First Friday - Downtown Partnership
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First Friday

Explore First Friday Downtown

July 5, 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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June 7, 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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The Vault at the Mining Exchange
Grand Opening Reception
  • Tucked into the historic stairwells of the newly reimagined Mining Exchange Hotel, The Vault is an on-site art gallery that acts as a physical conduit of historic and modern connection, exhibiting the work of local artists curated by Auric Gallery.
  • Featured artists Shannon Dunn and Lori DiPasquale’s collection redefining art and self-expression.
  • Explore Golden Hour, the hotel’s plush indoor-outdoor bar and courtyard, for a glass of sparkling wine as we open The Vault.
  • Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and Auric Gallery manager, Deborah Schoen.
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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
Eye-to-Eye: Portraits of Pride, Strength, and Beauty
  • Carey Candrian is an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and on the National Board of Directors at GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality. Carey interviewed nearly three dozen older LGBTQ women (59-85 years old) during the first year of COVID-19 to understand their health needs and the challenges as they age.
  • Join All Souls Church for a wine and cheese reception of a unique photo exhibition kicking off Pride month.
  • This exhibit is dedicated to lifting up issues of health and aging in Lesbian and Transwomen communities, as well as, advancing health equity for all older LGBTQIA2+ people.
  • Come meet Ms. Candrian and see her remarkable project.
Location:
Sandoval Fine Art (inside Sandia Advertising office)
Olympic and Sports Oil Paintings
  • Gallery is open to public to view Olympic, Sports, and Landscape oil paintings by Bernard Sandoval.
  • Bernard Sandoval is a painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist whose work has appeared in galleries and one-man shows throughout the southwest.
  • His métier – defined by bold lines, insistent colors, and lyrical subject matter – derives its originality from his cultural roots which are firmly fixed in the iron-red soil of New Mexico.
  • Refreshments provided
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Auric Gallery
Six local artists on display in June!
  • Meghan Wilbar – In the Meantime
    • This exhibit explores the quiet and powerful in-between moments in our natural world
  • Judith Marie – Cloudy Thoughts
    • Clouds of thoughts float through my head — I have been a cloud watcher all my life.
  • Kristopher Orr – Animalia: The Virtues of Beasts
    • Life presents us constantly with complex choices. We can choose to behave in ways that are thoughtful of one’s behavior, or we can release ourselves to urges of the moment.
  • Gaby Oshiro – Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf
    • I wanted to evoke the elements of a Zen garden through geometrical shapes and colors.
  • Ben Bires – REsurfaceD
    • I am resurfacing my appreciation for the American West with the accompaniment of water.
  • Lelia Davis – Attention
    • Each painting is a combination of emotions that moved through me as I experienced them.
  • Cash bar
Location:
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Auric Gallery

125 E Boulder St.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Charting Waters
  • Water in its many forms can nourish or destroy, fill an aquarium, flood a plain, quench your thirst, thaw, freeze, boil, or evaporate into the air.
  • For this call, artists were asked to examine the nature of water and its simple beauty as part of our environment.
  • Two floors of open studios and galleries
  • Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail by donation
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Resu’s Collection
Felt Art for First Friday!
  • 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
Location:
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Resu’s Collection

113 N Tejon St.

One Body Fitness Studio
Featured artists Elijah Arellano and Darya Warner
  • A chance to check out One Body Fitness Studio’s inclusive space for all people to find their community and move their bodies.
  • Featured artists Elijah Arellano and Darya Warner
  • Light snacks and drinks served
Location:
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One Body Fitness Studio

115 N Tejon St. (entrance in alley)

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
First Friday Art Party
  • Featured artist Kevin Shinelikar Persaud
    • Kevin studies identity through expressionist abstract paintings he calls double conscious jazz
  • Free museum admission
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase
  • Art for sale by local and regional artists in Deco Lounge
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Pasley Commercial Interiors
First Friday in Style!
  • Selection of local, original art by Jesse Stockwell
  • Unique lighting, furniture, and rugs for commercial interior design
  • Light refreshments in a buoyant colorful atmosphere
  • Family-friendly
Location:
Lulu’s Downtown
Comedian Michael Palascak
  • From 5p – 8p, Red Leg Brewing & Distillery 291 will be hanging out at Lulu’s Downtown, with new releases and deals for First Friday!
  • Michael Palascak’s Comedy Show begins at 8p and is ticketed, doors at 7p!
Location:
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Lulu’s Downtown

32 S Tejon St.

Gallery 113
Colorado Summer Colors
  • Featured artists: Suzy McDowell and Jane Hammoud
    • Suzy’s large, bold-colored canvases of Colorado’s mountains, waterfalls, and sunsets are always cheerful reminders of what our state stands for and the joy of each new season.
    • Just in time for the colorful season, Jane will present bold peacock designs on bowls along with a nod to the Arts and Crafts movement in her newest work
  • Artists will be on-site during the art walk
  • Wine and chocolate provided
Location:
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Gallery 113

125 1/2 N Tejon St.

Meanwhile Block
First Friday After-Party
  • Continue your art crawl at the Meanwhile Block!
  • Come to the barrel building (425 S Sierra Madre) for a First Friday After-Party!
  • Local artists, vendors, and performers
  • Music by DJ Wigglebones
  • All ages
  • Snacks and beverages available
Location:
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Meanwhile Block

425 S Sierra Madre St.

The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry
Chocolate + Art = ♥
  • Featuring art by Lorraine Danzo and Laurel Bahe
  • Live artist demonstration by Lorraine Danzo
  • Stop by to meet the artists and sample decadent chocolate!
Location:
Anita Marie Fine Art
Vista
  • Shhh! You are standing in your favorite spot on a mountain path. What do you see?
  • Work by artists Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz
  • Light refreshments provided.
Location:
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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
Location:
Citizens Art Project at City Hall
Featured artist Tricia Soderberg
  • Tricia Soderberg draws inspiration from the wonder of botanical gardens, channeling their vibrant energy into stunning works of art.
  • Enter City Hall through the Kiowa entrance on the Southeast corner of the building.
Location:
Mountain Standard Goods
Arna Miller - A Feast for the Eyes
  • 64 original works by renowned Denver and Trinidad based artist Arna Miller.
  • A rare opportunity to meet the artist and purchase one of your very own reasonably-priced pieces.
  • Refreshments served (old-fashioneds, margaritas, and wine)
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True North Art Gallery
Featured artist Matt Chmielarczyk
  • Join True North for a lively First Friday!
  • Featured artist is Matt Chmielarczyk describes his photography work as a visual journal that explores many possibilities and answers to many whims.
  • Peruse art by 17 local artists
  • Beer and wine by donation
  • Light refreshments served
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Money Museum
The Medal in America
  • FREE admission from 4 pm – 7pm
  • Browse three exhibits
    • The Medal in America
    • Americana Gallery (NEW!)
    • History of Money
  • Live Mini Mint demonstrations to see how coins are made
Location:
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Money Museum

818 N Cascade Ave.

The Bridge Gallery
Wax4Ways: The Art of Encaustic Painting
  • Featured artists features the work Mary Lynn Baird, Kate Dulaney, Shannon Mello, and Michele Messenger
  • These 4 artists live, work, and teach in Denver and Colorado Springs
  • Explore the beauty of encaustic painting
Location:
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The Bridge Gallery

218 W Colorado Ave.

Studio Noir
Featured artist Daniel Logan
  • Daniel illustrates and paints in a sharp editorial style that gives an edgy and clean look to all his art.
  • While you’re there, book a headshot session with Colorado Springs Headshots and save 10% off your session fee.
  • Refreshments will be available
  • Enter Studio Noir through One Body Fitness Studio (alley entrance)
Location:
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Studio Noir

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

Kinship Landing
Connect to Culture
  • Theatre Works COS presents- ‘Act Out:2 Gents’
  • Show starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lagers all night. Arrive early to grab a bear, a snack, and a good seat before the show!
Location:
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Kinship Landing

415 S Nevada 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.
  • Welcome all musicians, comedians, and spoken word artists.
  • Drink specials and full menu available during the event.
Location:
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Salad or Bust

8 E Bijou St.

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.

Getting around Downtown

 

Hop on a PikeRide electric bike and use coupon code SCAVENGER24 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.