From the listings desk: It's a long weekend (kind of), and it wouldn't do to just stay at home, would it?
(Yes it would. But anyway ...)
Here you'll find a look at the July Fourth events, but this blog is devoted to all the artsy stuff happening this weekend (and hey, it's all free). So, without further ado:
• First Friday Downtown, a ton of gallery openings at spots like the Modbo and S.P.Q.R., Boulder Street Gallery, Colorado Expressions and Kreuser Gallery, with live music at Studio Bee and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Fri., July 5, 5-8 p.m.
• First Friday Artwalk - Pueblo, always a lively affair, with gallery openings in the Downtown and Mesa Junction areas as well as the Union Avenue Historic District and sidewalk performances. Plus, a free VanGO shuttle to take you there and back. Fri., July 5, 5-8 p.m. pueblopag.org.
• Pikes Peak Art Fest, nine years old and still going strong, a collection of arts and crafts vendors, live music, family activities and other forms of live entertainment. July 5-7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive. pikespeakartsfest.com.
• Art on the Streets Walk, a stroll to see all the new sculptures for this year's Art on the Streets, with the Downtown Partnership and this year's AOTS juror, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum director Blake Milteer. Sat., July 6, 8:15 a.m. Meet at the "TV" sculpture by the Plaza of the Rockies.