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First Friday

Explore First Friday Downtown

October 4, 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

October 4 @ 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

March 1, 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
Five new exhibits for March!
  • Becca Day: The Edge of Ourselves
  • Sam Ken: The Art of Healing
  • Michelle McMahan: Substrate
  • Calaya Amparo: A World of Manifestations
  • Melissa Porter: Sideshow
  • Cash bar
Location:
Auric Gallery
Auric Gallery

125 E Boulder St.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
60 Marks
  • This open call for entries dictated that the piece must be finished in 60 motions or less – stitches in fabric, brush marks on canvas or paper, lines in a drawing, etc.
  • Two floors of open studios and galleries
  • Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail
Location:
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
First Friday Art Party
  • Opening celebration for the museum’s newest exhibition Hương Ngô: Ungrafting
  • At 5:30 p.m., join a conversation with Hương Ngô, Chadwick Allen, Aline Lo, and Justin Quang Nguyên Phan
  • FREE museum admission
  • Art in Deco Lounge by Bruce Nall
  • Music by Dustin Cooper
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase
Location:
Gallery 113
SPRING, Refresh, Renew, Grow, Create, Share
  • Featured artists Suzy Gardner and Wendy Iaconis
  • Come by Gallery 113 during March and embrace Spring with the artist’s celebration of the season with their creations
  • Wine and chocolate provided
Location:
Gallery 113
Gallery 113

125 1/2 N Tejon St.

Kinship Landing
Connect to Culture
  • Featured artist Rachel Espenlaub
  • Live music by Strouds Run, 7-9 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lagers all night
Location:
Kinship Landing
Kinship Landing

415 S Nevada Ave.

Universal Education Foundation
Āina: Honoring the Land and Its Inhabitants
  • Featured artist Daniel Logan, guest artist Robert Lococo
  • Daniel’s inspiration comes from nature and the cultures of the world. His love for animals and landscapes often shows in his work, but he is equally inspired by historical figures as well as the everyday average joe.
  • Light snacks and refreshments; wine and beer by donation
Location:
The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry
Chocolate + Art = ♥
  • Featuring art by Lorraine Danzo and Laurel Bahe
  • LIVE artist demonstrations
  • Stop by to meet the artists and sample decadent chocolate!
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.

Bosky Studio
Dorielle Caimi Pop-Up Show
  • Bosky Studio is honored to showcase American oil painter, Dorielle Caimi from Santa Fe, New Mexico for one night only.
Location:
Bosky Studio
Bosky Studio

17B E Bijou St. (alley entrance)

Bell Brothers Brewing
Firkin First Friday!
  • Special beer release: smoked Wee Heavy with notes of caramel and bread pudding.
  • 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
Location:
Bell Brothers Brewing
Bell Brothers Brewing

114 N Tejon St., Unit 100

UCCS Downtown
Emma Powell at UCCS Downtown
  • Featured artist Emma Powell’s work reflects on loss, anxiety, and the materials we collect.
  • Visit UCCS Downtown for this beautiful and surreal exhibit.
Location:
UCCS Downtown
UCCS Downtown

102 S Tejon St., Ste 105-A

Rico’s Cafe & Wine Bar
Christopher Hureau + The Cleveland Experiment
  • Christopher Hureau’s photorealism artwork is on display at Rico’s
  • Live music by The Cleveland Experiment
  • $5 off bottles of wine on First Friday!
Location:
Anita Marie Fine Art
Shy Sunlight
  • Explore the way Shy Sunlight creeps into view, behind a tree, over a steeple, through a fence.
  • Original oil paintings by Richard Dahlquist and Chuck Mardosz  of exceptional quality, stunning nuance, and vibrant impact.
  • Light refreshments provided.
Location:
Anita Marie Fine Art
Anita Marie Fine Art

109 S Corona St.

The Bridge Gallery
Portrait
  • Invited artists were asked to create portraits of people, animals, or imaginary beings.
  • Media represented is photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media.
  • Featured artists: Chris Alvarez. Jana Bussanich, Darla Slee, Roseburrow, Trevor Thomas, Liz McCombs, Dave Armstrong, Betty Atherton, Deena Bennet, Michael Celan
Location:
The Bridge Gallery
The Bridge Gallery

218 W Colorado 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:
Salad or Bust
Salad or Bust

8 E Bijou St.

Getting around Downtown

 

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Details

Date:
October 4
Times:
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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