8 things to do on the weekend around Colorado Springs and beyond: Fort Carson Freedom Fest, Rubber Duckies, Fan Expo, Rock Ledge Ranch, Tri-Lakes parade, drones | Culture & Leisure

FRIDAY

Holiday weekend starts with Fort Carson Freedom Festival, open to the community, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Family activities, 20 street food trucks including ice cream and frozen treats, beer. A bouncy house for children. Live entertainment by Jeffrey Alan Band, Elvie Shane, Eric Paslay and, at 9 p.m., country music singer and songwriter Matt Stell. Per fire restrictions, fireworks at 10 p.m. Families will have an air-conditioned space to change and feed the children. At the gate, visitors and guests must present state-issued identification cards. Mesh or transparent backpacks. $5 per person, wristbands in advance at visit.gvt.us/?b=usa&i=carson&e=P1QWQ01Z or onsite. For more: carson.armymwr.com/calendar/event/67698

FRIDAY SUNDAY

A happy holiday weekend for pop culture fans at Denver Fan Lounge at the Denver Convention Center. That’s why there are costumed cosplay characters and superheroes all over downtown Denver. Celebrities all over “Cobra Kai”, “Clerks”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Star Wars Trilogy” and more. Anime, game booths, shopping. Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10am-5pm fanexpohq.com/fanexpodenver

FRIDAY

First Friday downtown is very busy from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All about the artwork adorning the cars at the Cottonwood Center, 427 E. Colorado Ave. A new gallery, The Look Up Gallery, inside Yobel at 11 E. Bijou St., art by Clay Ross with drinks to sip while you watch. Nichole Montanez’s “Face of Cannabis” national exhibit is on view at Art 1eleven Gallery, 111 E. Bijou St. A band exhibit and bluegrass music at Mash Mechanix, 429 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Patriotic art, popcorn and jazz at Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, 122 E. Kiowa St. Downtown restaurants are open. Free downtown shuttle. For more information: downtowncs.com/event/firstfriday

MONDAY

Thousands of little yellow ducks jump in the water in the Rotary Clubs of CaƱon City and Florence annual rubber duck Race. The five fastest ducks win cash prizes of $50 to $1,000 for their ticket holders and one ticket is a chance to win $35,000 towards the purchase of a car. $5 tickets on sale before the race which is part of a full weekend celebration, Pioneer Park in Florence.

MONDAY

For the fourth, a living history holiday treat close to the magnificent rocks of the Garden of the Gods. It’s Family Fourth at Rock Ledge Ranch with games in the barn, music in the cabin, costume history, sodas and popcorn in the general store, and food in the shed. Tickets $8, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 5-17 at rockledgeranch.com/event/family-fourth

MONDAY

A lot of things happen in the traditional Tri-Lakes 4th of July Festivities starting with a pancake breakfast at St. Peter’s Catholic Church from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a virtual and in-person fun run in Palmer Lake. Then the 9:30 a.m. climax, a parade of children and the grand parade through downtown Monument. The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Street Fair begins at 10 a.m. with festival food, arts and shopping. Beer Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Limbach Park. Music concerts in the park 11:30am-5:00pm Pick up from parking lot at Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road. townofmonument.org/338/Tri-Lakes-4th-of-July No fireworks.

MONDAY

There are fireworks shows throughout the region and state, including the Switchbacks game at Weidner Field, the gates at 4:30 p.m., and the Vibes game at UC Health Park, but others remain canceled or private in due to fire restrictions. Now, for something popular and new to celebrate the Fourth, drone and laser shows fill the skies. Drone shows are planned for Castle Pines, Eagle, Parker and, set to music in Vail. laser shows planned in Aspen, Avon and Crested Butte.

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