84th Annual Pikes Peak International Auto Hill Climb July 1. 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.
Fourth annual Ride for the Brand July 1. A WRCA-sanctioned rodeo event, the weekend kicks off on June 30 with a downtown longhorn cattle drive, traveling south on Tejon Street. After the rodeo, take part in the rockin' rodeo dance. Norris-Penrose Event Center, 635-7776, rideforthebrandrodeo.com.
3rd Annual Mudfest July 2, La Veta Fairgrounds. lavetacucharachamber.com.
Buffalo Bar-B-Q July 4, Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.
The Fabulous Fourth July 4, Memorial Park. Enjoy music and fireworks, csphilharmonic.org.
Royal Gorge Bridge Fourth of July Celebration July 4. Featuring music by the Sweet Adelines, face painting and a birds of prey show. 888/333-5597, royalgorgebridge.com.
Old Fashioned 4th July 4, Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway. Featuring prizes in a watermelon seed-spitting contest. 719/ 275-5149, buckskinjoe.com.
Merrill Feitell Literary Reading July 6, CC's Gates Common Room. 389-6098.
Happy Ass Ranch Bluegrass Festival July 7-9, Divide. grassitup.com.
Colorado Springs Xeriscape Garden Tour July 8-9. 303/814-0679, coloradogardenclubs.org.
Keystone Blues & Arts Festival July 8-9, River Run Village, Keystone. 970/496-4386, keystoneneighbourhood.com.
CC Dance Gala July 8-9, CC's Armstrong Theatre. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.
2006 Briargate Fine Art Show July 8-9, The Shops at Briargate. Featuring a wide variety of art. 303/816-0965, briargatefineartshow.com.
- Grass It Up and fellow bluegrass acts will pluck away at the Happy Ass Ranch from July 7-9.
15th Annual Wood-carvers Rendezvous July 8-14, Creede. 800/327-2102, creede.com.
Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous July 8-16. Head back in time with participating camps that maintain pre-1840s clothing, supplies and style. 719/873-5700, rockymntnatlrendz.com.
Experimental Dance Night July 10, CC's Cossitt Hall. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.
Good Old Summertime Ice Cream SocialJuly 10, Manitou Springs. Featuring a pie-baking contest, social and free concert by the Little London Winds. 800/642-2567, manitousprings.org.
20th Anniversary Wildflower Festival July 10-16, Crested Butte. 970/349-2571, crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.
Sha Sha Higby Performance July 11, CC's Cossitt Hall. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 12-16, Norris-Penrose Event Center Rodeo. See the world's top rodeo contestants compete in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding as well as tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. 635-3547, pikespeakorbustrodeo.org.
New Music Symposium and Pikes Peak Young Composers Summer Festival July 13-16, CC's Packard Hall. 389-6098. ;Tomahawk and Knife Throwing Championships July 14-15, Creede. 719/658-0420, creede.com.
Gold Rush Days July 14-16, Victor. Featuring traditional mining games, crafts and a parade. 719/689-2091, victorcolorado.com.
Logger Days Festival July 14-16, South Fork. Featuring arts and crafts, competitions, music and more. 800/571-0881, southfork.org.
Pike Bicentennial Celebration July 14, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. See original National Archives documents that will be on display through August. 385-5990, cspm.org.
Opening of Pike Centennial Time Capsule July 15, Antlers Park. Museum staff will rediscover a 1906 time capsule while the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Colorado Springs Chorale perform historic music during this midday event. 385-5990, cspm.org.
Barr Trail Mountain Race July 16, Manitou Springs. Run 12 miles total to Barr Camp and back to benefit local nonprofits and charity organizations. 590-7086, manitousprings.org.
16th Annual Pridefest July 16, Acacia Park. Featuring a parade, food, drinks, vendors and family activities. 471-4429, ppglcc.org.
- Watch blade hit wood at Creede's Tomahawk and Knife Throwing Championships, starting July 14.
Telluride Nothing Festival July 18-23. Nothing planned, aside from standard sunrises and sunsets, and an interest-peaking seminar on usage of duct tape to protect oneself from weapons of mass destruction. Admission is, not surprisingly, free. telluridenothingfestival.com.
Wildflower Foray July 21-22, South Fork. 800/571-0881, southfork.org.
Alma Festival in the Clouds July 22-23. Enjoy live music, fine arts and handmade crafts. 719/836-2712, almafoundation.com.
17th Annual Courage Classic July 22-24. 155-mile, three-day cycling fundraiser to leave Leadville and tour Summit County. 303/456-9704, couragetours.com.
Crowley County Days July 22-29, Ordway. Events include a 4-H show and judging, rodeo, car show, mud race, parade and BBQ. 719/267-4444, ext. 2, crowleycounty.net.
El Paso County Fair July 22-29, El Paso County Fairgrounds. 719/520-7880, elpasocountyfair.com.
Charlotte Innes Poetry Reading July 26, CC's Gates Common Room. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu.
The Cripple Creek Pony Express Classic Horse Race July 27-29. Recreating pony express rides that covered the nation and offering a two-mile race for a $50,000 purse. Dine on "grub" from old-time Texas chuckwagons. 719/689-3461, pony expressclassic.com.
Bayou Salado Mountain Man Rendezvous July 27-30, Hartsel. A complete mountain man rendezvous with period dress and muzzleloader competitions. 970/310-7565. ;7th Annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and Workshop July 28-29, The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker and Palmer Lake Elementary. 303/660-5849, colo-performingartists.com.
Royal Gorge Bridge Dance July 29. Square dance over the Royal Gorge. 888/333-5597, royalgorge bridge.com.
58th Annual World Championship Pack Burro Race and Fairplay Burro Days July 29-30, South Park. Learn about the role that burros played in mining history and enjoy burro and llama races, gold panning and a Western traders' row. 719/836-2597, burrodays.com.
6th Annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival July 29-30, Sloan's Lake, Denver. A demonstration of pan-Asian culture and athletic competition. Dragon-boat racing is an ancient sport that is growing in popularity. 303/722-6852, coloradodragonboat.org.
19th Annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6, Beaver Creek. An outdoor art event featuring nationally renowned artists. 954/472-3755, artfestival.com.
Bent County Fair & Rodeo July 29-Aug. 5. Bent County Fairgrounds, Las Animas. 719/456-0764, bentcounty.org.
32nd Annual Gospel Music Artists Music in the Rockies July 30-Aug. 5, Estes Park Center YMCA. gospelmusic.org.