First Friday Downtown

EXPLORE 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.

 

GETTING AROUND DOWNTOWN

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
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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
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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

KINSHIP LANDING

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! 

inherent

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
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KREUSER GALLERY

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
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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
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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

“Circles”

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