Culture in the Core of the City: Gallery Receptions. Art Openings. Performances. Food & Drink. First Friday of every month, from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

September 4


Cottonwood Center for the Arts joins First Friday Downtown with monthly Open Studio Tours (427 E. Colorado Ave). Every First Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm join Cottonwood Studio Artists for open studios, demos, activities, make-and-takes, and more. Also on display during September's First Friday are exhibits from Fahrenheit Group: New Works in Clay and Angles of Life featuring work by Teri Atkins Brown and Jo Carol Ciborowski in the NSR and Spittler Galleries, and Arch Angel Productions featuring works by Ralph-Michael Giordan in the Johnson Gallery. 

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, sponsored by the Acacia Park Visitors Hub, this inaugural event will begin at 1pm at Acacia Park (between Platte and Bijou, and Tejon and Nevada) and continue through First Friday hours. Chalk will be provided and each drawing should be sized to fit within a 5’x10’ area. Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and “Audience Favorite”

Take a First Friday walking tour. Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene, with an Artist/Curator-Led First Friday Downtown tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. In September, the tour will be led by Pikes Peak Watercolor Society artists Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch. Tour will begin from Boulder Street Gallery and Framing (206 N. Tejon Street) at 6pm and then visit a selection of other First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH (scroll to page bottom to download a map)


PeakRadar Guide to Art Galleries of the Pikes Peak Region

First Friday Map of Venues

All downtown street parking is free after 6pm, and many downtown parking garages offer parking for just $1 in the evening, and all day on weekends.