The sixth annual What If … Festival is scheduled to begin Saturday morning in Colorado Springs and will offer more free experiences than ever before, according to its organizers.

The one-day festival, which is put on each year by Colorado Springs nonprofit Imagination Celebration, will feature more than 100 interactive experiences for all ages involving robotics, drones, painting, pottery, radio broadcasting, engineering, athletics, zoo animals, medical innovations, solar power and more,” Imagination Celebration said in a news release Monday.

An array of local businesses and nonprofits are slated to participate in the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the downtown core. Those participants include:

  • Lockheed Martin, which will host a life-sized Angry Birds-like game called Angry Nerds;
  • Odyssey of the Mind, which will allow festival-goers to play with its giant Jenga game;
  • Xfinity, which is hosting a treasure hunt;
  • Pikes Peak Brewing Company, which will be serving its brews in a Botanical Beer Garden; and
  • Cool Science, which will host its Invitation to Invention program focusing on inventions that do good for the community and in developing countries.

The festival will also include a celebration of Local Foods Week (ending Saturday) and three stages of free music, including tunes ranging from reggae to folk from local artists and larger acts such as Peter Bradley Adams. There will also be a dance theater stage showcasing pageantry and dance, including performances by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company and a kazoo-based performance of “America the Beautiful.”

“The What If… Festival supports economic development and intellectual vitality by welcoming participants to discover the breakthroughs of local businesses, organizations, artists, scientists, inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, performers, and students,” according to the release.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit whatif-festival.org.

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