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MeadowGrass Music Festival

23 La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, Black Forest. A new, all-day outdoor event featuring Magnolia Electric Co., Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles, John-Alex Mason and more in a beautiful venue. meadowgrass.org.

Uncle Wilber Fountain Opening Day

23 Acacia Park. Thanks to gifts from the Hill Foundation, Bristol Brewing Co. and many others, the downtown summertime fixture will start its season at 11 a.m. today. 444-0884, unclewilber.org.

Territory Days

23-25 Old Colorado City. A street fair held yearly to commemorate Old Colorado City as the first capital of the Colorado Territory. As always, it features crafts, food booths, a beer garden and entertainment. 475-0955, territorydays.com.

Celebration of the Arts

23-25 Memorial Park and Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Just down the street from Territory Days, Manitou puts on a weekend of arts and crafts, food booths and entertainment, including a juried art show. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.

20th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival

29-31 Pueblo. A variety of arts, crafts, food and two stages with top-notch regional and national bluegrass performances along the Arkansas. 719/549-2414, gncp.org.

Third annual Family Polo Classic

31 The Colorado Springs School. Go high-class for a day and take in this polo exhibition, gala party and family picnic. 434-3501, css.org/familypoloclassic.aspx.


Library Lawn Concerts Series

2-Aug. 11 Manitou Library, Manitou Springs. Every Tuesday night, see a local music artist playing on the lawn. manitouspringslibrary.org.

Pikes Peak Young Composers annual Competition Concert

5 CC's Packard Hall. Composers ages 6 through 18, from Colorado Springs and beyond, will play their works as selected by a panel of expert judges. pikespeakyoungcomposers.org.

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

6 Memorial Park, Manitou Springs. Representatives from more than 24 wineries will pour samples all afternoon, with local musicians playing and booths selling gifts. manitousprings.org.

Rock Ledge Ranch annual Sheep Shearing

6 30th Street and Gateway Road. Flock to see experts separate a small herd of Merino sheep from their fleece. Demonstrations in weaving, spinning and more will follow. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

22nd annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

7 Castle Rock. Hundreds of wheels will spin through 100-, 62-, 32-, 25- and 7-mile rides, all starting and finishing at the Douglas County Fair Grounds. 303/282-9020, elephantrockride.com.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

8-29 CC's Packard Hall. In its 25th year, this three-week teaching festival has birthed a concert series recognized "as fine as any chamber music performed anywhere in the world." 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/musicfestival.

Second annual Royal Gorge Holy Smoke Bar-B-Que Showdown

12-13 Cañon City. Many points for creative naming: this "showdown" includes a "Weenie Dog Race," a smokin' salsa contest and a "Monastery Mystery" cooking contest for the competing barbecue teams. 275-1004, holy-smoke-bbq.com.

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

12-Sept. 25 Memorial Park, Woodland Park. Can it be a fair if it happens every week? Yes it can. This one runs every Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to the Woodland Park Farmers Market. 687-3731.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

13-Aug. 2 Larkspur. Experience medieval times through a day full of crafts, jousting, music and turkey legs. Open weekends only, rain or shine. 303/688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com.

Delta Gospel Fest

14 Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Local church choirs and praise teams singing together. Watch the Indy's Listings section for more details.

Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby

14 Costilla Street, between El Paso Street and Wahsatch Avenue. Substance and speed: Build your own race car and race it. 488-8808, ppsbd.com.

61st annual Blue Paddle FIBArk Whitewater Festival

18-21 Salida. Well-known and -respected among serious kayakers, this event allows attendees to kayak, raft, run, bike, skate and enjoy music, food, drink and more along the Arkansas River. 719/207-1097, fibark.com.

Inaugural Rock Fair

20 Western Museum of Mining & Industry. A family event with the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society including rockhounding seminars, displays, tours and food. 488-0880, wmmi.org.

Juneteenth Festival

20 Colorado College. Recognizing the end of slavery in the U.S. and the struggle for equal rights, this festival includes living history demos, exhibits, entertainment, food and more. 475-7255, coloradospringsnaacp.org.

Colorado Springs Start! Heart Walk

20 Grand Lawn at Cordera. As simple as it sounds: a 5K walk to raise funds for the American Heart Association. 244-9583, heartwalk.kintera.org/csco.

15th annual Starlight Spectacular

20 Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. A fundraiser for the Trails and Open Space Coalition, this midnight bike ride is the signature event of Metro Rides Bike Month. 633-6884, springsbikemonth.org, starlightspectacular.org.

Wine, Jazz & Art on the Arkansas

20-21 Cañon City. If you enjoy selections from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, try them with an arts & fine crafts fair and jazz festival. 719/275-2790, fremontarts.org.

Plein Air Arts Festival

20-30 Downtown Manitou Springs. Plein air artists come to Manitou Springs to paint the city. 685-5089, manitousprings.org.

Springs Spree

20-21 Downtown Colorado Springs. No rubber duck race this year, but downtown Colorado Springs will still become a giant block party, with vendors, crafts, live music and more. 473-1770, springsspree.org.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Street Breakfast

24 Downtown Colorado Springs. Gear up for the 69th annual rodeo (which begins in July) with a street breakfast and Range Riders Ride-Off. 635-3547, coloradospringsrodeo.com.

17th annual Salida Art Walk

26-28 Salida. Amid incredible mountain scenery, an arts celebration including visual and performing arts showcased in more than 40 galleries, restaurants and shops. salidaartwalk.org.

Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals

26-28 Pueblo. It's the region's largest street rod automotive event, with more than 2,000 pre-1949 cars. 901/452-4030, nsra-usa.com.

14th annual Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show

26-July 5 Cripple Creek. As the name suggests, it features Native American and Western art, music and more. 719/689-3315, cripple-creek.co.us.

19th annual Clayfest

27 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Amateur and professional potters' games (yes, games) and throwing lessons. 685-1460, clayfest.com.

78th annual Donkey Derby Days

27-28 Cripple Creek. Vendors, kids' games and the highlight: various donkey races. 877/858-4653, cripplecreekevents.com.

Mace's Hole Civil War Re-enactment

27-28 Cañon City. As long as a fire ban doesn't muffle all the weaponry, you can enjoy tactical battles and cannon fire, plus live music. 719/275-7507, royalgorgebridge.com.

33rd annual Salida Aspen Concerts

27-Aug. 8 Salida. Summer chamber music concert series with internationally known artists. 719/539-1021, salidaaspenconcerts.org.

Ninth annual Tejon Street Bike Fest

28 Downtown Colorado Springs. Motorcycle show, music, food and more. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

Colorado College Dance Festival

29-July 17 Colorado College, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Classes and performances in a variety of dance styles. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/dancefestival.

Worth a drive

31st annual Mountainfilm Festival

May 22-25 Telluride. Two weeks before its famous jazz festival, Telluride puts on Mountainfilm, attracting filmmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and more. This year's special film focus is on food. 970/728-4123, mountainfilm.org.

Teva Mountain Games

June 4-7 Vail. Trail running, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting, road biking, climbing and fishing contests, the "ultimate mountain challenge" event and more. 970/926-4799, tevamountaingames.com.

Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest

5-6 Snowmass. Chili and microbrew competitions, and music from moe., Michael Kang, Karl Denson and others. 800/766-9627, snowmasschiliandbrew.com.

28th annual Breckenridge Film Festival

5-8 Breckenridge. Independent films, premieres, receptions, educational programs and more. 970/453-6200, breckfilmfest.com.

19th annual Estes Park Wool Market

11-14 Estes Park. A celebration of sheep, without the barnyard smell. Exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and vendors. 970/586-6104, estesnet.com.

37th annual Snowmass Rodeo

17-Aug. 19 Snowmass. The oldest consecutively running rodeo in the state, with events happening every Wednesday. 970/923-8898, snowmassrodeo.org.

29th annual Fat Tire Bike Week

24-28 Crested Butte. Yes, the much-loved microbrew will flow, but this Fat Tire event is famous for five days of rides, races, clinics and music. 800/545-4505, ftbw.com.

20th annual Colorado Brewers' Festival

27-28 Fort Collins. You're in the best beer state in the union — do as the locals do. Sample brews and local Colorado bands. 970/484-6500, downtownfortcollins.com.

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