Summer Guide 2011: July 

1 Longhorn Cattle Drive

Tejon Street and downtown Colorado Springs

At high noon, pros from the largest American ranches will drive longhorn cattle through downtown streets. Put on by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, it's the only event in the country of its kind.

1-2 Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo Weekend

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

It's billed as "a working ranch cowboy rodeo" because it attracts the top ranchers in the West. Watch events such as the wild horse race, wild cow milking, team doctoring, trailer loading and the rodeo itself. Saturday's branding and sorting is a free event.

2-4 Pikes Peak Arts Fest

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

A celebration of local artists and craftspeople, PPAF means live entertainment, outdoor arts vendors and family activities, happening annually during the July 4th weekend.

4-10 U.S. Women's Open

The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 2011uswomensopen.com

More than 150 professional and amateur women golfers, 125,000 fans, 72 holes, national TV coverage. One hoity-toity golf event.

7-10 Colorado's Burlesque Fest

The Gothic Theater, Casselman's, and Lannie's Clock Tower, Denver, coloradoburlesquefestival.com

Take in the second annual burlesque extravaganza, featuring Lola Spitfire's Peaks & Pasties, among others. Acts range from vaudeville and circus, to cabaret and go-go.

8 & 22 Outdoor Machinery Days

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

Those not fascinated with heavy machinery will just have to brace themselves "as the kinetic energy of the 1890s refinery comes alive" at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry's celebration of steam shovels and trammers (compressed-air locomotives).

9 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Kick Off Concert with Joe Nichols and Craig Morgan

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

A country music concert to get in the "western spirit" for the upcoming rodeo.

9-10 Greenhorn Valley Arts & Music Festival

Greenhorn Meadows Park, Colorado City, greenhornvalleyproductions.com

Twenty minutes from Pueblo, Colorado City will host 50 fine artists and craftsmen, performances by American and world roots musicians on two stages, and general summer fun.

10 Jonathan Leathwood in Concert

Packard Hall, Colorado College, coloradocollege.edu

The Colorado Springs Guitar Society celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert by six- and 10-string guitarist Jonathan Leathwood.

11 Good Ole Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest

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

What says "July" better than an evening concert in the park and a come-one, come-all pie-baking contest? Find a spot on the lawn, listen to Little London Winds, and savor the true taste of summer: pie à la mode.

12 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade

Downtown Colorado Springs, coloradospringsrodeo.com

Get in the cowboy spirit with wranglers, horses, cattle and rodeo stars heading through downtown.

13-16 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

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

This rodeo, celebrating its 71st year, sets competitors on their way to fight for a world championship title.

15 Summer Workshop Concert

Packard Hall, Colorado College, pikespeakyoungcomposers.org

After learning and rehearsing all season, the kids in the Pikes Peak Young Composers' Summer Workshop will showcase the fruits of their labor — including some original compositions.

15 Jerry Seinfeld

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

You know Seinfeld loves the art of stand-up comedy because he definitely isn't doing it for the money. Expect new-to-you fresh material at the Pikes Peak Center.

15-16 32nd Annual Thin Air Nationals Car Show

Main Street, Fountain; Gazebo Lake Park, Green Mountain Falls, xcs.net/crac/rodandcustom.htm

Cruisers, land yachts and customs of all kinds highlight this show that starts in Fountain and migrates to higher elevations, all the way to Ute Pass.

16 Pikes Peak Derby Dames

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

In roller derby, the only thing better than the puns is the punches. Get your fill of both when the Danger Dolls take on the Candy Snipers.

16 Blues Under the Bridge

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

See more on this annual, one-of-a-kind music event on p. 40.

16 Victor Downhill Gravity Race

Victor Avenue, Victor

To win the cash prizes at this free-to-enter event, you'll need to design and build an outrageous soapbox-like vehicle and place in the categories of speed, creativity and/or showmanship. The sloping main streets of Victor should be lined with spectators of this spectacle.

16-17 PrideFest

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

This is the second-largest annual LGBT event in Colorado, with a parade, vendors, food and drink, and kids' activities.

17 Barr Trail Mountain Race

Barr Trail, Ruxton Avenue & Hydro Street, Manitou Springs, runpikespeak.com

Hoofing it from the trailhead to Barr Camp and back again is no mean feat. Luckily, misery loves a crowd, and you'll have plenty of fellow sufferers on this 12-mile run.

22 A Night with Captain Sig & the Hillstrand Brothers from Deadliest Catch

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

You won't want to miss the chance to hear from some of the stars of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, live at the Pikes Peak Center: Never has Colorado Springs seen so much star quality and fish guts at the same time.

22-24, 29-31 Rocky Mountain State Games

Multiple venues, thesportscorp.org

A 34-sport festival for Colorado residents of all athletic abilities and ages. Take part in or watch events ranging from billiards tournaments to judo, rock climbing, table tennis and weightlifting.

23-30 El Paso County Fair

El Paso County Fairgrounds, Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com

The county fairgrounds come alive again, as has happened for decades, with auto and truck races, a rodeo, 4-H shows and more funnel-cake-fueled goodness.


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

HAPA uses the summery sounds of Hawaiian pop and traditional Hawaiian music to create laid-back but still-poignant songs. It has the biggest-selling CD by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music.

28 Blame Sally

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

"Holy cow, these gals are terrific," says Stargazers owner Cindy Hooton. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Blame Sally has shared festival stages with Los Lobos, Ani DiFranco, Roseanne Cash and Greg Brown.

29 Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

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

People expecting to see the Father of the Bride in a cowboy hat might not be disappointed, but they will miss the point: Martin and Co. produce a legit bluegrass sound that has led them to music showcases from Bonnaroo to Letterman. That said, Martin writes some of the material, so laughs are a given.

31 Fiddles, Vittles & Vino

Rock Ledge Ranch, 3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com

As fun to attend as it is to say: Fiddles, Vittles and Vino features live bluegrass and food and drink tastings, in benefit of the historic Rock Ledge Ranch.


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