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.
July Fourth in Steamboat Springs. One of the state’s best small-town Independence Day celebrations takes place in Steamboat. Don’t miss ski-jumping at historic Howelsen Hill. // July 4, event times and venues vary, Steamboat Springs, steamboat-chamber.com, many events are free.
USA Ultimate U.S. Open. The inaugural U.S. Open for the sport of Ultimate will be held at the Air Force Academy. More than 20 teams will compete, showcasing 600 of the best Ultimate players in the world. // July 4 to 8, times vary, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, usaultimate.org
Cherry Creek Arts Festival. // July 6 to 8, times vary, Cherry Creek North, cherryarts.org, free.
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market. Live music, handmade crafts, and nearly any fruit or veggie you can think of—all in Platt Park. // Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1500 block of Old South Pearl Street, oldsouthpearlstreet.com.
Camp on Guanella Pass. There’s plenty of free camping along the southern side of this mountain road, or you can check out Guanella Pass Campground. // fs.usda.gov/main/arp/home
The Colorado Irish Festival. Enjoy Gaelic sports, Irish dancing, Celtic music, and lots of food and drink. // July 13 to 15; Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday times vary), Clement Park, Littleton, coloradoirishfestival.org, $5.
Tube the Poudre. Buy a tube at Jax Mercantile in Fort Collins, fill a cooler, and make your way up Poudre Canyon. Put your tubes in (the rather chilly water) a few miles up-river from Picnic Rock.
Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale. Four days of seriously discounted shopping at tony boutiques. // July 19 to 22; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cherry Creek North, cherrycreeknorth.com.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with nearly 100,000 other Denverites interested in Asian culture, food, and crafts. // July 21 to 22, event times vary, Sloan’s Lake Park, cdbf.org.
Pick Your Own Fruit. Berry Patch Farms’ black raspberries come into season in July. // Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (summer hours), Berry Patch Farms, Brighton, berrypatchfarms.com.
RockyGrass Festival. This earthy bluegrass fest scores high marks for the talent it attracts and the mellow vibe it offers. // July 27 to 29, times vary, Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, bluegrass.com.
Burro Days. We promise you’ve never seen anything like this festival before: Burro and llama races are just a couple of the highlights of this bizarre party in Fairplay. // July 28 to 29, times vary, many events are on the courthouse lawn at Main and Fifth streets, Fairplay, burrodays.com
Water World. Cool off at Denver’s largest water park—and enjoy the park’s two new attractions for 2012. // 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Water World, waterworldcolorado.com, ticket prices vary.