The Loveland has many events to choose from as August winds down, including the Corn Roast Festival, an Overland Expo, and art and music offerings.
Corn Roast Festival
The 125th Old Fashioned Loveland Corn Roast Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28, at Fairgrounds Park, 700 S. Railroad Ave. Loveland.
Events take place at 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.
The first night will feature a corn-shucking contest, music by Soul School and a fireworks display.
The Corn Roast Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with the theme “I Believe in uniCORNs.”
Other activities that day include sales of roasted corn, kids’ activities, vendors and music by Steve Manshel, After the Fire, Dotsero and Retro ’80s Tribute Band.
Admission is free.
For details, visit loveland.org/events-2/festival-information.
The Overland Expo Mountain West, an expo for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts, will be at The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29.
It will feature classes for 4-wheel-drive enthusiasts and adventure motorcyclists; programs, speakers and trainers from all over the world; the Overland Film Festival; roundtable discussions,; demonstrations; food and several hundred vendors of adventure travel equipment, camping gear, bikes, vehicles and services.
Tickets are $25-$400.
For details, visit treventscomplex.com/events/detail/overland-expo-mountain-west.
2021 Summer Showcase
High Country Dance performers will offer their 2021 Summer Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, and 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for children.
For details, call 970-962-2120 or visit rialtotheatercenter.org.
Nathan & Jessie
Nathan & Jessie, a duo blending jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, will perform at 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at The Gressiwick, 426 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.
They entertain with upbeat original music and but stories of their travels.
Tickets are $20.
For details, call 970-315-2443 or visit gressiwick.com.
Kevin Cook Nature Talk
Naturalist Kevin Cook will present a nature talk on “Opinions are Easy; Knowledge is a Challenge” at 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, online via Zoom.
His “A Naturalist’s To-Do List” Nature Series looks at one nature-related or wildlife-specific problem each month and offers a proposal for solving that problem.
In the September talk, Cook will explore why he says the 180-day school year established in the 1800s no longer serves our needs, and how students require a more robust biology curriculum to better prepare them for adulthood, both for individual quality of life and for being better citizens.
His monthly nature talks, sponsored by the Loveland Public Library, are free.
To join, see details at bit.ly/3xZBjry.
For details, call 962-2401.
‘Physics & Foam: Baseball’
“Physics & Foam: Baseball” will be featured at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Loveland Aleworks, 118 W. Fourth St., Loveland.
In addition to being America’s pastime, baseball is also the sport that depends the most strongly on physics. Dr. Charles Kuehn will discuss why different pitches move the way they do, why baseball bats have a sweet spot, why wooden bats are used instead of aluminum bats in the pros, why the steroid era led to more people hitting home runs but not an improvement in batting average, how recent changes to the ball itself has effect hitting in the MLB, and other fun things.
The event also includes beer, trivia for prizes and a fastest pitch contest for prizes.
For details, visit bit.ly/3xZRogZ.
‘Beauty and the Beast’
“Beauty and the Beast: An Unexpected Journey,” will open Friday, Aug. 27, at the Museum of Art Fort Collins, 201 S. College Ave., Fort Collins.
Artists Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz have joined forces to create an exhibition of original sculpture and paintings.
The show runs through Oct. 17. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. on weekends.
For details, visit moafc.org.
Break Free Fitness
The third annual Break Free Fitness Festival will take place at 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Washington Park in downtown Fort Collins.
It will feature circus performers, fire dancers, aerial artists, music, DJs, food, drinks, and fitness experiences like glow in the dark yoga and dance parties.
Organizer Rachel Pastor is a recovered heroin addict and went from begging on the streets in Fort Collins to being a wife of a Fort Collins police officer and mother of two girls.
For details, visit fitnessfestivalevents.com.
‘Beauty Of Blackness’
“The Beauty Of Blackness Fine Art Show” will open at the Merchant Room Gallery in Walnut Creek, 222 Walnut St., Fort Collins, running from Aug. 26 through Sept. 8.
The show will include top African American artists from the U.S. and abroad.
An artist reception will be held at 6-9 p.m. Sept. 3 during the First Friday Gallery Walk.
The show also will be live-streamed four days straight, in an artist studio segment Sept. 2-5.
‘The Treasures We Keep’
“The Treasures We Keep: The Dyer Collection Costume Exhibit” will debut at 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at The 1879 Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins.
The exhibit that offers Avery House visitors the opportunity to discover a century of one family’s heirlooms, including books, quilts and toys spanning over a century and garments ranging from 1840s finery to mid-20th century custom millinery.
The exhibit invites visitors to reflect upon the treasures they keep and the memories they hold, and also provides information about care and storage of their own family collections.
The opening day will be celebrated with an ice cream social and games on the lawn, including “The Donkey Game,” a replica of the original Dyer Collection pin-the-tail-on-the donkey game which is on view in the exhibit.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
The exhibit will run through mid-November. Tickets can be purchased at poudrelandmarks.org.
For details, call 970-221-0533 or visit poudrelandmarks.org.
Twilight Garden Lectures
Colorado State University’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, CSU Extension and Gardens on Spring Creek will offer the Twilight Garden lecture series on Tuesdays, Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7 at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins.
The Aug. 24 topic is “Exploring Garden Design” with Lauren Springer, Gardens on Spring Creek on hardy cactus gardens, Emily Goldman, Plant Select on plant choices and design, and Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension on gardening with pets in mind.
The Aug. 31 topic is “Winning Displays” with teams from CSU on the 2021 top performers in the annual and perennial plant trials, and Alison O’Connor and Amy Lentz of CSU Extension will talk about fall containers.
The Sept. 7 topic is “Putting your Garden to Bed and Preparing for Spring” with Gardens on Spring Creek staff on tool care and perennial care, and Tony Koski of CSU on turf care.
Cost is $10 for one event or $25 for all three.
For details or to register, visit bit.ly/3y2VF2U.
Saving Mobile Images
Artists Dan Burkholder and Karen Klinedinst will discuss strategies and best practices for transferring, backing up, archiving and printing mobile images; and how that can fit into the larger issue of safekeeping family photos, favorite pictures and other important images.
The Zoom workshop, “Save ’em, Or Lose ’em – Mobile Images,” sponsored by the Center for Fine Art Photography, will take place at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.
It will include time for questions and answers.
Cost is $35 for members and $45 for others. Register at c4fap.org/workshops-blog/saveem.
The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and Bohemian Foundation will hold Sonic Spotlight, a music showcase and competition for emerging artists.
Northern Colorado musicians age 22 and under offering fresh sounds in any genre can apply. Selected artists and bands will get a chance to work with industry experts, connect with creative peers, receive radio airplay, create a professional music video, win prizes and perform live in two virtual showcases this fall. A panel of music industry veterans will determine which artists advance and, ultimately, which finalist is named winner of Sonic Spotlight 2021.
The call for entries is open through Sept. 13.
To learn more or to apply, visit sonicspotlight.org.
The annual Redneck Ride to raise awareness and funds for Coloradans with Parkinson’s disease will take place at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at Morning Fresh Dairy Farm, 5821 W. County Road 54E, Bellvue.
The day includes bike riding, games, food and live music from 10 Year Echo to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and critical funds for individuals.
This year’s ride will be contained to Morning Fresh Dairy for the safety of all riders and to ensure an inclusive family friendly event.
Loveland resident John Jacquinot has a passion to help those battling Parkinson’s while challenged with a fixed income. All funds raised will be donated to fund the Parkinson Association of the Rockies’ Pay It Forward fund, which provides 63-plus free weekly exercise classes to the Colorado Parkinson’s community.
Bring your bikes, a lawn chair or blanket.
No entry fee required, but a $30 donation is suggested.
To register, visit ParkinsonRockies.org/RedneckRide.
Wynonna Judd with the Big Noise and Sugar Britches will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, 13714 Poudre Canyon Road, Bellvue.
Tickets are $40-$75, available at bit.ly/3j2UOLw.
Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band will perform its dance songs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Moxi Theater, 802 Ninth St., Greeley.
The band is touring in conjunction with its “Dance Songs for Hard Times” album released on April 9.
Tickets are $15-$120, available at bit.ly/3sxR3kq.
Estes Valley Plein Air
The Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave., Unit 201, Estes Park, is hosting the third annual Estes Valley Plein Air event, with 32 artists.
A program on “Recognizing Women Artists of Estes Park” will be held at 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St., Estes Park.
Quick Paint and Auction will be at 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 28, at Riverside Plaza. People can watch artists at work to create a painting in 90 minutes and to participate in a live auction.
The Gala Reception/Awards Ceremony will be at 5-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Art Center.
The Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition will take place Aug. 28-Sept. 26 at the Art Center. All artwork is for sale.
The center is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
For details, visit artcenterofestes.com.