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.
The Rocky Mountain Showdown. The annual football rivalry between CU and CSU kicks off once again. // Game time TBD, Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Colorado Balloon Classic. A feast for the eyes, this hot air balloon festival is worth the drive from Denver. // September 1 to 3, event times vary, Memorial Park, Colorado Springs, balloonclassic.com, free.
Taste of Colorado. Enjoy food from 50 of Colorado’s premier restaurants, live entertainment, artisans, and carnival rides. // August 31 to September 3, times vary, Civic Center Park, atasteofcolorado.com.
Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival. A celebration of all things Scottish, including dancing, malt beverages, and bagpipes. // September 6 to 9, times vary, downtown Estes Park, estesparkcvb.com.
First Friday Art Walk. Peruse more than 60 galleries during a visit to the Art District on Santa Fe. // 6 to 9 p.m., Art District on Santa Fe, artdistrictonsantafe.com.
Boulder Farmers’ Market. This extensive market pops up each Saturday from spring through late fall next to Central Park. // 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 13th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, boulderfarmers.org.
Tour Colorado Wine Country. Download a map of Colorado’s wine country at visitgrandjunction.com, fill up your gas tank, and grab a designated driver—you’ll want to taste grape juice at every tasting room you visit. During September, you might see crush-related activities. // Most wineries are open seven days a week, visitgrandjunction.com.
Colorado Mountain WineFest. Four days of grape-related fun in Palisade, one of Colorado’s most successful wine-producing regions. // September 13 to 16, times vary, Riverbend Park, Palisade, coloradowinefest.com.
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. The name is self-explanatory, but this 19-year-old festival is something you should experience firsthand. // September 14 to 16, event times vary, Telluride Town Park, Telluride, tellurideblues.com.
Estes Park Film Festival. Showcasing 35 of the latest independent films from around the world. // September 14 to 16, show times vary, Historic Park Theatre, estesparkcvb.com, ticket prices vary.
Denver Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. This spectator-friendly race weaves through central Denver and hums along to a variety of musical acts set up along the route. // Race starts at 6:55 a.m., http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/denver, $85 to $125.
Oktoberfest Denver. Beer, brats, pretzels—what else could you ask for? // Two weekends in September, dates and times vary, 20th and Larimer streets, downtown Denver, oktoberfestdenver.com, free.
Chile & Frijoles Festival. A three-day homage to the mirasol pepper, Pueblo’s most popular variety of pepper. // September 28 to 30, times vary, Union Avenue, Pueblo, pueblochilefestivalinfo.com.