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2014 Calendar of Events

There's always going on in Fort Collins. Here is just a sampling of what's coming up this year. Dates and locations listed are subject to change. Complete schedules for the Colorado Eagles ice hockey team, the Colorado Ice of the United Indoor Football League and other sporting events at the Budweiser Event Center are at www.larimer.org/theranch; schedules for CSU Rams games are at www.csurams.com.

On-Going Fort Collins Events

First Friday - Old Town Gallery Walk
In Downtown Ft Collins on the first Friday of every month. Stroll though Old Town and view the artwork exhibited in over 14 galleries. Refreshments served. Contact: www.FortCollinsArts.org

Fort Collins Foodie Walk.
On the 3rd Friday of each month. A self-guided walk featuring new food presentations, tasting opportunities and themes each month at participating restaurants in Downtown Ft Collins.

Avery House Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1-4 pm. 970/221-0533.

Contra Dances.
At Club Tico in City Park on the first and third Saturday of every month, 8-11pm. Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dancing. Dances always feature live music. Free one- hour lesson offered before every dance, from 7-8pm. Contact: Friends of Traditional Dance. 970/493-8277 or www.fotd.org

International Night at the Library
2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of each month at the Ft Collins Main Library and Harmony Library. Contact: 221-6380. www.poudrelibraries.com

Winter Farmer's Markets, Opera Galleria, November 9, 16 & 23. December 14 & 21. January 11, 18 & 25. February 8, 15 & 22. March 8 & 22. April 5

Date Night at the Museum, The third Friday of every month from 5 - 8pm, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures

Discover Music! Saturdays, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Dubstep? Klezmer? Besides having fun names, they're also cool musical genres. Stop by and discover a different genre of music each session, and broaden your musical horizons. And who knows: you might find a new appreciation for psychedelic jamgrass music!

Garage Studio, Thursdays, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Book our Music Garage for a recording session! Bring your band, use our gear, and lay down one of your tracks with our sound equipment. When all is said and done, you'll have a recording of your song to share with your fans.

Sure, Mix-a-Lot, Fridays, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Learn the ins & outs of mixing music from the experts! From EQ techniques to digital mastering, the way you mix music is just as important as how you play it. Must have completed a Garage Studio session, or bring your own tracks to mix.

Family Board Games, Saturdays, The Haunted Game Cafe, Saturday evenings from 6 pm until close are Family Game Night. Bring your favorite board game or play one from our Open Game Library. Read the list of open games here: http://www.hauntedgamecafe.com/news/our-game-library/ Family friendly decor.

Story Time Tuesday, Tuesdays, 11am, Old Firehouse Books, children's story time
here at the Firehouse. We've got Firehouse trivia, activities, and lots
of fun stories to share. All ages are welcome.

Summer Events

Noontime Notes
At Oak Street Plaza. Tuesdays, 11:30-1:00pm. Beginning in June and running through mid August. 970/484-6500. www.downtownfortcollins.com

Ben & Jerry's FAC Concert Series.
Friday nights in Old Town Square. June - August. 970/407-0899.

Lagoon Concert Series
Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy a concert under the tree at the CSU Lagoon. Wednesday evenings. www.lagoonseries.com

Summer Shakespeare at Sunset: University Center for the Arts Gardens. Go to www.CSUArtsTickets.com for exact dates, times and tickets. Or call 970/491-4849.

Historic Water Works Open House
2005 No. Overland Trail. Open 1st Saturday of each month, May - September.
www.poudrelandmarks.org

Trolley Rides
Downtown Ft Collins, along Mountain Avenue to City Park and return. Weekends, May - Sept. www.fortnet.org/trolley.

Fort Collins Farmers' Market
"We grow what we sell" is the motto for this cooperative market. Located in the southwest corner of the Harmony Market Parking Lot at Harmony and Lemay. Open Sundays (May-Oct) and Wednesdays (June-Oct). Contact: 970/495-4889. www.fortnet.org/farmersmarket

Larimer County Farmers' Market
Larimer County Courthouse Parking Lot off of Oak and Howes St. Saturday mornings 8am-Noon,May 19 - October 20. Contact: Larimer County Extension, 970/498-6000. www.larimer.org

Drake Road Farmers Market
Located in the parking lot northwest of Drake and Worthington. Saturdays, 10am -1pm. April -Sept.. Contact: www.drakeroadfarmersmarket.org.

Baseball with the Fort Collins Foxes: End of May through the end of July. City Park South Field (The Fox Den). The Foxes are part of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. www.fortcollinsfoxes.com

March 2014

Lady Smith and Lack Mambo
Wed., Mar. 12 at 7:30pm - Tickets starting at $28
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over 50 years of joyous music that marries the intricate rhythms of South African musical traditions to the sounds of Christian gospel music. Winner of 3 Grammy Awards, the a cappella vocal group has achieved fame through their work with Paul Simon on his album "Graceland," as well as collaborations with Josh Groban, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Sharin 'O' The Green 5K Run/Walk, March 15, Library Park

Lucky Joe's St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 15, Downtown Fort Collins

Wine Fest 32, March 21, Fort Collins Hilton Hotel, Join your friends for a relaxing evening tasting wine from around the world, craft beer brewed right here in Northern Colorado, and delicious tapas from dozens of area restaurants and caterers!

Duo Sonidos
Tues., Mar. 25 at 7:30pm at the Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts
Tickets starting at $29.00 - Student tickets available
Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of violinist William Knuth and guitarist Adam Levin. Recently awarded 1st Prize at the Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain, Duo Sonidos presents a very personal program that celebrates folk heritage, featuring compositions by Béla Bartók, Karol Szymanowski, Lukas Foss, George Gershwin, Xavier Montsalvatge, and David del Puerto.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Wed., Mar. 26 at 7:30pm
Tickets starting at $29.00 - Student tickets available
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
With repertory ranging from minimalist to multi-media dances by some of the world's best contemporary choreographers, among them Karole Armitage, Bill T. Jones, Brook Notary, and more, the company is committed to producing innovative work that challenges audiences' perceptions of what contemporary dance can be.

West Side Story - National Tour
Thurs. - Sat., Mar. 27-29 at 7:30pm
Sat. matinee at 2pm - Tickets starting at $49.00
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
WARNING: Mature Themes
More than 50 years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.


Taste of Fort Collins, Wing eating contest

April 2014

Luma
Fri., Apr. 4 at 7:30pm - Tickets starting at $27
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
LUMA (Innovative Illuminated Arts) is a cutting edge performance art that uses darkness as a canvas and light as a brush. This spectacular light show combines the arts of dance, magic, puppetry, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatics and physics to create extraordinary choreographic works that are truly breathtaking.

Kathleem Madigan: Gone Madigan
Sat., Apr. 5 at 7:30pm - Tickets starting at $31
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
Warning - mature content
Back by popular demand, Kathleen Madigan has never been hotter. In her 23-year career, Kathleen Madigan has won the American Comedy Award for "Best Female Comedian," the Phyllis Diller Award for "Best Female Comedian," and has had countless appearances on several late night shows, HBO, and Comedy Central.

Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit, April 5, University Center for the Arts, Open to saxophone enthusiasts and performers of all ages, a full day of masterclasses, presentations, and performances covering both jazz and classical saxophone for soloists and chamber ensembles.

Kathy Mattea
Thurs., Apr. 17 at 7:30pm - Tickets starting at $28
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
Kathy Mattea performs songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief that define and celebrate the life and times of her native West Virginia. Long known as an impeccable songcatcher, her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards.

Memphis - National Tour
Thurs. - Sat., Apr. 24-26 at 7:30pm
Sat. matinee at 2pm - Tickets starting at $49.00
Lincoln Center Performance Hall
TURN UP THAT DIAL… From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis follows a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including "Best Musical."

Kites in the Park Festival, April 27, 2014, Spring Canyon Community Park, The skies of Fort Collins will come alive with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors when the Seventh Annual Kites in the Park Kite Festival gets underway!

Goodguys 17th Colorado Nationals, June 6 - June 8, 2014, The Ranch Events Center, This high altitude hot rod weekend features a giant show & shine, Builder's Choice awards by Pinkee's Rod Shop and the All American Sunday for late model American made and American powered cars on Sunday June, 8th.

Taste of Fort Collins, June 14-15, 2014, Downtown Fort Collins

Colorado Brewers' Festival, June 28-29, 2014, Enjoy sampling Colorado's best brews, fabulous food, conversations with brewers, and stages of stellar Colorado music.

The 16th Annual Longmont Jazz Festival, July 19, 2014

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, August 15-17, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day music festival held the third weekend in August each year in historic Old Town Fort Collins.

Avogadro's 7thAnnual Avo's Jazz Festival, September 1, 2014, Avogadro's

Tour de Fat, Fort Collins, Colo., Aug. 30, 2014, Civic Center Park


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