Eddie Cochran once sang that “there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”. In Colorado Springs, however, there ain’t no time for the summertime blues. And it’s not because we’re being overworked or yelled at by our parents. We simply do not mess around when it comes to summer fun in the Pikes Peak region. Warm weather and long days make for absolutely packed events schedules with a variety of activities that will keep you moving all summer long. In fact, there are so many, we can only share them a month at a time. And since it’s officially June, we’ll start with … June.
First Friday Artwalk in OCC
The Colorado Springs art scene is thriving and growing by leaps and bounds. First Friday is the day when galleries throughout the city throw open their doors for an evening of mingling and perusing of paintings, drawings, sculpture and more. You can look or you can buy, but rest assured, there will be no shortage of art to explore. The city takes art so seriously, they even have a free shuttle to take you from Manitou Springs to Old Colorado City to downtown Colorado Springs from 5-8 p.m.
Manitou Springs Wine Fest — June 1
Picture this: You, strolling under beautiful Colorado skies, a glass of wine in hand, surrounded by happy folks with live music in the background. Sound like an unreachable heaven? Try heaven on earth. The Manitou Springs Wine Fest has 30 wineries sharing generous tastings from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. Food is available for purchase and live music is included in the festival.
Top of the World Rodeo — June 8-9
Cripple Creek already offers the best in Old West experiences, but every year, when the Top of the World Rodeo comes to town, it gets even better! For three days, the town welcomes cowboys and cowgirls to perform epic feats of horsemanship, bull riding and more. There’s mutton busting for the littles, a pancake breakfast each morning, a rodeo street dance and tons of fun to be had. And whatever you do, don’t miss the rodeo parade on Saturday! Tickets run $10 a day for adults, $5 a day for military and kids. Discounts on 2-day passes. (Purchase at the fairgrounds.)
Manitou Cliff Dwelling Wolf Adventures — June 15
Want a chance to meet real live wolves close to home? You’ll have your chance in June when Colorado Wolf Adventures pays a visit to the Pikes Peak region’s famous Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Getting to see the wolves is free, but for a small donation, you can also snap a photo with the cuddly carnivores (the donation goes to the care of the wolves).
Pikes Peak Free Day for Dads — June 16
You can show the dads in your life that they are the top dudes by taking them to the top of Pikes Peak on Father’s Day. With your paid admission, your dad will get in for free. There are lakes to fish in (with a license), trails to hike and unbeatable views at the summit. We suggest you buy your dad one of the world-famous hot donuts at the top to show him you love him (buy one for yourself, too).
Old Colorado City WestFest – June 23
Celebrate the westside of Colorado Springs at WestFest in Old Colorado City. Held in Bancroft Park, WestFest celebrates all that makes the area awesome, with a fun kid zone, live music, art, food, drinks and more. You’ll get to mingle with your westside neighbors from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and the event is free!
Donkey Derby Days — June 21-23
Donkey Derby Days is a three-day festival that has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike for 87 years. Even better, this weekend of fabulous fun is completely free to the public. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, you can have a pancake breakfast before strolling the vendors that line the streets, visiting the petting zoo, catching the donkey races or checking out the Wild West shoot-out. There’s live music, melodrama at the Old Butte Theater, a cool dog show, kids’ activities, beer gardens, baby donkeys and a parade. Come for one day or stay for all three because there will be no shortage of fun.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Moonlight on the Mountain — June 27
The grown-ups are taking over the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo at this adults-only gala that supports the care and preservation of animals. Your admission includes samples of tasty foods from local restaurants as well as wine, beer and harder spirits. You can wander the zoo after dark to check out all the animals who haven’t gone to bed and dance your heart out to live music until 10 p.m. This event always sells out fast, so do not wait until the last minute to pick up a ticket (starting at $70.75).
Looks like we’ve filled your dance card for June. We suggest you fuel up and get moving. You’ve got a lot to do!