Thousands of special events and activities take place Downtown every year, most produced by a wide variety of civic and cultural organizations. Downtown Partnership, through its charitable arm Downtown Ventures, produces several of its own programs specifically designed to lure more people Downtown for arts, culture, learning and exploring.

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Downtown Walking Tours

September 1, 2018

SHour-long guided tours introduce the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown. Catch a public tour for $10 on the first Saturday of each month, or call 719-886-0088 …

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First Friday Downtown

September 7, 2018

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 …

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Downtown Partnership Annual Breakfast

September 28, 2018

Downtown Partnership Annual Breakfast Our signature corporate event is a who’s who of regional business and elected leaders who are invested in Downtown Colorado Springs and its future. The program …

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Destination: Denali

Come to Destination: Denali  to hear the story as told by 3 of the team of climbers whose destination was the summit of Denali. "If you set your sights solely on the summit, then you may miss the beauty of the adventure in striving to get there!" In June of 2017, a 6-person team (4 men and 2 women) headed from Colorado to Alaska to climb the highest peak in North America, Denali with its peak reaching 20,310 feet above sea level. Denali rises about 18,000 feet from its base (which is a greater vertical rise than Mount Everest's 12,000-foot rise from its base at 17,000 feet). The climbing is serious. Stretching more than 30 miles, the upper half of Denali is permanently covered with snow and many glaciers. The mountain's extreme cold, which can be minus 75 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 60 degrees Celsius) and with wind chill down to minus 118 F (minus 83 C), can freeze a human in an instant. More than 32,000 people have attempted to reach the summit, but only a few reach the top. At the start of the 2017 climbing season, approximately 800 mountain climbers registered with Denali National Park to climb the mountain. In 2016, the climbing season produced a 60 percent success rate. (LiveSource) How did this team come together? How did they train? How did they plan the logistics? How did they deal with what they expected and what they didn't expect? Hear about their experiences...hauling heavy sleds 3000 feet in a day up steep terrain, crossing crevasses while being blasting icy winds. How did they deal with injury, and even death? At this workshop, meet half of the team. Travel with them as they recount their adventure through stories and images. In the voice of one climber: "Each day brings new challenges, self doubts, then conquering my fears!" Have you ever dreamed of climbing Denali? Or one of the other of the 7 summits? Then you'll love hearing their tales from the side of the mountain.

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"Shakespeare In Love" Preview Night

"Shakespeare in Love" is a play with music that was adapted for the stage from the 1988 film by Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Academy Award-winning writer Marc Norman, and Tony, Olivier, and Academy Award-winning writer Tom Stoppard. A romantic piece of historical fiction, the story centers around a young Will Shakespeare as he struggles to find his inspiration. Enter the feisty aristocratic Viola de Lesseps, who longs to be an actor. The relationship they forge serves as inspiration for Will’s greatest play — "Romeo and Juliet." This stage adaptation employs tactics commonly found in plays of the Elizabethan age: cross-dressing disguises, mistaken identities, suspicions of adultery, sword fighting, a comedic nurse, and even visions of ghosts are all present, as is the enduring “play-within-a-play” convention that Shakespeare fondly adopted for many of his works. Recommended for ages 12+

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A Night of Excellence

Get ready... A Night of Excellence returns September 27. Join an evening of magic and glamour to celebrate Broadway's Smash Hits with an all-star cast of characters! The gala event’s entertainment will feature 12 area performers from the Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Butte Theater (Mountain Repertory Theater), and Millibo Art Theatre! Join us as our cast of characters and silk aerialist/ cubist perform to famous Broadway tunes and excerpts from your favorite musicals incorporating our presenting sponsor Bob Penkhus Automotive and business themes!” Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado honors businesses in the community that demonstrate a commitment to exemplary customer service as well as awards scholarships to students who display excellence in education. Back for its 24th year, A Night of Excellence attracts community leaders and business professionals who are dedicated to the prosperity of Southern Colorado. With an expected attendance of 400+,  A Night of Excellence has become one of the BIGGEST social nights of our community! Join an evening of great performances, red carpet, cuisine and excellence!

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2018 Artini

Get ready for one of the best parties of the year! The 2018 Artini, the official kickoff for this year’s Arts Month campaign, will take place on Friday, September 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at The Mining Exchange Hotel (and the adjacent Gold Room). Hosted annually by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the Artini is a free, community celebration with live entertainment on multiple stages, lots of mixing & mingling, and the opportunity to sample signature martinis created by some of the area’s top mixologists. Art + Martini = Artini! The Cultural Office is excited to announce that Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint Highball will be the headlining musical act at the 2018 Artini! Grant and his band will be playing two long sets in the Gold Room from 5:45-8:30 pm. In addition, the 2018 Artini will feature live performances, a DJ with dancing, a fashion show, aerialists, body painting, food trucks, tarot card readings, a photo booth station, hands-on art activities, and more! Throughout the evening, local mixologists from the 365 Grand Club properties will be creating their signature martini drinks, and competing to earn the title of “Best Artini Martini 2018.” Free tastings will be available, and voting by Artini attendees will determine this year’s winner. Multiple cash bars and food stations will also be open for your drinking and eating pleasure throughout the event. Download the complete schedule of performances and activities. A reminder that all attendees at the Artini must be 21 or older, and photo IDs will be required to enter the party. The 2018 Artini would not be possible without the generous support of The Mining Exchange Hotel, the City of Colorado Springs, The Bloom Foundation, HEX Audio Visual, Wells Fargo, the Tiemens Foundation, and the Colorado Springs Independent. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “connecting residents and visitors with arts & culture to enrich the Pikes Peak region.” Each October, the Cultural Office presents Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and value of arts & culture in our community. The official call to action during Arts Month is to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October. For more information about Arts Month, visit For questions about the 2018 Artini, please email, or call the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-634-2204.

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