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Family Fourth - Independence Day Celebration
4 Rock Ledge Ranch, 30th Street and Gateway Road. Carnival games, pony and wagon rides, recitations of historic documents, civil war encampment and more. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

Fabulous Fourth Celebration
4 Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with Fort Carson cannons. 884-2110, csphilharmonic.org.

18th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival
4-6 Denver. Meet and talk with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and create your own art. 303/355-2787, cherryarts.org.

105th annual Cowboys Roundup Days and Fourth of July Celebration
4-6 Steamboat Springs. Rodeo, cattle drive, parade, art show, fireworks and more. 877/754-2269, steamboatchamber.com.

Buffalo Bar-B-Q
4-6 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Food, crafts, entertainment and more. 685-9655, manitousprings.org, dulcimer.net.

Royal Gorge Bridge Fourth of July Celebration
4-6 Cañon City. Featuring music by the Geezers, face painting and fireworks. 888/333-5597, royalgorgebridge.com.

25th annual Breckenridge July Art Festival
4-7 Breckenridge. Features more than 80 juried artists from around the country. 970/547-9326, gobreck.com.

Symphony Above the Clouds
5 Woodland Park Middle School, 600 E. Kelleys Road. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with Fort Carson cannons. 687-3288, woodlandparkchamber.com.

Sixth annual Cattle Drive and Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo
5 Norris-Penrose Event Center, 105 W. Rio Grande St. A downtown longhorn cattle drive, traveling south on Tejon Street on the fourth, and a working ranch rodeo. Entertainment, art events, wild-cow milking, free ice cream and more. 635-7776, rideforthebrandranchrodeo.com.

Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half Marathon
5 Leadville. A race over 26.2 miles of Rocky Mountain trails, crossing notorious 13,188-foot Mosquito Pass. Also the Heavy Half Marathon roughly 15 miles. 719/486-3502, leadvilletrail100.com.

11th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
5 Salida. Music, food and beer from 40 of Colorado's top microbreweries. 877/772-5432, 719/539-2068, salidachamber.org.

In Their Honor Pueblo Air Show
5-6 Pueblo Memorial Airport, 31201 Bryan Circle. Displays and "aerobatic" performances. 719/404-0520, puebloairshow.com.

Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social
7 Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs. Pie-baking contest, social and music. 685-5089, manitousprings.org for rules and entry form.

22nd annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival Photography
7-13 Wagon rides, crafts, food, music, garden tours and more. 970/349-2571, crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.

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68th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
9-12 Norris-Penrose Event Center Rodeo, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. Competitions in bareback, saddle bronco and bull riding as well as tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. 635-3547, 635-1101, pikespeakorbustrodeo.org.

High Mountain Hay Fever
10-13 Westcliffe. National and regional bluegrass and old-time acts, food and vending. 719/783-0883, highmountainhayfever.org.

Eighth annual Blast the Mass
11-13 Snowmass. More than 1,000 top regional cyclists compete in downhill, cross-country and mountain-cross events. 970/333-1159, racemsc.com.

Eighth annual Cycle for Set Fun Ride & Community Walk
12 Monument Valley Park, 170 W. Cache la Poudre St. Parade, non-competitive fun ride and health fair. 776-8850, setofcs.org.

Zetroc Music Festival
12 Cortez. An outdoor music celebration named after its host city spelled backward. Featuring food, live music and more. 970/564-4096, mesaverdecountry.com.

Fourth annual Keystone Blues & Arts Festival
12-13 Keystone. Food, drink, music, art and more. 970/496-4386, 800/919-0038, keystoneneighbourhood.com.

17th annual Woodcarvers Rendezvous
12-18 Creede. Classes, demonstrations, vendors, art and more. 303/940-3505, creedewoodcarvers.com.

Ninth annual Barr Trail Mountain Race
13 Downtown Manitou Springs. Run 12 miles total to Barr Camp and back to benefit local nonprofits and charity organizations. 800/642-2567, runpikespeak.com.

Fifth annual Castle Rock Winefest
14-19 Castle Rock. Featuring more than 20 Colorado wineries, demonstrations, artisans/lifestyle vendors, entertainment and delicious cuisine. castlerockwinefest.com.

Dreamtime Festival
17-20 Paonia. Combines art, celebration and music with an intention of learning and transformation, bringing together in one place and fusing with synergy. 800/600-6185, dreamthefuture.org.

Ute Trails and Bayou Salado Mountain Man Rendezvous
18-19, 25-26 Hartsel. Two separate, successive mountain-man rendezvous with pre-20th-century, frontier-era dress, storytelling, archery and muzzleloading competitions. 970/310-7565, fourteenernet.com/calendar.asp.

Victor Gold Rush Days
18-20 Victor. Games, art, music, food and more. 719/689-2091, victorcolorado.com.

Logger Days Festival
18-20 South Fork. Featuring arts and crafts, logging competitions, music and more. 800/571-0881, southfork.org.

Dillon Art Festival
18-20 Dillon. Featuring more than 100 juried artists. 970/547-9326, mountainartfestivals.com.

Fourth annual Junior Home Run Derby
19 Cañon City. Home run competition for kids. 719/275-8622, canonland.com.

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TrailFest
19 Buena Vista. Celebrating the completion of the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail. Guided hikes, kids activities, food and more. 888/909-2382, cdtrail.org.

Colorado Springs Garden Exploration Tours
19-20 Cultivate your green thumb by touring seven local gardens. 481-4608, coloradogardenclubs.org.

Elizabeth Celtic Festival
19-20 Casey Jones Park, 4189 Hwy. 86. Celebrating Scottish and Irish culture with food, music, storytelling and more. 303/646-0152, elizabethcelticfestival.com.

11th annual Alma Festival in the Clouds
19-20 Folk, rock, jazz, blues, fine arts, food, beer garden, dancing and handmade crafts. 719/836-2712, almafoundation.com.

103rd annual El Paso County Fair
19-26 El Paso County Fairgrounds, Calhan. Dockdogs/Stuntdogs, Aussie Kingdom, Turtle Ville and more. 520-7880, elpasocountyfair.com.

86th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
20 Cars, trucks and cycles compete up the 12.4-mile Pikes Peak Highway, to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak in the Unites States' second-oldest auto race. 685-4400, ppihc.com.

18th annual Pridefest
20 Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. Featuring a gay pride pageant, parties, a family fun day and ice cream social, parade and entertainment.471-4429, ppglcc.org.

Fiesta Days Rodeo
23-27 Durango. Combining Spanish, Native American and Western traditions: rodeos, a street dance, a parade and much more. 970/247-3500, durango.org.

State Games of the West
24-27 Colorado Springs, various locations. 31 sports with athletes competing from all over. stategamesofthewest.org.

20th annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival and Workshop
25-26 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker and Palmer Lake Elementary. Workshops for children and adults, concerts and story swaps. 303/660-5849, colo-performingartists.com.

Seventh annual Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival
25-27 Breckenridge. Featuring more than 100 juried artists. 970/547-9326, gobreck.com.

60th annual World Championship Pack Burro Race and Fairplay Burro Days
26-27 Fairplay. Burro and llama races, gold panning and a Western traders' row. 719/836-1921, burrodays.com.

Eighth annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
26-27 Denver. Dragon-boat races on Sloan's Lake as a demonstration of pan-Asian culture and athletic competition. 303/722-6852, cdbf.org.

19th annual Courage Classic
26-28 Copper Mountain. A three-day, 157-mile ride, one-day ride and more to benefit The Children's Hospital. 720/777-7499, couragetours.com.

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

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

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

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

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