Calendar of Events
There are so many fun things to see and do around Colorado Springs, Canon City, Cripple Creek, Manitou and Old Colorado City, we want to help you and your family have the best time you can around the Pikes Peak Region.
Scroll down below to check out our member attraction's event and happenings around the region.
To submit an event not listed, please email us at info (at) pikes-peak.com. To learn more about a specific event, please call the attraction hosting the event.
- May 24 to May 31: Cave of the Wind's Military Appreciation WeekCave of the Winds would like to show our appreciation for our service personnel! Military, Firefighters, EMT’s and more; you are all welcome! Visit us and take a Discovery Tour for just $18, and we will waive the outdoor attractions fee of $20!
This day of fun with your family also includes 10% off everything in our Gift Shop and Caver’s Café with each purchase of $20 or more (does not include already discounted items.) http://caveofthewinds.com/what-to-expect/packages-and-deals
- May 25 to May 27: Old Colorado City's Territory DaysThe region's oldest running street festival with entertainment, gold panning, local arts and crafts, beer gardens and delicious food. You and your family can also check out gun shows, over 180 craft, commercial and food booths. Learn more here.
- May 25 to June 15: Echo Canyon River Expedition's Best time to raftExperience the thrill of whitewater rafting with the region's best rafting company, Echo Canyon. This is the perfect time of year to experience the best rapids, coolest guides and tons of fun! Make reservations here.
- May 29: Air Force Academy GraduationExperience the tradition of the Air Force's Graduation Ceremony! Learn more here.
- June 1: Manitou Springs Colorado Wine FestivalOne of Colorado's best wine festivals, with over 25 wineries represented and retailers selling wine-related wares. Food booths and entertainment throughout the event. Find out more here.
June 7-9: Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Fair - Western Museum of Mining and Industry You can find gold, crystals and fossils. Learn more here.
- June 9: Starlight Spectacular at Garden of the GodsNight-time biking event for all ages, starting at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center through Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs, ending with a hot breakfast. Learn more here.
- June 9: Garden of the Gods 10-Mile RunFirst held in 1977, 2013 marks the 37th annual running of this event through the spectacular Garden of the Gods park. Enjoy the beauty of the park and camaraderie of fellow runners. Click here for registration information and other details.
- June 11-12: Civil War Re-enactmentAn annual event at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Enjoy re-enactments of tactical battles, cannon fire, plus live music, food, entertainment and more. Learn more here.
- June 15-16: Tractor Show at the Royal Gorge Bridge and ParkJoin the Arkansas Valley Flywheelers for this annual event as they display their antique tractors and equipment in the Waterclock Plaza. Click here to learn more.
June 16: Fathers' Day - Dad's Get in Free (with child present) at Royal Gorge Bridge. Click here for more details.
- June 16: Fathers' Day - Dad's Get in Free (with child present) at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Click here for more details.
- June 16: Fathers' Day - Dad's Get in Free (with child present) at Seven Falls. Click here for more details.
- June 27: Moonlight on the Mountain at Cheyenne Mountain ZooCome mix and mingle under the stars while enjoying food and adult beverages from local restaurants, breweries and spirit purveyors. Special animal shows, and live music throughout the Zoo. Find out more here.
- June 28: Longhorn Cattle Drive on Tejon StreetActual Longhorn cattle in a parade along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs to kick-off the Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo. Click here to learn more.
- June 29: Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo Real working cowboys compete in a series of fun team competitions including wild cow milking! Find our more details by clicking here.
- June 30: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
What takes the average vehicle about an hour and a half to drive, the professional drivers make in 10 minutes! Witness the world’s highest auto race and one of the most grueling events in all of motor racing. Fun events the week leading up to the race. Click here to learn more.
- June 29-30: Donkey Derby Days
Enjoy a festive parade and cheer on your favorite donkey as they participate in a 12-mile race from Victor to historic Cripple Creek, Colorado. Find out more here.
- July 2-4: Fourth of July Celebration at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Three-day celebration with various live entertainment acts, food, fun and more! Learn more here.
- July 2-4: Fourth of July Celebration in Historic Manitou Springs Three-day celebration in Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs. Live entertainment, food and retail vendors, buffalo BBQ, and more. To learn more, click here.
- July 9: Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo ParadeWatch the Pikes Peak or Bust Parade kick off the action the day before the actual rodeo starts. The western cultural parade will make its way down Tejon Street in the center of Downtown Colorado Springs. All money raised by the parade program and entries go to local military charities. To learn more, click here.
- July 10: Summer Roundup Trail Run 12KStarting at 7 a.m. this race starts and finishes in Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. The course uses park trails to get to High Drive. Both the trails and High Drive are well-groomed with lots of great scenery. To learn more, click here.
- July 10-13: Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is one of the top rodeos in the U.S. and draws over 500 of the best cowboys and cowgirls from across the country to compete for nearly $200,000 in prize money. This Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Rodeo is one of the nation’s premier competitions sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, and everyone’s favorite – mutton bustin'. Outside the arena there is also much to enjoy from pony rides, mutton bustin’ tryouts, performing pigs, great food, and shopping. Click here to find out more information.
- July 20-27: El Paso County Fair Entertainment, great food, animal competition, ice cream- and watermelon-eating contests, Paint Mine tours and more can be found at the Fair. Find out more here.
- July 21: Cycling Hill Climb (Formerly Assault on the Peak) Pikes Peak America’s Mountain This is the same course that the International Auto Hill climb has been using for 85 years. Riders will negotiate over 154 turns and climb over 4,700 feet in 20km to reach the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain. Find out more here.
- July 19-21 and 26-28: Rocky Mountain State Games Compete, or cheer on your favorite athletes, in this Olympic-style competition with over 30 separate events held at the United States Air Force Academy in various venues. Click here for more details.
- August 17-18: Pikes Peak Ascent® and MarathonThis annual race begins at the base of Pikes Peak (Barr Trail) in Manitou Springs and climbs over 7,700 feet to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,115 feet!) This race is an annual tradition in Colorado Springs since 1966. For more information, click here.
- August 23- September 2: Colorado State FairHeld at the Pueblo State Fair Grounds, this annual fair celebrates its 140th year in 2013. Live entertainment, thrilling competitions, quirky vendor booths and good ol’ Western fun. It’s the one time of year when gorging on fried food is practically a sport and Foam Fest is just a cover name for taste-testing Colorado’s craft beers. Click here for a complete listing of events and information.
- August 26-28: Mountain Music Festival 31st Annual Mountain Music Festival Manitou Springs. Come out and enjoy live music during this weekend long event at Soda Springs Park in Historic Downtown Manitou Springs. This free family fun event features performances from professional musicians, arts and crafts, food from local vendors, music workshops and fun activities for children. Find out more here.
August 31- September 2: Commonwheel Artists Co-op Art and Crafts Fair
This juried show and sale features some of Colorado’s best artists. Enjoy the fresh air, the food and the entertainment in Memorial Park in Historic Manitou Springs. Find out more here.
September 28: Harvest in the ParkThis is an annual festive celebration of community and cuisine that benefits Bancroft Park in Historic Old Colorado City. To learn more, click here.
- August 8-September 2: Colorado Balloon ClassicThe event is held in Memorial Park, in Colorado Springs. Witness the mass ascensions of dozens of hot air balloons, with a Balloon Glo® scheduled for Saturday and Sunday evenings. A variety of concessions are available and entertainment is provided during each event. For a complete list of events and more information, click here.
- TBD Military Appreciation Weekend, cmzoo.org 633-9925
October 18-20 and October 25-27: Boo at the Zoo, Boo at the zoo is perfect for your little ghosts and goblins this year, the region's most exclusive Halloween party. The event is a fun way for families with young children to enjoy a safe, memorable and unique Halloween experience. Find out more here.
- October 19: Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off Historic Old Colorado City Bancroft Park
- October Haunted MinesLooking for some thrills and chills this Halloween season? Check out the Haunted Mines on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry every year. A local favorite!
- October 20: North Slope Recreation Area closes on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain for the season, www.PikesPeakColorado.com, 719-385-7325
- October 26: Emma Crawford Festival & Coffin RacesThe Emma Crawford Coffin Races are a yearly tradition which is named after a woman whose coffin-ated body washed down Red Mountain during a flood. Now the townspeople celebrate her memory by dressing up, some in clothing inspired by the late Ms. Crawford, parading their home-made coffins on wheels down the street. Teams then race their "Emma" down the 195-yard track for a trophy, bragging rights, and a cash prizes.
December 7: Festival of Lights Parade, Everyone loves an old-fashioned parade with floats, animals, lights, music and, of course, Santa!
- Every Weekend in December: Santa in the Cabin Bancroft Park in Historic Old Colorado City
- December 7-9 and 14-January 1 Electric Safari, Over 1 million lights and 40 animated light sculptures transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Warming fires and select indoor exhibits keep everyone toasty!
- December 31: Adaman Club Annual Fireworks display on top of Pikes Peak.
- Santa Train, www.cograilway.com Take a very special Cog Railway train during the Holiday! At Fout Mile Siding (not quite to the Summit of Pikes Peak, but at 10,000 feet) the Cog Railways Trail will let you and your children off to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Be sure to bring your camera to take pictures with Santa!
- December: Miramont Castle Museum – Victorian Christmas, www.miramontcastle.org