Summer Mountain Town Events Off the Beaten Path

Tucked away in remote areas of Colorado exist secret stashes of mountain town events ready to be discovered. The journey to these spectacular places may be a short one or you may have to take a magnificent scenic drive that you couldn’t/wouldn’t do during the winter months. But it’s summer and you’re in Colorado. So, load up the car and explore the nooks and crannies this extraordinary place has to offer. Find mountain events surrounded by national forrests, stunning peaks, the friendliest of people and high-altitude lakes and rivers. It’s here where you'll find the most cool and exceptional things to do and places to do them all over Colorado. Shake the crowds and the high-priced luxury hotels to join us on a Colorado adventure as we take you to summer mountain town events off the beaten path.

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Off the Beaten Path Summer Colorado Mountain Town Events

Buena Vista located between Salida and Leadville. It is best known as a summer destination and home of the Arkansas River headwaters where rafters put in to ride the rapids. There are also hot springs and trails for hiking, biking and four wheeling. Buena Vista is located to the east of the Collegiate Peaks mountain range known as the highest concentration of 14ers In Colorado. Featured summer mountain town events in BV include river festivals, camping music festivals, rodeos, fairs, off roading events, free concerts, endurance sports and more. See the Buena Vista calendar of cool and exceptional events

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Carbondale is in the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. The growing town of Carbondale still holds a remote small town vibe. Featured Carbondale mountain town events include Thursday rodeos, mountain sports events, sheep dog finals, skateboarding competitions and the famous Carbondale Mountain Fair. See the calendar of cool and exceptional events in Carbondale.

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Copper Mountain isn't necessarily off the beaten path but can be an overlooked summer destination. At Copper’s resort village you can ride the zip line, race go karts and take a scenic lift ride. You can also scream while riding the mountain coaster as it twists through the forest along the mountain side. Copper Mountain is packed with top shelf events that are free to attend. Most all Copper summer events also feature free concerts from national touring bands. Featured events include Guitar, Town, the Copper Triangle Bike Race, Copper Country and the delicious Mac and Cheese Festival. See the full line up of Copper Mountain events.

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Crested Butte is an isolated mountain town that everyone knows about. It's remote location provides unlimited scenic eye candy worthy of any magazine cover. The all-American downtown in Crested Butte is so cute your picture taking finger will get tired snapping photos. Hiking, kayaking and mountain biking are top summer activities. Featured mountain town events in Crested Butte include the spectacular wild flower festival and the Chili and Beer festival. The Crested Butte Center for the Arts hosts many music, food, wine and art events all year 'round. You’ve got to drive through Gunnison to get to Crested Butte. In Gunnison you’ll find many mountain sports competitions and the I Bar Ranch famous for hosting well known touring bands at its outside stage all summer long. See the full line up of Crested Butte events.

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Evergreen is just a smidgen off the beaten path along the I 70 mountain corridor. Mountain town events taking place there are usually found around scenic Buchanan Park and Evergreen Lake. Only 45 minutes from Denver, you can expect to find free concerts at Evergreen Lake, mountain sports events, the Evergeen Jazz Festival, the Evergreen Rodeo, and the Indian Market and Pow Wow. See the line up of cool and exceptional events taking place in Evergreen

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Delta County is a slice of the western slope known for its rich agriculture heritage which means wineries, fruit stands and agritourism you just won’t find anywhere else. Featured events include Paonia’s Cherry Days, Delta’s Deltarado Days, The Mountain Harvest Festival and the West Elks Wine Trail. There are also free concerts in Paonia Town Park on Thursdays during August. See the full line up of cool and exceptional events in Delta County

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Westcliffe is located about an hour south of the Royal Gorge Bridge in a valley flanked by the eastern slope of the Sangre D Cristo Mountain range. It is quite a bit off the beaten path and that’s what gives it charm. Surrounded by hiking and biking trails, the area is traditionally known for its ranching. It’s also recognized as a Dark Sky Community where you can see stars like you’ve never seen them before. Featured events include free Summer in the Park Concerts, the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival, the Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo, the Custer County Fair and the Arts Hullabaloo. See what's coming up at Westcliffe

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Alma/Fairplay/South Park are over Hoosier Pass south of Breckenridge and north of highway 285 about an hour west of Denver. Alma is known to have its post office located at the highest elevation of any city in the country. This area is also home to the kids in the South Park series and you can spot a couple landmarks recognizing this. Featured events include mountain sports challenges, the Park County Fair and Rodeo, Burro Days, free concerts on Main Street and more. See what's happening in Fairplay and Park County

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Leadville is about 30 minutes south of Copper Mountain and 40 minutes north of Buena Vista. It sits below Colorado’s two highest peaks. Mt Elbert at 14,440 and Mt Massive at 14,4287. If you’re really ambitious you can hike to the summit of those. Otherwise, I’d suggest diving into Leadville’s wild west and mining history with a visit to one of the 6 museums in Leadville. Surrounded by glacial lakes, Leadville is known as the home for the Leadville 100 endurance sports events. The gem of Leadville is the historic Tabor Opera House. The Tabor Opera House was built in 1879 by Horace Austin Warner Tabor, one of Colorado's most well known mining magnates and still hosts concerts and theatre productions. Other Leadville events include a BBQ festival in June and Boom Days the first weekend of August celebrating the rich mining history. See what's coming up in Leadville

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Alamosa is located just 30 miles south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, one of the world’s great natural wonders. Alamosa is home to the Scenic Rio Grande Railroad that departs daily during the summer. On the weekends, the train stops at the Fir Summit Amphitheatre where top musicians perform for the passengers. USA Today has ranked the Fir Summit Amphitheatre as a “TOP 10 Outdoor Music Venue” in the Nation! Alamosa also hosts car shows, free summer concerts, sports events, a BBQ festival, rodeos and more. See upcoming Almosa Events

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Idaho Springs is only 30 miles from Denver in the Clear Creek Canyon. Idaho Springs can keep you busy with mine tours, rafting, zip lines and hiking. It’s home to Mt. Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America and well worth the drive. Events in Idaho Springs include the Rapid Grass Bluegrass festival a Colorado camping and music festival, Burro races and of course races to the top of Mt. Evans. See more about Idaho Springs here.

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Georgetown is only 12 miles west of Idaho Springs and 13 miles east of the Eisenhower tunnel (Loveland Pass). Guenella Scenic pass starts in downtown Georgetown and is a spectacular scenic drive. In August, Guanella pass is where the Devil's Peak Downhill skateboarding race takes place. Georgetown is home to Loveland Ski Resort, the closest ski area to Denver. A mountain sports event that anyone can do is the Slacker Downhill Race. It starts at Loveland Ski Area (10,630ft) and its route takes you down to Georgetown (8,400). Georgetown also offers up one the best home town  July 4th parades. See upcoming Georgetown events

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Meeker is way off the beaten path in Northwestern Colorado. Meeker is the location of the Meeker Massacre, the Battle of Milk Creek, the start of the Ute War, and the catalyst for the Colorado Ute Removal Act. The community is surrounded by the Flat Tops Scenic Byway and 250 miles of motorized off-road trails and mountain biking trails. Meekerpalooza takes place in June and the Meeker Range Call Rodeo takes place over the fourth of July with big name concerts, a parade, races and more. See more about Meeker here.

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Other off the beaten path mountain towns to check out: Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Salida

See the full line up of mountain town events taking place off the beaten path this week and beyond RIGHT HERE

We'll continue to explore Colorado's nooks and crannies searching for the best mountain town events off the beaten path. Feel free to submit your ideas to shibleyjeff@gmail.com.

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Events this week in Colorado

Week of August 19, 2019

Jul 19

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Aug 21
August 21, 2019 To August 24, 2019

A re-imagining of Hamlet told from Ophelia's perspective. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the...

Every summer, the American West burns. Inside each of these fires are small crews who work to...

Aug 22

Escape is the story of a man in his mid 30s who finds himself isolated in a mental health facility...

Aug 22

Come out and have fun in the sun while supporting your local artists, businesses, and community at...

Fresh off a dynamic appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal,  comedian Dusty Slay...

This gem hit theatres in the 1990s and became an international hit, and helped catapult Guy Pierce...

Aug 24

A celebration of movement, creativity, and pageantry, this production showcases 9 all-new pieces by...

Aug 24
August 24, 2019 To August 25, 2019

Experience Great shopping, awesome Live Music, and live art at the longest running and best...

Mattersville is a Non-Profit working to build a network of sustainable tiny home communities for...

Since moving to Colorado 3 decades ago, Hazel Miller has been one of the most sought-after...

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Duration
Venue
Location
Tickets
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius
Mar 01 - Aug 25
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Boulder County Farmers Market Saturdays
Apr 06 - Nov 23
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Longmont Farmers Market Saturdays
Apr 06 - Nov 23
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Boulder County Farmers Market Wednesdays
May 01 - Oct 02
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Cherry Creek Fresh Market Saturdays
May 04 - Oct 26
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Metro Denver Farmers’ Market at Southwest Plaza
May 04 - Oct 26
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Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market
May 05 - Oct 27
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Southlands Farmers Market Saturday
May 11 - Oct 26
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Union Station Farmers Market Saturdays
May 11 - Oct 26
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Parker Farmers Market Sundays
May 12 - Oct 27
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Louisville Farmers Market Saturdays
May 18 - Oct 12
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Briargate Farmer’s Market Wednesdays
May 22 - Oct 09
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University Hills Farmers Market
May 25 - Oct 19
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Cordera Farmer’s Market Sundays
May 26 - Sep 01
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Golden Farmers Market Saturdays
Jun 01 - Oct 05
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Westminster Farmers’ Market Saturdays
Jun 01 - Sep 28
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Arvada Farmers Market Sundays
Jun 02 - Sep 29
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City Park Fresh Market Sundays
Jun 02 - Oct 27
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The Light Show
Jun 02 - May 03
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Lafayette Famers Market Thursdays
Jun 06 - Sep 26
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Beer Here! Brewing the New West Artifacts from Colorado's Brewing History
Jun 10 - Aug 09
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Glenwood Springs Downtown Market Tuesdays
Jun 11 - Sep 17
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Glenwood’s Downtown Market & Music Series Tuesdays
Jun 11 - Sep 17
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Downtown Farmers’ Market Wednesdays
Jun 12 - Sep 11
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Cherry Creek Fresh Market Wednesdays
Jun 12 - Sep 25
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Littleton Farmers’ Market Wednesdays
Jun 12 - Sep 25
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Aspen Saturday Market
Jun 15 - Oct 05
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Rino Fresh Market Saturdays
Jun 15 - Oct 12
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Lakewood Farmers’ Market Saturdays
Jun 15 - Sep 28
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Stapleton Fresh Market Sundays
Jun 16 - Oct 13
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Vail Farmers’ Market Sundays
Jun 16 - Oct 06
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Comedian Ismo Leikola
Jun 18 - Sep 19
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Fruita Farmers Market Saturdays
Jun 22 - Sep 21
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Collective Groove (R&B, dance, horn band)
Aug 21
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JoRiCa + 1
Aug 21
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Skean Dubh (Celtic)
Aug 21
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CJ Ramone
Aug 21
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Sonny Landreth
Aug 21-22
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Wednesday Night Live
Aug 21
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Music at Milestone Summer Music Series 2019 / JEREMY GARRETT AND HIS FUNK BAND
Aug 21
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One Sweet Summer- Summer Concerts: Whippoorwill
Aug 21
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Snowmass Rodeo
Aug 21
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MR. JIMMY LED ZEPPELIN REVIVAL
Aug 22
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Son Volt
Aug 22
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40 oz. To Freedom - Trib. to Sublime
Aug 22
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Jenn Cleary/Zimbira (afro fusion)
Aug 22
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Wild West Rodeo Series
Aug 22
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Martini Shot
Aug 22
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Paonia Pickin' in the Park Free Concerts: RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH/SPIDERCAT/Luke Powers
Aug 22
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Colorado Classic
Aug 22-25
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Lex Luger
Aug 22
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Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit
Aug 22
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Stunna 4 Vegas & Blacc Zacc
Aug 22
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The Sam Chase & the Untraditional
Aug 22
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Concerts In The Plaza – You Knew Me When
Aug 22
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Across the Universe
Aug 22
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Naive Melodies
Aug 22
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Phour Point O
Aug 22
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Cris Jacobs Band
Aug 22
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Summer Comedy Series
Aug 22
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Meeker Summer Rodeo
Aug 22
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Snowmass Free Concert Series: New Orleans Suspects
Aug 22
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Historical Walking Tour
Aug 22
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Tasting Telluride Food Tour
Aug 22
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Thursday Tipi Tot Time
Aug 22
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High-Note Thursdays at Rendezvous Event Center
Aug 22
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Cris Jacobs
Aug 23
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Breckenridge Hogfest
Aug 23-25
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Space Orphan
Aug 23
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“Cowboy Up” Dance & BBQ
Aug 23
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Colorado Springs Comic Con
Aug 23-25
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Dream Feed
Aug 23
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Moses Jones Quartet
Aug 23
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Pikes Peak Region’s 21st Annual Greek Festival
Aug 23-25
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KBUT Kampout: The Contribution (Feat. members of Railroad Earth / ALO / New Monsoon / Great American Taxi and The Black Swan Singers) / Shamarr Allen / Paa Kow / SHEL and more!
Aug 23-24
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Fiesta CO Dance Company with Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra
Aug 23
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Isaiah Sharkey/ Eric Luba
Aug 23
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Joel Ansett (album release)
Aug 23
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Kruza Kid/ Notorious Conduct/ Mass Relay/ Foxy Dope
Aug 23
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Places Back Home (EP Release): With Ivory Circle, Tolstoy, Holdfast
Aug 23
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Plastic Daggers
Aug 23
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Poncho Sanchez
Aug 23
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Shovelin Stone and Larry Nix
Aug 23
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TGIFairplay Free Concert Series on Front Street: The Hazel Miller Band
Aug 23
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Truth
Aug 23
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Jimmy Thackery
Aug 23
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Movies & Music in the Park: Mary Poppins Returns/The Sweet Lillies Band
Aug 23
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Sugaray Rayford
Aug 23
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Friday Fest Free Concerts: Woodbelly
Aug 23
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Juke Box Boys
Aug 23
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Blue Light Special - Car Show
Aug 23
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Colorado State Fair
Aug 23 - Sep 02
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Salida JazzFest
Aug 23-25
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Pat Byrne
Aug 23
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Coca-Cola Family Movie Night: Rango
Aug 23
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Great Sand Dunes Dark Sky Celebration
Aug 24
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Arts & Ales
Aug 24
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Colorado Ballet
Aug 24
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Hero’s Car Show
Aug 24
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Kessel Run
Aug 24
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That Eighties Band
Aug 24
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Bloodkin - Live at Paddlefest
Aug 24
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High Mountain Madness Running Race Nathrop
Aug 24-25
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King Boletus Mushroom Festival
Aug 24-25
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The Denver Pops featuring the Rubber Souls
Aug 24
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Colorado Springs Flea Market
Aug 24-25
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Copper Live: Anders Osborne August 24 | Brent Cowles August 25
Aug 24-25
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12th Annual Carnage on Larimer
Aug 24
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Aaron Cohen
Aug 24
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Bass Physics w/ COFRESI/Megan Hamilton/CatParty
Aug 24
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Colorado Cider Circus
Aug 24
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DJ Mustard
Aug 24
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Lil Toe
Aug 24
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New Orleans Suspects/Jubilingo
Aug 24
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Smash Street Denver Ping Pong Tournament
Aug 24
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Such (album release)
Aug 24
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Zion I
Aug 24
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Amoramora/ Banshee Tree
Aug 24
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Son Volt
Aug 24
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Angry Steve Band at Colorado Women's Ride & World Record Party
Aug 24
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Music on the Mountain: Johnny O Band
Aug 24
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Car Show / Hobo Family Festival
Aug 24
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Lake City Alpine 50
Aug 24
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Walk To End Alzheimer's
Aug 24
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Trinidaddio Blues Fest: Sugaray Rayford Band/ Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and Jimmy Thackery
Aug 24
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Art @River Bend
Aug 25
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Twenty Hands High and Soda Blue Concert
Aug 25
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Backlot Project: Chevy Chase screens his classic 1980 film “Caddyshack”
Aug 25
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Brunch Fest
Aug 25
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Compliments to the One
Aug 25
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Sliver
Aug 25
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The MMJ Showcase
Aug 25
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Movies on the Water: Coming to America
Aug 25
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Popa Chubby
Aug 25
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Fitbit Local Burpees
Aug 25
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The California Honeydrops
Aug 25
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Beans and Wheels
Aug 25
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Prairie Dog Town
Aug 25
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Week of August 19, 2019

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