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.
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.
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.