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Seize the end of summer with these 9 Colorado-grown events

Seize the summer with these 9 Colorado-grown events
Some say that if you don’t step outside of your comfort zone, your life will be nothing more than an exercise of regret management. Close out your summer with one of these unique events and we guarantee you’ll be happy to say you lived Summer 2016 to the fullest.

Try yoga on the tarmac, all-you-can-eat crawfish or a fresh pint of Palisade Peachopotamus. This list of nine weird and wonderful events will give you plenty of fun experiences to remember this fall.

1.    3rd Annual Peachapotamus Release Party – Aug. 11, Broomfield

Have you tasted a Palisade peach this season? Here’s a new take on the luscious, local treat: a Peachopotamus beer. It takes 1,000 pounds of Palisade Peaches to make 4 Noses Brewing Company’s Peachopotamus wheat and they’re celebrating its release at a party complete with bluegrass and pizza. It’s a limited-time brew that’s refreshing and lightly sweet – the perfect combination to round out Summer of 2016. This family-run brewery’s party starts at 2 p.m. and the string pickin’ begins at 6 p.m. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.

2.    Out on the Farm – Aug. 11, Longmont

Meet LGBTQ community leaders and support Out Boulder County at a farm-to-table, catered dinner at the beautiful Lone Hawk Farm in Longmont. Purchase tickets in advance for $75 to dine on Greens Point Catering and Twisted Pine brews. It’s billed as a magical night with small plates, beer pairings and great company. Grab your ticket to reserve your spot in a one-of-a-kind venue for a truly special cause.

3.    Tomato Day at the Market – Aug. 13, Longmont

Get ready to celebrate the local field tomato season and National Farmers Market Week at the Longmont Farmers Market at 9595 Nelson Rd. Meet the farmers, eat delicious tomato-inspired prepared food and try your hand at farmers market games for adults and kids! No two tomatoes are alike – and this season doesn’t last forever, so here’s your chance to try perfectly ripe varieties from eight local farms. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite variety in the Tomato Taste-Off and see who wins the Heaviest Tomato Contest! RSVP and invite the whole family on Facebook.

4.    Crawfish Boil – Aug. 18, Longmont

Summer is the season for crawfish boils and this is probably your last chance to revel in the peelin’ and dippin’ of those sweet little crawdads – at least for 2016. So take advantage of $20 all you can eat mud bugs, corn and potatoes on the patio of Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids! The Blue Canyon Boys, with their pitch-perfect harmonies and world-renowned pickin’ play from 6 to 9 p.m. You won’t be sorry to hear their duelin’ ukuleles, a staple in what some call the best bluegrass band on the planet. Music is free with dinner. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.
By the way, this Oskar Blues bar and grill serves up a weekly summer music series, so check their Facebook page for full details!

5.    Yoga on the Tarmac – Aug. 18, Broomfield

You’ve never experienced a vinyasa like this. Kristin Mills of MBS Crossfit joins CorePower Yoga of North Denver at the Jeffco Airport for a unique and free yoga event. Yoga on The Tarmac is a chance to ease into your body among expansive views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Denver. RSVP on Eventbrite and bring your own mat – you won’t regret it!

6.    Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – Aug. 19-21, Lyons

Welcome to the Nashville of the Rockies. There’s still time to snag a ticket to the legendary 26th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival! Yet another kid-friendly event, the folk fest in Lyons showcases well-known acts – like the Decemberists, Conor Oberst and Andrew Bird – as well as epic camping along the St. Vrain. Kids’ activities will keep them smiling and the music will soothe all souls. See all of the headliners and buy your festival and camping tickets here.

7.    Boulder Craft Beer Festival – Aug. 20, Boulder

The spotlight shines on all brews from Boulder at the Boulder Craft Beer Festival. For four hours on a summer Saturday, you can try unique tastes from 25 local breweries like Wild Woods, Twisted Pine, West Flanders, Mama Bear’s and Open Door, just to name a few. Pretzels (of course), tacos, barbecue, and more will arrive via food trucks to quell your hunger between ping pong matches and corn hole tosses. Music starts at 12:30 p.m. with indie folk band Heartstring Hunters; the festival concludes with the lively, Colorado-bred string band, Chain Station. Tickets sell out, so get yours today

8.    Nedfest – Aug. 26-28, Nederland

Nedfest, the 18th Annual Nederland Music and Arts Festival, is a three-day music and arts festival in the quirky town of Nederland. Listen to big names in bluegrass, rock and roll and jazz at a stage overlooking the beautiful Barker Reservoir. Camp overnight between days of fun, food, brews and art that will keep the whole family entertained. This year’s NedFest features the Taj Mahal Trio, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Melvin Seals and JGB, Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down featuring Bill Nershi of String Cheese, Paper Bird and many more. Kids get in free and teens get discounted tickets. Grab yours here!

9. Boulder Valley Velodrome Thursday Night Races  – through Sept. 1, Erie

If you haven’t visited the free Thursday night track races at the Boulder Valley Velodrome, you have one month left! Bring the kids, a picnic and your curiosity because this velodrome, one of 26 in the country, is a sight to see. Harness the Olympic energy – both Dutch and Canadian racing teams practiced here before Rio – and get excited for high-speed, professional and super-friendly racing. You can even get certified and start B-level racing with riders like you! Beginners are welcome. Visit bouldervalleyvelodrome.com for details.

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