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Larimer County fair parade, free concert, more – Loveland Reporter-Herald

The public can enjoy a variety of events in the Loveland area in the upcoming week, including the annual Larimer County Fair Parade, a Loveland Opera Theater free concert and an open mic poetry night.

Larimer County Fair Parade

The Larimer County Fair Parade starts at 9:30 am Saturday, July 30, in downtown Loveland.

Bob and Debbie Dehn of Loveland will be the grand marshals.

The parade will start at Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave., and head north on Railroad Avenue to Sixth Street. From there it will head east a block before turning south on Cleveland Avenue to return to Fairgrounds Park.

For details, visit

‘Music Passport’

An audience enjoys a past Loveland Opera Theater concert at Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland. The musicians will offer a free concert, “A Musical Passport Around the World,” at 6 pm Saturday, July 30, at Foote Lagoon Amphitheater in Loveland, 500 E. Third St. (Courtesy Loveland Opera Theater)

Loveland Opera Theater will expand its annual summer concert to new performance locations as it offers “A Musical Passport Around the World” to take the audience on a musical journey around the globe.

The concerts will feature seven Colorado musicians performing music from the folk, musical theater and classical traditions.

Emceed by Loveland Opera’s artistic director, Timothy Kennedy, the program will transport audiences to locations including Italy, Scotland, Jamaica, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, and the United States of America.

The free family-friendly public performance will take place at 6 pm Saturday, July 30, at Foote Lagoon Amphitheater in Loveland, 500 E. Third St.

Other performances are at 7 pm Friday, July 29, at Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St. in Arvada, and at 6 pm Sunday, July 31, at Estes Park’s Performance Park, 435 W. Elkhorn Ave.

The Arvada concert will take place inside while audiences that attend the Loveland and Estes Park performances may bring a blanket or chairs for sitting outdoors.

For details, contact Loveland Opera Theater at 970-593-0085 or visit

Open Mic Poetry

Open Mic Poetry, 7-9 pm Friday, July 29, Artisans Kitchen, 243 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

The Loveland Poet Laureate will host the open mic event on the last Friday each month, June through September.

Sign up at 6:30 pm the night of the event.

For details, visit

LHS Class Reunion

The Loveland High School Class of 1967 will hold its 55th meeting July 29-30.

The Friday evening event will be held at 5-8 pm At the Tilted Barrel Brew Pub, 110 E. 29th St. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar. This event is open to all LHS classes.

The traditional class picnic will be at 1-4 pm Saturday, July 30, at the home of a class member and is open to the Class of ’67 only. Burgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be provided. Local classmates are asked to bring a side dish and lawn chairs.

Cost of the weekend is $20 per person. Friday evening only costs $15.

For details, visit


Wildlife Window columnist Kevin Cook will present a nature talk at 10-11 am Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland.

In 2022, Cook is focusing on 12 naturalist’s desiderata to complete a guide by which a person can engage the wonder of “Life on Earth,” with a program on the first Wednesday each month.

“The Fear” is the theme for August, exploring how hobic fear of a wildlife group — bees, birds, snakes, spiders, toads, wasps — can degrade the quality of engaging Nature by interfering with engaging Life.

For details, visit

Story Creations

Story Creations with Border Collies will take place at 1-2 pm Thursday, July 28, at the Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland.

Border collies Joey and Kira are lost in the woods. How will they find their way home, especially after they woke up the bear? Children and people of all ages can learn how to hike with dogs.

Bring a blanket, and join in for a program full of dog tricks. No registration is required.

For details, visit

Gospel Music Festival

The 19th annual Gospel Music Festival will be held outdoors at 1-5 pm Saturday July 30, on the grounds of the Buckhorn Presbyterian Church, 8762 N. County Road 27, Masonville.

Free musical entertainment on the hour includes (in order) Barry Ward, New Life Quartet, Gospel Jammers Hymn Sing and Barry Ward again to finish the day.

The event will also include a bake sale plus beverages, chips & ice cream for sale, used book sale and raffle, and beverages, chips and ice cream will be available for sale.

Bringing lawn chairs is recommended.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Barry Ward will also lead worship at 10:30 am Sunday, July 31. He is a devoted Christian, and has been named Male Performer of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, the International Western Music Association and the Country Gospel Music Association.

For details, call 970-667-2308 or visit

Chris Collins

Candlelight Dinner Theater will present Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon in The John Denver Tribute at 7:30 pm Aug. 1-3, at the theater at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown.

Collins brings to the stage the unmistakable enthusiasm that was a hallmark of a John Denver concert, performing Denver’s hits such as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Annie’s Song.” They are committed to keeping the music and message of John Denver alive.

Dinner seating will be at 6 pm

Tickets are $65, available at 970-744-3747 or

NoCo Urban Homesteads

Get a peek into the backyards of Northern Colorado homesteads at the ninth annual NoCo Urban Homestead Tour at 8 am-2 pm Saturday, July 30.

The event aims to educate the public about a self-sustaining lifestyle that includes growing your own produce, raising bees and backyard animals, season extension, food preservation, repurposing materials and more.

This year’s tour features seven local homesteads in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor that demonstrate how the practices in urban backyard settings.

The tour is a fundraising event benefiting the Gardens on Spring Creek and Loveland Youth Gardeners.

Tickets are $20 for age 12 and older, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for younger people.

For details, visit

Summer Solo Comedy

The Summer Solo Comedy Festival will take place at 7:30 pm July 28-30 at the Magnolia Theater at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins.

July 28 will feature “The Book of Moron,” described as a satirical attack on idiocracy.

July 29 will feature “H@ppyville,” with a love story that crisscrosses between analog and digital worlds.

July 30 will feature “Stand-Up Jesus,” a show that brings Jesus back as a stand-up comedian instead of a carpenter to battle the hypocrisy of modern day evangelism.

Advance tickets are $25, or $30 at the door. Bundle ticket prices are $44 for any two performances and $66 for all three shows. For tickets, call 970-221-6730 or visit

Songwriters Concert

Songwriters in the Round will present Liz Barnez, Megan Burtt, Alysia Kraft and Bonnie Sims at 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, July 28, at the Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins.

This “in the round” format spotlights the distinctive talents and songwriting skills of each artist as they take turns featuring their own songs.

Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for additional seating. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.

Tickets are $22 in advance or $27 at the door, with kids 12 and under free. Proceeds benefit The Vegetable Connection, which offers food education, increases in access to nutritional food and supports local farmers.

For details, call 970-482-1984 or visit

‘Michelangelo and Clarice’

Premier performance of a play, “Michelangelo and Clarice,” will take place at 5-8 pm Thursday, July 28, at the home of Gary and Carol Ann Nixon, 3035 W. County Road 38E, Fort Collins.

The original play by Fort Collins playwright Bill E. Wright is a love story set in Renaissance Florence, Italy between the artist Michelangelo and Clarice de Medici. It will be performed outdoors and the audience is asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair to set on.

Tickets are $20 and all revenue from ticket sales goes directly to the actors.

For details, call 970-568-6764 or email

Keyboard Odyssiad

Yunchan Lim, the 2022 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, will perform at 7:30 pm Monday, Aug. 1, as a guest of the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival.

The festival will run July 30-Aug. 6 at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins.

IKOF brings people together from all parts of the world, bridging cultural differences through the universal language of music. It is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-national piano performance event.

Tickets are available at For details, visit

Volunteers Wanted

The Windsor town manager’s office has launched a new initiative called Windsor Community Volunteer Days with quarterly events hosted by town staff to help make a difference in the community and improve public spaces.

The first of these family-friendly events will be at 9 am-3 pm Friday, Aug. 5, at Eastman Park, 7025 Eastman Park Drive, Windsor.

Volunteers can register for one or multiple two-hour shifts: 9-11 am, 11 am-1 pm, or 1-3 pm

Once registered, volunteers check in at the tent where they will be dispatched to one of the volunteer stations set up around Eastman Park including Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, the River Float Experience and Oxbow Disc Golf Park to help with gardening, mulching, river cleanup and more.

New volunteers can sign up at Windsor Volunteer Days.

Existing volunteers can sign up by logging onto the volunteer portal at

Greeley Arts Picnic

The Greeley Arts Picnic will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at Lincoln Park, 802 10th Ave., Greeley.

It features arts and crafts booths, a food court, beer garden and live entertainment on two stages.

There will also be a Kids Creation Station.

Hours are 9 am-5 pm July 30 and 10 am-4 pm July 31.

For details, visit

Free Day at RMNP

Thursday, Aug. 4, will be a free admission day at Rocky Mountain National Park to mark the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

The remaining 2022 free days at RMNP and all parks that charge entrance fees are:

• Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day.

• Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

For details, visit

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