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.


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. April’s First Friday Walking Tour will be led by Jack Malloch and Eric Fetsch from the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, leaving from Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St.). 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.


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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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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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Poor Richard’s

322 N. Tejon St.

First Friday at Rico's will feature artist Susan Tormoen.


My education is in philosophy, B.A., Lake Forest College. Early on while I was finishing my studies as a young mother I took a few art classes. For years I concentrated on watercolor but after moving from Wisconsin to Colorado I became enamored with pastels. It was then that spontaneity became a characteristic of my style. I love color and the way it is possible with a stroke of a pastel stick. Recently I renewed my acquaintance with oils and a pallet knife is usually the instrument of choice. Currently , am represented by Fare Bella Gallery in Manitou
Springs and Boulder Street Gallery in Colorado Springs.”

Pictured: Work by Susan Tormoen. Image courtesy Poor Richard’s.

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SPQR Experiential Art Space and Studio Gallery

17C E. Bijou St. (alley)
| 5:30-9 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how a piece of art is made? What are the steps, what does it look like as it moves through the process? Visit S.P.Q.R. every Friday night from 5:30-9:00 and watch artists at work.  Interact, ask questions, sit and watch paint dry.  It's like going to the zoo, but without giraffe crackers.

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