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Six months of big attractions in the Pikes Peak region


Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival Shorts


Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, rmwfilmfest.org

A night of award-winning short films to benefit the full Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival in November.

Celebration Metaphysical Fair


City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., celebrationfair.com

An opportunity to have a psychic reading by professional mediums, do your own reading, join in a community drum circle, and much more.

Indie Spirit Film Festival


Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., indiespiritfilmfestival.org

The city's fifth annual indie film extravaganza, with an average of 100 screenings, filmmaker talks and panels and other movie-related magic.

Carmina Burana Festival

April 28 through May 6

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com

A series of events leading up to a concert spectacular, with more than a dozen performing arts groups giving life to the namesake medieval German poem.


Herb Fest


Colorado Springs Masonic Center, 1150 Panorama Drive, peakherbfest.com

Up to 60 vendors on hand and complementing classes on all things herb: cooking with herbs, herbal body care, herbal remedies, etc.

MeadowGrass Music Festival


La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, meadowgrassmusicfestival.org

A three-day event (drop in or camp out) showcasing roots, bluegrass, Americana, cowboy, folk and acoustic music.

Territory Days


Old Colorado City, shopoldcoloradocity.com

More than 180 craft, commercial and food booths packing the streets of Old Colorado City over Memorial Day weekend.

Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts

Late May to early August

Various locations at CC, 14 East Cache la Poudre St., artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu

Operas, classical music (for adults and children), visual art ... all sorts of events over two-plus months.


Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival


Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org

Twenty-five wineries from Colorado, as well as vendor booths such as La Baguette, Ruxton's Trading Post, Pastamoré and more.

Colorado Renaissance Festival & Artisans Marketplace

June 9 to July 29, weekends

Larkspur, coloradorenaissance.com

Entertainment in the form of jousting, juggling, comedy, acrobatics and turkey-leg-eating, and shopping for handmade leather, Raku pottery, sculpture, and other fine art.

Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular


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

Starting at a new time (10:30 p.m.) this year, your chance to ride your bike under the stars. Themed rest stops, and proceeds supporting the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

Taste of the Springs


Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, careandshare.org

Between 35 and 40 food and beverage vendors serving deliciousness, all to support Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

Springs Spree


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

Food, fun, live music and a Springs Spree favorite: the human hamster ball rides.

Ride for the Brand Rodeo


Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, championshipranchrodeo.com

Bronc riding, wild cow milking and general Western-style fun. Don't forget your 10-gallon hat and spurs for the post-rodeo hoedown.

Pikes Peak Art Fest

June 30, July 1-2

America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive,pikespeakartfest.com

A weekend featuring local musicians, artists, food and fun for all ages in the great outdoors, rain or shine.


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb events


Pikes Peak Highway, ppihc.com

Leading up to the July 8 auto races up Pikes Peak, attractions include beer gardens, a chili cook-off and live bands.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo


Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, coloradospringsrodeo.com

"Traditional rodeo at its Colorado best": gold panning and mechanical bull rides for the public, bareback riding and steer wrestling for the brave.

Blues Under the Bridge


218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the Colorado Avenue bridge), bluesunderthebridge.com

A continuation of the annual music festival, showcasing blues, soul and more. Performers to be announced.

Rocky Mountain State Games

20-22, 27-29

Multiple venues, thesportscorp.org

Archery, bowling, flag football, karate, rugby and table tennis are just a few of the 34 sports included in this year's games.



Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., ppglcc.org

Highlighted by the annual LGBT parade downtown, it's the Colorado Springs Pride Center's largest event of the year.

El Paso County Fair


County fairgrounds, Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com

A summer tradition of funnel cakes and carnival rides, 4H shows and rodeos, since 1905.

Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino


Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com

Fun to say, fun to do, with live bluegrass music, local food tastings and beer and wine galore.


50th Anniversary Fire Festival


America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, csfirefestival.com

Delegates from Japan replicating the Yoshida Fire Festival with performances, ethnic food and spectacular fires, to celebrate our 50th anniversary as sister cities with Fujiyoshida.

Craft Lager Festival


Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, craftlagerfestival.com

A vast array of craft beers for tasting, an onstage band for listening, and an environment welcoming to those even not of drinking age.

The Dirty Dash


Wonderland Ranch, Hodgen and Vollmer roads, thedirtydash.com

Teeming with beer and family activities, a mud-slick, obstacle-filled race; proceeds benefit local charities.

Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon

Aug. 18 (ascent), Aug. 19 (marathon)

Barr Trail, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org

The annual races up (or in the case of the marathon, up and down) Colorado Springs' fourteener; feel free to watch the massacre and cheer.

USA Pro Cycling Challenge


Statewide, usaprocyclingchallenge.com

Seven days of professional cyclists riding more than 500 miles. In 2012 the Challenge will finish Stage 5, on Aug. 24, in Colorado Springs.

Colorado State Fair

Aug. 24 to Sept. 3

State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com

A classic summer staple with a 2012 theme of "Horses, Horses, Horses."

Mountain Music Festival


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

An afternoon of bluegrass and similarly dubbed "mountain" music, food, crafts and family fun.


Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival


Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival

About 110 artist booths showcasing their finest wares, live music all day along, and face-painting and balloon creatures for the young.

Colorado Balloon Classic


Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., balloonclassic.com

Hot-air "Balloon Glo" in the evening, and mornings of waking before the sun to watch dozens of the balloons launch.

Chile Chili Festival


Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, thatsnatural.info

Guaranteed to burn your mouth off (pleasurably) with the flavor of various roasted chili peppers from all across the state.

Indy Music Awards & Festival


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

A chance to catch more than a dozen of the best individual musicians and bands in our area, as voted on by readers of the Colorado Springs Independent.

Assault on the Peak / Bikeswap


Memorial Park, 500 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, peakregioncyclist.com

Runners relinquish the mountain to the bikers on Pikes Peak Highway. Current record is two hours, 17 minutes.

What-IF ... A Festival of Innovation and Imagination


Various locations downtown, whatif-festival.org

A takeover of downtown by "thinkers and tinkerers" of all sorts, and their contraptions.


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