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Mountain Man Rendezvous

4-6 Cañon City. Return to the days of mountain men with period costume contests, rifle matches, knife and tomahawk throwing and more, outside the gates of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. 719/275-7507, royalgorgebridge.com.

36th annual Commonwheel Co-op Arts & Crafts Festival

4-6 Manitou Springs. Featuring arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors and local performers in Memorial Park. 577-7700, commonwheel.com.

11th annual Victor Celebrates the Arts

4-6 Victor. A weekend arts fair centering around a plein air arts contest for painters amateur to professional, who painted on location the week before and compete in several timed painting competitions. 303/781-2643, victorcelebratesthearts.org.

34th annual Colorado Balloon Classic

4-6 Memorial Park. Presenting three mornings of mass liftoffs and two evenings of balloon glows on Saturday and Sunday, with music, food and vendors. 471-4833, balloonclassic.com.

Labor Day and Vintage Baseball Game

6 Rock Ledge Ranch. An exhibition game between Colorado Springs and Denver teams, played the old-fashioned way, without gloves or mitts (except by the catcher). 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

Walk to Cure Diabetes

11 America the Beautiful Park. Less athletic in nature than other benefit walks or runs, this walk of about two miles is geared for support for families affected by Type I diabetes and raises money for research. 633-8110, jdrfcos.org.

25th annual Pikes Peak Challenge

11 Manitou Springs. To help raise awareness and fund support services for the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, a hike to the summit of Pikes Peak on Barr Trail. Registration opens June 1. 574-1634, pikespeakchallenge.com.

IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

11 Memorial Park. Honoring firefighters, nationally and internationally, killed in the line of duty. iaff.org.

Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show

11-12 Woodland Park. A tour of vintage, custom and classic cars with live entertainment, starting in Memorial Park, then heading up to Cripple Creek at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 for judging and more activities on Sept. 12. 689-3461, cruiseabovetheclouds.com.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

12 Garden of the Gods Park. A footrace dedicated to ending breast cancer. Those with friendly dogs can join the Pooches in Pink pet walk on Sept. 11. komencs.org.

13th annual Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest

17-18 Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. Say prost to the most celebrated of German fests with all the fixins: beer, brats, polka music and some fun for the kinder too. 687-9885, woodlandparkchamber.com.

31st annual Holly Berry Folk Art Festival

17-19 Rock Ledge Ranch. This country craft and folk art display features more than 175 artists, live music, ranch tours and food. 633-2026, hollyberryhouse.com, rockledgeranch.com.

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

18 America the Beautiful Park. A walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, which promotes awareness of and research for the disease. alz.org/co/in_my_community_memorywalk.asp.

Chile & Frijoles Festival

24-26 Pueblo. Live music, farmers market, family activities and food, located in the Union Avenue Historic District. 800/233-3446, pueblochamber.org.

Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival

24-26 Colorado College. Culled from the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the selections include comedies, dramas, documentaries and family-oriented films. 386-6843, pplff.org.

Arthritis Foundation's 17th annual Jewels of the Vine Wine Tasting

24 Antlers Hilton. A gala event with wine tastings, live music, dancing and an auction to benefit the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. 520-5711, arthritis.org/chapters/rocky-mountain.

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