Midwinter Bluegrass Festival

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Northglenn/Denver North, 10 E. 120th Ave., Northglenn

Price: $12.50 to $80, free 5 and younger, single-day and three-day tickets available; midwinterbluegrass.com

Brighten up your winter weekend with bluegrass. The three-day festival features The Seldom Scene, High Fidelity, The Price Sisters and many others, along with a beginning jam workshop, fiddle contest, vocal duet contest and Great Rocky Mountain Band Scramble.

Light the Night Celebration

When: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs

Price: Free; 970-879-6111, steamboat.com

As the sun sets, partake in the glow of six hot-air balloons in Steamboat Springs’ Mountain Village. Take advantage of night skiing and rides on the Outlaw Mountain Coaster before the torchlight parade down the mountain and a fireworks display.

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Loveland does Valentine’s Day weekend right. The Sweetheart Festival: Love, Locks and Lights is Friday and Saturday in downtown Loveland. Courtesy

Sweetheart Festival: Love, Locks and Lights

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Downtown Loveland

Price: Free; visitlovelandco.org/sweetheartfestival

Pack up your beloved and head to Loveland, also known as Sweetheart City, for Valentine’s Day weekend. Check out the giant, heart-shaped love lock sculpture. Buy a love lock and clip it to the sculpture. There’ll also be music laser shows in the evenings, interactive art displays, beer and wine tastings, loads of chocolate and more.

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Attendees at the Colorado New Play Summit will hear new works from playwrights around the country. The festival is Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 21-23 at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Courtesy Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Colorado New Play Summit

When: Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 21-23

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 14th and Curtis Streets, Denver

Price: $23 to $36.80 for all four readings, $7 to $10 à la carte tickets, playwrights’ slam is free; 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org

Theater junkies will appreciate two weekends of new plays. For 15 years, the Colorado New Play Summit has introduced fans to the country’s freshest new voices. Playwrights spend two weeks with directors, actors and others to work their scripts, while audiences get to hear the fruits of their labor during readings. Attendees also can attend dining and drinking events and mingle with the artists, professionals and other theater patrons.

Winter Park Family Fest

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park

Price: Free; 970-726-1564, winterparkresort.com

Summer isn’t the only time for fireworks. Winter seems to be a hot time to shoot them off, too. After a long day of shimmying down the slopes, gather around the base at Winter Park Resort for a light show, a s’mores bar and live music.

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The Aspen Laugh Festival is Tuesday through Feb. 22 in Aspen.

Aspen Laugh Festival

When: Tuesday through Feb. 22

Where: Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen

Price: Some events are free, some are ticketed; 970-920-5770, wheeleroperahouse.com/laugh-fest

They know how to yuk it up in the mountains. Partake in 10 days of comedians, including Taylor Tomlinson, Adam Ray and Dusty Slay, and performances by The Second City comedy troupe.

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette

Contact the writer: 636-0270

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