Balloon Rodeo, Art in the Park make for another busy summer weekend in Steamboat |

Balloon Rodeo, Art in the Park make for another busy summer weekend in Steamboat

Children play on a ride during the 2015 Hayden Daze.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s another busy summer weekend in Steamboat Springs with hot air balloons filling the skies, Art in the Park and a family-friendly summer festival 30 minutes to the west in Hayden.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association recently received a report that shows occupancy is expected to be at 70 percent this weekend. That is a little lower than last weekend as well as compared with the same weekend last year.

Steamboat Chamber Marketing Director Laura Soard said events last year were more consolidated on certain weekends.

If you go

Balloon Rodeo: 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake

Hayden Daze: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Dry Creek Park, Hayden

Balloon Glow: 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area

Art in the Park: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in West Lincoln Park

“Things are spread out on different weekends this year,” she said.

The Balloon Rodeo begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake. There is no parking available on-site, but people can take shuttles from Meadows Parking Lot on Pine Grove Road.

The Balloon Glow will begin at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Art in the Park will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in West Lincoln Park at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

West of town, the two-day Hayden Daze festival started Friday.

“We’re encouraging anyone from the valley to come,” Hayden Town Manager Mathew Mendisco said. “It’s just free, family fun.”

On Saturday, the festival begins with a community breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Mountain Valley Bank. Additional events include a disc golf tournament, an extreme obstacle course, a bouncy house and a mechanical bull, all at Dry Creek Park.

The annual Hayden Daze parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with family entertainment throughout the day featuring a “Touch a Truck” exhibit with emergency vehicles.

New this year, there will be a home run derby that will benefit Hayden’s youth baseball program. The cost to compete is $10.

The sixth annual Hayden Daze cornhole tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with vendor booths and a beer garden continuing until 5 p.m. There will also be entertainment featuring musicians Randy Kelley, Jon Gibbs, Willie Samuelson and Pat Waters.

Next weekend, Steamboat is expected to be even busier when it hosts the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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