Oktoberfest: CLICK HERE
My Big Day is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Loveland Oktoberfest!
A day or two after Christmas My Big Day starts to receive a flurry of phone calls, emails and website hits... folks are trying to figure out what to do for New Year's Eve.
My Big Day hosts an annual New Year's Eve Party that moves around, and has a different theme every year.
However, we are not the only party in town.
Find something to suit your NYE party style! We found fabulous parties in Loveland, Greeley, Johnstown, Fort Collins, and Estes Park!
Check out the list we compiled with the many ways to ring in the new year in Northern Colorado.
New Year's Eve To Do's in N. Colorado 2013/2014:
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