There’s so much to see and do Downtown! From our City Center Series to First Friday Downtown, the Urban Living Tour and Downtown Walking Tours, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Drag Night

Come join for a sickening night of DRAG at the best, trendiest art gallery in the springs!
You don’t wanna miss this so come have a great time and bring some dollas to give these Kings and Queens the true royal treatment! (Tipping encouraged, not required, so just come have fun!)

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The Springs Beer Fest

Come enjoy great craft beer, music, and food in Colorado Springs! The 12th Annual Springs Beer Fest is on July 21 at America The Beautiful Park. This event features unlimited samples of beer from over 50 craft breweries, live music and vendors. Tickets include souvenir taster mug and bottomless beer samplings. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or at Colorado Springs Old Chicago Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery or Bristol Brewery on select ticket sales nights.

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ROAR in the City: Really Outrageous Adventure Race

Explore Downtown Colorado Springs like never before! Grab your team, roll up your sleeves and get ready to put your brawn and brain to the test! Numerous physical and mental activities wait for you along the course. Check in at "Basecamp" to get your clues to the race course. Then, head out by foot or by bike into the great unknown to attack your first activity! Gather clues to complete the course, and participate in the photo scavenger hunt to win prizes! Teams compete for 1st through 3rd based on completion of activities, time completed and bonus points. Happening in 2018:
  • 2018 THEME: "Super HeROARs" (Name your team appropriately and dress up if you want!)
  • New activity locations
  • Lake Activities
  • All maps & clues given to you at start of race
  • NEW Start location (check in time is 6-8:30 a.m.)
  • NEW Finish line/After party location
For the 2nd year, UpaDowna is partnering with the Rocky Mountain State Games to include ROAR Urban Adventure Race as one of the 40+ sports in the 2018 RMSG. More than 10,000 athletes of all ages and skill levels are expected to participate in competition primarily taking place July 20-22 & 27-29. To learn more, visit

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Lunch Beat: GOCA Downtown

Lunch Beat provides water, a 1-hour DJ set and a takeaway healthy lunch. You show up and dance. You’ll leave feeling happier, smarter, and like you just had your best lunch ever. Come dance Colorado Springs.

The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) launched Colorado's first Lunch Beat in December, 2010. GOCA continues to provide the Pikes Peak region with unique experiences that builds community through art.

Lunch Beat was founded by Molly Ränge in June 2010, and the first event was arranged in the Fabel garage under Hötorget in the city of Stockholm, Sweden. 14 people attended the event. Now it's an international phenomenon, with a basic concept. The rules are simple:

  • 1st rule: If it's your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  • 2nd rule: If it's your second, third or fourth time lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  • 3rd rule: If you are getting too tired to actually dance at Lunch Beat, please have your lunch at some other place.
  • 4th rule: You don't talk about your job at Lunch Beat.
  • 5th rule: At Lunch Beat everyone present is your dance partner.
  • 6th rule: Any Lunch Beat are to be no longer than 60 minutes long and set during "lunch time."
  • 7th rule: Lunch Beat always serve their guest with a 1-hour DJ set and 1 take away meal.
  • 8th rule: Water is always served during a Lunch Beat for free.
  • 9th rule: Lunch Beat is a preferably drug free environment.
  • 10th rule: Lunch Beat can be set up anywhere by anyone as long as they are announced as public events, are nonprofit arrangements and are directed by this manifesto.

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Letters Gala (an LGBT themed Cocktail Party)

Come by The Gallery Below for a community cocktail party. Join the fellow friends in the letters (lgbtqia) for a night of music, food and drink. Enjoy the sweet sounds of Josephine the Singer.

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Opera Theatre's Vocal Arts Festival

Opera Theatre of the Rockies announces its 17th annual summer Vocal Arts Festival from July 8-29 at Colorado College. This year, forty-one talented singers from across Colorado and the U.S., ranging in age from high school through post college/professional gather to receive extensive training in voice, acting and dance, presenting four concerts with scenes from opera, Broadway and WWI and two Masterclasses in performances open to the public. The Festival opens Sunday, July 8 with Participant Hearings at Packard Hall at 1:30 pm where each performer sings one aria or song. There are four staged/costumed concerts that follow:
  • Let's Make a Scene on July 15 at 3 p.m. at Packard Hall
  • Scene Stealers on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. at Packard Hall.
  • Craig Terry from Chicago Lyric's Ryan Artists Center on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at Packard Hall.
  • Grand Finale Concert with Music of WWI on Sunday, July 29 at 3 pm. at the Richard Celeste Theatre, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College.
The first Masterclass is on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Packard Hall conducted by Peter Randsman, singer and founder of Randsman Artists Management, in New York. The second Masterclass is on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. with Bryce Pinkham, Broadway star and Tony Nominee.

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Storm Drain Art Project Call for Art

Local artists (ages 18 and older or high school seniors), are invited to graphic or illustrated designs between now and July 31, 2018 that reflect the themes “Keep It Clean We’re All Downstream” or “Only Rain Down the Drain.” Seven winning designs will be chosen to paint their art on storm drains in downtown Colorado Springs. Artist must be available on September 8, 2018, to install art. The Cause: The goal is to educate the public that pollutants that go into storm drains flow untreated into our creeks.  We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our creeks clean. The Culmination: The City gets 7 beautiful storm drains. Each winning design will be awarded a $300 stipend. Partners:
  • City of Colorado Springs Water Resources Engineering Division
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO)
  • Downtown Partnership
  • Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)
Application Info Here

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Hops on the Bus

Join for Hops on the Bus Tour hosted by Local Relic! This free event starts with you boarding a CPCD/ Head Start school bus at a designated pickup location to be transported to Local Relic at the Carter Payne. Along the way, you will experience the life of a child living in poverty in this community. Upon arrival, there will be food and beer tastings as well as an opportunity to learn out CPCD’s Henry’s Heroes (hint, it involves a super hero cape)! RSVP required. Pick-ups currently scheduled for:
  • The Shops at Briargate
  • University Village
  • CPCD
*Locations subject to change based on RSVPs.

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Rotary FLIGHT Preview Reception

The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs’ annual FLIGHT of the butterflies will be unveiled during the First Friday Art Walk, on August 3rd, at the Cultural Office’s exhibition space from 5-8PM. The event is free and open to the public. Join us for this premier of more than 50 “petite” butterflies designed by local artisans. These butterflies will be sold via silent auction on line and at the Rotary Club Social and Silent Auction on September 7th from 4:30-7:30 at the Antlers Hotel. Money raised goes to the Rotary Service Fund and School District 11 Arts and Science Programs. On August 3rd, enjoy the butterflies at the Cultural Office exhibition as you sip on complimentary wine and punch and enjoy tasty appetizers. This exhibition location in the Plaza of the Rockies couldn’t be more convenient as the First Friday Shuttle Bus stops right in front of the Cultural Office as it loops its way through Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. If you can’t join us for the reception on August 3rd, you can enjoy the beautiful butterflies at the Cultural Office during normal business hours throughout the month of August. Then, be sure to join us for the Rotary Social and Silent Auction on September 7th at the Antlers Hotel. More info can be found at

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Summer Community Art and Mural Program

This summer, Concrete Couch will be working on murals, mosaics, banners, sculptures, lanterns, a fence, a garden, and more! Each SCAMP week is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Drop in for one hour, one day, one week, or the whole summer! These events are free and open to all. Kids under 13 should bring an adult. Schedule of locations and times:
  • June 4-June 8; Helen Hunt Campus; 917 E. Moreno Avenue: Food justice mural with CSFR on two shipping containers, tile dragon and castle sculpture, historic mural restoration, and wooden picnic tables 
  • June 18-22; Concrete Couch property; 1100 S. Royer Street: Building a gate and fence out of metal, wood, and other materials, landscaping, earthmoving
  • July 2-6; Helen Hunt Campus; 917 E. Moreno Avenue: Continued work on the dragon sculpture, picnic tables, and lantern building!
  • July 16-20; Sand Creek Library; 1821 S. Academy Blvd: Mosaic on two large posts, painted hanging banners
  • July 30-August 3; Hillside Community Center; 925 S. Institute: Garden work, wooden pallet vegetables, and garden art with Peace Camp 

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Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon Run Fest

Colorado Springs will celebrate the region's running legacy and the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon at the inaugural Pikes Peak Run Fest on Thursday, August 16. The celebration will run from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Pioneers Museum's Alamo Square Park, 215 South Tejon Street. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live entertainment along with a beer garden, food vendors and family activities. For more information please visit

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Benefit Show and Fair - Multiple Sclerosis Alliance

This benefit show is to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance organization. Anything they raise for MS, whether it be through donation, fundraising, or general awareness in the community, stays right here in southern Colorado and goes to local clients for services, assistance, and anything else that comes up. There will be a variety of local performers and artists, as well as games, contests, raffles, food and drink. It is sure to be a beautiful and fun event! The Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado is a group dedicated solely to assisting clients with the mission to provide programs, services, and resources to people with Multiple Sclerosis to help them improve the quality of their life and achieve greater hope, health, and independence.

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Peak Startup: Startup Week

An annual week-long celebration of innovation and startups in Colorado Springs taking place in the fall. Events focused on collaboration, education, networking, and drinking with local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from around the state of Colorado. This event is part of the family of Startup Weeks in Colorado including others in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive information on this year's Startup Week.

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What IF...Festival of Innovation and Imagination

The free What If...Festival of Innovation and Imagination brings people of all ages together to celebrate innovation and imagination! There are also free performances on 5 stages, including music, dance stage, cultural celebrations and youth stage.  

What If…business people, art-makers of all kinds, inventors, educators, tech savvy folks, and garage tinkerers shared a day of wows, innovation, and creativity with people of all ages?!

Personally interact with inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, phone apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, ping pong physics, urban farming, fire prevention, water management, musical instruments, sports, and much more. Enjoy the beer garden and multiple stages of live music and performance throughout the festival grounds!

The What If…Festival, produced by Imagination Celebration and presented by Xfinity, features an imaginative array of intriguing innovations from the Pikes Peak region. A full schedule of performances, delectable foods, and experiences, as well as a festival map, will be available in advance and on-site on Festival Day.

Engage your imagination and meet innovative people and businesses. Enjoy the interactive educational fun throughout six city blocks in Downtown Colorado Springs!

Be sure to check out the Colorado Springs Storm Drain Art Project while you are at the What If...Festival this year! There will be live painting occurring at all of the drains. Plus, if you snag a selfie with one (or all!) storm drains, you will be entered into the Peak Radar Storm Drain Photo Contest! Stay tuned for more information.

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Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. In December 2014, Ferguson concluded his ten-year run as the host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” which set all-time viewer records, earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As the host of “Celebrity Name Game,” Ferguson was awarded the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host two years in a row. This year he was nominated for a third Daytime Emmy Award. As of February 2017, Craig launched his new SiriusXM program “The Craig Ferguson Show” which is broadcast live on Comedy Greats every evening. Get your tickets today and enjoy an evening of laughs with Craig Ferguson!

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Walk to End Alzheimer's

This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel Alzheimer's Association's mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, the Association encourages participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Join Alzheimer's Association at America the Beautiful Park on September 15! Help lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor. Together, everyone can end Alzheimer’s disease!

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Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival

This is a rare, unique opportunity to see the incredible Dutch architecture and artistic detail of this Colorado College landmark – inside and out – now on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn of the tragically short life of Artus Van Briggle, Colorado Springs’ most noted artist of the Art Nouveau period. Historians, potters throwing pots on a wheel, and pottery collection experts (who will date-validate your own personal pottery pieces) will be presenting at each tour stop of this building that Artus’s wife, Anne (with help from General Palmer in 1907), built in his honor. Tours of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building (1125 Geln Ave) will begin every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be pottery authentication with a 2-piece limit. Enjoy wheel throwing demonstrations and hands-on clay activities by Bemis School of Art. There will also be tours of the Monument Valley Park Gardens by the Horticultural Arts Society.

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2018 Artini

Get ready for one of the best parties of the year! The 2018 Artini, the official kickoff for this year’s Arts Month campaign, will take place on Friday, September 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Mining Exchange Hotel (and the adjacent Gold Room). Hosted annually by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Artini is a free, community celebration with live entertainment on multiple stages, lots of mixing & mingling, and the opportunity to sample signature martinis created by some of the area’s top mixologists. Art + Martini = Artini! Although still in the planning stage, the 2018 Artini will feature live music on multiple stages, talented local performers, a DJ with dancing, a fashion show, aerialists, food trucks, a Photo Booth station, and more! Throughout the evening, local mixologists from the 365 Grand Club properties will be creating their signature martini drinks, and competing to earn the title of “Best Artini Martini 2018.” Free tastings will be available, and voting by Artini attendees will determine this year’s winner. Multiple cash bars and food stations will also be open for your drinking and eating pleasure throughout the event. A reminder that all attendees at the Artini must be 21 or older, and photo IDs will be required to enter the party. The 2018 Artini would not be possible without the generous support of the Mining Exchange hotel, the City of Colorado Springs, and HEX Audio/Visual. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “connecting residents and visitors with arts & culture to enrich the Pikes Peak region.” Each October, the Cultural Office presents Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and value of arts & culture in our community. The official call to action during Arts Month is to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October. For more information about Arts Month, visit For questions about the 2018 Artini, please email, or call the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-634-2204.

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Delicious Downtown Food Tour | Rocky Mountain Food Tours

A downtown food tour developed for locals and visitors! Dine and dash in the heart of historic downtown Colorado Springs on our famous flagship tour. As you meander down Tejon Street, envision an old horse-drawn carriage, hear the chug of the railroad, and learn about the trade of gold and silver at the Mining Exchange. Be transported to yesteryear in between bites as your trusty tour guide enchants you with tales untold. This tour features five diversely delicious culinary destinations within the easy walking distance of one-half mile. Each destination will prepare generous helpings of their homemade provisions with some non-alcoholic beverages, too. Thirsty trailblazers can elevate this appetizing adventure by adding alcohol pairings at up to four locations. To encourage quality conversation and the forming of foodie friendships, we limit the tours to 14 guests. A fun and memorable group event where you can leave the planning and entertaining to us!

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9th Annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

The Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA) honors the significant achievements of individuals and organizations that, through their conservation efforts, advance the wellbeing of southern Colorado’s communities, people, ecologies, and economies. The event focuses on conservation achievements in the broadest sense—knowing that successful conservation involves more than just resource protection; it involves a wide variety of champions across political, educational, business, research, and land management spectrums.

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2018 Business & Arts Lunch

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC are pleased to present the Business & Arts Lunch annually each October. Our organizations understand that a thriving and innovative business community succeeds only through the presence of an equally robust arts and cultural community - and vice versa! NOMINATIONS OPEN JULY 15-31!  Send us stories of inspiring intersections between the arts and businesses in the Pikes Peak region. From collaborating on projects to leveraging resources to lending expertise, business and arts folks support one another in all kinds of ways to help our region thrive. Our panel of judges will select 6-10 stories to celebrate and honor during this year's program! Email nominations/stories to 

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Dr. Jordan Peterson 'Twelve Rules for Life' Tour

Renowned professor, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is bringing his live lecture the 12 Rules for Life 2018 to Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts Monday, October 8. The tour kicked off in New York earlier this year and features revolutionary talks on overcoming life’s biggest obstacles, how to improve oneself, the psychology of religion, mythology and much more.

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TESSA 5K Survivor Run

TESSA is excited to host the 2nd annual 5K Survivor’s Run on October 13 in America the Beautiful Park. This will be a space for survivors of domestic and sexual violence to run (or walk!) together in solidarity, alongside their family, friends, and a community of supporters. Please consider joining the run/walk solo or with a team to show vocal and visible support for survivors of interpersonal violence in the Pikes Peak Region.

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MetroDemic Scavenger Hunt

A massive epidemic has hit Colorado Springs and it is up to you and your friends to stop it! In this outdoor game, your team will hunt for “outbreak sites” in downtown Colorado Springs in a race to save the most lives in 90 minutes. Use your brains and smartphones in this irreverent scavenger hunt.

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Peak Startup Pitch Night

Pitch Night provides startup organizations an opportunity to receive coaching, practice their 5-minute pitch, and receive feedback from the audience. Come meet your fellow startup community, experience a pitch firsthand, and offer you valuable insights. Free food, beer, and wine. Always a lively time.

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The Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade

The theme for this year is "Celebrating 100 years Armistice/Veterans Day." This theme will be highlighted by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. WWI came to an end with armistice. It wasn't until 1938 in the aftermath of WWII and the Korean war that November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States. Armistice legally became known as Veterans day.

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Peak Startup: Startup Weekend

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. This event occurs in conjunction with Global Startup Weekend in November.

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The Illusionists

The Illusionists is a touring magic production which features a rotating cast of 5 to 8 magicians who all specialize in specific branches of magic from stage illusions to mind reading to escapology and comedic magic. The show is a mind-blowing spectacular that showcases the jaw-dropping talents of several of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, The Illusionists dazzle audiences of all ages.

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