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Must See Must Do: A Unicorn Festival, Batman under the stars, and Bike Week

June 21, 2017 Updated: June 21, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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photo - Mark Beeman looks down the center row of parked bikes during the Tejon Street Bike Fest Sunday, June 22, 2014. Tejon Street was shut down for the hundreds of bikes that lined the road. Photos by Julia Moss, The Gazette
Mark Beeman looks down the center row of parked bikes during the Tejon Street Bike Fest Sunday, June 22, 2014. Tejon Street was shut down for the hundreds of bikes that lined the road. Photos by Julia Moss, The Gazette 

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

"Starry Meadows" lives up to its name for the annual Rocky Mountain Star Stare party and campout sponsored by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Stars are sparkling bright in the clear dark skies at the site near Gardner, 7,612 feet, between the Sangre de Cristo and Wet mountains. Kids' activities, science talks and a SkySafari challenge to spot 148 celestial objects.Register: rmss.org

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Pikes Peak Bike Week continues with major music and motorcycles at Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain. Headliners topped by Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, are War, Blue October, Gin Blossoms, Jackyl and Wayland. Tickets and schedule info: pikespeakbikeweek.com

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Salida is a town filled with art and creativity. Justly so for a Colorado Creative District. It's on display during the Salida Art Walk, "25 Years of Thinking Outside the Box." Art and artists everywhere, street musicians and performers and a full schedule of events, many at the SteamPlant Event Center..salidaartwalk.org

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Get wild at adult opening weekend for burlesque, the Champagne Cabaret with Peaks and Pasties at The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave. shows 9 p.m., $15-175, goldroomlive.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

This original summer musical special is all things JACK: Be Nimble, Horner, And the Beanstalk, Sprat and "even Jack O'Lantern." "JACK, A Moral Musical Tale," created by Colorado Springs Conservatory head Linda Weise and starring the young conservatory students and alumni, is performed on the Colorado College campus, Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 7 p.m. . Tickets $10-20, coloradospringsconservatory.org

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

They've issued the invitation to head for Canon City for "Boats, Bands and Beer," the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. Water activities along the Arkansas River and festival activities in town with money raised for the Whitewater Park, river restoration and charities. $5 entrance fee for ages 13 and older. 1-8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Saturday. royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Donkeys had the traffic right of way on the streets of the Gold Camp during Pikes Peak or Bust days and still do. Some of what's believed to be their descendants will be in charge for this weekend's 86th Donkey Derby Days in Cripple Creek. Ones who might agree to do it will be racing, others "can't make me," and there are baby donkeys visiting their first celebration. Lots of activities for the humans, too. visitcripplecreek.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Talking rods this weekend at the NSRA Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. The classics, from 1987 or earlier, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. $15, $6 kids 6-12. nsra-usa.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Stroll through special gardens in the Patty Jewett area during the annual Friends of Extension Open Garden Tour. Master gardeners will be on hand at the 10 homes to answer your questions, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $20 tickets (children under 12 free) at lawn and garden centers including Spencer's, Don's, McCord's, Summerland, Good Earth, Rick's and Phelan Gardens. Credit card orders, extensionfriends.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Relax to the pleasant sounds of tumbling water during this perfect weekend to tour some of the area's most creative landscaped ponds and waterfalls. The self-guided Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds tour visits water features and waterscapes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tour maps are $5 at Pioneer Sand locations in Colorado Springs, Monument and Black Forest and benefit the Boys and Girls Club. purelyponds.com

SATURDAY

It's so Colorado: hundreds of outdoorsy types competing at over 7,000 feet to have the top times on the 2,700 stairs of Falcon Stadium in the Climb for Courage starting at 8:30 a.m. After competitors are done, The Fun Wave of kids and families will climb the lower portion of the stadium at the Air Force Academy. From 9 a.m. to noon there's a family festival on the grounds surrounding the stadium. It all benefits services at Children's Hospital Colorado. childrenscoloradofoundation.org

SATURDAY

Opening day for the Fine Arts Center summer exhibit Everyday Extraordinary: From Rembrandt to Warhol from the collection of Drs. Morton and Tobia Mower. Works of Impressionist and Modern masters. Featured through Sept. 17, 30 W. Dale St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Fridays and theatre nights, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. $12, free for FAC members and children 12 and under. csfineartscenter.org

SATURDAY

Family fun, a free movie in the park under the stars, "The Lego Batman Movie." Bring blankets or beach chairs for the 7 p.m. big-screen showing in Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Bouncy houses and face painting before the movie. No glass containers, please.

SUNDAY

Hear them roar - hundreds and maybe thousands of them - as sound reverberates off the downtown buildings at the Tejon Street Bike Fest, up and down Tejon Street between Kiowa Street and Vermijo Avenue, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Music, food and biker fans, lots of leather, a bikini contest, free, pro-promotions.com

SUNDAY

An adorable day. It's a Unicorn Festival with lots of imagination along with puffy pink horned characters, princesses, fairies, wizards and mermaids at Clement Park in Littleton, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The dragon dance parade kicks off at noon. $15/$10 for children.unicornffestivalcolorado.com

COMPILED BY LINDA NAVARRO, THE GAZETTE, 636-0374, linda.navarro@gazette.com

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