Here are some of your top options for making it a great Labor Day weekend in the Colorado Springs area:
Colorado State Rams vs Colorado Buffaloes — 7 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, $22-$95; csurams.com
Blue Moon Trail Run — A 5K and 10K races, as well as kids’ race with post-race BBQ and the Runners Roost Beer Garden, 6 p.m., Ute Valley Park, $35 to run; $5 ages 10 and under; tinyurl.com/lw468y2
Phish — Popular jam band plays Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 8000 Victory Way, Commerce City, $49.95-$60, 1-303-727-3500, dickssportinggoodspark.com
Early Iron Festival — Car show, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday opening party, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, 9-10 a.m. Sunday, Alamosa, free; earlyironfestival.com
A Taste of Colorado — Food from Denver restaurants, music, kids activities, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, Denver, free; 1-303-295-6330, atasteofcolorado.com
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reopening — Closed for rebuilding after the Royal Gorge fire in 2013, rides, zip lines, a new visitor center and other attractions open, 4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City, tickets available on Saturday, call for prices; 275-7507, royalgorgebridge.com More details here
Air Force Falcons vs Nicholis State Colonels — Noon, Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2169 Field House Dr., $20-$45; goairforcefalcons.com
Nickel Creek concert, with Elephant Revival — 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. More details here.
Labor Day Hometown Festival — Games, giveaways, food samples, seminars and bargains on outdoor gear, noon-5 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, 13012 Bass Pro Drive, free; basspro.com/hometown.
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest — Beer, food, music, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 40 Village Road, Beaver Creek, free; bearcreek.com
Colorado Balloon Classic and Balloon Glo — Concessions open at 6 a.m., with mass ascension at 7 a.m. ; concessions open at 5 p.m., with Balloon Glo at 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free; 471-4833, balloonclassic.com. More details here.
Victor Celebrates the Arts — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Victor Elks Lodge, 367 N. 3rd, Victor, free; 689-5836, victorcelebratesthearts.org
Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festival — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fields Park, 101 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, free admission; 577-7700, commonwheel.com/festival.
American Discovery Trail Marathon — 6 a.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Dr., $65-$170; adtmarathon.com
Labor Day Kinetic Festival — Kinetic competition, street fair, music, food, beer garden and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monument, Second and Front streets, free; 481-3282, trilakeschamber.com
Bristol Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Beer Release and Barbecue — 3-6 p.m. , Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free; 633-2555, bristolbrewing.com.
Annual Labor Day 1870 Baseball Game — 1 p.m., Rockledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, game free; tinyurl.com/mx5fj67
Fountain Valley Fall Festival — Parade, entertainment, food, crafts and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Metcalfe Park, 704 E. Ohio St.; parade at 10 a.m., Main Street, Fountain, free; 322-2000, fountaincolorado.org.
7th Annual Avo’s Jazz Festival — Jazz musicians from the Front Range, 2-10 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S Mason St., Fort Collins, $10; 1-970-493-5555, avogadros.com
• Prospect Lake Beach at Memorial Park, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tinyurl.com/kpw2m8t
• Garden of the Gods Park, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Visitor and Nature Facility, 1805 N. 30th St., 634-6666, gardenofgods.com
• Starsmore Discovery Center, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 2120 N. Cheyenne Canyon Road, 385-6086, springsgov.com/starsmore
• Helen Hunt Visitors Center, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 3440 N. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 633-5701, tinyurl.com/ll8et58
Compiled by Carlotta Olson and Jen Mulson, The Gazette