Laramie Jubilee Days are one of the biggest annual events in the city. Started in 1940 to celebrate the Wyoming's Statehood Day, the Jubilee Days now consists of a week long annual festival every July featuring a variety of events based around the lifestyle of the West, including a horse show for the kids and a professional rodeo competition. The festival also features a parade with a specific theme chosen each year for the entries and a carnival with rides, games and other fun activities. In the downtown area, local musicians play during street dances that are held a few nights during the week. A golf tournament, free pancake breakfast and multitude of food and store vendors rounds out the festivities of the Jubilee Days. The line-up of activities ensures that locals return year after year and draws visitors from all over to take part in the festival.
While the Jubilee Days Festival is the highlight of the summer, the Snowy Range Music Festival ends the summer with a Labor Day celebration featuring live music from both local singers and well-known artists on multiple stages.
For the beer lover's in Wyoming or elsewhere, Laramie also offers a Brewfest. Started in 2005, the Brewfest is a professional competition for microbreweries and the only one of its kind in Wyoming. Judges award prizes in a number of categories, including hops, summer, and German beers to breweries from all over the area.
Mountain biking is a popular activity in the city so it makes sense that Laramie would host its own mountain biking race, the Laramie Enduro. The race winds over 70 total miles, reaches elevations of 8,600 feet, and moves through grassy plains and forests, as well as a famous rock-climbing course. After the race, a celebration is held with food, music and massages. Local microbreweries donate free beers and local restaurants donate free meals for the race participants.
Activities and Attractions
Laramie, Wyoming has a variety of activities and attractions, from parks to historical sites to restaurants. Those interested in hiking or camping can explore the Medicine Bow National Forest, a huge national forest that stretches from Wyoming to Colorado. Within the Medicine Bow National Forest is Vedauwoo, a rocky area with some of the oldest rocks in Wyoming. Some rocks contain fossils from sea urchins and snails. In the Vedauwoo area, visitors can also spot interesting wildlife, including elk, prairie dogs, wild turkeys, and yellow-bellied marmots. The area also has a campground open in the summer and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
People interested in Wyoming history can visit a few historic sites in Laramie. The Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site is an old prison built in 1872 that housed more than a thousand convicts. It was later converted into a museum, and visitors can walk through the cells and learn about the prison's history. Another popular attraction is Fort Sanders, built in 1866 to protect travelers on the Overland Trail. Laramie is also home to the Ames Monument, a 60 foot tall pyramid constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1882. Visitors can also go to the American Heritage Center, which has a large collection of manuscripts and rare books; the University of Wyoming Art Museum, which usually has several rotating exhibits; and the Laramie Plains Museum, a Victorian mansion converted into a historical museum.
Families can visit the All Points West Family Fun Center, which has laser tag, escape the room and more. Laramie also has many antique stores to explore, including Ann's Pawn and Antiques and Aphrodite's Emporium.