Fall 2018: New & Favorite Things to Do in Loveland, Colorado
LOVELAND, Colo. – Breathtaking fall colors, new outdoor areas to explore, delicious fall flavors and spirited fun make for a great season to visit Loveland.
- Just 10 minutes south of Loveland in Berthoud, TPC Colorado is the state’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly 10 years. This 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse features sweeping majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and is nestled alongside the sparkling blue waters of Lonetree, McNeil and Welch Reservoirs. The course is just 10 minutes from three Loveland golf courses, Mariana Butte, The Olde Course and Cattail Creek and 10 minutes from Loveland’s thriving downtown district with award-winning restaurants, breweries, shops and entertainment. More than 1,150 hotel rooms including one of the world’s top-ranked Embassy Suites in the world are just 20 minutes from the course.
- Outdoor Recreation + Trails
- Opening August 18, the Long View Trail, a 4.4-mile connection between Sunset Vista Natural Area in Loveland and Cathy Fromme Natural Area in Fort Collins, connects 19 miles of paved Loveland Recreation Trail to 35 miles of existing trail in Fort Collins. Loveland’s complete trail runs through beautiful areas on the west side of town near Wilson Avenue, east along the Big Thompson River corridor, over and under city streets, along irrigation canals, through fields, and north along the west shore of Boyd Lake State Park, then back to the west through prairies and wetlands. Perfect for walking, running or biking.
- Loveland’s Centerra is Colorado’s 1st Community Wildlife Habitat: East Loveland is anchored by urban developments including The Promenade Shops at Centerra, the Marketplace at Centerra as well as other commercial and residential development from Centerra. Among the urban developments lie 107 habitats – 90 of which have been certified as Community Wildlife Habitats in Centerra – the first in the state of Colorado. Chapungu Sculpture Park, one of 10 common areas included in this recognition, was designed with native gardens to attract birds, butterflies and other critters. Chapungu is the only permanent exhibit of Zimbabwean stone sculpture in the U.S.
- September grand re-opening of Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park: The park reopens after several years of repair work, river bed redesign and project planning following the 2013 Big Thompson flood, Located four miles west of the Dam Store on the way to Estes Park on Highway 34, this mountain park holds a special place in the hearts of Loveland residents and for visitors who have stopped on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park. The river itself has been re-routed after Mother Nature made it clear which way the flow should go, and much of the design work isn’t visible to the naked eye. Native grasses and shrubs have been planted, and visitors will notice a new park design.
- Family Experiences
- The Fall Movie Festival Saturday, Oct. 27 is a new family-friendly movie double feature beginning with Hotel Transylvania followed by Ghostbusters (the original). Kid-friendly and fall activities are available through the Mobile Recreation Trailer.
- Loveland Laser Tag First in U.S. to Debut Gen8 laser tag system: Loveland Laser Tag is home to Colorado’s only three-level laser tag course and now, the center is the first game and laser tag facility in the United States (second in the world) to debut the new Laserforce Gen8 Infinity laser tag system – the most advanced visual laser tag experience ever. Players will experience new gameplay objectives, power-ups, abilities, weapon types, and customization options. They can interact with the game in new ways via a 3.5” capacitive touch phaser screen — the largest in the industry — and an innovative, exclusive 5” chest display.
- Art & Culture
- The historic Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland has launched season tickets for its fall and winter concert series. Season ticket holders get preferred seats and single ticket and ticket package discounts. Performances include Jim Brickman, Jim Messina, Richard Marx, Ryan Hamilton and more.
- Colorado Eagles Now AHL Affiliate to Colorado Avalanche: After back-to-back ECHL Hockey league Kelly Cup titles, The Colorado Eagles have officially moved up to the Pacific Division of the American Hockey League (AHL) and now serve as Colorado Avalanche. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 17th year in a row, more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America in 2017-18.
- Food & Drink
- Loveland’s adds 10th brewery; as two new breweries now open: Dratz Brewing Company and Rock Coast Brewery both opened in July 2018. Drätz Brewing Company specializes in American, Belgian and German styles as well as some fun experimental rotations and seasonals. In their first month open, they took second place at the Gnarly Barley Beer Festival. Rock Coast Brewery opened downtown in conjunction with AKA Kitchen and is the first brewery in Loveland to offer freshly brewed beers paired with food. The brewery offers a diverse lineup of American-style ales, a selection of Belgian-style beers, and a carefully curated collection of other favorites. A bonus: All of Rock Coast’s tap handles were created by local Loveland sculptor, Joey Bainer.
- Loveland’s Ale Trail Launches: Loveland’s Are Trail mobile app launched this summer, offering beer, wine and spirit lovers a chance to sip, savor and celebrate Loveland’s beer and spirit scene. Similar to a beer passport, once purchased, take the tap to each location to redeem BOGO offers at eight Loveland’s breweries, Climb Hard Cider and Sweetheart Winery.
- Loveland’s First Downtown Rooftop Bar Opens: Five Tables Cafe will be serving its full menu Friday and Saturday nights from the rooftop patio of Deskchair, a new co-working space recently open in downtown Loveland. The space will be open seasonally, closing for the winter and reopening spring through fall.
- Pumpkin Patch Picking
- Osborn Farms is the oldest, continually family-owned farm in the state of Colorado. This quaint farm offers majestic Rocky Mountain views and, of course, pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors. Don’t miss their opening weekend celebration Sept. 29 – 30 with gourds, pumpkins, hayrides, vendors and more. Admission is free; pumpkins are charged by weight. Pick the perfect pumpkin straight from this locally owned and operated farm and say hello to the pumpkin people decorating the area.
- Top Leaf Peeping Spots: Loveland’s abundant natural beauty mixed with its large public art collection make fall a beautiful time to be inspired. Colorado is known for its breathtaking fall views, but only in Loveland can you experience the majestic red, orange and gold leaves dancing among the bronze sculptures within Benson Sculpture Garden, around Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, at Chapungu Sculpture Park or in various areas around town. Catch all of this and more as you head up Big Thompson Canyon for breathtaking views on your way to your fall Rocky Mountain National Park adventure.
Top Non-Halloween Events
More than 50 events are happening in Loveland this fall, from food tastings and beer tappings to art shows, wellness retreats and educational events. Visit our website, VisitLovelandCO.com/Events to find out more. Here are some of our top picks:
- Brett Michaels at Thunder in the Rockies, Aug. 31: One of the nation’s top rock artists returns to Thunder Mountain Amphitheater in Loveland to rock Labor Day weekend.
- Good Guys Car Show, September 7-9: Kick-off the fall hot roddin’ season and head to the Rockies for some mile-high automotive entertainment. This high altitude weekend of fun features a giant show & shine with over 2,000 1972 & earlier rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics on display, vendor exhibits and so much more.
- Pastels on 5th: September 8: This is a free, family-friendly sidewalk chalk art event brings together local and regional artists to create inspirational masterpieces along the sidewalks. Join the fun for live music, food, an Artist Marketplace, and a children’s art area where kids can create their own sidewalk masterpieces.
- Loveland Oktoberfest and Barbarian Dinner, September 13-15: Loveland Oktoberfest, northern Colorado’s most authentic Oktoberfest experience, heads to a new location (1015 S Lincoln Ave.), Sept. 14-15. All ages can experience authentic German Polka Bands, German food and treats as well as Oktoberfest traditions – all backed by award-winning local Loveland craft beer. Come the night before for the Barbarian dinner. Dress in your best barbarian attire, feast on traditional early German-inspired foods with only your fingers and knives, and drink great beer. The Barbarian Dinner is $50 for an all-inclusive ticket.
- WWE Live at the Budweiser Events Center, Sept. 23: WWE returns to Loveland after three years. Featuring Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens; RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and many more of your favorite WWE Superstars.
- Old House Vintage Market, Oct. 19-20: The Old House Vintage Market is a traveling upscale market designed to feature artisans, makers, creators and curators exclusively selling one of a kind, antique, vintage, architectural salvage, upcycled and handcrafted items.
- Loveland Art Studio Tour: Weekends October. 13-14, 20-21: Loveland’s Art Studio Tour provides a venue for Loveland-based artists to showcase their work together and showcase the city’s vibrant arts community. Take a self-guided studio to visit artists across town.
- Grown Up or Girls Trip at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch’s western lifestyle has a way of slowing you down and gearing you up for a relaxing and fun-filled getaway at the ranch. A six-night fall Great Grownup Sept. 16-21 or Cowgirl Roundup Oct. 4-9 fall getaway brings serenity at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and includes horseback riding, locally-sourced, wholesome ranch-style meals, trap shooting and more.
- Creepy Walk in the Woods: This is not your average haunted house and it’s not another corn maze. In fact, it’s not in a house or cornfield at all. Just west of Loveland, at the base of Devil’s Backbone, you will find Savage Woods, home of the vilest, hideous creatures our world has ever seen. It’s a terrifying, unguided exploration deep into the Woods to experience the immoral degenerates, native only to the Savage Woods. Open October 1-13, 19-20 and 26-27, 2018. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tours start at 7 p.m. Entry is $20 per person.
- Downtown Loveland Zombie Beer Crawl: The undead will fill the streets downtown Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at dusk for the Sixth Annual Zombie Beer Crawl. Start at Loveland Aleworks and head out for a chance to win prizes at each participating location.
- Family Trick or Treat Events: Downtown Loveland’s Halloween Festival and The Marketplace at Centerra’s Halloween Hullabaloo bring family fun Saturday, Oct. 27 and Halloween on the Promenade, a family Halloween event at the Promenade Shops at Centerra, is slated for Sunday, Oct. 28.
- Halloween Movies at Rialto Theater: From Oct. 26-31, enjoy films The Monster (silent film), Young Frankenstein and The Shining in this historic downtown theater.
Learn more and plan your trip online at https://www.visitlovelandco.org/plan-your-trip/seasonal-features/fall_in_loveland/.
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