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2011

JUNE

  • June 4 : Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Fest - The festival begins at Memorial Park from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Over 24 wineries will be pouring samples of the wines they produce. Live entertainment will be performed throughout the afternoon. Specialty food & wine related gift booths will also be located throughout the park.
       Manitou Springs, Colorado

  • June 11-July 31: Colorado Renaissance Festival - The 34th Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is held each weekend from June through August. This eight-week extravaganza features court jesters and jousters, a King and his Queen, fun acts, turkey legs, a petting zoo, dashing knights, musical programs, comedians, artisans, and more.
       Weekends Only (Saturdays Sundays); 10:00am - 6:30pm

  • June : 80th Annual Cripple Creek Donkey Derby Days - Now in its 80th year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other family activities at Donkey Derby Days, Cripple Creek’s biggest event of the year. 
       Cripple Creek, Colorado

  • June 26: 88th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the world's highest auto race and one of the most grueling events in all of motor racing. The start line at 9,400 feet is high enough to leave anyone short of breath. And the climb to the towering 14,110 foot finish punishes drivers and their vehicles.
       Cascade, Colorado

JULY

  • June 11-July 31: Colorado Renaissance Festival - The 34th Annual Colorado Renaissance Festival is held each weekend from June through August. This eight-week extravaganza features court jesters and jousters, a King and his Queen, fun acts, turkey legs, a petting zoo, dashing knights, musical programs, comedians, artisans, and more.
       Weekends Only (Saturdays Sundays); 10:00am - 6:30pm

  • July 4-10: US Women's Open - Conducted by the United States Golf Association, the U.S. Women's Open is the National Championship for women's golf. The Broadmoor Hotel will host this esteemed event on the legendary East Course.
       The Broadmoor Hotel; Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • July 16: 32nd Annual Thin Air Nationals Car Show - Come see hundreds of hot rod and custom cars on display.
       Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

  • July 17: Barr Trail Mountain Race - 12th Annual Pikes Peak Run up to Barr Camp and back, 12 miles.     Manitou Springs, Colorado

  • July : Fiddles, Vittles and Vino - Foot-stomping bluegrass music, cooking demonstrations, living history activities, and, of course, the delectable food and wine tastings, have quickly made this event a regional favorite. Sample food from more than two dozen of Colorado Springs’ finest restaurants. Where else can you sip a vintage wine, listen to bluegrass melodies and enjoy a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak? Bring chairs or a blanket for seating at the concert. The festival will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit Rock Ledge Ranch.
       Rockledge Ranch, Colorado Springs, Colorado

AUGUST

  • August : Bronc Day Festival - The 73rd Bronc Day Festival is free family fun for everyone. The day starts at 7 a.m. with the Mucky Duck 5K and pancake breakfast at the fire station. A big parade at 10 a.m. includes the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, fire engines, floats, antique cars, clowns, stilt walkers, stagecoach, cowboys, gunfighters, and kids on decorated bicycles. Can't make it in the morning? Well, the rest of the day's still got lots of fun activities that are perfect for the whole family: a rubber duckie race, nail driving contest, Midland Rail Run, face painting, kid’s games, and a radio controlled model boat race on the Gazebo Lake will all compete for your attention. There will also be a 26 foot high air slide, Disney bouncer and arts & crafts booths.

  • August 6-7: 26th Annual Mountain Arts Festival - The 26th annual Mountain Arts Festival is being held in early August in Woodland Park. The weekend long festival will be held on the grounds of the Ute Pass Cultural Center and is the Teller County's longest-running juried outdoor arts festival. This year's Mountain Arts Festival features more than 75 regional artists (and some participants from as far away as California and Maryland). Art mediums include: painting, watercolor, pastels, wood products, jewelry, pottery, photography, stained glass, and more. Food and drinks will be available.

  • August 13: Vino and Notes - Join us at the base of beautiful Pikes Peak in Woodland Park for the Third Annual Vino & Notes: Wine, Food & Jazz Festival. 15 Colorado wineries, three different jazz bands, plus tons of food and shopping make this an awesome way to spend an afternoon in the mountains!
       Woodland Park, Colorado

  • August 20-21: 56th Annual Pikes Peak Ascent and Pikes Peak Marathon - One of America's greatest races, of any kind, will redefine what you call running. The first leg has you heading in the direction "up". During the next 10 miles you gain almost 6,000 vertical feet. For the last three miles, with still over 2,000' of vertical to go, you'll realize where the Marathon got its moniker - America's Ultimate Challenge. A race for the serious runner, not to be missed!
       Manitou Springs, Colorado

  • August 26-28: Mountain Music Festival - Free live mountain music & bluegrass by several local and national bands. Vendors and food booths will be on site. Brings your blankets and chairs and come out and enjoy some great music.
       Manitou Springs, Colorado

SEPTEMBER

  • September 3-5: 35th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic - The Colorado Balloon Classic is an annual family event, admission is free, held each Labor Day weekend. Mass ascensions of over 100 balloons are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. Each year a variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event.
       Memorial Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • September 3-5: Commonwheel Artists 37th Annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Free Admission. Local Art & Crafts. Live entertainment, kid's activities, food and fun for the whole family.
       Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado

  • September 11: Race for the Cure - Participate in the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado Race for the Cure® and show everyone whose life you are running for. Are you running for your mother, your sister, a co-worker, a friend? Are you running for your own life? Or are you running for the future? No matter whose life you are running for, now is the time to get involved and run for their life! 
       Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado

OCTOBER

  • October 28: Emma Crawford's Victorian Wake - In 1889 Emma Crawford succumbed to an illness and as she wished was laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. Years later her coffin washed down the granite cliff. Admission includes entrance into Miramont Castle, and Victorian wake. The event is graced in pure Victorian splendor and you will enjoy Victorian food and beverage in the great hall.
       Miramont Castle, Manitou Springs, Colorado

  • October 29: 17th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade - As featuerd on the Travel Channel, the world world famous legend of Emma Crawford lives again Saturday, October 29th as coffins and "Emmas" race up the town's main street, at the foot of Pikes Peak.
       Manitou Springs, Colorado