Hands On Heritage Festival

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Experience the Places, Traditions, and Stories that Make Colorado a Great Place to Live

Bring the whole family to the first annual Hands On Heritage Festival for a weekend of food, music, dance, and culture that celebrates Colorado’s past and present while exploring History Colorado Center exhibits.

Pick up your Hands On Heritage passport and journey through the museum to experience interactive activities that teach us how Colorado was built - literally! - from adobe bricks to log cabins.

Then stop by the Cafe Rendezvous for cuisine from the National Western Stock Show as well as food demonstrations from local chefs.  Don't miss this fun, family-friendly weekend and a chance to celebrate our wild and colorful heritage together!

Hands on Heritage is a weekend of food, music, dance, and culture, but it’s also your chance to celebrate how the built and natural environment have shaped who we are.  Did you know Bent’s Old Fort was made out of adobe not only for its fire resistance, but because William Bent had difficulty finding enough good timber on the plains?  At Hands on Heritage, get your hands dirty with adobe masters from Bent’s Old Fort to learn how to make adobe bricks like those at the historic site.  With demonstrations from masons and ranchers alike, you’ll get a first-hand glimpse at how Colorado was built – literally!