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Summer Guide 2011: June 

2-Aug. 24 Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts

Colorado College, coloradocollege.edu

Almost-daily music, performing arts and dance events — such as "informance" lecture-performance combos, chamber music concerts, orchestra performances, children's events and more.

3 Stargazers Summer Fun Free Friday Concert Series: TRON the Band & The Lo-Fi Cowboys

Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com

Stargazers kicks off its Fun Free Friday Concert Series with rock 'n roll cover group TRON the Band and local country favorites The Lo-Fi Cowboys. The series, running every Friday during June, July and August (July 15 and Aug. 26 excepted), features the best of area musicians with styles ranging from classic rock to bluegrass, dance music to folk.

4 Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org

Featuring tastings from approximately 25 wineries, with bottles and cases of wine available for purchase.

4-Oct. 1 Second annual First Saturdays Car Show

First & Main Town Center, 3133 Cinema Point, firstandmaintowncenter.com

If it's shiny and has wheels, it's a welcome addition to the car show in the parking lot of Dick's Sporting Goods. With Whole Foods coffee and pastries on hand, even those not obsessed with things that go "vroom" will find incentive to stick around and gawk.

9 Citizens Project seventh annual Creating Community Breakfast

Mr. Biggs Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., citizensproject.org/events

Curious about what Citizens Project actually does for the Colorado Springs community? Attend the free event to learn more about how CP promotes equal rights, diversity, religious freedom through separation of church and state, and civic engagement. Donations welcome.

9-12 Ringling Bros. 'Fully Charged'

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com

A revue of the best in classic circus performance: death-defying animal feats, a human crossbow, clown stunts, Ukrainian strongmen and a freaky acrobatic routine featuring an apparatus called the Twin Turbines of Steel.

10-11 Boats, Bands & Bar-B-Que

Riverwalk, Pueblo, puebloharp.com

A gastronome's delight, home to more than 50 competitors (and a slew of other food-related contests), and held on Pueblo's Riverwalk.

11 House of Floyd

Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com

This tribute band has built its reputation on evoking all of Pink Floyd's various incarnations, from early Syd Barrett material all the way through the post-Waters era, with moving lights, lasers, many of the original Pink Floyd backing films, and the occasional inflatable pig.

11 Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater Grand Opening

Stratton Outdoor Amphitheater, Teller County Road 81 & Diamond Avenue, Victor,victorcolorado.com

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Winfield Scott Stratton's discovery of the Independence Mine in Victor, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum is celebrating with a day-long event featuring mine tours, panning for gold, a barbecue, a whiskey tasting, an auction and a performance in the new amphitheater.

11 Kids Fun Fest

Acacia Park, Platte & Nevada avenues, rmpbs.org

Sponsored by Rocky Mountain PBS, the Fun Fest marks the countdown to the opening of the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park. Meet Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, be entertained by performers from the Manitou Art Theatre and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, visit over 20 educational fun-oriented booths, and more. It's all free.

11-July 31 Colorado Renaissance Festival & Artisans Marketplace

650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, coloradorenaissance.com

A classic Colorado event, now in its 35th year, that includes jousts, jokers, artisans and crafters, fire-breathers, bagpipers and Twig the Fairy. Weekends only.

11-12 Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., trailsandopenspaces.org

Because really, you'll have nothing better to do on the shortest night of the year than bike a 14- or 22-mile route through the Garden, downtown and Old Colorado City, starting at 11:59 p.m. Plus, this year's post-ride "breakfast" is catered by Whole Foods.

12 Taste of the Springs

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, careandshare.org

Stuff yourself silly at this benefit for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, featuring food and drink tastings provided by dozens of acclaimed local restaurants and catering companies.

18-19 Springs Spree

Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org

A fun-for-the-whole-family party in the park, including arts, crafts, dancing and live music, among other stuff for the kiddies.

18 Pikes Peak Derby Dames Doubleheader

Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., pikespeakderbydames.com

If it's the second doubleheader in a row, can you call it a Hydra? Following up their twice-is-better May 21 bout against the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, the Derby Dames go for double-or-nothing again with the Tucson Valley Roller Derby and the FOCO Microbruisers.

21-26 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak Highway, ppihc.com

More than 35,000 folks are expected to attend this year's race (at least 14 of whom are expected to be sober), in which 11 vehicle classes and nearly 200 drivers will dangerously race to the mountain's top. Events begin Tuesday; race is Sunday.

22 Colorado Springs Street Breakfast

Downtown Colorado Springs, corner of Tejon St. and Pikes Peak Ave., coloradospringsrodeo.com

Benefit military families at this community breakfast that helps kick off the upcoming rodeo season.

24-26 Rock Fair

Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org

The third annual Rock Fair will cover a wide spectrum over all things rock. During the three days, there will be rock discussions and demonstrations all the while vendors will be promoting their causes. The fair is also the only time the Yellow Jacket Stamp Mill is put into operation.

25 2011 Olympic Day in Colorado Springs

Olympic Training Center, 1 E. Boulder St., and Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsgov.com

Free youth sports clinics (registration suggested) will take place at Memorial Park, and the USOC grounds will feature demonstrations by athletes, vendor and sponsor booths, and food.

25-26 Donkey Derby Days

Bennett Avenue, downtown Cripple Creek, visitcripplecreek.com

Back in the '30s, three local businessmen thought a 12-mile donkey race would be just the thing to draw the masses to Cripple Creek for the summer. Eighty years later, the free event boasts parades, games, live entertainment and family fun as well as the derby race.

26 Manitou Springs Forward: Potluck and Community Visioning

Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., manitouspringsforward.com

Building on the momentum of last November's Community Conversation, Manitou Springs Forward invites residents to enjoy lunch and share their vision of the future of Manitou Springs as a community.

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