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 June 17, 2019

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Jun 21
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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
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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Plein Air Meeker "Paint Out"
Jun 15 - Jul 02
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Stapleton Fresh Market Sundays
Jun 16 - Oct 13
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Desert Rats Kokopelli 150 Stage Race
Jun 16-22
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Vail Farmers’ Market Sundays
Jun 16 - Oct 06
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2019 Kids Fly Fishing Camp
Jun 17-21
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John Wesley Powell Expedition 150th Anniversary Celebration
Jun 17-18
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Comedian Ismo Leikola
Jun 18 - Sep 19
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Bayfield Downtown Block Party
Jun 18-20
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Anglum Mock & Greene (acoustic Americana)
Jun 18
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Operators
Jun 18
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Pile
Jun 18
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Vundabar/Together Pangea/Dehd
Jun 18
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Food Truck Rally with Music from Cable Ten
Jun 18
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Boombox
Jun 18
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Avon Live: Shook Twins
Jun 19
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Bands on the Bricks: Pink Hawks
Jun 19
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Davenports (classic rock)
Jun 19
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Dotsero (contemporary instrumental, pop, jazz)
Jun 19
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Bonnie & The Clydes
Jun 19
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Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
Jun 19
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Project Aspect/ MZG
Jun 19
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Wand/Dreamdecay
Jun 19
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True West Rodeo
Jun 19
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Wednesday Night Live
Jun 19
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Lagoon Summer Concert Series: The Jakarta Band
Jun 19
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Squirrel Nut Zippers
Jun 19
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Music at Milestone / Bonfire Dub
Jun 19
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Moonlight Movies at the Amp: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jun 19
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One Sweet Summer- Outdoor Movie Nights Downtown
Jun 19
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Geological History of Summit County Tour
Jun 19
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Snowmass Rodeo
Jun 19
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Nightgrass: Leftover Salmon
Jun 19
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Round-Up Rodeo
Jun 20-23
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Round-Up Rodeo High Noon Cattle Drive & Mutton Bustin
Jun 20
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Wild Child
Jun 20
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Beaver Creek Rodeo
Jun 20
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Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge
Jun 20-22
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Hazel MIller Band
Jun 20
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Niwot Community Semi Marching Free Grange Band/Last Men On Earth (rock)
Jun 20
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The Taming of the Shrew
Jun 20 - Jul 07
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Wild West Rodeo Series
Jun 20
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Burnt Lips (rock, reggae)
Jun 20
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Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast
Jun 20
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Inman Brothers Band
Jun 20
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The SoulCasters
Jun 20
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Peal Jam Tribute Chicago
Jun 20
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Bodeans
Jun 20-21
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Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger
Jun 20
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MoJaBlu Concert Series-The Hot Lunch Band
Jun 20
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Shuhandz
Jun 20
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Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Jun 20
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The Big Eat
Jun 20
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The Steel Woods
Jun 20
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Concert Hall @ The Park - Alice Wallace
Jun 20
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Thursday Night Live
Jun 20
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Bohemian Nights Presents Thursday Night Live: Gasoline Lollipops
Jun 20
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The Copper Children
Jun 20
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The Market on Main Thursdays
Jun 20
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Forever in Blue Jeans
Jun 20
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Summer Comedy Series
Jun 20
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Buckstein
Jun 20
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Meeker Summer Rodeo
Jun 20
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Mountain Air Music presents The Brevet with opener Wildermiss
Jun 20
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Nothing But Nineties
Jun 20
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Thursday's @ 6 Concert Series in Riverside Park: Hunker Down
Jun 20
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Snowmass Free Concert Series: Whitacre
Jun 20
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Nightgrass: Lake Street Dive
Jun 20
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Nightgrass: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Band
Jun 20
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Nightgrass: Sierra Hull & Molly Tuttle
Jun 20
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Thursday Tipi Tot Time
Jun 20
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High-Note Thursdays: Winston Ramble
Jun 20
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Round-Up Rodeo
Jun 21-23
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Mono Verde & Roka Hueka
Jun 21
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2019 Colorado Tiny House Festival
Jun 21-23
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2019 Vintage Market Days of Colorado Springs
Jun 21-23
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Buckstein (modern country, rock)
Jun 21
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Martini Shot (pop, rock, swing)
Jun 21
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The Exchange Club of Falcon Foundation 11th Annual Charity Golf Event
Jun 21
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VooDoo Hawks CD Release
Jun 21
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2019 World Tour Paddling Film Festival
Jun 21
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Bass Inferno With HE$H and Bommer/SweetTooth/Kleavr b2b Tantrum
Jun 21
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Enuff Z'Nuff
Jun 21
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Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene
Jun 21
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NCHA Denver National Championship Event
Jun 21
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Parker McCollum
Jun 21
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Who's Bad | The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Float Like a Buffalo
Jun 21
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The Long Run
Jun 21
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Outdoor Movie Night – A DOG’S WAY HOME
Jun 21
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2019 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Jun 21-23
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Westenaires
Jun 21-22
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2019 Strawberry Days Fine Art and Craft Show
Jun 21-23
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Yappy Hour with Grand County Pet Pals
Jun 21
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Lavendar Fields Forever
Jun 21-23
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Modinks
Jun 21
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2019 BBQ & Brew Festival
Jun 21-22
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Northern Colorado Summer Patio & Home Expo
Jun 21-23
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2019 Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals
Jun 21-23
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Cowboys' Roundup Days
Jun 21-29
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Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series
Jun 21-22
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Nightgrass: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Jun 21
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Nightgrass: Railroad Earth
Jun 21
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Nightgrass: Yonder Mountain String Band
Jun 21
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You Knew Me When
Jun 21
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Vail Craft Beer Classic
Jun 21-23
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The Importance of being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
Jun 21
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Summer Solstice Sunset Walk
Jun 21
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Coca-Cola Family Movie Night: Lilo & Stitch
Jun 21
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Round-Up Rodeo concerts featuring Parmalee
Jun 22
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Tribute to the music of John Denver starring Jim Curry
Jun 22-23
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Boulder County Bombers Roller Derby: All Stars Round Robin with Cincinnati Black Sheep and FoCo Micro Bruisers
Jun 22
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YOAC Annual Car Show
Jun 22
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The Long Run
Jun 22
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Colorado Springs Flea Market
Jun 22-23
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Yak Attack
Jun 22
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Donkey Derby Days
Jun 22-23
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Chatham County Line
Jun 22
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Concert on the Green- Soul School Band
Jun 22
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Denver Delux: G. Love and Special Sauce/Magic Hippies/Wild Rivers/Ballyhoo!/Brad Corrigan (Dispatch) and More!
Jun 22
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Dizzy Wright - Nobody Cares Work Harder Tour
Jun 22
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Hillsong United - Mack Brock - Amanda Lindsey Cook
Jun 22
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Lego Movie 2
Jun 22
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Movie nights at Fairmont: Lego Movie 2
Jun 22
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BoDeans
Jun 22
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Slacker Half Marathon
Jun 22
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Granby Rodeo
Jun 22
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Fruita Farmers Market Saturdays
Jun 22 - Sep 21
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14th Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival
Jun 22-23
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2019 Denver Cherry Blossom Festival
Jun 22-23
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2019 Dandelion Daze Family Event
Jun 22
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The Keystone Bacon and Bourbon Festival
Jun 22-23
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The Colorado Renaissance Festival
Jun 22-23
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The AGAPE Invitational Hope 4 Youth Tournament
Jun 22
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Meekerpalooza!
Jun 22
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21st Annual Archuleta County Golf Tournament
Jun 22
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Nightgrass: Greensky Bluegrass
Jun 22
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Nightgrass: Jon Stickley Trio
Jun 22
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Nightgrass: Steep Canyon Rangers
Jun 22
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Hamlet By William Shakespeare
Jun 22
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Grazing Goats
Jun 22
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Sundays at Six Dane Arnold & the Soup
Jun 23
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Niwot Antique Auction
Jun 23
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Sundays @ 6: You Knew Me When
Jun 23
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A Vulture Wake
Jun 23
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Dotsero
Jun 23
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Rain - A Tribute to The Beatles
Jun 23
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School of Rock Showcase
Jun 23
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Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering 5th Annual “Barn Dance” and Picnic Fundraiser
Jun 23
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Cowboy Singalong
Jun 23-24
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Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
Jun 23
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The Importance of being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
Jun 23
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Week of June 17, 2019

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