The weekend calendar

What: Brandi Carlile and Blitzen Trapper
Where: The Lincoln Center
When: Sunday, Oct. 14
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $36-$40

As the windows begin to frost over, appropriate cold-weather music becomes a must, and some of the best tunes to accompany the chilly weather come from this country’s folk roots. Enter Brandi Carlile and Blitzen Trapper, two groups that offer up abundant amounts of Americana and warmth.

Catch the two big-name performances Sunday night at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. The price is on the steep side, but then again, Red Rocks is pretty cold this time of year, and the Lincoln Center is right in our backyard.

For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.

What: Date night cooking class
Where: Gifford Building
When: Friday, Oct. 12
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $35

The idea of speed dating is a familiar trope, but how often do you get the chance to go on a formal cooking date with your partner? This option is great for Fort Collins foodies who are looking to learn tricks in the kitchen and bond with a loved one while doing it.

This class provides a hands-on experience and includes an apron, equipment, ingredients, recipes and instruction for making a healthy and hearty meal.

For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.

What: India Nite
Where: Lory Student Center
When: Sunday, Oct. 14
Time: 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

It’s easy to get caught in a cultural bubble while living in northern Colorado. That’s why India Nite, aside from being all around awesome event by including dance, music, skit, show, fashion and more, is a great way to learn about a less-represented community in Fort Collins.

If that isn’t convincing enough, then maybe the fact that more than 800 people enjoyed the festivities last year is enough to convince that this event is truly fantastic. The only way to be sure, though, is to head to the LSC Sunday night to find out for yourself.

For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.

What: Engineering Exploration Day
Where: Lory Student Center
When: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Engineering Exploration Day at CSU might be geared toward high schoolers and their families, but also a great chance for current CSU students to see some really cool engineering feats that the rest of us can only dare to understand (Oh, a hydrogen-powered car, you say? I totally know all about that).

Head to the LSC on Saturday to check out displays that range from robotics to complicated chemical engineering. Who know, you (I?) might actually understand what’s going on.

For more information, visit www.calendar.colostate.edu.

What: Swing dancing on a Saturday
Where: Old Town Yoga Studio
When: Saturday, Oct. 13
Time: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Cost: $5

There are many types of swingers, but those who prefer to apply the term to a style of dance are probably more wholesome. Join them Saturday night at the Old Town Yoga Studio in Fort Collins for some classic swing dancing.

You aren’t well-versed in the style? Don’t worry. The hour of 8 to 9 p.m. is dedicated to beginner’s lessons.

For more information, visit www.therhythmcompany.com.