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. May’s First Friday Walking Tour will be led by a community member to be announced — check back soon for details! The tour will leave 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 A FIRST FRIDAY BIKING TOUR
May’s 90-minute First Friday Bike Tour will be led by Brent Wegscheid of PikeRide. Tour begins at 6 p.m. at the PikeRide bike share station just south of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.; just look for all the purple bikes) and then will continue to a selection of venues on the west end of Downtown. Please arrive early to check out your very own PikeRide bike for the tour. Cost: $10. RSVP here.
FREE FIRST FRIDAY SHUTTLE
Connecting Downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs – hop on and hop off the Free First Friday shuttle, hosted by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Details.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH
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Wild Goose Meeting House
401 N. Tejon St.
Live music from local jazz band the Sarah Groh Quartet beginning at 9 p.m. No cover.
Pictured: The Sarah Groh Quartet at the Wild Goose. Image courtesy the proprietors.
109 N. Tejon St.
Cacao Chemistry is proud to present the work of photographer Susannah Dowell on First Friday.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Susannah Dowell began her career as a press photographer at the White House with CBS during the end of GW Bush’s presidency and the beginning of Obama’s. She then traveled with the US Military throughout Africa as a documentary photographer with US Africa Command and NATO. She has always loved the medium of photography because she can quickly and effectively capture the beauty of her subject with the instant click of a camera shutter button. She says, "in a split second, I am able to freeze and share beauty, action, emotion, love, or serenity – or all of the above – and transmit that to people all over the globe.” Her ultimate goal in her work is to inspire her viewers to take action to protect our Earth’s fragile ecosystems.
Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening, experience a guided flight of delicious handcrafted chocolates with master chocolatiers Travis Ashing and Sam Lang. Free to First Friday participants!
ABOUT CACAO CHEMISTRY
Cacao Chemistry turns fine French chocolate into exquisite confectionery products in this locally-owned business.
Pictured: Snowy Mountains by Susannah Dowell. Image courtesy of the artist.
Local Relic at the Carter Payne
320 S. Weber St.
| 4-9 p.m.
Local Relic at the Carter Payne is proud to host the kick-off of a new arts and entertainment consortium, The ARTx Consortium of Colorado Springs, on First Friday from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free; all are welcome to attend and learn more about ARTx, its initiatives, and its distinguished member organizations.
ARTx is a collaborative effort between five spectacular performing arts organizations to provide quality theatrical experiences and artistic offerings to the Colorado Springs community. These companies will produce several plays, shadowcast events, improv comedy nights, workshops, and other artistically-focused events throughout the year. The First Friday kickoff event will include season announcements from the ARTx member organizations:
- Star Bar Players
- Counterweight Theatre Lab
- Improv Colorado
- The Antici-pations Cast
- Unsupervised Improv
Explore the 'consumable art' of craft beer at Local Relic from 4-10 p.m. every First Friday. The tasting room in the historic Carter-Payne Chapel offers a convivial atmosphere for great music, a rotating cast of pop-up restaurants, and intentionally esoteric beers that knock your socks off every time.
ABOUT LOCAL RELIC AT THE CARTER PAYNE
Built in 1897, the Carter-Payne Chapel was originally an African Methodist Episcopal church. Always intended to be a community gathering place, today it is a multi-concept space shared by Local Relic, a brewery producing 200 unique beers per year; Sao Paulo Springs, by Chef Jady Agard, serving authentic Brazilian street food; and Immerse Cuisine, by Chef Brent Beavers, serving innovative Colorado cuisine.
Pictured: Local Relic beer label featuring Project Angel Heart. Image courtesy Project Angel Heart.
McAllister House Museum
423 N. Cascade Ave
| Summer hours Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4 PM with tours at 10:30 AM, 12:30 and 2:30 PM.
On First Friday, April 5, join museum executive director Eric Metzger for a special sneak peek at McAllister House: Museum Documents Revealed – The Pikes Peaker.
The McAllister House Museum’s First Friday activities are appropriate for families and people of all ages, so please drop by the Carriage House (behind the main house) any time between 5pm and 8pm and have fun engaging with our heritage.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Come sneak a peek at an interesting archival document from the McAllister House Museum’s collection! Join us as we (literally) take a page from history and learn more about the fascinating culture of our city in the 1800's. Executive Director Eric Metzger will open up the vaults to show you the Pikes Peaker, a periodical written by the 8 year old Harry McAllister that tells a story about life in Colorado Springs in 1880.
Pictured: The McAllister House circa 1874. Image courtesy the museum.
214 1/2 N. Tejon St.
Stop into Eclectic CO on First Friday in April from 5-8 pm to learn about lemon wine fermentation with Evergood Elixers.
ABOUT ECLECTIC CO.
Eclectic CO began as part of the Downtown Partnership's Holiday Pop-Up Program in 2018. The boutique style makers’ market specializes in local art, hand crafted goods, and vintage products. Studio artists and photographers are featured in our lineup of 46 different local makers and vendors.
Pictured: promotional image courtesy Eclectic Co.