Labor Day Weekend 2017: Where to go

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Where has the Summer gone? It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the longest day of the year but we are now nearing the end of August. School is back in session, vacations are few and far between and it’s only time before we enter cold temperatures.

Before we completely transition into the weather of the fall, we still have a few more weeks left of nice hot weather and even have Labor Day weekend coming up next week! Labor Day weekend always promises a fun, fulfilling weekend as we honor the contribution the american workers have made toward the prosperity, strength and well being of our country.

So, what festivities do we have coming up next weekend for a great weekend? Let’s find out!


Rocky Mountain Showdown

An annual feat, CSU plays CU at Mile High Stadium down in Denver on Friday, September 1. Unfortunately, the Rams have lost the game the last 2 years in a row. We can’t think of any better reason to head down and support our Rams to boost morale and get that W!

The rivalry between CSU & CU is one filled with history and has gone on for more than 100 years! CSU has only won the showdown three times in the last 10 games, the last one being in 2014. It may be time for CSU to pick up another win so put on that green and gold, buy a ticket and head down to Denver!

The game kicks off at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 1.


Tour de Fat

A Fort Collins tradition, Tour de Fat takes place on Saturday, September 2 this year. The Fat Tire Tour de Fat is now on its 18th year and has expanded tremendously over the years. Once only taking place in Fort Collins, Fat Tire has managed to have a 33 show tour this year going from Asheville, NC to Tempe, AZ. After traveling around the country, it is making it’s way back into Fort Collins next weekend!

The Tour de Fat events this years have included large entertainment including bands such as The All-American Rejects, Third Eye Blind and The Roots. The All-American Rejects and cast of performers will be in Fort Collins for the event this year. Other enterainment includes circus performers, magicians, comedians and vaudeville.

The event is ticketed costing only $25 which can be bought at Festivities begin 4:00 PM at New Belgium Brewing Company, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins and conclude at 9:00 PM.



Colorado State Fair

2017 marks the 145th year for the Colorado State Fair. Taking place in Pueblo, it bring together one of the biggest festivals in the state. The fair provides an entire weekend of music, dancing, games, 45 carnival rides and much more. Performers at the fair this year include the acts of ZZ Top, Skillet and Hunter Hayes.

Festivities began as early as 10 AM on Friday, August 25th and runs for more than a week, concluding at 11 PM on Monday, September 4th which is Labor Day. Need more information regarding the fair and how to get tickets? Call 719-561-8484 or visit


FORTitude 10k

A new addition to Fort Collins for Labor Day Weekend, FORTitude is a 10k road race. The event takes place on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The race runs throughout Fort Collins, showing off several city landmarks including Old Town, the CSU oval and City Park. The race concludes at the brand new CSU on campus football stadium. The new event aims to bring together the community of Fort Collins for a first-class running experience.

New Belgium has teamed up with FORTitude to give away the Ultimate Weekend experience. The giveaway is an action packed Labor Day Weekend, giving away a VIP Tour de Fat experience, a hotel room for 2 nights and 2 entries into the Fortitude 10k race!

The race FORTitude 10k pro race kicks off at 10:15 AM and concludes 11:00 AM. Register for the race today!


A Taste of Colorado

Another annual Colorado event, A Taste of Colorado takes place in Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. The event begins Friday, September 1 at 11:30 AM and concludes Monday, September 4 at 8 PM. A Taste of Colorado celebrates its 34th year serving Downtown Denver and includes more than 50 food vendors and 275 arts and crafts booths. Also included over the span of the weekend will be 5 national acts.

Entry into the event is completely free. Food and beverage tickets are sold to the public in strips of 15 for $10 and is for cash only. For more information on the event visit


Plan a Camping Trip

Are you more of a lad-back country person than a city person? Planning a camping trip over Labor Day weekend may be the best option for you! Fort Collins is surrounded with many destinations for a relaxing weekend in the woods with friends and/or family. Two of the biggest favorite spots, of course, are Horsetooth Reservoir and along the Cache la Poudre River. Other great options around Fort Collins include the likes of Arapaho & Roosevelt National ForestsRocky Mountain National Park and Lory State Park. Pick your destination and have a 3 day stress free weekend away from the city life.


Looking for something else that isn’t listed? There’s plenty more activities to do on Labor Day weekend!



Source(s): The Denver Post, Visit Fort Collins