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Summer Guide: May/June



Territory Days

29-31 Old Colorado City. A street fair held annually for 35 years to commemorate Old Colorado City as the first capital of the Colorado Territory. As always, it features crafts, food booths, a beer garden and entertainment. 475-0955, shopoldcoloradocity.com.

Celebration of the Arts

29-31 Memorial Park and Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Just down the street from Territory Days, Manitou puts on a weekend of arts and crafts, food booths and entertainment, including a juried art show. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.

MeadowGrass Music Festival

29-30 La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, Black Forest. An all-weekend outdoor event featuring Grant-Lee Phillips, the Greencards and more in a beautiful venue. laforet.org.


Library Lawn Concerts Series

1-Aug. 17 Manitou Library, Manitou Springs. Every Tuesday night from 6 to 7:30, see a local music artist playing on the lawn. 685-5206, manitouspringslibrary.org.

Sixth annual First & Main Free Summer Concert Series

4-July 30 First & Main Town Center. Weekly outdoor concerts by local bands such as Latigo, the Martini Shot and Arch Hooks, with a kickoff celebration on the 4th. 473-0704, firstandmaintowncenter.com.

20th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival

4-6 Pueblo. A variety of arts, crafts, food and two stages with top-notch regional and national bluegrass performances along the Arkansas. 719/549-2414, natureandraptor.org.

Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

5 Memorial Park, Manitou Springs. Representatives from more than 24 wineries will pour samples all afternoon, with a free shuttle service, local music and gift booths. manitousprings.org.

Rock Ledge Ranch annual Sheep Shearing

5 30th Street and Gateway Road. Flock to see experts separate a small herd of Merino sheep from their fleece. Demonstrations in weaving, spinning and more will follow. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

23rd annual Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

6 Castle Rock. Hundreds of wheels will spin through 100-, 62-, 34-, 25- and 7-mile rides, all starting and finishing at the Douglas County Fair Grounds. 303/282-9020, elephantrockride.com.

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

7-27 CC's Packard Hall. In its 26th year, this three-week teaching festival has birthed a concert series recognized "as fine as any chamber music performed anywhere in the world." 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/musicfestival.

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair

11-Sept. 24 Memorial Park. Woodland Park. Can it be a fair if it happens every week? Yes it can. This one runs every Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., next to the Woodland Park Farmers Market. 687-3731.

Third annual Royal Gorge Holy Smoke Bar-B-Que Showdown

11-12 Cañon City. Many points for creative naming: This "showdown" includes a "Weenie Dog Race," a smokin' salsa contest and a "Monastery Mystery" cooking contest for the competing barbecue teams. 275-1004, holy-smoke-bbq.com.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

12-Aug. 1 Larkspur. You know you want to experience medieval times through a day full of crafts, jousting, music and turkey legs. Open weekends only, rain or shine. 303/688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com.

16th annual Starlight Spectacular

12 Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. A fundraiser for the Trails and Open Space Coalition, this midnight bike ride is the signature event of Metro Rides Bike Month. 633-6884, starlightspectacular.org.

Uncle Wilber Fountain Opening Day

12 Acacia Park. Whether or not you donated to help keep the fountain running this year, you can enjoy its season debut today. 385-6504, unclewilber.org.

Mace's Hole Civil War Re-enactment

12-13 Cañon City. As long as a fire ban doesn't muffle all the weaponry, you can enjoy tactical battles and cannon fire, plus live music. 719/275-7507, royalgorgebridge.com.

Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby

13 Costilla Street, between El Paso Street and Wahsatch Avenue. Substance and speed: Build your own car and race it. 488-8808, ppsbd.com.

Wolf Ranch Gateway Park Summer Concerts

16-Aug. 25 Gateway Park at Wolf Ranch. Take your family to this pimped-out park for some wholesome entertainment from bands Ceol Ceili, Double McGuffin, the Falconaires and others. 597-9653, wolf-ranch.com.

62nd annual Blue Paddle FIBArk Whitewater Festival

17-20 Salida. Well-respected among serious kayakers, this event allows attendees to kayak, raft, run, bike, skate and enjoy music, food, drink and more along the Arkansas River. fibark.com.

20th annual Clayfest

18-19 Soda Springs Park. Manitou Springs. Amateur and professional potters' games (yes, games) and throwing lessons. 685-1460, clayfest.com.

Juneteenth Festival

19 Colorado College. Recognizing the end of slavery in the U.S. and the struggle for equal rights, this festival includes living history demos, exhibits, entertainment, food and more. 475-7255, coloradospringsnaacp.org.

Art on the Arkansas

19-20 Cañon City. If you enjoy selections from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, try them with an arts & fine crafts fair and jazz festival. 719/275-2790, fremontarts.org.

Springs Spree

19-20 Memorial Park. The heart of our city becomes a giant block party, with vendors, crafts, street performers and more. 233-4553, springsspree.org.

70th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

23 Downtown Colorado Springs. Gear up for the 70th annual rodeo (which begins in July) with a street breakfast and Range Riders Ride-Off. 635-3547, coloradospringsrodeo.com.

15th annual Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show

24-July 4 Cripple Creek. As the name suggests, it features Native American and Western art, music and more, with some proceeds going to support art in local public schools. 877/858-4653, cripple-creek.co.us.

18th annual Salida Art Walk

25-27 Salida. Artists' receptions help highlight this celebration of visual and performing arts in more than 40 galleries, restaurants and shops. salidaartwalk.org.

Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals

25-27 Pueblo. It's the region's largest street rod automotive event, with thousands of cars from 1980, earlier, and much earlier. 901/452-4030, nsra-usa.com.

79th annual Donkey Derby Days

26-27 Cripple Creek. Vendors, kids' games and the inarguable highlight: various donkey races. 877/858-4653, cripplecreekevents.com.

Inaugural Rock Fair

26-27 Western Museum of Mining & Industry. A family event with the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society including rockhounding seminars, displays, tours and food. 488-0880, wmmi.org.

10th annual Tejon Street Bike Fest

27 Downtown Colorado Springs. The Springs gets edgy for a day with a motorcycle show, bikini bike wash and contest, music, food and more. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

27 Pikes Peak. The second-oldest motor sports race in America (it started in 1916) sends 11 classes of vehicles speeding up some big mountain. 685-4400, ppihc.com.

Colorado College Dance Festival

28-July 16 Colorado College. Distinguished dancers and educators lead classes and performances in a variety of dance styles. 389-6098, artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/dancefestival.

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