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.

JUly 1, 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.



BONUS: First Friday free rides! Use code FIREWORKS for TWO free 20-minute PikeRide rides valid July 1-4 or code 1fridayjul for a $6 credit (about 20 minutes) towards a VEO scooter ride.

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. 

cottonwood center for the arts

Cars and Stripes

  • Open 5-8 p.m.
  • Beer, wine and specialty cocktail by donation only
  • On exhibit through July, an invitational exhibition of “kustom kulture” artists from across the nation. 
  • Eclectic collection of works ranging from pinstriping to portraiture, sign painting, illustration and beyond.  
  • Two floors of open studios + galleries

the look up gallery 

Dichotomy by Clay Ross and grand opening celebration

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Grand opening of new gallery located inside Yobel
  • Music by DJ Rocky Ross
  • Refreshments served

burgess corridor

Now open at 112-114 N Tejon St.

  • 5-2 a.m.
  • Featured artist Frances Huntington
  • Beverages available for purchase from Bell Brothers Brewing and Shrunken Head Tiki

money museum

The Medal in America

  • FREE Admission 4-7 p.m.
  • Discover culture through numismatics with three main galleries including the newest exhibit, “The Medal in America” illustrating the history of the US from colonial times to present.
  • Enjoy the Bass Jr. Gallery before it departs the museum later this summer. 
  • PLUS- Mini-Mint demonstrations

mash mechanix brewing company

Live Music & Craft Beer

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Live music by Countywyde Bluegrass Band 6-9 p.m.
  • Food truck on-site


Connect to Culture: First Friday & Free Performance

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Local art from Shannon Mello 5-7 p.m.
  • Live music by Hot Boot Duo 7-9 p.m.
  • $2 Kinship Lager all night! 


The Athlete, The Motorist, The Weekender, The Man About Town, The Custom Connoisseur

  • 5-7 p.m.
  • A look at the collections of INHERENT, a brand that is changing the way society approaches men’s mental wellness. 
  • Refreshments provided

salad or bust

First Friday Acoustic Jam

  • 5-7 p.m.
  • Bring your instrument, play with friends and make new ones! 
  • 4 artists on display
  • Regular menu available for purchase


Three new exhibits for July!

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • TWO Stories: Construct to deconstruct by Su Kaiden Cho
  • Still Alive by Nethery Wylie
  • Intricacy- exhibit featuring works by Ashley Anderson, Margaret Kasahara, Karen Khoury, Michelle McMahan, Wendy Mike, and Deborah Schoen.
  • Music by Curtis Boucher
  • Exhibits on display through July 29

g44 gallery

Two new artists for First Friday!

  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Tara Kelley-Cruz “The Art of Falling Gracefully”
  • Jes Moran “Contradictions”
  • Cash bar

gallery 113

Window to the Wild

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Celebrate the wild beauty of our world
  • Dana Lee Stoner, photographer and Suzanne Favier, watercolor artist.
  • Wine and nonalcoholic beverages served

the gas station

Second Wave

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • 230 E Cucharras
  • Group exhibition with numerous artists from Colorado, with a common theme of momentum.
  • Beverages served

the lawrence dryhurst gallery

Red, White, & Blue and Jazz too!

  • 4-8 p.m.
  • Patriotic art by Betz is back on the easels! 
  • Popcorn and beverages served
  • Live jazz music by Tidal Breeze Trio

the bridge gallery


  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Exploration of the concept of circles by members and invited artists

1350 distilling

Mountain Art, Pottery, & Cocktails!

  • 4-10 p.m.
  • Mountain art by Marley Seifert Designs, and pottery by Gilma’s Pottery Creations
  • Cocktails available for purchase

vip real estate

Rafael Calderon Photography

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Rafael is a Colorado-based landscape photographer that translates magic outdoor moments through photos. 
  • Refreshments served

city hall

Citizen’s Art Gallery on 2nd floor

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Featured artist Adam Chouinard
  • Enter through Southeast ADA entrance (main entrance is closed) 

fine arts center at colorado college

Exhibition Opening: Steven J. Yazzie ^^(Resource)

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Multiple other exhibitions on view
  • First Friday participants get FREE admission to museum galleries
  • Drinks and small plates available for purchase (credit card only) outside in FAC sculpture garden

rendezvous lounge

Art, cocktails, and cigars!

  • 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
  • Celebrate First Friday late-night with a full bar and drink specials
  • International and local art for sale by All in Good Spirits Art Gallery

anita marie fine art

“Wandering in Wonder” 

  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Featured artists Chuck Mardosz and Richard Dahlquist
  • Enjoy a glimpse of the road less traveled, filled with hidden valleys, waterfalls, and quiet village streets
  • Refreshments served

bell brothers brewing

Firkin First Friday

  • 5-11 p.m.
  • Cinnamon S’more Dunkel in a Firkin (released at noon), good food, and fantastic art by three local artists
  • Featured artists: Richard Lorenzen, Todd R Short, Robbie Cochran