Summer Festivals in Colorado Springs

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There is just something about street festivals, live music, and traditional fair food that screams “summer time!” In fact, festival hopping is one of my family’s favorite summer pastimes. 

(And, well, I *may* have a borderline unhealthy relationship with funnel cakes, a food staple at festivals.)

Anyway, 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:

The Southern Colorado KIDS Fun Fest celebrates families in the Pikes Peak region through the power of Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS programming.
Ideal for children aged preschool through fifth grade.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Meet Daniel Tiger 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/Prospect Lake

Time: 9 am-3 pm

Cost: FREE

About: Fourth annual Free Get Outdoors Day – Colorado Springs!
Prospect Lake will be lined with families fishing using free poles from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The water will be filled with rafts, canoes and paddleboards. Kids can shoot air rifles and .22s, throw hatchets, learn archery, try the climbing walls, crawl all over our “Touch a Truck” display and much more.

Location: Triangle Park in front of the Cinemark

Time: 5 PM-7 PM

Cost: FREE

About:

This year we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of our Summer Concert Series! Join us at First and Main Town Center for our family concert series on Friday evenings! Bring your lawn chairs, dogs and sunglasses to the park in front of the Cinemark theater for free entertainment, balloons, facepainting, giveaways and a beer garden* for the adults! Stay tuned for updates.

*donations for the beer garden support Upadowna, a Colorado non-profit dedicated to outdoor education. 

Location: Front St, Peyton, CO

Time: 9 am-3:30 pm

Cost: FREE

About: Annual Community Event; Business Expo with a country flare!Tractors! Animals! Food! Fun! And so much more…

Location: Western Museum of Mining & Industry

225 North Gate Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Time: Jun 14 at 4 PM to Jun 16 at 4 PM

Cost: PRICE HERE

About: Join us for the 2019 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival. Held June 14 – 16, 2019 at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry! Hear the call of the Clans, the tunes of the pipes, and the rhythm of the dancers!

Location: Rock Ledge Ranch

Time: 3 pm (doors open at 2:30)

Cost: $50 Adults; $20 children 13 & under 

About: 

Each year Club Nine, a non-profit consisting of local civic-minded chefs, donates the proceeds from FVV to further agricultural programs at Rock Ledge Ranch. These projects both beautify the Ranch while restoring it’s original purpose.

This year in the interest of avoiding monsoon season, we will be holding the event on June 16th. Aside from that we’ll stick to the usual and start at 3, and the doors will open at 2:30. Food/wine/beer is first come, first served and the tasting will last as long as vendors have samples, so it’s always a good idea to arrive on time. Feel free to bring folding chairs, blankets, and other seating amenities. We only ask that you are considerate of fellow attendees’ view. The event is rain or shine, and we’ve had at least a few years with some good downpours, so watch the forecast and come prepared!

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:

Come Join Us! The morning includes:

  • 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

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: Sat. 10 am – 7 pm / Sun. 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.A memorable 4th of July “1st weekend” of the holidayat America the Beautiful Park, at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountain Pikes Peak in CO Springs. Exciting Music Stage throw down 2 days of live music with feature act Hazel Miller Band. National artists display juried fine arts on grassy park lawns. Delicious vendor foods, aerialist & free Creative Station For All Ages. Kids also play at Fantasy Playground and splash at the base of a 65’ tall water fountain. Free admission/parking. Lawn chairs, coolers, leashed pets welcome. City Park rules apply.

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

Time: 1 pm – 10 pm

Cost: varies, see website for details

About: 91.5 KRCC Blues Under The Bridge 2019…..
JULY 13 – Blues Under The Bridge hosts Tab Benoit, Nikki Hill, Selwyn Birchwood Band, Hector Anchondo Band, and Crystal and the Curious.
APRIL 15 – online ticket sales open – only at Eventbrite.com
VOLUNTEERS – Call 303-916-5711….Four hour shift. Ticket to the festival, tee shirt, meal and beverage.
VENUE – Colorado Ave. in downtown Colorado Springs, under the bridge.
WEBSITE – Details at www.bluesunderthebridge.org
Thanks for supporting 91.5 KRCC…See you there!

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. The 2019 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held July 19-21 & 26-28*, primarily in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 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.

*Some sports are scheduled outside of the primary RMSG weekends. 

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 for the 13th Annual Springs Beer Fest at American the Beautiful Park. 

Location: Prospect Lake at Memorial Park

1605 E Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

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

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

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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Tara
Tara is the younger sister! She is a stay-at-home mommy to four incredible kiddos: 1 adventurous boy, Ryker (Nov 2008) & 3 spunky girls: Priya (March 2011) and twin girls Harper & Haven (Dec 2013). She is originally an Iowa girl that grew up in the small town of Manning. She attended Iowa Lakes Community College, where she majored in Associates Degree of Nursing. After graduating in 2006, she relocated to Des Moines, Iowa & married her handsome and charming hubby, Steve. In June 2014, with a leap of faith and decided heart, they relocated their family to Colorado Springs. A love for all things outdoors, you can find them spending quality time together camping, hiking, fishing & boating. Although finding balance is a challenge with 4 littles, Tara has learned to embrace the chaos and be grateful for a blessed & busy home. Tara has a love for fitness, healthy lifestyle, country music, Target, spending time with family/friends, frozen yogurt & all things Mom.

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