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The Holiday Food & Gift Festival brings together exhibitors, food vendors, and a slice of Santaland. Artisans forge jewelry, crafts, sculptures, and photography that pile atop exhibition tables to form glittering mountains of potential presents or targets for hatchet-throwing practice. Handmade toys and the irrepressible sparkle of Christmas décor capture the attention of thousands of annual attendees. A vast food court dishes out sweet servings of chocolate alongside hearty heaps of pastas, meats, and specialty sauces.

1515 Auto Mall Loop
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

Murray Ross has been artistic director of Theatreworks almost since the company was founded in 1975. In his 30 years at the helm, he has adapted and written more than 100 works for the stage. His pen has carved out originals such as I am Nikola Tesla as well as adaptions of Huckleberry Finn and Plato's Symposium. These have all seen life at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, an intimate venue that allows for dynamic, ever-changing stage configurations.

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

An intimate, family-operated musical haven, The Loft Music Venue shares its passion for the performing arts by showcasing singer-songwriters and a variety of different genres, including acoustic pop, jazz, indie, blues and more. Designed to emulate the quaint gems peppered throughout New York and Chicago, The Loft’s cozy ambiance of exposed brick walls and wooden floors has coaxed accolades from ColoradoSprings.com, which lauds the venue as “a little sanctuary above the bustle of Colorado Ave.”

2506 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

For 20 years, the annual Southern Brewers Festival has been inviting guests to raise a glass and toast to good beer, good music, and doing good in the community. Held along the 21st Century Waterfront, the event seeks to introduce beer lovers to more than 100 crafts brews from 60 microbreweries?Southern Tier, Foothills, and Chattanooga Brewing, to name a few?with a focus on those headquartered within the Southeastern United States. Providing the soundtrack to the suds fest are live sets from the following bands: Gov't Mule, moe., Soulive, Greensky Blue Grass, Cabinet, Randall Bramblett & Friends, and AJ Ghent. And, best of all, guests can feel good knowing that 100% of proceeds from the beer-based event are donated to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

100 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga,
TN
US

The world's a big place, and filled with delicious things to eat. At the World Food Festival, organizers take the travel out of culinary adventures, gathering more than 60 international artisans at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for a one-day expo of flavors from around the globe. From the local barbecue experts to international coffee roasters bearing fair-trade Ugandan beans, the artisan exhibitors will expand guests' horizons on subjects ranging from wine-making and tea imports to delicate pastry techniques. After discovering fresh sauces at a cooking demo or taking in a live music or dance performance, attendees can pop over to the Market Bazaar. There, they'll find an international array of non-edible goods include jewelry and fabrics.

30 W Dale St
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

The wheels on Fitness Fun on Wheels’ fun buses certainly go round and round, but they also bring active children’s games, exercise, and play sessions directly to schools and daycares. Each climate-controlled bus has its seats removed to make room for a variety of soft-play equipment, such as swinging ropes, crawl tunnels, and giant slide that children use to exit the bus at the end of each session. And instead of inviting customers to travel to a single location, the fun buses travel to customers’ locations, parking wherever there’s an available spot, saving caregivers the hassle of loading kids into the car and hitching the horses to the bumper.

8420 Freemantle Dr
Colorado Springs,
CO
US