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First Friday Downtown

October 1, 2021

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.

October 1, 2021 Featured Events

The Modbo

I was, I am, I will be
Works by Su Kaiden Cho

  • Open 5-9 p.m.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts

Chromesthesia
Works inspired by music

  • Open 5-8 p.m.

The Machine Shop

LIGHTBOX
Collaborative show hosted by AIGA Colorado Springs

  • Open 6-9 p.m.
  • Complimentary drinks

Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery

Featured artist Betz

  • Open 5-8 p.m.
  • Complimentary drinks
  • Live music by David Musante

The Gas Station

PORTAL
Featured artists Jordan Bigelow, Jason Duncan, Paige Grove, Marie Negaard and Em Whipple

  • Open 5-9 p.m.
  • Live music by Wood Belly at 7:30 p.m.
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The Space

Muliebrity
Surrealist works by
Mel CK & Tara Gonzalez

  • Open 5-8 p.m.

GOCA 121

Undesirable Plants Declare:
A Participatory Public Review

  • Open 5-8 p.m.
  • Participatory artist-led activities
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks

G44 Gallery

ALCHYMIA
Featured artist Brenda Stumpf

  • Open 5-9 p.m.
  • Wine & beer by donation

Bar-K

Featured artist Muji Rieger

  • Open 6-9 p.m.
  • Live music by MR3 funk band
  • Food & drink available for purchase

Orly’s Art Gallery

A Blast of Color & Texture
Featured artists Bill Stone, Brian Crooks and Jay Jenkins

  • Open 5-8 p.m.
  • Complimentary drinks & snacks
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Kreuser Gallery

Animal Speak
Faces & Heads
WAX!
Featured artists Deb Komitor, Neil Fenton and many local encaustic artists

  • Open 5-9 p.m.
  • Live music by Ben Hall
  • Wine & beer by donation

Anita Marie Fine Art

A Place to Breathe
Featured artists Chuck Mardosz & Richard Dahlquist

  • Open 5-8 p.m.
  • Complimentary cans of Boost Oxygen
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NOVIS MORTEM COLLECTIVE

Octoberfest
Select featured artists & artisans

  • Reception 5-8 p.m.
  • Drinks by Denver Beer Company
  • Traditional German treats

Cacao Chemistry

Paper Marbling Demonstration

  • Open 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Free hands-on activities
  • Chocolate available for purchase
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Gallery 113

Featured artists
Gayle Gross & Al Bach

  • Open 5-8 p.m.

Bridge Gallery

A Baker’s Duet
Featured artists Linn G Baker & Tim Baker

  • Open 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Arts Month Extravaganza

  • In the museum: at the line by Ronny Quevedo
  • Grand opening of Ladyfingers at the FAC
  • Artist talk at 6 p.m.
  • Cocktails in the courtyard 5-7:30 p.m.

ECLECTIC CO.

Handmade goods from over 60 local artisans

  • Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Live demos by Lucky Locks hair sparkles

Money Museum

Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth

  • Free admission 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Mini-mint demonstrations

Hin Salon

Featured artist
Tom Cross

  • Reception 5-8 p.m.

Wild Goose Meeting House

Featured local musician David Musante

  • Live music 8:30-10:45 p.m.
  • $5 cover charge

Escape Velocity

Celebrating graphic storytelling

  • Open 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Free comic books for all ages
  • 25% off select graphic novels

Hooked On Books

Dive into local literary arts on First Friday

  • Open 10 a.m.-8 pm.
  • Complimentary refreshments

Yobel

Ethically sourced maker goods from around the world

  • Open 5-8 p.m.

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CORE CULTURE WALKING TOURS

Downtown Walking Tours

October 2, 2021

2021 Tours

Presented by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes

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 email info@downtowncs.com to reserve a private tour for 10 or more. Student and corporate tours also available.

PRE-REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

Tours frequently sell out in advance. Click individual dates below to purchase tickets.

STARTING TIME & LOCATION

Morning and afternoon tours available! Tours are held the first Saturday of each month, and depart at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. from various Downtown coffee shops (check individual dates for location details). Participants are encouraged to arrive 30 min. early to enjoy a free beverage of their choice (included in ticket price)

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Downtown Walking Tours are conducted in compliance with all current public health orders. Safety precautions include:
– Tour groups of no more than 20
– Tour participants encouraged to maintain physical distancing of 6′ or more
– We encourage participants to enjoy their pre-tour beverages outdoors or get the to-go

CANCELLATION POLICY

Tickets are non-refundable. Given 24 hours cancellation notice (call 886-0088 or email info@downtowncs.com), tickets may be transferred to a later tour date.

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October: Ghosts of Downtown 

Starts at the Wild Goose Meeting House (401 N. Tejon St.)

Hear spooky stories from Colorado Springs’ early days in this interactive tour featuring local storytellers from the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. Some stories are real; some are fake – can you tell which is which? Hear the untold stories of local historic buildings and get to know the Ghosts of Downtown.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a VERY popular tour! Multiple dates are available, but don’t wait to register.

Oct. 1 evening tour SOLD OUT!

Register for Oct. 9 morning tour

Register for Oct. 9 afternoon tour SOLD OUT!

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NOVEMBER: COS@150

Starts at Story Coffee (120 E. Bijou St.)

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum unveils a new walking tour, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture is drawn from the museum’s newest exhibit, which features 150 objects, illuminating 150 stories, commemorating 150 years. Join Museum staff to explore how objects tell stories about people and place. 
Please note: This tour will take place on the second Saturday of the month to avoid conflicting with the Veteran’s Day Parade.

Register for Nov. 13 morning tour

Register for Nov. 13 afternoon tour

Robson

December: What’s Up Downtown

Starts at Loyal Coffee (408 S. Nevada Ave.)

What’s that crane in the sky? What new business is coming to your favorite block? Where did that piece of public art go? Get the answers with What’s Up Downtown, an interactive experience of all the exciting changes coming to the heart of the city in 2022.

Register for Dec. 4 morning tour

Register for Dec. 4 afternoon tour

Thanks to our partners

Downtown Walking Tours are sponsored by Maggie Turner, Realtor with Springs Homes.

History tours are conducted in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Downtown Partnership would also like to thank Pikes Peak Writers Guild, The Perk Downtown, the Wild Goose Meeting House, Loyal Coffee and Story Coffee for their ongoing support.

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