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Summer Guide: July 

Paint the Town Blue

1-Aug. 12 Bancroft Park. Tuesday night blues concerts with local bands, including the Lethal Lisa Band, West Side Rhythm Kings and others. 685-2464, pikespeakblues.org.

Buffalo Bar-B-Q

3-4 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Food, crafts, live entertainment and more. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.

Sixth annual Pikes Peak Arts Fest

3-5 Pikes Peak Center grounds. Featuring unique artwork, performers, live music and children's art activities. 290-1981, pikespeakartsfest.com.

Royal Gorge Bridge Fourth of July Celebration

3-5 Cañon City. Featuring music by the Geezers, plus demonstrations put on by the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. 888/333-5597, royalgorgebridge.com.

Family Fourth — Independence Day Celebration

4 Rock Ledge Ranch. Offering carnival games, patriotic music, recitations of the Gettysburg Address and Declaration of Independence, a Civil War encampment and more. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July

4 Woodland Park. What's "old-fashioned" mean? How about a pancake breakfast, music, family activities, vendor booths with art, crafts, food and more in and around Memorial Park? 687-5218, communitypartnershipfamilyresourcecenter.org/July2010.htm.

Independence Day Celebration

4-5 Air Force Academy & Woodland Park, respectively. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic delivers entertainment celebrating Independence Day, plus fireworks. 575-9632, csphilharmonic.org.

Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social

5 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. About as down-home as Manitou gets: Enjoy ice cream, a pie-baking contest and music. 685-5089, manitousprings.org.

RW Colorado Country Music Expo

10-11 Phil Long Expo Center. Spread the country music gospel at this fan-fair weekend fest with hosts Darryl Worley, Trent Tomlinson and Candice Crain. 615/730-4231, rwmusicexpo.com.

Colorado College Dance Festival Faculty Gala Performance

10-11 CC's Armstrong Theatre. Presenting high-quality performances by the international group of professional dancers who make up the faculty. 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu.

34th annual Salida Aspen Concerts

10-Aug. 14 Salida. Summer chamber music concert series with internationally known artists. 719/539-1021, salidaaspenconcerts.org.

70th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade

13 Downtown. Pace yourself around July 4 so you can enjoy another parade, this one featuring bands, floats, horseback riders and more. 237-6670, coloradospringsrodeo.com.

70th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

14-17 Norris Penrose Event Center. Perhaps the West-iest of the local Old West attractions: rodeo events, carnival rides, mutton bustin', roping demonstrations, kids' activities and more. 635-3547, coloradospringsrodeo.com.

Pikes Peak Young Composers Summer Workshop Concert

16 CC's Packard Hall. A selection of original music by composers attending the annual PPYC Summer Workshop. pikespeakyoungcomposers.org.

Victor Gold Rush Days

16-18 Victor. A weekend of activities, including the obligatory gold panning. But there's more: a chili dinner, a battle of the bands, a 10K run, a parade ... 719/250-2575, victorcolorado.com/goldrushdays.htm.

Blues Under the Bridge

17 Under the Colorado Avenue bridge. Bettye LaVette gave an extraordinary closing performance at last year's blues extravaganza. While this year's roster has yet to be announced, it's a safe bet you'll be hearing some of the finest artists ever assembled under one bridge. bluesunderthebridge.com.

31st annual Thin Air Nationals Car Show

17 Green Mountain Falls. Custom car fetishists circle the wagons and coupes and sedans around lovely Gazebo Lake. 210-0013, xcs.net/crac/rodandcustom.htm.

11th annual Barr Trail Mountain Race

18 Manitou Springs. Run a 12-mile race to Barr Camp and back, all to benefit your hardcore reputation — and local nonprofits and charity organizations. runpikespeak.com.

20th annual PrideFest and Parade

18 Acacia Park. Two stages, same-gender weddings, a beer garden, and the undying hope that Uncle Wilber will come out of the closet. ppglcc.org.

Seventh annual Castle Rock Wine Fest

24 Castle Rock. Presenting more than 20 Colorado wineries, seminars, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and fine cuisine. 303/688-4597, castlerockwinefest.com.

Springs Beer Fest

24 Antlers Park. Get your fill of craft beer with tastings from 25 breweries while enjoying live entertainment, carnival games and — gasp — beer pong. facebook.com (search "Springs Beer Fest").

El Paso County Fair

24-31 Calhan. Go for the cute animals. Stay for the monster trucks, rough stock rodeos, clown-head shoots and chocolate-covered everything. 520-7880, elpasocountyfair.com.

2010 National Association of Negro Musicians Convention

25-28 Antlers Hilton. Celebrate African-Americans in music with classical, jazz and opera concerts, competitions, seminars and roundtable discussions. nanm.org.

Pikes Peak International Music Festival

26-Aug. 1 Various venues. Enjoy musical groups, ensembles, dancers and choirs from Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and other countries, presented by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. 633-3562, csysa.com.

National Little Britches Rodeo

26-31 Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo. More than 700 junior athletes come together to vie for 30 world championships. 389-0333, nlbra.com.

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