Celebration Metaphysical Fair
City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., celebrationfair.com
A low-admission weekend of holistic healing, psychic reading, crystals and more. Dirk Gently will not be appearing, but dozens of other vendors and performers will.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival Shorts
Stargazers Theater, 10 S. Parkside Drive, rmwfilmfest.org
Two-fer entertainment: Enjoy an evening of award-winning short films and help fund the full Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival in November.
Rope the Rockies Front Range Championships
State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, ropetherockies.com
Three days of team roping events make for a big start to the spring rodeo season.
Colorado Springs Craft Week
April 26-May 4
Various locations, cscraftweek.com
An inaugural homage to locally produced beer, coffee and spirits. Events will abound; check the website for more.
Pikes Peak Herb Fest
Beth El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Drive, peakherbfest.com
Herbs, information and classes for everyone from the casual cook to the seasoned herbalist.
Reebok Spartan Race: Military Sprint
Fort Carson, spartanrace.com
Spartan's unique obstacle race partially designed by Carson's 4th Infantry and Special Forces units. Four miles of mud and sweat, after which finishers get free beer.
Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, cheyennecanon.org
Local color indeed! Celebrate the summer hummingbirds' return to Cheyenne Cañon with a day of performers, educational booths and other all-ages attractions.
Wild Wild West Festival
Various locations in downtown Pueblo, pueblochamber.org
Unrelated to the film, celebrate Colorado's Old West history with family-friendly entertainment, including carnival rides, vendors, live entertainment and more.
MeadowGrass Music Festival
La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, meadowgrassmusicfestival.org
A three-day outdoor music festival focused on bluegrass, cowboy, folk, Americana and other acoustic music. Headliners include Elephant Revival and The Mother Hips. Camping is an option if you sign up early.
Old Colorado City, shopoldcoloradocity.com
Celebrate Colorado Springs' origins as El Dorado with a wide range of crafters, entertainers and much more. A sweets- and sweat-filled Springs tradition in its 39th year.
Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival
Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org
Because beer isn't the only adult beverage Colorado proudly produces. Enjoy samples from 25 in-state wineries, plus vendor attractions.
Colorado College Summer Music Festival
Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., and Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu
Several classical concerts presented at various times over 2½ weeks by Colorado College faculty and gifted students.
Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org
A nighttime bike ride through Garden of the Gods and part of Colorado Springs, bookended by entertainment, light and costume contests, and food. Funds for this 20th anniversary event go to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org
Family-friendly fun in the sun. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, a car show, an 8k run, standard festival fare and a wide array of vendors.
Colorado Renaissance Festival & Artisans Marketplace
June 14-Aug. 3, weekends only
650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, coloradorenaissance.com
Travel back in time and geek out over artisanal goods, art, music, comedy, feats of physical skill, roast turkey legs and a jousting tournament. Huzzah!
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest
Tejon Street, between Colorado Avenue and Bijou Street, ppihc.com
Celebrate the hill climb (see below) with the annual pre-race celebration, featuring beer, a chili cook-off, live entertainment and opportunities to meet the drivers.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Pikes Peak, ppihc.com
The 92nd annual auto race up our beloved Pikes Peak happens today. It's 12.4 miles and 156 turns from the flag to the clouds!
Pikes Peak Art Fest
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, pikespeakartfest.com
Featuring a juried visual art competition, the event includes three days of music, hands-on art activities and other entertainment.
Ride for the Brand
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, championshipranchrodeo.com
A championship rodeo, a chuckwagon cookoff and, generally, a slice of the West that you have to see to fully appreciate.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, pikespeakorbust.org
A classic rodeo featuring bull riding, horseback riding, steer and mutton events, rides, refreshments and souvenirs.
Rocky Mountain State Games
July 18-20, 25-27
Multiple venues, rockymountainstategames.org
Amateur athletes competing in 42 sports events drawn from the Olympic and Pan American games.
Blues Under the Bridge
218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Avenue bridge), bluesunderthebridge.com
Few venues suit the blues like open air under a bridge. Eight hours of music, five performers, plus a variety of food and drink.
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, cospride.org
Colorado Springs' biggest LGBT event features music, food, drinks and more. Sunday features a 5k run followed by a parade.
El Paso County Fair
County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St., Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com
For 109 years, county residents have gathered in Calhan for a week of exhibits, competitions, food and attractions.
Olympic Downtown Celebration & Rocky Mountain State Games Opening Ceremonies
Downtown Colorado Springs, rockymountainstategames.org
Celebrate the opening of the Rocky Mountain State Games (and the presence of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs) with pomp, circumstance, food, music, stunt performances and activities for all ages.
Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino
Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com
Exactly what the name says: Enjoy music, food, and beverages while supporting the historic Rock Ledge Ranch.
Bronc Day Festival
Downtown Green Mountain Falls, broncdayco.org
What started as a celebration of the opening of the tourist season has grown to include a parade, riding contests, performances and events for all ages.
Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival
Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, norrispenrose.com
This annual celebration of craft beer and spirits, recently moved from Manitou Springs, promises vendors, music and food aplenty.
Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon
Aug. 16 (ascent), Aug. 17 (marathon)
Barr Trail, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org
The 11th annual World Mountain Running Association Long Distance Challenge takes the fittest of the fit up 13 miles of mountain. On Sunday, entrants run up and down, 26 miles.
The Dirty Dash
Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, thedirtydash.com
A lighthearted approach to a muddy obstacle race. Dressing like a pig is optional.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Colorado Springs, route TBA as of press time, usaprocyclingchallenge.com
The state's premier bike race returns to the Springs, with Tour de France-level riders completing multiple loops on a yet-to-be-determined course of city roads. Note: After the completion of this Stage 4, Stage 5 begins the next day in Woodland Park.
Colorado State Fair
Aug. 22-Sept. 1
State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com
Announced attractions include concerts, comedy, livestock competitions, rodeo events, and more. It's a state fair older than the state itself.
Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb
Crystal Reservoir on Pikes Peak, coscycling.com
An eco-friendly version of the International Hill Climb, this event sends bikers 20 kilometers to the top of Pikes Peak.
Colorado Balloon Classic
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., balloonclassic.com
A festival of color and a feast for the eyes, the event begins before dawn and concludes each evening with a balloon glow set against a Front Range sunset.
Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Fields Park, 101 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival
This festival of handmade art and crafts is in its 39th year, also featuring music, food and a variety of children's events.
Indy Music Awards & Festival
What other music festival lets people vote on who gets to play? Enjoy Independent readers' picks of the best of the Pikes Peak region's music scene.
What If ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination
Various locations downtown, whatif-festival.org
The innovators, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors and applied dreamers return to celebrate Colorado Springs' mental wealth. Expect gadgets, gizmos, live music and enough goofiness to thrill kids.
The Color Run presents The Kaleidoscope Tour
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, thecolorrun.com
Take a 5k, mix in pounds of brightly colored dye, and what begins as a flock of runners in white ends up a kaleidoscope.
Loaf 'N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival
Various locations in downtown Pueblo, pueblochilefestivalinfo.com
The end of summer is marked by the harvest of Pueblo's chile peppers and a festival celebrating the event with music, food and more.
SRL Spears Southwest Tour Series race
Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, srlsouthwesttour.com
The Supermodified Racing League, complete with NASCAR-style cars, comes to the Springs area.
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