First Friday Downtown


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.

decEMber 2, 2022 Featured Events

Events are added as information is received

NEW FIRST FRIDAY EVENt: Hoofin' it with the pigs

It’s a fact: pigs love art.

And our friends at Neon Pig Creative are professional First Friday-ers. They’ve curated a free First Friday tour with stops at the hottest Downtown venues and a complimentary adult beverage for the first fifteen to register. Click below for details and to reserve your spot. Registration required.


co.a.t.i. uprise

Mischief Market

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Variety of unique vendors
  • Artists and vendors rotate monthly
  • Rival Bar and chef partners serving food and beverage. 
  • Live music/DJ

colorado college

Arts & Crafts Fair

  • 4-8 p.m.
  • Worner Campus Center
  • Celebrate local and regional creative makers working in a variety of mediums.
  • Two days of incredible art created by local artists, art making activities, and music! 
  • Also taking place Sat., Dec. 3 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

cottonwood center for the arts

Jumbo Shrimp

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Juried exhibition for the month of December. 
  • Local artists working in all mediums create artworks depicting large objects in tiny scale, and small objects in oversized dimensions.
  • Beer, wine, and specialty cocktail by donation


Behind the scenes at Inherent

  • 5-7 p.m.
  • Come in for a tour of the space and collections of INHERENT, a brand that is changing the way society approaches men’s mental wellness. 
  • Refreshments provided


Connect to Culture: First Friday & Free Performance

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Local art from Shanah Leaf
  • Live music by Strouds Run Band
  • $2 Kinship Lager all night! 

vine & wheel

First Friday First-Timer!

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Warm venue to enjoy canvas art and live music
  • Charcuterie, wine, and cocktails at discount for First Friday participants

g44 gallery

11th Annual Holiday Show

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Featuring over 75 local and regional artists. The perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season! 
  • Cash bar

ladyfingers letterpress

Printmaking Free for All

  • 4-8 p.m.
  • Come create a FREE print created by Fixer Brand Design Studio
  • Any food or monetary donations collected will benefit The Pikes Peak Little Free Pantry.

mash mechanix brewing

First Friday Live Music

  • 5-11 p.m.
  • CountyWyde Bluegrass Band live at Mash Mechanix
  • Food truck on-site

kreuser gallery

Three new exhibits for December

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Three new exhibits by 27 local artists! 
  • East gallery: Hauntological Inference by Claire Swinford
  • West gallery: Rough Rubies: WITHIN by Laura BenAmots, Hellen Eberharde Dunn, Ceil Horowitz and Cathleen Meadows
  •  South gallery: Miniatures, a collection of over 100 works not larger than 10″ x 10″ by 20 local artists. 
  • Live music by dUbfUscioUs

gallery 113

First Friday Art Walk

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • All 17 resident artists are being featured in December. 
  • Pottery, paintings, jewelry, photography and more. 
  • Give the gift of art this holiday season! 

solar roast coffee

Open Mic Night

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • All acts welcome! Musicians, comedians, poets, rappers, producers, entertainers. 
  • Sign up at 5:30, show is 6-9 pm. 

colorado springs fine arts center at colorado college

First Friday @ FAC

  • 5-7 p.m.
  • 4 exhibits on display
  • Live music by The Insiders and snacks available for purchase in Deco Lounge. 
  • First Friday attendees get FREE access to FAC Museum. 
  • Stay for the 7:30 p.m. performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” 

red swing brewhouse

Music, art, and drink specials! 

  • 4-10 p.m.
  • Chris Reiss Gallery
  • Live music with Go Go Girlzilla 6-8 p.m.
  • Buy a beer, get a second one for only $2! 6 p.m.-close. 

the look up gallery


  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Inside Yobel
  • Featured artists Shannon Mello and Becca Day
  • Live music by DJ Rocky Ross
  • Refreshments provided

first united methodist church

Shout the Good News! A Service of Lessons and Carols

  • 7 p.m.
  • Chancel choir, Chancel ringers, and Festival orchestra and guest narrators will shout the good news with a variety of holiday musical selections. 
  • Event is free and open to the public

salad or bust

Art on display, live music, great food! 

  • 4-7 p.m.
  • Work by four artists on display, small acoustic group (bring your instrument and sit in with them!) and a festive atmosphere.
  • Artists April Lavely-Robinson, Steve Hostetler, Molly McClure, Teri Christman. 
  • BOGO house wine, specials on a hummus plate, and a meat & cheese tray for two to snack on while you take in the art and music. 

bell brothers brewing

Firkin First Friday

  • 4-11 p.m.
  • Work by five artists: Breaking Glass Creations Colorado, J and V Woodworks, Richard Lorenzen, Robbie Cochran and Todd R Short
  • Grab a pint of December’s firkin ale, a brett finished braggot. 
  • Taproom offers light eats and beverages for sale


East to Opal

  • Noon-8 p.m.
  • East to Opal offers stunning handmade leather goods by Jennifer Thompson. 
  • Designs are all inspired by nature, entomology, or the obscure, and most items are either embossed or engraved before being hand stained, hand painted, and assembled.

The Gallery at Cacao Chemistry

Art by Laurel Bahe and Lorraine Danzo

  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Lorraine Danzo live in person.
  • New tote bags in stock.
  • Art and chocolate, you can’t go wrong.


Free Downtown Shuttle

Try the new Free Downtown Shuttle (still in soft-launch phase) 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. Learn more HERE.