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Bent County Fair & Rodeo
Jul 26-Aug. 2 Las Animas. Livestock shows, children's activities, parade and more. 719/456-0764, bent.colostate.edu.

National Little Britches Finals Rodeo
July 27-Aug. 3 Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo. A youth rodeo for ages 5-18. 389-0333, nlbra.com.

2008 Vail International Dance Festival
July 27-Aug.10 Vail. Two weeks of performances featuring some of the world's best performers and dance. 970/949-1999,


29th annual U.S. Senior Open
July 28-Aug.3 The Broadmoor Hotel's East Course, 1 Lake Ave. 156 senior golfers compete for the national championship. 633-6736, broadmoor.com.

Fifth annual Wild West Relay
1-2 Fort Collins. 195-mile team relay running race starting in Fort Collins and ending in Steamboat Springs. Teams cross through northern Colorado and Wyoming. 303/800-5353, wildwestrelay.com.

Mineral County Rock & Mineral Show
1-3 Underground Mining Museum, Creede. World-class exhibits, everyone welcome. 800/327-2102, creede.com.

Leadville Boom Days Celebration Weekend
1-3 Leadville. Featuring a large parade, street races, burro races and mining events to celebrate Leadville's Victorian heritage and rough-and-tumble history. leadville.com.

Fort Collins Irish Festival - Feelin Lucky 2008
1-3 Fort Collins. Irish music festival featuring Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Canned Haggis, the Michael Collins Pipe Band and more. 970/535-9999, fortcollinsirishfestival.org.

21st annual Beaver Creek Arts Festival
2-3 Beaver Creek. More than 150 nationally renowned artists. 954/472-3755, artfestival.com.

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23rd annual Mountain Arts Festival
2-3 Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park. Arts and crafts, music and food. 687-8298.

13th Rocky Mountain College Mountain Man Rendezvous
2-9 Lost Park, near Jefferson. Largely a re-enactment of the rendezvous of fur trappers coming out of the mountains. Featuring a trader's row, classes in iron-forging, bead work and more. 303/646-2724, jkummer@myawai.com, csmla.org.

USA Archery 124th annual National Target Championships
5-9 Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. 866-4576, usarchery.org.

Telluride Chamber Music Festival
7-17 Telluride. 35th anniversary season, free concert in Telluride Town Park, a free children's concert and a dessert concert. 970/728-8686, telluridechambermusic.org.

Gold Rush Days
9-10 Buena Vista. Gold panning, gunfights, duck race, food, arts and crafts and the "third leg of the Triple Crown" burro race. 719/395-6612, fourteenernet.com/goldrush.

Gatorfest XIII: The Worlds Only Gator Rodeo
9-10 Mosca. Events include gator wranglers competing to catch the biggest gator in the shortest time, and barrel racing for the kids. For more information, call 719/378-2612 or visit coloradogators.com.

Partners in Housing 2008 annual Charity Golf Tournament
15 Eisenhower Golf Club, United States Air Force Academy, Bldg. 3170. Benefits homeless families with children. 473-8890, partnersinhousing.org.

11th annual Basalt River Days
15-16 Basalt. Live music, Lions Club pancake breakfast, River Days parade, Basalt Half Marathon and more. 970/927-4031, basaltriverdays.com.

Cripple Creek Honors Americas Armed Forces
15-17 Cripple Creek. Pancake breakfast, fly-overs, parade, vending and more. 719/689-3461, visitcripplecreek.com, cripplecreekevents.com.

Fifth annual Snowmass Wellness Experience
15-17 Snowmass Village. Healthy-living celebration with workshops, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, yoga and fitness classes, and more. snowmasswellness.com.

16th annual Salute to American Vets
15-17 Winter Park. Featuring American Veterans traveling tribute "The Wall," an 80-percent-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Also a parade, aircraft fly-overs, beer garden, concerts and more. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

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20th annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride
16 Granby to Winter Park. Soldiers, veterans and patriots from across the country ride to Winter Park for the Salute to American Veterans Rally. 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

Third annual Burro Birthday Concert
16 Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 N. Gate Blvd. Museum tours, gold panning, outside machinery operations and music by Grass It Up. 800/752-6558, wmmi.org.

Fourth annual Roberts Race for Lung Cancer Research
16 Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St. A 5K run or walk to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer. 303/913-1980, lungcancerrun.com.

Fifth annual Stonewall Century Bike Ride
16 La Veta City Park. 719/742-3676, lavetacucharachamber.com.

Rockstars Boards and Cords Games
Mid-August (dates to be announced in July) Trinidad Skatepark. Rated ninth-best park in the world by Tony Hawk; skating and BMX competitions, live music and more. 719/846-8340.

Leadville Trail 100
16-17 One of the toughest 100-mile footraces in the country. 719/486-3502, leadvilletrail100.com.

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon
16-17 Downtown Manitou Springs. Ascent footrace from Manitou to the top of Pikes Peak; the marathon includes the run back down. 473-2625, pikespeakmarathon.org.

High Altitude Tattoo Competition
17 Winter Park. Includes 10 categories of custom awards, including "Best of Show." 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

Venus de Miles Road Ride 2008
17 Longmont. A 35-mile and 65-mile, all-women, non-competitive bike ride starting and ending at Prospect Park. Proceeds from the ride benefit the nonprofit Greenhouse Scholars. 303/652-0454, venusdemiles.com.

Mushroom Foray
22-23 Underground Mining Museum, Creede. Mycologist Larry Renshaw shares secrets of wild mushrooms. 800/327-2102, creede.com.

Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity
22-23 Acacia Park, east on Bijou Street and south on Weber Street. Free family event with performances, cultural food and crafts, information, cooking demonstrations and children's activities. 331-7588, cospdiversityforum.org.

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26th annual Mountain Music Festival
22-24 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs. Music, workshops, arts and crafts, food and more. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.

Ninth annual NedFest
22-24 Nederland. Bands include The Motet, New Monsoon, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Split Lip Rayfield, Elephant Revival and more. nedfest.com.

Colorado State Fair and Rodeo
22-Sept. 1 Pueblo Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo. Fair rides, music, livestock, rodeo and a juried fine art exhibition of Colorado artists. 719/561-8484, 800/876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.

Third annual Club-Nine Fiddles, Vittles and Vino Festival
23 Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road. Live bluegrass music, more than 15 wine purveyors' and 30 restaurants' samplings, demonstrations, ice carvings and more. 598-4832, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com.

Trinidaddio Blues Fest X
23 Trinidad. Tab Benoit, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, Deborah Coleman, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and more. 866/480-4750, trinidaddio.com.

Seventh annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Buddy Walk
23 Manitou Springs. Raise pledges for a three-mile walk through the city and enjoy food, entertainment and more to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. 633-1133, csdsa.org.

11th annual Keystone Wine, Jazz & Art Festival
23-24 River Run Village, Keystone. Fine art, wine seminars and live music. 970/496-4316, keystoneneighbourhood.com.

Crest Crank
24 Poncha Springs. One-day fundraising tour: bike 20 miles of single-track riding starting on Monarch Pass. All proceeds benefit Alliance Against Domestic Abuse. 719/539-7347, crestcrank.org.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
28-Sept. 1 Snowmass Village Town Park. Daytime concerts and evening shows featuring Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, Dwight Yoakam, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Douglas and others. 866/527-8499, jazzaspen.org.

32nd annual Colorado Balloon Classic
30-Sept. 1 Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Music, vendors, the balloon glow and more. 471-4833, balloonclassic.com.

A Taste of Colorado 2008
29-Sept. 1 Denver. Seven stages with national, local and ethnic music, children's entertainment, culinary demonstrations and more. 303/295-6330, atasteofcolorado.com.

Mine Tailings Music Festival
30-Sept. 1 Central City. Craft and food booths, free music including Opie Gone Bad and The Informants. centralcitycolorado.us.

Fourth annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival
30-Sept. 1 Memorial Park, Manitou Springs. Fine art, clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, wood, mixed media, photography, food, drink and more. 577-7700, commonwheel.com.

Victor Celebrates the Arts
30-Sept. 1 Victor. Art show, demonstrations and awards ceremony. 719/689-3229, victorcolorado.com.


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