Destination Pueblo: Time to work your tan

So, you dragged your summer wardrobe out of storage and, thanks to that after-Christmas diet you’ve been diligently following, you’re still able to fit into your stylin’ duds. But, my goodness, your ghostly pallor is a fashion faux-pas. It’s been a long winter and you need some sun!
You can work on your tan this month and have fun while you’re at it. Everything from hot rods to fine art is on tap in June around Pueblo.

If listening to some cool tunes while you’re catching some rays is what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Changing locations after 22 years at the Nature and Raptor Center, Pueblo’s premiere Bluegrass music event is also changing its name: Bluegrass at the Fair. Slated for June 1st-3rd, the festival will feature the regionally-popular band, the Haunted Windchimes. For more information, visit coloradostatefair.com.

The 12th Annual Boats, Bands & BBQ, presented by Loaf ‘N Jug, features great music, fantastic food, and lots of fun. Held at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo on June 8th and 9th, the event’s biggest star is the tasty fare produced by the Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned cook-off competition. Stuff your face, listen to an energetic line-up of bands that include local favorites, The Martini Shot, and float down the Riverwalk on an excursion boat. puebloharp.com lists all the activities planned for the festival.

If your only chance to grab some sun is on your lunch break, take heart. Every Friday in June, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., head on down to HARP – near Veterans Bridge and Gateway Park, to Music & Munchin’ on Main.  You can buy a lunch, provided by the Pueblo Convention Center, for $10, or bring your own. Hosted by the Pueblo Downtown Association, the event features live music by local artists. More information can be found at  pueblodowntown.com.



The Pueblo Performing Arts Guild kicks off a new and unique event this summer called Street Beat, Summer Arts Festival. Beginning in June and running through October, the event features musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, clowns and circus acts. Held along the Riverwalk and Union Avenue on Wednesday afternoons, 11am-1pm, and Thursday evenings 5-8pm (in conjunction with the downtown Farmers Market), Street Beat is sponsored by Urban Renewal Authority of Pueblo, Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project Authority, and Bingo Burger. pueblopag.org.

If hot weather and hot engines are more your speed, you’re in luck. Two revved up events are back this month. On June 2nd and 3rd, the Pueblo Biker Bash returns to the Steelworks Museum and CF&I Archives. Besides drawing lots of motorcycles, the event features live music, food, activities for kids, stunt bike riders, a burn-out pit, swap meet, and contests. An accompanying vintage motorcycle exhibit – Marvelous Motorcycles – is on display at the museum. Visit pueblobikerbash.com or steelworks.us for more details.

Souped-up hot rods roar back into Pueblo on June 22nd. The NSRA Rocky Mountai

n Street Rod Nationals, held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds through June 24th, bring more than 2,000 speed demons to Pueblo. A swap meet, arts and crafts fair, and live entertainment round out the weekend’s activities. coloradostatefair.com.

If you’re looking for something more serene, consider a sunny walk through the grounds at Rosemount Museum. June 7th-11th, the mansion will be decked out with silk and fresh roses for the annual Rose Walk at the Rosemount. This year’s theme is In the Good Old Summer Time. You can catch lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant. Call 545-5290 for information about the museum.

The Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo is hosting a new fine arts event this year. Ed Posa and Friends First Annual Fine Arts Festival and Sale 2012 will be held June 16th and17th. The event features a performance by the Pueblo Symphony Brass Quintet, art demonstrations, food vendors and art auctions and sales. To find out more about this event, visit natureandraptor.org.

By Karen McMahon

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