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 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.

TAKE A FIRST FRIDAY WALKING TOUR

Gain new insight into downtown Colorado Springs’ arts scene and hear from exhibiting artists on the Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour. The free one-hour tour will visit a selection of downtown galleries. June’s First Friday Walking Tour will be led by curator Jonathan Bataille, leaving from the Gallery Below (718B N. Weber St.). Please note the entrance to TGB is at the rear of the building; free parking is available on the street or in select parts of the alley. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. and then will continue to a selection of First Friday venues. Tours continue monthly, featuring a different local artist/curator tour guide each month.

TAKE THE FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE

Less driving; more art! From April through December, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to provide a free shuttle bus service that makes a continuous loop around the city from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday.

NEW ROUTES THIS YEAR! Shuttle stops every half-hour at key Art Walk destinations in the State-Certified Creative Districts of Downtown and Manitou Springs, as well as Old Colorado City. In addition, local artists and performers will be along for the ride to entertain you, and share stories and interesting facts about the City of Colorado Springs.

Please follow this link to see a list of First Friday events by corresponding shuttle bus stop.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH

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Pikes Peak Market

9 S. Weber St.
| 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

From 5-8 p.m. on First Friday, May 4,  join Pikes Peak Market’s vendors in imbibing in some artisanal culinary experiences. Taste Oaxaca-Style Tamales, French Crepes, desserts from across the globe and beverages that are certain to satisfy whatever you palate is craving.

Allow your creative, artistic juices to flow with a hands-on experience working with Concrete Couch on art projects using repurposed and recycled materials. And experience Southeast Asia through the eyes of photographer Nicole Andre.

Pictured: Work by Nicole Andre. Image courtesy the artist.

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Wild Goose Meeting House

401 N. Tejon St.

Live music from local reggae band Mo Mungus beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.

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Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

122 E. Kiowa St.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory presents Jazz Nite at the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery  on Friday, May 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of First Friday Downtown.

The concert will feature a performance by the Wayne Wilkinson Trio with Wayne on guitar, Andy Burtschi on bass and Todd Williams on drums, as well as piano selections by Ian Ferguson. We’ll also feature some of our talented students sitting in with the pros. $15 tickets include the concert and free wine and small bites and can be purchased by calling 719-577-455, by mailing csc@csconservatory.org or at the door the night of the show.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Nites are graciously underwritten by CorderaLawrence Dryhurst Gallery, and the Springs' new jazz radio station Jazz 93.5FM.

Pictured: Jazz Nite. Image courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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Escape Velocity

19 E. Bijou St.

A clean, friendly, locally-owned comic shop offering refreshments, music and artist meet-and-greets to First Friday participants. New content featured every month -- check out https://www.facebook.com/EscapeVelocityComics for the latest.

Pictured: Work by Sheath Comics. Image courtesy the artists.

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Colorado Photography School

14 E. Bijou St.
| 5-8 p.m.

Gallery exhibit features student works in photography, including images from the 2017 solar eclipse.

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Poor Richard’s

322 N. Tejon St.

First Friday at Rico's will feature the colorful polymer mosaics of Tracey Eastland, photographs by Raymond "Woody" Wood, watercolors by Joan Judge & Mary Piche, and paintings by Susan Tormoen.

Pictured: Work by Mary Piche. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.

 

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What’s In Store

125 N. Tejon St.
| 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Presenting multiple local creators of art for the home and for your closet, all in one convivial Downtown location. Staying open late 5-8 p.m. for First Friday -- art walkers are welcome to stop by for snacks, drinks and a peek at the unique jewelry art, fused glass, textiles and other wearables available only at What's In Store!

Pictured: Fused glass art. Image courtesy What's In Store.

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