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10 things to get excited about this spring in Steamboat

Pollen clings to what remains of the colorful flower of a bull thistle that stands in a wetlands area off Routt County Road 33 in Steamboat Springs. Spring is in the air, and there are plenty of events to look forward to in the next few weeks.

— Despite Mud Season woes, there is plenty to look forward to in the next few weeks.

Rain peeking through rays of sunshine, snow banks melting into puddles and the fresh scent of springtime — what's not to like?

Grab your calendars and pencil in your springtime plans.

1.) April showers bring May flowers

It's time to start exercising that green thumb. If you're not sure how, there's resources right at your fingertips at the annual Home and Garden Expo on Saturday, May 16 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Local landscapers, interior designers and CSU master gardeners will be there to give advice and chat about beautifying your garden.

Home & Garden Expo | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Saturday, May 16 | Steamboat Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

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2.) Yampa River Botanic Park

Revel in nature at a park nestled along the Core Trail. Entry into this oasis of trees, flowers and native plants is free and open to the public. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The first day of the season is May 1.

3.) Giving back

If you've ever wanted a chance to give back to the community, next month will have plenty of opportunities.

Our five picks include:

ReTree Steamboat Planting event on May 18 at the Steamboat Springs High School. Students will plant more than 300 tress and shrubs on the high school grounds.

Routt County United Way’s Day of Caring beginning at 8 a.m. May 18. Volunteers will meet at Olympian Hall before spreading out across the community to participate in projects that help individuals and nonprofit agencies in need.

Show your community pride at the Routt County Clean-Up Day beginning at 8 a.m. May 21 at Olympian Hall.

Global Youth Service Day will be on May 19 with Soroco Middle School students planting and caring for trees at Stagecoach State Park.

And let's not forget about Main Street Steamboat's Down and Dirty Parking Lot Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the Eighth Street parking lot with local merchants doing their spring cleaning and offering great markdowns.

4.) Running Series

Dust off those running shoes, it's time to hit the trail! The Steamboat Springs Running Series hosts a wide variety of running events this spring and summer. The season kicks off May 7 with the Hayden Cog Run, a Routt County classic with 8.4-mile and 5K routes. For more information, visit http://www.runningseries.com.

5.) Carnival Fundraiser (May 19 through the 22)

The eighth annual Carnival will light up the sky with a colorful array of rides and games on May 19 through May 22 this year in the Meadows Parking Lot. The carnival will run from 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Advance one-day unlimited rides tickets, will be available at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, Off the Beaten Path and All That. Once advance tickets are sold out or once the carnival opens on Thursday, unlimited rides tickets cost $30.

6.) Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Cabaret 2016 – "The Farce Awakens"

The producers have been busy for this year's show that promises to be hilarious and fun. Steamboat's own sketch comedy about the absurdities and quirks that give the town its character will take place on May 12, 13 and 14. Tickets are now on sale for $30 and can be purchased at All That or the Depot Arts Center.

7.) First Friday Artwalk

Stop in and visit Steamboat's downtown galleries for a chance to see up-and-coming artists on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m.

8.) Farmers Market

Do you love homemade croissants, salmon and homemade jam? The 12th annual Famers Market will start up again this year on June 11 and will continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Sept. 17. The market, on Seventh and Yampa streets, features more than 75 vendors offering foods, arts and crafts. There is also live music by local musicians from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.

9.) Yampa River Festival

Watch as courageous paddlers cut up the Yampa River during Steamboat's annual Yampa River Festival June 3 to June 5. The festival is a local-favorites celebration that also serves to raise awareness for one of the last remaining wild rivers in the seven-state Colorado River Basin. There will be slalom and downriver races, a 5K fun run, a river dog contest, tubing, raft races, the SUP Cup and more. Find more information on the Friends of the Yampa website.

10.) Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series

It's known as one of Steamboat's top summer events that has brought in acts like Rusted Root, Ziggy Marley, Jonny Lang, The Wailers, WAR, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and many more. In case you missed it, here's this year’s line-up.

June 24: Booker T. Jones

July 2: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

July 16: Hot Rize

July 30: Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Aug. 7: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1