Summertime is a great time to enjoy Colorado Springs! From festivals, rodeos and fairs, to fireworks and hot air balloons, there is lots of fun to be had throughout the summer. Check out this list of fun things to do in the Springs from June through August.
Out & About Colorado Springs – Summer Edition
- Father’s Day at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center – June 17th – 9 to 11 am – Divide, CO. The festivities include a wolf tour, breakfast burritos, and a raffle. $30 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under. Reservations are required as space is limited.
- Dinosaur Resource Center – June 17th – 10 am to 5 pm – Woodland Park, CO. Dads get in free with one paid adult or child admission on Father’s Day!
- 2018 Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack – June 16th and 17th – 9 am to 5 pm – Colorado Springs Airport. Dads will enjoy watching this half-mile side-by-side roll race and trap speed competition featuring more than two hundred of the fastest stock and modified street cars in the nation. Pre-sale tickets for one or both days can be bought online or one day tickets can be bought at the gate.
- 6th Annual Gem and Mineral Show – June 15th– 17th– 9 am to 5 pm – Historic Victor, CO. The sixth annual Gem and Mineral Show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado dug minerals and gems. There will also be hand-crafted jewelry, local gold ore specimens, mining antiques and more. There will be gold and gem panning for the kids at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. This event is held downtown and free to the public.
- The Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast – June 20th – 5:30 to 9 am. – Downtown Colorado Springs (Pikes Peak Avenue & Tejon Street). The Street Breakfast is an annual fundraising event that supports local military and their families. This family-friendly event will include a Kids’ Western Dress-Up Contest, Kids’ Corral with petting zoo, roping the hay bale, and more. The Pikes Peak Range Riders and Rangerettes, the Flying W Wranglers, country/rock band Exit West, students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Sweetwater Native American dancers will perform. Breakfast is $5 per person with kids 5 and under free.
- 96th Annual Pikes Peak Hill International Climb with Friday Fan Fest – June 22nd and June 24th. Grab a spot along the Pike Peaks Highway and watch the world’s highest auto race! The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an annual invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak held on the last Sunday of June. The green flag drops at 8 am with gates open at 3 am for spectators to grab a spot along the race route. The Fan Fest event will be held Friday evening from 5 to 10 pm in downtown Colorado Springs. Festivities include a chance to meet top PPIHC qualifiers, watch freestyle motocross jumpers, taste and vote for the best chili from the Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off and more.
- 9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival – June 22nd and 23rd – Centennial Park, Cañon City, CO. The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is an action-packed weekend that features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft and river board competitions along with plenty of food, beer, vendors and entertainment for the entire family. There is a $5 entrance fee with kids 12 and under free. The money raised from the festival benefits the continued expansion of the Whitewater Park, river restoration, and other charitable causes.
- 2018 U.S. Senior Open – June 25th – July 1st – The Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course. The 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship will showcase some of the best golfers competing to win one of senior golf’s most coveted championships. It will also be part of the Broadmoor Hotel’s Centennial Celebration. The 100-year anniversary of the property will be celebrated on the Friday of the championship.
July 4th Festivities
- Rock Ledge Ranch Family Fourth – 10 am to 5 pm – Rock Ledge Park. Come experience revolutionary war reenactments and recitations of famous speeches. The historical homes will be open to tour and there will be carnival games, food and more. Regular park admission applies.
- Sky Sox Fireworks Celebration – 7 to 10 PM – Sky Sox Stadium. Enjoy hot dogs, baseball and fireworks! Celebrate the 4th of July with a Sky Sox game at Security Field with fireworks to follow.
- Manitou Springs Fireworks – approximately 9 PM. The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department presents their Fourth of July fireworks again this year. View the fireworks from downtown Manitou Springs and enjoy the magnificent views.
- Summer Symphony: Memorial Park – 5:30 pm with fireworks at approximately 9 pm -Memorial Park. This family friendly event will have performances by the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Wild Blue Country and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. There will be a variety of food vendors on site. Get there early and grab a spot to watch the some of the best fireworks in town!
- Fort Carson Freedom Fest – June 29th through July 1st – 3 pm to 11:30 pm – Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson. There will be carnival rides, free concerts daily, a sand volleyball tournament, food vendors, outdoor games and activities, a fireworks show (fire ban permitting) and more!
- 14th Annual Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival – June 30th and July 1st – 10 am to 7 pm – America the Beautiful Park. Enjoy fine art to include jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, leather, wearable art, fiber, mixed media, sculpture and drawings. Musical performances will feature the Hazel Miller Band, Americana sounds, Celtic bluegrass, and Sunday morning jazz. Food vendors will be available to include a beer and wine garden in front of the stage. There will be activities for the kids and they can also go for a splash in the Julie Penrose Fountain!.
- Symphony Above the Clouds – July 5th – 5 pm – Woodland Park. The Symphony Above the Clouds combines live symphony music, fireworks, and the cannons of Fort Carson. Take the short drive to Woodland Park to enjoy some free family-friendly fun!
- 78th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days and Parade – July 11th through 14th – Norris-Penrose Event Center and Downtown Colorado Springs (parade). Come watch top rodeo action and enjoy lots of family fun. The events will include bull riding, bareback bronco riding, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing and more. Food and unique retail vendors are located throughout the venue. Their will be family fun before the show with gold panning, pony rides, mechanical bull rides and more. Ticket prices vary and start at $18. Advance tickets can be bought online and there is a military discount. Enjoy the parade for free in downtown Colorado Springs Friday evening starting at 6:30 pm.
- 719 Day Brewfest – July 20th – 5 to 9 pm – Weidner Field (6303 Barnes Rd). Colorado Springs’ all local Brewfest returns! Come out and enjoy incredible craft beer, distilleries, food trucks, music, games, and more. Early bird tickets can be bought online for $20. Tickets can also be bought at the gate the day of for $40.
- El Paso County Fair – July 14th through July 21st – 10 am to 11 pm. The fair is celebrating 113 years of summertime fun this year! Visit the fair to see the Elephant Extravaganza, Butterfly Encounter, Salida Circus, petting zoo and the great Carnival. 4-H and FFA youth will be exhibiting their livestock and small animals as well. There’s lots to do at the fair!
- Vino & Notes Woodland Park Wine Festival – August 4th – Noon to 6 pm – Bergstrom Park, Woodland Park. Come enjoy wine, food and jazz in beautiful Woodland Park! Tickets are $35.
- 10th Annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow – August 11th – 10 am to 6 pm – Norris Penrose Event Center. This is a Traditional Powwow where American Indians from all tribes join in dancing, singing and visiting. Come and learn about American Indian culture, history, dances and music. Native artisans will demonstrate their skills and exhibit their paintings, jewelry, beadwork, and more.
- 20th Annual Greek Festival – August 17th through August 19th – Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Enjoy Greek food, dancing and music all weekend.
- Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival – August 25th – 9 am to 3 pm – Prospect Lake at Memorial Park. Come watch the dragon boat races! Admission is free to this family-friendly event that will include food trucks, a beer garden and a health and wellness village.
- Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off – September 1st – 3rd. Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the 2018 Labor Day Lift Off! View the ascension of over 50 hot air balloons in the mornings, and balloon glows in the evening. There will also be the Wings of Blue parachutists, a wakeboarding exhibition, as well as food vendors and concessionaires.
- First Friday Downtown – First Friday Downtown are free events that feature new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm at galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.
- Red Rocks Summer Concerts – Take a trip up to Denver to take in a summer concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Just 15 miles from downtown Denver, Red Rocks hosts lots of great musical acts, like Bare Naked Ladies (Tuesday, June 19th), Blues Travelers (Wednesday, July 4th), Seal (Sunday, July 15th) and comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short (Monday, August 6th).
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PCSgrades Author: Paige Keyser is a proud Air Force spouse who lives in northern Virginia with her husband and their two boys. She has spent the last 20 years exploring the world and United States courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. She enjoys drinking coffee, wine, and good beer. And she spends way too much time surfing the web ‘researching’ topics she finds interesting.