Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region may be known for its amazing natural beauty and outdoor amenities, but its vibrant arts and cultural scene is a not-so-hidden gem of the community, as well. Foodies, artists, music aficionados and theatre-lovers will find plenty to explore as the region’s diverse culture continues to thrive and grow.
Colorado Springs and the surrounding community is home to a wide array of performing arts venues, restaurants, museums, farmers’ markets, art walks and unique events happening year-round. From concerts at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts to art classes at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, to original drama and comedy at the Millibo Art Theatre, visitors and residents alike are bound to find their niche.
Wondering where to start? The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) unites people with arts and culture throughout the Pikes Peak Region, and their website, PeakRadar.com, will connect you with the latest in arts and cultural events and activities.
Our open and welcoming community culture makes it easy for budding artists or creatives to make their mark. More than 70 galleries across the region feature locally-handcrafted art and goods, while groups like the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute and the Opera Theatre of the Rockies offer lively and unique cultural experiences.
Hit a high note with local music performances and venues. Local options range from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, which is the only full-scale professional orchestra in southern Colorado, to intimate venues like The Gold Room, which hosts eclectic artists from jazz to bluegrass to live comedy. The new Ent Center for the Arts, a $60 million multi-venue performance and visual arts exhibition space, opened in 2018 on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus.
Meanwhile, our big-city amenities like the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center offer world-class art exhibitions and professional theatre performances, and museums like the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Western Museum of Mining & Industry give visitors a look at the region’s western heritage.
Plan your outing by visiting PeakRadar.com. There you will find listings and details of local performances, workshops, exhibitions and all that is arts and culture in the Pikes Peak Region.
From our trendy local markets and breweries, to ethnic eateries and the world-famous fine dining at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs has cuisine to satisfy any taste bud, without the long waits you might find at other hip food meccas.
For coffeehouse hipsters and craft beer enthusiasts, locals have an abundance of pour overs and breweries from which to choose.
Ivywild School is a historic schoolhouse that has been converted into a local market hot spot and boasts a brewery, coffee shop, bakery, local art and more. For a delicious downtown bite, there are options like Four by Brother Luck or Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social.
For a more international flair, Colorado Springs has diverse cuisine ranging across cultures from long-standing family-owned restaurants like the Marigold Cafe and Bakery and Edelweiss German Restaurant, to food trucks like PigLatin, serving up all-pork Latin American cuisine.
With annual events like the highly-anticipated Labor Day Lift-Off hot air balloon festival and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, to the Summer Rodeo Series that’s rooted in Western culture and history, our wide variety of unique festivals and events guarantee that residents of all ages will have plenty on their calendars to look forward to.
In addition to these major events and festivals, the Colorado Springs region is always buzzing with activity from numerous art walks, to out of this world experiences at the Space Foundation Discovery Center, to a pop-up holiday ice-skating rink downtown.
Visit our Buzz & Bulletin to explore more events happening in Colorado Springs.