1. Hole (Under) 18
If you want to catch the next generation of golf phenoms before they’re cashing in their multimillion-dollar endorsements, head to the Rolex Tournament of Champions at the Hiwan Golf Club to check out the American Junior Golf Association’s bright young things. Watch 150 of the world’s most talented junior golfers, ages 12 to 18, face up to 72 holes in hopes of snagging the coveted Rolex crown. The tournament is one of the oldest and most prestigious AJGA events—plus it’s fun to watch the juniors wrangle their shots at 7,665 feet.
Rolex Tournament of Champions: July 5–9, Hiwan Golf Club, Evergreen
2. The Benefit of Biking
Your quads may ache when you’re done with this 157-mile bike ride, but your soul will be singing: Not only did you conquer Battle Mountain, you also raised money to help hundreds of children in hospital beds conquer their illnesses. The breathtaking three-day ride—2,000 riders strong—climbs picturesque passes and quiet backcountry roads from Leadville through Summit County and back, and has raised over $13.5 million for The Children’s Hospital over the last 16 years.
The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic: July 22–24, Copper Mountain
3. National Treasures
Twenty-four hundred artists entered the “Arts for the Parks” national competition, but only 100 paintings were selected as those best capturing the splendor of America’s national park system. With artists from numerous states, including six from Colorado, this touring exhibit is a tribute to the landscape, wildlife, and history our parks preserve. Don’t miss the nine paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park, including Robert Hagberg’s “Reflections From Summer Snow” or “Morning in the Kawaneeche Valley” by first-time Colorado entrant Susie Hyer.
Arts for the Parks: Through July 9, Estes Park Intermediate School, Estes Park
4. Classical Youth
Consider it the American Idol of symphony. After a grueling, nationwide audition tour, the country’s best young musicians have earned an eight-week residency with the National Repertory Orchestra, which performs live in the heart of downtown Breck. With two concerts per week on the banks of the Blue River, this is your chance to catch some Beethoven sans earpods, and without the hefty price tag of a city venue—top amphitheater seating to see these musical prodigies is only $30.
National Repertory Orchestra: Through August 5, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
5. Jazz Up the Weekend
Evergreen’s swinging roots were sown decades ago when the Count and Duke, among other jazz legends, worked the crowd at the Little Bear saloon. Reviving that jazz spirit this summer for the annual jazz fest is Andy Stein’s Blue Four (from New York City), Denver’s own Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, Queen City Jazz Band, and six other world-class groups laying it down under the majestic Rockies.
Evergreen Jazz festival: July 28–30, Evergreen