- Smart buffalo will steer clear of this months Buffalo Bar- B-Q in Manitou.
City Parks 100th Anniversary Celebration
Saturdays in July Events at Monument Valley, Helen Hunt Falls, Palmer Park and Rock Ledge Ranch Orchard House. 385-5940.
Independence Day Celebration
4 Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road. Carnival games, pony and wagon rides, recitations of historic documents, civil war encampment and more. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.
4 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Food, crafts, entertainment and more. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.
Fabulous Fourth Celebration
4 Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with Fort Carson canons. 884-2110, csphilharmonic.org.
Royal Gorge Bridge Fourth of July Celebration
4 Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City. Featuring music by the Mountain Sky Band, face painting and fireworks. 888/333-5597, royalgorgebridge.com.
Patriotic Celebration Concert
5 Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E. Kelley's Road. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with Fort Carson canons. 884-2110, csphilharmonic.org.
Fifth annual Cattle Drive and Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo
6-7 Norris-Penrose Event Center, 105 W. Rio Grande St. A downtown longhorn cattle drive, traveling south on Tejon St., and a working ranch rodeo. Entertainment, art events, wild cow milking, free ice cream and more. 635-7776, rideforthebrandranchrodeo.com.
Seventh annual Tour de Fat Bike Festival
7 City Park, Denver. New Belgium Brewery's "philanthropic cycling circus." Ride, entertainment, beer. 888/622-4044, newbelgium.com.
- The Dry Branch Fire Squad leaps into action this month at the HighMountain Hay Fever event in Westcliffe.
Leadville Trail 100 and 100 Heavy Half Marathon
7 Leadville. 26.2 miles of Rocky Mountain trails, crossing notorious 13,188 ft. Mosquito Pass and the Heavy Half Marathon roughly 15 miles. 719/486-3502, leadvilletrail100.com.
11th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
7 Riverside Park, Salida. Music, food and beer from 40 of Colorado's top microbreweries. 877/772-5432, 719/539-2068, salidachamber.org.
Colorado Springs Garden Exploration Tours
8 Cultivate your green thumb by touring local gardens. 481-4608, coloradogardenclubs.org.
Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social
9 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Pie-baking contest, social and music. 685-5089, manitousprings.com for rules and entry form.
21st annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Photography
9-15 Wagon rides, crafts, food, music, garden tours and more. 970/349-2571, crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com .
67th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
11-15 Norris-Penrose Event Center Rodeo, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. Competitions in bareback, saddle bronco and bull riding as well as tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. 635-3547, 635-1101, pikespeakorbustrodeo.org.
High Mountain Hay Fever
12-15 Westcliffe. National and regional bluegrass and old-time acts, food and vending. 719/783-0883, highmountainhayfever.org.
Third annual Keystone Blues & Arts Festival
14-15 Food, music, art and more. 970/496-4386, 800-919-0038, keystoneneighbourhood.com.
16th annual Woodcarvers Rendezvous
- Hey, its a tricycle race! Awesome!
14-20 Creede. Classes, demonstrations, vendors, art and more. 303/940-3505, creedewoodcarvers.com.
Eighth annual Barr Trail Mountain Race
15 Manitou Springs. Run 12 miles total to Barr Camp and back to benefit local nonprofits and charity organizations. 685-5654, runpikespeak.com.
17th annual PrideFest
15 Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. Rally, parade, food, beer garden, entertainment, vendors and family activities. 471-4429, ppglcc.org.
National Little Britches Finals Rodeo
16-21 Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo. A youth rodeo for ages 5-18. 389-0333, nlbra.com.
Victor Gold Rush Days
20-22 Victor. Games, art, music, food and more. 719/689-2091, victorcolorado.com.
Logger Days Festival
20-22 South Fork. Featuring arts and crafts, competitions, music and more. 800/571-0881, southfork.org.
85th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
21 Cars, trucks and cycles compete up the 12.4-mile Pikes Peak Highway, to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak in the U.S.' second-oldest auto race. 685-4400, ppihc.com.
21Buena Vista. Celebrating the completion of the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail. Guided hikes, kids activities, food and entertainment. 888/909-2382, cdtrail.org.
Elizabeth Celtic Festival
21-22 Casey Jones Park, 4189 Hwy. 86. Celebrating Scottish and Irish culture with food, music, drink, children's storytelling and reenactments. 303/646-0152, elizabethcelticfestival.com.
- Logger Days: where sawdust is born.
10th annual Alma Festival in the Clouds
21-22 Folk, rock, jazz, blues, fine arts, food, beer garden, dancing and handmade crafts. 719/839-1369, almafoundation.com.
18th annual Courage Classic
21-23 Copper Mountain. A three-day, 157-mile ride, one-day ride and more to benefit The Children's Hospital. 303/456-9704, couragetours.com.
102nd El Paso County Fair
21-28 , El Paso County Fairgrounds. "The Live Shark Encounter," demolition derby, tractor pull, rodeo, 4-H and more. 520-7880, elpasocountyfair.com.
Bayou Salado Mountain Man Rendezvous
25-29 Hartsel. A complete mountain man rendezvous with pre-20th century frontier-era dress, storytelling, archery and muzzleloader competitions. 720/404-7890, fourteenernet.com/calendar.asp.
19th annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and Workshop
27-28 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker and Palmer Lake Elementary. Workshops for children and adults, concerts and Story Swaps. 303/660-5849, colo-performingartists.com.
31st annual Royal Gorge Bridge Dance
28 Square dance over the Royal Gorge. 888/333-5597, royalgorge.square-dancing.org.
>59th annual World Championship Pack Burro Race and Fairplay Burro Days
28-29 , Fairplay. Burro and llama races, gold panning and a Western traders' row. 719/836-1921, burrodays.com.
Seventh annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
28-29 Sloan's Lake, Denver. Dragon-boat races as a demonstration of pan-Asian culture and athletic competition. 303/722-6852, cdbf.org.
Bent County Fair & Rodeo
28-Aug. 4 Bent County Fairgrounds, Las Animas. Livestock shows, children's activities, parade and more. 719/456-0764, bent.colostate.edu/fair%20page/fair.htm.