As a brewer details the inspiration behind his summery wheat brew, a group of fans lift sudsy mugs to their lips. The summer day has finally begun to cool, and rock music from a nearby stage adds a festive mood to the serious business of beer tasting. Now in its third decade, the Colorado Brewers' Festival hosts thousands of visitors, drawn like moths to a burning s'more, at the Civic Center Park Area every year. Over time, the festival has found ever more Colorado breweries to celebrate, including a large number from Fort Collins alone.
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
X-Treme Challenge was designed as a safe place for families, friends, and clusters of rambunctious youth to romp around in a rowdy battle of brawn. X-Treme Challenge creates competitions and games customized to participants' skill levels, ages, and interests. X-Treme Challenge offers sessions for young kids (ages 4–5), grade schoolers (6–12), and teens (13–17), as well as adults' nights for everyone over the age of 18.
GNU: is a working cooperative concept that is formed to occupy the former site of Fort Collins’ popular Gallery Underground. We aim to follow in their tradition and continue to show the newest works of contemporary locals, as well as featuring a smörgåsbord of materials from the worlds most stimulating artists.
Hosted by the Sustainable Living Association, the 12th annual Sustainable Living Fair entertains and educates attendees with interactive solution-based exhibits, workshops, local food and drinks, and acclaimed keynote speakers. Earth-centered subject matter provides relevant material for all ages, with wholesome undertones weaving through topics such as renewable energy, environmental responsibility, and the practicality of using old baseball gloves as avant-garde birdhouses. To glean hands-on experience, guests can partake in 75 workshops featuring an eclectic variety of themes, from constructing wind-energy turbines to applying clay finishes to homes. More than 250 exhibitors offer insight into a multitude of globe-friendly products and services, and live music, entertainment, and morning yoga throughout the weekend fosters the green gala's energetic and sociable atmosphere. Though a bio-shuttle service will supply transportation to and from the event, fair-goers are encouraged to utilize other modes of ozone-preserving transit, such as bicycles and quantum leaping.
Since 1894, four generations of the Bee family tended their 160-acre farm. Part of the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, 10 acres of this preserved land now host the Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum. Through various exhibitions and activities, the museum teaches visitors about the family's efforts to cultivate their little segment of the Northern Colorado prairie.
From antique tractors and trucks to private letters and diaries, thousands of the Bee's personal effects fill their original houses, sheds, garages, and barns. In the horse barn, a wooden horse models an original harness. Meanwhile, in the milk barn, kids can milk a wooden cow. The museum's other hands-on activities include gathering eggs from nesting boxes outside the chicken house, grinding corn for animal feedings, and throwing irrigation tubes.