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Summer Festivals in Colorado Springs 2018

One of my family’s favorite summer pastimes is festival hopping (Look it up. It’s a thing.) There is just something about street festivals, 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 food staple at festivals.) 😉

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. The festivals have website links to even more information!

Location: Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs
115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Parking: $1 all day in the city garage located on the corner of Bijou and Cascade

Time: 10 am-2 pm

Cost: FREE

About:

  • Meet Daniel Tiger and Jet Propulsion from Ready Jet Go!
  • Splash in the Uncle Wilber Fountain
  • Jump in bounce houses
  • Enjoy live entertainment
  • Visit over 50 booths to learn, engage and have fun!

Location: 619 Prospect Lake Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Time: 9 am-3 pm

Cost: FREE

About: New to Colorado? New to the outdoors? Never hiked, camped, fished, hunted, boated, biked and unsure where to start? Get down to Get Oudoors Day, a free festival where Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a variety of outdoor businesses and nonprofit agencies ready to introduce you to activities that you can try.

Location: Front St, Peyton, CO

Time: 9 am-4 pm

Cost: FREE

About: Once-A-Year Outdoor Market & Community Event
Fun for the entire family
Shopping! Live music! Food! Games! Animals! Tractors!

Location: America the Beautiful Park

126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Time: 10:00 am-7:00 pm

The Superhero 5K presented by The Heat Depot begins at 9 am, and Springs Spree runs from 10 am-7 pm.

Cost: FREE

About: Springs Spree returns for it’s 41st year, under new ownership! This Colorado Springs institution returns to America The Beautiful Park owned and operated by Jon Eddy Productions. This full day event will feature the best of local live music, plenty of vendors, great food trucks, and a park full of fun and games. Here’s the powerhouse line-up of music at this year’s event: Jackson Michelson with TJ Lindsey, The Stray Suns, Playing with Smoke band, Jacob Christopher Music, Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show and Whiskey Kate

 

Location: Memorial Park (1605 East Pikes Peak Avenue)

Time: Jun 15 at 4 PM to Jun 17 at 5 PM

Cost: PRICE HERE

About: The 2018 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival returns with the thrill of the competition, the gathering of the clans, Pipe Bands from across the U.S., authentic food and drink, and the most exceptional bands in Celtic Rock!

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs at the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue & Tejon Street

Time: 5:30 am – 9 am

Cost: $5 (kids 5 and under eat free)

About: Events will include: 

  • Delicious hot breakfast for just $5 (kids 5 and under eat free)
  • Pikes Peak Range Riders and Rangerettes depart on horseback at 8 a.m.
  • Kids Western Dress-Up Contest
  • Kids Corral with a petting zoo, roping the hay bale, caricature drawing, gunslinger and trick roper
  • Appearances by Girl of the West and Aide to the Girl of the West
  • Performances by Colorado Springs Conservatory, Exit West, Flying W Wranglers and Sweetwater Native American Hoop Dancers
  • Drawings for prizes provided by event sponsors

Location: Downtown Colorado Springs

Time: 5-10 pm

Cost 

About: The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is the second oldest auto race in the U.S. Each year the event is held on Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain in Colorado Springs, CO. The course is 12.42 miles with 156 turns ending at the 14,115 ft. summit of Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain.

Location: America the Beautiful Park

Time: Saturday 10 am – 7 pm / Sunday 10 am – 4 pm 

Cost: FREE

About: National and Local Juried Fine Artists. Live Music. Delicious Foods. Kids Art Booth. Face Painting. Leashed Pets Welcome.

Location: Various locations in Colorado Springs. Premier venues including: Olympic Training Center, National Strength & Conditioning Association, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Memorial Park and other venues in the Pikes Peak Region.

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

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: 3 pm – 8:30 pm (gates open at 2:30)

Cost: $50 Adults; $20 children 13 & under (Early Bird Pricing, goes up $5-$10 after 7/21)

About: 

Bluegrass Music: We’ve got an amazing lineup this year! We’re honored to welcome Grammy winner Rhonda Vincent and the Rage! Rhonda Vincent was just inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame and we are excited to have her and her band this year! We also welcome Songs of the Fall, The Lonesome Days (winner of the 2017 Freshgrass Band award), and Colorado Springs’ own Tibet.

Local, Independent Restaurants: Taste goodies from the likes of Adams Mountain Cafe, The Blue Star, Barista Espresso 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

126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Time:

  • Early Access: 12:00-4:00 pm
  • General Admission: 1:00-4:00 pm                     

(Discount for Military / First Responders with Valid ID)

Cost: $25-$50

About: Join us at Colorado Spring’s largest outdoor beer festival on Saturday, July 21st, 2018, for the 12th Annual Springs Beer Fest at American the Beautiful Park. This event features unlimited samples of beer from over 50 craft breweries, live music and vendors. Ticket sales include souvenir taster mug and bottomless beer samplings. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or at Colorado Springs Old Chicago Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery or Bristol Brewery on select ticket sales nights.

Location: Limbach, Monument

Time: 11 am-6 pm

About: On August 18th join us at Limbach Park for great music.  Colorado Bluegrass bands will be performing from 11 pm till 6 pm, rain or shine. Band line up: Wirewood station, Flying W Wranglers, Tenderfoot Bluegrass.

 

Location: Prospect Lake at Memorial Park

1605 E Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Time: 9 am- 4:30 pm

About:

Chinese culture, sport, food, entertainment, and natural wonders come together at this year’s Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. Join us at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park, in the heart of Pikes Peak region, for a full day of dragon boat races. The world’s fastest growing water sport is just another reason to get outside and enjoy the local sights and attractions. The festival offers a unique racing experience with a beautiful scenic backdrop. Featuring the quintessential MLDB festival areas, such as Health and Wellness Village, Athletes’ Village, and Food Truck Bazaar, this event will give participants, new and experienced, a dragon boat experience with a Western flair.

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:  

Admission to the park is FREE, so bring the whole family for a day of fun!

Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors.

Activities will continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wakeboarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving and donut eating competitions.

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: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: FREE

About: 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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