Quick PIcks: Jurassic Quest; Centennial Jazz Band at monument; Blue Pig Gallery birthday party

Visitors look at a pair of live-sized, animatronic Tyranosaurus Rex snarling at each other in the main dinosaur exhibit at the Mesa County Fairgrounds’ Mahindra Arena on Saturday.

Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9–11

Go way back

See more than 50 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, dig for fossils, stop at the various science stations or put together dino crafts with your kids — all this and more will keep your attention at Jurassic Quest.

This traveling attraction will be open from 3–8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

Tickets cost $20 for adults (ages 13–64), $18 for seniors (ages 65 and older) or $15 for kids (ages 2–12). Children younger than 2 get in free. VIP tickets for kids cost $24. Go to jurassicquest.com/grand-junction.html to learn about Jurassic Quest and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 10

All that jazz

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary by jumping and jiving to the music of the National Park Service Centennial Jazz Band.

The band, which plays at 7 p.m. in the Saddlehorn Picnic Area in Colorado National Monument, is made up of park rangers and musicians from New Orleans and “their presentation highlights the musical traditions of New Orleans and south Louisiana,” according to a news release from the monument.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the monument’s Visitor Center, at rimrockshop.com or by calling 858-3617, ext. 307 or 308


Saturday, Sept. 10

Happy birthday

The Blue Pig Gallery is celebrating its ninth birthday with a street party, live music, free buffet and cash bar.

This birthday party will go from 6–8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 101 W. Third St., in Palisade.

Browse the gallery’s art, listen to artist Bud Markos discuss his work, and enjoy the band and the weekend atmosphere.

The gallery’s website is thebluepiggallery.com.


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