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.


The Well Between Two Words

Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts presents The Well Between Two Words, an experimental performance art piece about justice, desire, and the wishful immediate by Ella Goodine Richardson. This event will occur in the Alamo Square Park in front of the Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the main performance will occur at 4 p.m. Performances will be by Elsa Kendall and Caren Tackett with magic by Anthem and Aria. Made possible with the support of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, Manitou Art Center, and the staff at the Pioneer’s Museum.

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Queer Prom

Queer Prom, with a Victorian steampunk tea party theme, runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on April 27 at Palmer High School's gymnasium.

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May First Friday Shuttle Bus

First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs are free community events that take place on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m. The Art Walks feature gallery openings, live demonstrations, a chance to meet local artists, shopping and dining, special performances, and much more! Taken together, the three concurrent Art Walks comprise a “Creative Corridor” along Colorado Avenue and Manitou Avenue. To help make your First Friday experience more convenient and enjoyable, the Cultural Office and our program partners are pleased to provide free shuttle bus service from April through December. Two buses make a continuous loop between Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, and a third bus makes a continuous loop between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Park near any shuttle bus stop location, then hop on, hop off! The stop in Old Colorado City is a transfer point. Local artists and performers are along for the ride in each bus to entertain you, guide you, and share stories and interesting facts about our community. The free shuttle bus service is intended to serve local residents as well as visitors to the Pikes Peak region.
  • Gallery Openings
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Meet the Artists
  • Shopping and Dining
  • Special Performances
Note: Riders, please plan your route and timing carefully.

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Vegan Fusion Beer Dinner at Phantom Canyon

Join Phantom Canyon on Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a plant-based eve featuring Phantom Canyon Brewing Company's culinary fusion and Brewmaster Alan Stiles's three-course vegan dinner with Phantom Canyon brews to pair. In attendance will be special guest and vegan cookbook author JL Fields of "The Gazette". This mean green community-style dinner, held on the newly remodeled third floor, has limited seating so get your tickets today. This event sold out the last time it was held. A sneak peek at the menu for the night features: Amuse Up Jumped the Devil German Pilsner Mushroom explosion! Roasted Crimini, mushroom air, Morel, Gremolata. First Course  Pumpin' Up The Mayor Spent grain encrusted beet-marinated seared tofu, soy caviar, Sriracha, pickled radish, micro wasabi. Second Course  Son of Billy Boy Saison Vegetable curry, hop infused jasmine rice, almond tuile. Third Course  Coco's Ranch Coconut Chocolate Porter Avocado-lime creme caramel, vegan merigue, toasted coconut.

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Children’s Day Festival

In cooperation with Colorado College, the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado is hosting the annual Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 6 at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Craft activities, which take place from 10 a.m. to noon, include origami, calligraphy, Mother’s Day card making, and decorative carp making. Children will also have an opportunity to learn traditional Japanese games like kendama, darumaotoshi, and yo-yo water balloons, as well as modern Japanese culture through anime and manga drawing activities. This event will conclude with live entertainment from noon to 12:30 p.m., including a dance exhibition, a martial arts demonstration, and a gala fashion show. Please come and join in celebrating Japanese culture! The event is free, but donations are welcome.

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5th Annual Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge Color Run 5K

The annual Jeffrey Ray Davis Sepsis Challenge is back for a 5th year, and back with a twist! Join other sepsis awareness advocates on May 5th at America the Beautiful Park for a 5K Color Run with a Live DJ!   This is a 5K in honor of Jeffrey Ray Davis who lost his life to sepsis in 2012. This color run is to raise awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. Sepsis is the 3rd leading cause of death, 1st in children. Know the symptoms and advocate for your loved ones! Refreshments will be provided. This event is stroller and dog friendly. This will be a professionally timed event and medals will be given out to the top 2 finishers in 3 different age groups, male and female. This is a color run so come prepared in clothes that can get colorful (and maybe a change of clothes for the car ride home). After the race there will be a silent auction with some exciting prizes. The silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. and close 30 minutes after the last finisher. Can't attend? You can still participate by purchasing the "Honor Jeff From Home" ticket and running or walking in your city. This is a great way to show your support! T-Shirt is not included in this registration, however you may contact to order one. You can participate as an individual or create a fundraising team to raise awareness and funds together. For anyone who cannot attend but wishes to support the cause, it is easy to do so. You can click on the "Donate" button at the top of the webpage. All funds will go directly towards education and awareness programs implemented by Sepsis Alliance. Sponsorship Opportunities Our sponsorship packages offer businesses and individuals an opportunity to gain exposure as outstanding members and supporters of our community. We have developed a set of sponsorships for all budgets and commitment levels. You can view the sponsor options here. To become a sponsor, contact Alex at asadorf@sepsis.org. Sepsis and Sepsis Alliance Sepsis is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Learn more about the symptoms of sepsis, which kills more than 258,000 Americans each year. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (after heart disease and cancer). There are more than 1.6 million cases of sepsis every year and survivors often face long-term effects post-sepsis, including amputations, anxiety, memory loss, chronic pain and fatigue, and more. Almost 60% of sepsis survivors experience worsened cognitive (mental) and/or physical function. Sepsis Alliance is the nation's leading sepsis advocacy organization, dedicated to saving lives and reducing suffereing by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. A 501(c)(3) organization, Sepsis Alliance was founded by Dr. Carl Flatley after the sudden, unnecessary death of his daughter Erin to a disease he had never even heard of. Sepsis Alliance produces and distributes educational materials for patients, families, and health providers on sepsis prevention, early recognition, and treatment. The organization also offers support to patients, sepsis survivors, and family members through its sepsis.org website. The organization founded Sepsis Awareness Month in 2011, and works with partners to host community outreach events across North America. Since Sepsis Alliance began its mission, sepsis awareness has increased almost threefold, from 19% to 58%. For more information on Sepsis Alliance, a GuideStar Gold-rated charity, please visit http://www.sepsis.org/.

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Kentucky Derby Party

This fundraising event will feature a live showing of the 144th Kentucky Derby along with a silent auction, a contest for the best Derby hat, an open bar, and much more! Help make a big impact in the Junior League of Colorado Springs' mission to support foster teens as they age out of the system.  

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Peak Startup: Startup Get Down

Join us for happy hour, friends, and fundraising festivities to connect the city and its business leaders to the startup community. Learn about the benefits of a vibrant startup community, be inspired by a local hero story, and learn how to help build the infrastructure that will bolster the next generation of startup. Peak Startup welcomes engagement of various sorts, whether it be with your time or your dollars. Help us build up the next generation of greatness. PROGRAM 5:30 Doors Open: band pumpin, drinks flowin, food steaming 6:00 Welcome: Where we are as a startup community 6:10 Hero story from a local startup entrepreneur 6:20 How to be a part of and ignite the ecosystem 7:30 Event Close

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Braidrage: A Performance by Baseera Khan

Central to the exhibition iamuslima is a rock-climbing wall mounted with 99 Holds (2017); each hold is a unique resin cast from the corners of the artist’s body. Dyed in various shades of black and brown, the holds are embedded with fragments of gold chain jewelry, hypothermia blankets, and commodified Indian hair containing mitochondrial DNA. In this performance, Baseera Khan will activate the installation by a careful choreography, scaling this wall, leaving a trace of her movements behind.

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Downtown Spring Fashion Crawl

An afternoon of fun, fashion-focused activities at eight Downtown retailers! Demos, special designers, mini-makeovers, custom fittings, fashion demos (scarf-tying, wardrobe re-purposing and more), games, prizes and giveaways. How it works:
  • Grab your favorite shopping buddy
  • Pick up your FREE passport at any of the participating retailers on May 12 from 11 am-4pm
  • Visit each participating boutique for discounts, giveaways & treats
  • Fill your passport & be entered to win a gift basket filled with goodies from the various locations (just drop it off at any participating location when you're done)
Participating locations include:
  • Bellissima
  • Colorado Co-op
  • Redoux Consignment Boutique
  • Sweetest Secret Boutique
  • Tailored West
  • Terra Verde
  • Title Nine
  • Plus - shoe show by Podiatryst at The Modbo

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USAF Academy Concert Band: 'Portraits of Liberty'

Please join in celebrating our brave service men and women, past and present, at "Portraits of Liberty," a musical tribute to our nation's Armed Forces. The USAF Academy Concert Band would like to thank the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council for allowing us to introduce this year's outstanding enlisted service members from the Colorado Springs area.

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Museum Free Days

Museum Free Days are offered the third Friday of each month. The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theatres and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community. We believe that a strong arts and culture presence is essential for a healthy community. GE Johnson Construction Company, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund have come alongside the Fine Arts Center to underwrite monthly free days at the museum. Museum Free Days require underwriting to pay for the costs of running the museum. Since the Fine Arts Center receives virtually no government funding, it is not able to offer free admissions without generous underwriting and support.

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Broads, Blood, Backlash

This feminist show takes guests through a mash-up of femme myths, tales, fables and real accounts from sex workers, with a casual appearance from Slut Oz herself, in order to raise awareness and support for sex workers and Fight FOSTA and SESTA! Trump signed into law a set of controversial bills intended to cut down illegal sex trafficking online. FOSTA and SESTA have been hailed by advocates as a victory for sex trafficking victims, while in reality, it has created a dangerous environment for consenting sex workers by removing protection, resources and creating enhanced stigma for the thousands who use sex work to safely support themselves. The show begins at 7 p.m. but please arrive early to enjoy the installation and learn about ways to fight the bill and support those who are most vulnerable during this time. Glo will be serving refreshments and selling zines at the front desk. This show contains highly explicit material that may not be suitable for kids under 17, Glo asks that parents use their own discretion.

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June Jubilee

The June Jubilee is a great way to kick off summer with an annual celebration of Fine Visual Arts and Handcrafted goods in the center of Downtown Colorado Springs. This outdoor artisan marketplace features the works of more than 75 juried artists with a vast array of media including paintings, sculptures, glasswork, photography, ceramics, and woodwork, a huge selection of handcrafted goods, as well as some great live music, and community fun. This family friendly free event is the place to be for both locals and visitors in the heart of Colorado’s 2nd biggest city.

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Colorado Springs Art And Music Festival

Enjoy this 14 year festival tradition at the fabulous America The Beautiful Park on the lush green lawns at the foot of the 65’ Julia Penrose rotating water fountain. National juried fine artists bring their latest handcrafted creations with jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, leather, wearable art, fiber, mixed media, sculpture, drawing - all dazzling to see while deciding on personal favorites. The Music Stage offers exciting performances both days, featuring Hazel Miller Band of Denver with their fun and evocative blues, Americana sounds, Celtic bluegrass, and Sunday morning jazz. 

Delicious foods are offered by the best food vendors & soft drinks. Relax in the Beer and Wine Garden in front of the stage. Bring your leashed dogs, lawn chairs and blankets for an all day festival experience. Don’t forget the sunscreen, hat and a sun umbrella. The Creation Station For All Ages is a fun and creative tent to create a masterpiece with a variety of quality projects. And treat the family with face art by the creative Face Painter, then cool off and splash in the water at the base of the water fountain.


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Blues Under The Bridge

Blues Under The Bridge Festival is a Colorado Springs tradition in it’s 12th year, bringing the best of blues music to the community on Saturday, July 7. Headlining this year’s stage is the legendary and Grammy Award winning band from East L.A., Los Lobos. Also featured are Chris Thomas King Band, Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball, and Vegan Wolf. A Silent Auction to benefit 91.5 FM KRCC Radio is a popular tent for fast action bidding and offers many premium items like popular resort getaways, art, jewelry, sporting goods, vacation packages, area dining bargains and more. Some of the best area vendors bring on delicious foods, and Bristol Brewing craft beer and distilled spirits will be available. Bring your chairs to sit on, but not your coolers and sorry, no pets. Bags and backpacks will be subject to search. Kids are welcome and free under age 12. Parking is available across the street on Cimino Dr. ($12 per vehicle). Pre-Festival Party - Join with your friends for the festival kick-off party at the Gold Room in downtown Colorado Springs, Friday July 6 (18 S. Nevada). Chris Thomas King performs on stage to an intimate room (only 250) for the ticket price of just $20. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy this musician who personified the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson, in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Peak Startup: Summer Jam

Startup entrepreneurs are often heads-down building their startups, leaving little time for the fun things and family time. This is a low-key Sunday Funday for startup entrepreneurs and their families to connect with one another. We’ll have some hot dogs, burgers, sodas, and the basics. Bring your park goods, lawn games, and treats to share. We’ll also have a Jello mold contest, so dust off your retro, most delightful, and/or most horrible recipe and bring it to share for full judgement.

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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 RockyMountainStateGames.org.

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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 www.coloradospringssports.org

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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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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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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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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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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 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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2018 Business & Arts Lunch

The annual Business & Arts Lunch is always one of the most colorful professional events of the year, featuring live performances on multiple stages, local art for sale, delicious food and drink, and multiple awards for leadership at the intersections of business and creativity. 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.

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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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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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