Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival
April 13-14, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., indiespiritfilmfestival.org
Watch award-winning shorts from Colorado filmmakers, including horror, documentary, drama, comedy and more.
Colorado 420 Fest
April 20, Speak Easy Vape Lounge, 2508 E. Bijou St., tinyurl.com/420fest-co
Gather to honor the bud at an exclusive 420 celebration featuring vendors, shuttles to recreational marijuana dispensaries, entertainment and more.
Colorado Springs 420 Fest
April 20-22, Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., cos420fest.com
A celebration of buds, tattoos and art, with hundreds of vendors, seminars, live music and performances, and much more.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute's Shorts Night
April 21, Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, rmwfilmfest.org
Highly decorated international short films, including winners from some of the most well-known festivals in the industry. Free popcorn and candy included!
April 22, Garden of the Gods, 1805 N. 30th St., gardenofgods.com
This annual celebration of conservation and care for planet Earth features nature walks, fun family activities and Earth-themed events.
Run to the Shrine
May 19, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org
Take a run through the zoo and all the way up to the Will Rogers Shrine in a family-friendly 4-mile race, complete with a party and admission to stay and play.
MeadowGrass Music Festival
May 25-27, La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, meadowgrass.org
Camp under the stars, kick back and catch the best local, regional and touring musical talent in folk, Americana, bluegrass and more.
May 26-28, Old Colorado City, shopoldcoloradocity.com
The good old days of the Wild West return to OCC, complete with family fun, live music, gold panning, tasty food, beer gardens and Native American dancers.
June 10, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, springsspree.org
The biggest neighborhood block party in the city welcomes everyone to celebrate community with live music, a carnival, local craft vendors and delicious food.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
Don your favorite old-time gear and set out for an adventure in a land of kings, queens, jousting, bards — and maybe a turkey leg or two.
Pikes Peak Celtic Festival
June 15-17, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., pikespeakcelticfestival.com
Enjoy kilts, beer and bagpipes? Check out the Springs' only Celtic festival, packed with Celtic-themed events, live music, vendors and fair food.
June 16, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org
Ride the city by starlight, including a thrilling jaunt through the Garden of the Gods. Costumes and bike décor are strongly encouraged.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack
June 16-17, Colorado Springs Airport, 1575 Aviation Way, pikespeakairstripattack.com
The fastest stock and street cars in the world compete in side-by-side trap speed racing. Attendees will also get to explore restored vintage aircraft, shop local vendors and enjoy a Friday night pre-race celebration at The Antlers hotel.
Donkey Derby Days
June 22-25, Cripple Creek, Bennett Avenue, visitcripplecreek.com
Meet the wild donkeys of Cripple Creek, cheer at a dog show and dine at a community pancake breakfast during this family-friendly weekend in the historic mining town.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
- Courtesy Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
June 24, Pikes Peak, ppihc.com
Talented racers take on the hair-raising switchbacks of Pikes Peak Highway at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.
2018 U.S. Senior Open
The Broadmoor Golf Club, 1 Lake Ave., June 25-July 1, One of the five major championships in senior golf, for players 50 and older, this year hosted at the city's premier golf venue.
Blues Under the Bridge
The Colorado Avenue underpass transforms into an outdoor blues club in this all-day jam session that's become an annual staple of the Springs' music scene.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days
- Bethany Alvarez
July 11-14, Downtown Colorado Springs, pikespeakorbust.org
The 78th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will launch with an exciting free parade downtown, followed by four days of bull riding, roping, barrel racing and other cowboy-themed fun.
July 14-15, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, coloradospringspridefest.com
Show your support for the equality of all with two days of festivities celebrating inclusivity, diversity and community.
El Paso County Fair
July 14-21, County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St., Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com
It's seven days of country magic on the eastern plains, with fair food, live music, adorable animals, racing and a demolition derby.
Rocky Mountain State Games
July 20-22 and 27-29, Various locations, coloradospringssports.org
A city-wide celebration of athleticism, with competition for all ages and in a wide variety of sports.
Fiddles, Vittles and Vino
July 29, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com
Good food, wine and beer can hardly be beat — unless it's paired with live bluegrass in the spectacular outdoor beauty of Rock Ledge Ranch. Bring blankets and chairs and settle in!
People's Tiny House Festival
Aug. 3-5, United States Air Force Academy, Falcon Stadium, 2169 Field House Drive, m360.us/3398
Tiny homes are all the rage right now. Check out models from builders big and small, plus enjoy speakers, educational panels, live music and local food.
Springs Beer Fest
Aug. 5, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, springsbeerfest.com
Sample more than 120 beers from dozens of breweries at this popular outdoor festival dedicated to a love of hops and suds.
Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb
Aug. 11, coloradospringssports.org
The famous 12.42-mile climb to the top of Pikes Peak offers an elite competitive ride and a self-timed, non-competitive gran fondo fun ride for all ages and abilities.
Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon
Aug. 18 (ascent), Aug. 19 (marathon), Barr Trail, Hydro Street, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org
Runners will make a grueling 13.3- or 26.2-mile trek on Pikes Peak in races that involve uneven terrain, tight switchbacks and very little oxygen. If you can't compete, come out and support the runners.
Salute to American Veterans Rally
Aug. 17-19, Cripple Creek, theveteransrally.org
Head to the mountains and celebrate the duty, honor and sacrifice of America's veterans. The event opens with a massive motorcycle ride and continues all weekend with music, guest speakers, a veterans' parade, poker runs and aircraft flyovers.
Colorado State Fair
Aug. 24-Sept. 3, State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com
With a lineup of great concerts and a huge carnival packed with rides, the fair is totally worth the drive to Pueblo. Oh, and the animals and super fried food aren't too shabby, either.
Labor Day Lift Off
Sept. 1-, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com
By day, enjoy a sky filled with festive balloons. By night, those same balloons light up Memorial Park in a stunning display accompanied by live music and fun activities.
Commonwheel Arts & Crafts Festival
Sept. 1-3, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival
This juried art festival is considered the premier late-summer art event in the Pikes Peak region. Patrons can find art for purchase and meet the artists. Families can enjoy immersive hands-on activities centered on fun and creativity.
What if... Festival
Sept. 8, Downtown Colorado Springs, whatif-festival.org
This hands-on celebration of innovative ideas brings the community together through interactive projects, exciting performances and creative demonstrations.
Loaf 'N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival
Sept. 21-23, Downtown Pueblo, pueblochilefestivalinfo.com
Coloradans do not mess around when it comes to chilies. See what farmers and chefs have to offer at this fun festival filled with tasty adventure.
Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival
- Courtesy Manitou Springs Heritage Center
Sept. 23, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org
Toast the end of summer with dozens of cool beers brewed by the best beer makers Colorado Springs has to offer.
Taste of OCC
Sept. 23, Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., Old Colorado City, tasteofocc.com
Sample wines and microbrews paired with tasty eats from local restaurants, breweries and wineries, while mixing and mingling to live music.
Hellscream Haunted House
October, dates vary, 3021 N. Hancock Ave., hellscreamhaunt.com
What is Halloween without a scary traipse through a haunted house? Hellscream features twists and turns and scare actors who definitely love their jobs.
Waldo Waldo 5k
Oct. 10, Downtown Colorado Springs.waldowaldo.com
It's déjà vu over and over again at the city's favorite 5k filled with Waldo lookalikes. Proceeds support the Waldo Canyon restoration project.
Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 19-21, 26-28, 31, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org
Get the kiddos dressed in their coolest costumes and head out for a night of trick-or-treating amongst their favorite zoo animals. Safe and fun with candy and vendor booths representing local organizations and businesses.
Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade
Oct. 27, Downtown Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org
Only in Manitou Springs would a disastrous and involuntary grave excavation turn into an annual reason to party. Watch coffins race down the main drag, pop into the bars for live music and enjoy a macabre good time.
Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 3, Downtown Colorado Springs, csvetsparade.org
A community gathering to honor, celebrate and show support for the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Nov. 9-11, Various venues, rmwfilminstitute.org
Thought-provoking films from women in the industry, including shorts, documentaries, feature-length flicks and more.
Nov. 22, Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place, ppymca.org
A 5k that will create a calorie deficit before you ever touch a bite of stuffing. Get a neat T-shirt and a feeling of superiority when you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Gold Camp Christmas Holiday Headframe Lighting Tours
Nov. 23-Jan. 1, visitcripplecreek.com
The towns of Cripple Creek and Victor become a holiday wonderland when the old mine headframes are decked out with lights. Tour by car or catch a guided exploration.
Small Business Saturday
Nov. 24, Citywide, visitcos.com
Local biz makes the community better. Shop local and enjoy special deals and community events all day long.
Colorado Springs Festival of Lights
Dec. 1, Downtown Colorado Springs, coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com
Live music, beautiful floats and an appearance by Santa are just some of the cool experiences to be had in this free holiday favorite in downtown Colorado Springs.
Dec. 7-9, 14-23 and Dec. 25-Jan. 1, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org
Venture out into the cold for a rare winter zoo experience. Thousands of twinkle lights create a feeling of wonder as you wander the zoo at night. Hot cocoa recommended.