Summer is fading, but in Nederland the party is about ready to start.
NedFest, a weekend of music, food and brews, has grown in popularity since it started in 1999. That doesn’t mean the festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, has grown too big for its britches.
Celebrate the end of summer with a trip to NedFest. This year’s festivities start at 10 a.m. Saturday and run through Sunday night on the shores of Barker Reservoir. The musical lineup includes:
Great American Taxi
Hot Buttered Rum
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine
Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet
“NedFest is different than a lot of festivals out there because it is smaller, more intimate,” said “Michigan” Mike Torpie, NedFest director. “It’s also got a very community-oriented feel to it.”
It all takes place in the mountain burg 17 miles west of Boulder. Nearby camping is available, and unlike many music festivals these days, there’s only one stage at NedFest.
“People don’t have to be running around from stage to stage to catch the bands they want to see,” Torpie said.
The stage is filled from 11 a.m. into the late hours both days. Among the 20 bands on the bill are The Motet, Hot Buttered Rum, Panjea, Elephant Revival, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, EOTO, Great American Taxi and the Nederland Acid Jazz All Stars.
In addition, several area microbreweries will be offering libations to festivarians.
“The bottom line is that NedFest is a small, grass-roots, non-corporate event that happens in a very mellow, very unique small town,” Torpie said.
Single-day tickets cost $49.99 and two-day passes cost $99.98.
Visit nedfest.com for more information on this year’s festival.
Boulder Hometown Creek Fair
Summer’s ending is always marked locally with the Boulder Creek Hometown Fair.
The 12th annual event takes place during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 through Sept. 6, on the Boulder Municipal Building lawn and Central Park lawn near the Boulder Creek between 10th and 13th streets.
The Hometown Fair features dozens of vendors, an interactive sports expo, a 5K run, food, brews and music. Among the 15 musical acts on the bill this year are Police tribute band Message in a Bottle, Nina Storey, Latin dance band ONDA, and funksters Bop Skizzum.
The festival begins at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4 with an old-fashioned USO show featuring big-band performers and 1940s swing singers and dancers.
University of Colorado volleyball coach Liz Kritza is one of six judges of this year’s Chili Inferno Cook-Off. The spicy challenge takes place Sept. 6, with winners announced at 6 p.m. that day on the Bandshell stage.
If you’re into vintage wheels, the Hometown Fair also features a classic car show, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
Admission to the Hometown Fair is free. Visit bceproductions.com for more information.
Rhythm on the Rails
Just north of Boulder in Niwot, Rhythm on the Rails, the annual Thursday night concert series, continues through Sept. 9. Concerts take place at Whistle Stop Park, and upcoming performers include hip-hop rockers The Ugli Stick (Sept. 2) and Lennon/McCartney tribute band The Fables (Sept. 9).
Visit bceproductions.com for more details about Rhythm on the Rails.
Longmont authorities close down several blocks of Main Street for the annual Longmont Festival on Main, which happens Friday night. Get your fortune told, your face painted, meet pets from the Longmont Humane Society, eat ’til you’re full and watch an array of musical acts in an old-fashion small-town fair atmosphere.
Find out more at festivalonmain.com.
Can’t wait to raise a weizenbock and dance to an oom-pah-pah band? October comes early in Longmont as the Longmont Oktoberfest takes place Sept. 10-12 outdoors at Roosevelt Park.
Exhibitors, brews and, of course, accordions and lederhosen, are in order at Oktoberfest. But along with traditional polka group Jim Ehrlich and the Polka Mates, music includes the Hazel Miller Band, soul group Mojamama and salsa outfit Conjunto Colores.
Check out the performance schedule at bceproductions.com.
Louisville celebrates Labor Day with its third-annual Louisville Fall Fest, Sept. 4-6. The festival dips into the town’s rich Italian-American heritage with a bocce tournament, and also features a pet parade, auto show, 5K run, fine arts show, pie-baking contest and Labor Day parade.
Find out the details at louisvilleco.gov.