Things to do this weekend in and around Colorado Springs: New Orleans jazz, antique machinery, woodcarving, dog art, gigantic plant sale

By Linda Navarro Updated: May 17, 2018 at 6:40 am • Published: May 16, 2018 0
photo - Old fashioned bicycle isolated on white background
Old fashioned bicycle isolated on white background

THURSDAY

Elope: These fun headgear folks invite everyone to a birthday skating party. The creators of all those crazy and fun hats celebrate 25 years with a '90s Neon Skate Party at Skate City Austin Bluffs, 4575 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 4-6 p.m. Birthday cake, skating or not, and a costume competition. Entry $5 with half going to St. Baldrick's Foundation seeking cures for children's cancer. Read more on Facebook.

THURSDAY

Al Kaly Shrine Circus fills the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, with three rings of action, 4 and 7:30 p.m. The kiddos will have an opportunity to pet and ride some of the circus animals. Online tickets $9; at the gate, $14-18. Details here.

FRIDAY

Meet the Artists in Action, a juried group of women artists who use art for advocacy and social-action community conversation. The Rough Ruby Arts Collective opening reception and magazine introduction is 5-8 p.m. at Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Artists: Julia Wright, Ed McKay, Cathleen Meadows, Abbey Hepner, Laura BenAmots, Pamela Raye Fickes-Miller, Deena Bennett, Nethery Wylie, Ceil Horowitz, Andrew Amelung, Angela Crews, Gypsy Ames, Cate Noyes Boddington. Photogs, too.

FRIDAY

Barbecue and The Dinosaurchestra. The New Orleans band brings its special sounds to Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., 7:30- 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Denver turns into a "Happy City" starting Friday with six weeks of unusual art experiences, "Art for the People." Eleven Colorado, national and international artists, directed by Black Cube Nomadic Museum, will do pop-up art in unexpected public spaces around the city. Locations could include the Colorado Convention Center, the theater district and Union Station. blackcube.art

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

This is the one, the Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale by the experts at the Horticultural Art Society. Bring your little red wagons to haul everything beautiful to your vehicle. These plants, including veggies, are tested for this area. Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the HAS Demonstration Garden in Monument Valley Park, 222 Mesa Road at Glen Avenue. More details here.

SATURDAY

They're two recovering addicts, one from alcohol and the other drugs, and they don't sugarcoat it when they bring their Addicts Comedy Tour to Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, at 2 p.m.. $20 plus ticketing fee, stargazerstheatre.com.

SATURDAY

Here's one guaranteed to make canine lovers happy: "Year of the Dog" art exhibit, the human-animal bond, at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, Saturday through Oct. 14. Museum admission $10, $5 for military and seniors, free for students and teachers, csfineartscenter.org.

SATURDAY

Hang out the "Gone Fishing" sign. A free youth fishing derby and fishing instructions for ages 5 to 15 starts the season at Willow Springs Pond on Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free and no fishing licenses needed for the children. El Paso County commissioner Longinos Gonzalez will grill the lunch hot dogs. Get the details here.

SATURDAY

Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day with projects all around the state and opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation. The local work project is restoring an area between the Mesa and Intemann trails, paralleling the Section 16 connector trail. Reservations: rmfi.org. Kids to Parks Day will fill Cheyenne Mountain State Park. For all Colorado projects: copubliclandsday.com.

SATURDAY

Plenty of cycling action and camaraderie at the ROLL Bike Festival with bike rides, bike art, bike decorating, a bike rodeo, workshops, bike show and a bike parade. Music at night. Buffalo Lodge, 2 El Paso Blvd., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. More at rollbikeart.com.

SATURDAY

More than 400 entries are expected at the 36th Annual Antique & Special Interest Car Show, The Abbey, 2951 E. U.S. 50. in Cañon City. Activities from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Food vendors and swap meet along with all the cars. General admission $5, kids 12 and under get in free. Entry fee for cars $30.

SATURDAY

The Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver will fill its historic neighborhood with a full day of music, 45 bands on 10 stages, up and down Welton Street. Lots of food and vendors, too, and a jazz parade at 11 a.m. Five Points, a music-drenched neighborhood for decades, was known as the Harlem of the West.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Visit the Western Museum of Mining & Industry this weekend for Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days. Arkansas Valley Flywheelers and the Front Range Antique Power Association provide the history, with antique motors and tractors and an exciting antique tractor pull. 225 North Gate Blvd., $5 admission.10 a.m.-3 p.m. More at wmmi.org.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

While skilled whittlers show their wares and demonstrate their skills, you can start carving a soap menagerie of your own at the 35th annual Woodcarving and Woodworking Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., $2-3, children under 12 get in free with an adult. Call 590-8694 for more.

SUNDAY

Bring your cameras as you "Walk on the Wild Side ‑ Wildflowers" at 1 p.m., Roxborough State Park, Douglas County. Walk with a naturalist on Willow Creek trail, learning to identify wildflowers. $7 state park vehicle pass. Pets and bikes not allowed in the park. More info here.

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