Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend

The Gazette - Updated: September 6, 2014 at 10:15 am • Published: September 5, 2014 0

Here are some of the top happenings around the Colorado Springs area this weekend:

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

- Pickleball? What in the world is pickleball? Head for Monument Valley Park this weekend to watch a tournament with more than 145 players on 13 new Monument Valley Park courts (170 W. Cache la Poudre St.) in the Pikes Peak or Bust Pickleball Tournament. Pickleballers hit a wiffle-style ball with a paddle about the size of a ping-pong paddle. Action begins at 8 a.m. each day. Details: free; usapa.org

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

- Two more days  left to salivate over some gorgeous automobiles. The 2014 Western States Jaguar Clubs of North America are meeting at Cheyenne Mountain Resort (3225 Broadmoor Valley Road) and touring the region in new and vintage Jags. You can see them filling the parking lot at the resort where there are two sanctioned Concours d'Elegance. Details: 538-4000, jagclub.org

- A weekend of family fun in Briargate: It's Briarfest time. A carnival midway, the Briarfest Bolt runs, food and brew gardens, kids' games and free concerts by Martini Shot, Justin Lane Band, One More Shot, Crystal Hillbillies and Senderos De La Sierra. Some proceeds go to Marian House, Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project and the host church, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive. It runs 5-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Ride tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the carnival. Details: 528-8407, briarfest.net

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

- For 25 years on the weekend after Labor Day, it has been a tradition to stroll Castle Rock's downtown to enjoy works by juried artists from around the area and the country in Colorado Artfest. There are more than 170 artists this year. Fun includes live entertainment on the main stage, strolling musicians, an Artfest Store, kids' Imagination Zone and food and beverage vendors. No pets. There's a parking shuttle from the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive. Details: 1-720-733-6900, castlerockculture.com,

- The race cars and motorcycles have already roared up Pikes Peak this summer. Now it's time for - can you picture it - the skateboarders. Some of the world's best, 119 strong, will be screaming down a 1.4-mile course at 50 mph during the Pikes Peak Downhill Invitational. Practice and qualification runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday, the final practice is 9 a.m. Sunday and the race starts at 10 a.m. Four to six racers are in heats. It's all free to the public other than the $12 Pikes Peak Highway toll. Parking at the ski area. Details: pikespeakdownhill.com

SATURDAY

- From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, pooches big and small will be turning all shades of pink in the Garden of the Gods. It's OK because it's doggie safe. They'll wear costumes, walk a pink carpet runway, get treats and have fun in the free Pooches in Pink. And there's a walk through Rock Ledge Ranch at 12:30 p.m. It's a precursor to early Sunday morning when thousands of humans wearing pink, and leaving those pooped pink puppies at home, will be in Garden of the Gods running and walking in the Komen Race for the Cure, the nationwide breast cancer fundraiser. Details: komensecolorado.org

- "What If ...
Festival of Innovation and Imagination" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the six blocks around Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., including the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., and Plaza of the Rockies, 111 S. Tejon St. Details: free admission, whatif-festival.org.

- Air Force football at Wyoming

- Royal Gorge Bridge & Park opens. The bridge, shuttle, concessions and the Royal Rush Skycoaster will be open daily beginning Saturday. The new visitor center is expected to open next week. Details: royalgorgebridge.com or facebook.com/royalgorgebridge

SUNDAY

- The heavenly sounds of Beethoven, Hummel, Krenek and Loeffler will fill the mountain air when the Ute Pass Chamber Players open their fall season of classical chamber music at 3 p.m. Sunday at High View Baptist Church, 1151 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park. Featured musicians from the Ute Pass area: Guy Dutra-Silveira, oboe; Mary Lindsay, cello; Mary Anne Lemoine, viola; Elisa Wicks, violin; Clark Wilson, bassoon; and Barb Riley-Cunningham, piano. Details: $15, students $5; 686-1798, utepasschamberplayers.com

- Broncos football, 6:30 p.m., vs. Indianapolis, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

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