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Arts & Culture

Creativity as Vibrant as the Autumn Leaves

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.

Just outside the city you’ll find more colorful galleries and shops, rich history and unusual events like the Coffin Races in Manitou Springs or the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second-oldest motor sports race in America.

Arts & Music

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.

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.

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.

Dining

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.

For a more international flair, Colorado Springs has diverse cuisine ranging across cultures from long-standing family-owned restaurants like the French Marigold Cafe and Bakery and Edelweiss German Restaurant, to food trucks like PigLatin, serving up all-pork Latin American cuisine.

Festivals & Events

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 “Space After Dark” evenings 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!

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