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August 2010

Music: Bohemian Nights

Colorado has steadily grown into a music state, breeding humble talents like Matt Morris, the Flobots, Paper Bird, and Kinetix—now on radio repeat. See the hometown heroes alongside national bigwigs (think Meese and Earth, Wind & Fire) at this month's Bohemian Nights music fest in Fort Collins. The three-day, outdoor bash proffers six stages, more than 60 acts—mostly local—and a Creative Garden where you can grab gourmet snacks and brews while perusing the fine art and photography on display. Need another reason to swing by? Admission and concerts are free. August 20-22, Old Town Fort Collins

Culinary: Steamboat Wine Festival

Plan a weekend away and head to the hills for a Steamboat soiree filled to the brim with booze from around the world. More than 600 wines, spirits, and beers will be available for tasting throughout the four-day bonanza. Sample some of your favorite vino during Thursday's grand tasting at the top of the gondola, where you can catch jaw-dropping views of the Yampa Valley. Then gear up for a seminar that combines mountain biking with single-vineyard wines, or check out a session on the merits of serving wine in a Riedel glass. Bonus: Five percent of ticket sales benefits S.T.A.R.S., a local organization that empowers people with disabilities by offering them recreational opportunities. August 5-8, Steamboat Springs

Arts: Two-Fisted Art Attack, Denny Dent Retrospective

Recognized as the first true rock 'n' roll painter, Denny Dent was known for his sweeping, vivid masterpieces of musicians, athletes, and activists. Dent—who died in 2004—painted six-foot portraits, wielding three brushes in each hand. His aggressive style was often witnessed by the world, as he regularly painted in front of massive audiences, including the crowd at the 1994 Woodstock concert. He even created likenesses of local sports heroes John Elway and Patrick Roy (Dent actually stood on the ice to paint Roy in commemoration of the goalie's 300th career win). Featuring 60 pieces, this collection is the largest showing of Dent's work to date. Through August 29, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Outdoors: Denver Oyster Urban Adventure Race

Urban adventure races are popping up everywhere this year, but this classic throws down just a little more adventure than most: With required athletic segments that include biking and running—and possibly paddling and climbing—the course is as physically demanding as a more conventional race. But you'll still need a trio (or a relay team up to six strong) with some mental fortitude: You'll have to solve clues to locate challenge destinations. Each member needs a bike to traverse the city—approximately 25 miles. If you don't think your quads will make it, register for the Half Oyster course and go...half as far. Fun fact: The competition originated in Denver seven years ago and was named after the bizarre (yet beloved) local delicacy: Rocky Mountain oysters. August 21, Denver Aquarium