Longmont Humane Society’s Putt for Mutts

If you’re a golf enthusiast and animal lover, put Longmont Humane Society’s Putt for Mutts on your calendar. (Photo courtesy: Longmont Humane Society).


Sunflower Farms hosts summer Farmfest Music evenings

Sunflower Farms hosts summer Farmfest Music evenings at its peaceful oasis with goats, sheep, horses and more. (Photo courtesy: Sunflower Farms).

Does your idea of summer fun involve raising money for the local humane society or visiting an animal sanctuary and learning about the residents’ unique personalities? 

If you’re an animal lover, there are all kinds of fun things to do this summer that involve furry friends (or benefit them). 

From a golf tournament to benefit Longmont Humane Society to concerts on a farm with peacocks lending an unscripted backup as well as an open house at a notable animal rescue and a 5K you can run with your pet, here are four unique ways to spend some time outdoors this summer. 

Now Through Oct. 6
• Farmfest Music Evenings

Sunflower Farm is a rural gem in Longmont that’s designated as an “Educational Demonstration Farm” and pint-sized visitors can come to this peaceful oasis to pet the goats, sheep and horses, jump along the hay bales and explore the playhouses. 

During the summer season, the music evenings bring local musicians to the farm to play in an outdoor venue, surrounded by free-range chickens and screeching peacocks. Laughing children add to the soundtrack. 

Summer Farmfest Music Evenings are held through early October and take place every Wednesday evening with some additional performances on Friday evenings. 

The Farmfest Music Evenings are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, (and some Friday evenings), with music starting at 5 p.m. Food trucks are available and the Palo Coffee & Bar drink cart sells non-alcoholic drinks and snow cones.

Reservations are required and tickets cost $27 per person, and babies 12 months and under are free. Those coming to the concerts should bring chairs and blankets. > More information: sunflowerfarminfo.com/summer-music

Aug. 5
• Good Life Refuge – August Open House

Good Life Refuge is a non-profit animal sanctuary that’s home to 70 animals and 14 different species. Animal residents include pigs, alpacas, calves, goats and ducks. 

The refuge hosts open houses, with the next one taking place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. Registration will be available on the Good Life Refuge’s website: goodliferefuge.org/events-calender. During the open house, guests will learn about the animal’s unique personalities and also meet volunteer staff. 

In addition to the open house, Good Life Refuge also hosts Saturday “Public Kindness Farm Tours” that guests can book online. You can also donate to the refuge to help care for the rescued animals. > More information: goodliferefuge.org

Aug. 5
• Dog Days of Summer 5K and 1K Dash:

Come run a 5K (or a 1K!) at McIntosh Lake with scenic mountain views in the backdrop. Runners can bring their dogs to run alongside them at the “Dog Days of Summer” 5K that’s hosted by Evolve Health and Wellness. The run raises money for Smile Train and Team for Kids with Rising New York Road Runners. 

After the race, participants can enjoy music, food, beverages and games from vendors. Runners are also encouraged to bring their stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, fishing poles and more to enjoy a summer lake day. 

Registration for the 5K walk/run is $45; the cost for the 1K Dash is $20. > More information:  runsignup.com/Race/CO/Longmont/DogDaysofSummer2023

Aug. 7
• Longmont Humane Society’s Putts for Mutts

If you’re a golf enthusiast and an animal lover, put Longmont Humane Society’s Putt for Mutts on your calendar. Held at the Fox Hill Golf Club, the Putts for Mutts fundraiser is a new event this year for the Longmont Humane Society. Participants can come out for a scramble-style round, and prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and the highest team score. 

As of press time, there were still openings for golfers as well as sponsorships starting as low as $250. 

“This is a perfect chance to play at the beautiful Fox Hill Golf Club and support our shelter animals,” says Melissa Grosjean, marketing coordinator for the Longmont Humane Society. 

Funds raised will go to Annie’s Fund at Longmont Humane Society which covers extra medical expenses for shelter pets.

The cost for an individual golfer is $150 and foursomes are $600, and the registration covers green fees, a cart, gift bag, prize opportunities, two drink tickets and an awards luncheon directly following the golf tournament for each player. 

Corporate foursomes/Guardian Angel Sponsorships ($5,000) include all benefits of a basic foursome as well as tee-sign, booth space at the event, and recognition on all social media, website, print media and event banners.  >  More information: longmonthumane.org   

By Brittany Anas,
Longmont Magazin