Must See Must Do: Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Victor Gold Rush Days, El Paso County Fair and more

By Linda Navarro Updated: July 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm • Published: July 12, 2017 0
photo - Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., competes in the steer wrestling event Wednesday, July 13, 2016, during the first night of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., competes in the steer wrestling event Wednesday, July 13, 2016, during the first night of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

.Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs and the rest of Colorado the next few days:


- Be eclipse-ready before Aug. 21with the "Great American Eclipse" presentation by David Baron, author of "American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World." It's the tale of three scientists chasing a total eclipse in 1878. Free and runs 6:30-8 p.m. at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.


- Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo action, the 77th annual, continues at Norris-Penrose Event Center, clear up through the championship finals Shoot Out Saturday night. Music and dancing at the Coors Roadhouse Saloon each night. A special feature Thursday is American Freestyle Bullfighting. 7 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. Saturday matinee, Cowboy Church wraps up the rodeo weekend at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.


- Celebrate the Pikes Peak or Bust mining heyday at Victor Gold Rush Days, with old-fashioned and modern hard-rock mining competitions, 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday,


- They're the best and you can experience the excitement of these young drum and bugle corps in competition at Drums Along the Rockies, 6:30 p.m. at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Competitors are sanctioned by DCI (Drum Corps International) and the host group, Denver's Blue Knights, includes musicians from the Colorado Springs area. Pre-competition fun in the Warm-up Zone at the south end starting at 5 p.m. Tickets and info:

- It's a Manitou thing and the second annual Manitou Springs Community Art Project involves opening one's mind, looking with an artist's eyes and wearing any sort of hat or head gear. Be funky or quirky or creative at 4:44 p.m. in Manitou's Memorial Park. Wondering what it's all about:

- Opening Saturday, an artists' tour into Norse mythology by Wendy Mike and DeLane Bredvik: Ragnarök Anthropocene, at the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., through Jan. 7. $12, free for ages 12 and younger,

- Music along the main street on Saturday for the Cripple Creek Music Fest features country star Joe Nichols, who's touring to promote his new album "Never Gets Old." Performances from noon to 11 p.m. also feature the Christopher Shayne Band, Molly Hatchet and area bands. Performances are free and there's food and beer.

- Jarren Benton headlines a rap night, also featuring openers Bingx and Caleb Brown, who all make up the Mink Coat Killer Tour. 7 p.m. at The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $16-$65,

- By popular choice, they're paying a return visit to Stargazers Theatre. It's sisters SHEL, Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook from Fort Collins, 8 p.m., with opener Audrey Bussanich. $15 plus ticketing fee,, 10 S. Parkside Drive.

- Opening day for the El Paso County Fair running through July 22 at the fairgrounds in Calhan. Lots of kids and animals, concerts, a demolition derby, The Butterfly Encounter, auto racing and tractor pulls. For more:


- One of the highly anticipated summer festivals, it's time for the 35th annual Winter Park Jazz Festival on the new stage in Hideaway Park downtown. Headliners include Marsha Ambrosius & Eric Benét, Nick Colionne, Jessy J and many more. Tickets at

- Boulder's Pearl Street is an experience anytime. This is a special weekend with the Pearl Street Arts Fest, blocks of artists' tents and booths from 20 states, art instruction and aerial performances by the Frequent Flyers. Hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Sunday. Free.


- Bike the new Legacy Loop to Shooks Run Park and stop at 3 p.m. for the free neighborhood Bike-In Live Theater, with the Millibo Art Theatre, family fun, a food truck and frozen treats.

- Scenes from opera and Broadway, part of the summer Vocal Arts Festival, are staged at 3 p.m. at Colorado College's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. "Let's Make a Scene," Opera Theatre of the Rockies, includes "Hansel and Gretel, "Butterfly," "Carousel" and "Aida" among others, $15, $10 students, or 646-3127.

- The Elohim Orchestra Charitable Concert benefiting victims of the Haiti hurricane, is a World Mission Society Church of God project with a gallery and refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by the "With Mother's Love" concert at 5 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.

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