2018 Events in the Pikes Peak Region

There are always things to do here in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.  If you can work some of these into your visit, so much the better. 

CRIPPLE CREEK ICE FESTIVAL
February 9 - 18, 2018
Cripple Creek, CO
Fascinating to watch as blocks of ice are sculpted by artisans into amazing creations!
VisitCrippleCreek.com

BIGHORN SHEEP DAY
February 10, 2018
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Get to know the Bighorn Sheep from the folks at the Garden of the Gods.  Fun activities for kids of all ages.    

MUMBO JUMBO GUMBO COOK-OFF and PARADE
February 10, 2018
Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, CO
Experience a little Mardi-Gras - Laissez les bons temps rouler!
ManitouSprings.org   

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 16 & 17, 2018
Downtown Colorado Springs
Leprechauns on floats and marching bands!  What could be better!
CSStPats.com

EARTH DAY
April 21, 2018   9 am 'til 3 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Lots of fun, free events.  Animal presentations, dancers, and more.      More Info


CANON CITY MUSIC AND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
May 4-6, 2018
Canon City, CO
Great parade every year!  The oldest rodeo in Colorado takes place in Canon City on Blossom Festival weekend; the huge Wright's Amusements Carnival provides thrills for all ages all week long; the Blossom Craft Fair has over 100 vendors and an amazing free Kid Zone; and the ClusterDuck concert on Saturday night kicks off a summer of musical fun in Fremont County.
CCBlossomFestival.com


TERRITORY DAYS
May 26 - 28, 2018
Old Colorado City
The Heritage of the Old West comes alive - music, crafts, food.
ShopOldColoradoCity.com


COLORADO SPRINGS RODEO SERIES
Participate in great rodeo fun, then enjoy a western-style dinner.  Afterwards watch the real cowboys compete.  
Select Wednesdays in June, July & August, 2017
COSRodeo.com

SPRINGS SPREE
June 10, 2018
America the Beautiful Park
Fun for the entire family - carnival rides, live entertainment, food, car show.
SpringSpree.org

PIKES PEAK CELTIC FESTIVAL
June 15 - 17, 2018
Men it Kilts - ‘nuf said.  Oh, and great music, Clans, food, beer.  And did I mention, men in kilts?  This is one of my favorites!  Will Albanach be back this year?  Gosh I hope so. 
pikespeakcelticfestival.com

SPEED WEEK & BROADMOOR PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB
June 170-024, 2018
A whole week of activities.  From the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack to the Premier Hill Climb in the Country.  Holy Cow.  Did they just summit that fast?
PPIHC.com

ROYAL GORGE WHITEWATER FESTIVAL
June 22 - 23, 2018
Centennial Park, Canon City, CO
The 10th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other events to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle.
RoyalGorgeWhiteWaterFestival.com

DONKEY DERBY DAYS
June 22 - 24, 2018
Cripple Creek & Victor
Now in its 87th year, Donkey Derby Days tops the list of favorite Cripple Creek events. People from all over the world descend on downtown, drawn by a chance to watch a race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd, believed to be distant relatives of the original donkeys from the town’s Gold Rush days. Enjoy games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and don't miss meeting our new, baby donkeys!  YAHOO!
VisitCrippleCreek.com

PIKES PEAK ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 30 - July 1
America the Beautiful Park
Art on display, music and more.
PikesPeakArtFest.com



CINCH PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO
July 11 - 14, 2018
Four full days of Cowboys doing Rodeo.  Grab your hat and put on your boots!  Bull riding, bronc bustin’, wrestlin’ steers, and the American Flag!
PikesPeakorBust.org

EL PASO COUNTY FAIR
July 14 - 21, 2018
Calhan, Co
Did someone say tractor pulls?  Demolition Derby?  I’m in.  And all the 4H animals, crafts and food.
ElPasoCountyFair.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATE GAMES
July 20 - 22 & 27 - 29, 2018
More than 35 competitions for athletes of all ages.  Colorado’s largest sports festival!  Multiple venues in the Pikes Peak Region
RockyMountainStateGames.org

GREEK FESTIVAL
August 17 - 19, 2018
Can you hear the music?  Is that an accordion?  And, oh my, does that food smell yummy. Opa!   Amgoc.org

RIDE FOR THE BRAND
CHAMPIONSHIP RANCH RODEO
August 18, 2018
Norris-Penrose Event Center
BBQ before the RODEO and Music after.  Now that's bang for your buck!
ChampionshipRanchRodeo.com


VINO AND NOTES
August 4, 2018
Woodland Park, CO
Wine tastings, food samplings, and oh-so-nice music.  In Woodland Park.  No other description necessary!
VinoandNotes.com

COLORADO SPRINGS LABOR DAY LIFT OFF
September 1 - 3, 2018
Colorado Springs
What a sight!  Early morning or after dark!  More than 60 balloons and fun activities.
ColoradoSpringsLaborDayLiftOff.com

CRUISE ABOVE THE CLOUDS
September 8 & 9, 2018
Woodland Park & Cripple Creek
Great car show with food and beer and tunes. 
CruiseAbovetheClouds.com

COMMONWHEEL ARTIST CO-OP ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
September 1 - 3, 2018
Manitou Springs Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, CO
Beautiful and affordable works by local artisans, music and food.
Commonwheel.com/Festival

HARVEST FESTIVAL
September 29 & 30, 2018
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Canon City, CO
This is a great free annual event.  Wines, artists, entertainment. 
AbbeyWinery.com


COLORADO SPRINGS SCIENCE FESTIVAL
October 13 - 21, 2018 
Hands-on activities, education, fun with sciency stuff.  Sounds good to me.
CSScienceFestival.org

BOO AT THE ZOO
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 31    4:30 - 8:30 pm (Last ticket sold at 7:30)
Costumes, games and trick-or-treating with your animal friends at the Zoo!  Best Zoo Ever - in my opinion.
CMZoo.org/BOO

EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES and PARADE
October 27, 2018
Downtown Manitou Springs
Seriously?  Coffin Races?  How cool is that?  Emma’s legend is “alive” and “well.”
ManitouSprings.org

Have a great Thanksgiving!

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION
December 1, 2018
Downtown Colorado Springs
Bundle up, bring your thermos or they’ll have hot chocolate there.  Wonderful parade with lots of color and lights and… Santa.
ColoradoSpringsFestivalofLights.org


ELECTRIC SAFARI
December 7 - 9
December 14 – 23
December 25 – January 1, 2019

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
A bazillion lights and lighted sculptures.  Again, bundle up.  And have I said this before?  Best. Zoo. Ever.                             www.cmzoo.org/electricsafari/

If you have great events of interest to visitors (or locals, for that matter) please contact us with the details so we can add them to this page. 

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