Stroll, Stride, or Race Your Way to Longmont’s Downtown Block Party

Summer hit a speedbump? You don’t have to be a student to be afflicted with a little back-to-school blues, and you may even be bursting with excitement to hit the books again, for that matter. As the Dog Days reach their height and Labor Day rears its head on the calendar, it’s easy to fall victim for a little touch of wistful melancholy.

If only symbolic, the end of summer represents the end of fun. So long to carefree days, to poolside drinks (even if mainly in your mind) and half day Fridays. It’s not quite time to break out the winter gear, not hardly, but we may find ourselves mentally bracing for a little chill austerity.

If you’re finding yourself caught on a bit of a mopey road–or not–we’d like to advise a little detour. Why not end summer…no, usher in the coming new season and familiar routines, with a party!? Longmont’s Downtown Creative District will be hosting the all-new Downtown Block Party on Saturday, August 26th from 1-6 p.m. Featuring activities and entertainment throughout the breezeways, alleys, sidewalks and businesses, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the whole of our fabulous Downtown District. And, as a major bonus, you can use it to fit in a workout, too.

This year’s Downtown Block Party will include the second annual Downtown Amazing Race. Longmont United Hospital’s second annual Amazing Race will feature two-person teams following clues to various Downtown businesses and locations. Each stop will feature a five to ten minute, FUN challenge which the teams will have to complete before receiving a new clue and moving on to find the next location (think, tossing water balloons off the Samples’ rooftop, one of last year’s favorite activities).

Last year, Mayor Coombs and then LUH Vice President of Operations Peter Powers began spreading the word by assembling teams. This year, why not continue the momentum and treat yourself to a memorable party at the same time? The race will begin at 2:00, and will feature roughly 15 different challenges along the way. The first team to complete all the challenges and make it to the finish line wins. Teams will receive t-shirts, and will be competing for a $250 grand prize valid at Downtown Longmont businesses. The $30 entry fee is the total cost for each two-person team, and teams must sign up in advance.

Perhaps you’d prefer a more relaxed and self-paced way to explore Downtown and still compete for prizes? There will be a Downtown Scavenger Hunt open to anyone during the Block Party. Various historical and noteworthy signs, features and details will be highlighted throughout the District for people to find. Individuals who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered into a giveaway drawing for prizes. Other highlights of the event include a Downtown fashion and hair showcase, sidewalk sales, an artisan market, roaming performers and entertainers, drama and theatre performances, and a health and wellness treatment area, in addition to entertainment, sales, specials and promotions inside Downtown businesses.

Join the Party! For more information, and to sign up for the Amazing Race, visit

Photo credit: Paul Goulart

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