- The spotlight shines on the Colorado College Summer Music Festival faculty for the Festival Artists Concert, leading with a lecture about the evening's music by professor Michael Grace. Works by Dvorak, Stearn, Marinu, Copland and Janacek. 6:15 p.m., Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. Tickets $35, 389-6552 or brownpapertickets.com
- Rockers The Devil's Cut, along with St. Christopher Webster, Saddle of Southern Darkness and Tejon Street Corner Thieves, plan a heavy-duty music night at The Triple Nickel, 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., triplenickeltavern.com
- The history of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site comes alive with the Bent's Fort Living History Encampment. Those participating can be part of that rugged 1840s life, using tools and techniques of the 19th century La Junta area. Public participation is Friday-Saturday, but it's part of a full five-day encampment. nps.gov/beol/
- Rolling, rolling, they'll be rolling along at the events of the two-day ROLL Bicycle Art Festival held by Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd.It's 5-8 p.m. Friday with "Poetry in Motion" bicycle-themed art and photos. Musical entertainment and food, too. Then from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, it adds a Starlight Spectacular kickoff with family bike activities. Free tickets: tinyurl.com/y9go2zec
- Ride 'em, mountain cowboys, it's Cripple Creek's Top of the World Rodeo, touted as the highest elevation (9,494 feet) rodeo in the world. Draft horses, a parade down Bennett Avenue, street dance, pancake breakfast and PRCA rodeo action at the Teller County Fairgrounds, along with an opportunity to meet rodeo legend and Hall of Famer Larry Mahan. Schedule: tinyurl.com/y8kpdk72
- Hear ye, hear ye. Knights and faeries, jousting and merry maids arrive this weekend at the opening of the 41st Renaissance Festival. The Good King beckons crowds to Larkspur (650 Perry Park Ave.) weekends through July 30. Online tickets at coloradorenaissance.com, $22.50, kids 5-12 $11, under age 5 free, no pets allowed.
- The colorful dance and history-filled Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow, sponsored by One Nation Walking Together, is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave. Grand Entry at 11 a.m. Native American art and jewelry, food and drumming are only part of the activities. $4 admission, free for ages 12 and under. Nonperishable food donations will be delivered to the reservations.
- Bees are a good thing! The Pollinator Festival teaches about all the beneficial pollinators and how to build a habitat in your yard, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. There's even a pollinator plant sale and an art show. Bear Creek Park, 245 Bear Creek Road. $6.
- Don't even try to figure out how he does it. Just marvel. David Blaine's magic and illusions are legendary, and he's stopping at Pikes Peak Center on his 40-city tour. Show time 8 p.m. $29.50-69.50, pikespeakcenter.com, axs.com
- Denver alternative rap group Flobots is coming to Black Sheep, and the online chatter couldn't be happier. Also in concert, 2MX2 and Qbala. Show time 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $12. $15 day of show, ticketfly.com
- This annual event has changed, now celebrating this region's active, outdoor lifestyle. Springs Spree, in America the Beautiful Park, offers opportunities to check out different sports and activities, meet Olympians, be entertained and all for free. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The first Super Hero 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m., registration by Saturday, runningguru.com/E2.asp?eID=28100