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

April 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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The Well Between Two Words

Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts presents The Well Between Two Words, an experimental performance art piece about justice, desire, and the wishful immediate by Ella Goodine Richardson. This event will occur in the Alamo Square Park in front of the Colorado Springs Pioneer’s Museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and the main performance will occur at 4 p.m. Performances will be by Elsa Kendall and Caren Tackett with magic by Anthem and Aria. Made possible with the support of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, Manitou Art Center, and the staff at the Pioneer’s Museum.

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Queer Prom

Queer Prom, with a Victorian steampunk tea party theme, runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on April 27 at Palmer High School's gymnasium.

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May First Friday Shuttle Bus

First Friday Art Walks in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs are free community events that take place on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m. The Art Walks feature gallery openings, live demonstrations, a chance to meet local artists, shopping and dining, special performances, and much more! Taken together, the three concurrent Art Walks comprise a “Creative Corridor” along Colorado Avenue and Manitou Avenue. To help make your First Friday experience more convenient and enjoyable, the Cultural Office and our program partners are pleased to provide free shuttle bus service from April through December. Two buses make a continuous loop between Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, and a third bus makes a continuous loop between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Park near any shuttle bus stop location, then hop on, hop off! The stop in Old Colorado City is a transfer point. Local artists and performers are along for the ride in each bus to entertain you, guide you, and share stories and interesting facts about our community. The free shuttle bus service is intended to serve local residents as well as visitors to the Pikes Peak region.
  • Gallery Openings
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Meet the Artists
  • Shopping and Dining
  • Special Performances
Note: Riders, please plan your route and timing carefully.

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Vegan Fusion Beer Dinner at Phantom Canyon

Join Phantom Canyon on Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a plant-based eve featuring Phantom Canyon Brewing Company's culinary fusion and Brewmaster Alan Stiles's three-course vegan dinner with Phantom Canyon brews to pair. In attendance will be special guest and vegan cookbook author JL Fields of "The Gazette". This mean green community-style dinner, held on the newly remodeled third floor, has limited seating so get your tickets today. This event sold out the last time it was held. A sneak peek at the menu for the night features: Amuse Up Jumped the Devil German Pilsner Mushroom explosion! Roasted Crimini, mushroom air, Morel, Gremolata. First Course  Pumpin' Up The Mayor Spent grain encrusted beet-marinated seared tofu, soy caviar, Sriracha, pickled radish, micro wasabi. Second Course  Son of Billy Boy Saison Vegetable curry, hop infused jasmine rice, almond tuile. Third Course  Coco's Ranch Coconut Chocolate Porter Avocado-lime creme caramel, vegan merigue, toasted coconut.

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