Loveland Downtown District to Host Alternative Summer Events through September
The Loveland Downtown District has announced that its One Sweet Summer event series in The Foundry will be postponed until May 2021. After careful consideration of county and state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and upon reviewing their ability to prepare and safely execute large public gatherings, the Loveland Downtown Partnership (LDP) Board of Directors voted this week and made the difficult decision to reschedule the event series until next year.
However, in addition to regular Night on the Town and Shop Local Saturdays monthly events, the District will host several alternative ways to bring community entertainment to downtown. These include a Downtown Scavenger Hunt in July and a Tik Tok Video Challenge in August, both featuring high dollar prizes, as well as a weekly Takeout Tuesday giveaway promotion. Fitness in The Foundry and Kids on the Plaza, smaller events that were previously part of One Sweet Summer, will still occur. “While we are disappointed that our original plans have had to change, we look forward to the many fun events and opportunities to support downtown businesses that are still happening this summer,” said Sean Hawkins, Executive Director. “We encourage everyone to visit our website and follow us on social media to stay updated and involved in all we do.”
With many downtown restaurants adding outdoor seating capacity through the Loveland Patio Program, the Loveland Downtown District will also present an exciting new Saturday Night Dine Out event in partnership with the City of Loveland that will run for 10 weeks beginning July 11th. To allow room for expanded and physically distanced al fresco dining, 4th Street will be closed to traffic between Lincoln and Cleveland Avenues and between Cleveland and Railroad Avenues each Saturday evening at 4pm. A portion of 3rd Street at The Foundry will also be closed at that time. Local residents will be encouraged to come support businesses all around downtown, in addition to the street closure areas.
Guests can expect rooftop live music performances, dinner and drink specials, and a safe environment to relax and enjoy their summer nights. To avoid excessive gathering in the streets, tables and chairs will be assigned to a business and patrons will be asked to stay within their selected area. Most restaurants have set up reservation systems to manage customer capacity and gauge their operations. To abide by health regulations, parties are limited to 8 or fewer people and customers must wear face coverings when entering an establishment until seated or if moving from their tables. All businesses will be disinfecting surfaces and following proper procedures for social distancing as requirements evolve throughout the summer.
The list of events and promotions this summer in Downtown Loveland includes:
· Night on the Town on the 2nd Friday of every month from 5-9pm
· Shop Local Saturdays on the last Saturday of every month from 10am-6pm
· Downtown Scavenger Hunt for two weeks in July
· Tik Tok Video Challenge for two weeks in August
· Takeout Tuesday every Tuesday from June 23 to September 29
· Kids on the Plaza on Tuesdays from 12-2pm July 7 to August 11
· Fitness in The Foundry Tuesdays at 8am June 16 to August 18 and Saturdays at 9am and 10am June 20 to August 22
· Saturday Night Dine Out every Saturday from 5-10pm July 11 to September 12