Summer Guide 2012: Things to do June 28-July 4

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We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are Fourth of July celebrations galore and the Greeley Stampede. For a full guide of things to do in and around Denver, consult westword.com/calendar.

This week in the Denver area:

5th Annual Prospect Artists Studio Tour: Witness the creative processes of Prospect Artists Association through the lens of their disheveled working studios. June 30-July 1, 12-6 p.m., free, Prospect Artists Association, Longmont, 720-340-4020, www.prospectartistsassn.com.

Arapahoe Basin Trail Race: A two-division trail run starting at almost 11,000 feet above sea level. Followed by live music and a celebratory barbecue. Sun., July 1, 10:30 a.m., 970-513-5742. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 US Highway 6, Dillon, www.arapahoebasin.com.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Lectures, presentations, debates, and panel discussions designed to present ideas that matter, through July 3, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.aifestival.org.

Atomic Fireballs: June 30-July 1. Royal Gorge Bridge Park, 4218 Fremont County Road 3A, Caon City, 888-333-5597, www.royalgorgebridge.com.

Blues From the Top 10: Line-up includes Dana Fuchs, Samantha Fish Band, Shaun Murphy, Ryan McGarvey, and others. June 29-July 1, 970-726-4221, www.playwinterpark.com. Winter Park Resort, Exit 232 from I-70 onto 40, Winter Park, www.winterparkresort.com.

Carnival of Care: Live music, bouncy castles, face painting, vending, art activities, and more family-oriented fun. Sat., June 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free, Sloans Lake Park, 1700 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, 303-625-3976, www.sloanslakecommunitychurch.com.

A Celebration of Freedom: Featuring the United States Air Force Band. Mon., July 2, Hideaway Park, 50 Vasquez Rd., Winter Park, 970-726-4221, www.playwinterpark.com.

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers: Sat., June 30, 7 p.m., $17-$45, 303-825-GOAL, www.coloradorapids.com. Dicks Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, www.dickssportinggoodspark.com.

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Wed., July 4, 7:30 p.m., $17-$45, 303-825-GOAL, www.coloradorapids.com. Dicks Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, www.dickssportinggoodspark.com.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres: Fri., June 29, 6:10 p.m.; Sat., June 30, 5:15 p.m.; Sun., July 1, 1:10 p.m., $12, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, 303-292-0200, colorado.rockies.mlb.com.

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals: Thu., June 28, 1:10 p.m., $7.95, Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, 303-292-0200, colorado.rockies.mlb.com.

Coolest Car Show: An annual showcase of hot rods, classic cars and antique vehicles. Wed., July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hwy. 36, Estes Park, 800-443-7837, www.estes-park.com.

Crested Butte Music Festival: Lineup includes Samuel Ramey, David Grisman, The Hot Club of Detroit, Cirque du Symphony, and others. July 4-Aug. 12, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, 800-545-4505, www.crestedbuttechamber.com.

Find more things to do June 28-July 4 on the next page.


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