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Helter Swelter '09 August 

Bronc Day Festival

1 Green Mountain Falls. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, live music, arts and crafts, a rubber duck race — cast aside from Springs Spree, you knew they'd end up racing somewhere — and more in Gazebo Lake Park. 684-9811.

24th annual Mountain Arts Festival

1-2 Woodland Park. Presenting arts and crafts, entertainment and food at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. 689-7469.

The Cotton Club: A Tribute to Fannie Mae Duncan

8 Stargazers Theater. Honoring the city's favorite club owner and race-relations hero with 1950s-era music and dance. 331-7588, cospdiversityforum.org.

Vino and Notes: Wine, Food and Jazz Festival

8 Woodland Park. Just what the name implies, at Memorial Park. Event benefits Charitable Treasures Workshop, which works with young, special needs adults. 686-7775, vinoandnotes.com.

Cripple Creek Honors America's Armed Forces

8-9 Cripple Creek. Step outside the casinos to catch a patriotic parade, a World War II reenactment, vending and more. 877/858-4653, visitcripplecreek.com.

Pasta in the Park

15 Myron Stratton Campus. After last year's rain-out, hope for sun to support TESSA and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 633-1462, tessacs.org.

Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity

15 America the Beautiful Park. A city-sponsored free family event featuring 25 cultural performances on two stages and more than 100 booths offering food, arts and crafts and much more. 331-7588, cospdiversityforum.org.

El Paso County Speedway Fan Appreciation Night

15 Calhan. Catch modifieds racing: hobby trucks, outlaw micro sprints, high-plains midgets and more. During intermission, see the cars up close and get autographs and pictures. 683-5638, elpasocountyspeedway.com.

19th annual Spikefest Tournament

15-16 Memorial Park. Held for the first time in the Springs, this event will feature the world's largest three-on-three and five-on-five outdoor grass volleyball series with food, music and more. spikefest.com.

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

15-16 Starting in downtown Manitou Springs. Ascent footrace goes to the top of Pikes Peak; the marathon includes the run back down. 473-2625, pikespeakmarathon.org.

Creative Crafters' Showcases

15-16 Western Museum of Mining and Industry. Presenting nearly 100 vendors of fine arts and crafts. 488-3046, ccsshows.com.

27th annual Mountain Music Festival

21-23 Manitou Springs. A free festival in Soda Springs Park that includes folk music, workshops, arts and crafts, food and more. 685-9655, manitousprings.org.

10th annual Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Buddy Walk

22 Manitou Springs. Raise pledges for a three-mile walk through the city and enjoy food, entertainment, prizes and more to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. 633-1133, csdsa.org.

Colorado State Fair and Rodeo

28-Sept. 7 Pueblo Fairgrounds. Rides, livestock, rodeo and a juried fine art exhibition of Colorado artists. Plus Foreigner, Darius Rucker and Sawyer Brown on stage. 719/561-8484, 800/876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.


Worth a drive


14th Rocky Mountain College Rendezvous

1-8 Lost Park, near Jefferson in the national forest. A pre-1840 historical re-enactment of the fur trade era, featuring children's games, cooking contests and "classes" in everything from knot-tying to pipe-making. 303/646-2724, csmla.org.

Sixth annual Wild West Relay

7-8 Fort Collins. Start training now: It's a 200-mile distance team running relay race starting in Fort Collins and ending in Steamboat Springs. Teams cross through northern Colorado and Wyoming. wildwestrelay.com.

11th annual Crestone Music Festival

7-9 Crestone. Featuring headliner the Edgar Winter Band and several regional acts. 719/256-4533, crestfest.org.

High Altitude Tattoo Competition

16 Winter Park. Includes 10 categories of custom awards, including "Best of Show." 487-8005, pro-promotions.com.

11th annual NedFest

28-30 Nederland. A well-established, much-loved outdoor microbrew and music festival featuring David Grisman Quintet, Incendio, Saskia Laroo Band, Mountain Standard Time and more. nedfest.com.

Trinidaddio Blues Fest XI

29 Trinidad. Always a must-see event for blues fiends, this year's features the Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Alex Schultz, Tad Robinson, Jaquie Gipson, Ken Saydak and more. trinidaddio.com.

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