Summer Festivals in Colorado Springs

One of my family’s favorite summer past times is festival hopping (Look it up. It’s a thing.) There is just something about a street festival, live music, and traditional fair food that screams, “IT’S SUMMER TIME!” (Not to mention I have a borderline unhealthy relationship with funnel cakes, a festival food staple.) 😉

Check out some of these annual festivals that take place right in our very own city! While most are free, you can visit each individual website or Facebook page for accurate, up-to-date information as each event approaches.

How to use this guide :: Simply click on the + next to each festival to expand the details.  Each festival has a website link to even more information!

Location: Acacia Park

Time: 10am-2pm

Cost: FREE

About:

  • Meet Peg + Cat and Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Splash in the Uncle Wilber Fountain
  • Jump in bounce houses
  • Enjoy live entertainment

Visit over 50 booths to learn, engage and have fun!

Location: Memorial Park

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: FREE

About: Join the El Paso County Nature Centers at this interactive event where the entire family can fish, aim, bike, climb, cycle, eat, garden, jump, and paddle for free at Memorial Park!

Location: Front St, Peyton, CO

Cost: FREE

About: Join us on Saturday, June 10th for The Country Market! Enjoy shopping, music, barrel train ride for the kiddies, critter swap, dancing, food, parade & more!

Location: Western Museum of Mining and Industry

Time: 1-7pm

Cost:$25

About: Come out to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and enjoy the 1st Annual All Colorado Festival! This event will feature fine Colorado spirits, beer, and wine sampling. There will also be food trucks on site. So have a taste, eat some food, and then complete the day by listening to live local country music! Bands that will be playing include: The Jacob Christopher Band, Exit West, Trent Hughes Band, and Donovan Lee.

WMMI wants to thank the sponsors of this event: Downtown Fine Spirits & Wines, Nash FM 95.1, and Mountain Cellars Fine Wines and Spirits!

Location: America the Beautiful Park

Time: 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Cost: FREE

About:

The 40th Anniversary of Springs Spree is going to be an exciting day of fun, food, music adventure and outdoor live that makes Colorado Springs one of the most incredible places to live!  Springs Spree has always been a LOCAL festival above all else, and we are continuing to celebrate our local roots by beginning a new chapter that will go as far as you’ll go with us.

By moving the event to America The Beautiful Park, we have an incredible view of Pikes Peak that will be our companion for the entire day.  Springs Spree is the Pikes Peak Region’s premier FREE community and music festival just minutes from downtown Colorado Springs.  Featuring entertainment throughout the park, Springs Spree will feature dozens of local artists of all kind entertaining you all day long.  

Location: Memorial Park (1605 East Pikes Peak Avenue)

Time: Friday 4pm – 10pm; Saturday 10am – 10 pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm

Cost: Adults – $15 online, $20 at the door; Children ages 5-17 – $5; Weekend passes also available

About: The Festival field will be filled with the sound of Bagpipes, the smell of fish & chips, the sight of world champion Irish dancers, and events/activities for every age. Come out to see the massed bagpipe bands of the Western United States Pipe Band Association. Come see world renowned Celtic Rock groups. See and learn tradition Irish and Highland dancing.  Taste the best in Irish and Scottish cuisine.

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs

Time: 5:30am – 9am

Cost: $5.00 gets you a delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, milk, juice, and coffee! (Kids five and under eat for free!)

About: Events will include: 

  • Pikes Peak Range Riders depart at 8:00 AM
  • Kiddie Dress-Up Review Immediately following Flying W Wranglers
  • Sweetwater – Native American Hoop Dancers
  • Appearances by Girl of the West and Aide to the Girl of the West
  • Kids Corral with fun activities, Trick Roper, and more!
  • Performances by the Colorado Springs Conservatory

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs

Time: 5-10 pm

Cost: Free

About: Don’t miss the 2017 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest. Come see your favorite competitors as they prepare to take on Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain. Entertainment includes motorcycle exhibitions, vendor booths, Beer Garden and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off.

Location: Flying Horse Ranch

Time: 1-5 pm

Cost:

Pre-Sale Tickets: $7 – Children 2+, $10 – Adults 18+

Tickets at the Door: $10- Children 2+, $13 – Adults 18+

About: Join us for on our 1,400 acre ranch for, carnival games, pony rides, bounce houses, mechanical bull rides, outdoor laser tag, bow hunting course, food vendors, dummy steer roping, concessions, and music!

Location: America the Beautiful Park

Time: Saturday July 1, 10am – 7pm  /   Sunday July 2, 10am – 4pm 

Cost: FREE

About: Energized by wonderful live music, artist demos, hands-on activities and more, this juried festival is the signature destination summer arts and entertainment event for the Pikes Peak Region. It’s truly a fun and memorable art and music experience for the whole family!

Location: Various locations in Colorado Springs

About: The Rocky Mountain State Games (RMSG) is a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment.

Location: Pioneers Museum (215 S Tejon St)

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: $10/$5 for Members (per workshop)

About: Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for a day of workshops, demonstrations, crafts, and family-friendly activities! Celebrate and discover local history and local identity through food, art, gardening and more. All workshops require pre-registration and pre-payment.

Location: Under the Bridge at 218 W. Colorado Ave.

Time: 1pm – 10pm

Cost: varies, see website for details

About: Blues Under the Bridge is now entering its tenth year and has been designated a Signature Event by the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority. The festival is a production of 91.5 FM KRCC Radio Colorado College, the Pikes Peak Blues Community, and Bristol Brewing Company. Blues Under the Bridge has become recognized as a premier blues music festival attracting blues fans from all over Colorado, and even the greater Southwest United States!

Location: Rock Ledge Ranch

Time: 3pm – 8:30pm(gates open at 2:30)

Cost: $45 Adults; $20 children under 13(early bird pricing, goes up $5 after 7/23)

About: 

Bluegrass Music: We’ve got an amazing lineup this year! We’re excited to announce the Quebe Sisters as this year’s headliner. We also welcome The Wooks, the 2016 RockyGrass Band Contest winners, as well as Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears, and Colorado Springs’ own Tibet.

Local, Independent Restaurants: Taste goodies from the likes of Adams Mountain Cafe, Mackenzie’s Chop House, Margarita at Pine Creek and more.

Local Breweries and a Plethora of Wines: Wine from distributors as well as local purveyors, and beer from Colorado breweries.

Location: America the Beautiful Park

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Cost: June 1- August 4th: $35; August 5(At Gate): $40

Wanna beat the crowds and get an extra hour for tasting? – Early Access : $50

Discounts for Active duty military and first responders

About: Enjoy a fun-filled day of bottomless, fresh, craft beer samplings from over 55 Notable Craft Brewers. Join 4,000 beer enthusiasts for an afternoon of live music, local vendors,  and local fare from food trucks and area restaurants.

Location: Limbach, Monument

Time: 1-7 pm

Cost: Admission is $10 per person. No charge for children.

About: This year we will be adding a Chili cook-off (sponsored by the Lions Club), beer garden and food trucks. Colorado Bluegrass bands will be performing. Check website for more info as available.

Location: Memorial Park

Time: races begin at 9am

Cost:FREE

About: Festival grounds will offer a variety of activities for all participants and spectators. There will be Asian Cultural Performances throughout the day and the Health & Wellness Village features exciting products and services to assist in leading a healthy lifestyle. Grab a bite from one of our Food Trucks, enjoy watching the races in the Beer Garden, or shop in the Marketplace. Families can bring their children to enjoy games and activities in the interactive Kids Zone. The event will provide the opportunity for local charities to participate and use the event to raise funds and awareness for their organization.

Details: TBD

About: Greek Foods || Pastries || Music || Dancing || Greek Imports

Location: Memorial Park

Time:

  • Saturday: 7am Inflations and Lift Off;  7:30pm Balloon Glow Inflations
  • Sunday: 7am Inflations and Lift Off;  7:30pm Balloon Glow Inflations
  • Monday: 7am Inflations and Lift Off

Cost: FREE

About:  Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 50 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors.  Activities will continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, and beer gardens.  Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: FREE

About: The What IF… Festival celebrates lifelong learning and delights the community with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region. With the help of an awesome team of cool creatives, Imagination Celebration presents the 6th Annual What IF… Festival in Downtown Colorado Springs. The Festival offers a day of free engaging, interactive, and exciting experiences to WOW participants of all ages. The What IF… Festival, the only event of its kind, supports economic development and intellectual vitality by welcoming over 25,000 participants to discover the breakthroughs of local businesses, organizations, artists, scientists, inventors, performers, and students.

Do you have another festival that your family loves to attend?  Comment below and we’ll be sure to add it to the list!

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