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Six months of selected events to keep you out of the house or hotel

April

Celebration Metaphysical Fair

April 11-13

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

April 12

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

April 18-20

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.

May

Pikes Peak Herb Fest

May 3

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

May 3-4

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.

Hummingbird Festival

May 10

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

May 16-18

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

May 23-25

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.

Territory Days

May 24-26

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

May 31

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.

June

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

June 12-29

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

June 14

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.

Springs Spree

June 14-15

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

June 27

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

June 29

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!

July

Pikes Peak Art Fest

July 4-6

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

July 5

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

July 9-12

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

July 19

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.

PrideFest

July 19-20

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

July 19-26

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

July 25

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

July 27

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.

August

Bronc Day Festival

Aug. 2

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

Aug. 9

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

Aug. 16

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

Aug. 21

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

Aug. 24

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.

September

Indy Music Awards & Festival

Sept. 4

csindy.com

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

Sept. 6

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

Sept. 6

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

Sept. 19-21

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

Sept. 28

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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