FORToberfest – September 19

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

Photo Source: Downtown Fort Collins

For the past few years, Fort Collins has celebrated the changing of seasons with its own unique version of Oktoberfest: FORToberfest.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Walnut Street and Linden Street in downtown Fort Collins will be transformed into a fall celebration like none other. Festival-goers can enjoy beer from more than 12 local breweries as well as create their own taster trays. Art and bike vendors will also be set up for people to peruse. And of course, there will be more delicious food than you’ll know what to do with.

Throughout the entire festival, live music will fill the streets and get everyone up and dancing to the groove. The lineup for the UCHealth stage is as follows:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: The Seers

12:30 – 2 p.m.: Atomga

2:30 – 4 p.m.: Tallgrass

4:30 – 6 p.m.: Arthur Lee Land

6:30 – 8 p.m.: Oakhurst

8:30 – 10 p.m.: Dan Treanor’s Afrossippi Band

So come out and celebrate fall Fort Collins style!

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of FORToberfest.

2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival–Aug 21-22

 

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You’re not a Coloradan unless you’re crazy about corn! Loveland is celebrating the golden crop with the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival Aug. 21 and 22. From 5-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 4th Street and Railroad Avenue will be filled will all the corn-related fun that a corn-lover can handle. Here are our top five reasons why it’s worth your time attending:

  1. Corn-shucking contest

How often do you get to show off your mad corn-shucking skills to anyone other than your family at the Sunday barbecue? At 5:30 p.m. Friday, festival-goers will have the opportunity to compete against shucking pros to see how fast they can go.

  1. Corn-eating contest

Shucking not your thing? No worries, there will also be the chance to participate in the corn-eating contest. That’s right – forget about strict etiquette and social graces because at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, it only matters how many empty cobs are left sitting on your plate.

  1. Continual entertainment and vendors

During the festival hours for both days, attendees can enjoy live music from Retro Eighties Tribute Band, Soul School and Cable 10, not to mention food and vendors throughout the day. Don’t forget about all the roasted and boiled corn to purchase!

  1. Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade? At 8:30 Saturday morning, the festival parade will travel through downtown Loveland. Parade winners will be announced later that day. View the parade route and parking here.

  1. It’s FREE!!

And the best part of the festival is that you don’t even have to pay to get in! Come for the day and enjoy all the corn you can get your hands on without having to spend an arm and a leg. For more festival details, visit http://www.loveland.org/TheCornRoastFestival/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.

Folks Festival – August 14-16

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Aug. 14, 15 and 16 is a great weekend for music festivals in Colorado! For those who are hailing from the foothills or the Boulder County region, Folks Fest in Lyons is definitely worth checking out. This low-key festival, featuring internationally-known songwriters, is celebrating its 25th year and is a favorite of Lyons locals and outsiders alike.

The festival gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to a day of continual folk music that lasts late into the night. Celebrated performers such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch are only a few of the numerous acts to hit the stage. Don’t forget to see who will be crowned the 2015 champion at the much-anticipated songwriter competition.

Festivities don’t end with great music, though. Vendors featuring a variety of food and beverages will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the weekend. Children are also welcome to explore the kids’ area, where they can participate in fun crafts, play on the beach and engage in nature and outdoor activities.

While you’re packing your bags for the weekend, remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, blankets or chairs for seating and of course lots of water. Be sure to leave alcohol, video recorders and all furry friends at home. For all inquiries on what else is permitted along with more festival details, visit https://www.bluegrass.com/folks/.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Folks Festival.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest – August 14-16

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Nothing defines mid-August in Fort Collins better than Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest! This free three-day music festival in downtown Fort Collins has been a staple in the community for years, and this year it’s shaping up to be better than ever.

Kicking off NewWestFest Aug. 14 is Savage Cabbage at the Mountain Stage and Winchester Holiday at the Library Park Stage, both at 5 p.m. From there, numerous bands – including headliners Flobots, Steve Miller Band and Rodrigo y Gabriela – will take five different downtown stages during Aug. 14, 15 and 16.

Not only will festival-goers be able to enjoy continual free music throughout the weekend, but there will also be more than 250 booths featuring art, food, local businesses and more! Children are welcome to explore the two different kids’ sections as well, which includes musical instrument interaction and a full-sized carnival.

Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water as the festival will be outside. Keep alcoholic beverages at home, though, and wait to purchase them inside the festival. Taking the MAX (bus stops on Mason Street) is strongly encouraged; operating hours are extended to accommodate festival attendees.

For full NewWestFest details, visit Bohemian Nights online.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest.

CAC Bocce Event – August 8

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It’s always great to hear about events that benefit a charitable cause! The Child Advocacy Center Bocce Event on Aug. 8 does exactly that. This annual event brings together community members for an afternoon of bocce ball, delicious food and fellowship, all while raising funds for the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center, which aids children and families who have been victimized by child abuse.

Festivities begin at 2 p.m. when teams of four players compete in a friendly game of bocce ball, a low-exertion Italian ball sport. The winning team receives a prize of $500, not to mention bragging rights. Non-players are also welcome and can enjoy live music from Kurt Humann, bid at the silent auction, and of course treat themselves to Italian cuisine provided by Carrabba’s.

The event will be held at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins, 5529 S. Timberline Rd. Participants are encouraged to park at the PVH Harmony Campus on Timberline and Harmony and take a shuttle to the Center due to limited parking. Bocce ball teams (fun team t-shirts are welcome!) must purchase tickets and register online prior to the tournament, but non-playing attendees may purchase tickets at the door.

For more details and any inquiries, please visit http://cacbocceball.com/.

High Country Beverage is a proud supporter of the CAC Bocce Event.

Gnarley Barley Brew Festival – August 1

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It doesn’t matter if you have disagreements on hot button issues, political scandals or your neighbor’s AstroTurf. If you live in northern Colorado and it’s summertime, there’s something we can all agree on: a chilled mug of beer is quite fine indeed.

The Gnarly Barley Brew Festival on August 1 is the place to be for all the Colorado beer fanatics. From 1-6 p.m., The Larimer County Fair at The Ranch in Loveland will feature everything from great brews to great music.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to try beers from more than 20 Colorado breweries. Throughout the afternoon, there will also be beer and food pairing every half hour on a first-come, first-serve basis. Better yet, basement brew masters will have the chance to show off their skills at the Homebrew Competition. See competition rules here.

It wouldn’t be a festival without live music to enjoy with a beer in hand. Some of the best Colorado bands will be hitting the stage at Gnarly. Full lineup:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sammy Dee Morton
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Rocktin Grove
  • 4-6 p.m. – Archie Funker
  • 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Von Stomper

This is an outdoor event – rain or shine – so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a blanket or chair for seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gnarlybarleybrewfest.com.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of Gnarly Barley Brew Festival.

Thursday Night Live – Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16

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Bohemian Nights is excited to welcome Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams to the Thursday Night Live concert series. Although they are classified in the country music genre, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams break the barriers of traditional country to bring audiences an exhilarating music experience.

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams hail from Denver and are no stranger to the limelight. Having played at venues including Red Rocks, the Filmore Auditorium and various rodeos, this band knows how to wow a crowd.

Their unique blend of rock, honky-tonk and western swing is created by five band members – Halden Wofford, Bret Billings, Greg Schochet, Ben O’Connor and Damon Smith – pouring their heart and soul into a double-neck electric guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and drums.

Fast Facts on the Band Members:

Halden Wofford – Acoustic guitar, vocals

  • He was born in Los Angeles
  • He has been performing in Denver since 1995
  • His musical influences include Cindy Walker, Jim Lauderdale, and Gillian Welch

Bret Billings – Steel guitar, dobro, harp, vocals

  • He is a Denver native
  • He was taught by locally-renowned steel guitar player Dick Meis
  • He has played on stage with Willie Nelson

Greg Schochet – Lead guitar, mandolin

  • He is from Boulder
  • He is well-known as a performer, producer, teacher and session musician in the Front Range music scene
  • He has played with several bands, including Runaway Truck Ramp and All Night Honky Tonk All-Stars

Ben O’Connor – Bass, vocals

  • He was born in New Mexico
  • His musical influences include Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Gary Stewart
  • He also teaches web design at Colorado State University

Damon Smith – Drums

  • He was born in Japan
  • He lived in Africa during his childhood, where his family had a country band called The Buffalo Chips
  • He has toured the U.S. with punk rock groups such as Abaisser

See Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams July 16 at 7 p.m., 354 Walnut St., Old Town Fort Collins.

High Country Beverage is a proud sponsor of the Thursday Night Live concert series.

 

FoCoMX brings Northern Colorado’s Musical Talents to Fort Collins Favorite Venues

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Musicians and music fans can come together on April 24th & 25th, in the annual event that showcases some of the best local performers all over Fort Collins.

The Northern Colorado music scene continues to grow and the community support is outstanding, which helps keeps this spectacular musical event, which has gained national attention, going year after year. Presented by Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA), FoCoMX offers up over 200+ bands, artists, and DJs from all over Northern Colorado. You’ll most likely find your favorites playing on one of the two days, plus a few new favorites.

In its 7th year, FoCoMX plans to be bigger and better than ever. The event, which takes place on Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th, will be spread out over 20+ different venues across Fort Collins. From larger venues like Aggie Theatre, Avogadro’s Number, and Hodi’s Half Note, and to the not so large, Illegal Pete’s, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, and Tap N Handle, there’s plenty to choose from. A variety of different styles of music will be played at all venues, you’ll have to find the vibe that’s right for you. Or, why not try them all!

You can purchase your two day bracelet for $30 online, at Rock ‘N’ Robin’s @ 804 S. College Ave in Fort Collins, or the day of at the Will Call & Ticket booth outside of Cohere Bandwidth at 256 Linden Street. More details here.

Visit FoCoMX for a full list of artists and venues and begin planning your weekend full of great music!

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Kristi’s Wish paints Northern Colorado with stars!

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The holiday season is right around the corner and we are proudly sponsoring Kristi’s Wish again this year!

Area businesses have partnered up to help support Kristi’s Wish, a special way to bring joy to children in the surrounding community.  Brighten things up for kids that are less fortunate and help paint the ceilings and walls at local gas stations and restaurants with stars.   Purchase and sign a $1 star (Kristi’s Wish card) beginning November 1st through December 14th to help provide gifts and support for children in need during the holidays.

Kristi’s Wish is a fundraising opportunity put on every year by the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and support to young people throughout the community.

All proceeds from the purchase of the cards will be donated to Project Self-Sufficiency, Boys & Girls Club, Crossroads Safehouse, and S.A.V.A.

For more information about Kristi’s Wish or to donate visit their HERE!

FORToberfest, one last summer hoorah!

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On September 19th & 20th, join in on Fort Collins’s newest event that celebrates the closing of another beautiful Colorado summer with bikes, beer and a great music lineup.

The fun begins at 5pm this Friday in Old Town Square, where you can catch Sofie Reed, Better Than Bacon, and headliner, Young Ancients.  Saturday’s music lineup starts up at 11am and is packed full of more local acts playing an assortment of genres on two different stages.   Take in the likes of The Burroughs, Romeo Delight: A Live Tribute to Van Halen, Choice City Seven, and Soul School well in to the evening.

A Fort Collins celebration wouldn’t be complete without including the craft beer and biking worlds, two strong pieces of the surrounding community.  Breweries of all shapes and sizes coexist and flourish in this one of a kind environment, another great reason to celebrate.  Six of the local breweries will be serving up their tasty seasonals for all those of age to enjoy while listening to the musical talent and taking in the bike friendly culture.

We are also fortunate to be surrounded by nine bike manufacturers, 16 bike retailers and a biking culture like no other.  Take this opportunity to join others and ride the town, meet fellow bike enthusiasts, or just bask in the last of the warm weather while listening to some bluegrass.  And starting at 12pm Saturday catch one of the many bike stunt shows that will be taking place all afternoon.

So find your way to downtown Fort Collins this weekend for FORToberfest, as we say our farewell to the heat of summer and welcome in the changing leaves and cooler temperatures!