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Must Do Must See: What's happening this weekend around the Colorado Springs area

By: The Gazette
June 12, 2014 Updated: June 13, 2014 at 5:38 am
photo - Steve Earle performs Saturday at Chico Basin Ranch south of Colorado Springs.
Steve Earle performs Saturday at Chico Basin Ranch south of Colorado Springs. 

Here are some of the top events happening in the Colorado Springs area this weekend:


- The Fine Arts Center turns Western with the musical "Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky" in its Colorado premiere. Singer/songwriter has-been Floyd (Denverite Jordan Leigh) strums away as he lives in his old Studebaker. Then he meets aspiring star Clea (Springs actress Chelsea Ringer) and they inspire each other. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays, through June 29. $20-37., 634-5583

- It's another Friday night of fireworks at Security Service Field when the Sky Sox host Salt Lake. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. with fireworks to follow.


- Family fun in the park and a 37-year tradition: Springs Spree, all day Saturday and Sunday in Memorial Park, Pikes Peak Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Union Boulevard. For kids, a Kids Spree with a carnival, and for everyone a Civic Village with displays from the military and first responders, and live music on several stages by James Otto, Kalleigh Bannon, The Brothers Osborne and popular local bands including Tiny Barge & the Big Chill and the Air Force Academy Band. Free. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

- The 38th annual Colorado Renaissance Festival opens in Larkspur on Saturday. It runs through Aug. 3. Read more here.

- Pedal along with the Trails and Open Space Coalition and friends on a beautiful moonlight ride, the 20th Starlight Spectacular, starting with festivities at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St. First up: music, contests and food. Then it's time to ride at 10:30 p.m. with a route through Garden of the Gods, Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs. Wrap it up with a hot breakfast back at the visitor center. It's a fundraiser for TOSC., 633-6884

- Folk singer Steve Earle's last tour drove home the financial struggles of much of the country. It was around 2011, and what he saw out those tour bus windows inspired his 15th album, "The Low Highway," released last year. Earle will be at Chico Basin Ranch, an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch, on Saturday to headline its first Ranchlands Concert of the summer. The fundraiser supports the Ranchlands Learning and Research Center education programs. Camping opens at noon; 7 p.m. music.  Read more here.

- The second annual Feast of Saint Arnold is noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church, 8 4th St., in the Broadmoor area. The festival "celebrating Colorado's lifestyle and culture" - and especially its libations and food - is a benefit for Westside CARES. Read more here.

- Hear the gasps and cheers as daredevil riders show their stuff in the 27th annual Pikes Peak Super Cross at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Riders qualify at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Saturday. $17, kids 6-11 $5,, 331-6234

- Little trains keep rollin' right along, capturing the imaginations of fans of all ages. Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., will be filled with seven operating layouts, collectors and vendors all weekend for the TECO Train Show. It's 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5, $8 per family, discounts for seniors and military.


- They'll be revving up the motorcycles Sunday for the Pikes Peak Fallen Officers Memorial Ride in honor of peace officers killed in the line of duty and to fundraise for a memorial to be built in Memorial Park. Registration at 8 a.m. Sunday at Cowboys, 25 N. Tejon St., and riders will stop at the Falcon Wal-Mart, Rockyard Grill in Castle Rock and O'Malley's in Palmer Lake, ending up back at Cowboys. $20 for riders, $5 for passengers,

- Put on your silliness - and your red nose - and help Millibo Art Theatre celebrate its first year in the Ivywild neighborhood at 1626 S. Tejon St. Don't be bashful. Join the Red Nose Sunday fun from noon to 5 p.m.: a Big Bubble play area, circus games, ice cream sundaes, roving entertainers and stilt walkers, music and, at 2 p.m. sharp, be part of the goofy keepsake Red Nose Group Portrait. Free., 465-6321


- Cowboys and cowgirls, and all you wannabes, Wednesday's your morning. Head downtown for breakfast - on hay bales in the middle of Pikes Peak Avenue - for the 54th annual Street Breakfast to kick off Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days. The military from Fort Carson will be hard at work at Pikes Peak and Tejon Street whipping up flapjacks and eggs, 5:30 to 9 a.m. Entertainment from the stage, the Girl of the West and her Aide and other activities before the Pikes Peak Range Riders mount up for a pre-rodeo ride in the mountains until Sunday. $5 breakfast tokens, little cowpokes under 5 are free. Money benefits military charities. More about the July 9-12 rodeo and the July 8 parade downtown:


- Rock-infused zydeco - honest. It's a special treat at 7 p.m. Thursday when Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience arrives for a concert experience at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. A touch of Americana music from a Cajun/Zydeco Grammy winner. $20, $25 at the door,, 576-5945




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