Things to do this weekend around Colorado Springs: First Friday Art Walk, RV & Travel Show, car lovers unite

By Linda Navarro Updated: April 6, 2018 at 7:12 am • Published: April 4, 2018 0
photo - Artist David Thomason paints from the corner of Tejon and Bijou streets Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, as part of the Urban Sketchers project. Artist painted the street scenes as part of First Friday gallery openings and their work will be sold at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Store with the proceeds going toward the museum. Artists will paint again Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Artist David Thomason paints from the corner of Tejon and Bijou streets Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, as part of the Urban Sketchers project. Artist painted the street scenes as part of First Friday gallery openings and their work will be sold at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Store with the proceeds going toward the museum. Artists will paint again Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

- RVs, tents and campers are ready to be checked out at the Colorado Springs RV & Travel Expo, Colorado Springs Event Center at Palmer Park and Academy boulevards, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, $8, ages 16 and under get in free, ColoradoSpringsRVshow.com.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

- The force that is in the works of playwright August Wilson should be experienced. His powerful "Fences," part of his American Century Cycle of the African-American experience, has a run this weekend through April 21 at Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., lonetreeartscenter.org.

- Experience one of the best, Taste of Vail 2018, with the tops in food and wine from top chefs and vintners, tasteofvail.com.

- Car lovers will come to The Denver Auto Show to see the Truex #78 Furniture Row race car, a 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1 Corvette, Military Vehicle Collectors of Colorado, the 2019 models, Bentleys and Masaratis, electrics, Camp Jeep, antiques and much more, 500 more. Sit in them, turn them on and even test drive at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., noon-10 p.m. Thursday (senior day discount) and Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $13, $6 for children. Ten dealers have a career fair Friday and Saturday, free. denverautoshow.com.

- Opening weekend for Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" performed by Theatreworks and the UCCS Theatre Company, Ent Center for the Arts, through April 15. $15-$26, uccspresents.org

FRIDAY

The First Friday Art Walk keeps growing. Now it's in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs with a free shuttle along the route. Schedule at peakradar.com/shuttle-schedule. 5-8 p.m. Plenty of restaurants along the way. A variety of art galleries and special Friday openings. Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society lead an hour-long introductory tour from Boulder Street Gallery, 206 N. Tejon St., at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY

- All about that brass, the Boston Brass, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $18-$65, uccspresents.org

- Opening performances for Disney's "Aladdin," through April 28 at Buell Theatre in Denver Center for the Performing Arts, tickets start at $25, www.denvercenter.org.

- Art on the Streets, Year 20, is wrapping up, and here's an opportunity for one final Downtown Walking Tour before new art is in place this summer. See those public sculptures you might have spotted over the past year and hear from the artists during the walk. At 10 a.m., meet at the Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon St, $10. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for a free pre-walk cuppa java. www.tinyurl.com/yaqh755h.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

- A spring tradition, and it's been a good one for 42 years, the Pine Forest Spring Show and Sale by Tri-Lakes Women's Club to benefit Tri-Lakes projects. Antiques and art, garden and home decor, a kids' corner and vintage. Go home happy with delicious baked goods from their bakery. Gourmet food trucks on site. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Lewis-Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road. Tickets $6 or $5 with non-perishabled goods for Tri-Lakes Cares. www.tlwc.net

- The Wayne Wilkinson Trio is busy this weekend, Saturday at Motif Jazz Cafe  (motifjazzcafe.com) and Sunday, with special guest guitarist Sean McGowan, at the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society Second Sunday Jazz Affair at Olympian Plaza Reception and Events Center, 1-4 p.m., 975 S. Union Blvd., $15. (ppjass.org)

- A "Flight of Fancy" for the kids, with masks and puppets and a friendship between a girl and a puffin, Millibo Art Theatre's Kids First, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, 1626 S. Tejon St. Tickets $12, themat.org.

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