Longmont's downtown is a thriving place, full of fun local shops, great restaurants & breweries, whimsical public art, numerous parades, and other awesome events. Here are a few images over the years. Come do a little urban hiking and discover it for yourself.
NOTE: more info and links are in the descriptions for each photo below. Click the image to see them.
Downtown Longmont has lots of awesome public art. From "Art on the Move" pieces that change out through the year, to alleyway murals to permanent pieces, it makes for a fun Urban Hike to wonder around and discover them all.
Summertime is Cruiser Bike Time in Longmont as we are "BikeMont" after all. Visit Bicycle Longmont's fb page to find out about the numerous neighborhood "Bike Nights", the annual G'Knight Ride, and other themed Cruiser Bike Rides. They also host "Bike Vallets" at Downtown Festivals so you can avoid the hassle of event car parking. Lastly, follow the City's AIPP (Art in Public Places) Program and the Longmont Museum as they often host Cruiser Bike Rides to Public Art along the Greenway and Downtown. BikeMont rocks!
Downtown has lots of great Flower Pot Gardens. Big Thanks to the City for beautifying Downtown.
Crackpots pottery studio is our neighbor. They are a fun family/date activity before or after visiting a restaurant/brewery downtown.
Barbedwire Books is across the street from us. It's a fun place to get lost in the bookshelves. Rediscover that lost joy of bookfinding that online often overshadows. Plus, they have this cool bookshelf art on their back alley.
Longmont is "ParadeMont" and the Boulder County Fair Parade in early August is a big one. Kicks off 2 weeks of awesome fair activity at the Fairgrounds. A must see mid-summer event. www.bouldercountyfair.org/
Be sure to visit Longmont Bicycle Company on the 300 East block for all things bicycle. They'll serve you a good cup of coffee too. Bikes = Happiness. www.longmontbikes.com/
Downtown hosts lots of summer events like Art Festivals, Summer Concerts, Cruise Nights, etc. Check out their webpage to see all the events and subscribe for downtown notifications (www.DowntownLongmont.org)
The Kitchen Company is "kitty corner" across the street from us next to St Stephens Plaza. They have all things kitchen/cooking and offer fun classes like fondue making, "how to cook the perfect steak," knife skills, etc. www.kitchencolongmont.com/
This is one of our favorite annual parades and occurs EVERY year on November 11th at 11:11am. The community always turns out in big support. Super big thanks to all the Longmont Veterans.
St Stephen's Plaza is a nice outdoor City Park "kitty corner" from us that surrounds the Historic St Stephen's Church. It has several "Art on the Move" pieces that change throughout the year, a fountain, and nice tables to sit at. We often grab some Winchell's donuts (right across the street) and then eat them at the tables in the plaza. Good times. Yes, we sell these stainless steel wine glasses that are perfect for your backyard or camping but we need to get a better pic of this park for this gallery. Sorry.
It's a "come one, come all" parade and everyone is decked out in their costumes. Afterwards, everyone trick-or-treats the local businesses.
One thing that all the parades have in common is Marching Bands from the local High Schools. Nothing like the sound of a Marching Band at a parade. Brings tears to our eyes. Good stuff.
One parade that we haven't had in a few years is the FIre Muster Parade. All kinds of antique and new fire equipment would be there and the streets were lined with folks honoring our local firemen. They also had fun exhibits after the parade like rescue dogs on a crane, antique water pumps in action, burning model homes, etc. It was AWESOME! But it kinda disappeared. Probably was a lot of work to pull off.
One of Longmont's earliest annual parades was the Pet & Doll Parade. It was like it sounds as residents would show up with their pets and dolls and walk down the street. Simple enough ... and AWESOME! This is a Knez-Style photo of one of them. Check out the Colony History Gallery to see more of our Knez-Style images and some fun Longmont history tidbits.
But don't despair over the lost Pet & Doll Parade. & Fire Muster. Events come and go as popular tastes change. One of my favorite pics in the Longmont Museum archives is this one of a Fire Drill team downtown in the early days. Check out the Colony History Gallery for more fun images as well as info that is available in the Museum Archives and at the Longmont Library.
Longmont was known for Crusin' on summer nights. At some of the parades you'll see some auto clubs which is always are a crowd favorite.
Longmont's downtown is thriving and ever changing. Big thanks to the community and city government for investing in it over the years. Downtown recently upgraded the alleyways and resurfaced Main street. Numerous projects are in the works as well. So if you haven't walked around downtown in a while, come see what has changed.