We don’t want to hear you say there’s nothing to do around here ever again. C’mon folks, we live in Colorado—there’s loads of great stuff to experience all year long. So, pull out your calendar and find a permanent marker. From must-see concerts and summer festivals to sporting events and holiday activities, we’ve got you scheduled for fun throughout 2012.
Sign Up for SCUBA. Did you know that Colorado has one of the highest number of divers per capita in the country? If you’re not one of them, get yourself over to Denver Divers in Cherry Creek before your summer vacation. // Class times vary, Denver Divers, denverdivers.com, $290 for open-water diver classes.
Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves. // 6:40 p.m., Coors Field, http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com, ticket prices vary.
Derby Party. If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs, the next-best spot is at the 2012 Derby Party. // 1 to 6:30 p.m., venue TBD, denverderby.com
Bike the High Line Canal. The routes in Denver and Aurora are suited for road bikes; routes in Highlands Ranch, Chatfield, Cherry Hills, and Greenwood Village are better for mountain bikes. // Trail is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., High Line Canal Trail, denverwater.org/Recreation/HighLineCanal.
Denver Botanic Gardens Spring Plant Sale. Stock up on native plants as well as expert advice (you know, so you don’t kill them). // May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens, botanicgardens.org.
Plant Your Garden. Experts at CSU say you can plant your home garden in Denver today with about an 80 percent confidence level that there won’t be further frost. //
Mother’s Day. Take your mom for brunch on Colterra’s patio in the tiny town of Niwot. You’ll need reservations. // 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Colterra, Niwot, http://colterra.com.
Fly Fish the Arkansas River. The Mother’s Day caddis hatch should be in full bloom. // Arkansas River between Leadville and Cañon City.
Swim Medano Creek. Experience one of nature’s most spectacular displays at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. In May, a roaring creek appears along the edge of the dunes with surges strong enough to “ride.” // Surges are highest at dawn, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mosca, nps.gov/grsa/index.htm; adults: $3; children under 16: free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. New Orleans Zephyrs. Take in a minor league game in the Springs. // 6:05 p.m., Security Service Field, Colorado Springs, minorleaguebaseball.com
Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay. // coloradocolfaxmarathon.org, $60 (half) to $205 (relay team).
Raft the Arkansas River. Spring runoff makes for a thrilling ride through south-central Colorado on one of the country’s most rafted rivers. // croa.org.
Downtown Denver Arts Festival. This fine art and craft exhibition features more than 100 of Colorado’s best artists. // May 25 to 28, times vary, Denver Pavilions, downtowndenverartfestival.com, free.
Rugged Maniac 5K. A 5K race that combines rugged terrain and gnarly obstacles. // 8:45 a.m., Thunder Valley Motocross Park, Lakewood, ruggedmaniac.com; spectator: $10; participant: $48 to $88.
Paddle Fest. Buena Vista becomes the place to be for paddle sport enthusiasts over Memorial Day. // May 25 to 27, event times and venues vary, ckspaddlefest.com
BolderBoulder 10K. The race you know, love—and hopefully trained for. // 7 a.m., 30th and Walnut streets, Boulder, bolderboulder.com, $46 to $75.