With rain clouds dispersing and warm temps in the forecast this Mother’s Day weekend, take advantage of the great weather and check out some of these awesome events around Colorado. It’s a weekend full of live music, local festivals, baby goats, and LOTS of chocolate (and c’mon, whose mom doesn’t love chocolate?).

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Rows on rows of chocolate. Photo Credit: cacaobug

1. Colorado Chocolate Festival

Spend this Mother’s Day weekend in chocolate heaven with over 90 vendors serving chocolate drizzled candies, cookies, truffles, fudge, toffees, cakes, rich brownies and more at the Denver Merchandise Mart. There will also be live music, wine-tastings, kids’ activities, and a Mother’s Day Gift Market with various crafts, clothing, and jewelry for sale.


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Bluegrass jams. Photo Credit: f_lynx

2. Estes Park Mountain Music Festival

Experience this inaugural music festival in Estes Park featuring local and national bluegrass and folk bands along with dancing, food, and drinks. All proceeds benefit the Estes Park School District’s music programs. Kids age 12 and under are free.


3. Questival Adventure Race

Questival participants will endure 24 straight hours of various, unpredictable challenges all around Colorado from baking a llama shaped cake to bungee jumping. Winners of the Questival race will receive an adventure prize pack with loads of outdoor gear from Cotopaxi.


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Dandelions soaking in the summer sun. Photo Credit: Bardia Photography

4. Carbondale Dandelion Day

This event has been going on since 1998 after Carbondale citizens rallied and persuaded the town to stop using pesticides on Sopris Parks’ fields of dandelions. Soon after, the town of Carbondale named the dandelion its official flower and now celebrates Carbondale Dandelion Day each year to promote community and sustainable practices in daily living and agriculture. The event includes a fun mix of activities to choose from, including a parade, dance performances, several booths, live music, food, and educational seminars.


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The latest fitness craze, goat yoga, finally hits Boulder. Photo Credit: City of Boulder Parks & Recreation.

5. Goat Extravaganza!

No kidding around here, you can spend your Saturday morning petting and doing yoga with a bunch of cute weed munching goats! Don’t miss out on this free, family-friendly event right off the shores of Boulder Reservoir. All are welcome to the Meet and Bleat, beginning at 10am, where you can pet baby and adult goats and learn how goat herds have been controlling invasive plant species around many of Boulder’s parks. If practicing yoga with goats prancing around you and on top of you sounds as much fun to you as it does to us, make sure to register online to reserve your spot. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water and be prepared to laugh at the goofy creatures hopping around you.


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