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Labor Day Weekend Activity Guide

Not sure what to do for the long Labor Day Weekend? Check out the following activities happening this weekend around Colorado! 


Treat Yourself At A Taste Of Colorado
When: August 30 – September 2
Where: Civic Center Park
More than 500,000 people make this free, four-day festival the focus of their Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy the offerings of more than 50 area restaurants and food trucks. Rock out to live music from big-name acts, including MC Hammer and America. Bring the kids to the KidzStage, featuring magic, clowns and puppets. Ride some classic carnival rides all weekend long.

Expand Your Mind at the Biennial of the Americas
When: Through September 2
Where: Various Locations
The Biennial of the Americas is an international festival of ideas, art and culture hosted in Denver, Colorado, that provides a non-partisan platform for leaders in business, government, civil society, and the arts to examine the significant issues impacting life in the Americas. Check the website for events taking place over Labor Day Weekend!

36th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic
Where: Memorial Park, Colorado Springs
When: Saturday Through Monday
Admission: Free
The Colorado Balloon Classic is the largest and the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in the Rocky Mountain Region as well as the State of Colorado. Dozens of balloons fill the Colorado sky Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings as well as Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Where: Steamboat Springs
When: Friday Through Monday
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-12, and FREE for ages 5 and under.
Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs is packed with entertainment in the air, on the mountain and all over town. It's a Labor Day celebration for the whole family. The Wild West Air Fest features a vintage and warbird static aircraft display, classic cars, radio controlled airplane shows, Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace and much more.
Rocky Mountain Showdown
September 1
Feel the magic! The University of Colorado Buffaloes take on the Colorado State Rams at Sports Authority Field once again in this hotly contested Centennial State rivalry. But you don't have to be an alumnus of either school to enjoy the thrills of college football right in downtown Denver.

Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds
When: August 30 – September 1
Where: Coors Field
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this Labor Day Weekend series at Downtown Denver’s classic ballpark, Coors Field. There's also a game against the L.A. Dodgers on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

When: Saturday at Noon
Where: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs
Admission: $12-$55; Family Value Packs available for only $60 (some fees may apply). Family Packs include four tickets and four $5 food vouchers that can be used at and any food location in Falcon Stadium.
What would the Labor Day weekend be without a little football? With the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams playing on the road, join the Air Force Falcons as they host the University of South Dakota Coyotes.

Discover Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
When: Through January 12, 2014
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street)
Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists view the garden spaces differently, injecting change in the surrounding landscape with their 3-D work. Perspectives of space are altered as visitors experience the Gardens’ grounds in a new way. The artwork introduces a variety of color, texture, and form into an already rich environment.

Spun: Adventures In Textiles
When: Through September 22
Where: Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography in the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles. The museum-wide show is in celebration of the DAM’s new textile art galleries.

Take A Walk On The Cutting Edge At Nick Cave: Sojourn
When: Through September 22
Where: Denver Art Museum
Renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave will create a multi-sensory, immersive installation that will transport visitors to a magical world of color, texture, sound and movement. Cave’s exhibition will feature a combination of multimedia elements and performances along with a selection of figurative sculptures the artist has dubbed “Soundsuits” which have to be seen -- and heard! -- to be believed.

Say Hello To Denver’s New Five-Ton Locals at Toyota Elephant Passage

Where: Denver Zoo
At this new $50 million addition to the Denver Zoo, watch majestic Asian elephants care for their young, Indian one-horned rhinos cooling off in a shallow stream, acrobatic gibbons swinging overhead from tree to tree, fishing cats diving for their next meal and the piercing stare of a black leopard, all from the center of an Asian village.

Get Some Thrills at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Where: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
The nation’s ONLY downtown theme and water park is an awesome place to spend a late-summer day. With more than 45 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios (a kiddie area with pint-sized fun), there’s something at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park for just about everyone.

Travel Back in Time to Colorado’s Pioneer Past
Where: History Colorado Center
Pay a visit to Denver’s newest must-see museum! Celebrate Colorado’s glorious landscapes on a three-story multimedia presentation. Discover Denver A to Z, an irreverent tribute to the characters who have shaped The Mile High City. Traverse an 80-foot map of the state using a “time machine.” Virtually travel the plains in a Model T Ford. Don a headlamp and descend into the hard rock mine of Silverton. Soar off a virtual ski jump in Steamboat Springs. Do all this and more among Colorado’s most historic treasures.

Relax in the Gardens with Chris Isaak
When: August 30
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
Catch this silken voiced singer-songwriter in the beautiful setting of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Bring a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner and enjoy some great tunes.

Go Phish-ing!
When: August 30 – September 1
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Denver’s got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish have earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show, and unparalleled instrumental interplay.

Light The Fuse with Keith Urban
When: August 30
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
One of the industry’s most electrifying live performers, four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban brings his “Light The Fuse Tour 2013” with Little Big Town to Red Rocks!

Tour De Fat 
When: Parade Registration: 9:00 a.m.; Ride Times: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Entertainment: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Old Town Fort Collins/New Belgium
Admission: Free; suggested donation of $5 or more
Tour de Fat is more than an event; it's a rite of passage that includes a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food, crazy bike contests and much more. Last year, the Fort Collins Tour de Fat stop had approximately 15,000 attendees and raised more than $52,000 for local nonprofits.
Where: City Pool Park, Fort Collins
When: Monday; 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Admission: $8 Pre-sale $5 Per Dog, Day of the event $8 Per dog. Each ticket allows admission for two human friends. Additional humans or spectators are admitted at $2 per person.
Bring your four-footed furry friend for a swim at City Park Pool. The ever-popular Pooch Plunge is a great way to end the summer with your canine companion.
Go To The Top Of The Continent on Mount Evans Highway
Through Labor Day
Adventurous motorists’ last chance to get as high as they can possibly go comes on Labor Day. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. A day trip to the top is a journey that climbs to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans – one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous “fourteeners.” After Labor Day, Mount Evans generally closes to motorists due to snow.

Where: From Loveland to Castle Rock
When: Aug. 11-Sept. 5
Admission: Free
The 2011 Parade of Homes ends through Labor Day. At this year’s FREE event you can see 64 homes across the metro area from Loveland to Castle Rock. If seeing luxury is what motivates you, this year’s Dream Community, Heritage Hills, features seven fully decorated homes all priced over $1 million.

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