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10 weekend activities around Colorado Springs and beyond: NFR Rodeo, Swifties tea, horror movies, tiny houses | Arts & Entertainment
10 weekend activities around Colorado Springs and beyond: NFR Rodeo, Swifties tea, horror movies, tiny houses | Arts & Entertainment

THURSDAY SATURDAY

It’s a full weekend of jeans, boots and western hats as the crowds cheer on the best of these rugged cowboys and cowgirls at the NFR Open. Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Evenings, matinees Friday and Saturday. And don’t miss the PPOBR Fan Zone at the Norris Penrose Event Center. Parking available including free shuttle. Tickets: PikesPeakorBust.org

SATURDAY

Spend an exciting day in the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum with a big family fun day to mark the reopening, Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New and “refreshed” exhibits, an interactive children’s gallery “Camping in the Rockies,” food trucks, live music and a fascinating look at the town’s history. The historic building was closed for a year for HVAC and renovation work. Free reservations: cspm.org.

SUNDAY

Get ready to hide your eyes and maybe even scream while Six Feet Under Horror Film Festival11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at RoadHouse Cinemas, 3030 N. Nevada Ave. Co-hosted by forensic scientists and horror film experts Leon Kelly and Dan Lingamfelter, the festival will screen 21 of the very best horror short films. VIP passes and general admission to all films: sixfeetunderhorrorfest.com

SATURDAY

A Swifties alert. Every 13th of the month until October is a Tay day with a Swift Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel, starting this Saturday. Why 13? Her birthday and her first album went gold in 13 weeks. The Denver hotel is known for its special teas, and at this one, an afternoon tea, everyone is invited to dress in Taylor Swift’s favorite clothes, enjoy “fearless” pastries and drinks, listen to ERAS music and play a quiz for prizes. Reservations: $65, brownpalace.com/things-to-do/hotel-events

SATURDAY SUNDAY

It is the small annual festival with the latest in tiny housesSkoolies – the former school buses – as well as container houses, yurts and more. And how about small DIY houses in 3D? They can all be seen at the festival site in Brighton, 9755 Henderson Road. Saturday and Sunday. coloradotinyhousefestival.com

FRIDAY

Colorado Springs celebrates National Park and Recreation Month in July with a series of free community activities, including a painting contest and a photography contest. In addition, there are two Concerts in parks, the first will be held on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Panorama Park. The second Music in the Park will be on July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Piñon Valley. ColoradoSprings.gov/ParkandRecMonth.

THURSDAY SUNDAY

Spend a green weekend at Boulder’s Environmental/Nature/Outdoor Film Festival (ENOFF). Four days of film screenings from around the world, followed by Q&A sessions and time to just get outside and enjoy the city’s summer beauty. Thursday through Sunday. bouldercoloradousa.com/events/annual-events.

FRIDAY SUNDAY

A 38-year-old cultural community celebration of the arts, Colorado Black Arts Festival, fills City Park West Friday through Sunday. The free weekend includes music, visual artists, food courts, performances and a children’s pavilion. colbaf.org.

FRIDAY SUNDAY

There are traditional rodeo competitions as well as unique events such as steer decorating and goat dressing this weekend. Colorado Gay Rodeo Association – Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo 41 at the Event Center, National Western Complex. It has been a tradition since 1981 and is considered the longest continuously running gay rodeo in the USA cgrarodeo.com.

FRIDAY, 21 JULY

By Everly