Tuesday 10: May Days

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and Colorado is turning green. Spring is truly here. Get outside and enjoy this sampling of May events:

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1. Farmers Markets – Various locations- Warmer weather means Farmers Market season. We usually go to the markets off Harmony Rd or Drake and Shields. Additional locations include Loveland (3133 N Garfield) and downtown Fort Collins. At this point, the markets mostly have food trucks, bakeries, crafts, and artisan food. As the season progresses, more fresh produce will appear. http://www.fortcollinsfm.com/market-events

2. America on Tap Beer Festival – Washington Park – Fort Collins – May 2nd Beer is an important part of our city’s culture. Celebrate by heading down to the festival for samples from 100+ beers from America’s finest craft breweries. Tickets start at $35. http://americaontap.com/front-range-on-tap/

3. Estes Park Duck Race – Estes Park – May 2nd Horse race? Dog race? No, duck race! Adopt a duck or flock of ducks for $20 each and a chance to win prizes. 95% of proceeds benefit charity. And don’t worry; only rubber ducks are used in this event. http://www.epduckrace.org/

4. Cinco de Mayo Festival May – 112 East Willow Street, Fort Collins – May 2nd– 3rdGrab your lawn chairs and head to Heritage Park for a day of dancing, music, and delicious food celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Seating is limited. http://www.fortcollinscincodemayo.com/

5. Colorado Marathon – May 3rdRun (or walk) to the fastest and most scenic marathon in Colorado. The Hilton Fort Collins is the main host hotel. http://www.thecoloradomarathon.com/

6. Spring Creek Gardens Plant Sale – Fort Collins – May 9th -10th Add some color to your garden by visiting the Gardens at Spring Creek. At their spring plant sale you can find everything from succulents to drought tolerant annuals and perennials. http://www.fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/special-events/spring-plant-sale

7. Kites in the Park – May 17th – Spring Canyon Community Park – Kite flying, demonstrations, lessons, and competitions…this isn’t your average event. Watch for the giant dragon, animal, and octopus kites. Free. http://www.visitftcollins.com/events/kites-park-0

8. 25th Annual Fire Hydrant 5K – May 30th – Edora Park – Avoid the guilty look your dog gives you when you leave home and invite them to this pet friendly 5K. Benefits homeless animals. http://www.visitftcollins.com/events/25th-annual-fire-hydrant-5k

9. Poudre River Fest – Legacy Park – Fort Collins – May 30thMusic, food, dancing, and educational opportunities equals family fun along the Cache la Poudre River. Proceeds support local conservation and nonprofit groups. http://www.poudreriverfest.org/

10. Old Town Car Show – Downtown Fort Collins – May 30th Head downtown and wander among the hundreds of hot rods, vintage cars, and classic trucks on display. It’s a great time to daydream. Free. http://downtownfortcollins.com/events/old-town-car-show

What’s your favorite spring activity?

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