Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: Sept. 13-16, 2012
Autumn is my favorite time of year to live in Colorado. This weekend in Colorado Springs will be chock full of fun family activities, and the weathermen are predicting sunny skies. We’ve scoured the local event scene and listed a few “best bets” for you below. If we’ve left anything out, we encourage you to share your own recommendations by leaving a comment on this post. Have fun!
- The B-52s — Tonight (Thursday), 8 pm, Pikes Peak Center. Kick off your weekend early with the hoppin’ music of the B-52s, performed live at Pikes Peak Center. From the PPC website: “It has been said that the B-52s are as quintessentially American as the Beach Boys. And thirty-five years and over twenty million albums into their career, the B-52s remain the among the most beloved rock stars ever. Any mystery concerning the longevity and ongoing appeal of the B-52s is immediately solved when exposed to the B-52s unique concert experience. From the timeless gems of ‘Rock Lobster,’ ‘Planet Claire,’ and ‘Private Idaho’ to the more recent classics of ‘Channel Z,’ ‘Love Shack,’ and ‘Roam,’ the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time the music begins.” Tickets $38-48.
- What If? A Festival of Imagination and Innovation — Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, downtown Colorado Springs. More than six square blocks of downtown Colorado Springs will be filled with “wows!” of all varieties. The goals of this fun, free event include the following: to highlight varied forms of innovation and imagination in our community; to show off cool people and businesses; to engage people of all ages in their own personally creative experiences; to celebrate together, sharing joy and “aha” moments; to cultivate creative collaborations and relationships that connect our community; and to foster more innovation, invention, sustainability ideas, entrepreneurs, and creators.
- Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival — Friday, noon to 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, Rock Ledge Historic Ranch. Co-sponsored by the Holly Berry House Folk Art Gallery, this nationally known event benefits the Ranch. Visitors will see the best of handcrafted folk art, from clothing to furniture, as well as antiques and live music. The Orchard House will be open for living history interpretation. Piecing Partners will have a quilt exhibit and a silent auction of their exquisitely made quilts and wall hangings. Buy a Living History Association (LHA) membership and attend at no cost in addition to free admission to most Ranch events for one year. Admission: adults $6, seniors $4, children $2.
- The Glass Menagerie– Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 4 pm, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre at UCCS. Tickets $35, $15 for children under 16, and free for UCCS students. Presented by THEATREWORKS: “A desperate mom schemes to get her shy girl married while frustrated son flees the scene. Reality TV? Not exactly. It’s America’s most beautiful dream play, made by a magician from music and memory, smiles and heartbreak.” On Friday, the director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions! On Saturday, free drinks and snacks will be offered in celebration of opening weekend.
- Adult Bingo Night — Saturday, 6 pm, Kissing Camels Grille at Garden of the Gods Club. If you’re a member of our club and numbers are your thing, we encourage you to check out adult bingo night, which includes a dinner buffet and cash prizes. It’s a fun way to meet other members–and a great way to spend your Saturday night!
- The Pines of Rome — Saturday, 8 pm, and Sunday, 2:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center. Presented by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and El Pomar Foundation Masterworks. Tickets $19-59.