12 Things You Need to Do in Colorado for 2018
If you are afraid life is just passing you by, it's time you took control and made something happen and I want to help you with your goal buster list for 2018.
Whether you are an indoor person or an outdoorsy Daniel Boone wannabe, there are plenty of things to do in Colorado to help you get more out of life. We all should do more to expose ourselves to a variety of events and activities and get out of our comfort zone.
Don't let life pass you by. But, if it does, it's nobody's fault but your own. So, let's get started setting some life experience goals and then go forward with determination to make it happen.
Newsflash! You don't have to go to New York City to see a Broadway show. There is always something playing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The 2018 schedule includes Hamilton, Frozen, Hello, Dolly, Xanadu, Rock of Ages, Cats, and Fiddler on the Roof. Everyone should see a Broadway show in their lifetime, and 2018 is a great time to do it - and it's just down the road a spell on Interstate 70.
Okay, I get it. Climbing a 14er isn't for everyone. Not everyone is physically capable of scaling one of Colorado's awesome peaks, but for those who are, what are you waiting for? The longer you wait the harder it's gonna get. Summiting a peak is a lot of work. It's not a walk in the park, but it gives you an incredible sense of accomplishment. It's like you have issued yourself a challenge and you rose to the occasion. Take a look at the 14er options and see which one is best for you and a companion.
History and archaeology buffs should be clamoring to check out the Dead Sea Scrolls on display the Denver Museum of Natural History until September 3. The exhibit includes some of the oldest known Biblical documents dating back 2,000 years, plus the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display including seals, weapons, stone carvings, terracotta figurines, coins, shoes, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, and jewelry.
Once in a while you just have to go for the gusto, spend a little more and get a big-time concert experience. Some of the biggest names are coming to the Pepsi Center including Hall & Oates, Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers, Chicago/REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Jeff Lynne's ELO and Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper. These great artists aren't getting any younger so you better plan to go see one of your favorites in 2018.
The rubber duck race is just one of the attractions at this festival on May 5. You could win a trip to Ireland, Disney, Las Vegas or San Francisco. But, besides the big race. There will be free family fun, music, activities, and a big sidewalk sale.Runners can participate in the Duck Waddle 5K Race for $25 and get a t-shirt and an entry into the duck race.
Maybe you want to start small and just get to a GJ Rockies game at Suplizio field - and that would be a great experience. But there is something special about going to the big city and seeing the big boys perform at Coors Field. Even if you aren't a huge baseball fan, going to a baseball game is great fun with the atmosphere, the crowd, the experience, and the food.
Palisade isn't the only place to enjoy a big wine festival in Colorado. You can do both because the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival happens on June 2 giving you plenty of time to recover before Colorado Mountain Winefest in September. A total of 30 Colorado wineries will be represented as festival attendees sample wine, and enjoy food, live music, and gift vendors. Ticket prices range from $30 - $70, and of course, you get a "free" wine glass with your ticket purchase.
One of the best Fourth of July celebrations happens in Greely June 22 - July 4. There is plenty of rodeo action plus a demo derby, carnival, American bullfighting, a parade, and, of course, fireworks. They also have a faith and family night featuring Christian rock and pop artists Mathews West and Zach Williams, best known for the song Chain Breaker.
If money is no object, how about a few days away from the kids at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch near Loveland August 12-18. Six nights, 17 ranch-style meals and adult activities like wine and cheese tasting, dancing instruction, guided nature hikes, trap shooting, horseback riding, fishing, plus there is an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and horseshoe pits. Oh, and that price? It's a cool $2295 per person.
If the ride to Sturgis is a little too far for you, riding to Loveland might be the next best thing. Bikers from all across the region gather over Labor Day weekend for the biggest bike rally in Colorado. There's live entertainment, competitions, scenic rides, more than 100 vendors, and some 50,000 people.
Serious bicyclists should absolutely consider making 2018 your Ride the Rockies year. In five days you will experience the Colorado mountain towns of Edwards, Winterpark, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, and Grand Lake along with some of the state's most scenic mountain passes.It's a non-competitive ride June 9-15, but you'll want to be ready for it, so start training now and get ready to ride the 33rd annual Ride the Rockies.
Paddlefest is one of the more unique festivals in Colorado held August 25-28 in Buena Vista. They have whitewater and flat water events for all ages and skill levels, plus land events including live music, running races, bouldering competitions, disc golf and more.