August 1-3 It must be a sport if it has a tournament, right? Watch and learn from the world's best nugget jockeys during the COLORADO STATE GOLD PANNING CHAMPIONSHIP in the town of Breckenridge. www.gpoc.com

August 10-16 Three hundred and fifty amateur and pro mountain-biking teams head to Alberta to grunt their way over the Continental Divide during the TRANSROCKIES CHALLENGE, a seven-stage race from Fernie to Canmore with 39,000 feet of elevation gain over 373 butt-punishing miles. www.transrockies.com

August 29-Sept. 1 Already swanky Telluride, Colorado, gets more fabulous when the stars come to town for the 30th annual TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL. It's Tinseltown with altitude. www.telluridefilmfestival.com

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