One of the most popular community events, which draws Lakewood renters and homeowners alike each year, is the Chile Harvest Arts Festival. The festival is scheduled in honor of the chile harvest, and celebrates the city's Spanish heritage with booths that serve traditional Mexican cuisine, exhibits of folk and indigenous art, and even salsa lessons for Lakewood renters who like to do more than just stroll through festivals.
Another beloved city tradition is the Cider Days, a festival that celebrates a much less spicy harvest: apples. Each year, local residents can buy gallons of cider made in local Lakewood orchards, or participate in an apple-themed bake-off. Cider Days is one of the more kid-friendly events in Lakewood, and includes face-painting, arts and crafts booths, hayrides and entertainment from country-bluegrass bands.
While Lakewood renters take pride in their city's rich heritage, they also relish living just a short drive from a national treasure called Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. This expanse of wilderness covers 1.5 million acres, stretches all the way to the Wyoming border, and includes mountainous terrain as well as grassland. While the park is big enough for someone living in a Lakewood rental home to drive through all day, many people take a weekend to go backpacking or hiking through the park's scenic trails.
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