Here are some of our favorite happenings around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond in the next few days.
- Flying through the air high over Security Service Field on motorcycles, Nitro Circus Live, 7 p.m., nitrocircus.live. There's a Cañon City star rider in the pack, too.
- They're hitting The Mezzanine to celebrate a family member's birthday with the Mystic Reign Rockin' Rollin' Highway Tour and Road Trip. The Cali club band rocks out at 9 p.m.
- The Mayday! Search Party Tour, takes over The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., with Demrick, 1Ton of Potluck, Doozy, Chain Store Collective and JKnack. The headliners share a label with Tech N9ne and they've performed with Lil Wayne. Tickets $16-21, blacksheeprocks.
- A weekend for collectors and rockhounds and featuring guests from the show "Prospectors" at the Cripple Creek District Museum Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show opening at 10 a.m. Friday, 510 Bennett Ave., free, cripplecreekmuseum.com.
- First weekend of the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, through Sept. 4. Joe Diffie, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Skillet, ZZ Top. Read more here.
- Colorado Springs Comic Con, Altered Reality Expo Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. Read more here.
- It's an old-fashioned ice cream social day at the historic McAllister House Museum, 423 N. Cascade Ave. Tours of the antique-filled home built in 1873 are followed by 5-cent ice cream cones and dollar hot dogs on the lawn. Add to that a yard sale, music, antiques and family activities. A popular annual tradition. tinyurl.com/ydedvyv8.
- The second year for the Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival in Prospect Lake. These traditional races have a Western flair and a full festival. Read more here.
- It's a lifestyle, not a vehicle, they say, and those beloved VW bus lifestyles will be cruising the area, landing at Buses at the Brewery at Ivywild's Bristol Brewing Co., for a classic show. They'll gather at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. for a procession to Ivywild, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. The show runs until 4 p.m at Bristol. facebook.com/BristolBrewing.
- They say to "expect the unexpected" and "bemusement" at Fat Tire's Tour de Fat with circus performers, vaudeville, fashion, bicycles, beer, costumes and Wilderado. The local part of a major Tour de Fat weekend around the state, this one a benefit for UpaDowna at 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, $22. Special UpaDowna Pedal Party and costume ride at 5:30 p.m. from McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St. Read more here.
- Christian artists Big Daddy Weave bring their Set Free Tour to Springs First Church, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., at 7 p.m. They'll be featuring their newest single, "Jesus I Believe." Also in concert: We Are Messengers and Micah Tyler. Tickets $15-50 with $5 increase at the door. VIP ticket includes a meet and greet. ticketfly.com.
- Unveiling day for the newest outdoor public art at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.Buck Walsky's Beach Front is described as "utilizing found bicycle wheels, structural steel and LED lights" in an outdoor installation that "responds to movements of the air, and gives the viewer a sensation of being in an underwater wonderland populated by electric jellyfish."