1 Aspen Valley Ranch House Concert Series
Aspen Valley Ranch's Raven Nest, 1150 S. West Road, Woodland Park, 389-1251, ppcf.org/Ravens-Nest-Concert-Series
Featuring local musicians including solo artist Brendan Hannigan. Potluck starting at 6 p.m. with complimentary Bristol beer and other beverages. Reservations requested.
1 Eighth Annual First & Main Free Summer Concert Series
First & Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, 593-2600, firstandmaintowncenter.com
Get your country, blues and rock 'n' roll fix every Friday through July 27 with special deals and giveaways from First & Main merchants during the concerts.
1 June-August Summer Fun Friday Free Concert Series
Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
Check the Stargazers website for a full lineup of the local talent on tap for its annual summer concert series. Concerts are at 8 p.m. every Friday except Aug. 10.
1-3 23rd Annual Bluegrass Festival at the Fair
Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com
For bluegrass bands, food and fun, visit the Festival at the Fair. Featuring the Claire Lynch Band and Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. Camping is available for all three days on a first-come, first-served basis.
2 Acacia Park Summer Concert Series
Acacia Park, Tejon and Bijou streets, 886-0088
Every Saturday evening in June and the first three Saturdays in August, Acacia Park will host free concerts at the bandshell. Watch the eponymous Facebook page for updates on the band lineup.
2 Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival
Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org
Twenty-five wineries from Colorado, as well as vendor booths such as La Baguette, Ruxton's Trading Post, Pastamoré and more.
2 Hooked on Palmer Lake
Palmer Lake, U.S. Hwy. 105, 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com
Palmer Lake's annual kids' fishing derby includes door prizes and free gear for first-time junior anglers.
2 Third Annual First Saturdays Car Show
Dick's Sporting Goods, 3133 Cinema Point, 593-2600, firstandmaintowncenter.com
Each month (through Oct. 3) the car show features a different host car club, but staging is open to all makes and models.
3 3rd on 3rd
Victor Trading Company, 114 S. Third St., Victor, 689-2346, victortradingco.com
Merchants on Victor's South 3rd Street are making the most of long summer evenings on the third of every month through October with extended hours, free snacks and special deals.
4 Manitou Springs Free Summer Concert Series
Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 685-5089, manitousprings.org
The Colorado Springs Concert Band, Colorado Springs Jazz Ensemble, Fountain Creek Brass Band, and Little London Winds will play free concerts Monday and Thursday evenings in the park pavilion though Aug. 23.
5 Transit of Venus Viewing
Trailblazer Elementary, 2015 Wickes Road, 964-8327, gateway2space.com
Some events come once a summer — the transit of Venus across the sun comes once in a lifetime. See it at the Star Light-Star Bright Observatory from 4 p.m. to sunset.
6 Concerts in the Park
Limbach Park bandshell, corner of Second and Front streets, Monument, 460-4179, monumentmerchants.com
For the 13th year running, live music comes to downtown Monument on most Wednesday nights through Aug. 1. Running the 6th through the 27th, then again July 11 though Aug. 1.
6 Wolf Ranch Free Summer Concert Series
Wolf Ranch Gateway Park, Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway, wolf-ranch.com/html/events.html
Beginning June 6 through August 29, free concerts will be hosted at Wolf Ranch Gateway Park. Free hot dogs, burgers, chips and drinks on June 13, July 11, Aug. 1 and 8.
9 Colorado Renaissance Festival
Jousting, juggling, comedy, acrobatics and turkey-leg-eating, along with shopping for handmade leather, Raku pottery, sculpture, and other fine art, through July 29.
9 Kids Fun Fest and Uncle Wilber Opening
Acacia Park, Tejon and Bijou streets, 630-8800, rmpbs.org/csfunfest
Bouncy houses, children's book characters, and more than 40 fun learning booths invade Acacia Park for the annual opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain.
9 Outdoor Family Fun Day
Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820, rmdrc.com
Shale splitting, chalk painting, gold panning and kettle corn: the perfect way to get yourself and the kids out of the house for the day.
9 Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org
This 18th annual bike ride under the stars will include themed rest stops, and pancakes at the end for tired riders. Proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
10 Taste of the Springs
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, careandshare.org
About 50 food and beverage vendors will be serving up deliciousness, all to support Care and Share Food Bank.
11 World Music Series: Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
Colorado College, Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu
Six Sierra Leone musicians who came together and formed a band while living as refugees in New Guinea, bringing hope and happiness to their fellow refugees.
15 Arts and Crafts Friday Fair/Saturday Mountain Festival
Woodland Park, 232-4449, woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com
If you like your farmers markets to feel more like street fairs, don't miss Woodland Park's weekly event (though Sept. 29). It begins on Fridays on the corner of Henrietta and Park streets with a celebration of local artisans, and continues Saturdays in Bergstrom Park with a produce market and the Ass in the Grass Music Series.
16 Southern Colorado Tour de Cure
Woodland Park High School, 151 N. Baldwin St., Woodland Park, 720-855-1102 ext. 7020, diabetes.org
Cycling challenge to raise $115,000 for research by the American Diabetes Association.
16-17 Springs Spree
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org
Food, fun, live music and a Springs Spree favorite: the human hamster ball rides.
16-17 Monument Valley Park Music & Craft Festival
Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St., 465-2001
Celebrate live music, food, arts and crafts in the park at this family-friendly festival.
20 52nd Annual Rodeo Street Breakfast
Downtown Colorado Springs, 884-1199, coloradospringsrodeo.com
From the folks who bring you the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo: a celebratory breakfast prepared and served by Fort Carson soldiers. All proceeds go to military charities, and breakfast is free for children under 5.
22-24 ProCycling US Grand Prix of Sprinting
Memorial Park Velodrome, 250 S. Union Blvd., 466-9109, uscyclinggrandprix.com
See Olympic and world champion cyclists compete in one of the final world-class races before the London Olympic Games.
24 12th Annual Tejon Street BikeFest
Downtown Colorado Springs, 487-8005, pro-promotions.com
For those who like to party Harley. All-day concerts, contests, vendors, food and a beer garden.
29 Longhorn Cattle Drive
Downtown Colorado Springs, Tejon Street, 635-1101 ext. 6, championshipranchrodeo.com
At high noon downtown the longhorns and cowhands will take over Tejon Street for the annual Ride for the Brand Rodeo kickoff cattle drive.
30 Ride for the Brand Rodeo
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, championshipranchrodeo.com
Bronc riding, wild cow milking and general Western-style fun. Don't forget your 10-gallon hat and spurs for the post-rodeo hoedown.
30 Gospel Grass on the Divide
The Church at Woodmoor, 18125 Furrow Road, Monument, 488-3200, thechurchatwoodmoor.com
The second annual Gospel Grass outdoor music festival includes a car show and vendor booths as well as gospel and bluegrass music and a "blessing of the bikes."
30 Tiki-Takular Surf Party & Car Show
Retrospect Dry Goods, 251 Front St. #8, Monument, 487-8817, retrodrygoods.com
If you have hot cars, a surf band, a vintage swimsuit contest, and pit barbecue, who needs an ocean? A portion of party proceeds goes to care packages for deployed U.S. troops.
30 Pikes Peak Art Fest
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, pikespeakartfest.com
A weekend featuring local musicians, artists, food and fun for all ages in the great outdoors, rain or shine. Also happening July 1 though 2.
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