Must See Must Do: What's happening around Colorado Springs this weekend and beyond

July 3, 2014 Updated: July 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm
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FRIDAY JULY 11TH, 2008 Blake Knowles of Heppner, Oregon gets the drop on his steer and wrestled the steer to the ground for a 4.5 second score at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo held at the Norris Penrose Event Center.(THE GAZETTE/KIRK SPEER)

Here are some of the top entertainment options in the Pikes Peak region


FRIDAY, Fourth of July

-List: Fourth of July events in the Springs area.

-Cherry Creek Art Festival puts the bag in your Fourth of July

-Musical swings make first tour stop at Green Box Arts Fest starts today and runs through July 13

-Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl - By Ute Pass Historical Society, tours run every 15 minutes from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Woodland Park Cemetery, 650 Short St., Woodland Park, $5; 686-7512,

-Bouncing back from the fire last summer, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park outside Canon City will be open this weekend for guided tours through the reconstructed area. Tagged "We Still Stand Tall," tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4218 County Road 3a. It costs $10, children 3 and under free. Shuttles take guests across the bridge to the park's scenic area. The Royal Rush Skycoaster, one of the three surviving attractions, will be operating: $25, $45 for two, $60 for three riders. Details: 1-888-333-5597,


-They're the working cowboys who round 'em up and head 'em out on their ranches. But Saturday, they'll be in teams representing legendary livestock brands at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, in the Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo. They'll sort and brand, ride broncs, milk wild cows, load livestock in trainers and, when work is over, they'll do a little dancing. A Western smokeout dinner ($15, kids under 11 free), is served up at 4:30 p.m., with the rodeo at 6:30 p.m. and dancing and awards at 9 p.m. It's $20-$50, kids $5 or free for 5 and under. Details:


-In the midst of farmers market season, here comes the inaugural Downtown Sunday Market in Acacia Park. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market features locally grown produce and farm products, artisan goods and entertainment, including music. There are different vendors each week, starting with Callicrate Beef, Hunt or Gather, UpaDowna, Potato Potato food truck, Ortmeier Farms, Abundant Harvest, Java Mountain, and Ola Juice. Mango fan Django performs at 10 a.m. Details:


-Have a piece of pie ($2) and a scoop of ice cream ($1) to go along with the music at Monday's Manitou Summer Concert. The ice cream social and Little London Winds evening starts at 5:30 p.m. in Soda Springs Pavilion, west end of Manitou Springs' downtown. Bring your chairs. Details: 685-5089,


-Tip your Stetson and join the fun when Tejon Street downtown turns Western on Tuesday evening as horses and riders, cowgirls and marching bands take over for the 74th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade. The route runs south from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. It's a kickoff to the rodeo action starting Wednesday at Norris-Penrose Event Center with military Patriot Night (wear your red, white and blue). Tickets are $15-$40, with military and kids discount. Details: 884-1199,

-No one ever said opera couldn't be a little goofy. Hear it for yourself at Opera Goofo, a spoof of some of the most famous operas and a benefit for the 35-year-old Pikes Peak Opera League. It's Tuesday at Colorado College's Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Providing the vocals are the Vocal Arts Festival Singers and guest artists. Dinner and show, $45, $25 for show only. Details:


- Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo attracts champion cowboys and cowgirls runs through July 11




Don't forget to bookmark your Summer Fun Guide


Compiled by Linda Navarro,, 636-0374

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