7 best things to do in Colorado this weekend, Aug. 11-12

Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 19:13:52-04

DENVER -- Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend. 

1. Sloan's Lake Fine Arts and Music Festival

What: Enjoy meeting local and national artists under the big shade trees, as they display their original fine arts and crafts. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy an eclectic mix of live music including Hazel Miller Band, Ponder The Albatross, Band On The Fence, Kelly Triplett, Franny & The Jets, Tullis Blues, Doc & Kit and more.

Where: Sloan’s Lake Park, 17th & Utica St. in Denver 

When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Admission: Free

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2. Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival

What: One of the longest running festivals in Colorado, the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival gets its name from the post-World War II period when Wheat Ridge was home to a thriving carnation industry. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, the Carnation Festival parade, an art show, carnival games and rides, a beer garden, a car show, as well as music and food vendors. 

Where: Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge, 4355 Field St. in Wheat Ridge, Colo. 

When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

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3. The 2018 Denver Parade of Homes

What: Dozens of new, custom-built homes will be on display in the Denver metro area starting this week. The Parade of Homes includes 75 newly-built homes throughout the Denver metro area, all of which are up for sale. The tour is self-guided, allowing potential buyers to browse whichever homes they want whenever they want.

When: Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays starting Aug. 9 through Aug. 26; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Several locations

Admission: Free

More info: Learn more about the 2018 Denver Parade of homes

4. Denver International Cat Show

What: The Econo Cat Club is bringing over 220 cats of over 50 different breeds to Denver this weekend where they will be competing and posing for internationally renowned judges, aiming to win championship tiles and points towards the prize of the best cat in the world. 

Where: Denver Crown Plaza Convention Center, 15500 East 40th Ave.

When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for children

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5. Boulder County Fair

What: Colorado's oldest county fair turns 149 this year and if you're looking for something fun, this might be the place to be. Enjoy rodeos, animal barns, goat yoga, truck pull and more county fair-related family fun in Longmont until Aug. 12. 

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds,  9595 Nelson Rd. in Longmont, Colo.

When: Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission: Free

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6. Enjoy a free day at the Longmont Museum

What: Enjoy the Longmont Museum’s award-winning exhibition "Front Range Rising," a long term exhibit on the history and culture of the region, for free! The museum has other exhibitions you can enjoy free of cost.

Where: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colo.

When: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Free

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7. Buy local, straight-from-the-farm fresh produce 

What: You know our winter season is finally over when farmers' market start popping up in your neighborhood. Luckily for all of us in Colorado, there are dozens of places to choose fresh produce from before winter makes its comeback in just a few months.   

Where: Various locations across Colorado

When: From Monday through Sunday

Admission: Free (unless you end up buying something, of course)

More info: Check out our list of more than 100 farmers' markets to check out in Colorado this summer!

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