Colorado Springs arts and culture scene is on the rise, thanks in large part to the city’s booming downtown area and historical love for the arts. In fact, the Colorado Springs’s Fine Arts Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, proving the region’s rich cultural history. Ranked the No. 1 Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News and World Report, Colorado Springs has a diverse and welcoming culture that is appealing to all cultural tastes.
Furthermore, an influx of new businesses, historic developments, upcoming community events and much more have the area buzzing with activity. Resources like Peak Radar make it easy for residents and visitors to experience Colorado Springs’s cultural scene by offering up-to-date calendars for upcoming events. Here’s a sample of the city’s go-to offerings:
What better way to revel in Colorado Springs’s community and culture than at a First Friday Downtown event? Hosted on, you guessed it, the first Friday of every month, this event series features new art, live music, galleries and retailers that are uniquely Colorado Springs. You can even hear from the event’s featured artists by taking part in a Curator/Artist-Led First Friday Downtown walking tour.
Nearly 230 arts-related businesses (including makers, artists, architects, designers and performers) are located in the state-certified Creative District of Downtown Colorado Springs. With the help of PikeRide, the recently launched bike share program serving the city center, it’s easy to gallery-hop around the city. Seasonal events surrounding holidays, including the Labor Day Lift-Off hot air balloon festival and the Summer Rodeo Series, also contribute toward the city’s one-of-a-kind culture.
The Culture of Sports
Another integral part of the city’s arts and culture scene is its reputation as Olympic City USA. Both slated to open in 2020, the game-changing Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center and the U.S. & Paralympic Olympic Museum will solidify Colorado Springs as the focal point of Olympic and sports history. The city will also welcome an $8 million Pedestrian Bridge to America the Beautiful Park, connecting the Legacy Loop trail system to the U.S Olympic Museum.
For Your Taste Buds
Even if sports aren’t your topic of interest, there are a handful of unforgettable dining experiences in Colorado Springs. Within its long list of dining hotspots, Colorado Springs is home to Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social, Four by Brother Luck, who was a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Chopped, as well as Story Coffee, which was named Colorado’s most beautiful coffee shop by Architectural Digest.
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