Ritz Grill and Vintage's Food and Wine Events, the Elbo Room at Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St. Sake and Japanese food cooking, Sept. 7, 5:30-8 p.m.; Wines of Oregon, Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.; Merryvale Vineyard, Oct. 19, 6-8 p.m.; Spring Mountain Vineyard meet the winemaker, Nov. 2, 5:30-8 p.m.; Call 520-5733 for reservations and prices.
Country Folk Art Craft Show, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mile Loop. $5 for the weekend. Aug. 27, 5-9p.m., Aug. 28, 10a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 248/634-4151 for more.
Chile & Frijoles Festival, Pueblo. Sept. 24-26. Visit
www.pueblochamber.org or call 719/542-1705 for more.
Fill-The-Boot Kick-off, Rumbay and Tequila's, Tejon St. The C.S. Fire Department bartends with all tips and a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fri., Aug. 27, 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call 260-8777 for more.
Look What's Cooking Chili Cook-off, Memorial Park, parking lot south of Velodrome. $30 per entry for red, green or vegetatarian chili. Tasters pay $1 for three tickets, each ticket is for one taste. Benefits Workout Ltd. Sat., Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 471-4200 for more.
Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Association, Manitou Springs Memorial Park, Manitou Ave. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 28. Call 633-1133 for more.
Run for a Cause, Friendship Academy Dog Training, 11975 Bradshaw Rd., Peyton. $1. Watch dog agility and support the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Professional pet photographer on site; bring your pets. Sat., Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 749-2990 for more.
Colorado Balloon Classic, Memorial Park, Free. Sat., Sept. 4, Sun., Sept. 5 and Mon., Sept 6: 5:30-9:30 a.m. country breakfast, 6 a.m. kickoff, 7 a.m. balloons ascend, Fri. and Sat. only: 4 p.m. concessions open, 5 p.m. concert and dinner, 7:30 p.m. balloon glo. For more, call 471-4833 or visit balloonclassic.com.
Lagerfest, Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. $20. Fifty four microbreweries available with brew for sampling. Food will be available for purchase. Music by John Alex Mason, The John Wise Group and Me & Julio. Sat., Sept. 4.
Bike4BreastCancer, KOA Kampground, 8100 Bandley Dr. Kathy Betz and her staff will be available to speak while on her 3500-mile solo cross-country bike ride to promote breast health. Sept. 7. Call 888/906-2453 for more.
Colorado Mountain Club Annual Mountain Festival, 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act celebration, Phantom Canyon Brewery, Pikes Peak and Cascade Ave. Sept. 1, 5-8 p.m. Call Michael at 328-9234 for more.
C46 Memorial Dedication, USAFA. The only WWII cargo airplane to be placed on the honor court at USAFA, joining seven other monumental bronzed warbirds. Thurs., Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 275-1422 for more.
Susan Komen Ultimate Drive, Phil Winslow BMW, 730 N. Circle. Test drive a BMW and for every mile driven, BMW donates a dollar to Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. Fri., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 877/423-7483 for more.
Metaphysical Celebration Fair, Phil Long Expo, 1515 Auto Mall Loop. $5/day. Sponsored by Celebration Bookstore. Sept. 10, 1-9 p.m., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 634-1810 for more.
Folk Art Trunk Show, Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade St. Handcrafted santas, elves, witches, wizards and more. Fri., Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more call 473-4413.
Folk Art Festival, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, at the 30th street entrance to Garden of the Gods. Sept. 17-19. For more call 578-6777.
Walk to Cure Diabetes, Antler's Park Pavillion, Pikes Peak and Sierra Madre. 3K fun walk along Monument Valley Trail to cure Diabetes, food and entertainment provided. Sat., Sept. 18, 9-11 a.m. Call 633-8110 for more.