Summer Days in Longmont

4-Day Itinerary

Want to plan a summer weekend in Longmont and tie it to an event? Below is the list of summer events, check out events calendar to stay up to date on all Longmont happenings here:
  1. Downtown Summer Concert Series
  2. Ruckus Rodeo at the Longmont Museum
  3. Rhythm on the River
  4. LOCO Fest
  5. Longmont Jazz Festival
  6. Longmont Pride Festival
  7. Hooplagers
  8. Boulder County Fair 150th Anniversary
  9. National Firefighters Combat Challenge

Day 1-Thursday: 

Day 1 begins at Tangerine on Main Street in downtown Longmont. Tangerine creates innovative takes on traditional morning fare. The menu is rich with natural quality and focused on fresh products, with many vegetarian and gluten free options. It’s American brunch/lunch format with a healthy and Mediterranean twist.

Photo credit: Tangerine Restaurant.

After your morning fuel, we recommend the short drive over to the stunning views of Longs Peak at McIntosh Lake to start your summer day off right. McIntosh Lake offers 3.5 miles of easy walking trails and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, most notably Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. It’s also a great area to see prairie dogs, bald eagles, pelicans and other wildlife. McIntosh Lake is a reservoir and as such is part of the statewide ditch and reservoir system. You can also use wake-less boats like kayaks and paddle-boards here!

McIntosh Lake by Kari Knapp, photo contest submission.

When you have worked up an appetite, head back to downtown for a rooftop patio lunch at The Roost. Whipping up delicious food with a modern twist, The Roost has something for everyone. Our recommendation: try out their Bangin’ Cauliflower! Insider tip: They were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!

Photo: The Roost Longmont.

Want to cool off in the heat of the day? Head on over to Sunset Pool in Longmont to splish and splash! Sunset Pool is a heated outdoor pool with six, 25 meter lap lanes, a large wading area, three diving boards (including a 3 meter!), and two fast and fun water-slides. The pool is surrounded by both grass and sand areas with magnificent mountain views – a complete attraction for the entire family! Check out here for hours!

Sunset Pool by Sherri O’Hara.

Looking for some early evening Happy Hour? Head downtown and visit Quarter’s Bar + Arcade. Featuring retro arcade games, pinball and skeeball, there is fun for everyone! For the adults, Quarter’s features a self-service tap wall that boasts local craft beer, cider and wine options!

Photo: Paul Marcotte.

For dinner, walk over to Bin 46 Craft Bar & Restaurant located in historic downtown and right across the street from Roosevelt Park. It is a great place to enjoy a craft cocktail and seasonal entree. Plan to sit out on the patio and enjoy the summer evening. Perfect for the whole family!

Photo: Bin 46

Looking for a little after dinner fun? Check out The Wild Game. A Colorado-inspired activity and event complex, you can enjoy dinner and partake in a night of bowling, live music and arcade games.

Eight regulation-sized, state-of-the-art, bowling lanes are offered.

Turn in for the night at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. One of the newest hotel properties in Longmont, this hotel features modern amenities along with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.

Fairfield Inn & Suites, Longmont. Photo: Sherri O’Hara.

Day 2-Friday:

Day 2 begins at Babettes Artisan Bakery. They produce an array of fresh baked bread and artisan pastries daily. Known for their dark crusts and flaky dough, pair your pastry with a cup of hot Boxcar Coffee to start your day in Longmont off right! They also have a pizza restaurant that is open in the evenings with a variety of craft spirits to pair with your pie.

Photo courtesy of Babettes Pizza & Pane.

Cheese is staple in the city of Longmont. Have you tried your hand at making it before? The Art of Cheese operating at CoSolve in downtown Longmont is the place to go! They teach a wide variety of classes for any age and skill-level. A tasty souvenir for your trip to Longmont.

Cheese board, The Art of Cheese.

Outdoor adventure is a must in Longmont. Longmont is home to the St. Vrain Greenway which has many miles of walkable and bikeable trails. Looking for more foothills adventures? Take a hike at any of the 3 open spaces near Longmont: Rabbit Mountain, Heil Valley or Hall Ranch. Want to visit a Colorado State Park? Try out St. Vrain State Park, just off of Hwy 119 for a day of fishing, nature and relaxation!

Longs Peak View, St. Vrain State Park.

Relax and unwind from an afternoon full of adventure with dinner at Next Door American Eatery. Next Door American Eatery is a comfortable place with an urban feel, with amazing outdoor seating to enjoy patio season this summer!

Next Door American Eatery Longmont

After dinner, head downtown on 4th Avenue between Main Street and Kimbark. On Fridays starting May 31st, their will be a free, summer concert series happening! Listen to live music, grab a drink and dance the night away! Concerts go from 6 PM – 9:30 PM.

Friday, May 31
Friday, June 7
Friday, June 14 – All St. Vrain Valley High School Reunion Concert
Friday, June 21
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 26 – High Country Harley-Davidson Bike Night
Dancing at the summer concert series, Sherri O’Hara.

Day 3-Saturday:

Start your Saturday off right by visiting the Boulder County Fairgrounds for the longest running market season in the state of Colorado! The Longmont Farmers Market features farm fresh foods, delectable gifts, kids activities, live music and local produce, there is something for everyone at the market. Here you can find the perfect ingredients for a summer brunch, picnic and more! This year, the season runs on Saturdays from 8 AM – 1 PM from April 6, 2019 – November 23, 2019.

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Spend the afternoon diving in the rich agricultural history of Longmont at the Agricultural Heritage Center. Get a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings. This site focuses on the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age.

2019 Hours:
April 1 to October 31
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For the evening, we highly recommend a farm-to table dinner experience. Local farms host visitors throughout the summer and early fall serving up farm-fresh food, prepared by locally renowned chefs. Farm-to-table dinners are a unique, unforgettable experience that allow visitors onto working farms to learn more about the food on our tables. Dinners are multi-course and dress is casual.

Farm Dinner, Kirsten Boyer.

We recommend checking the following local farms for their Farm Dinner events:

Ollin Farms
Ollin Farms is a family-run farm striving to produce healthy, nutrient-dense products through sustainable agricultural practices. They help spread the message of healthy living and building rewarding relationships within the community by hosting annual farm-to-table dinners, youth farming classes, special events and a roadside farmstand.

Aspen Moon Farm
Aspen Moon Farm is a USDA Certified Organic and Demeter Certified Biodynamic farm creating 100% natural and bee-friendly produce. Stop by their roadside farmstand, open daily in-season, enjoy a farm dinner, tour the farm or volunteer to see the farm in action.

Lyons Farmette
The Lyons Farmette in Lyons, Colorado (15 minutes west of Longmont) offers weekly farm dinners July through September. At the dinner, enjoy their beautiful grounds and a guided tour of the farm which includes their flower garden, greenhouse and farm animals.

Day 4-Sunday:

Prepare yourself for a day of adventure starting at Lucile’s Creole Cafe. A cajun-inspired brunch establishment in a quaint, historic house, you will be transported to New Orleans through flavor. The best way to start your day!

Next, wander the 50-acre Sunflower Farm in southeast Longmont and explore the farm’s animals, huge shade trees with tire swings, treehouses and a zipline. A day at Sunflower Farm gives you and your family the chance to move and explore in ways they don’t in modern, urbanized life. Be sure to find your way to a Sky Chair or hammock and discover your own piece of relaxation and reconnection to nature as you watch a free roaming chickens, guineas, turkeys or peacocks spreading their feathers. Possibilities are endless.The farm is open throughout the year (hours vary), and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sunflower Farm, Sherri O’Hara.

Head over to one of Longmont’s newest fast casual restaurants for lunch, Jonny’s of Longmont. Serving up hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and more, you can’t go wrong!

Photo: Jonny’s of Longmont.

For the afternoon, experience all that Longmont has to offer through our craft libations and beers. Make sure to visit 300 SunsGrossenBartor Longs Peak Pub! You can even hop on the Brewhop Trolley which runs a Longmont Loop on the weekends.

Want to get discounts at all craft beverage establishments? Grab your Free Crazy Good Craft Pass here!

Dry Land Distillery, Paul Marcotte.

Head to the West Side Tavern for Sunday dinner. With its unique ambiance, exciting, seasonal menus and an impressive array of crafted cocktails, uncommon beers, whiskeys and fine wines, the West Side Tavern serves up world-class culinary delights in a quaint, neighborhood setting.

Steak Frites & a Manhattan at WestSide Tavern Photo: Longmont Times-Call

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Paul Marcotte.