First Friday - Downtown Partnership
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First Friday

Explore First Friday Downtown

August 4, 2023, 4:30 pm

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

Galleries offer in-person First Friday experiences compliant with current public health guidelines. Scroll down for a comprehensive of participating venues, updated monthly.

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First Friday

August 4, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 7, 2024

First Friday

February 2, 2024 Featured events & shows

 

Events are added as information is received

Cottonwood Center for the Arts presenting Sew Subversive
Cottonwood Center for the ArtsSew Subversive
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • We asked artists: what can you say with fiber that you can't say with other mediums? This call for entries invited artists to submit works that feature textile techniques as an art medium. 
  • Two floors of open studios + galleries 
  • Beer, wine, and cocktail by donation. 
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True North Gallery presenting December After Dark with True North
True North GalleryDecember After Dark with True North
  • 5-10:30 pm
  • True North Art Gallery is proud to present art by 20 fantastic local creatives. Explore all different mediums from painting to sculpture to printmaking and even lipstick!
  • Wine and treats will be available in the gallery PLUS the doors are staying open late.
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G44 Gallery presenting 12th Annual Show
G44 Gallery presenting 12th Annual Show
G44 Gallery presenting 12th Annual Show
G44 Gallery presenting 12th Annual Show
G44 Gallery presenting 12th Annual Show
G44 Gallery12th Annual Show
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Over 100 local and regional artists
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Kinship Landing presenting Katie Scruggs Galloway
Kinship LandingKatie Scruggs Galloway
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Katie Scruggs Galloway from Becoming // Poetry presents her new book, Still and Still Moving
  • Live music courtesy of Jason Lee Band 7-9 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lagers
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The Look Up Gallery presenting Distortion
The Look Up GalleryDistortion
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Located inside Yobel
  • Distortion is a new collection of large scale works by local artist Ben Bires. 
  • Beverages offered
  • Music by DJ Rocky Ross
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The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry presenting Art by Laurel Bahe and Lorraine Danzo
The Gallery at Cacao ChemistryArt by Laurel Bahe and Lorraine Danzo
  • 5-9:30 p.m.
  • Artists in person doing demonstrations
  • Sample delicious chocolate while you browse local art! 
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Kreuser Gallery presenting Three new exhibits for December!
Kreuser Gallery presenting Three new exhibits for December!
Kreuser Gallery presenting Three new exhibits for December!
Kreuser GalleryThree new exhibits for December!
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Atmospheres and Orbits, a playful new series of paintings done in oil and cold wax depicting an attitude of experimentation and play by Nancy Roach.
  • Release of the Trammels, a new exhibit of works by Don Goede
  • Shifting Reality, a collection of works by Lori Goede.
  • Music by Dubfuscious
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Gallery 113 presenting In the Spirit of the Season
Gallery 113 presenting In the Spirit of the Season
Gallery 113 presenting In the Spirit of the Season
Gallery 113 presenting In the Spirit of the Season
Gallery 113 presenting In the Spirit of the Season
Gallery 113In the Spirit of the Season
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • December at Gallery 113 features timeless and innovative art works by our seventeen local member artists. 
  • Wine and Chocolates
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Colorado Co-op presenting Jewelry Trunk Show with Christy Metz Design and Like Water Jewelry
Colorado Co-opJewelry Trunk Show with Christy Metz Design and Like Water Jewelry
  • 1-8 p.m.
  • Christy Metz Design and Like Water Jewelry will both be in-store with new pieces just in time for Holiday Shopping!
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Universal Education Foundation presenting Just Art (and Gifts!)
Universal Education Foundation presenting Just Art (and Gifts!)
Universal Education Foundation presenting Just Art (and Gifts!)
Universal Education Foundation presenting Just Art (and Gifts!)
Universal Education Foundation presenting Just Art (and Gifts!)
Universal Education FoundationJust Art (and Gifts!)
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Featured artists: Michelle Bracewell, Nicole Curtis, John Hagerty, Stephanie Lassen, Daniel Logan, Elizabeth Mackiewicz, Kristine Urban, Michael VanGalder, Frechelle Wilson
  • Snacks will be served, wine and beer by donation
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Studio Noir presenting First Friday at Studio Noir
Studio Noir presenting First Friday at Studio Noir
Studio NoirFirst Friday at Studio Noir
  • 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Featured artist Tim Bachman {Odd Dream Design)!
  • Refreshments will be available.
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Mash Mechanix presenting Countywyde Bluegrass
Mash MechanixCountywyde Bluegrass
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • Countywyde is a high-energy bluegrass band from Colorado Springs who loves making music
  • Craft beer and NA options
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The Bridge Gallery presenting Small Works
The Bridge GallerySmall Works
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • We’ve invited some of our favorite artists to create smaller size works in clay, photography, painting, fiber, and mixed media.
  • Great for holiday gifting! 
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Anita Marie Fine Art presenting Storied Places 2
Anita Marie Fine Art presenting Storied Places 2
Anita Marie Fine Art presenting Storied Places 2
Anita Marie Fine Art presenting Storied Places 2
Anita Marie Fine ArtStoried Places 2
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • A continuation of a series of places where the artist discovered a personal meaning and motivation to paint with an unshared intimacy.
  • Featured artists Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz
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Auric Gallery
Grand Opening Reception
  • Auric Gallery presents Gratitude, an exhibit comprised of work by 150 local artists
  • Also featured is The Art of Benching by Jon Francis and Serenity by Kevin Johnson
  • Cash bar provided by The Parlor and Sovereignty Wines
Location:
Auric Gallery
Auric Gallery

125 E Boulder St.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Purple Mountain Majesty
  • Cottonwood and Purple Mountain Group at Morgan Stanley present and invitational exhibition.
  • Purple Mountain Majesty is a collection of works by local artists honoring Pikes Peak, lauding its renown as America’s Mountain, and its significance to our community and nation as a whole.
  • Two floors of open studios and galleries
  • Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail
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BOUCHER art + stage
Grand Opening & Two in the Bush exhibit
  • This new experimental arts space will offer a space for artists to experiment.
  • The venue will serve as a gathering space for spoken word artists, musicians, and performance artists to explore and create.
  • For their grand opening exhibit, view works by talented regional artists Courtney Caldwell, Felicia Kelly, and Noor Adwan.
Location:
BOUCHER art + stage
BOUCHER art + stage

328 N Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
First Friday Art Party
  • FREE museum admission, including to the newest museum exhibition Clarence Shivers: Experimenting with Form
  • Art in Deco Lounge by Bruce Nall
  • Music by Dustin Cooper
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase
Location:
Gallery 113
We Love Colorado
  • Gallery 113’s love of Colorado shines through the art of Karen Standridge and Kim York.
  • Come by Gallery 113 during the month of love, February, and fall in love with original, hand-made Colorado-inspired art by Kim, Karen, and the other fifteen members.
Location:
Gallery 113
Gallery 113

125 1/2 N Tejon St.

Kinship Landing
Connect to Culture
  • Featured artist Sarah Joy
  • Live music by Sapphire’s Garden, 7-9 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lagers all night
Location:
Kinship Landing
Kinship Landing

415 S Nevada Ave.

Escape Velocity Comics
Comic Books Galore!
  • Open late for First Friday
  • Shop is nestled between several wonderful galleries and makes a perfect stop on your First Friday art walk
  • 25% off selected graphic novels, hundreds of $1 comics, and select FREE comics for all interests
Location:
The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry
Chocolate + Art = ♥
  • Featuring art by Lorraine Danzo and Laurel Bahe
  • Stop by to meet the artists and sample decadent chocolate!
  • Make a valentine with Laurel! DIY, all supplies provided
Location:
Artwalk Alley
First Friday Underground at Artwalk Alley
  • Check out the new installation by Matt Clark of Lil Bud Designs
  • Artwork Alley is located in the corridor below Bell Brothers Brewing
  • Enter using the entrance to Bloom Ultra Lounge and Shrunken Head Tiki Bar
  • See Matt’s full portfolio HERE
Location:
Artwalk Alley

112-114 N Tejon St.

Universal Education Foundation hosts The Look Up Gallery at The Sanctuary
Whimsy by Robert Lococo
  • Same great art, new temporary location!
  • Due to a recent fire at The Look Up Gallery inside Yobel’s building, First Friday will be hosted by their friends at Universal Education Foundation at 301 E Platte Ave!
  • Browse large paintings by Robert Lococo. Whimsy is a playful and open-end-ed discussion about adventure, relationships, and birds.
  • Enjoy beverages provided by Weber Street Liquor and Axe and the Oak Distillery
  • Live music by DJ Rocky Ross
Location:
Bell Brothers Brewing
Firkin First Friday!
  • Special beer release: Oaked black IPA with notes of chocolate and pineapple.
  • Live music by Here Sometimes
  • Seven local artists showcased, mediums include wood, paint, glass, and photography.
  • Light eats available, or order Munchies direct to your seat in the taproom
Location:
Bell Brothers Brewing
Bell Brothers Brewing

114 N Tejon St., Unit 100

UCCS Downtown
Art of the Southwest by Chet Dymek, PhD
  • Chet’s paintings have won multiple awards around the country, and have been displayed in galleries around the world. His style captures the beauty unique to the Southwest.
  • Snacks and beverages provided
Location:
UCCS Downtown
UCCS Downtown

102 S Tejon St., Ste 105-A

Anita Marie Fine Art
Far
  • New master oil paintings by Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz that transcend the usual and take your imagination far, far away.
  • Browse beautiful oil paintings that reflect a few of the artists’ favorite places.
  • Enjoy Valentine’s Day punch and cookies
Location:
Anita Marie Fine Art
Anita Marie Fine Art

109 S Corona St.

Lumen8 Rooftop Social
Sophia Hanna Live
  • Experience First Friday with the best rooftop views Downtown!
  • Artist Sophia Hanna will be painting live, and displaying recently completed works.
  • Entire Lumen8 food and beverage menu will be available for purchase
Location:
Citizens Art Project at City Hall
Featured artist Jon Sargent
  • Local artist Jon Sargent has a deep appreciation for nature and uses outdoor photography to explore masculinity and different cultures around the world.
  • Also an experimental filmmaker, his work has screened at domestic and international film festivals.
  • Enter City Hall through the Kiowa entrance on the Southeast corner of the building.
Location:
Citizens Art Project at City Hall
Citizens Art Project at City Hall

107 N Nevada Ave.

True North Art Gallery
True North After Dark
  • Join True North for a lively First Friday!
  • Peruse art by 20+ local artists and sip curated wines.
Location:
Mash Mechanix Brewing Company
Live music & craft beer!
  • Live music with Countywyde Bluegrass
  • Delicious craft beer
Location:
The Colony
Live painting demonstration
  • Join artist Kitty Harris for a live painting demo during First Friday!
  • New artwork on exhibit from Niki Welch, Mateo Ramirez-Rose, Dan Sampson, Kitty Harris and more
Location:
The Colony
The Colony

2 S Wahsatch Ave.

Salad or Bust
Open Mic Night!
  • Sign-up begins at 6:15 p.m. for open mic night
  • Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.
Location:
Salad or Bust
Salad or Bust

8 E Bijou St.

Getting around Downtown

 

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Details

Date:
August 4, 2023
Time:
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://downtowncs.com/first-friday/

Organizer

Downtown Ventures
Phone
719-886-0088

Venue

Downtown Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States + Google Map