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This Week in Colorado Springs (6/26 - 07/02)

Happy Pre-4th of July!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - June 25, 2017

It was a bit of a chilly weekend here in Colorado Springs, and we do still have a small chance of rain and/or thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday (6/26), but after that we should be seeing another nice, long stretch of warm weather and clear skies here in town!

Starting off our week with Monday (6/26), we’ll be heading up to the mountains for a bit of area history at the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mines! Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The museum will again be hosting tours of the Newmont Mining Corporation’s Cripple Creek & Victor operations near Victor. Tour experiences will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Watch boulders being crushed into gravel and learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history!

With the rain having passed us by, on Tuesday (6/27) we’ll be stopping by the Space Foundation Discovery Center for the launch of their 2017 Summer of Discovery! This year they’ll be exploring what it takes to grow food in space! You can also help them vote on what you want them to grow over the summer. They will be having a lot of fun with more special activities and the opening of their hands-on summer exhibit "Roll, Drop, Bounce". Don’t forget to pick up your Summer of Activity passport. Every time you visit you’ll get it marked off. At the end of the summer turn in your passport for an opportunity to win exciting prizes at the Discovery Center!

Wednesday (6/28) we’re looking at a forecast of mostly sunny skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the mid-high 80s, so we’ll definitely be spending the day outdoors! Luckily for us, we don’t need to wander aimlessly looking for something to do, as volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell will be leading a Wildflower Hike at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park! This beautiful and easy guided nature walk lasts about an hour and a half, and focuses on all of the wonderful wildflowers that can be found around the park!

Continuing on with our week on Thursday (6/29), we’ll be heading up to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for one of their adult-only events, Moonlight on the Mountain! Mix and mingle under the stars at a unique, age 21+ evening event at the Zoo! This is one of the region’s premier annual mixers featuring the best food and drink our region has to offer. Enjoy unlimited samples of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo and will have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m.! All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals.

After an evening at the zoo, we’ll be settling down a bit on Friday (6/30) at the Colorado Springs Charter Academy, where they’ll be presenting their version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with a steam punk twist! Shakespeare’s most accessible, hilarious, and family-friendly comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be dished up to you in a Victorian age meets Industrial Revolution Steam Punk rendition. Their hope with this show is to delight children and adults alike, and to support the Make a Wish foundation.

Kicking off the month of July with Saturday (7/1), we’ll be heading over to the America the Beautiful Park (downtown Colorado Springs) for the 2017 Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival! Browse the park lawns with rows of booths filled with juried art for sale by national and local fine artists. Spend some time in the free admission Creation Station (For All Ages) to explore creativity with staff guided or free form art projects. There’s something for everyone and for a small fee, their fantastic face painter can create imaginative art on festival faces. An amazing aerialist performs and inspires viewers to “fly the silks.” while kids can play at the base of the 65’ Julia Penrose water sculpture fountain. Make room for some delicious food from the vendors, and Kona Ice and a fresh squeeze lemonade takes the July heat off!

Wrapping up this pre-4th of July weekend with Sunday (7/2), Fort Carson MWR is celebrating Independence Day with a two-day Freedom Fest that includes a freedom-themed color run, a car show, live entertainment, light shows, fireworks, and more! Admission to both days of the festival is free, but attractions and concessions prices may vary. On July 1st they will still have Gate Access Procedures in place, but the gates will be open to the public on the 2nd of July (Sunday).

And as always, don't forget about Front Range Shuttle! From cozy SUV's to 25 passenger buses, we have all your airport transportation needs covered!