Annual Events

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic and conductor Thomas Wilson perform at the 2017 Summer Symphony in Colorado Springs' Memorial Park. Photo by Cayton Photography.

Annual Events in the Pikes Peak Region

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many annual events in the Pikes Peak region have been cancelled, postponed, or otherwise adjusted. Please visit the respective event website (linked in the event title) for updated info. _______________________________________________…

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many annual events in the Pikes Peak region have been cancelled, postponed, or otherwise adjusted. Please visit the respective event website (linked in the event title) for updated info.

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The Great Fruitcake Toss | Manitou Springs | January

Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like – join local Manitoids to enjoy this old-fashioned event of flying those leftover fruitcakes!

Starting in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, the tradition continues 24 years later. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance, and taste! There will be old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes, costume competition, libations, and a fruitcake bake off!

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19th Annual Chinese New Year Festival | Colorado Springs | February

The New Year Celebration has become a mainstay cultural event in Colorado Springs. For 2021, the event will be going virtual!

This year’s event will continue the “celebration” atmosphere as in past years. Activities will feature the traditional lion dance, table tennis, Kung Fu demonstrations, traditional Chinese dances, and Chinese musical performances.

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Cripple Creek Ice Festival | Cripple Creek | February

Please note: The 2021 Ice Festival has been canceled. Watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. This year’s theme is “Carver’s Choice!”

The Cripple Creek Ice Festival features numerous fun events to enjoy throughout the two event weekends.

Interactive sculptures are available for event attendees to climb on for a Kodak moment. Several sculptures are made just for kids, with a fun ice slide and an ice maze. Street vendors have just the perfect thing to bring home as a memento of your visit, and an ice bar with a liquor luge ensures you always have a refreshing beverage to enjoy.

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Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and Carnival Parade | Manitou Springs | February

The Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off is the best way to experience Mardi-Gras and Cajun cuisine in Manitou Springs! Samples of gumbo will be served from professional chefs and amateur cooks to help determine who has the best gumbo! Samples of gumbo will be available for 50 cents each.

Make sure to stick around after the cook-off when Manitou Avenue will fill up with spectators to watch the Mardi-Gras Parade.

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Performers jam out during the MeadowGrass Music Festival in Black Forest. Photo courtesy of MeadowGrass Music Festival.

Meadowgrass Music Festival | Black Forest | May

MeadowGrass is a three day music fest over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, with over 20 local and national bands at the secluded La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO.

On-site camping, spectacular scenery, a variety of top area food caterers, kids activities, and award-winning artists make MeadowGrass a unique, fun, and family-friendly festival!

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Territory Days | Old Colorado City | May

Territory Days is held every Memorial Day weekend, in historic Old Colorado City located on the west side of Colorado Springs. Enjoy over 180 food and craft booths, live music, a kids’ play area and petting zoo and much more! See performances by Native American dancers, Wild West gunfight re-enactments, and live blacksmith demonstrations. Territory Days has plenty of food and entertainment for the entire family.

From its humble beginnings, Territory Days has grown from a small neighborhood craft fair into a three-day street festival which now hosts over 180 booths. Between 80,000 and 150,000 guests enjoy this event every Memorial Day weekend.

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Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast | Downtown Colorado Springs | June

The Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast is one of Colorado Springs’ most iconic celebrations of its deep-rooted western heritage. The Street Breakfast has also become an annual fundraising event that supports our local military and their families.

Mark your calendar and set your alarm for early morning so you can join us for this fun, festive, and family-friendly event. The streets of Downtown Colorado Springs close down, hay bales come out, and soldiers from Fort Carson cook up a tasty, hot breakfast for you to devour while you listen to great local music and watch talented Native American dancers.

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Cripple Creek’s herd of wild donkeys are celebrated year-round, but especially during Donkey Derby Days. Photo courtesy of the City of Cripple Creek.

Donkey Derby Days | Cripple Creek | June

For more than 80 years, Donkey Derby Days has topped the list of favorite Cripple Creek events.

People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days.

Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions, and other fun family activities that will make your visit one to remember!

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Fan Fest | Manitou Springs and Downtown Colorado Springs | June

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain held annually on the last Sunday of June. The Hill Climb will take place on June 27 with the Fan Fest the Friday before on June 25.

Fan Fest is Colorado Springs’ largest and most popular street festival, action-packed with stunts and more fun for everyone! Held annually on the Friday before Race Day, more than 30,000 people gather in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs to experience this 10-block street party.

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Summer Symphony | Colorado Springs | July

For four decades, Colorado Springs has celebrated our nation’s birth with thrilling music and spectacular fireworks. In partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, this annual free concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic connects our community in a way like no other on July 4.

As a bonus, Woodland Park has their own Summer Symphony on July 5.

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Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo | Colorado Springs | July

Championship rodeo is coming to town this summer at the 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 14-17, 2021.

The top talent in professional rodeo will be invited to this PRCA-sanctioned event, competing in seven standard events including bareback, saddle bronc, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing.

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, showcasing top rodeo talent and action, while providing wholesome entertainment for area residents, as well as visitors to the region. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy top rodeo action and tons of family fun, all while honoring our local military and their families.

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Mountain Arts Festival | Woodland Park | August

Find a variety of high quality and unique artwork from artists from all across the nation. Booths will feature jewelry designers, woodcarvers, photographers, painters, potters, and much more.

There will also be plenty of delicious food vendors to satisfy your taste buds while browsing the beautiful art pieces. With the picturesque backdrop of Pikes Peak, the Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park is a beautiful piece of art itself.

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The sight of dozens of hot air balloons rising into the sky is a crowd-pleaser every year at the Labor Day Liftoff. Photo courtesy Labor Day Liftoff.

Labor Day Lift-OffColorado Springs | September

The mornings start with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors.

Activities will continue throughout each day with skydiving demonstrations, wake boarding 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.

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Commonwheel Arts Festival | Manitou Springs | September

Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festival is a juried three-day event filled with high quality artwork, talented musicians, and fabulous food in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park.

For 45 years Commonwheel Artists Co-op has helped create an awareness of American-made original fine art and contemporary craft by bringing over 100 quality artists to their annual art festival. Each year a jury of professional artists selects which artists will be shown.

Commonwheel also offers a line-up of local musicians playing original music in a variety of music styles on our stage. Art and music patrons can sit and listen (or dance) to their favorite entertainers while enjoying a tasty treat and a cold drink, including beer and wine options.

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Vintage Base Ball | Colorado Springs | September

One of the highlights of Labor Day is the annual vintage baseball match between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters (your home team) and a team that is yet to be announced for 2020. The Cloud Busters is no “farm team,” but needs your support to cheer them on to victory!

This game is vintage rules: no Spittin’, no swearin’, no gloves! “Cranks” (that’s you, the spectators) can influence the umpire’s call in your team’s favor! You can also view the on site historic homes.

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The What If…Festival takes over Downtown Colorado Springs and celebrates lifelong learning with innovation, creativity, and more. Photo by Stellar Propeller Studio.

What If… Festival | Downtown Colorado Springs | September

The What If… Festival celebrates lifelong learning and delights the community with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region.

With the help of an awesome team of cool creatives and essential community cooperation, 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.

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Holly Berry Folk Art Festival | Colorado Springs | September

The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is held annually at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in the spectacular Garden of the Gods Park and features the fine works of 165 juried artisans from across the United States.

You will find exquisite fine art, a unique array of fine crafts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, antiques and much, much more, complimented by food music and historic tours.

This event benefits the preservation and restoration of Rock Ledge Ranch.

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Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival | Manitou Springs | October

In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of the community – Emma Crawford.

​In the years since, the races have grown into an often copied but never equaled Manitou Springs tradition. Each year more than 10,000 people come to Manitou Springs for the fun and festive Coffin Races. Teams of five, one Emma and four runners, push their coffins 195 feet down Manitou Avenue to the finish line. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin.

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Audrey Bussanich, photographed by Mike Pach, 3 Peaks Photography & Design.

Arts Month | Pikes Peak Region | October

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.

The official call to action during Arts Month is to “have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October!”

The starting point for everything Arts Month is ArtsOctober.com!

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Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival | Colorado Springs | November

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is the longest running women’s film festival in North America. The festival showcases documentary, narrative shorts, and animated films that are thought-provoking and enriching, and that encourage global awareness and personal growth.

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it and that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversation.

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Festival of Lights Parade | Downtown Colorado Springs | December

Festival of Lights is a series of events to celebrate the December holiday season, highlighted by the Festival of Lights Parade. The events include cultural and artistic programs, performances and other festivities for the enjoyment and education of the general public.

Up to 60,000 spectators will crowd the streets for the parade to watch participants put on a dazzling display of lights, sounds, and performances. Bands, floats, horses, and all kinds of special entries compete for top honors in their class.

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