Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Extremely Grand Opening
2 30 W. Dale St. Unveiling the $28.4 million, 48,000-square-foot transformation of this historic building. Featured inaugural exhibit: The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, on display through Oct. 28. 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.
State Games of America
2-5 Various venues in Colorado Springs. Athletes of all ages and abilities compete in 29 sports. 634-7333, stategames.org.
31st annual Telluride Jazz Festival
2-5 Telluride. John Scofield, Roy Hargrove Quintet, Arturo Sandoval and more. 970/728-7009, telluridejazz.com.
2007 Rocky Mountain State Games
2-5 24 locations around Colorado Springs. Combined with 2007 State Games of America, more than 10,000 athletes competing in one or more of 29 sports offered. 634-7333 ext. 1000, thesportscorp.org.
Mineral County Rock & Mineral Show
3-5 Underground Mining Museum, Creede. World-class exhibits, everyone welcome. 800/327-2102, creede.com.
Leadville Boom Days Celebration Weekend
3-5 Leadville. Featuring a large parade, street races and mining events and burro races to celebrate Leadville's Victorian heritage and its rough-and-tumble history. leadville.com.
Gatorfest XII: The Worlds Only Gator Rodeo
4-5 Mosca. Events include gator wranglers competing to catch the biggest gator in the shortest time, and barrel racing for the kids. For more information, call 719/378-2612 or visit gatorfarm.com.
20th annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival
4-5 Beaver Creek. Showcasing more than 150 nationally renowned artists. Meet the artists, speak with them and commission your own art. 954/472-3755, artfestival.com.
22nd annual Mountain Arts Festival
4-5 Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. Arts and crafts, entertainment and food. 687-8298.
12th Rocky Mountain College Mountain Man Rendezvous
4-11 Lost Park, near Jefferson in the national forest. Largely a re-enactment of the rendezvous of fur trappers coming out of the mountains. Featuring a trader's row, and largely free "classes" in iron forging, bead work and more. 303/646-2724, firstname.lastname@example.org, csmla.org.
USA Archery 123rd annual National Target Championships
6-11 Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Featuring the finest archers in thecountry. Open to the public. 866-4576, usarchery.org.
10th annual Crested Butte Reel Fest
8-12 Crested Butte. That's reels as in movie reels, not fishing reels. 970/349-2600, crestedbuttereelfest.com.
Gold Rush Days
11-12 Buena Vista. Gold panning, gunfights, melodrama, food and the "third leg of the Triple Crown" burro race. 719/395-6612, fourteenernet.com/goldrush.
In Their Honor Pueblo Air Show
11-12 Pueblo Memorial Airport, 31201 Bryan Circle. Displays, aerobatic performances and Bruce Abbott's Jet Car. 719/404-0520, puebloairshow.com.
S-CAP Pikes Peak Classic Bike Ride
12 UCCS campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. A 35-, 65- or 100-mile ride to fight HIV and AIDS, also featuring food and music. 578-9092, pikespeakclassic.com.
- Cmon, seeing this live has to be worth a short drive on Aug. 4.
10th annual Basalt River Days
17-18 Lions Park, Basalt. Highlighting music, crafts, kiss-the-trout and fly-casting competitions, and more. 970/927-4031, basaltriverdays.com.
17-18 Underground Mining Museum, Creede. Mycologist Larry Renshaw shares secrets of wild mushrooms. 800/327-2102, creede.com.
Salute to American Vets
17-19 Winter Park. Featuring American Veterans traveling tribute "The Wall," an 80-percent-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Also a parade, aircraft flyovers, beer garden, concerts and more. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.
Second annual Burro Birthday Concert
18 Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd. Museum tours, gold panning, outside machinery operations and music. 800/752-6558, wmmi.org. 20th annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride 18 Granby to Winter Park. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.
Fourth annual Stonewall Century Bike Ride
18 Spanish Peaks Cycling, La Veta City Park. 866/615-3676, lavetacucharachamber.com.
Cripple Creek Honors Americas Armed Forces
18-19 Pancake breakfast, flyovers, parade, balloon rides, vending, band contests and more. 719/689-3461, cripple-creek.co.us/events.html.
R.I.P. (Ride in Peace) Games
18-19 Trinidad Skatepark. Rated ninth-best park in the world by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk; skating and BMX competitions, live music and more. 719/846-8340.
Leadville Trail 100
18-19 One of the toughest 100-mile footraces in the country. 719/486-3502, leadvilletrail100.com.
Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon
18-19 Manitou Springs. Ascent footrace goes from Manitou to the top of Pikes Peak; the marathon includes the run back down. 473-2625, pikespeakmarathon.org.
Silver Jubilee 25th annual Mountain Music Festival
24-26 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Music, workshops, crafts and food. 685-9655.
Ninth annual NedFest
24-26 Nederland. Sam Bush Band, The Motet, Blue Turtle Seduction, Great American Taxi and more. nedfest.com Colorado State Fair and Rodeo
24-Sept. 3 Pueblo Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo. Fair rides, music, livestock, a rodeo and a juried fine art exhibition of Colorado artists. 719/561-8484, 800/876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.
Third annual Club-Nine Fiddles, Vittles and Vino Festival
25 Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road. Bluegrass, more than 15 wine purveyors and 30 restaurants' samplings, demonstrations, ice carvings and more. 598-4832, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com.
Trinidaddio Blues Fest 9
25 Trinidad. Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Ronnie Baker and more. 866/480-4750, trinidaddio.com.
Seventh annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Buddy Walk
25 Raise pledges for three-mile walk through Manitou and enjoy food, entertainment and more to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. 633-1133, csdsa.org.
10th annual Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival
25-26 River Run Village, Keystone. Fine art, wine seminars and live music. 970/496-4386, keystoneneighbourhood.com.
Partners in Housing 2007 annual Charity Golf Tournament
27 Country Club of Colorado, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Benefits homeless families with children. 473-8890, partnersinhousing.org.