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Summer launches in Southwestern Colorado Memorial Day Weekend at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango. The world-class cycling event features events including the Durango to Silverton Road Race, a kid's race, and the Quarter Horse to Purgatory. Durango's 2014 summer season continues with events including Music in the Mountains July 13th through August 3rd, filling venues across the city with classical music. August brings Railfest, celebrating the heritage of Durango and surrounding communities.
Boats, Bands and BBQ is one of Pueblo’s premier summer events. The 2014 festivities are June 6th along the historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. Just in time for warm weather, events include an ice cream eating contest along with a backyard cook-off competition and the sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society cook-off competition. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, and festivities on Pueblo’s historic Arkansas Riverwalk.
Canon City, 40 miles west of Pueblo, hosts the 2014 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival June 20th and 21st. Held at Centennial Park, the Whitewater Festival has redefined BYOB to mean Build your Own Boat. Join the 14th Annual BYOB Race on Saturday evening at the Centennial Park boat ramp. Other events include the Fly Casting Competition, Whitewater Adventure Race, and Raft Rodeo among the fun. RGWF 2014 also features two stages of live music.
Fifty miles south of Pueblo on Interstate 25, the community of Walsenburg serves as a commercial hub and gateway to Colorado’s scenic Spanish Peaks Country. Country music fans celebrate the season at the 2014 Cuchara Country Music Festival June 14th. Located 25 miles southwest of Walsenburg, experience magic and music in the mountains with guest host Suzanne Alexander, with Ty Herndon, Anita Cochran, and Due West among the performers.
Summer 2014 events kick off in Alamosa at SummerFest On the Rio June 6th through 8th. A celebration of the San Luis Valley, Summerfest on the Rio takes place in Cole Park. Events kick off with the Friday evening Concert in the Park along with food and arts and crafts vendors. Enjoy two stages of entertainment, the second annual Summerfest Poker run, and more than 125 vendors.
Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo takes place the end of July in Monte Vista. The 93rd Annual Ski-Hi Stampede is July 24th through July 27th at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista. Don’t miss the morning parade both Friday and Saturday, kicking off the fun and excitement. Country Star Gretchen Wilson performs on stage Thursday evening, with dances Thursday through Saturday nights. Wright’s Amusements will provide carnival entertainment along with traditional rodeo excitement and events.
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Southern Colorado & Four Corners Events
Music in the Mountains Throughout towns in southwestern Colorado world-renowned musicians perform and delight audiences. Times and venues vary.
Rolling for Freedom
Walsenburg hosts this motorcycle ride to honor Colorado Veterans. Food, drinks, prizes, and entertainment included. Event starts at 9 a.m.
Railfest Enjoy train rides and watch the World Fast Draw Association shoot-out competition and other western-style events. Event times vary.
USA Pro Challenge The 16-mile fourth stage of the challenge starts at Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and travels through the Garden of the Gods and along Mesa Rd. and Ridge Rd. Check for race start times.
Pikes Peak Marathon Join in on America’s Ultimate Challenge. This 13.32-mile race, beginning at 7 a.m., climbs roughly 8,000 feet.
Colorado Balloon Classic Memorial Park in Colorado Springs hosts this family friendly hot air balloon festival.
20th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival
Farmers' market, chile roasting, arts and crafts, kids' activities, and live music on hand to celebrate Pueblo's greatest crop: the chile. Festival can be found at the Union Avenue Historic District
Colorado Springs Science Festival Venues across Colorado Springs fill with the fun that science can induce. The Science Festival is comprised of many different family friendly events such as Science on the Screen and a Smartphone SCVNGR Hunt through downtown.