Parallel lives, portals and parties to check out this weekend

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8 Friday

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Edelweiss Summerfest 2017
We can’t be the only ones already looking forward to Oktoberfest, but while you’re waiting here’s another “Bier Fest” to keep you hoppy. Edelweiss has won best German restaurant in the Indy’s annual Best Of awards for more years than we can recall, so between the beer, food and atmosphere, it should feel plenty authentic. Donations benefit the Ivywild neighborhood and Rocky Mountain Highway, the nonprofit responsible for MeadowGrass Music Festival. Sept. 8, 4-9 p.m., Sept. 9, noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 10, noon to 8 p.m., Edelweiss German Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., $2 suggested donation, facebook.com/EdelweissRest.

8 Friday

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Briarfest Community Festival
This annual festival can get pretty massive, with carnival rides, concerts, a community market, beer and wine garden, silent auctions and more. Tons of fests throw down downtown, so this celebration serves Briargate and the Northside, though it’s open to all. Live entertainment includes local favorites Suga Bear & The Show Time Band, Kopesetic, Sofakillers and more. Sept. 8, 5-11 p.m., Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 10, noon to 6 p.m., St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive, free to attend, prices associated with individual activities vary, briarfest.com.

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Parallel Lives
This “romp with a feminist sensibility” looks at societal inequalities and the supreme beings who created them with the intention of leveling the playing field. Two actresses, Birgitta DePree and Leslie O’Carroll, play these goddesses, as well as the various men and women who exist in their world. Parallel Lives marks the opening show of the FAC’s theater season, peppered with more fantastic titles to look forward to. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., continues through Oct. 1, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $18-$20, csfineartscenter.org.

9 Saturday

COURTESY IMAGINATION CELEBRATION
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What IF... Festival of Innovation and Imagination
There’s no age limit on imagination. Join Imagination Celebration for this annual event honoring all things creative. Six blocks of South Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue will host vendor and art booths, demonstrations, activities, experiences, live music, an escape room, a car show and so much more. This is also the public’s last chance to check out the Portal, an art installation that connects you to live — and life-sized — individuals and communities around the world. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Colorado Springs, South Tejon St., free, whatif-festival.org.

9 Saturday

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Victor Burro Race
Historically, burros have been called a gold-miner’s “indispensable companion,” helping cart a miner’s bounty through treacherous hills. Victor, Colorado’s gold mining history makes it a perfect place to celebrate these adorable asses, and to see how much get-up-and-go they have in those little legs. The event includes two- and four-legged races along a challenging (read: hilly) 12-mile course, so spectating may be more fun than participating, if you value your legs. Sept. 9, noon to 8 p.m., Downtown Victor, Victor Ave., free, victorcolorado.com.

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