Downtown businesses expect summer events to draw crowds
SAVE THE DATE
There are many reasons to get downtown this summer. These are just a few of the season’s anticipated events.
Second Fridays. Support downtown businesses during extended hours and with business specials on the second Friday of each month. This week’s event is themed as the kickoff to Strawberry Days, and participating businesses will feature red- or strawberry-themed events and specials.
Downtown | facebook/com/glenapalooza
The Glenwood Market
Tuesdays, 4-8 p.m. This farmers market runs weekly through Sept. 5, with the exception of July 4.
Sayre Park | 970-989-2233 | facebook.com/theglenwoodmarket
June 16-18 For more than 100 years, this festival has been a celebration of strawberries, summer and local artists and artisans. Enjoy a FamilyFest area with fun for kids, an arts and crafts fair and food court, an old-fashioned carnival and a parade down Grand Avenue.
Sayre Park, 1702 Grand. Ave., Glenwood Springs | 945-6589 | strawberrydays.com
Glenwood Summer of Music
Wednesdays June 28-Aug. 2, 6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy music — go online for a complete lineup — food and beverage vendors and, of course, the beautiful Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.
Two Rivers Park, 740 Devereux Road, Glenwood Springs | glenwoodarts.org
Wild West Fermentation Festival
June 30-July 1, 4-10 p.m. This second-annual event features craft breweries, cideries, distilleries, wineries and more. A portion of each ticket purchased will benefit the Glenwood Springs Historical Society.
Ninth and Cooper streets | $20-$35; $10 designated drivers | roaringforkevents.com
July 4, 5-10 p.m. Enjoy a 4k morning run, games, food, live music and fireworks. Shuttle pickup will be at Glenwood Springs High School beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Two Rivers Park | Free | glenwoodchamber.com
Summer Block Party
Aug. 12, noon- 8 p.m. Take in a day of music, a kids’ area, art station, vendors and food carts during the Grand Avenue bridge’s sendoff.
Downtown | Free | ci.glenwood-springs.co.us
To the casual observer, Memorial Day weekend in Glenwood Springs was hopping. And with a full slate of events on the schedule, downtown businesses look to summer with anticipation — even as the Grand Avenue Bridge detour looms in mid-August.
That sort of collaboration isn’t new. Cooper Corner Gallery participates in the monthly Glen-A-Palooza, a series of events that encourages people to get downtown on the second Friday of each month. The gallery has held receptions at that time since it opened two years ago, and in the past has worked with Artists Mercantile and Art on Eighth to create an art walk.
“It’s a sense of community for us,” said artist Judy Burke, who serves on the co-op’s marketing committee.
The second Friday receptions highlight a different member artist each time; this week will feature potter Michelle McCurdy. The events don’t necessarily result in big sales, but patrons often return to make purchases later, Burke said.
The gallery will participate in several additional downtown events this year, including August’s summer block party, in an effort to build up business during the bridge detour.
Bobbi Newberg, an herbalist at Providence Apothecary, said when the business participates in Glen-A-Palooza, it draws more people to the retail shop and yoga classes. Past events have included herb walks, herb tastings and sidewalk massages. For this week’s Paint the Town Red event, Providence will serve strawberry-infused wine during its vino-yasa class.
As the bridge closure draws nearer, Providence will add more special classes to its schedule to entice customers.
“We like to try to be pre-emptive,” Newberg said.
Likewise, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and sister business Iron Mountain Hot Springs host music events to boost attendance. Owner Steve Beckley said Memorial Day weekend’s show at the park was the best-attended such event to date.
“We really gear them for the locals to come up and see some music,” he said. “I think it’s really important to get locals’ buy-in to have these kind of events.”
But come detour time, Beckley pointed out an advantage his businesses and others may have over those across the bridge: “In general, all of the attractions and most of the hotels are on the north side of the river, so we should be good.”
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