Labor Day means the kids are back in school and summer is officially winding down, but in Northern Colorado, it also means some of the year’s most exciting events are coming to town! And, when we say “most exciting events,” we mean it.
This year’s Labor Day weekend event guide features a one-of-a-kind foodie event in Greeley, one of Fort Collins’ favorite annual events, several summer series for music and movie-lovers, markets and challenges. Enjoy your Labor Day!
August 30, 2018 | Centennial Village Museum
Hosted by and benefitting Greeley Creative District, AgriCulture Feast is a foodie event that celebrates the creativity and the craftsmanship of Weld County’s culinary artists, makers and producers. Happening on the grounds of Greeley’s Centennial Village Museum, the event will include food courses prepared by local chefs using local ingredients from Weld County Farms, live entertainment and a silent auction featuring more local Northern Colorado businesses. Buy your tickets here.
August 31, 2018 | Sports Authority Field at Mile High
This event isn’t happening in Northern Colorado, but it is one of Colorado State University’s biggest sporting events. Each year, the Rocky Mountain Showdown pits the CSU Rams against the CU Buffs inside the Broncos home stadium. If you’re a Rams fan, you don’t want to miss this!
August 31, 2018 | Downtown Greeley
With 17 dates throughout the summer, Friday Fest is a block party in Downtown Greeley featuring live music, street performers, fire spinners, face painting, balloon artistry, sidewalk chalk and more. The August 31st event is bringing the musical stylings of Boogie Machine to the 9th Street Plaza and plenty of fun for the whole family!
August 31 – September 3, 2018 | Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson
Photo courtesy of CoolLivin’ via Thunder in the Rockies
With more than 100 food, drink and merchandise vendors, live music, performances and more, the Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson is the place to be this weekend. Entertainment will include local and national bands with headliners like Bret Michaels and Tesla. Other entertainment includes the Harley-Davidson demo fleet, the Miss Thunder in the Rockies Contest and more. General admittance is free, but some special events will require tickets. Get more pricing details on the website.
September 1 – 3, 2018 | Various locations
For the 97th year, Windsor Harvest Festival is coming to Windsor’s streets and parks for three full days of fun over Labor Day weekend. The event lineup includes the Windsor Harvest Festival Parade on Labor Day morning and the festival all weekend which includes local arts and crafts vendors, the hot air balloon rally, the All Town BBQ, live music and more!
September 1, 2018 | New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat has been a Fort Collins tradition for years. Now a nation-wide event, it has also become a tradition in cities all over the United States. But when the party circles back to New Belgium’s hometown, things get wild! After all, a celebration of bikes and craft brews has no better home than Fort Collins. Get your costumes ready and prepare your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and mind-blowing provocateurs — including live music from the Phosphorescent! The costume and bike parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and festivities continue all day. Get the full schedule on the website.
September 1, 2018 | Historic Train Depot
Now over 25 years old, this annual market offers a wide variety of locally grown and produced food products year after year in addition to authentic artwork, crafts, gifts and delicious scones, burritos and pastries to enjoy while you’re there.
September 1, 2018 | Larimer County Courthouse
Larimer County Farmers’ Market opens shop every Saturday morning in the Larimer County Courthouse parking lot in Old Town Fort Collins. They are the oldest farmers’ market in the region, having served the community with local products since 1975.
September 1, 2018 | Boardwalk Park
At Boardwalk Park in Windsor every Saturday through September, you’ll find local produce, meats, cheeses, eggs and dairy as well as homemade baked goods and jams, body and pet care, and even information on local nonprofits!
September 1, 2018 | Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Photo courtesy of Love More Creations via Mishawaka Amphitheatre
For a restful and fun concert experience, head to the Mish just minutes away from Downtown Fort Collins to catch a live show from Brett Dennen. This singer and songwriter is comparable to Jack Johnson, Ray Lamontagne and Gregory Alan Isakov so fans of indie, folk-y jams will love the show! Plus, the Mishawaka is donating $1 per ticket to Kids At Heart!
September 2, 2018 | Fairgrounds Park
Voted one of the ten best markets in Colorado, this beloved Loveland event occurs every Sunday throughout the summer. Their lengthy list of vendors means there is never a short supply of fresh produce, dairy, meats, baked goods, beverages and even pet supplies!
September 2, 2018 | Ace Hardware
Possibly the most well-known market in NoCo, the Fort Collins Farmers’ Market occurs twice each week throughout the summer. Join the fun on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend then come back on Wednesday!
September 2, 2018 | Eastman Park South
Set in a different Windsor park each time, Movies in the Park is a summer series that invites the whole family to lounge in front of the big screen. The season’s last event is scheduled for September 2nd and it’s the city’s inaugural drive-in movie event! Pack your snacks and pull your car up to Eastman Park South to enjoy Grease.
September 3, 2018 | City Park Ave and W Elizabeth St
This Labor Day race is celebrating its second year in 2018, but it’s already one of the state’s favorite running events! The course celebrates the great city of Fort Collins and passes landmarks like City Park, Old Town and the CSU campus before finishing inside Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. If you want to run, register online today.
From all of us at The Group, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day!