Top things to do in Loveland, Colorado this week.
Quote of the week: “Stand at the base and look up at 3,000 feet of blankness. It just looks like there’s no way you can climb it. That’s what you seek as a climber. You want to find something that looks absurd and figure out how to do it.”Tommy Caldwell
1. Loveland Oktoberfest
Grab your lederhosen and dirndls because Loveland’s Oktoberfest is happening this weekend at Fairgrounds Park. Ten local breweries come together for this annual tradition that features German style food, beer, music, games, and kids’ activities. Loveland Oktoberfest takes place over two days and is kicked off by a Barbarian Feast on Thursday night.
Fairgrounds Park 700 S. Railroad Ave.
Friday, September 13 from 4pm to 10pm
Saturday, September 14 from 12pm to 10pm
Admission is free.
Fun Fact: All ten Loveland breweries and Root Shoot Malting brewed “Liebsland Helles” in celebration of the Loveland community and Oktoberfest! Liebsland Helles will be available at Loveland Oktoberfest and will be featured on the Old Chicago Oktoberfest Mini Tour throughout most of the state.
2. Loveland High vs. Thompson Valley High Football
The Friday night lights will be bright this week as the city’s oldest rivals meets again at Ray Patterson Stadium. The two schools have been playing against one another for over 40 years when Thompson Valley opened as the second high school in Loveland. New league alignments over the years have affected both schools, with LHS now in class 4A and TVHS in class 3A. Because of this, the cross-town rivalry happens early in the season before the regular schedule begins.
Ray Patterson Stadium 1669 Eagle Dr.
Friday, September 13 at 7:00PM
General admission tickets for high school athletic events are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Children six and under are free.
Fun Fact: Ray Patterson Stadium is named after a man who was raised here through the Great Depression, coached Loveland High to a football championship in 1942, and served as the city’s mayor.
3. The 9th Annual Pastels on 5th
Pastels on 5th is a family-friendly art festival where artists, businesses, and community collaborate to transform 5th Street into a spectacular sidewalk gallery. Artwork is created throughout the day on the sidewalk by local and regional artists using brightly colored pastels. The event includes live music, food, artisan marketplace, and a children’s art area. Pastels on 5th is a benefit for Alternatives to Violence (ATV) which provides shelter, advocacy, education and resources for people impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Downtown Loveland 5th Street between Lincoln & Cleveland
Friday, September 13 from 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, September 14 from 10am to 5pm
Admission is free.
Fun Fact: Pastels on 5th has received the Best of Loveland Award for Arts & Entertainment for 2016, 2017 & 2018.
4. 9/11 Remembrance
American Legion Post 2000 will hold an event at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater on Wednesday to remember those who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The observance will feature combined color guards from both the Loveland Fire Department and Police Department. The national anthem will be sung by Melissa Flaherty Reed and The Marine Corps League will present a 21-gun salute and taps on the bugle. There will also be guest speakers and other tributes.
Foote Lagoon Amphitheater 500 E. Third
Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00PM
5. Breakfast with Tommy Caldwell
Tommy Caldwell, world-renowned rock climber and subject of The Dawn Wall, returns home to Loveland this week. desk chair workspace is hosting a happy hour on Tuesday night, followed by a showing of The Dawn Wall at the Rialto Theater. On Wednesday morning, Caldwell will be speaking on “the power of our mind, setting goals, and overcoming challenges.” The breakfast event seeks to promote perseverance and spirit, and proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Loveland.
desk chair workspace 201 E 4th St.
Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, September 11 at 8:30am
Tickets are available online at https://deskchairworkspace.com/tickets/
Fun Fact: Get inspired by Tommy Caldwell and climb for just $10 all day at Wooden Mountain Bouldering Gym on Saturday, September 14.