The nation’s second-highest money rodeo after the National Finals Rodeo, with a $1 million prize pool, attracts the top cowboys of Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo/2022 NFR Open at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Two hundred compete in eight disciplines. There’s Mutton Bustin’, a fan zone full of activities, a wine tasting garden and, after the rodeo, the Coors Roadhouse Saloon. For 81 years, the rodeo has benefited all branches of the military. pikespeakorbust.org
Spectators can watch the action of The 2022 National Martial Arts Union World Championships this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center. Spectator badges $25 plus $1.38 fee, children 10 and under free. ev.nationalmartialartsalliance.com/registration
Empower Field at Mile High will be pulsing and thundering with electronic dance music and a full lineup of bands for Global Dance Festival 2022 – Above and beyond. Tickets $40-$69. tinyurl.com/3b29wwde and facebook.com/global dance festival
An outdoor celebration of dance and Denver dancers, Mile High Dance Festival 2022 on the grounds of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. W. Free performances from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and leading up to it, a public food market, vendors and other activities from 3:00 PM in the afternoon. Go online to pre-register for an open or reserved seat: cleoparkerdance.org/tickets Guaranteed to make you smile: Dork Dances for all abilities, 4-5pm both days.
The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder is once again being transformed into an outdoor art gallery after a two-year hiatus. The welcomed one Pearl Street Arts Festival equalities artists from 20 states and opens with the 14th Street Artist Preview, 3-8 pm Friday. The festival runs from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. boulderdowntown.com/arts-fest
They burn the drag strip on Mile-High NHRA Nationals all weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycles, Nitro Show, Jet Cars. Tickets: bandimere.com. More racing: at PPIR in Fountain this weekend, Colorado Tour of Karting, eight classes, ppir.com.
The amazing drum corps from a number of countries will be participating Drums of the Rockies, moved to a new location this year, Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. Multiple seating options. Representing Colorado is the Denver Blue Knights. Tickets: ascendperformingarts.org
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver benefits from Blues and BBQ Festival, 10:30am – 8pm at Edgewater’s Citizens Park, 5560 W. 24th Ave. Tribute bands in concert throughout the day. Tickets $10, food and drink extra, children 12 and under free; VIP tickets $150 include food, craft beer, wine and dessert. The event will be filmed and photographed by the “Company”. bluesnbbq.com/eventinfo
“Time for wine,” they say; so time to Castle Rock WineFest. Sample offerings from more than two dozen Colorado wineries with over 180 varietals. 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM Bison Park at the Meadows, 1390 Clear Sky Way. Food trucks and live music. $55 online, $65 day of. castlerock.org/castle-rock-winefest
A peaceful evening watching lighted lanterns float across the water at Water Lantern Festival near Margaret Carpenter Park and Open Space, 10698 Garfield St., Thornton. Each lantern carries a personal message or memory. 5:30am to 10pm $25.99. facebook.com/events/266834735471817
All the latest popular tiny homes in Folk Festival of Tiny Houses in 2022, The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Live music both days. Food court, beer and vendors. 10am-4pm $10 2-day admission. treventscomplex.com/events/detail/2022-peoples-tiny-house-festival
Recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best Art Cities,” riverfront Salida gives back Salida Art Fair after COVID in Riverside Park. The fair is run by and for the artists and is juried for 80. Opening hours 10am to 5pm Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday. On the city’s new “pedestrian mall”.salidaartsfestival.com