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Things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: Mexican Rodeo, nature photos, international piano competition

January 3, 2018 Updated: January 5, 2018 at 6:20 am
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photo - Broncos' Thunder leaves the field during warm ups Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014,before the start of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Broncos' Thunder leaves the field during warm ups Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014,before the start of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Here's a look at some of our favorite events and happenings around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and the rest of Colorado in the next few days.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Thunder, the iconic white Denver Broncos mascot that thunders down the field when the team scores, will lead the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo parade of longhorn cattle, horses and Western wagons through Denver's downtown for the opening parade at noon Thursday. Stock Show action begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 21 at 4655 Humboldt St. nationalwestern.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Grab your cameras or phones. Time for the Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers' Winter Photography Contest. You have a month to capture the best nature shots. For categories, prizes, rules and regulations, elpasocountynaturecenters.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

A pottery lovers delight, Commonwheel Artists Co-op's Pottery by the Pound new year sale runs through Jan. 28. The co-op's members and guest artists clear studio inventory, sell pottery seconds and prototypes, and feature other art pieces at discounted prices. Many items are sold by weight. Opening weekend is a prime time to start, but there's restocking all during the show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/pottery-by-the-pound.html and on Facebook.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

DUO PIANO
Performers of all ages compete in the 2014 United States International Duo Piano Competition Winners' Concert Saturday, January 4, 2014 in the Main Ballroom at the Broadmoor Hotel. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

Enjoy an unforgettable musical showcase, the 19th annual U.S. International Duo Piano Competition at The Broadmoor all weekend. Two-piano duos and quartets from around the world will compete, 200 performers altogether. Professional-level pianists are featured at 7 p.m. Friday, and other performance levels compete at various times. usidpc.org

FRIDAY

The always-popular Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Nites open the new year surrounded by art at 7:30 p.m. at Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, 122 E. Kiowa St. Concert by Wayne Wilkinson's trio with Andy Burtschi and Todd Williams. Conservatory students will sit in. $15 includes wine and "small bites." 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org A city parking garage is right across the street.

FRIDAY

They're what you love in Colorado Springs. Vote for them in Best of the Springs starting Friday and help them win. gazette.com/bestof.

SATURDAY

Leapin' Lizards, the time has flown by, and the Fine Arts Center's production of "Annie" has had folks singing and smiling for weeks. It's the final weekend and also one more opportunity for an Annie Day Camp for kiddos ages 6-13. They'll have a theater experience, touring the theater and set, have a dance class and meet cast members, 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. csfineartscenter.org/theatre/theatre-school/ $30, tickets to the show are extra. 30 W. Dale St.

SUNDAY

ICE SKATERS IN ACACIA
Families ice skate in Acacia Park on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

Wear white and blue with your ice skates, and you'll get $1 off admission during the Winter Wonderland downtown at Skate at the Park - Acacia, 2-5 p.m.. Skating, hot chocolate, popcorn and cotton candy.

downtowncs.com/skate

SUNDAY

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Octavio Hermillo adjusts his sombrero while he waits in the chutes to compete in the "charreada" or Mexican rodeo at the State Fair in Pueblo on Sunday Sept. 2, 2001. The other cowboys are Juan Martinez (left), Sergio Herrera (second from right) and Jose Olivas (right). It was part of Fiesta Weekend at the State Fair. Fiesta Weekend celebrates Latin culture. Fiesta Weekend also featured a Fiesta Parade, Mariachi Mass, a Hispanic art exhibit and lots of mariachi bands and folklorico dancers Monday is the last day of the State Fair. Jay Janner/The Gazette 

The Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza hosted by the National Western Stock Show is a cultural experience from 2 and 6:30 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum, 4655 Humboldt St. Bull riding, bareback riding, trick roping and mariachis, and it's choreographed by fourth-generation Charro Jerry Diaz. $30-65, tinyurl.com/y7muxr98

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