Maybe it’s time to get off the beaten path and enjoy some small town activities. Relax, rejuvenate and roam freely. Our laid-back lifestyle makes it easy to enjoy a variety of outdoor and cultural activities such as these lined up for this weekend.
JDRF 5K FUN RUN
Get in on some friendly competition and support a good cause, all at the same time. The 3rd annual 5K Fun Run to benefit JDRF will be Saturday, September 8. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Registration information is available here.
HOLLY JOLLY FALL FEST
This annual festival is held in Fleming every September. Do as the locals do and enjoy this day of races, vendors, games, food and fun. Things get underway with a community breakfast starting at 7 am, and don’t stop until evening! Here’s a complete schedule.
STAY AND RELAX
Accommodations in Sterling range from a quaint boutique motel to modern hotels in beautiful settings. Travelers who prefer recreational vehicles or tent camping will feel right at “home” at our campsite facilities. Make your plans here.
FAMILY FUN DAY
How about a fun way to celebrate the “Best of Summer” at the Overland Trail Museum in Sterling? This popular event will be Saturday, September 1. Simply show up anytime between 9 am and 5 pm in order to participate. Favorite summertime activities will be on tap for the entire family including gold panning, summer-themed crafts, coloring pages, activity sheets, squirt guns and even some batting practice on Bison Hill!
In anticipation of summer-like weather for Saturday, lemonade will be served and there will be a cool-down zone in the air conditioned confines of the High Plains Education Center on the museum grounds.
Call the museum at 970-522-3895 for more details.
GET YOUR ART ON
Take your inner artist to Sterling Creatives on Sunday, September 2 for “Open Studio,” from 1:30-5:30 pm. They will have stretched canvas and acrylic paints, and water color paints and paper, and charcoal and pencils for a variety of expressive choices. This art gallery/studio/artist co-op is located at 120 N. 4th St., in downtown Sterling.
If you’re ready for an extraordinary dining experience, Sam & Louie’s Italian Pizzeria in Sterling is all about relating to their guests on a personal level in a welcoming, fun, relaxing atmosphere. Great care is taken while preparing your meal and providing the attentive customer service you deserve. Various seating options allow for visiting in the main dining area, celebrating with family or meeting with business associates in the Liberty Event Room, or connecting with friends over a drink while admiring the 1890s Brunswick antique bar.
THE BIGGEST PARTY IN THE MIDDLE OF A CORN FIELD YOU’LL EVER SEE!
Headliner Braydon Zink will bring his Texas Country style back to Northeast Colorado for a night of great music. Bring your dancing boots because Braydon will make you want to kick up some dust out in the corn. Also, BYOLC (bring your own lawn chair)! Transportation will be available from the parking lot to the concert area for those who need it. Gates open at noon for a little cornhole competition, beer and family-friendly fun. The concert will start at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $20 (12 & under free). Tickets can be found here or in person at River Station in Sterling. Click here for more information about the cornhole tournament.
FARM TO TABLE
Locally owned, locally grown! The Logan County Farmer’s Market offers fresh picked and locally sourced produce and other goods every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. This market is conveniently located in downtown Sterling, at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets. Booths open at 8 am on Saturday. Get there early!
After enjoying the Concert in the Corn, stop at J&L Cafe the morning after for some wake up juice and a nice, filling breakfast. This local favorite has a full menu of home cookin’ to satisfy the hungriest of the bunch. Now serving keto selections too!
School has started for many, or soon will be for others. Why not enjoy some relaxing activities with the fam this weekend to help make the transition from summer break an easy one! We’ve got a few ideas to help you calmly celebrate (or not!) the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.
HOW ABOUT A LITTLE 10-PIN?
Ice Lanes is Sterling’s go-to-spot for good bowling and great times. With 18 lanes, the center is a perfect place to host your next birthday party, corporate event or family fun night. If you’re looking for some friendly competition, they also host leagues that allow local teams to put their skills to the test. Above all, Ice Lanes is a family of bowlers ready to share the fun with YOUR family and make friends with everyone who walks in. So, lace up, pick a ball, and settle into a lane. It’s gonna be a good time. Find more information here.
LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES
Put the Fox 5 Theatre on your weekend schedule. This modest venue shows first-run blockbusters and independent movies with weekly ticket specials. Plus, popcorn! Don't forget the popcorn! On the big screens for August 17-23 are “Alpha,” “Christopher Robin,” “The Meg,” “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Check it out here.
OLD TOWN BISTRO COFFEE & BAKERY/RESTAURANT
Old Town Bistro is located in historical downtown Sterling near the city square. The building was the home of Bill’s Motors for more than eight decades. The long-time commitment to the quality of that dealership is now reflected in the Old Town Bistro’s commitment to providing northeastern Colorado with a unique and quality dining flair. Here you’ll delight in made-from-scratch pastries, imported coffee, entrees based on local specialties, savory pastas, and the highest quality steaks, all complimented with libations from around the world. Learn more here.
The Logan County Fair begins with a PULL, of a sled that is, during the 2018 Tractor Pull TONIGHT, Friday, August 3, starting at 5:30 pm. This high-powered event is brought to you by G & M Implement, Inc., and will be sure to generate excitement throughout the grandstands! Get tickets and more information here. Tickets are also available at the door.
RIDIN’ AND ROPIN’
Wanna watch a FREE rodeo? Come on out to the Jim Mason Memorial Roping on Sunday, August 5, starting at 10 am at the Logan County Fairgrounds. There you’ll see some 50 contestants testing their skills in barrel racing, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, ribbon roping, and more. Check out the Logan County Fair here.
THE GRILL AT RIVER CITY
Enjoy an evening on the patio at this relaxing restaurant specializing in steaks, burgers and salads. You’ll want to try an entrée seasoned with David Sellers’ signature rub and cooked to perfection on an open-flame grill. This favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, also features a full bar with local brews in the bottle or on tap. Learn more here.
CONCERTS ON THE GREEN
Don’t miss the final concert in the Sterling Arts Council’s Concerts on the Green series tonight at the Logan County Courthouse Square, Friday, July 27, from 6-9 pm. Enjoy the music of the Hector Anchondo Band. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and join the crowd! Click here for more information.
CITY OF LIVING TREES
Sterling is known as the City of Living Trees for its collection of cottonwoods that have been carved into fanciful creatures and inspiring characters by artist Bradford Rhea. While weekdays are best to see them all, many are located outside and the milder temperatures this weekend would be the perfect time to take a self-guided tour. Learn about the sculptures here.
FOOD – SPIRITS – FUN
Hootenannie’s is a contemporary pub which offers a wide range of food, including some of the best burgers you will find, all in a classy but relaxing environment. Check it out here.