Colorado Springs may be known for its amazing outdoor amenities, but its vibrant culture and arts scene is a not-so-hidden gem of the city as well. Foodies, artists, music aficionados and theatre-lovers alike will find their niche in Colorado Springs, and continue to have new things to explore as the region’s diverse culture only continues to grow.
Downtown Colorado Springs is home to a wide array of performing arts venues, restaurants, museums, farmers markets, art walks and unique recreational events happening year round. The walkable streets are filled with sculptures, storefronts and an eclectic mix of both historic and modern architecture.
Our open and welcoming community culture makes it easy for budding artists or creatives to make their mark. Countless galleries downtown feature locally-handcrafted art and goods, while organizations like the Pikes Peak Makerspace offer makerspaces and classes for studio artists and entrepreneurs.
For music mavens, local options range from the beautiful Colorado Springs Philharmonic, which is the only full-scale professional orchestra in southern Colorado, to intimate venues like The Mezzanine and The Gold Room which host eclectic artists from jazz to bluegrass. An hour’s drive north along the Front Range brings you to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a stunning venue nestled among towering rock formations that attracts some of the nation’s biggest acts.
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.
The new Ivywild School has something for everyone: a historic schoolhouse that has been converted into a local market hotspot boasts a brewery, coffee shop, bakery, local art and more. For a delicious downtown bite, there’s the new Odyssey Gastropub or Springs Orleans.