Core Culture Guided Tours
Downtown Colorado Springs is filled with art, history, and cultural gems. Discover them through the guided walking and biking Core Culture tours described below.
All tours are open to the public. Walking tours last about an hour, and good walking shoes are recommended. Private tours for groups of 10 or more may also be reserved by calling 719-886-0088.
Only 1 more Bike Tour and Happy Hour Tour this season!
Two Wheels, Unlimited Arts and Culture!
Join UpaDowna’s outdoor adventure expert guides the First Friday of each month for a bike tour of downtown’s arts and cultural highlights. New routes each month feature stops at a variety of arts, history and cultural venues including gallery receptions, art openings, performances and more!
$10 ticket includes use of an UpaDowna bicycle and helmet. Space is limited, advance registration is required. All bike tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and start at McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon Street. Riders should plan to arrive by 5pm to allow time for preparation for a 5:30 tour departure. Bike tours are held rain or shine.
2014 First Friday Bike Tour Schedule:
May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3
HAPPY HOUR TOURS
The Happy Hour Tour offers monthly hour-long guided walking tours introducing the art and history of downtown Colorado Springs. Topics vary monthly, contact Downtown partnership for current month's tour topic. Happy Hour Tours are held on the third Thursday of each month. Tours meet at 5:30pm in the Sunroom at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company, 2 E. Pikes Peak Avenue. Participants are invited to arrive at 5pm, in order to have time to enjoy a happy hour beer or wine beverage (included in ticket price).
Ticket Price: $10, free for 17 and under. Ticket price includes one free happy hour beer or wine beverage for each paid reservation for persons 21 and older. Non-alcoholic beverages available for those under 21. Space is limited, so register to reserve your spot!
2014 HAPPY HOUR TOUR Schedule:
April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 28*, September 18, October 16
* although tours are normally the third Thursday, we've moved the August date back a week due to the USA ProCycling event.
CORE CULTURE TOURS
Three separate hour-long guided tours introducing the historic buildings, significant founders, and contemporary artwork of downtown. A rotating schedule of tours are held on a monthly basis on the second Saturday of each month. You may choose to attend one, two, or all three of the series, in any order. Take all three tours for a reduced rate of $25 for the series!
Tours are held the second Saturday of each month. Tours meet at 9 am on the 2nd floor level of The Perk Downtown, 14 S. Tejon Street. Participants are invited to arrive at 8:30am, in order to have time to enjoy a medium beverage of your choice (included in ticket price).
Creative SPACES: Art on the Streets
Public art has a proven track record for its ability to create a sense of place, tell unique stories, and engage our community. For 15 years, the annual Art on the Streets program has transformed our downtown streets into an outdoor sculpture gallery. Come learn about this year’s new works, with stops that sample the currently installed pieces, and insight into the artists behind them.
Notable FACES: Downtown Bronzes
With a collection of realistic bronze sculptures memorializing famous historical names and faces, downtown is an ideal “classroom” for learning the heritage of our region. Hear the stories of these legendary civic founders, and visit the places that helped to shape their lives and our modern-day downtown. Call 719-886-0088 to register!
Historic PLACES: Tejon Street
Colorado Springs’ 21st century downtown is filled with 19th and early 20th century architectural treasures. Take a tour of the historic gems along Tejon Street, learning about the architectural styles, the people who built them, and their uses throughout the decades. Call 719-886-0088 to register!
- Creative SPACES tour will be held:
Jan 11, April 12, July 12, Oct 11
- Notable FACES tour will be held:
Feb 8, Aug 9, Nov 8
- Historic PLACES tour will be held:
Mar 8, June 14, Sept 13, Dec 13
- Creative SPACES tour will be held:
Ticket Price: $10, free for 17 and under. Ticket price includes one free medium beverage for each paid reservation. Space is limited, so register now to reserve you spot! Buy Tickets
Once a tour reservation has been made, you can reschedule your reservation for another future tour for no charge. Should you need to cancel your reservation, we are able to provide a refund less a 10% administrative fee, which will be deducted from your refund amount.
If a tour is cancelled by Downtown Partnership for severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of your ticket price will be provided.
Pictured: Tour group with Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy Flood (inset).