Pride celebration, music, poetry and an event for dogs – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Upcoming events in the Loveland area include a Pride celebration, music, poetry and an event for dogs.

Pride Celebration

Love, Pride: A celebration in the Sweetheart City will take place at 10 am-12:30 pm Saturday, June 25, at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St., Loveland.

The event is free and open to humans of all ages.

Participants will congregate at the Ball Joint, 434 N. Garfield Ave., then march down Fourth Street to the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, where attendees will hear from speakers Simon Hyperion and Andrea Samson.
There also will be live performances by Sadie LaPorte and the Jewels of the Court, Allie Moreau, Shoeless Joe O’Bryan, America Jackson and more.

For details, email

Open Mic Poetry

Open Mic Poetry, 7-9 pm Friday, June 24, Artisans Kitchen, 243 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

The Loveland Poet Laureate will host the open mic event on the last Friday each month, June through September.

Sign up at 6:30 pm the night of the event.

For details, visit

Blue Nights

The first Blues Night of the summer will take place at 6-9:30 pm Friday, June 24, at Foundry Plaza, 200 block of Cleveland Avenue, Loveland.

Rex Peoples and the X Factor will headline the show and Three Shots will be opener.

On July 29 Blues Night will feature Mr. Smyth with Blues Kadellic opening, and on Aug. 26 Mojo Mama will be featured with Whiskey Picklers opening.

The concerts are free.

For details, visit

Dance-Jazz Concert

The Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band will play for listening and dancing enjoyment at 3-5 pm Sunday, June 26, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland.

Len Kellogg, leader of the group is known for his years of teaching music in Thompson School District. Musicians in the group have a background with all styles of jazz for listening and dancing with Hot Tomatoes, Your Father’s Mustache, Queen City, Lannie Garrett’s, Mississippi river boats, Glenn Miller Orchestra and more.

Bring soft drinks if desired. Water and a snack will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $35 for two adults and $5 for students, available through or at the door.

For details, call 970-669-6767.

Dog Day of Summer

Dog Day of Summer will be held at 6-8 pm Saturday, June 25, at Namaqua Park, 730 N. Namaqua Ave., Loveland.

The 2022 event will offer fun ways to learn about recreating responsibly with your dog, including agility obstacles and canine parkour elements to try and equipment, training, nutrition and grooming tips and swag from local experts and vendors.

Other activities will include a Find-the-Dogs scavenger hunt, photo op area for dogs and people, and Loveland Police K9 officers demonstration.

Bring leashed, well-mannered dogs and visit stations throughout the shady riverside park. Food trucks will offer treats for people and dogs.

The drop-in event is free, and registration not required, but people can sign up for reminders and weather updates at

Spring Dance Showcase

MacKinnon Royal Dance Institute will present its “2022 Spring Showcase” at 5:30 pm 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

Ride for the Ranch

Ride for the Ranch Poker Run and Car Show will take place at 9 am-3 pm 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 riders from Carter Lake to Masonville to Bellvue and down the Poudre Canyon before ending at the Sundance Saloon for the after party and car show.

The family-friendly event will include a live band, silent auction, food, drink and more.

For details, visit

Craft Vendors

The Daughters of the American Revolution Namaqua Chapter are accepting vendors for their Craft Show on Sept. 24 at the Grace Community Church in Loveland.

For details, contact JoAnne at 970-342-1586 or email

Midsummer Festival

A Midsummer Festival & Celebration will take place at 11 am-9 pm Saturday, June 25, at Brookside Gardens Event Center, 619 E. County Road 8, Berthoud.

A vendor fair is at 11 am-6 pm and dinner and entertainment at 6-9 pm

Tickets are $15-$200, available at

For details, visit

Firefly Hike

Fort Collins Natural Areas will offer Light Up the Night, a firefly viewing outing, at 8:30-10 pm Friday, June 24, at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, 2856 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins. Parking at the Prospect Road parking lot.

Fort Collins is home to one of the largest firefly populations in Colorado. Firefly walks are offered on or near the full moon with lots of natural light — no need for flashlights.

The hike of up to 1 mile takes place on dirt trails, with mostly easy, slightly uneven terrain. Accessible bathroom available near parking lot. Off-road wheelchairs or those with sturdy wheels should be able to navigate the trails.

Dress appropriately for the weather forecast with layers for when the sun sets, wear closed-toe, sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, a headlamp and water.

For details, email or call 970-416-2815.

Register at

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

OpenStage Theater Co. will present “Cyrano de Bergerac” June 25-July 23 at the park at Columbine Health Systems, Center Avenue and Worthington, Fort Collins.

Full of wordplay 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 romantic tragedy under the stars.

A Student/Educator Night performance will be offered at 7 pm Thursday, June 23, and Thursday, June 30, will be a Pay What You Can Night.

Regular performances are at 7 pm Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sundays, July 10 and 17.

Tickets are $10-$27, available at 970-221-6730 or

Be Kind FoCo

A family-friendly celebration of kindness in Northern Colorado, Be Kind FoCo will take place at 11 am-2 pm Saturday, June 25, at Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.

The expo will feature local nonprofit organizations, grassroots kindness projects, first responders with their vehicles, kid philanthropists, music, games, kindness activities and more.

For details, visit

Garden Tour

The Colorado Native Plant Society Fort Collins/Loveland Garden Tour will take place at 9 am-5 pm Saturday, June 25, at multiple locations.

It will feature gardens by Maddie Maher, Shushila Matteo, Joshua Wenz, John Giordanengo, the city of Fort Collins Nix Native Plant Garden and High Plains Environmental Center.

Gardens include a Fort Collins Xeriscape Incentive Program 2021 model, one with mature native grasses, another lawn converted to native plantings, a montane elevation wetland and pond, and others designed for pollinators, birds and bugs.

Cost is $25 for CoNPS members and $35 for nonmembers.

Registrants will receive a map with directions and suggested routing.

For details, visit

English Classes / Gratis Class de Inglés

Free English classes are being held every Thursday at 7 pm at 6521 Carmichael Street (corner of Trilby and Timberline), Fort Collins.

The 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.

Garden Tour

Father’s Day Garden Tour will be offered at 1:30-3:30 pm Sunday, June 19, at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, 31500 Laku Lake Road, Windsor.

The vegetable garden should be in full glory. Guides will answer gardening questions.

It is a drop-in event with no reservations needed, and is wheelchair accessible.

For details, visit

Juneteenth Celebration

The University of Northern Colorado’s Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, in collaboration with the city of Greeley, will offer Greeley’s first-ever communitywide Juneteenth celebration at noon-4 pm Friday, June 17, at the center 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 Northern Coloradans can come together to celebrate liberation while also honoring a legacy of sacrifices made while working toward freedom.

This year’s event honors the day of Juneteenth as a day of rest and freedom for participants and attendees.

Featured activities include a barbecue, a Black-owned/Black-minded vendor fair, games and music provided by the artist Machadellic.

The event is free and open to the public.

For details, visit

Scandinavian Fest

The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place 9:45 am-5 pm Saturday, June 24, and 10:15 am-4 pm Sunday, June 25, in Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.

Festivities start at 9:45 am Saturday with the raising of the Maypole and opening ceremony.

The event includes Scandinavian foods, music, fashion, dancing and more.

Admission is free.

For details, visit

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