First Friday - Downtown Partnership
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First Friday

Explore First Friday Downtown

October 6, 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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May 3, 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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CC Mobile Arts
CC Mobile Arts 3rd Birthday Bash!
  • Hosted at 116 E Boulder St.
  • FREE event to celebrate three years of joy and art with CC Mobile Arts!
  • Live music by Swipe Right, Tiny Tomboy, Son Desmadre, and DJ Tarek
  • Dance workshop
  • Food trucks
  • Artisan market
  • Help raise funds for Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Ashley Corneluis writing residency in France
Location:
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CC Mobile Arts

116 E Boulder St.

Resu’s Collection
First Friday First Timers!
  • Ryan and Virginia Aragon present Colorful Colorado – An exploration in felt and pastel
  • Explore the colorful palettes and landscapes of Colorado through felt and pastel pieces inspired by Resu’s own offering of handmade wool and felt garments along with a colorful Himalayan inspired apparel line.
  • Refreshments served
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Resu’s Collection

113 N Tejon St.

Painting with a Twist
Creative & Unique Works by the Artists of "The Twist"
  • Toss a “Twist” into your First Friday stroll & stop into the studio to enjoy some truly unique pieces of work created by the Painting with a Twist crew.
  • Stickers, Prints & original works PLUS $3 glasses of house wine.
  • Mini canvas & projects starting at just $10
  • Get creative yourself this First Friday!
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One Body Fitness Studio
Featured artist Eli Arellano
  • A chance to check out Barre Forte’s inclusive space for all people to find their community and move their bodies.
  • Featured artist Eli Arellano, a local Chicano/Indigenous artist
  • Arrellano creates art from unconventional materials like tobacco and flowers
  • Nibbles and drinks served
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One Body Fitness Studio

115 N Tejon St. (entrance in alley)

KAE | Event Studio & Floral Boutique
Wine & Florals (Sip & Snip Workshop)
  • Come in, snag some unique blooms and create a fresh flower arrangement while enjoying complimentary beverages and snacks!
  • Live demonstrations every 30 minutes
  • Purchase your vase and fill it with flowers for $75 or build your own wrapped bouquet for $5 per stem
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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
First Friday Art Party
  • Free museum admission
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase
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Auric Gallery
Five unique exhibits for May!
  • Flourish by Abigail Kreuser
  • Legacy by Burgess Family
  • If These Walls Could Talk by Skylar Call
  • Night Blooms by Jes Moran
  • Sho Ga Nai by Jonathan Nishimoto
  • Cash bar
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Auric Gallery

125 E Boulder St.

CLAY Venues
Inkwell by Ekstasis
  • Inkwell is a unique event to celebrate creativity that lifts eyes to Christ’s beauty.
  • Connect, mingle, and admire great art, live music, poetry and creativity.
  • The evening will include a gallery section, food and drink, musical performances, poetry readings, essay readings, and audience Q&A sessions.
  • Light appetizers and a cash bar
  • Live music
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CLAY Venues

10 N Wahsatch Ave.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
SNAPSHOTS & FUNCTIONALLY SCATTERED
    • SNAPSHOTS: a solo exhibition by local artist Kelli Bradley. Kelli’s delicate and haunting work resonates with a sense of déjà vu and nostalgia, each piece inviting the viewer to share an intimate and unexpected moment with it.
    • FUNCTIONALLY SCATTERED: a solo exhibition by local artist Samantha Disney-Saxton. With meticulous attention to the intention of every detail, Samantha’s works are equal parts sculpture and storytelling.
  • Two floors of open studios and galleries
  • Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail by donation
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Pasley Commercial Interiors
First Friday in Style!
  • Selection of local, original art
  • Curated, one-of-a-kind pieces from other stateside artists
  • Both small and large format pieces
  • Unique lighting, furniture, and rugs for commercial interior design
  • Light refreshments in a buoyant colorful atmosphere
  • Tito’s Burritos will be parked in front
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Gallery 113
Divergence- A Two Person Show
  • Featured artists: Mary Gorman and Teri Homick
    • Gorman’s paintings on silk have the ethereal quality of fresh laundry blowing in the wind on a sunny day.
    • Homick’s mixed media work is dark, mysterious, and moody in color and subject matter
  • Come by Gallery 113 during May to view two professional painters with two different perspectives!
  • Wine and chocolate provided
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Gallery 113

125 1/2 N Tejon St.

Kinship Landing
Connect to Culture
  • Featured artist Rebekah Hayden live painting
  • Live music by Sara Van Hecke, 7-9 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lagers all night
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Kinship Landing

415 S Nevada Ave.

The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry
Chocolate + Art = ♥
  • Featuring art by Lorraine Danzo and Laurel Bahe
  • Laurel will have new marbled art work on display
  • Live artist demonstrations
  • Stop by to meet the artists and sample decadent chocolate!
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Bell Brothers Brewing
Firkin First Friday!
  • Special beer release: pineapple-orange-guava marshmallow Mexican lager
  • Live music by Here Sometimes 6-9 p.m.
  • Seven local artists showcased, mediums include wood, paint, glass, and photography.
  • Light eats available, or order Munchies direct to your seat in the taproom
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Bell Brothers Brewing

114 N Tejon St., Unit 100

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.

Cinchona Coffee Pop-up
Of Dust: An exhibit of ceramic sculpture and photography
  • Featured artist: Bethany Panhorst

  • Panhorst’s work consists primarily of ceramic sculptures and film photography. The work touches on themes of life’s transience.
  • Drinks available for purchase 

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Cinchona Coffee Pop-up

130 E Pikes Peak Ave.

Anita Marie Fine Art
Eternal
  • Few images create an eternal feeling of hope like a beautiful sunrise or daybreak snow shower. Feel hope eternal with this exhibition
  • Work by artists Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz  are of exceptional quality, stunning nuance, and vibrant impact.
  • Light refreshments provided.
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Anita Marie Fine Art

109 S Corona St.

Lumen8 Rooftop Social
Live music on the rooftop!
  • Experience First Friday with the best rooftop views Downtown!
  • Laura Rupejko will be performing live starting at 7 p.m. covering a huge album of hits and taking requests
  • Entire Lumen8 food and beverage menu will be available for purchase
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UCCS Downtown
Bridging the Past with the Present
  • Featured artist Ania Milo
  • Ania Milo is contemporary abstract painter, business owner, poet, photographer, mentor, community activist and an Organizational Psychology coach.
  • Her diverse life and work experiences and extensive education are the foundation of her vibrant, color-rich and emotionally powerful paintings that reflect the dynamic and distinctive culture of her childhood home, Poland.
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UCCS Downtown

102 S Tejon St., Ste 105-A

The Bridge Gallery
CLAY
  • A variety of functional and non-functional pieces will be exhibited by Frank Gray, Mark Wong, Rui Haagen, Clyde Tullis, Sandy Kinnee, and Deena Bennet.
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The Bridge Gallery

218 W Colorado Ave.

Escape Velocity Comics & Graphic Novels
Late Night Comics Featuring: The Nerdy Alchemist
  • Open late for First Friday!
  • Shop is nestled between several wonderful galleries and makes a perfect stop on your First Friday art walk
  • Stop by to meet Abi, the featured artist for May. Abi is inspired by her favorite shows and games.
  • Stock up on nerdy stickers, keychains, and prints before comic con season!
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Studio Noir
Featuring work by Photographer Ian Helmcke
  • Ian is a passionate and adventurous photographer whose lens seeks beauty in every corner of the world.
  • While you’re there, book a headshot session with Colorado Springs Headshots and save 10% off your session fee.
  • Refreshments will be available, with an artist inspired cocktail
  • Enter Studio Noir through Barre Forte (alley entrance)
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Studio Noir

115 N Tejon St., Unit 115 (alley entrance)

Getting around Downtown

 

Hop on a PikeRide electric bike and use coupon code MAYAOTS24 for 60 minutes of ride time for only $8! 

Try the new Free Downtown Shuttle to see more of Downtown! The new shuttle operates from Cache La Poudre to Rio Grande streets, seven days a week on 7-10 minute intervals. Click to learn about the free Downtown Shuttle.