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Girls on the Run 5K

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Girls on the Run manifests everyone’s favorite Beyoncé lyric: “Who run the world? Girls!” The Rockies chapter of this girl-empowerment nonprofit, which instills healthy mindsets and confidence within young girls through activities like running and community service, will host its Colorado Springs 5K to raise awareness for the organization. Girls, boys, and parents of all…

Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival

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Make sure your budding mad scientist has her safety goggles at the ready during this science-themed event. For eight days, kids can take part in hands-on workshops and experiment demonstrations. This education-themed festival will bring together more than 200 organizations, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, and National Geographic, all in…

The Waldo Waldo 5K

Finding Waldo has never been easier at this race dedicated to the popular children’s book character—although keeping track of your running partner might be difficult. The 5K draws hundreds of Waldos and Wendas every year to support the Waldo Waldo fund, which was started after the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012 and supports outdoor…

Afterlife: A Ghost Story

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Whether or not you believe in the paranormal, we know you won’t boo this ghost story. Playwright Steve Yockey, known for his dark comic play Wolves, tells the story of a couple forced to confront the loss of their 3-year-old son while securing their beach house for a massive storm. As the storm comes down,…

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

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Sherlock Holmes is on the case in Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles. In this humor-filled murder mystery, the male heirs of Baskerville are being killed one by one, and Holmes and Watson use clues, accents, disguises, and deceit to discover the ingenious murderer.…

Judy Crook

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Los Angeles–based artist Jennifer Steinkamp creates digital animations that mimic the movement of plants—to an uncanny degree. For this projected exhibit, her virtual trees gently sway as they cycle through the seasons before your eyes.

Lightning Speak

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Raven Chacon wants you not just to look at art but also to listen to it. At this experimental exhibition, the Navajo artist will draw on his background in musical composition to create collaborative sculpture and video, blended with sounds both natural and artificial (think: various instruments, voice recordings, and the ambient sounds of nature).…

Dogs! The Musical

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It is not far-fetched that Theatred Art is attempting its first full-length musical this fall (they have put on many ambitious plays before). The performance will feature a young lab mix by the name of Sparky; he and his friends are faced with a changing political landscape caused by a power-hungry group of dogs. The…

American Kickoff

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One of the touchstones of classic American culture (football) meets another (country music) at this concert celebrating the start of college football season. The Voice coach Blake Shelton will headline followed by other famed artists such as Big & Rich, Oak Ridge Boys, David Ray, and Adley Stump.

Kids Ninja Warrior Competition

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Designed for thrill-seekers who aren’t old enough to compete on the popular television show, this 100-foot-long obstacle course is ready to train the next generation of American ninjas. In a test of balance, strength, and speed, competitors will try to conquer a rope climbing challenge, wedge steps, and the famous warped wall. The fastest three…

Family Adventure Day

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If you’re in need of a new momento to hang on the fridge, teachers from the Bemis School of Art are ready to help. Inspire your family’s creative side and explore different art techniques during a series of hands-on crafting activities. Once you’re done in the studio, you and the family can peruse various galleries,…

Labor Day Lift Off

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Spend Labor Day with your head in the clouds (literally) as more than 70 hot air balloons take flight to kick off? an adventure-filled weekend . Skydiving, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding demonstrations will also entertain attendees during an adventure-focused weekend. Don’t worry, for the more tame at heart, a doughnut-eating competition and music from local bands…

Raizes/Roots: Transformations in Contemporary Brazilian Art

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Three Brazilian artists are using  this group exhibit to reflect on their home country’s shifting national identity. For example, photographer Ana Carolina  turns her lens on gender-nonconforming individuals while Annie Gonzaga incorporates watercolors and found objects to confront themes of resistance and decolonization.
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Ragnarök

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As longtime residents of the Pikes Peak region, artists Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik have witnessed the devastation that wildfires and floods cause. With life-size models of humans as well as projections of fire and water, the creatives invite viewers to reflect on their fragile environments and their resilience in the face of disaster.

Rocky Mountain State Games

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You don’t have to be a serious athlete to participate in Colorado’s largest multi-sport competition, which is geared toward participants of all ages. Try your hand at several of more than three dozen events, ranging from traditional sports (soccer and archery) to less mainstream ones (pickleball and air hockey). After competing, listen to live blues…

Merrily We Roll Along

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This emotional musical—a collaboration between legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist George Furth—lets the audience experience the life of a wealthy composer in reverse. The show’s protagonist, Franklin Shepard, is a jaded old man looking back on his life and the lives of his two (now estranged) friends. As he remembers their personal and…

Boisterous Bears

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Curious animal-loving preschoolers can learn all about different types of bears at this educational event. During a class taught by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo zookeeper Emily Thacker, families have the chance to visit grizzlies Emmett and Digger as well as Asiatic black bears Honey and Beezler to find out more about their habits and habitats. Once…

Newport of the Rockies: Colorado Springs Driving Tour

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the most stunning houses in Colorado Springs on this fsacinating tour. Led by guides from History Colorado Center, the all-day event includes stops such as the Victorian-era McAllister House Museum, which was owned by famed Union general Henry McAllister during the late 1800s, as well as the 1907 Versailles-inspired Trianon building…

A Night on the Ranch

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Spend a charming evening on a 1,500-acre ranch during the inaugural installment of this supper series. Start by taking a farm tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at the way meat animals (think: grass-fed Highland cattle and heritage-breed pigs) are raised, then enjoy a five-course dinner featuring oxtail-and-mushroom tartan as well as brisket with red…

Bleachers

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Jack Antonoff (the guitarist from the band Fun) brings his love of all things retro to his solo project by writing music full of synths and upbeat melodies straight out of a John Hughes movie. At this show, the pop mastermind who contributed to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album will play songs from his New Wave-inspired second album,…

An Evening with W. Kamau Bell

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If you've seen this outspoken political comedian on The United Shades of America, CNN’s new travel show, you probably won't want to miss the chance to see him live in the Centennial State. During the stand-up performance, Bell (a celebrity ambassador with the American Civil Liberties Union) will provide witty commentary on racial justice issues in the United States.

Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days

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Travel back in time and get a history lesson in old-school farm equipment at this three-day expo. Collectors and newcomers alike will enjoy viewing a range of historic engines and tractors on display and participate in a silent auction of rare machinery items. Other family-friendly activities at historic Reynolds Ranch include tractor and steam engine…

Bye Bye Birdie Day Camp

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Experience the world of theater up close with this unique backstage pass to a timeless musical classic. This exciting camp gives your child the chance to learn the ins and outs of staging a broadway musical during the production of the show as they  tour the set, meet cast members, and take a dance class…

The Nomad

Traverse more than 100 miles during this endurance race across the Pikes Peak Wilderness. The challenging course features multiple segments—guided whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, single-track mountain biking, hiking near Pikes Peak, and a series of mystery obstacles scattered around Cripple Creek. Recruit two or three of your most adventurous friends for a chance…

God of Hell

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In this provocative comedy, viewers are encouraged to reconsider their trust in the American government. The story focuses on two Wisconsin dairy farmers whose lives are disrupted when an old friend arrives seeking sanctuary. When they discover he’s fleeing from a government agents involved in a dangerous plutonium experiment, the couple begins to question their own patriotic…

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