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Labor Day and Vintage Baseball Game

7 Rock Ledge Ranch. An exhibition game between Colorado Springs and Denver teams, played the old-fashioned way, without gloves or mitts (except by the catcher). 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

33rd annual Commonwheel Co-op Arts & Crafts Fair

5-7 Manitou Springs. Featuring arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors and local performers in Memorial Park. 577-7700, commonwheel.com.

33rd annual Colorado Balloon Classic

5-7 Memorial Park. Presenting three mornings of mass liftoffs and two evenings of balloon glows on Saturday and Sunday, with music, food and vendors. 471-4833, balloonclassic.com.

Mountain Man Rendezvous

5-7 Cañon City. Return to the days of mountain men with period costume contests, rifle matches, knife and tomahawk throwing and more, outside the gates of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. 719/275-7507, royalgorgebridge.com.

10th annual Victor Celebrates the Arts

5-7 Victor. A weekend arts fair centering around a plein air arts contest for painters amateur to professional, who painted on location the week before and compete in several timed painting competitions. 689-0401, victorcelebratesthearts.org.

Seventh annual 9/11 Motorcycle Tribute Parade

12 Pikes Peak Harley Davidson. A motorcycle caravan led by police escort to commemorate 9/11 and raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots. 487-8005, propromotions.com.

Walk to Cure Diabetes

12 America the Beautiful Park. Less athletic in nature than other benefit walks or runs, this walk of about two miles is geared for support for families affected by Type I diabetes and raises money for research. 633-8110, jdrfcos.org.

Pikes Peak Challenge

12 Manitou Springs. To help raise awareness and fund support services for the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, a hike to the summit of Pikes Peak on Barr Trail. Registration opens June 1. 574-1634, pikespeakchallenge.com.

30th annual Holly Berry Folk Art Festival

18-20 Rock Ledge Ranch. This country craft and folk art display features more than 175 artists, live music, ranch tours and food. 633-2026, hollyberryhouse.com, rockledgeranch.com.

Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival

18-20 Colorado College's Armstrong Hall and Cornerstone Arts Center. Culled from the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the selections include comedies, dramas, documentaries and family-oriented films. 386-6843, pplff.org.

Race for the Cure

13 Garden of the Gods Park. A footrace dedicated to ending breast cancer. Those with friendly dogs can join the Pooches in Pink pet walk on Sept. 12. komencs.org.

Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show

12-13 Woodland Park. A tour of vintage, custom and classic cars with live entertainment, starting in Memorial Park, then heading up to Cripple Creek at 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 for judging and more activities. 689-3461, cruiseabovetheclouds.com.

IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

19 Memorial Park. Honoring firefighters, nationally and internationally, killed in the line of duty. iaff.org.

Memory Walk for Alzheimer's

19 America the Beautiful Park. A walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, which promotes awareness of and research for the disease. alz.org/co/in_my_community_memorywalk.asp.

15th annual Chile & Frijoles Festival

25-27 Pueblo. Live music, farmers market, family activities and food, located in the Union Avenue Historic District. 800/233-3446, pueblochamber.org.

Arthritis Foundation's 17th annual Jewels of the Vine Wine Tasting

26 Antlers Hilton. A gala event with wine tastings, live music, dancing and an auction to benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. 520-5711, arthritisrockymountain.blogspot.com.


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Ninth annual Tour de Fat Bike Festival

5 Fort Collins. A celebrated event that attracts people — and money for local charities — with beer and bicycles. This year, the tour pushes the advocacy envelope with "Trade My Car for a Bike." 888/622-4044, newbelgium.com.

Fourth annual Estes Park Film Festival

17-20 Estes Park. Presenting the newest independent films from around the world, screened at the oldest movie theater west of the Mississippi, the Historic Park Theatre. 970/231-2580, estesparkfilm.com.

Colorado Mountain Winefest

17-20 Palisade. Mesa and Delta counties supply 80 percent of Colorado-produced wine, and the main festival at Riverbend Park on Sept. 19. Expect vineyard tours, grape stomping, tasting parties, live jazz and more. Proceeds will benefit Colorado wineries. 800/704-3667, coloradowinefest.com.

10th annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair

19-20 Fort Collins. Boasts workshops, vendors, food, drink and entertainment built around green living. Last year's fair only produced 275 pounds of trash and recycled more than 3,000 pounds of electronics. This year's goal: zero waste. 970/224-3247, sustainablelivingfair.org.

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