Labor Day weekend activities in Colorado Springs and beyond

By: Carlotta Olson, carlotta.olson@gazette.com
August 29, 2014 Updated: August 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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photo - Logan Spencer and his grandmother Betsy Spring made large bubbles at the Millibo Art Theater booth at the Commonwheel Artists Festival at Fields Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Kent Nishimura/The Gazette file)
Logan Spencer and his grandmother Betsy Spring made large bubbles at the Millibo Art Theater booth at the Commonwheel Artists Festival at Fields Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Kent Nishimura/The Gazette file) 

Here are some of your top options for making it a great Labor Day weekend in the Colorado Springs area:

FRIDAY
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

FRIDAY-SUNDAY
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

FRIDAY-MONDAY
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


SATURDAY
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.


SATURDAY-SUNDAY
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

SATURDAY-MONDAY
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.

MONDAY
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

ALSO OPEN
Parks
• 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

 

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