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Your Inner 8-Year-Old Wants You To Go Fly A Kite And Play Video Games This Weekend

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The Kites in the Park festival celebrates the art of making - and flying - kites.

This weekend, you can go fly a kite - literally. There’s a festival in Fort Collins dedicated to the art of making - and flying - kites. Looking for a slightly more high-tech version of fun? How about a convention dedicated to vintage video games?

Yes, in this comparison Ms. Pac-Man on an Atari 2600 could be considered “high-tech.” Relatively speaking, anyway.

This annual Fort Collins Kites in the Park Festival celebrates professional and amateur kite enthusiasts. No kite? No problem. Make your own at the kite-making station. In 2015, more than 8,000 people participated. 2016 will again feature kites that do battle as well ballet. Free parking will be offered at Hughes Stadium along with a shuttle to the park.

Kites in the Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15, 2016, Spring Canyon Park, Fort Collins. Free.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRP75DLwGww

Opera Colorado takes on the iconic tale of lust, love and unfortunate branding with their world premiere of the new opera, The Scarlet Letter. Former Colorado poet laureate David Mason and composer Lori Laitman give this old story a new twist.

‘The Scarlet Letter,’ 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 2 p.m. May 15, 2016, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver. $20-$160.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6KQCqw1sw

Whether you played games on an Atari 2600 or a PlayStation, you can celebrate vintage video games at VinCon in Loveland. The convention will feature tournaments, a game and equipment swap meet, and - music to any video game fan’s ears - free-to-play games. No quarters needed.

VinCon Vintage Video Game Convention, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 and 12 to 7 p.m. May 15, 2016, The Ranch Complex, Loveland.  $10-$15.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=913xrM9FYpI

Stacy was KUNC's arts and culture reporter from 2015 to 2021.
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