10 Things to Do Around Colorado Springs and Beyond This Weekend: Ice Bumper Cars, Home & Landscape Expo, Haute Chocolate Hop, O’Meallie Retrospective, Fly Fishing Movies, Snow Goose Festival, Ballet | arts and entertainment
It’s been a busy skating season at Acacia Park and now… here it is Bumper cars made of ice, if the weather permits it. Back and forth, backwards, forwards, it’s the first weekend. For bumper car fun, groups of 10-20 drivers can reserve half-hour sessions from 3:30-4:00pm before the regular bumping begins. $10 for a 12 minute ride, at least 42 inches tall and 5 years old to drive a bumper car. Check the calendar for times for ice skating, bumper cars, or pond hockey. downtowncs.com/event/skate
Roadtrip: a charming, happy, childish treat in honor of a creative life, artist/sculptor Sean O’Meallie’s: Head Cheese: A 25 Year Retrospective. Until March 13 at Museum of Art Fort Collins, 201 S College Ave. The toy inventor from Colorado Springs loves bright colors and cheerful objects. As he says: “I make objects. They disappear. I make more objects.” Admission: $5, students and seniors $4, 7-17 years $1, 6 years and under free. Information on the closure of the reception will follow. moafc.org
This beautiful white snow covering the prairie near Lamar is actually made up of thousands and thousands of migrating arctic geese. You are the reason for a fascinating birding event that High Plains Snow Goose Festival, drew flocks of bird watchers to Prowers County. Excursions to reservoirs and gorges, seminars, photo experiences. activities from $15 to $40, highplainssnowgoose.com
Plan what’s coming up Home and Landscape Show in Colorado Springs all weekend in Norris-Penrose event center Conversion advice and greening ideas. $3, coupons in The Gazette and online. coloradospringshlexpo.com
SOLD OUT! Bring on the chocolate at the progressive dessert Haute chocolate hops through downtown. One of the most popular annual first Friday events with a dozen stops. Use passes for treats and art experiences. 5-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Art on the Streets and other Downtown Ventures programs. $10. downtowncs.com/event/chocolate/
Contemplate the beauties of the night dark skies at Florissant Fossil Beds with park staff and the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, 7:00 p.m. Meet on the visitor center patio. The park admission price of $10 per adult is good for seven days and there are also 15 miles of trails for hiking. nps.gov/flfo and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @FlorissantNPS.
Kreuser Gallery features 100 local and regional artists during its 4th Annual Gratitude Exhibition, which begins with a reception on the first Friday from 5pm to 9pm and continues throughout the month. 125 E. Boulder St. kreusergallery.com
The tragic love story of “Romeo and Juliet” comes to the Colorado Ballet stage for two weekends, with principal dancer Dana Benton celebrating her 20th season with the company. She has been the Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, but this is her first Juliet. Performances at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Friday through Sunday. tickets $40-160, coloradoballet.org or 303-837-8888, Ext. 2.
Fly fishing dreams are coming. The 2022 Fly Fishing Film Festival Voyages to waters such as Costa Rica, Hawaii, Maryland, Belize, Louisiana, Alabama, Australia, Colombia. Presented by Angler’s Covey to benefit Project Healing Waters for the rehabilitation of injured military members and active duty veterans. Time for vendors and nonprofits. Doors open at 5pm, movies at 6:30pm $22. www.stargazerstheatre.com
A red, white and blue day for Olympic City USA in Colorado Springs Beijing Winter festival celebration In the Olympic and Paralympic Museum. Athletes, street curling, music, indoor tours and demonstrations in the museum plaza, 11am-5pm, museum opens at 9am Ice skating legend Peggy Fleming, Athletics Paralympian John Register, Bobsleigh Olympian Vonetta Flowers. An Olympic torch relay, tai chi sword demonstrations, music from Soul School, Learn to Skate and the Beijing Olympics on the Jumbotron. Special Olympic activities and television will continue at the museum through March 13. usopm.org/winterfest, coloradospringssports.org/downtownwinterfest-org Covid safety protocols in the museum.
NOTICE: Check websites for last minute changes and COVID-19 logs.