Welcome IAFF!

Downtown Colorado Springs welcomes the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), their friends, and family for the annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial on September 17, 2022. 

We honor all firefighters and appreciate the sacrifices each of you make to keep our communities safe. We hope you and your families enjoy your stay in Downtown Colorado Springs, Olympic City, USA.

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Free Discover Downtown Savings Pass

First things first, get your FREE Discover Downtown Savings Pass for BOGOs, discounts and freebies at over 85 Downtown locations.  

Here a sample of offers you’ll find:

Scroll down for extra IAFF discounts offered by our Downtown businesses.
 

Can’t find what you are looking for? Explore our shopping or dining directories for a full list of shops, salons, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and more. 

getting around

Getting around Downtown Colorado Springs is a breeze with these free or low-cost options. 

ITINERARIES

PIKERIDE ADVENTURE

Explore our city center by bike with PIKERIDE, our city’s electric bike share program. Get to shops and dining Downtown, or try the ten-mile LEGACY LOOP trail system that circles the city center. Enjoy 4 free 20-minute trips between Sept. 15-18. Must download the PikeRide app to get started & enter promo code IAFF2022.

FAMILY DAY OUT 

Start at the movie-theater-converted-to-climbing gym, CITYROCK. Take your tyke to traverse the “Climbarium,” an aquatic-themed area where little ones can slide, climb and zip-line through an “underwater” odyssey just for kids 6 and under. For the rest of the family, there are a variety of climbing walls and even indoor spelunking — 225 feet of cave formations complete with electronic sensors triggered by touch. Make it a game of Mom vs. Dad or parents vs. kids in a quest to escape the cave activating the least number of sensors.

HISTORY BUFFS

Learn about our community’s roots at the COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM (free). Before you go in, snap a few selfies with the beautiful hand-painted butterflies on display on the west lawn. Learn more about the exhibit, CS FLIGHT, here. From the museum, take Vermijo east to the U.S. OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC MUSEUM. The 60,000-square-foot facility was named the country’s “BEST NEW ATTRACTION IN 2020” by USA TODAY. The Museum features 12 inspirational galleries, countless artifacts, and interactive exhibits that help you to learn more about the athletes of Team USA.

FOR THE GUYS

Just blocks from Weidner Field, you’ll find Trainwreck, Downtown’s newest venue (opened Sept. 10), it’s totally off the rails.

Grab a few friends and hit the golf simulators, watch a game on the stadium-size TV,  reenact the Top Gun scene with some beach volleyball, or hit a few balls on the 9-hole putting green. In addition to the immense indoor space, two expansive outdoor patios make this the perfect spot for a group of any size.  

Show your event lanyard or firefighter ID for happy hour prices all day!

SPOIL YOURSELF

Sometimes a little bit of pampering does wonders for the soul, so head out and make a day of it. Start your morning with a fresh croissant and latte at LA BAGUETTE. Next, head up the street to the MX SPA, located in the cozy basement of the Mining Exchange Hotel, for a deep tissue massage. Afterward, head two blocks east on Pikes Peak to THE WELL, an eclectic food hall featuring four independent food vendors as well as Gift Horse Cafe and Bar. Finish the day with chocolates from CACAO CHEMISTRY

SHOPAHOLICS

Before you get started, head to PIKES PEAK LEMONADE COMPANY because shopping is always better with a refreshing beverage in hand. The only (known) lemonade taphouse in the country, Pikes Peak Lemonade offers organic, natural cane sugar lemonade in a variety of flavors including Colorado-grown lavender, hibiscus, and even jalapeno (try a sample, it’s delicious).

Find trendy yet affordable apparel and accessories at the various boutiques along Tejon Street, from Boulder at the north to Kiowa on the south. COLORADO CO-OP, Local Honey Collective and TERRA VERDE are just a few of the fashion boutiques along this three-block stretch. 

 

Don’t forget the dudes

Looking for shops with one-of-a-kind items for guys? 

Check out these Yobel or Mountain Standard Goods, both on Bijou Street, featuring ethically and sustainably sourced goods.

 

Need to grab a gift? 

Stop into these locally-owned spots for items unique to Colorado:

SOMETHING FOR THE ’TWEENS

Start with pancakes at OVER EASY then hit the shops. Don’t miss MY COLORADO STORE for a Centennial State T-shirt or ballcap or ESCAPE VELOCITY COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS for pop culture comics, gifts and novelties. 

Next, grab a Taiwanese Boba Tea (bubble tea) at the COFFEE AND TEA ZONE, then cross to THE CANDY BAR for a sweet-tooth fix.

 

FITNESS FANATICS

Start your day by fueling up the way many Olympians-in-training do, at OLA JUICE BAR. Have an açaí bowl or Thai Avocado Medjool – a powerful blend of avocado, cashews, dates, lemongrass, vanilla, coconut milk, coconut water & raw agave.

Grab a PIKERIDE e-bike and head west to MONUMENT VALLEY PARK and the PIKES PEAK GREENWAY TRAIL where you can run, bike or walk on miles of trails (both gravel and paved). If you’re looking for an indoor workout, try a class at CYCOLOGY STUDIO. Your first ride is always free and includes free shoe and locker rental.

THE FUNKY BUNCH

Fuel up with a cup crafted for our altitude at Downtown’s tiny house coffee shop, STORY COFFEE CO. at Acacia Park (named the most beautiful coffee shop in Colorado by ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST 2018). 

Stroll down Bijou Street for the two most eclectic blocks Downtown. Get a taste of local art at ART 1ELEVEN, award-winning artisan stationery, and fun gifts at LADYFINGERS LETTERPRESS, or explore our very own Tibet in Colorado Springs at EVEREST TIBET offering apparel, incense, candles, stones, and jewelry and more.

hidden gems & Local faves

Click here to visit our list of Hidden Gems & Local Faves.

More “plug & play” itineraries from THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONVENTIONS AND VISITORS BUREAU can be found HERE.

EXTRA IAFF discounts

Our Downtown businesses want to welcome you to our city center! Many spots Downtown are offering specials exclusive to IAFF guests, here are a few. (Offers can not be combined with any other discount.)

PikeRide: Electric bike share — 4 free 20-minute trips from Sept. 15-18. Download the PikeRide App and use code IAFF2022.

1350 Distilling/ IAFF Shuttle Stop (520 E. Pikes Peak) 
Join us Saturday, Sept. 17: We will have a toast every hour to honor the fallen. Show your lanyard and receive a complimentary shot of signature Five Alarm Cinnamon Bourbon Whiskey.  Our owners would also like to offer 13.50% off merchandise and bottles all weekend.

Trainwreck (812 S. Sierra Madre) Show your event lanyard or firefighter ID for Happy Hour prices all day.

Bread & Butter Market (602 S. Nevada Ave.) 10% off your purchase

The Perk Downtown  (14 S. Tejon) 20% off coffee and tea, $1 off beer and wine, $2 off cocktails

Brass Brewing  (318 E. Colorado Ave.) Buy 2, get 1 FREE pints

Springs Orleans at The Mining Exchange Hotel (123 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) 10% off total bill