FREE Summer Events in and around Colorado Springs

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It’s summer. The kids are home and bouncing off the walls. Here’s a handy guide for free summer events in and around Colorado Springs. Now you can get out of the house without breaking the bank.

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

COLORADO SPRINGS

Join in the fun at First and Main Town Center for the family concert series. Bring your lawn chairs, dogs and sunglasses to the park in front of the Cinemark theater for free entertainment, balloons, face painting, giveaways, and a beer garden* for the adults!

EVERY FRIDAY in June and July from 5 pm – 7 pm

*Big thank you to the Catamount Institute for sponsoring this year’s beer garden!

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. Galleries offer in-person First Friday experiences compliant with current public health guidelines.

Fridays from 11AM – 12:30PM. Featuring performances by students, mentors and friends of the Conservatory.

June 3 & July 15: Acacia Park | June 10 & July 22: Bancroft Park |

June 17 & July 29: Venezia Park | June 24 & August 5: Cottonwood Park

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is always FREE, located in downtown. 

If your kid loves fire engines, consider a visit to the Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum. It’s free and located at 375 Printer’s Parkway just east of Memorial Park. Open 8AM-4:30PM.

Summit Interquest has partnered with Kids Bowl Free to provide free daily bowling for kids and one registered adult all summer long. Available Monday – Thursday 11AM – 5PM and Friday 11AM – 3PM. Bowling shoe rental is not included. Shoe rental cost is $3pp.

Head to the website to sign up and receive your free bowling coupons weekly.

Looking for something a little different? Consider a drive south to the Mesa Drive-In in Pueblo, where kids under 12 are free with a paying adult (tickets are $10 for adults, limit four kids per adult). They even have a call-ahead menu! Bring sleeping bags and encourage the kids to sleep all the way home.

*No Checks, Debit or Credit Cards

This summer, The Promenade Shops at Briargate presents Music under the Mountains Friday nights from June 17 through July 29.

All concerts are FREE to the public. Bring your chairs and blankets and arrive early to reserve the perfect spot.

2022 Lineup:

  • June 17- The Country Music Project
  • July 8- J.J Murphy
  • July 15- 17th Ave  All Stars
  • July 22- Final Eyes
  • July 29- Just Dance

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has FREE museum days on the second Saturdays and third Fridays of each month. 

Through fun activities, interactive exhibits and FREE classes, children can pick up basic and advanced concepts – from how to make change to understanding monetary systems. The exhibits teach children about history, geography, trade, art, world cultures and more.

Always free for children 12 and under.

The Penrose Heritage Museum showcases cars and memorabilia from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for that car lover in your family!

The Peterson Air & Space Museum is FREE and open 10am – 3pm Tuesday – Friday (closed Sunday, Monday and all federal holidays).

Located at the site of the first municipal airfield in Colorado Springs, the museum has several historic hangars and several restored aircraft, satellites, and radar equipment to guide you through the history of modern aviation.

Please note: visitors who do not possess Military ID cards must have a base pass to gain access to Peterson Air Force Base and the Museum. Email [email protected] at least three full business days in advance to arrange for your pass

Pikes Peak Culture Pass pass lets you explore museums and attractions in the Pikes Peak region at no cost – all you need is a PPLD Library card! The library provides free admission passes for check out, similar to how you check out an eBook or other electronic resource.

Museums and attractions include The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Glen Eyrie Castle, The Money Museum, Pikes Peak Children’s Museum, The ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, Space Foundation Discovery Center, Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

Patrons 12 years old and older with a valid PPLD library card can log in to a dedicated reservation page and book a pass online up to 30 days in advance. The admission pass is only valid on the date requested. The number of people admitted per pass varies by location and will be shown on the reservation page and printed confirmation. Patrons will be allowed to reserve one admission pass per destination once every six months and may reserve only one museum pass at a time.

The Academy’s Planeterium features state-of-the-art projection technology and immersive surround sound.

All shows are free and open to the public so military or Department of Defense identification is not required. Seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. It is recommended to arrive 10 minutes prior to the showtime. Head here for the show schedule.

The Planetarium is closed on weekends, graduation day and federal holidays.

DENVER

Ready for a doable, reasonable day trip to get those kiddos out of the house? Here are some free (or nearly free) activities in Denver!

Visit the Clyfford Still Art Museum during their 2022 Free Days: 6/10, 7/24, 8/5. Admission for youth 17 and under is always free. Open Wednesday – Sunday 10AM – 5PM.

Four Mile Historic Park is a portal to Denver’s Western heritage, with historically accurate replicas, a working farm with horses, goats, chickens and pigs, and serving as the site of Denver’s oldest standing structure, the Four Mile House.

General admission is free on the second Friday of each month.

Hudson Gardens offers free admission daily for picnics, walks, photography, birdwatching, or the opportunity to simply relax in a beautiful outdoor space.

The museum’s outdoor exhibits around Denver are always free!

National Park free day is 8/4. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Check out the Every Kid in a Park program for 4th graders and their families HERE

While the Children’s Museum of Denver is not doing its free days in 2022, they are offering $1 per person admission to families who receive SNAP Benefits.

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, and they have free days for everyone on 6/5, 6/14, 7/12, 7/31, and 8/9.

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

If your kids are a little older, consider taking the free tour of the Denver Mint, where coins and currency are made. They recommend children be age 7 or older. The tours fill up fast and tickets are handed out first thing in the morning. PLEASE check the website for details before you go.  

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers free admission occasionally. The next free days are::

  • 6/29 and 8/17

They are offering $1 per person admission to families who receive SNAP Benefits.

Entry fees still apply to IMAX films, planetarium shows, and other temporary exhibits.

What is your favorite activity in Colorado Springs or Denver? Leave it in the comments below and help another mama out!

Check out more summer fun in our Guide to Summer

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Erica has worn many hats since joining Co Springs Mom Collective in 2017. She first came on as Contributor, then joined the Executive Team as Advertising Manager and is now the proud Owner and Executive Director. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing, Erica has been working in online media since 2008 and loves its ability to create enriching connections and community. Erica has a passion for serving others, something which led her and her family to begin fostering several years ago. She has welcomed her heart and home to several children in Colorado Springs and considers it one of her hardest and most beautiful accomplishments yet. Her role of mom is one she is most proud of. She and her husband have a beautiful blended family of seven, including five children who range in age from 11 - 17. It is truly never a dull moment in her home.

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