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.
Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. If you’re looking for Colorado’s famous wildflowers, this is where you’ll find them. // Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, near Silverton, alpineloop.com.
First Friday on Tennyson Street. More than a dozen art galleries stay open until 10 p.m. // 6 to 10 p.m., Tennyson Street, denverartwalk.squarespace.com.
Rent a Boat on Grand Lake. Secure a 22-foot pontoon for the day and soak up the sun—and the stunning mountain views. // Grand Lake Marina, glmarina.com, $376 for four hours.
IronMan 70.3 Boulder. // Race begins at 6:30 a.m., Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, ironmanboulder.com, $250.
Denver County Fair. Check out the fair for arts and crafts, a freak show, a bike rodeo, urban homesteading ideas, and much more. // August 10 to 12, times vary, National Western Complex, denvercountyfair.org
The Book of Mormon. This Tony Award–winning musical, from Colorado boys Trey Parker and Matt Stone (yes, from South Park), runs through September 2. // August 14 to September 2, show times vary, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, denvercenter.org.
Palisade Peach Festival. Four days of sweetness in Colorado’s citadel of peaches. // August 16 to 19, times and venues vary, Palisade, palisadepeachfest.com.
Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. Two nights of fireworks, live entertainers, a spaghetti dinner, a chili cook-off, and a beer garden. // August 17 to 18, times vary, Anderson Park, Wheat Ridge, thecarnationfestival.com.
Leadville Trail 100 Run. One hundred miles of extreme Colorado terrain in 30 hours. The weak need not apply. // August 18 to 19; Saturday, 4 a.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m., leadvilleraceseries.com, $275.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Watch Colorado’s version of the Tour de France. // August 20 to 26, usaprocyclingchallenge.com
Parade of Homes Denver. Tour new, for-sale homes from under $300,000 to $1 million-plus. // August 9 to September 3, Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., paradeofhomesdenver.com, free.
Colorado State Fair. Eleven days of carnival rides, livestock shows, festival food, fine arts, and more. // August 24 to September 3; weekdays 2 p.m. to midnight; weekends noon to midnight, Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com, ticket prices vary.
Boulder Kinetics. With a tagline like “Crazy people running around the reservoir,” you know this human-powered-vehicle race is a good time. // 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Union Reservoir, Longmont, boulderkinetics.com, $10 to $20 per vehicle.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass. Three days of live music and cold beer set against a Rocky Mountain backdrop. // August 31 to September 2, event times vary, Snowmass Village, jazzaspensnowmass.org