Things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: Horse Expo, Art Walk, Broadway music, Get Outdoors Day, wine festival, chalk art

By Linda Navarro Updated: May 30, 2018 at 11:54 am • Published: May 30, 2018 0
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THURSDAY

Opening night to play "Clue, The Musical" with the Fountain Community Theater. The audience helps solve the mystery. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and June 8-9, with matinee at 2 p.m. June 9. 326 S. Alabama Ave. Tickets: fountaintheater.org

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Opening weekend for "School of Rock" as a rock wannabe transforms honor students into rockers at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., through June 10. Tickets: denvercenter.org

FRIDAY

Activities a-plenty for First Friday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. Here's a sampling: a Happy Hour Stand-Up comedy time with Mitch Fatel in the Music Room at the Fine Arts Center, where the exhibition galleries are filled, csfineartscenter.org. Brett Andrus opens a personal show, "Love Letters to the Ghosts in My Blood," S.P.Q.R., 17B E. Bijou St., spqrartspace.com. Art of Accessibility dance, music and other works by people with disabilities, The Independence Center, 729 S. Tejon St. Austin, Texas, artist Janelle Cox, opening reception for "Hopes & Dreams," Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave. Much more. Free shuttle downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs: peakradar.com/shuttle-schedule

FRIDAY

A special event during Friday Art Walk, a Front Porch Singers Concert by the a cappella group, raising money to help restore the entryway at the 1879 Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs. On the front lawn at 103 Pawnee Ave., so bring your blankets or chairs, 6-7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Opening reception 6-8 p.m. for the Palmer Lake Art Group's "Color Splash" show, which runs through June 22 at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, 304 U.S. 105. Original fine arts, paintings, sculpture and photography. Proceeds support art scholarships. palmerlakeartgroup.com

FRIDAY

The 20-year-old Americana band Reckless Kelly of Austin, Texas, returns to Stargazers Theatre. The opener is local musician Sandy Wells. Concert at 8 p.m., doors at 7, $25 plus ticketing fee. stargazerstheatre.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

A horse lover's delight: Harmony Horse Expo at the Dumb Friends League Equine Center, 5540 E. Colorado 86 in Franktown. Free horsemanship workshops and an opportunity to meet adoptable horses. Noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. harmonyequinecenter.org

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

It's so Colorado. The annual Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in Fruita. A run, car show, music, disc golf and, of course, a poultry show. miketheheadlesschicken.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Opening day for the awe-inspiring Warrior Games with athletes from around the globe. Saturday's Kelly Clarkson concert and opening ceremonies are sold out, but plenty of other events occur through June 9. dodwarriorgames.com/schedule. Home site is the Air Force Academy.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Three days of rodeo and music fun out east at the Colorado Prairie Music Festival, the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Hugo. Concert headliners are newcomer Rhett Uhland from Eads, the Josh Abbott Band, Randall King and Kimberly Dunn. Sunday, the Cattlewomen cook breakfast before Cowboy Church. seelincolncounty.com

SATURDAY

Head outside to try out all sorts of things Colorado Springs. It's all free for Get Outdoors Day at Prospect Lake. So many things to try, from climbing and fishing to archery and mapping, bird watching and touch-a-truck, games and scavenger hunts. Kids get a fly-fishing pole and water bottle. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

SATURDAY

The Uncle Wilber Fountain strikes up its first watery tune of the season during Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Acacia Park. PBS characters Daniel Tiger and Jet Propulsion will be there along with a bouncy house and educational booths. Info at rmpbs.org/csfunfest

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Amazing original works of art transform the streets along Larimer Square at the Denver Chalk Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday along Larimer Street at 14th Street. Free. Info: larimerarts.org and Facebook.

SATURDAY

Swirl and sip at the Manitou Springs Wine Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Manitou's Memorial Park. Thirty Colorado wineries. $30-70; tickets online until Friday, cash only at the gate. No furry friends or strollers. www.eventbrite.com

SATURDAY

It's Bike Month. Take a Community Bike Ride with Mayor John Suthers and his wife, Janet, at 8:30 a.m. from Bon Shopping Center, 2300 N. Wahsatch Ave. Arrive by 8:15 a.m. End of the ride is the new Pikes Peak Market, 315 E. Pikes Peak Ave., for food samples, refreshments and music. Food to buy to take home, too. Ride back to the park afterward. Bike helmets required. For parking info and details, ColoradoSprings.gov/mayorsride.

SATURDAY

A page from Western history at the 2018 Sheep Shearing and Summer Living History Program opening at Rock Ledge Ranch in Garden of the Gods, with shearing, carding, spinning, dying and weaving demonstrations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rockledgeranch.com

SATURDAY

It's a hoodoo kind of day to take a National Trails Day Hike at beautiful Paint Mines Interpretive Park near Calhan, 29950 Paint Mine Road. 7-11 a.m. Hike leader is Aiken Audubon President Risë Foster-Bruder. Wear study shoes and slather on sunscreen. Prepaid registration $5, communityservices.elpasoco.com

SUNDAY

Songs from popular Broadway shows are performed by Colorado Springs Children's Chorale at Pikes Peak Center, 3-5 p.m., as Broadway Family Ties ends the season. Tickets start at $12, kidssing.org or the center box office at 190 S. Cascade Ave. The Chorale is teaming with the nonprofit helping low-income families, REACH Pikes Peak, asking those who attend to bring nonperishable food items and home essentials such as toilet paper, hygiene products and diapers.

SUNDAY

Hawthorne Heights started in the early 2000s as A Day in the Life. 2007 was a tragic year when they found their 26-year-old guitarist dead in his sleep on the tour bus after accidentally mixing a prescription pain reliever with anti-depressant/seizure disorder medications. They retooled and restarted, playing live shows, including the Warped Tour. On the bill at The Black Sheep are Listener, Hotel Books, Sienna Skies, Heavy Things. Tickets $20-22, blacksheeprocks.com

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