Hike, camp and watch a movie during Camp at the fair times at the El Paso County Fairgrounds in Calhan. Camping, a guided hike to the paint mines interpretation park and an outdoor movie, a corn hole and a roast of marshmallows. Ice cream and barbecue on site. For prices and reservations: elpasocountyfair.com or 719-520-7880.
Go back down the river once more. Nautical activities and competitions are on the menu CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista, along the Arkansas River. Live music to be announced. COVID protocols. ckspaddlefest.com
Veterans, civilians, and active duty military will all run or walk 5K, 10K, or 30K during the Colorado Veterans Project Memorial Day Run and Walk in partnership with Special Forces Foundation, Saturday at 7:30 am at Vibes Stadium UCHealth Park. Bring non-perishable food for local vets. Register: memorialdaymarch.com. Also a virtual run & ruck around the world to benefit homeless veterans while honoring fallen heroes. For the virtual: RunSignUp.com
works by 60 selected artists from Colorado, the highly anticipated 30th anniversary Governor’s art exhibition and sale. Until June 27 in person at the Loveland Museum and online. Among the artists, 2020 Best of Show winner Jody Ahrens from Grand Junction, returning artists from across the state, and 11 handpicked debutants. Local artists Michael Baum, Manitou Springs and Chuck Mardosz, Clay Enoch and Joan Judge, Colorado Springs. Mediums: sculpture, mixed media, oil paint, pastel, watercolor and acrylic. Proceeds go to Rotary projects, the Homelessness Fund and art grants. Tickets: governorsartshow.org
Try it for Free archery day at Bear Creek Regional Park, archery near tennis courts. Free appointments to test the basics with certified archery coaches. Materials provided. Masks, closed shoes, water and no long-sleeved shirts. For adults and children 6 years and older. Pre-registration at elpasocountynaturecenters.com. Classes start at the beginning of June.
Gardeners have been busy buying all of those perfect plantings for the season. Another special place to discover for locally grown annuals, perennials and hanging baskets is a Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 15th Annual Dutch Heritage Gardens Open Day in Larkspur. A rare opportunity to walk through the giant greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11901 E. Palmer Divide Ave. And how about a gourmet stopover at nearby restaurants in Palmer Lake and Monument? dhgardens.com/open-house.html
NOTE: Last minute changes possible during COVID.