Special events 

click to enlarge Zippo, Kim Polomka, Denver Cow Parade.
  • Zippo, Kim Polomka, Denver Cow Parade.

Old Colorado City ArtWalks, various venues along West Colorado Avenue, 10 galleries and more than 300 award-winning artists, third Thursdays, 4-8 p.m., 520-9494

Colorado State Fair Fine Art Exhibit, Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, diverse artworks and the largest juried exhibition in the state, through Sept. 4, 719/561-8484, coloradostatefair.com

32nd annual Commonwheel Artists Co-op Labor Day Arts Festival, Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, fine art, food, wine tasting, music, kids' activities and crafts, Sept. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 577-7700

Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge, 213 W. Colorado Ave., an urban-chic fashion show with live music, food and a sculpture garden to benefit FutureSelf: Youth Discovering Success through Art, Sept. 7, 6:30-9 p.m., 667-0965, idoruclothing.com

Music for an Autumn Evening, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 593-8400, Sept. 8, 6 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Salons 2006, various Colorado Springs venues, Robert and Sara Howsam, A Collection of American Art, Sept. 14, 685-1861

Denver Bead Renaissance Show, Ramada Plaza & Convention Center, Interstate 25 and 120th Street, Denver, Sept. 14-17, beadshow.com

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, Memorial Park, Woodland Park, Fridays through Sept. 15, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 232-4449

28th annual Country Christmas Folk Art Festival, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way, more than 200 fine American folk artists present original folk art, jewelry, clothing, elegant florals, seasonal decorations, and hand-crafted furniture; food music, historic tours and the Heritage Shop and Quilt Auction, Sept. 15-17, 633-2026, hollyberryhouse.com

Monument Art Hop, Beacon Lite and Front Street, downtown Monument, live art demonstrations, music, food and more, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m., 481-3108

12th annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, Pueblo Union Depot, Pueblo, food and drink, arts and crafts, music, Sept. 22-24, 719/544-7720, pueblochamber.org; reception Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m. at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org

10th annual Art for the Sangres Opening Reception, Historic Pines Ranch, 379 Chalice Drive, Westcliffe, Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m., 800/446-WHOA (9462)

Manitou Springs Art Walk Weekend, throughout Manitou Springs, Sept. 23-25, manitousprings.org

Mind Seizure Haunted House, Colorado Springs Flea Market grounds, 5225 E. Platte Ave., Sept. 29 to Oct. 31, Thursdays through Sundays, 7 p.m., 527-3787, mindseizurehauntedhouse.com

First Thursday Tastings, FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, wine, hors d'oeuvres and live jazz, Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.; Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m. Call 634-5581

Artists' Studio Tour and Sale, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs tour includes 10 studios; map available at pikespeakstudiotour.com

6th annual Japanese Bazaar & Cultural Festival, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., 721-8316, food, entertainment, Japanese wares and more, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., manitousprings.org

Farm & Art Markets
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, Wednesdays 4-8 p.m., through Oct. 4, 640-6154, farmandartmarket.org

Briargate, Pine Creek Village Center, Briargate Parkway and Chapel Hills Drive, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 7, 640-6154, farmandartmarket.org

26th Street, 2601 W. Vermijo Ave., Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Sept. 23

Memorial Park, Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue, Mondays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October

Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road, Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., through October

Old Colorado City, 24th Street and West Colorado Avenue, Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through October

Out of Town
11th annual Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs. Featuring the likes of Daisy Mayhem, The Stringdusters and the Waybacks, Sept. 1-3, 970/731-5582, folkwest.com

Denver Cow Parade, a herd of 100 cows on display throughout Denver's streets, parks and public spaces, through Oct. 18; live and online cow auction to benefit local nonprofits, Nov. 10, 303/469-7500, denver.cowparade.com

A Taste of Colorado, downtown Denver's Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and 14th Street, largest free-admission festival in the Rocky Mountain region with food and drink, live music, KidZone, art and crafts, Sept. 1-4, 303/295-6330, atasteofcolorado.com

7th annual Victor Celebrates the Arts, Elks Lodge, 3rd and Diamond streets, Victor, 593-1919, featuring an art show based around gold-mining ambience, Sept. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , victorarts.org

The Boa Ball: Escape to Casablanca, annual birthday bash, The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, Sept. 9, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org

15th Anniversary Colorado Mountain Winefest, Riverbend Park, Palisade, wine seminars, workshops, tasting events, food and music, Sept. 14-17, 800/704-3667, coloradowinefest.com

Mining for Treasures Quilt Show, Underground Mining Museum, Creede, Sept. 15-17, creede.com

7th annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, featuring keynote speakers, national exhibitors, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, 125 vendors, planet youth, a Zen zone, the friendly food market, a beer garden and live music and entertainment, Sept. 16-17, 970/224-FAIR, sustainablelivingfair.org

Tour de Fat Bike Festival, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Sept. 23, 888/622-4044, newbelgium.com


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