By Emma Castleberry
The warmer days of summer mean a busy calendar of hometown events. From outdoor concerts to artisan markets, check out the line-up of summer fun in Longmont!
Downtown Concert Series and Longmont Pride Festival
The beloved downtown concert series, presented by High Plains Bank and Ziggi’s Coffee, returns to 4th and Kimbark on Friday, June 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. “We always try to feature a mix of musical genres and highlight local talent each year,” says Colin Argys, marketing and events specialist with the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). “We’re excited about the lineup with a combination of local and regional acts, and a fun variety of musical styles.” The celebration features live music, kids’ activities, food trucks and craft beverages for the first four Fridays of June. Headlining bands include: Head for the Hills, Roka Hueka, Last Men on Earth, and Funkiphino.
Dogs are welcome at the free concerts, and visitors can bring in their own food and nonalcoholic beverages (no off-site alcohol is permitted). “The concerts are a great chance for everyone to have a fun night out with the family, meet up with friends, have a date night, or just enjoy a beautiful Colorado evening to kick off the weekend,” says Argys. “And people love being able to dance in the street!”
There is no concert on Friday, June 30, because the Longmont Pride Festival will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Park. “Longmont Pride Festival is such a wonderful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the Longmont area,” says Argys. “It’s always a fun day full of positivity.” Learn more at downtownlongmont.com.
Outdoor Concerts with Longmont Museum
Longmont Museum will host its free courtyard concert series beginning on June 15, every Thursday night at 7 p.m. through July 27.
“The summer concerts are a wonderful opportunity to have a free night of culture,” says Joan Harrold, communications and marketing specialist with the Longmont Museum. “We feature bands and musicians from the up-and-coming to the nationally-renowned of all different genres. We also have our exhibit galleries open from 5 to 9 p.m. on concert nights, so it provides a great opportunity to see art as well as listen to music.” The Museum will also be hosting historic walking tours of downtown, 3rd Avenue, and the Eastside neighborhood throughout June.
Visit longmontcolorado.gov/museum for more information.
Summer on the Streets with Firehouse Art Center
Firehouse Art Center is consolidating summer fun with Summer on the Streets, taking place every second Saturday beginning May 13 in conjunction with the Downtown Creative Crawl. Along 4th Avenue between Main Street and Coffman, visitors will find more than 20 artist vendors, kid activities, two food trucks, and two stages with live music and performance. Festivities begin at 4 p.m.
Fun vendors will include Audacious Truffles, MaraLuna Jewelry, 3T Ceramics, Alex Wicks Watercolor, and Axe Me Out with activities for all ages. “Summer on the Streets is a way for the Firehouse to highlight all the creative aspects of Longmont, and to bring the community together to celebrate and support that,” says Elaine Waterman, executive director at the Firehouse Art Center. “It is different every month and it is a great event for all ages. Longmont is a growing town and as it grows, the community grows even more diverse. We are working to showcase the diversity and creativity that make Longmont a great place to live and visit.” For more information, visit firehouseart.org/summeronthestreets.