EVENTS DOWNTOWN

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.


Destination: Denali

Come to Destination: Denali  to hear the story as told by 3 of the team of climbers whose destination was the summit of Denali. "If you set your sights solely on the summit, then you may miss the beauty of the adventure in striving to get there!" In June of 2017, a 6-person team (4 men and 2 women) headed from Colorado to Alaska to climb the highest peak in North America, Denali with its peak reaching 20,310 feet above sea level. Denali rises about 18,000 feet from its base (which is a greater vertical rise than Mount Everest's 12,000-foot rise from its base at 17,000 feet). The climbing is serious. Stretching more than 30 miles, the upper half of Denali is permanently covered with snow and many glaciers. The mountain's extreme cold, which can be minus 75 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 60 degrees Celsius) and with wind chill down to minus 118 F (minus 83 C), can freeze a human in an instant. More than 32,000 people have attempted to reach the summit, but only a few reach the top. At the start of the 2017 climbing season, approximately 800 mountain climbers registered with Denali National Park to climb the mountain. In 2016, the climbing season produced a 60 percent success rate. (LiveSource) How did this team come together? How did they train? How did they plan the logistics? How did they deal with what they expected and what they didn't expect? Hear about their experiences...hauling heavy sleds 3000 feet in a day up steep terrain, crossing crevasses while being blasting icy winds. How did they deal with injury, and even death? At this workshop, meet half of the team. Travel with them as they recount their adventure through stories and images. In the voice of one climber: "Each day brings new challenges, self doubts, then conquering my fears!" Have you ever dreamed of climbing Denali? Or one of the other of the 7 summits? Then you'll love hearing their tales from the side of the mountain.

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"Shakespeare In Love" Preview Night

"Shakespeare in Love" is a play with music that was adapted for the stage from the 1988 film by Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Academy Award-winning writer Marc Norman, and Tony, Olivier, and Academy Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard. A romantic piece of historical fiction, the story centers around a young Will Shakespeare as he struggles to find his inspiration. Enter the feisty aristocratic Viola de Lesseps, who longs to be an actor. The relationship they forge serves as inspiration for Will’s greatest play — "Romeo and Juliet." This stage adaptation employs tactics commonly found in plays of the Elizabethan age: cross-dressing disguises, mistaken identities, suspicions of adultery, sword fighting, a comedic nurse, and even visions of ghosts are all present, as is the enduring “play-within-a-play” convention that Shakespeare fondly adopted for many of his works. Recommended for ages 12+

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A Night of Excellence

Get ready... A Night of Excellence returns September 27. Join an evening of magic and glamour to celebrate Broadway's Smash Hits with an all-star cast of characters! The gala event’s entertainment will feature 12 area performers from the Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Butte Theater (Mountain Repertory Theater), and Millibo Art Theatre! Join us as our cast of characters and silk aerialist/ cubist perform to famous Broadway tunes and excerpts from your favorite musicals incorporating our presenting sponsor Bob Penkhus Automotive and business themes!” Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado honors businesses in the community that demonstrate a commitment to exemplary customer service as well as awards scholarships to students who display excellence in education. Back for its 24th year, A Night of Excellence attracts community leaders and business professionals who are dedicated to the prosperity of Southern Colorado. With an expected attendance of 400+,  A Night of Excellence has become one of the BIGGEST social nights of our community! Join an evening of great performances, red carpet, cuisine and excellence!

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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 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm 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! The Cultural Office is excited to announce that Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint Highball will be the headlining musical act at the 2018 Artini! Grant and his band will be playing two long sets in the Gold Room from 5:45-8:30 pm. In addition, the 2018 Artini will feature live performances, a DJ with dancing, a fashion show, aerialists, body painting, food trucks, tarot card readings, a photo booth station, hands-on art activities, 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. Download the complete schedule of performances and activities. 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, The Bloom Foundation, HEX Audio Visual, Wells Fargo, the Tiemens Foundation, and the Colorado Springs Independent. 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 www.PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth. For questions about the 2018 Artini, please email info@CulturalOffice.org, or call the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-634-2204.

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World Dance Festival

Come and experience vibrant traditional cultural dances from around the world including Polynesian dance, Odissi East Indian classical dance, Bollywood, Egyptian & tribal belly dance, break dance, martial arts fan dance, and more! These dances will be performed by Tejas and an incredible line up of artists! There will also be a cash bar with wine, spirits, and snacks as well as various vendors throughout the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

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HOME: Building Pride, Finding Family Benefit Concert

Join members of the Denver Gay Men's Chorus with special guests Out Loud: Colorado Springs Men's Chorus in presenting a special concert aimed at the growing challenge of homelessness in Colorado Springs. Partnering with Urban Peak, Westside CARES, Homeward Pikes Peak, and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, this concert is a benefit for those organizations that provide support for the growing challenge of homelessness in Colorado Springs. Out Loud will start off the concert with a personal set and the second half will be the Colorado Springs premiere of Street Requiem! Street Requiem is by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch. For more information or questions about tickets/donations, please contact the Rocky Mountain Arts Association office at 303-325-3959.

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Ally Up! 2018 Breakfast

Inside Out Youth Services Presents Ally Up! 2018: Love the Skin You're In and the 28th Anniversary Breakfast Fundraiser at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel. Every young person deserves a safe space where they can express who they are. Since 1990, Inside Out Youth Services has been the safe space where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth ages 13-22 can be who they are and grow into who they are becoming. This event features keynote speakers, transgender military activists, Logan and Laila Ireland (as seen on Ellen).
If you are interested in becoming a Table Captain or Sponsor for the event, please contact Margo Chandler at dchandler4236@comcast.net.

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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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Big Art - Beautiful Walls

A great opportunity to meet local mural artists that help to make Colorado Springs even more beautiful. The night will include a panel discussion with local mural artists, a visual display of over 220 local public murals, a short documentary film featuring local mural art and artists, and an introduction to an interactive display of city murals. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Scavenger Hunt

Join Colorado Springs Rising Professionals for a fun, interactive scavenger hunt! This event is taking place amidst the excitement of Arts Month and First Friday Downtown. Explore all the great local businesses our downtown has to offer while networking and getting to know fellow young professionals! Kick it off at Iron Bird Brewing Co. (your ticket includes a free brew!). Plus, enjoy the use of PikeRide with a free, one-night membership for the hunt.

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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! Our panel of judges has selected 6 stories of inspiring intersections between the arts and business that will be celebrated during the lunch. Of course, the lunch will also feature some amazing local performers. Tickets, corporate tables, and sponsorships for the 2018 Business & Arts Lunch are currently available. Please follow the "Buy Tickets" link for details.

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Stoney Bertz

The Springs’ #1 hip-hop artist, Stoney Bertz, who was awarded a 2015 Indy Music Award for best solo hip-hop act, will bring a lyrical flow and soulful skill to this show that you won’t want to miss. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Garlic Fest

The Garlic Fest is the annual fundraiser for Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. PPUG builds and manages community gardens in the Pikes Peak region and offers gardening education to backyard gardeners. The Garlic Fest will kick off Friday, October 5, with a garlic tapas and beer pairing event. On Saturday, October 6, farmer Dan Hobbs and nutrition professor Nanna Meyer will offer a workshop on the history, cultivation and preparation of all things garlic from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be a garlic cookoff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in which amateur and professional chefs will compete to see who cooks up the tastiest garlic dish. There will also be a Garlic Fest market with all sorts of vendors to shop. Saturday evening there will be a multi-course garlic dinner with beer pairings to delight the senses. And the weekend concludes with a garlic ice cream social on Sunday afternoon form 1 to 4 p.m.

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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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Concrete Couch Community Celebration

Completion of Helen the Dragon and her Concrete Castle (at the former Helen Hunt Elementary School) calls for a celebration of art, music, lanterns, and dancing. The Hillside community and greater community are invited to share in the joy of the Adventure Playground and the new additions. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.  

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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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Stacy Plays Piano

An outdoor piano concert for healing. Through her music, Stacy Gery shares her journey of recovering from a brain injury. The songs will be from 2 of her albums that range in emotion from despondent and angry to hopeful and peaceful as she came to terms with her new life. The show is both incredible and inspirational. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Mini Sculpture Building with Mitchell Dillman

Join local artist Mitchell Dillman as he facilitates the creation of wood and metal art pieces. Great for children ages 5 and up and adults too! ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated "pop-up" art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.  

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Pikes Peak Arts Council 50th Anniversary Gala & Awards

Each year, the Pikes Peak Arts Council honors outstanding creative performances and exhibitions of the region at the PPAC Awards. This red carpet event celebrates vibrant and innovative literary, visual, theater, music, film, and dance artists, as well as arts advocates and organizations. The PPAC Awards are held each year in October to coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration for the arts in the nation. To learn more about the Pikes Peak Arts Council, visit our website.

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Fathom (Parterre Performance)

Fathom, choreographed by Alexandria Lewis, is a collaborative dance spectacle between UCCS and CC that tackles the intangible definition of self identity through movement and Daft Punk music. UCCS Parterre Performances aim to take art outside of the studio or the stage and to showcase pieces in unique locations. These shows completely function on the motivations of the students involved, therefor giving the students the opportunity to create new works. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

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Tejon Street Corner Thieves

This acoustic music group has won several local awards and tours nationally. Well known for their great music, and over the top performances, a Tejon Street Corner Thieves show is like a breath of fresh mountain air. To quote their own biography, despite their name, the only thing they will steal is your heart. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Roma Ransom

Roma Ransom performs music of the world, influenced by many different cultures. The performance consists of Gordon Lewis playing multiple instruments and looping them while Grace Easley plays hauntingly beautiful melodies on her violin. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Marina Eckler

In the tradition of going away office parties, visual artist Marina Eckler will host a going away party for humanity. This event will highlight the role of human folly and decadence in creating climate change, which some scientists now believe to be irreversible. Visitors will be invited to mill around, sharing thoughts and memories of humans. What were they good at? What can we laugh about now that they’re leaving? What will planet Earth become, and what will come after us? This party will feature office supplies, bulletin boards, input from a climate scientist, and a very large cake. Free and open to the public. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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Beer Tasting for Justice

The Justice Center’s Beer Tasting for Justice fundraiser is The Justice Center’s annual fundraiser; held at The Warehouse in downtown Colorado Springs, attendees can a variety of beers from local breweries, participate in a silent auction with items donated by businesses and organizations from across Colorado, and enjoy entertainment provided by a live band. The Justice Center (D.B.A.. The Justice Center) is a 501(c)3 based in Colorado Springs and operating in the Pikes Peak region that works to provide access to legal resources, representation and, assistance for low to moderate-income area residents who would otherwise be unable to afford hire or able to access legal services for help. This event is the largest single day fundraising event that The Justice Center organizes. Last year’s fundraiser helped raise almost $3,000 to support The Justice Center, representing around 7% of The Justice Center’s annual budget.

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Waldo Waldo 5K: Grand Finale

Thousands of Waldos and Wendas will take to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday, October 20 for the Grand Finale! Waldo Waldo is the region's most popular untimed 5K walk and fun run. Local exhibitors, music, and food trucks all added to the fun. Best of all, registered participants receive a Where’s Waldo costume kit. Money raised benefits local nonprofits that support community priorities like Waldo Canyon restoration and trail maintenance. Runners of all ages and ability are welcome – walkers and strollers too!
Costume Included! The registration fee comes with a Waldo or Wenda costume kit (characters from the popular "Where's Waldo?" children’s books) that includes a shirt, hat and glasses! The price increases the morning of the event.
A Good Cause: The money raised benefits local nonprofits that support Waldo Canyon restoration, disaster relief and fire recovery, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community.

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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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Redraw the Farm

As a 5 piece Americana band they forge a fresh and exciting blend of rock, folk, Americana, Irish, punk, country, and blues. Redraw the Farm was founded in 1998 by brothers Mark and Brett Coddington and Rick Spruce. Even at that early stage, the boys were committed to writing and performing original music. Through the years, members left and members joined. In the summer of 2002, fate would bring Abe Dunaway into the fold. Combining Marks\'s intense and lyrical drumming, Brett\'s mastery of multiple instruments, and Abe\'s \'Red Dirt\' sensibilities, Redraw the Farm experienced a renaissance in 2005. As a three-piece, Redraw the Farm was named the best original band by the Colorado Springs Independent. As years passed, members came and went. After an eight year sabbatical, Rick Spruce returned to the fold. The boys played regular gigs throughout Colorado Springs. However, fate would once again rear its beautiful face. In February of 2014, a young and fresh-faced Kelly Champlin would join the band on stage for a gig. The result was nothing less than spectacular. Kelly\'s vocals and fiddle prowess brought the band to a whole new level. As a five-piece Americana band, Redraw the Farm harnesses the power of its five individual members and forges a fresh and exciting amalgam of rock, folk, Americana, Irish, punk, country, and blues. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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2018 Halloween Dance

Wear your most creative costume, and BOOgie down to the music of DJ Marc! There will be pizza, soda, and a fun costume contest at this all-ages event! This is a ticketed event, and all guests must have a ticket to attend the dance. This dance always sells out, so get your ticket before it sells out!

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Brian Elyo

A series of filmed short-form vignettes between 15 seconds to several minutes based on nature and various found objects. Featuring live music being performed to each film. Don’t miss this live multi media event. ArtPOP is a cooperative program of the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. The program features 20 curated “pop-up” art events for Arts Month that will take place throughout our community during the month of October.

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