Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival Shorts
Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, rmwfilmfest.org
A night of award-winning short films to benefit the full Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival in November.
Celebration Metaphysical Fair
City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., celebrationfair.com
An opportunity to have a psychic reading by professional mediums, do your own reading, join in a community drum circle, and much more.
Indie Spirit Film Festival
Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., indiespiritfilmfestival.org
The city's fifth annual indie film extravaganza, with an average of 100 screenings, filmmaker talks and panels and other movie-related magic.
Carmina Burana Festival
April 28 through May 6
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com
A series of events leading up to a concert spectacular, with more than a dozen performing arts groups giving life to the namesake medieval German poem.
Colorado Springs Masonic Center, 1150 Panorama Drive, peakherbfest.com
Up to 60 vendors on hand and complementing classes on all things herb: cooking with herbs, herbal body care, herbal remedies, etc.
MeadowGrass Music Festival
La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, meadowgrassmusicfestival.org
A three-day event (drop in or camp out) showcasing roots, bluegrass, Americana, cowboy, folk and acoustic music.
Old Colorado City, shopoldcoloradocity.com
More than 180 craft, commercial and food booths packing the streets of Old Colorado City over Memorial Day weekend.
Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts
Late May to early August
Various locations at CC, 14 East Cache la Poudre St., artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu
Operas, classical music (for adults and children), visual art ... all sorts of events over two-plus months.
Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival
Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org
Twenty-five wineries from Colorado, as well as vendor booths such as La Baguette, Ruxton's Trading Post, Pastamoré and more.
Colorado Renaissance Festival & Artisans Marketplace
June 9 to July 29, weekends
Entertainment in the form of jousting, juggling, comedy, acrobatics and turkey-leg-eating, and shopping for handmade leather, Raku pottery, sculpture, and other fine art.
Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org
Starting at a new time (10:30 p.m.) this year, your chance to ride your bike under the stars. Themed rest stops, and proceeds supporting the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Taste of the Springs
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, careandshare.org
Between 35 and 40 food and beverage vendors serving deliciousness, all to support Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org
Food, fun, live music and a Springs Spree favorite: the human hamster ball rides.
Ride for the Brand Rodeo
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, championshipranchrodeo.com
Bronc riding, wild cow milking and general Western-style fun. Don't forget your 10-gallon hat and spurs for the post-rodeo hoedown.
Pikes Peak Art Fest
June 30, July 1-2
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive,pikespeakartfest.com
A weekend featuring local musicians, artists, food and fun for all ages in the great outdoors, rain or shine.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb events
Pikes Peak Highway, ppihc.com
Leading up to the July 8 auto races up Pikes Peak, attractions include beer gardens, a chili cook-off and live bands.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, coloradospringsrodeo.com
"Traditional rodeo at its Colorado best": gold panning and mechanical bull rides for the public, bareback riding and steer wrestling for the brave.
Blues Under the Bridge
218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Avenue bridge), bluesunderthebridge.com
A continuation of the annual music festival, showcasing blues, soul and more. Performers to be announced.
Rocky Mountain State Games
Multiple venues, thesportscorp.org
Archery, bowling, flag football, karate, rugby and table tennis are just a few of the 34 sports included in this year's games.
Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., ppglcc.org
Highlighted by the annual LGBT parade downtown, it's the Colorado Springs Pride Center's largest event of the year.
El Paso County Fair
County fairgrounds, Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com
A summer tradition of funnel cakes and carnival rides, 4H shows and rodeos, since 1905.
Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino
Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com
Fun to say, fun to do, with live bluegrass music, local food tastings and beer and wine galore.
50th Anniversary Fire Festival
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, csfirefestival.com
Delegates from Japan replicating the Yoshida Fire Festival with performances, ethnic food and spectacular fires, to celebrate our 50th anniversary as sister cities with Fujiyoshida.
Craft Lager Festival
Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, craftlagerfestival.com
A vast array of craft beers for tasting, an onstage band for listening, and an environment welcoming to those even not of drinking age.
The Dirty Dash
Wonderland Ranch, Hodgen and Vollmer roads, thedirtydash.com
Teeming with beer and family activities, a mud-slick, obstacle-filled race; proceeds benefit local charities.
Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon
Aug. 18 (ascent), Aug. 19 (marathon)
Barr Trail, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org
The annual races up (or in the case of the marathon, up and down) Colorado Springs' fourteener; feel free to watch the massacre and cheer.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Seven days of professional cyclists riding more than 500 miles. In 2012 the Challenge will finish Stage 5, on Aug. 24, in Colorado Springs.
Colorado State Fair
Aug. 24 to Sept. 3
State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com
A classic summer staple with a 2012 theme of "Horses, Horses, Horses."
Mountain Music Festival
Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org
An afternoon of bluegrass and similarly dubbed "mountain" music, food, crafts and family fun.
Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival
Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival
About 110 artist booths showcasing their finest wares, live music all day along, and face-painting and balloon creatures for the young.
Colorado Balloon Classic
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., balloonclassic.com
Hot-air "Balloon Glo" in the evening, and mornings of waking before the sun to watch dozens of the balloons launch.
Chile Chili Festival
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, thatsnatural.info
Guaranteed to burn your mouth off (pleasurably) with the flavor of various roasted chili peppers from all across the state.
Indy Music Awards & Festival
Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, csindy.com
A chance to catch more than a dozen of the best individual musicians and bands in our area, as voted on by readers of the Colorado Springs Independent.
Assault on the Peak / Bikeswap
Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, peakregioncyclist.com
Runners relinquish the mountain to the bikers on Pikes Peak Highway. Current record is two hours, 17 minutes.
What-IF ... A Festival of Innovation and Imagination
Various locations downtown, whatif-festival.org
A takeover of downtown by "thinkers and tinkerers" of all sorts, and their contraptions.