18 things to do this weekend around Colorado Springs and beyond

By Linda Navarro Updated: June 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm • Published: June 13, 2018 0
photo - Jeannie Robbins (right), Jestina Axum, Alex Robbins and Corbin Zebarth watch the Colorado Springs PrideFest Parade head down Colorado Avenue Sunday, July 9, 2017, downtown. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
Jeannie Robbins (right), Jestina Axum, Alex Robbins and Corbin Zebarth watch the Colorado Springs PrideFest Parade head down Colorado Avenue Sunday, July 9, 2017, downtown. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette

Here's a look at some of our favorite events and happenings around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region the next few days, from FIBArk in Salida to the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival at Memorial Park to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur and more.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

The frothy whitewater rolling, it's time for FIBArk (First in Boating on the Arkansas), the nation's oldest such festival, 70 years strong. Headquartered out of Riverside Park in Salida. fibark.com

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Nighttime in one of Colorado's most beautiful natural settings, the Astronomy Festival on the South Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, partnered with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society and Crawford State Park. Celebrate starlit skies. Daytime programs as well. Solar viewing at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss, 1 p.m. Saturday. All programs free, park entrance fee $20. Schedule: nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

A delightful theatre production, Ian Fleming's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," on stage at Louisa Performing Arts Center at The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Presented by the Colorado Ballet Society. Times and tickets: danceinthesprings.com/tickets

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

"Opa" with the best of them at the food- and dance-filled Denver Greek Festival. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, thegreekfestival.com

The clans gather, bagpipers are warming up and the public is invited to enjoy the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival in Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., pikespeakcelticfestival.com

Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones") will be one of the big draws, along with Batman characters and stars from Doctor Who, at Denver Comic Con, Colorado Convention Center, tickets at denvercomiccon.com

FRIDAY

"Cheers! Drink Up" is the invitation for the Celebrating the Clay Drinking Vessel juried show with awards in four categories: beer, coffee, tea and spirits. Opening reception 5-8 p.m., Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 CaƱon Ave. in Manitou. Show through July 18. commonwheel.com

Great outdoor concerts this summer: The AFA Falconaires, 7 p.m., Jazz in the Garden at Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St. Blankets or chairs and picnics encouraged. Free. gssepiscopal.org

SATURDAY

The Falcon Wanderers invite walkers along for a non-competitive Northern Colorado Springs Walk, beginning and ending at Fire Station 19, 2490 Research Parkway. 6K and 10K routes. Only leashed pets. Start times between 8 a.m. and noon. Done by 3 p.m. Info: Curt Converse, 591-8193.

Whose tracks are those? Learn to identify animals from their Animal Tracks, 7 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Campsite 19. Bring a camp chair. Free, but vehicles need state parks pass or $7 for day. cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/CheyenneMountain

Silent Disco/Food Truck Rally night in Manitou. Food trucks in Soda Springs Park 5-9 p.m., silent disco and beer, 7-10 p.m. Tickets at the Manitou Springs Chamber, 354 Manitou Ave., or online at Eventbrite.

It's the Wild Wild West on two wheels for the themed 24th annual Starlight Spectacular ride, 9-11:59 p.m. starting in Garden of the Gods Park. Something new, families with young children will start the ride ahead of the crowd at 10:15 p.m. Coffee, root beer and pizza to get you started at 9 p.m. Tickets and info: trailsandopenspace.org

Those knights and squires in suits of armor arrive at Glen Eyrie Castle, 3820 N. 30th St., for Tournoi du Faucon Noir 2018. Come to fight or to cheer. Produced by The Black Falcon School of Arms, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: deedofarms.com

Jedi, to your stations, it's the popular Star Wars Night at the Sky Sox game, 4385 Tutt Blvd., 6 p.m. against the Salt Lake Bees. milb.com/colorado-springs 

Hillside Community Center will host a Juneteenth celebration from noon-6 p.m. 

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

They're roaring down airport runways in some of the fastest half-mile side-by-side trap speed competitions you can imagine as Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack returns for another year. Gates open at 8 a.m. at the original airport, 7770 Milton E. Proby Parkway, tickets at pikespeakairstripattack.com

Hear Ye Hear Ye. Fair maidens and knights. Time for turkey legs and jousting at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 5. coloradorenaissance.com

Denver PrideFest festivities kick off with a Trash Fashion Show and a full list of activities culminating with the Coors Light PrideFest Parade starting in Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The festival fills Civic Center in Denver. Info: denverpride.org

Ice cream and giant bubbles time with the arrival of "The Big Bubble Circus Ice Cream Theatre," billed as Sundaes and Saturdays and Fundays through July 29 at The Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St. Shows at 7 p.m. when Jim Jackson as Mr. Art Guffaw clowns around with the bubbly fun, followed by ice cream sundaes under the tent. Reservations: themat.org

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