Guide to Summer Festivals

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: Hillside Garden and Events, 1006 S Institute St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Admission is $10.00, which includes a beverage at one of our three full service bars. Local caterers serve a variety of fares from light bites to dinner.

About: Come on out and enjoy! Feel free to bring folding chairs or blankets. No outside food or beverages will be allowed in and while we love our four legged friends, our insurance does not allow for them on the premises.
​Due to COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, concert goers and patrons are restricted to age 16 and above.

Location: Triangle Park in front of the Cinemark

Time: 5 PM-7 PM

Cost: FREE

About:

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: Rock Ledge Ranch, 3105 Gateway Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Time: 12pm – 8pm

Cost: FREE (punch card for brews does have a cost)

About:

This family-friendly event will offer a smorgasbord of activity for people of all ages! History will mix with modern times at the Rock Ledge Ranch. Admission is free, but tasting passes MUST be purchased in advance.
beverage tastings from 30 local breweries & distilleries (ADVANCE TICKET REQUIRED)
live music from a variety of local bands
games popular in the late 1800s
living history with actors playing historic roles
learn about and celebrate the history of Colorado Springs
compete for the title of Best Beard or Best Bonnet (or both!)
and so much more!

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: 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: Western Museum of Mining & Industry

225 North Gate Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Time: Jun 18 at 4 PM to Jun 20 at 4 PM

Cost: PRICE HERE

About: Join us for the 2021 Pikes Peak Celtic Festival. Held June 18-20, 2021 at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry! Hear the call of the Clans, the tunes of the pipes, and the rhythm of the dancers!

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 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held 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: Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road
Fountain, CO 80817

Cost: $30 (17 and older)

About:

Enjoy all things Rockabilly, from pinups to flamethrowers. This year’s Hot Rod Rock & Rumble showcases live entertainment with Genuine American Music on multiple stages including The Delta Bombers.

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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Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. She and her husband are raising their elementary school aged children in the Briargate area. With kids in school full time, Kristal is an active member of the PTA, and spends time working in local schools. She is passionate about connecting moms in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family.

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