Upcoming events in the Loveland area include a celebration of pride, music, poetry and a dog event.
Love, Pride: A Celebration in Sweetheart City will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St., Loveland.
The event is free and open to humans of all ages.
Attendees will congregate at the Ball Joint, 434 N. Garfield Ave., then walk down Fourth Street to the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, where attendees will hear guest speakers Simon Hyperion and Andrea Samson.
There will also be live performances from Sadie LaPorte and the Jewels of the Court, Allie Moreau, Shoeless Joe O’Bryan, America Jackson and more.
For more details, email [email protected]
Open Mic Poetry
Open Mic Poetry, 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 24, Artisans Kitchen, 243 E. Fourth St., Loveland.
The Loveland Poet Laureate will host the open-mic event on the last Friday of each month, June through September.
Registration at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the event.
For more details, visit bit.ly/3wOLu3J.
The first Blues Night of the summer will be from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Foundry Plaza, 200 block of Cleveland Avenue, Loveland.
Rex Peoples and X Factor will headline the show and Three Shots will open.
On July 29, Blues Night will feature Mr. Smyth with opening Blues Kadellic, and on August 26, Mojo Mama will feature with opening Whiskey Picklers.
The concerts are free.
For more details, visit downtownloveland.org/onesweetsummer.
The Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band will play for listening and dancing pleasure from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland.
Frontman Len Kellogg is known for his years teaching music in the Thompson School District. The band’s musicians are trained in all styles of jazz to listen to and dance to with Hot Tomatoes, Your Father’s Moustache, Queen City, Lannie Garrett’s, Mississippi River Boats, Glenn Miller Orchestra and more.
Bring soft drinks if you wish. Water and a snack will be provided.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $35 for two adults, and $5 for students, available at www.NoCOJazz.com or at the door.
For details, call 970-669-6767.
summer dog day
Dog Day of Summer will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Namaqua Park, 730 N. Namaqua Ave., Loveland.
The 2022 event will offer fun ways to learn how to responsibly recreate with your dog, including agility obstacles and canine parkour items to try and equipment, training, nutrition and training tips. grooming and items from local experts and vendors.
Other activities will include a Find-the-Dogs scavenger hunt, a photo op area for dogs and people, and a demonstration by Loveland Police K9 officers.
Bring leashed, well-behaved dogs and visit the shady riverside park stations. Food trucks will offer treats to people and dogs.
The drop-in event is free and no registration is required, but people can sign up to receive reminders and weather updates at bit.ly/2VHZzl1.
Spring Dance Showcase
The MacKinnon Royal Dance Institute will perform its “2022 Spring Showcase” at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland.
Tickets are $16-$20.
For details, call 970-962-2120 or visit rialtotheatercenter.org.
Ride for the Ranch
Ride for the Ranch Poker Run and Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Jax West Outdoor Gear, Farm and Ranch, 2665 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland.
The event will benefit veterans and their families.
The Poker Run route takes runners from Carter Lake to Masonville to Bellvue and Poudre Canyon before ending at the Sundance Saloon for the after party and car show.
The family event will include a live band, silent auction, food, drinks and more.
For more details, visit bit.ly/3O22H0P.
The Namaqua Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is accepting vendors for their craft show Sept. 24 at Grace Community Church in Loveland.
For more details, contact JoAnne at 970-342-1586 or email [email protected]
A Summer Solstice Festival and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Brookside Gardens Event Center, 619 E. County Road 8, Burgdorf.
A vendor fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets cost between $15 and $200, available at tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/393926?tc=hmt.
For more details, visit bit.ly/3NXTpCX.
Fort Collins Natural Areas will be offering Light Up the Night, a firefly viewing outing, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, 2856 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins. Park at Prospect Road car park.
Fort Collins is home to one of the largest populations of fireflies in Colorado. Firefly walks are offered during or near a full moon with plenty of natural light – no flashlights needed.
The hike up to 1 mile is on dirt trails, with mostly easy and slightly uneven terrain. Accessible bathroom available near the parking lot. All-terrain wheelchairs or those with sturdy wheels should be able to navigate the trails.
Dress according to the weather forecast with layers for the sunset, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray, headlamp, and water.
For details, email [email protected] or call 970-416-2815.
Sign up at bit.ly/3xgmwdP.
‘Cyrano de Bergerac’
OpenStage Theater Co. will perform “Cyrano de Bergerac” June 25-July 23 at Columbine Health Systems Park, Center Avenue and Worthington, Fort Collins.
Full of puns and swordplay, as well as the most famous nose in history, Brian Hooker’s translation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a night of love, mistaken identity and love tragedy under the stars.
A student/teacher night will be offered at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 and Thursday, June 30 will be a Pay What You Can night.
Regular performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sundays, July 10 and 17.
Tickets are $10 to $27, available at 970-221-6730 or lctix.com.
Be Kind FoCo
A family celebration of kindness in Northern Colorado, Be Kind FoCo will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 in Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.
The exhibit will feature local nonprofits, local kindness projects, first responders with their vehicles, child philanthropists, music, games, kindness activities and more.
For more details, visit bekinfoco.org.
The Colorado Native Plant Society Fort Collins/Loveland Garden Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at multiple locations.
It will include gardens by Maddie Maher, Shushila Matteo, Joshua Wenz, John Giordanengo, the City of Fort Collins Nix Native Plant Garden, and High Plains Environmental Center.
The gardens include a model Fort Collins Xeriscape Incentive Program 2021, one with mature native grasses, another lawn converted to native plantings, a wetland and montane elevation pond, and others designed for pollinators, birds and the insects.
The cost is $25 for CoNPS members and $35 for non-members.
Registrants will receive a map with directions and a suggested route.
For more details, visit bit.ly/3tF6ysF.
English Course / Free English Class
Free English classes are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at 6521 Carmichael Street (corner of Trilby and Timberline), Fort Collins.
Classes are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
The weekly classes are presented by the Loveland Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For details, call 719-490-9292.
The Father’s Day Garden Tour will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, 31500 Laku Lake Road, Windsor.
The vegetable garden must be in full glory. Guides will answer gardening questions.
This is a no reservations required and wheelchair accessible event.
For details, visit windsorgov.com/calendar.aspx?EID=4994.
June 16 party
The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado, in conjunction with the City of Greeley, will offer Greeley’s first-ever community-wide June 19 celebration on Friday, June 17, from noon to 4 p.m. centrally located at 928 20th St., Greeley.
This year’s theme is Juneteenth: A Family Reunion and was created to serve as a space and time where black people in Northern Colorado can come together to celebrate liberation while honoring a legacy of sacrifices made while working for the freedom.
This year’s event honors the day of June 19 as a day of rest and freedom for attendees and attendees.
Activities offered include a BBQ, black-owned/black-minded vendor fair, games and music provided by entertainer Machadellic.
The event is free and open to the public.
For details, visit unco.edu/marcus-garvey-cultural-center/junteenth.aspx.
The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.
The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday with the lifting of the Maypole and the opening ceremony.
The event features Scandinavian foods, music, fashion, dance and more.
For more details, visit estesmidsummer.com.