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Join Erik Mason, Museum Curator, from the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center as he leads Walking Tours of the Historic Eastside and Westside neighborhoods of Longmont. Discover colorful characters who helped make this community what it is today and learn about the unique architecture of these neighborhoods that were part of the original Chicago-Colorado Colony.

Historic Westside Neighborhood Walking Tour
Wednesday, May 24, 10-11am, $5/person
This tour meets at Thompson Park at the corner of 4th Avenue and Pratt Street.

Historic Eastside Neighborhood Walking Tour
Thursday, May 25, 5:30-6:45 pm, $5/person
This tour meets at Collyer Park at the corner of 6th Avenue and Collyer Street.

For more information, please click below. #LOCO #HistoricWalkingTours #LongmontHistory #LongmontWalkingTour #DowntownLongmont #visitlongmontcolorado #LongmontMuseum

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A visit to Longmont wouldn't be the same without a stop by our award-winning Farmers Market. The Longmont Farmers Market, which is a growers-only market featuring locally grown produce, locally produced food products, and local artisans, is open for the 2017 season at Longmont’s Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd. Stop by the market every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. #LOCO #LongmontFarmersMarket #BCFM #BoulderCountyFarmersMarket #visitlongmontcolorado

http://visitlongmont.org/boulder-county-farmers-market-opens-april-1/

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Longmont's Warrior Playground will host the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association’s (UNAA) Mountain States Regional Qualifier this Saturday, May 20 at their Longmont gym. The event will have around 100 competitors, with 10-20 of those being from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior television show. Make plans to root your favorite warriors on as they compete! Find out more below. #LOCO #UltimateNinjaWarrior #AmericanNinjaWarrior #WarriorPlayground #UltimateNinjaAthleteAssociation #WolfpackNinjas #visitlongmontcolorado

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The Longmont Museum and Cultural Centerr will once again host weekly adult movie nights beginning this Thursday, May 18. Enjoy cult classic movies paired with a signature cocktail created with the movie’s theme in mind. The Museum will offer extended evening hours so visitors can stroll through the current exhibits and galleries from 5-9 p.m. (free with purchase of your film ticket), the bar and lounge will open at 6 p.m. and the films will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Stewart Auditorium. Learn more below! #LOCO #LongmontMuseum #MovieNight #LongmontSummerFilmSeries #visitlongmontcolorado

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ArtWalk Longmont kicks off their 2017 season this Saturday, May 20 from 4-8 p.m. in the Downtown Longmont Creative District. This free, annual event celebrates art and culture and brings downtown businesses and local artists together to create a fun-filled evening for the entire family. Enjoy live music performances, special art exhibitions, demonstrations, community art projects and much more as Main Street closes for the evening’s festivities. Click below to learn more! #LOCO #ArtWalkLongmont #ArtWalk2017 #LongmontArts #visitlongmontcolorado

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This weekend, we celebrate some of Longmont’s history with The St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc.’s 47th Annual Strawberry Festival Antique Show Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd.

The Strawberry Festival dates back to 1871, when East Coast philanthropist, Elizabeth Thompson (1820-1899) came to Longmont for the dedication of the newly erected Library Hall. Mrs. Thompson donated money for this building, which became the state of Colorado’s first library, 300 books, 3,000 prints and engravings and she also purchased 20 “memberships” in the Chicago-Colorado Colony (Longmont’s original name) for families who needed a new start. In 1899, a Boston reporter even referred to Thompson as the “founder of Longmont.” Thompson Park in Longmont’s historic Westside neighborhood is named for her.

The dedication of Library Hall was planned as the Strawberry Festival because of the popularity of the fruit on the East Coast where Thompson lived. The city ordered strawberries via railroad to be brought in, but unfortunately they never arrived. Longmont housewives got to work scouring their pantries for canned and preserved strawberries as a substitute. Nonetheless, the festival was a success and featured entertainment, speeches and a “magnificent banquet.”
Fast forward 100 years to 1971 when Longmont was celebrating its centennial anniversary. The St. Vrain Historical Society decided to sponsor a special antique show & flea market to celebrate the occasion and commemorate the Strawberry Festival. 45 antique and collectible dealers were in attendance at this first revival of the festival held that year in downtown Longmont’s Roosevelt Park.

Today, the Strawberry Festival has developed into a modern-day community tradition, attracting many from all across Colorado. Now held at the larger, more spacious Boulder County Fairgrounds, the show boasts over 80 antique & collectible dealers from Colorado and surrounding states.

Click below to learn more!

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This week's #fbf takes us back to last May when the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Guild announced their four conductor finalists following conductor Dr. Robert Olson's retirement after 31 seasons with the symphony.

It has been a year-long process of interviews and performances, and this Saturday, May 13 the Longmont Symphony Orchestra will present the baton to their new Music Director and Conductor at their May Pops Concert: A Few of My Favorite Things. Click below to learn more about this exciting evening at the symphony! #LOCO #LongmontSymphonyOrchestra #LongmontSymphony #visitlongmontcolorado

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Tomorrow, May 12 is 2nd Friday in the Downtown Longmont Creative District from 6-9 p.m. Come on downtown, hop on the BrewHop Trolley and enjoy this month's celebration of Music, Art and Youth as well as discounts and specials at many local businesses for St. Vrain Valley School District Appreciation Month. Learn more by clicking below. #LOCO #2ndFriday #DowntownLongmont #LongmontCreativeDistrict #visitlongmontcolorado

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Warrior Playground will host the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association’s (UNAA) Mountain States Regional Qualifier Saturday, May 20 at their Longmont gym. The event will have around 100 competitors, with 10-20 of those being from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior television show (which returns next month!) Make plans to cheer on your favorite warriors at this fun competition - see below for more details! #LOCO #NinjaWarrior #WarriorPlayground #UltimateNinjaAthleteCompetition #UltimateNinjaAthleteAssociation #AmericanNinjaWarrior #visitlongmontcolorado

http://visitlongmont.org/longmonts-warrior-playground-hosts-ultimate-ninja-athlete-competition-may/

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This is you last week to visit the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center's Lowriders: Cars & Culture exhibit which ends Sunday, May 14. Two ways to save on admission - stop by the Visit Longmont office, 512 4th Ave., #103, for a 2 for 1 coupon or visit this Saturday, May 13 which is the monthly SECOND SATURDAY FREE DAY at the Museum! For more information, click below. #LOCO #Lowriders #LongmontMuseum #LowridersLongmont #Cars #visitlongmontcolorado
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