Your best bets for fun this week

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Here are 10 things to do in the Loveland area this week.

Thunder in the Rockies

The 13th annual Thunder in the Rockies Bike Rally takes place Friday-Monday, Sept. 1-4, at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, 4250 Byrd Drive, Loveland.

Events include live music from Gary Allan at 7 p.m. Sept. 1, Texas Hippie Coalition at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts at 7 p.m. Sept. 3.

Admission to most events is free. Concert tickets are $ 25-$ 35 in advance or $ 35-$ 45 day of show.

Rally hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 1-3 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 4. A weekend pass is $ 75.

The event also includes the Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour, a nationally recognized thrill show performed on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as a bike show where motorcycle enthusiasts show off their custom bikes, vendor displays and more.

A Forever Family Ride to benefit Realities for Children will take riders on a scenic ride to Laramie, Wyo., beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.

For details, visit or

Tour de Fat

The Tour de Fat will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins.


Main stage entertainment will be The All-American Rejects and X Ambassadors. The Sputnik Stage and Le Tigre Tent also will provide entertainment.

The costumed bicycle parade will start at 10 a.m. at the corner of Meldrum and Maple.

The event benefits Bike Fort Collins, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Fort Collins Bike Co-op and Ciclismo Youth Foundation.

The event is ticketed this year. Tickets are $ 25, available at

Arts and Crafts Show

The annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 2-3, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Bond Park at Elkhorn and MacGregor avenues in downtown Estes Park.

The event features more than 100 booths with paintings, drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing, gourmet items, home decor, wood carvings, toys, pottery, glass and more.

Admission is free.

For details, visit

Flap Jack Day

City Star Brewing will celebrate Flap Jack Day in Berthoud at 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at 321 Mountain Ave.

The event features free flap jacks, a vintage car show and the Flap Jack Queen contest.

A mobile vintage boutique will be on site, offering apparel, accessories and decor of the 1940s-60s.

At 3 p.m. ladies can compete in the Flap Jack Queen Contest to be the first lady to finish five flap jacks, complete with a tiara and prizes from local businesses.

All donations benefit the Berthoud Historical Society. Attendees are encouraged to wear attire of the 1950s.

For details, visit

Nature Talks

Naturalist Kevin Cook will present talks in his “A Naturalist’s Desiderata” series for 2017 at noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. 1, and 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland.

This month’s sessions focus on “Desideratum 9: Elaborate Your Dreams.”

The program is free.

No registration required, but come early as seating is limited.

For details, call 962-2665 or visit

‘Find Yourself’

Stop by the Lincoln Center Art Gallery, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins, Sept. 1-23 to see “Find Yourself,” large-scale works intended to be used as photo backdrops.

Visitors are encouraged to pose in front of the immersive environments painted by local artists and take photos. They can pretend to be in a picture-perfect postcard with a landscape background or defend themselves from the claws of a giant eagle.

An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

For details, visit

Cruise In Car Show

The town of Windsor will hold its annual Windsor Cruise In Car Show at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Eastman Park, 7025 Eastman Park Drive, in conjunction with the Windsor Harvest Festival.

Early bird registration is now open for $ 15 per car; day-of registration is available for $ 20 per car. Registration fees include a custom T-shirt, dash plaque, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Proceeds benefit Windsor’s Reduced Fee Program, a financial assistance program open to children and adults who need support to participate in recreation activities.

Car classes for 2017 are 1920s and older, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and newer, and truck.

To register, visit, call the Community Recreation Center at 674-3500, or drop off/mail the registration form to 250 N. 11th Street, Windsor, CO 80550.

Wild by Wild

A program on Wild by Wild: Photographs of Wildlife by Wildlife will be offered at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court, Fort Collins.

View the latest gallery of wild animal “selfies” and enjoy family activities.

The program is free, with no registration required.

For details, visit

Plant Exchange

Give a plant, take a plant for free in a Pollinator-Friendly Plant Exchange at 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 3, at Boyd Lake State Park, 3720 N. County Road, Loveland.

Perennials, annuals and grasses are welcome. All plants must be pesticide-free.

The event is free; park entrance is $ 8.

For details, call 669-1739, email [email protected] or visit

Turkish Exhibit

Global Village Museum, 200 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins, will celebrate a new Hall Gallery exhibit on Friday, Sept. 1, with free admission.

A “Turkish Pop-up Market” will be open at 11 a.m.-6 p.m., featuring Turkish rugs, carpets, scarves and tribal jewelry.

During the Fort Collins Gallery Walk, at 6-9 p.m., the museum will celebrate the opening of the new exhibit in the Hall Gallery, “Life in Istanbul — Village of Millions.” Paintings by Gabrielle Reeves, a native of Wyoming, depict Turkey’s wonders.

At 6-8 p.m., Crispy Watkins & River will play the Appalachian music.

For details, call 221-4600 or visit

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About Craig Ballantyne 20215 Articles
I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.

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