Music to kids' ears, "Babar the Little Elephant" performed by the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra as the annual children's concert. It's Babar time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Free but tickets required, reserve at Worner Desk on campus, 389-6607.

It's billed as "The Nation's Oldest and Boldest Whitewater Festival" as locals and visitors take to the water this weekend for the 69th FIBArk Festival in Salida. Fun on land as well with this festival, a carnival and crazy outdoor competitions, washed down afterwards with craft brews.

Ageless musical con man Harold Hill marches into River City as Colorado Ballet Society performs the popular "The Music Man" at Louisa Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Springs School campus, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Four performances, $15-20,, see story:

He goes as "ChinaMan," and he's sure to ruffle some political feathers during three nights at Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. This guy's been on "Bob & Tom." 'Nuff said! Other specialties, a repertoire of impressions, and he's some of the voices of anime Dragon Ball Z. 8 p.m. Thursday on 18+ night, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets:

The famous Gold Camp and historic downtown Victor is the perfect setting for the Victor Gem & Mineral Show with Colorado-dug minerals and vendors from Colorado and New Mexico. Gold and gem panning at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Polished gems, hand-crafted jewelry, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District gold ore specimens and Burtis Blue Cripple Creek turquoise. A geologist's presentation, 1 p.m. Saturday. Info and times:

City Summer Fest wraps up several weekends of activities and fun at Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. Carnival rides, Friday's free concert featuring LOS 5. Saturday and Sunday's Father's Day Wild West Weekend with performing gunfighters, a Civil War display and other features. Free admission, $25 for all-day rides,

Bagpipes and Celtic competitions at the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival in Memorial Park, see story:

An artisan marketplace takes over Acacia Park for a two-day June Jubilee featuring 50 juried artists. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A country music lineup to fill two days, Bands in the Backyard, at The Yard outside Pueblo, see story:

A beautiful night-time bicycle ride through Garden of the Gods Park, and you can dress like your most-favorite superhero. The Starlight Spectacular begins at 9 p.m. All ages and cycling abilities. Sponsored by Trails and Open Space Coalition, tickets

All things Colorado at the inaugural All Colorado Festival. Wine, beer, food and the Colorado sounds of The Jacob Christopher Band, Exit West, Trent Hughes Band and Donovan Lee. Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 1-7 p.m. admission $25.

Get your hula on at the Makaha Sons Concert and Hula Festival presented by P Na Kamali'i O'Hawai'i hula halau school. Island music, ukeleles, food and crafts, 3-6 p.m. at Coronado High School Auditorium, 1590 W. Fillmore St. Concert at 6 p.m. with tickets $18-45. Morning workshops. Na Kamali'i O' Hawai'i Call 719-232-3448.

They'll be revving up some of the most awesome - and expensive - dream cars to drag race down an airport tarmac. It's the Airstrip Attack, a half-mile side-by-side roll race and trap speed competition. Also, top high school Solar Rollers teams from Colorado and Texas. Presented by Shift-S3ctor and and one of the community car activities leading up to the Pikes Peak International Hill Club.

Party time as LGBT pride is in the spotlight for the huge "Viva la Vida" Denver PrideFest in Civic Center. A parade, music, festivities, the Big Gay 5K and bunches more. A rainbow of colors on PrideFest

The cultural observance Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom, sponsored by the NAACP, is celebrated from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Temple Community Church, 1613 S. Murray Blvd.


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