Here are some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond in Colorado the next few days.
- Ever wonder what in the world is pickleball? Come see and check out the action at the Great Plains Regional tournament at the Monument Valley Park courts all weekend. Tourney schedule: tinyurl.com/yabdk48d
- Opening weekend for TheatreWorks' "Heisenberg" at Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, UCCS through Sept. 24. theatreworkscs.org. A strange sort-of love story.
- A silly and crazy art experience with everything that moves turned into outrageous floats, ArtoCade Art Car Festival takes over Trinidad with a grand autocade and parade, competitions, an ArtoKids experience, Cardango dance party and exhibitions everywhere. The Bizarre Car Garage Art Car Showplace is open. artocade.com.
- Go Bavarian and hoist a stein at the Edelweiss Sommerfest celebration and Bier Fest. Family activities, music, food and Warsteiner. $2 entrance donation benefits Rocky Mountain Highway and Ivywild Neighborhood. 4-9 p.m., 34 E. Ramona Ave. Read more here.
- Briarfest 2017, the Briargate Community celebration open to all, is here. A carnival, market and expo, fun zone, Shroud of Turin exhibit, beer garden, bands and dancing, Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and former player Bubby Brister, Walk to End Hunger for Mercy's Gate, and a Sunday mass. St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive. 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday. briarfest.com.
- Opening weekend: The lives of two unusual women sharing "Parallel Lives," Fine Arts Center through Oct. 1, csfineartscenter.org.
- A beautiful time to visit Breck in the fall and there's rowdy fun to be had at the Breckenridge Oktoberfest all weekend. Prost! This street carnival is one of the best in the state. Food, music, rowdy fun and beer everywhere. gobreck.com.
- Visit the city's historic Evergreen Cemetery for a history-comes-alive guided walking tour, 9:30 a.m. through the last tour starting at 12:30 p.m., 1005 Hancock Expressway. Tours are 1.5 miles and last approximately 2 hours. Meet tour guides at the chapel inside the gates. $8, kids 12 and under free. Hear the stories of people who built Colorado Springs, including founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer. Proceeds benefit the cemetery's restoration projects.
- Those things you might have wondered about: What If ... Festival of Innovation and Imagination, covering six blocks downtown, Pikes Peak Center, Pioneers Museum and Plaza of the Rockies, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. whatif-festival.org.
- Catch the last show of the Park After Dark concert season at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park west of Cañon City when Atlas Genius opens for Dirty Heads. The show starts at 6 p.m. Dirty Heads played at a sold-out Red Rocks Amphitheatre earlier this year. tickets.royalgorgebridge.com.
- This architecturally interesting historic building, now owned by Colorado College, is rarely open to the public, but this is your opportunity. The Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival includes guided tours of the National Register of Historic Places Pottery, 1125 Glen Ave. at Uintah Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $12. Van Briggle pottery experts will be on site. A large version of the famed Lorelei sculpture will be dedicated at noon. The Horticultural Arts Society will have its fall bulb sale in the adjacent garden. The festival is put on by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. tinyurl.com/ycloxrbg.
- Reggae night at Black Sheep: New Kingston with Spawnbreezie and Chivalry, blacksheeprocks.com.
- The Front Range Open Studios Tour Weekend is an interesting way to experience fine art in the Tri-Lakes region. A rare opportunity to see and visit with that area's professional artists and craftsmen right where they create their work. How do they create? What tools and raw materials do they use? Sixteen different locations, 21 different artists, on this self-guided tour. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A map of locations: frontrangeopenstudios.com.
- The juried Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock with 170 artists from around the country is a two-day festival featuring live entertainment and strolling entertainers and interactive kids' activities. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Outlets at Castle Rock. $3-5, children 16 and under free. castlerock.org/castle-rock-artfest.
- Animals in art all the way back to caveman times, "Stampede: Animals in Art," a major new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum through May 19, 2019, denverartmuseum.org.
- Tour de Hanover bike ride, 44-mile loop. Day starts with a Fireman's Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. at Hanover's Station One. Around 7 a.m.the bike riders take off from Hanover Junior/Senior High School, 17050 S. Peyton Highway. $40. Benefits restoration of the one-room schoolhouse, The Sunnyslope School. hanovercoloradoparkevents.com.
- Colorado loves its Subarus and here's a whole festival dedicated to them, Rocky Mountain Subaru Festival 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. An autocross, car show, vendors and activities just for Subaru folks. A special sneak peek at the two newest sports models. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15-20. rockymountainsubarufestival.com.