Here are some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond the next few days.


- Final big weekend for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, all the way through Labor Day.


- He looks so young, but those tough judges called him a "wonderful old soul" when they heard 18-year-old Sawyer Fredericks sing, competing on national TV. Voters agreed and he won Season 8 of "The Voice." Hear his unique Americana style at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 US 105, Palmer Lake. 7 p.m. Friday. $26, $28 day of show, 20 meet and greets $50,

- First Friday Downtown takes a delicious turn with a tour of summer desserts to go along with visits to area art galleries starting at 5 p.m. It's Popsicle Promenade First Friday Downtown at a dozen different locations. Buy $10 etickets at Another unique part of the evening,The Art of Accessibility media pieces by those with disabilities at The Independence Center, along with an accessibility guided tour. At the PPCC Downtown Studio, the faculty's talents are on display in an opening art show reception. And don't miss the Fine Arts Center's blue lights art piece. First Fridays have a free shuttle to different activities, info at


- For a relaxing holiday weekend treat how about s'mores over the fire pits at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. Just stop by. There's a full gourmet s'mores bar. The campfire is going starting at 6:30 p.m. and you can sit back and relax in rocking chairs to enjoy an amazing view of the lake and the mountains. It's $5 per s'more or $10 for three.


- Splash and spray in city parks' fountains and spraygrounds one last weekend of the season, ending Labor Day. Uncle Wilber in Acacia Park, 11-5 Saturday-Labor Day; America the Beautiful fountain, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Labor Day; Deerfield Hills Sprayground, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11-4 Saturday-Labor Day; The Water Hole, Venezia Park, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Labor Day.

- Music, camping and the famous hot springs at the Four Corners Folk Festival in Pagosa Springs. Headliners include Los Lobos, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Sarah Jarosz, We Banjo 3 and The Wood Brothers. Tickets $45-350.

- Meet "The Nerd" opening this weekend at The Butte Theater, 139 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Runs through Sept. 23,

- Food to delight everyone, A Taste of Colorado, through Labor Day. Music headliners as well. Denver's Civic Center Park. Read more here.

- There's a Phish fest going on, three days worth. Even with that many concerts, tickets are limited, including the three-day specials. Phish action at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.


- Wine on the river, the 6th annual Salida Winefest right on the riverside. Colorado wines and food pairings 1-6 p.m.Bring blankets or lawn chairs to relax in the park and watch the water. Wine tasting from 18 wineries for ages 21 and older.$20, $25 day of, $10 for designated drivers.


- Runs through Labor Day, Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festival, with 100 juried artists, Manitou Springs Memorial Park. Read more here

- Runs through Labor Day. The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off hot air balloon festival and Balloon Glows, Memorial Park. See the schedule and read about what makes the Colorado Springs festival unique.

- Running through Labor Day, the acclaimed Victor Celebrates the Arts plein air art show and sale, with works painted all that week in the gold camp area by artists from throughout the country. Timed Brush Rush on Sunday morning and Labor Day Quick Draw are challenges showing the artists in action. Lots of art for sale and time to visit with artists. Chuckwagon vittles for the hungry.

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