Annual Events in the Pikes Peak Region

The Great Fruitcake Toss | Manitou Springs | January Join local Manitoids on January 26 to enjoy this old-fashioned event of flying those leftover fruitcakes! Fruitcake will be available for rent ($1)  for those of you who like fruitcake…

The Great Fruitcake Toss | Manitou Springs | January

Join local Manitoids on January 26 to enjoy this old-fashioned event of flying those leftover fruitcakes!

Fruitcake will be available for rent ($1)  for those of you who like fruitcake or who didn’t receive any for Christmas.

Local bakers will compete for the title of Fruitcake King or Queen and the community will determine who makes the best organic, non-GMO, or natural wonderful fruitcake.

It all started in 1995 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and more than 20 years later, we are going old school! Events will feature feats of strength and talent (and balance and taste!)


Cripple Creek Ice Festival | Cripple Creek | February

The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you.

The Cripple Creek Ice Festival features numerous fun events to enjoy throughout the two event weekends.

Interactive sculptures are available for event attendees to climb on and to have a Kodak moment. Several sculptures are made just for kids, with a fun ice slide and an ice maze that are all made of ice.

Street vendors have just the perfect thing to bring home as a memento of your visit here, and an ice bar with a liquor luge ensures you always have a refreshing beverage to enjoy.


Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and Carnival Parade | Manitou Springs | March

The Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off is the best way to experience Mardi-Gras and Cajun cuisine in Manitou Springs! Samples of gumbo will be served from professional chefs and amateur cooks to help determine who has the best gumbo! Samples of gumbo will be available for 50 cents each.

Make sure to stick around after the Cook-Off when Manitou Avenue will fill up with spectators to watch the Mardi-Gras Parade.


Meadowgrass Music Festival | Black Forest | May

MeadowGrass Music Festival, is a 3-day music fest over Memorial Day weekend, with over 20 local and national bands at the secluded La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest, CO.

On-site camping, spectacular scenery, a variety of top area food caterers, kids activities, and award-winning artists make MeadowGrass a unique, fun, and family-friendly festival!


Territory Days | Colorado Springs | May

Territory Days in Colorado Springs is held every Memorial Day weekend in historic Old Colorado City located on the west side of Colorado Springs. Enjoy over 180 food and craft booths, live music, a kids’ play area and petting zoo and much more. See the performances by Native American dancers, Wild West gunfight re-enactments and live blacksmith demonstrations. Territory Days in Colorado Springs has plenty of food and entertainment for the entire family.

From its humble beginnings, Territory Days has grown from a small neighborhood craft fair into a three-day street festival which now hosts over 180 booths. Between 80,000 and 150,000 guests, enjoy this event every Memorial weekend.


Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast | Colorado Springs | June

The Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast is one of Colorado Springs’ most iconic celebrations of its deep-rooted western heritage. The Street Breakfast has also become an annual fundraising event that supports our local military and their families.

Mark your calendar and set your alarm for early morning so you can join us for this fun, festive and family-friendly event. We close down the streets, bring out the hay bales and cook up a tasty, hot breakfast for you to devour while you listen to the renowned Flying W Wranglers as well as the country/rock band Exit West and the talented students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The Sweetwater Native American dancers will thrill and amaze with their authentic dress and dances.


Donkey Derby Days | Cripple Creek | June

For more than 80 years, Donkey Derby Days have topped 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 other fun family activities that will make your visit one to remember!


Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Fan Fest | Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs | June

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), brought to you by Gran Turismo, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in Colorado, USA held annually on the last Sunday of June.

Fan Fest, presented by Budweiser and Toyo Tires, is Colorado Springs’ largest and most popular street festival action packed with stunts performed by the Red Bull Motorcycle Jumpers, courtesy of Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli.

Held annually on the Friday before Race Day, more than 30,000 people gather in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs to experience this 10-block street party.


Blues Under the Bridge | Colorado Springs | June

It is a production of 91.5 FM KRCC that benefits the not-for-profit public radio station to be able to serve the community with NPR, local reporting and music.

Blues Under the Bridge has become recognized as a premier blues music festival attracting blues fans from all over Colorado, and the greater Southwest United States.


Summer Symphony | Colorado Springs | July

For four decades, our city has celebrated our nation’s birth with thrilling music and spectacular fireworks. In partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, this annual concert connects our community in a way like no other on July 4.

As a bonus, Woodland park has their own Summer Symphony on July 5 entitled Symphony Above the Clouds!


Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo | Colorado Springs | July

Championship rodeo is coming to town this summer at the 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

The top talent in professional rodeo will be invited to this PRCA-sanctioned event, competing in seven standard events including Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Barrel Racing.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, showcasing top rodeo talent and action, while providing wholesome entertainment for area residents, as well as visitors to the region. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy top rodeo action and tons of family fun, all while honoring our local military and their families.


Mountain Arts Festival | Woodland Park | August

Find a variety of high quality and unique artwork from artists from all across the nation. Booths will feature jewelry designers, woodcarvers, photographers, painters, potters and much more.

There will be plenty of delicious food vendors to satisfy your taste buds while browsing the beautiful art pieces. With the picturesque backdrop of Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain, the Mountain Arts Festival in Woodland Park is a beautiful piece of art itself.


Labor Day Lift-OffColorado Springs | September

Start your morning off right with a hot air balloon mass ascension of over 70 balloons accompanied by breakfast and drinks from local vendors.

Activities will continue throughout the day with skydiving demonstrations, wake boarding exhibitions, paddle boarding, live entertainment, chainsaw carving and donut eating competitions.

Wrap up your visit at Memorial Park over the Labor Day weekend with a hot air balloon glow at dusk.


Commonwheel Arts Festival | Manitou Springs | September

Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festivalis a juried three-day event filled with high quality artwork, talented musicians, and fabulous food, in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park.

For 44 years Commonwheel Artists Co-op has helped create an awareness of American-made original fine art and contemporary craft by bringing over 100 quality artists to their annual art festival. Each year a jury of professional artists selects which artists will be showing.

Commonwheel also offers a line-up of local musicians playing original music in a variety of music styles on our stage. Art and music patrons can sit and listen (or dance) to their favorite entertainers while enjoying a tasty treat and a cold drink, including beer and wine options.


‘What If…” Festival | Colorado Springs | September

The What IF… Festival celebrates lifelong learning and delights the community with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region.

With the help of an awesome team of  cool creatives and essential community cooperation,

The Festival offers a day of free engaging, interactive, and exciting experiences to WOW participants of all ages.

The What IF… Festival, the only event of its kind, supports economic development and intellectual vitality by welcoming over 25,000 participants to discover the breakthroughs of local businesses, organizations, artists, scientists, inventors, performers, and students.


Holly Berry Folk Art Festival | Colorado Springs | September

The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is held annually at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in the spectacular Garden of the Gods Park.

It features the fine works of 165 juried artisans from across the United States.

You will find exquisite fine art, a unique array of fine crafts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, antiques and much, much more, complimented by food music and historic tours.

This event benefits the preservation and restoration of Rock Ledge Ranch.


Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival | Manitou Springs | October

In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of the community.

​In the years since, the races have grown into an often copied but never equaled Manitou Springs tradition.


Arts Month | Pikes Peak Region | October

Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.

The official call to action during Arts Month is to “have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends during the month of October!”

The starting point for everything Arts Month is!

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Artini, the official kickoff for this year’s Arts Month campaign.


Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival | Colorado Springs | November

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival is the longest running women’s film festival in North America. The festival showcases documentary, narrative shorts and animated films that are thought-provoking and enriching, and that encourage global awareness and personal growth.

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it and that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversation.


Festival of Lights | Colorado Springs | December

The Festival of Lights Parade is a nonprofit organization, established to ensure that the citizens of the Pikes Peak Region are able to enjoy this wonderful local tradition each December.

The organization relies heavily on grants and sponsors to help offset some of the costs associated with producing the parade, including: police overtime, cleanup, insurance and band stipends.