Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond in Colorado:
- The best cultural, community unity, films from the August Blissfest333 International Film Festival, short films from Colorado and internationally. Films on screen and festival director Michael Bliss and as well as some of the filmmakers will be there for Q&As about their work. Free evening for mature audiences begins at 6 p.m. at Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., presented by the Independent Film Society of Colorado. blissfest333.org
- Jaci Velasquez's "Trust Tour," comes to Circle Drive Baptist Church, 801 N. Circle Drive, 7 p.m., $15-$25, free for children 10 and younger, $45 VIP; itickets.com
- Fifty years, and the Denver Gem & Mineral Show is going gold ... and silver. Theme for this anniversary celebration is almost a given for Colorado: "Gold and Silver." Part of the fun will be gold panning for kids with tokens traded for gold nuggets. Hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., $7, free for kids 12 and under, free parking. denvermineralshow.com
- A 33-year tradition, the Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, the major fundraiser for historic Rock Ledge Ranch, noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 3105 Gateway Road, $6, $5 seniors, $2 ages 6-12 hollyberryhouse.com.
- The inaugural Hike to the Mic is a three-day event featuring performances by Grammy Award-winning punk and rock band Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Nederland folk and Americana group Elephant Revival and funk band The Main Squeeze from Chicago. Read more here.
- Opening weekend for "Dogs: The Musical," THEATREdART's first community theater full-length musical. Here's how they describe the canine fun: "a cross of 'Cats' and 'Urinetown.'" 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 1 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave. No ticket prices; it's pay-what-you-can. Reservations: theatredart.org.
- Your challenge: Find your way through 7 acres of Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, starting this weekend through Oct. 29. Follow the map on your phone. You can view the maze from two 15-foot-tall illuminated bridges, and little folks under 10 can travel through a mini-maze. This popular project of the Denver Botanic Gardens includes an after-dark maze, Dead Zone Scream Park and a full Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13-15. $11-14 botanicgardens.org
- If you missed the first opportunity in July, experience Pikes Peak summit at sunrise when day breaks on Saturday. Incredible photo opportunities. Extra Pikes Peak Highway crews will be on hand for the rush when the gate opens at 5:15 a.m., giving visitors time to get to the summit before the sun, weather permitting. Ticket purchases in advance, bit.ly/pikespeaksunrise, but bring your printed confirmation receipts. Tickets at the gate $15 adults 16+, $5 for children 6-15, carload of up to 5 $50. Info: checkout.bandwango.com. Sorry, fishermen, North Slope won't open until 7:30 a.m.
- AFA Falcon Stadium turns country for the day with Blake Shelton (nope, not sure if Gwen will be there) and the American Kickoff. Coming with him: Big & Rich, the Oak Ridge Boys, David Ray and Adley Stump. 3 p.m. concert but parking starts in the morning. Ticket availability: tinyurl.com/y7gr3lfm
- A day for firefighters from across the country and their families as the names of 196 of their fallen will go onto the wall of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. A memorial procession and activities, downtown gatherings and an evening celebration at Cowboys Night Club. Read more here.
- Even the animals will get into Okoberfest mode, running and snacking and competing, as their humans lift a stein or two at the popular Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Pawtoberfest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Regional Park. Parking at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1106 W. Moreno Ave., with shuttles provided. A whole festival of events to have fun and raise money for the four-legged furry friends cared for and adopted out at the shelter. hsppr.org
- The farm comes to the city with the Urban Agriculture Fair presented by El Paso County Conservation District at Fountain Creek Regional Park, 2010 Duckwood Road. Learn how to milk a goat, make goat cheese, can and ferment food, get started with beekeeping, and keep chickens in the backyard. Also, weaving and Tai Chi demonstrations. Food trucks and vendors. Free. tinyurl.com/kq9qowm
- Remembered from "Saturday Night Live," spend "An Evening with Jim Breuer" at 7:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. $36-$40, csfineartscenter.org
Get your major caffeine fix at multiple independent locations in the bizarrely named "Caffeine Crawl," (crawl if you can!) 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., $25-$28, event goodies included, caffeinecrawl.com
- They're playing for Texas as more than a dozen bands get together for an outdoor Hurricane Harvey/Flood Benefit Concert from 1 to 11 p.m. at Sunshine Studios Live, 3970 Clear View Frontage Road. Donations go to the American Red Cross. $10. On the bill is local rock 'n' roll institution The Voo Doo Hawks. sunshinestudioslive.com
- The Fremont County Air Show and Florence Pioneer Days start off with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and parade at 10 a.m., with a shuttle to the noon show at the airport, 60298 E. U.S. 50 in Penrose. Bring seating if needed. Warbird fly-bys, aerial acrobatics, helicopter rides and, on the ground, hotrods and customs, first-responder vehicles and RC aircraft. Back in town, tractor pulls, barbecue, hayrack rides and a street dance. florencepioneerdays.com
- It's the chicken dance, beer, dancing and more, it's Woodland Park's 20th Annual Rocky Mountain OktoberfestPLUS at the Cultural Center 210 E. Midland Ave. Limited parking so polka your way over to catch the shuttle at Woodland Park High School starting at 10:45 a.m. $6, under 21 free, no pets. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. woodlandparkchamber.com
- Dallas Cowboys visit the Denver Broncos, 2:25 p.m. (FOX, 107.9 FM), Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Good luck getting a ticket.