Fine Arts Center

You can't think "Art" in Colorado Springs without conjuring the Fine Arts Center, which was founded in 1936 by collector and philanthropist Alice Bemis Taylor. Today, you'll find some of her vast collection of Native American and Spanish Colonial art. Worth seeing this summer (through Aug. 11): "50 x 50: The Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Collection."


Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts

If you haven't attended any of these programs, you've been missing some of the more exciting, wide-ranging and often free music, dance and opera Colorado Springs sees every summer. The CC Summer Music Festival runs June 3-23, the Dance Festival runs June 3-14, and The Vocal Arts Festival runs July 10-Aug. 7.


Central City Opera

This elegant, 550-seat theater opened in 1932. Every year, the summer festival (the second oldest annual festival in the country) offers both intriguing programming and fascinating productions that you'll never forget. In a good way. Worth seeing this summer (June 29-Aug. 11): "The Barber of Seville," "Our Town," and "Show Boat."


The Loveland Museum/Gallery

You wouldn't think a museum in a town of less than 100,000 would have much to offer. This one, though, has a surprising knack for showing not only interesting exhibitions, but also ones with A-List names attached. Worth seeing this summer (June 14-Sept. 22): "Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos."


Aspen Music Festival

With more than 300 musical events in an all-too-brief eight-week summer season, this 64-year-old festival is pretty impressive. And you'll see the top classical musicians there. This year's theme, "Conscience and Beauty," focuses on the composer's role in society. Highlights include the newly reformed Emerson String Quartet.