Well, dads…there are some menu specials around town for you (and at Albany Lodge), but for most of the weekend, it’s about Laramie. You can pretend the all-day Friday party, the color run, and the drum corps performance are for you and even make it believable at Touch-A-Truck. The Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department open house has some dad-appreciated fun in store, and a lot of musical opportunities are available too.

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Friday, June 16

Blue Sky Summer Festival

Party all day and night to celebrate all that is Laramie at the 3rd Annual Blue Sky Summer Festival. Local bands, food, artists, performances, yoga, and so much more in the name of Laradise. Blue Sky Group’s party is for bringing people together and celebrating the passions and dreams of the Laramie community.” 

  • When: 10 a.m. - midnight
  • Where: Grand Avenue between 1st & 2nd Streets 
  • Cost: FREE; purchases available from vendors
  • Additional Information: to see the posting with the schedule, vendors, and other information, visit their Facebook posting here

Saturday, June 17

Living in Color 5K Fun Run

At the end of life, we are always reminded of the importance of living each day to its fullest,” so Hospice of Laramie wants runners, skippers, or walkers to have fun while raising money to help support their mission of “promoting dignity and comfort at the end of life” (HospiceofLaramie.org).  

  • When: Registration at 8:15 a.m.; race at 9 a.m. 
  • Where: 1754 Centennial Dr. 
  • Cost: $30 single runner; $100 group of 4
  • Additional Information: a Bloody Mary bar will be provided at the end of the race for donations of $10 or more. Color powder may stain clothes; dress appropriately. To learn more about the untimed race and to purchase tickets, click here


The family-favorite event is back for its 6th year. Kids (and adults, let’s be honest) can live their excavator dream out in real-life. Explore heavy machinery and big trucks, and support the Laramie Recreation Center’s Scholarship fund in doing so. 

  • When: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Where: 3510 E. Garfield St.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: Visit the Laramie Recreation Center’s event page here

Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department Annual Open House & Fundraiser

The hard-working volunteers at the CVVFD throw the best party to support their station and community. A free pig roast and a variety of desserts, emergency vehicle rides, a .357 raffle, and a silent auction are on the agenda.

  • When: Noon- 3 p.m. 
  • Where: 4 North Fork Rd. (Hwy 130) Centennial, WY
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: See the event on VistiLaramie’s website.

Brews and Shoes

No shirt, no shoes, all the service. Plus, free beer! Dodds Shoe Company invites people to their downtown location to shop for shoes, receive a free t-shirt, and enjoy beer and wine at the (shoe) house. Register to win free shoes, other prizes, and discounts.

  • When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Where: 401 S. 2nd St.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: Beer and wine are provided by The Library and Mulligans; visit the Facebook posting here to learn more. 

Blue Devils' “Thank You Laramie” Performance

The Blue Devils, The most decorated corps in the history of [drum corps international]” (BlueDevils.org), is performing a free show at War Memorial to say thank you to Laramie for the pleasure of rehearsing in the Gem City for the last month. 

  • When: 8 p.m.
  • Where: War Memorial Stadium
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: visit the Facebook posting for more information.  

Sunday, June 18

Michael Charles and His Band

Grammy-elected Blues Hall of Fame artist has three hours of guitar to end the busy weekend at the Buckhorn Bar. Stop in for a drink and listen, and make an offer on the place while you’re at it. 

  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Where: Buckhorn Bar 114 E. Ivinson St. 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: See the Facebook posting here

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