It’s that time of year again! Summer in Fort Collins is enough to make anyone fall in love with the city with no shortage of summer fun to go around. Bikes, brews and live music are what we’re about here in the Choice City of non-stop action and events.
Starting June 3, Noontime Notes hits the streets of downtown Fort Collins with a lunchtime concert every Tuesday. The acts playing the concert series this year have yet to be announced, but Noontime Notes promised to be jam-packed with awesome local talent. Years past have included acts such as the acoustic power duo, Wendy Woo and Liz Barnez, as well as Rodney James and the High Gear Daddies, a rockabilly trio formed back in 2008.
The concert series is open and free to the public of all ages and conveniently located in the heart of Old Town at College and Oak Street which is home to fun water fountains and next to the Fort Collins Museum of Art (and if you’re around in the evening, you’ll see them light up while the water jumps from fountain to fountain). The shows run from 11:30am to 1pm every Tuesday throughout the summer with the last show ending August 5.
Whatever your musical preference is, Noontime Notes is sure to have a show you’ll enjoy, so ride your bike over, bring your friends, and listen to great music while the kids dance and play in the fountains.
But wait, there’s more! Like that was enough – right! Another outdoor entertainment series is being held at Columbine Park at the corner of Worthington Circle and Centre Avenue. In celebration of their 40th anniversary of Fort Collins theatre and their 2nd year of outdoor performances, Open Stage’s Scapin performances can be seen at the park throughout the month beginning June 1 through June 29. Tickets are available at www.lctix.com or by calling 970.221.6730.
Also, another series of lawn performances can be seen with little ones at the Lincoln Center’s lawn. Every Wednesday, the Wizard Of Oz performances aimed at youth are held at 10:30am and lasts for approximately one hour and ends with performers interacting with the audience for this family summer time event. Blankets rather than lawn chairs are recommended. For more information, visit their website at www.fcgov.com/lctix.
Since we’re on a roll, let’s now check out the New Belgium Bike-In Cinema on the front lawn of New Belgium Brewing. Making its Fort Collins debut in 2004, and now entering their 10th year, the cinema’s attendees continue exponential growth every summer with its sea of bicycles and bell ringing swarming the roads after enjoying a flick and a beer. Now if you can imagine, picture a patch-quilt of blankets on the lawn on a warm summer evening enjoying friendly chatter and top of the line brews. Clearly we have more treasures in this fun town of Fort Collins than we realize. Details on the double features presented this summer are still in the works, but regardless of the titles, an eclectic activity to partake in no matter which language or era of the film can be found.
Proceeds of beer sales are routed right back into the local community of non-profit groups. How’s that for a definition of community! Tune into www.newbelgium.com/events for the upcoming cinema dates and times.
Meanwhile, while the bike-in cinema fine tunes their forks for this summer’s showings, the Holiday Twin, our beloved and classic drive-in cinema, which eloquently boasts it’s double features with two screens, has already begun their season with the box office opening at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 7pm on Sundays. Movies start at dusk.
In lieu of alcohol, the Holiday Twin offers many yummy concessions along with the classic popcorn to help you with that automatic consumption that accompanies any good movie. Movies are on a constant staggered rotation, so you can catch fun movies for everyone’s taste on a weekly basis without missing a beat. On June 19, the Holiday Twin Drive-In will be hosting it’s 1st live simulcast with Jimmy Buffet. Details are available on their website, www.HolidayTwinDriveIn.com as well as feature dates, times, trailers and their menu.
Regardless of your fancy, Fort Collins has a diverse selection to choose from and sources to alternate with – so have at it and cheers! Chances are, you’ll probably come across another outdoor activity around the corner that’s popped up. That’s just the way it is in Fort Collins!