By Paige Keyser
Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy Colorado Springs! The weather might still be a little iffy but there is plenty to do! Enjoy concerts, art exhibits, family-friendly events and festivals, and lots of sporting events. Find some great ideas for Mother’s Day too!
- My Blue Sky – Honoring the Music of The Allman Brothers atStargazers Theatre & Event Center – Friday, May 12th at 8 PM.
- Barenaked Ladies – Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts – Saturday, May 13th at 8 PM.
- Otis Taylor Band – Stargazers Theatre & Event Center – Saturday, May 13th at 8 PM.
- Avant and Keke Wyatt – Pikes Peak Center – Saturday, May 27th at 8 PM.
- The Ninth Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival – Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan! – Presented by Rocky Mountain Highway– La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in the Black Forest – May 26th through 28th. It’s time for the MeadowGrass Music Festival that introduces you to lots of new bands before they make it big in a beautiful mountain setting that offers camping, kids’ activities, workshops, yoga and late night shows.
- Def Leppard – The Broadmoor World Arena – Monday, May 29th at 7 PM.
- Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents ‘The Mikado’ – Colorado College – May 13th and 14th. Brilliant costumes, inspiring voices and the wonderful comedy of Gilbert & Sullivan take you on a journey to 1885 Japan while poking fun at British society, its institutions and morality.
- Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins – Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center – April 28th through May 21st. A theatrical performance about a wealthy society eccentric who suffers under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano.
- ‘Young Sherlock’ (Children’s Theater) – Fountain Community Theater – May 25th through June 3rd. Young Sherlock Holmes solves his first crime, the kidnapping of two girls, while a student at Butterworth Academy.
- Check out the current exhibits at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
- Limen – A collaboration between artists Claudia Mastrobuono and Jodi Stevens pays homage to the natural environment of Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region through mastery of common industrial materials.
- The Migrant Series – 15 large-scale realistic portraits of migrant workers by Colorado artist Don Coen.
- Front Row Center – Photographer Larry Hulst has captured some of the biggest legends of our time live on stage.
- FAC Legacy Series – Long-time Colorado Springs resident Mary Chenoweth was one of the region’s most prolific, multifaceted, yet understated artists. Enjoy her work in a variety of media to include printmaking, woodcarving and painting.
- Force/Resistance– Floyd Tunson and Dareece Walker’s exhibition is a collaboration with The Butler Center and the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies (REMS) program. The exhibit addresses a range of issues including racial profiling, mortality, racially motivated conflict, and legislative oppression.
- The Art of Storytelling – This exhibition explores the many ways that objects tell stories, featuring selections from the FAC’s Native American and Spanish Colonial collection.
- ‘Motif’– Cottonwood Center for the Arts – May 5th through May 27th – A juried exhibit of pattern and decoration.
- Gallop in the Garden 5K First Year Anniversary Celebration – Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center – Thursday, May 11th, 4 PM. Celebrate one year of galloping in the garden at our weekly fun run. There will be cake, door prizes, drawings and we will be announcing a new summer trail challenge.
- Pike’s Peak Antique Machinery Days – Western Museum of Mining and Industry – May 12th through May 14th. There will be antique tractor pulls, unique items at the silent auction, antique engines and tractors on display. The museum’s operating steam engines will also be on display and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
- Run to the Shrine – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Saturday, May 20th, 7:30 AM – The annual Run to the Shrine fundraiser is the only day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the breathtaking road to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun.
- ASYMCA Military Mother-Daughter Princess Tea Party – Southeast & Armed Services YMCA – Saturday, May 13th. Enjoy tea at the 7th annual Military Mother & Daughter Princess Tea, “Becoming a Princess of Kindness.”
- Tin Soldiers Skate Session – Memorial Park, Colorado Springs – Monday, May 15th, 3 PM. Come to Memorial Park to meet and skate with Paralympic gold medalist skateboarder Keith Grabel. The session will precede the screening of ‘Tin Soldiers’ produced by adaptive skater Matthew “Flohawke” Hawkins starting at Ivywild School at 7 PM.
- Colorado Public Lands Day Celebration – Red Rock Canyon Open Space – Saturday, May 20th, 8 AM A day of fun that will kick off with a morning of working on a trail improvement project within the open space followed by a guided hike and other recreational opportunities. An after party hosted by Fossil Craft Beer Company will follow the main event.
- ASYMCA Armed Forces Day Fishing Derby – YMCA Camp Shady Brook, Sedalia, CO – Saturday, May 20th, 9 AM. This is an Armed Services YMCA event for military members and their families that will help make military life easier by giving their families quality time to bond while experiencing the great outdoors.
- 42nd Annual Territory Days – Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City – May 27th through May 29th. Territory Days is an outdoor, historic festival that combines entertainment, exhibits, demonstrations, food and a large variety of craft booths.
- Al Kaly Shrine Circus – Norris Penrose Center – Wednesday, May 31st. ‘The Shrine Circus’ will thrill fans of all ages with three rings of affordable family fun.
- During the month of May, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team has home games Wednesday, May 17th and Saturday, May 27th at 6 PM.
- The Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball team has 10 home games during the month of May. Their schedule can be found at www.skysox.com.
- If you’d like to drive up to Denver: The Colorado Rockies baseball team has 15 home games during May. (www.colorado.rockies.mlb.com). And the Colorado Rapids soccer team has 3 May games. (www.coloradorapids.com/schedule)
- Take Mom on a train ride through the Royal Gorge! The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is offering a special Mother’s Day menu May 13th and 14th at 12:30 PM. Enjoy a locally-sourced menu accompanied by a Holy Cross Abbey wine flight or a taste of Colorado beer flight.
- Enjoy High Tea at Miramont Castle with seatings from 11 AM to 2 PM. An elegant 4-course High Tea featuring your choice of tea, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream, preserves, and infused butters is offered. In addition, enjoy an array of fresh fruit, four delectable tea sandwiches, and a variety of homemade desserts.
- For something different, take Mom to Mother’s Day with the Wolves at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center, Sunday, May 14th, 9 to 11 AM. Includes a wolf tour, snacks and a flower for mom.
- If Mom likes dinosaurs, take a short drive to Woodland Park and visit the Dinosaur Resource Center. Mom gets in FREE with one paid adult or child admission. Check out the awesome prehistoric exhibits and fossil skeletons.
- Many establishments around town have fabulous Mother’s Day Brunches so you can show Mom how much you care about her! Cheyenne Mountain Resort, The Broadmoor, Glen Eyrie Castle, The Melting Pot and Hotel Elegante all offer brunches on Mother’s Day.
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Author: Paige Keyser is a proud military spouse who lives in northern Virginia with her Air Force husband and their two boys. After living in the same small town in southern Virginia her entire childhood, the last 20 years have been spent exploring the world and United States courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. She has lived in Japan and nine different states on this crazy journey and wouldn’t give up the experiences she’s had, friends she’s made or memories of the places she’s visited for anything. She enjoys drinking coffee, wine, and good beer, loves flowers and plants, and spends way too much time surfing the web ‘researching’ topics she finds interesting.