Arts Month is here! Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.
During Arts Month, you’re encouraged to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends! We’ll highlight a few events each week in October that are fun, easy ways to get involved in #ArtsOctober.
Find more Arts Month details, including resources, event info, and more are at PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth!
ArtPOP: Big Art – Beautiful Walls
October 4, 7 p.m. | Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum | Free
A great opportunity to meet local mural artists that help to make Colorado Springs even more beautiful. The night will include a panel discussion with local mural artists, a visual display of over 220 local public murals, a short documentary film featuring local mural art and artists, and an introduction to an interactive display of city murals.
ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances, exhibitions and creative experiences in various locations across the region during the month of October.
October’s First Friday
October 5, 5-8 p.m | Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs | Free
The Art Walks feature gallery openings, live demonstrations, a chance to meet local artists, shopping and dining, special performances, and much more! To help make your First Friday experience more convenient and enjoyable, make sure you check out the First Friday Shuttle Bus. Park near any shuttle bus stop location, then hop on, hop off!
Cripple Creek’s Art in the Park
*NOTE: This event has been moved to October 27 due to weather.
October 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Cripple Creek City Hall Park | Free
Help the City of Cripple Creek celebrate Arts Month! A 40+ foot canvas and supplies will be set-up for the public to express their artistic side (all artwork must be family friendly and follow the theme – Our Historic Gold Camp). A variety of other crafts will be available for the public to ‘make and take’ home with them. Several art organizations and artists will be on site to talk about their work with demonstrations by select artists. A small stage area will be set-up with actors from Cripple Creek’s Mountain Repertory Theater “popping in” to do a musical number or two. There will be an open mic available for those people whose talents may lay in singing, dancing, comedy skits, or even poetry; all performances must be family friendly. While you’re in town, stroll the streets to see artwork by local artists displayed in many downtown windows. At the Cripple Creek Heritage Center the “Art and Autumn” Fine Art Show will be taking place where the public may view and purchase a variety of work and meet many of the participating artists.
Face Vocal Band
October 6, 7:30 p.m. | Stargazers Theatre and Event Center | $17-$22
Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for fifteen years with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance.
October 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Rock Ledge Ranch | Free
In recognition of the bounty of a traditional fall harvest, the Ranch will be filled with activities and fun in the crisp autumn air. Take a wagon ride with the family, listen to old-time music, pick a pumpkin to take home, scramble for candy, kick back on the lawn with a slice of pie, and take time to tour the historic homes, visit the blacksmith and more. Bid for fine, handcrafted folk art at the silent auction in the Carriage House! Plan to stay through the day as food vendors will be on site.
Originally compiled by Jonathan Toman of the Cultural Office and published in the Colorado Springs Independent Abstractions section on September 26, 2018.