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April 2010

Outdoors: Fruita Fat Tire Festival

Bikes, beer, and beats—find 'em all at this single-track soiree, which kicks off the Western Slope's mountain biking season. Work your glutes on a leisurely morning pedal through the red rock, or join a quad-busting 30-mile ride before hitting the brakes at the beer tent. Chill out to live music from local bands, and knock back a Fat Tire or two—the tap will keep flowing at the nightly beer garden and party. On Saturday, enter the Clunker Crit: a downtown spectacle where costumed riders take their clunkers for a spin. Plus, get expert advice and watch demos so you can kick some serious behind in your next race. April 29-May 2, Downtown Fruita

Culinary: Taste of Vail

Captivate your senses with three days of exceptional wining and dining as you fine-tune your culinary competence. The 20th anniversary of one of Vail's most prestigious celebrations proffers old favorites—don't miss the Colorado Lamb Cook-Off and the Mountain Top Picnic (ski or take the gondola to a snow fort full of gourmet eats)—and a menu of new treasures, such as the Bar Chefs' Mix-Off, where you'll sample local bartenders' tasty swills. Or, join a seminar on a trendy topic: Try the umami or aphrodisiac foods sessions. More than 30 chefs and sommeliers and 50-plus wineries will be there. Diet? What diet? April 8-10, Vail

Environment: Microbreweries for the Environment Benefit

In honor of Earth Day's 40th anniversary, cough up the cash for this zero-waste brew bonanza supporting local sustainability causes—past beneficiaries include the University of Colorado Environmental Center and the Center for Native Ecosystems. A small donation gains you access to about 20 Colorado microbreweries, À la Oskar Blues and Avery, that will be pouring suds to the tune of live bands such as Mountain Standard Time, a folk group out of Nederland, and ONDA, a Latin dance octet. Lend a hand to enviro-causes by biking or busing to the event—leave the car in the ol' garage. April 23, Boulder Theater

Music: B.B. King

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and blues legend B.B. King, 84 years young, is strumming like he did 40 years ago when he opened for the Rolling Stones. In fact, he still plays 250 concerts a year around the globe and continues to release new albums. This month, he's making a stop in the Mile High City. On the strings of his self-designed Gibson guitar (dubbed "Lucille"), King has spent his six-decade career perfecting his soulful sound. Fourteen Grammy Awards later, he's bringing his distinctive riffs and rumbling voice to the Buell. Blues fans, the King has arrived. April 19, Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre