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Things to do around Colorado Springs: Newsboys, interactive astronauts, Oktoberfest, Venetucci pumpkin run

October 4, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Their "Shorts are Showing" as six local playwrights stage their adult short stories, giving each unique comic touches. See the works of Phil Ginsburg, Sue Bachman, Warren Epstein, Steve Emily, Deirdre Gilbert and Bill Cobban performed by local actors at Theatre on Pecan, 1367 Pecan St. off South 21st Street. Tickets $10-$15, $5 for student admission.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Opening week for visitors to interactively "Be The Astronaut" at Denver's Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Three modules can be experienced at different visits, with one admission, through April: Celestial Navigation, Science and Technology and Fly, jumping into the driver's seat. $11.50-$15, $8.50 tickets for children 4-16. Other museum features: aircraft and simulators. 

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Opening weekend for "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," runs Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 29 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; tickets from $20.

THURSDAY

A Big Church Night Out headlining Newsboys and Sidewalk Prophets, Broadmoor World Arena, 7 p.m., tickets $27-$32, broadmoorworldarena.com, axs.com

FRIDAY

Hear why they're top line in country music when Home Free Live in Concert Tour takes over Pikes Peak Center at 8 p.m., doors at 7. A cappella sounds that got them tapped for the CMA Music Festival. Popular guys and VIPs are sold out, so check for ticket availability.

FRIDAY

A rousing Scottish evening, The Denver Brass and Celtic Colorado Pipes and Drums with organist Joseph Galema, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $25-$30, student admission $15.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

A theatrical version of "Dracula" by Colorado Ballet, through Oct. 15, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, $30-$155.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Ready to hit the road for something amazing? This weekend through Nov. 12, the New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival in Albuquerque with more than 30 giant illuminated displays created by Chinese artisans from Zigong, Sichuan, China's top area for ancient lantern-making. Nightly 5:30-10 performances and food vendors. Festival admission $15-$25. 

SATURDAY

Check out what's on tap at a new site, Tap Traders, for the Colorado Springs Chorale's Oktoberfest.

Tap Traders, turned Bavarian for the night, 6-10 p.m., is in the historic former Alexander Film Co., 3104 N. Nevada Ave., No. 100. Lots of sing-along music by The Chorale to go with bratwurst, kartoffelsalat, brezel and apfelstrudeln. $35. 

SATURDAY

A family celebration of fall at the Wolf Ranch Fall Festival in Stonehaven Park on the city's northeast side, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Food trucks, pony rides, vendors, music groups, hay maze and, for the adults, a beer garden from noon to 5 p.m. Car show at Ranch Creek Elementary School, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 

SATURDAY

Two delightful fall events at local history sites: Harvest Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch in Garden of the Gods and the Great Pumpkin Race at Venetucci Farm. Harvest Festival, with wagon rides, a tour of the ranch and blacksmith shop, music, food vendors and a pumpkin to take home, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities 50 cents each, pumpkins $5. No admission. rockledgeranch.com The Venetucci Farm Great Pumpkin Race, 5K and 10K, 9:30 a.m. to noon, kids run and adult run, $35, kids get a pumpkin from the patch, 5210 S. Colorado 85. More information.

SATURDAY

The touching beauty of those with intellectual and physical disabilites has drawn hundreds of admiring visitors to the Positive Exposure Photography Exhibition in Chapel Hills Mall. Now photographer and Positive Exposure founder Rick Guidotti unveils 50 new photos in The Resource Exchange opening reception at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level Dillard's wing. The new photos will be added to the ongoing gallery. No admission to the reception, but reservations requested here, 720-382-3782.

SATURDAY

Early music, "The Speech of Angels," offered by the Parish House Baroque, fills acoustically acclaimed St. Mary's Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. with works performed on period instruments. Free, donations accepted. 22 W. Kiowa St. 

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Cool weather. Lots of thoughts of fixing up homes. The Colorado Springs Fall Home Show offers remodeling and updating ideas, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $6, ages 16 and under get in free. Altered Reality Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Artists from the area open their studios for the 14th annual self-guided Pikes Peak Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Included are jewelry designers, artists and those working with furniture, pottery and weaving. Many works will be for sale. Click here for a map to the featured studios.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Adorable little otters have their own special weekend at Denver's Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stars include rescued river otters Olive, Olivia and Emilia.  facebook.com/AquariumDenver.

SUNDAY

October Arts Month is a check-out-something-different time, and Sunday it's the beauty of ballroom dancing. Professionals perform first, followed by DIY social dancing, a cocktail and appetizers. "Dancing With the Stars" is presented by the 41-year-old Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Doors at 3:30 p.m., dancing at 4 p.m., $35 per person, $60 per couple, csdance.org/swingin-with-the-stars; $40 per person, $70 per couple at the door, Stargazers Theatre.

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