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Colorado Wine Fest

We wouldn’t be surprised to see Danny Zuko walking through the door at this 1950s-themed wine festival. Explore Colorado’s vast wine industry by tasting wines that get better with age from Colorado-based wineries like Stoney Mesa and Garrett Estate. Pair the vino with chocolate from sweet shop Choke Cherry Tree before you swing and bop…
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Crested Butte Film Festival

Watch out, Telluride—movie buffs might just have a new favorite mountain town. With a film roster boasting 21 features (including Cannes favorite Personal Shopper and Anthony Bourdain's food-waste doc Wasted!) and an events schedule featuring an opening night bike parade and three filmmaker panels, this festival may be the most fun you can have in…

The Explorers Club

Nell Benjamin is well-known for her role as lyricist for the musical Legally Blonde, but this play gives audiences a closer look at her skills as a playwright . The comedy is set in an exclusive men’s club in 1879 and revolves around a woman trying to become the first female member. The production involves…
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Flatirons Jazz Orchestra Big Band Swing Dance

Swing dancing, live jazz, a swanky new club in the mountains—is it 2017 or 1927? Golden's Flatiron Jazz Orchestra will provide the tunes for this swinging evening (with help from local jazz chanteuse Deborah Stafford) while the Denver Swing Project facilitates the dancing. The troupe will give a few showcase performances throughout the evening, but the…
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Double Feature: Cabildo & Gallantry

Why stop at one opera when you can watch two? These one-act shows, featuring young casts drawn from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, both offer a contemporary American take on the medium. The first (the sole opera by 20th-century composer Amy Beach) is a New Orleans–set tale of forbidden love between a noblewoman and a pirate,…
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Rendezvous Mountain Bike USA Weekend

National Geographic named four Colorado towns to its list of the country's best mountain biking spots this year, and with this fest, Winter Park is clearly angling to increase that number to five. The weekend includes instruction from pros such as Olympian Ann Trombley and five-time national mountain biking champion Alison Powers. Try the family-friendly…

Breckenridge Wine Classic

Raise your glass to this boozy mountain festival. Throughout the weekend, sample just-released sips from Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem, Poncha Springs’ Elevation Brewing, and Breckenridge Distillery. Other highlights include a farm-to-fork dinner from Breckenridge Ski Resort executive chef Steve Arndt, a Riedel wine glass demonstration, and multiple educational outings such as a tour through the…

Grand Traverse Mountain Run and Bike

Pick whether you want to run or bike at this scenic race, which will take athletes through both the valleys and peaks of Aspen and Crested Butte. Runners will climb more than 6,000 feet during the 40.7-mile race, and riders will scale over 7,000 vertical feet during their 40.9-mile ride. There’s a time limit of…

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest Shuffle

Runners or walkers in this 5K or 10K can work off all of the brats and beers they’ve consumed during Beaver Creek’s weekend-long Oktoberfest. The race will take participants along the area’s wooded trails, concluding with a celebration at the base of the resort with an award ceremony and even more beers and brats—but this…

106º West Dillon Triathlon

A standard triathlon is probably enough of an endurance test for most folks—but not Coloradans. We’re willing to take on a 1.2-mile swim, a 13.1-mile run, and a 56-mile bike ride at 9,111 feet. Named for the longitudinal coordinate of the race, the highest triathlon in the world starts in Lake Dillon and then winds…

21st Annual Colorado Brewers Rendevous

If you’ve been wanting to get a taste of Colorado’s beer scene, here’s your chance. Picture this: the rushing Arkansas river, stunning mountain vistas, and more than 75 Centennial breweries to choose from. Sample 300 kinds of draughts such as Champagne Saison from Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder. If you get hungry, pick from tasty…
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Copper Mountain Music Festival

If there's a better place to hear bluegrass than smack-dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, we haven't found it yet. This fun-for-the-whole family festival features Americana greats such as Del McCoury and Town Mountain on three different stages, plus songwriting workshops, kids' activities, a cocktail party, and (of course) fireworks. This mountain celebration…

Colorado Scottish Festival

Bagpipers, Irish dancers and Highland athletes transform Snowmass Village into Scotland for this weekend-long festival. Adults can participate in Scotch whisky tastings, and see blacksmithing, leather working and lacemaking demonstrations at the living history museum. Little ones can get their pictures taken with the mythical Loch Ness monster, “Nessie” and even pups can play along…

Sugar Pine Farm Dinner

The source of ingredients for your meal isn’t a mystery at this farm-to-table supper. Executive chef Carrie Grenier of Sugar Pine Catering uses just-harvested produce from the venue’s garden (think: heirloom tomatoes, fairy tale eggplants, and sweet peppers) to craft her delicious menu. Proceeds from alcohol sales at the event benefit the Southern Mutts Rescue…

Breckenridge HogFest – Bacon & Bourbon

If you’re looking for something a little heartier than wine and cheese, this indulgent culinary festival is your best bet. On Thursday, savor a four-course, pork-centric meal made by chefs at the Quandary Grille, then attend Friday’s tasting to try more small bites (Tender Belly bacon, anyone?) and bourbon pours from over 25 distilleries. Proceeds…

Colorado Burger Summit

Skip the backyard barbecue and try Colorado’s best gourmet sliders during this two-day competition. Fourteen Colorado restaurateurs, including Telluride-based former champ Steamies Burger Bar, will battle to become the Centennial State’s burger master. While you taste each grilled treat, listen to a live ska and reggae show by Front Range group the Alcapones, then judge…

Steamboat Wine Festival

At this elegant wine-focused festival, celebrate your favorite vino the Colorado way: at more than 6,000 feet. Be sure to attend the tasting event, where 100-plus wines sourced from the Sierra Nevadas to the Swiss Alps are available for sampling. Then check out Friday’s lunch to savor modern French fare from Steamboat Springs’ Harwigs restaurant…

Audi Power of Four Trail Run

During this grueling ultramarathon, participants tackle the four Aspen-Snowmass peaks—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass—running along a mix of single-track trails and dirt roads. If you aren’t quite up for the 50K, take on the 25K, from Buttermilk to Snowmass; the 10K, around Snowmass; or the Vertical K, a 3.1-mile sprint up Aspen Mountain.…

Stonewall Century Ride

Test your leg strength during this 100-mile, noncompetitive ride along Highway 12, a Colorado Scenic Byway known as the “Highway of Legends.” You’ll gain more than 7,500 feet in elevation while cycling through the Spanish Peaks’ Stonewall and Picketwire Valleys, Mammoth Lake, and Cucharas Pass. Thankfully this ambitious out-and-back ride finishes with a 17-mile descent.

Billy Elliot

In this heartwarming coming-of-age story, the youngest son of a coal miner wants to trade in his boxing gloves to pursue ballet. But in order to succeed, he’ll have to convince his masculine father and other striking miners to support his passion for dance. Featuring a score written by pop star Elton John, the 10-time…

Attack of the Big Beers

Beers, mountain views, gourmet food, live music and indie movies—it doesn't get more “Colorado” than this. During this new summer event at Copper Mountain, guests can sample as many “big beers” (we’re talking rich, high alcohol content brew) as their heart desires, while pairing their beverage with gourmet grilled cheese samplings. As you chow down…
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Summit Sisters

If a recent Wonder Woman screening made you feel more connected to your gal pals, imagine how much more empowered you'll feel after a three-day women's mindfulness retreat. Focus on your physical health during early-morning hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park as well as in yoga classes taught by Boulder yoga teachers Olivia Hsu and Yuki Tsuji. Other talented ladies, including…

Telluride Yoga Festival

With more than 100 yoga-related workshops and activities to choose from, newbies and experts alike can find a way to improve their practice at this high-elevation festival. On this high-elevation mountain retreat, take traditional classes with Colorado instructors, including Gina Caputo, the founder of the Colorado School of Yoga. Adventurous yogis can also try a…

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