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

March 3, 2018

Hour-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

June 1, 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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Lunch Beat: Inside Out Youth Services

Inside Out Youth Services will provide water, a 1-hour DJ set, and a takeaway healthy lunch. You show up and dance. You will leave feeling happier, smarter, and like you just had your best lunch ever!

Lunch Beat Manifesto

  • 1st rule: If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  • 2nd rule: If it’s your second, third or fourth time lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  • 3rd rule: If you are getting too tired to actually dance at Lunch Beat, please have your lunch at some other place.
  • 4th rule: You don’t talk about your job at Lunch Beat.
  • 5th rule: At Lunch Beat everyone present is your dance partner.
  • 6th rule: Any Lunch Beat are to be no longer than 60 minutes long and set during ”lunch time”.
  • 7th rule: Lunch Beat always serve their guest with a 1 Dj-set and 1 take away meal.
  • 8th rule: Water is always served during a Lunch Beat for free.
  • 9th rule: Lunch Beat is a preferably drug free environment.
  • 10th rule: Lunch Beat can be set up anywhere by anyone as long as they are announced as public events, are nonprofit arrangements and are directed by this manifesto.

Lunch Beat was founded by Molly Ränge in June 2010, and the first event was arranged in the Fabel garage under Hötorget in the city of Stockholm, Sweden. 14 people attended the event. Now it’s an international phenomenon, with a basic concept.

More info here. Follow Lunch Beat on Facebook.

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Colorado Springs Art And Music Festival

Enjoy this 14 year festival tradition at the fabulous America The Beautiful Park on the lush green lawns at the foot of the 65’ Julia Penrose rotating water fountain. National juried fine artists bring their latest handcrafted creations with jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, leather, wearable art, fiber, mixed media, sculpture, drawing - all dazzling to see while deciding on personal favorites. The Music Stage offers exciting performances both days, featuring Hazel Miller Band of Denver with their fun and evocative blues, Americana sounds, Celtic bluegrass, and Sunday morning jazz. 

Delicious foods are offered by the best food vendors & soft drinks. Relax in the Beer and Wine Garden in front of the stage. Bring your leashed dogs, lawn chairs and blankets for an all day festival experience. Don’t forget the sunscreen, hat and a sun umbrella. The Creation Station For All Ages is a fun and creative tent to create a masterpiece with a variety of quality projects. And treat the family with face art by the creative Face Painter, then cool off and splash in the water at the base of the water fountain.

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Blues Under The Bridge

Blues Under The Bridge Festival is a Colorado Springs tradition in it’s 12th year, bringing the best of blues music to the community on Saturday, July 7. Headlining this year’s stage is the legendary and Grammy Award winning band from East L.A., Los Lobos. Also featured are Chris Thomas King Band, Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene, Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball, and Vegan Wolf. A Silent Auction to benefit 91.5 FM KRCC Radio is a popular tent for fast action bidding and offers many premium items like popular resort getaways, art, jewelry, sporting goods, vacation packages, area dining bargains and more. Some of the best area vendors bring on delicious foods, and Bristol Brewing craft beer and distilled spirits will be available. Bring your chairs to sit on, but not your coolers and sorry, no pets. Bags and backpacks will be subject to search. Kids are welcome and free under age 12. Parking is available across the street on Cimino Dr. ($12 per vehicle). Pre-Festival Party - Join with your friends for the festival kick-off party at the Gold Room in downtown Colorado Springs, Friday July 6 (18 S. Nevada). Chris Thomas King performs on stage to an intimate room (only 250) for the ticket price of just $20. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy this musician who personified the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson, in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Peak Startup: Summer Jam

Startup entrepreneurs are often heads-down building their startups, leaving little time for the fun things and family time. This is a low-key Sunday Funday for startup entrepreneurs and their families to connect with one another. We’ll have some hot dogs, burgers, sodas, and the basics. Bring your park goods, lawn games, and treats to share. We’ll also have a Jello mold contest, so dust off your retro, most delightful, and/or most horrible recipe and bring it to share for full judgement.

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