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Plan your Summit County weekend: Copper Mountain brings the cheese

It may be thought of as a kids' dish, but chefs will be taking macaroni and cheese to a whole new level this weekend at Copper Mountain Resort. This Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, restaurants will compete for the title of "Best Mac and Cheese in Summit County" and a $1,000 cash prize in the third annual Mac & Cheese Fest. The festivities include sampling, eating, live music and plenty of beverages. Kids can enjoy face painting, nature talks and other free activities in the Mountain Village. There will be live music by The Broadcast, Rose's Pawn Shop, The Lonely Heartstring Band and Super Doppler at various stages throughout the resort's village. Parking at the event is free. Tickets are $20-80. Visit CopperColorado.com or call 970-968-2318 for more information.

River Run Arts Fest Returns

Back for its second year, the River Run Arts Festival will take place this weekend at Keystone Resort. More than 80 artists from all over the country will display their finest works of art. Paintings, functional pieces, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, jewelry, collage and mixed media will all be included in the two-day showcase. The art festival is a juried event so artists will be showcasing their finest works.

River Run appeals to all tastes and budgets, offering a wide array of artistic media. Art enthusiasts will be able to explore the diverse exhibits and learn more about the artists and their creative process. Exhibiting artists, both local and national, will be present for the duration of the festival and welcome the opportunity to discuss their work. Admission to the festival is free. Visit KeystoneFestivals.com or call 970-423-8992 for more information.

The Basin Hosts the Cirque Series

Fans of adventure races and mountain trail runs don't want to miss this Saturday's Cirque Series at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The Cirque Series consists of adventure races that were started in Utah by professional athlete and founder of Discrete Clothing, Julian Carr. The series focuses on inclusion of all ages, as well as stimulation of mind and body through challenging courses. The Cirque Series kicked off in Deer Valley, Utah, in late June and made a second stop in Alta, Utah, two weeks ago. Arapahoe Basin is the third stop in the series with a stop in Alaska to follow and a stop in Snowbird, Utah, to close out the tour. This weekend's course at the Basin will feature a winding course with windswept ridges, glacial cirques, towering peaks and a quad-burning descent followed by vendors, live music, and plenty of food and drinks. To join the race there is a $45 entry fee. For more information, visit ArapahoeBasin.com.

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NRO wraps up the season

The NRO and music director Carl Tupilow will celebrate the culmination of a successful season with "A Hero's Tale," a close-out show featuring cellist Thomas Carpenter performing Concerto in B minor. Works by Dvorak and Strauss will be highlights of the NRO's final show at the Riverwalk Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-40. For more information, visit BreckCreate.org or call 970-453-3187.

The Classical Guitar

David Danzmayr will be conducting and Aniello Desiderio, one of the strongest interpretive voices on the classical guitar, will be performing works by Brouwer, Rodrigo, Shostakovich and Schubert. Desiderio has performed all around the world extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He's had performances at many classic, prestigious venues, including Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, Konzerthouse in Vienna and New York's Carnegie Hall. Desiderio was born in Naples, Italy, and began performing as an 8 year old. Danzmayr and Desiderio will take the Riverwalk Center stage this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-40. To learn more about Desiderio or the classical performance this weekend, visit BreckenridgeMusicFestival.com.