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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: Sept.7-9, 2012

With Labor Day behind us and the official start of autumn just around the corner, now is a great time to get outside and take advantage of the mild weather and ample hours of daylight that still remain.  This weekend will provide some excellent opportunities to do exactly that, with a plethora of charitable races happening around Colorado Springs.  If racing isn’t your thing, consider hitting the tennis courts, playing a round of golf, swimming a few laps in an outdoor pool, or maybe even taking a leisurely hike with the family.  Visiting Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is always a fun time, too!  Whatever you choose to do, be safe and revel in the fact being in Colorado means you’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

      • First Friday ArtWalk — Friday, 5 pm to 8 pm, Old Colorado City.  Looking for “date night” ideas?  Consider checking out ArtWalk, a self-guided visual arts walking tour featuring art galleries and open artist studios along Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th Streets. As many as 100 art pieces may be viewed for purchase in just one location in Old Colorado City’s art galleries. Colorado Springs’ largest concentration of galleries is found within three city blocks in Colorado Springs historic district.
Pumpkin Patch

Pick pumpkins or apples at Happy Apple Farm

        • Apple, Berry, & Pumpkin Picking — Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Happy Apple Farm (nearby Penrose, Colo.).  Get a head start on your fall baking, and make memories with your family that you’ll cherish for a lifetime, by heading to Happy Apple Farm, located just a few miles outside of Colorado Springs in Penrose, Colo.  This time of year, you should be able to pick blackberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and some varieties of apples.  Check out the farm’s website to learn more.
        • 3rd Annual Patriots’ Festival & Ride for Heroes — Saturday, 7 am to 3 pm, Mountain Shadows Park.  This free community festival takes place on the grounds of Mountain Shadows Park, 5151 Flying W. Ranch Rd. Colorado Springs, CO, just to the north of Chipeta Elementary School. The event kicks off with three bicycle races through some of the region’s most beautiful scenery.  The mission of Chick-Fil-A’s Ride for Heroes and Patriot’s Festival is to honor those who put themselves in harm’s way to serve our country and our community.
        • Venetucci Farm Stand– Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, Venetucci Farm Stand (5210 S. US-85-87).  Visit the Venetucci Farmstand every Saturday during the growing season to purchase fresh, locally grown, beyond-organic produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and pastured pork. Self-guided farm tours are also available during these hours.
Garden of the Gods Park

Run through dramatic scenery this Sunday at Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure 5K.

      • JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes(5K) — Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, America the Beautiful Park.  Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults–approximately 80 people per day–are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the United States.  When you register for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, you join nearly a million people in 225+ locations across America in becoming a hero to someone with type 1 diabetes.
      • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (5K) — Sunday, 8 am, Garden of the Gods Park.  Registration $30.

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