Nothing Festival — July 21-24
“Go away and leave me alone.” That’s the official mantra for a weekend that celebrates—you guessed it—doing nothing. Weekend activities include sitting on the porch and watching the sunset. Hey, only in Telluride. Thu-Sun. Telluride. For info, visit

Shop 17th Ave Celebration — July 22
As you stroll down 17th Avenue this Friday night, pop into Sparrow, Talulah Jones, Masten Fine Art Framing, and macymacy. Each boutique will be hosting an open house featuring food, fun, and fabulous fare for participating patrons. Fri 5-9 p.m. 17th Avenue. Free.

El Noche Caliente — July 23
El Furturo, Colorado’s first community center for Latino gays and bisexuals, presents this hot night of dining and dancing. Entertainment provided by Colorado’s very own Latino drag queen, Miss Sasha High, and the dance company Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino. Sat 5-9:30 p.m. Ricketson Theater, 1245 Champa St. $25. For tickets, call 720-904-7125.

Surf on Turf at Riverfront Park — July 23
No matter that the nearest ocean is a thousand miles away. Here in Denver we celebrate our air-lifted salmon and scallops at this annual seafood soirée on the grass. The evening features savory selections of marine cuisine from Colorado’s top restaurants and chefs. Proceeds benefit PlatteForum. Sat 5-10 p.m. Riverfront Park Plaza. $60. For info, visit

Hawgfest 2005 — July 23-24
It’ll be a thunderous two days in Winter Park this weekend as leather, mullets, and motorcycles descend on the quiet mountain village. Ted Nugent will be there-not to mention Helle’s Bells (the infamous all-female AC/DC cover band). Get ready to rock. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Winter Park. $22.50. For more info, visit

Boulder Beer and Wine Garden — July 27
Shop for local produce…and get a little buzzy while you’re at it. The Boulder County Farmers Market now features a beer and wine garden every Wednesday night this summer. Taste spirits from the best local breweries and wineries as you squeeze for the freshest tomato. Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Just off 13th Street, adjacent to the Dushanbe Tea House, Boulder. For more information, visit