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Things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: National Western, sportsmen's expo, magic classes, space art and ale

January 10, 2018 Updated: January 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm
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So many activities this weekend around Colorado Springs and the state, and here are some of our favorite: Aspen Gay Ski Week, learn magic, National Western Stock Show and an oatmeal festival.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

- The second of three weekends for the 112th National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver includes rodeo action at the Coliseum and Wild West Shows in the National Western Events Center, 4655 Humboldt St., nationalwestern.com On Monday, the cowboys head for Steamboat to ski in the Cowboy Downhill competitions.

- Show your love for your favorite everything in the Pikes Peak region by voting, through Feb. 18, in the 2018 Best of the Springs contest. Visit gazette.com/bestof to weigh in on more than 250 categories.

- The International Sportsmen's Expo takes over the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., in Denver with everything outdoors, noon-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be there, as well as a Wilderness Camp, women's booth, casting contest, family- and car-camping seminars and archery competitions. $16, sportsexpos.com

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

- Rodeo action in Pueblo with the United Professional Rodeo Association's Coloradoan Rodeo and Concert Series indoors at the State Fairgrounds. The Saturday concert features Drake White with the Jeffrey Alan Band, coloradostatefair.com

FRIDAY

- A fun space evening for the grown-ups at Space After Dark: Art & Ales. Create your own space art as you sip ale and visit the Space Foundation Discovery Center, 5:30-8 p.m., 4425 Arrowswest Drive. A food truck will have dinner offerings. Admission $15-25. discoverspace.org

SATURDAY

- Get ready to celebrate oatmeal. It's the 22nd annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival and 5k Walk/Run, 8 a.m.-noon. Who would have thought, an oatmeal breakfast bar with your choice of 128 toppings. New to the event are two Ninja Warrior Courses. There's a music festival, too. business.lafayettecolorado.com

- "Bathhouse" John Coughlin was an entertaining chapter in local history. Learn about his Zoo Park, his drunken elephant and so many outrageously fun stories from his summer home in Ivywild/Cheyenne Canyon in a presentation from 2-3 p.m. at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. $5 suggested donation, cspm.org

- Colorado Mountain Club holds a Backcountry Film Festival celebrating and raising funds for backcountry snow sports, 7-9:30 p.m. at Salida's SteamPlant Event Center, $12-15, cmc.org

- "Dogfight: A Staged Concert" has been praised for years with its music by the "La La Land" Oscar winners and composers of "Dear Evan Hansen." Three young Marines have one final night of debauchery before deploying to Southeast Asia in 1963 and learn a brutal lesson from a young woman. A benefit for the Fine Arts Center Youth Repertory Theatre. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., 7:30 p.m., $50, $40 for students. csfineartscenter.org

SUNDAY

- It's a jazzy happy birthday afternoon for The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society as it celebrates 33 years with the Dixieland sextet the Mississippi Mudders. Featured with their New Orleans sound are Ed Hureau, Chris Walters, Rick Crafts, John Turner, Andy Burtschi and Stefan Flores. Tickets $10 at the door, Olympian Plaza Reception and Events Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 1-4 p.m.

- If your young ones had a "become a magician" resolution for the new year, Zeezo's has the answer. An "Intro to Magic Essentials Class" for ages 9 through 13 teaches card tricks, sleight of hand, how to talk the talk and other tricks. Younger kiddos can take a Beginner Magician Class. Classes are this Sunday or Jan. 27, 112 N. Tejon St., $25. Reservations required: zeezos.com

- Opening day for Aspen Gay Ski Week, skiing, competitions, music and activities through Jan. 21, aspenchamber.org

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