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Your 2018 Springs summer events calendar

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Springs Spree

June 10, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, springsspree.org
The biggest neighborhood block party in the city welcomes everyone to celebrate community with live music, a carnival, local craft vendors and delicious food.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Weekends, June 16-Aug. 5, 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, coloradorenaissance.com
Don your favorite old-time gear and set out for an adventure in a land of kings, queens, jousting, bards — and maybe a turkey leg or two.

Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

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June 15-17, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., pikespeakcelticfestival.com
Enjoy kilts, beer and bagpipes? Check out the Springs’ only Celtic festival, packed with Celtic-themed events, live music, vendors and fair food.


June 14-17, Salida, fibark.com
Called “the nation’s oldest whitewater festival,” FIBArk stands for “First in Boating on the Arkansas.” Enjoy kayak competitions, races on river and land, surfing, a parade and live music.

Starlight Spectacular

June 16, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org
Ride the city by starlight, including a thrilling jaunt through the Garden of the Gods. Costumes and bike décor are strongly encouraged.

Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack

June 16-17, Colorado Springs Airport, 1575 Aviation Way, pikespeakairstripattack.com
The fastest stock and street cars in the world compete in side-by-side trap speed racing. Attendees will also get to explore restored vintage aircraft, shop local vendors and enjoy a Friday night pre-race celebration at The Antlers hotel.

Donkey Derby Days

June 22-25, Cripple Creek, Bennett Ave., visitcripplecreek.com
Meet the wild donkeys of Cripple Creek, cheer at a dog show and dine at a community pancake breakfast during this family-friendly weekend in the historic mining town.

Sand in the City

June 23-24, Ralston Park, 64th Avenue and Simms Street, Arvada, sandinthecityarvada.org
Local artists will create monstrously huge sand sculptures, and kids and families can create their own in the giant sandbox. Live music, luaus, food and beer, and a plethora of kids’ activities. The best beach party in Colorado.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
June 24, Pikes Peak, ppihc.com
Talented racers take on the hair-raising switchbacks of Pikes Peak Highway at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.

2018 U.S. Senior Open

June 25-July 1, The Broadmoor Golf Club, 1 Lake Ave.
One of the five major championships in senior golf, for players 50 and older, this year hosted at the city’s premier golf venue.


Blues Under the Bridge

July 7, Colorado Avenue Bridge, 218 W. Colorado Ave., bluesunderthebridge.com
The Colorado Avenue underpass transforms into an outdoor blues club in this all-day jam session that’s become an annual staple of the Springs’ music scene.

Colorado Black Arts Festival

July 13-15, Denver City Park, East 17th Avenue, colbaf.org

A showcase of African-American visual arts, music, performing arts, cuisine and more. Includes an extensive marketplace of artisan goods and crafts. Organizers call it a kind of “family reunion” of 40,000-plus individuals.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

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  • Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days
July 11-14, Downtown Colorado Springs, pikespeakorbust.org
The 78th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will launch with an exciting free parade downtown, followed by four days of bull riding, roping, barrel racing and other cowboy-themed fun.


July 14-15, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, coloradospringspridefest.com
Show your support for the equality of all with two days of festivities celebrating inclusivity, diversity and community.

El Paso County Fair

July 14-21, County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St., Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com
It’s seven days of country magic on the eastern plains, with fair food, live music, adorable animals, racing and a demolition derby.

Telluride Nothing Festival

July 20-22, Telluride, Colorado, telluridenothingfestival.com
What it says on the tin. During this festival, “sunrises and sunsets [will continue] as normal; gravity will continue to be in effect; the earth’s rotation will be increased to add a few thrills; the laws of physics will be on display.” A nice, quiet time to visit Telluride.

Rocky Mountain State Games

July 20-22 and 27-29, Various locations, coloradospringssports.org
A city-wide celebration of athleticism, with competition for all ages and in a wide variety of sports.

Fiddles, Vittles and Vino

July 29, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com
Good food, wine and beer can hardly be beat — unless it’s paired with live bluegrass in the spectacular outdoor beauty of Rock Ledge Ranch. Bring blankets and chairs and settle in!


People’s Tiny House Festival

Aug. 3-5, United States Air Force Academy, Falcon Stadium, 2169 Field House Drive, m360.us/3398
Tiny homes are all the rage right now. Check out models from builders big and small, plus enjoy speakers, educational panels, live music and local food.

Springs Beer Fest

Aug. 5, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, springsbeerfest.com
Sample more than 120 beers from dozens of breweries at this popular outdoor festival dedicated to a love of hops and suds.

One Nation’s 10th Annual Intertribal Powwow

Aug. 11, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, onenationwt.org
A day-long celebration of Native American culture and history, with drums and dancers, Native American artisans and their work, vendors and kids’ activities.

Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb

Aug. 11, coloradospringssports.org
The famous 12.42-mile climb to the top of Pikes Peak offers an elite competitive ride and a self-timed, non-competitive gran fondo fun ride for all ages and abilities.

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

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  • Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon
Aug. 18 (ascent), Aug. 19 (marathon), Barr Trail, Hydro Street, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org
Runners will make a grueling 13.3- or 26.2-mile trek on Pikes Peak in races that involve uneven terrain, tight switchbacks and very little oxygen. If you can’t compete, come out and support the runners.

Salute to American Veterans Rally

Aug. 17-19, Cripple Creek, theveteransrally.org
Head to the mountains and celebrate the duty, honor and sacrifice of America’s veterans. The event opens with a massive motorcycle ride and continues all weekend with music, guest speakers, a veterans’ parade, poker runs and aircraft flyovers.

Colorado State Fair

Aug. 24-Sept. 3, State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com
With a lineup of great concerts and a huge carnival packed with rides, the fair is worth the drive to Pueblo. Oh, and the animals and super fried food aren’t too shabby, either.

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