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2 World Music Series: Novalima

Colorado College, Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, tinyurl.com/novalima-at-cc

With soulful Afro-Peruvian rhythms and melodies, Novalima's sound appeals to fans of all sorts of music, including rootsy world music and progressive dance music.

4 Independence Day Street Fair

Downtown Monument, 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com

Shop and munch at your leisure after the annual Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade at the street fair in old town Monument.

4 Palmer Lake Fireworks Spectacular

Palmer Lake, 884-8037, palmerlakefireworks.com

Palmer Lake's fireworks display is legendary on the Front Range, but the festivities also include family fun from noon onward around the lake.

5-8 U.S. Open Ultimate Championships

U.S. Air Force Academy, 303/447-3472, usaultimate.org

The inaugural U.S. Open Championship for Ultimate Frisbee will include 24 teams and over 600 athletes from around the world. The competition is invitation-only, but spectators are welcome.

6 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest

Downtown Colorado Springs, 685-4400, ppihc.com

Celebrate the night before the Hill Climb with live bands, a beer garden, driver demos and motorcycle jumpers.

8 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, 685-4400, ppihc.com

At 90 years and counting, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest motor sports event in America. Take that, NASCAR!

9 Good Ole Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest

Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5089, manitousprings.org

Pie in the park on a warm summer evening? Nothing better. Bring your own or pay to chow down.

9 Musical Mondays in Monument Valley Park

Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St., 473-8108

Monday evenings in July, the Friends of Monument Valley Park will bring local Americana bands to play an outdoor concert on the lawn. Additional dates: July 16 and 23.

10 International Guard Band of the Gulf Coast in Concert

Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5089, manitousprings.org

For the first time, the Soda Springs Park Pavilion will host the nationally acclaimed International Guard Band in a special extension of its free summer concert series.

10 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade

Downtown Colorado Springs, Tejon and St. Vrain streets, 884-1199, coloradospringsrodeo.com

Be downtown by 6:30 p.m. to catch the 72nd annual rodeo parade, all proceeds from which go to a scholarship fund for the families of local wounded and fallen soldiers.

11-14 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, coloradospringsrodeo.com

"Traditional rodeo at its Colorado best" — gold panning and mechanical bull rides for the public, bareback riding and steer wrestling for the brave.

12 Paint the Town Blue

Pikes Peak Blues Community, Bancroft Park, 2408 West Colorado Ave., 505-6853, pikespeakblues.org

Through August 23, the Pikes Peak Blues Community presents a summer concert series from 5:30 to 7:30. Free admission; food will be available for purchase.

13-14 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang

U.S. Olympic Training Center, 1 Olympic Plaza, and World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., ustaekwondocommittee.com

An international taekwondo tournament and festival, including opening ceremonies with world-famous Korean demo teams performing on Friday evening.

14 Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb

Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, 466-9109, ridepikespeak.com

Don't miss your only chance during the year to ride to the summit of Pikes Peak.

20-22, 27-29 Rocky Mountain State Games

Multiple venues, thesportscorp.org

Archery, bowling, flag football, karate, rugby and table tennis are among the 34 sports included in this year's games.

21 Blues Under the Bridge

218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Avenue bridge), bluesunderthebridge.com

A continuation of the annual music festival, showcasing blues, soul and more. Performers include Marcia Ball, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, Phat Cat Swinger, Zora Young, Marquise Knox and Molly Boyles & Lipstick Voodoo.

21 Victor Downhill Gravity Race

Downtown Victor, 302 Victor Ave., Victor, 689-5701, fortuneclubliquors.qwestoffice.net

Hot rides, breakneck speeds, cash prizes and no combustion engines whatsoever.

21-22 PrideFest

Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., ppglcc.org

Highlighted by the annual LGBT parade downtown, it's the Colorado Springs Pride Center's largest event of the year.

21-28 El Paso County Fair

County fairgrounds, Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com/Pages/default.aspx

A summer tradition of funnel cakes and carnival rides, 4H shows and rodeos, since 1905.

27 Olympic Downtown Celebration

Downtown Colorado Springs, 886-0088, downtown80903.com

Watch the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics on a 27-foot Jumbotron and enjoy a street fair with live music, BMX, puppetry, a synthetic ice rink and Olympic athletes, including demonstrations from legendary skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Stanley Cup hockey champion Bret Hedican, who will head up the torch-lighting ceremony. The event will conclude with fireworks and a downtown parade for the Rocky Mountain State Games.

29 Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino

Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com

Fun to say, fun to do, with live bluegrass music, local food tastings and beer and wine galore.

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