Summer Guide 2011: August 

5 Ruff!! Life Benefit Wine Tasting

Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., milldogrescue.org

Sure, other charity benefits do silent auctions, wine and nibbles. But where else would "nibbles" mean doggy kisses as well as hors d'oeuvres? Meet the pups your patronage helps to save at this benefit for National Mill Dog Rescue.

5-7 Lindy on the Rocks

Various venues, Denver, lindyontherocks.com

Get your old-school dance on at this Lindy Hop and Swing gathering of dance aficionados and people who aspire to be. Workshops, social dances and competitions run all weekend long.

6 Bronc Day Festival

Gazebo Lake Park, 10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, broncdayco.org

Lakeside summer fun is a long-held tradition in Green Mountain Falls, where the 73rd annual Bronc Day Festival will feature everything from a pancake breakfast to radio-controlled boat races. Other family activities include a parade, Western entertainment, games and arts & crafts booths next to Gazebo Lake.

6 Pasta in the Park

Myron Stratton Home Campus, 435 Gold Pass Heights, tessacs.org/events

An annual fundraiser for TESSA, featuring a pasta sauce cook-off, wine tasting, dinner and dancing. Oh, and some chefs in crazy costumes.

6-7 26th annual Mountain Arts Festival

Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, themountainartists.com

More than 75 artists in a plethora of media will exhibit their works en plein air during the juried weekend exhibition, sponsored by the Mountain Artists nonprofit, which promotes the work of Teller County artists of all ages and disciplines.

6-7 Colorado Faerie Festival

Vermijo Park, 2601 W. Vermijo Ave., coloradofaeriefestival.com

A park full of wings, glitter, and mystical sprites: Come here to get your faerie on.

7-13 Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture & Diversity

America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, and various sites, cospdiversityforum.org

This is a celebration of differences. To start a week of events, an Aug. 7 festival will put performers, artisans and community forums outside in a beautiful location. Bring the family.

8 Heritage for Hope Classic Charity Golf Tournament

Country Club of Colorado, 125 E. Clubhouse Drive, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org

A joint event to benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Rachael's Ribbons of Hope Foundation, the golf tournament comprises 18 holes of play as well as prizes and a post-tournament cookout and silent auction on the grounds of the country club.

13 Vino & Notes Wine, Food & Jazz Festival

Memorial Park, corner of Lake Avenue and North Park Street, Woodland Park, vinoandnotes.com

Twenty wineries, three jazz bands and one good cause: Woodland Park supports apprenticeships for special-needs youth through the festival, which benefits local nonprofit Charitable Treasures Workshop.

13 Burro Birthday Bash and Bluegrass Festival

Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org

Oro and Nugget's birthdays involve a two-band bluegrass concert and a meet 'n greet with a bunch of starry-eyed kiddos, plus food and drink vendors and the running of historic mining machinery. It's good to be a burro.

13 Cotton Club

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

The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum honors local proponent of inclusion Henry Sachs with a trip back in time to Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club. Think hot jazz, zoot suits and Springs diversity, 1920s-style.

13-14 Craft Lager Festival

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

Benefitting Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon, Fountain Creek Restoration, Manitou City Parks and the Colorado Brewer's Guild, the festival features samples from more than 30 craft brewers.

20-21 Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

Barr Trail, Manitou Springs, pikespeakmarathon.org

Participate, volunteer or watch as the fittest Coloradans and out-of-towners tackle our 14,115-foot behemoth. With 7,815 feet of vertical gain from downtown Manitou, it's simply punishing (for them — not you). Ascent is Saturday, marathon is Sunday.

20 Newhoma Music and Mountain Festival

Midland Pavilion, 201 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, newhoma.org

Presented by KRCC-FM 91.5, in conjunction with Peoples National Bank, this second annual festival features live music, vendors and other activities in a beautiful outdoor setting.

26-Sept. 5 Colorado State Fair

State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com

Last year, the fair brought in half a million people, with highlights including gator wrestling, gigantic fruit sculpture and a Smokey Robinson performance. For this year's musical highlights, see http://www.csindy.com/colorado/survival-of-the-fittest/Content?oid=2190930>here.

27 Pikes Peak Derby Dames

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

The PPDD All Stars attempt to outwit, out-punch and out-swagger the DC Rollergirls.

27-28 Mountain Music Festival

Soda Springs Park, 1000 block of Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org

A family-friendly event featuring live bluegrass (and other mountain-y) music from local and national bands, with vendors aplenty.

28 Assault on the Peak

Pikes Peak Highway, ridepikespeak.com

After the drivers and runners take their cracks at the mountain, watch the cyclists do the same, if only for fun. Spectators can hang around in Manitou Springs that day for the fourth annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Festival, a cornucopia of all things human-powered and be-wheeled.


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