You’ve probably heard about the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City. After all, it’s one of the world’s highest suspension bridges and the highest bridge in the United States, crossing over the Arkansas River at a whopping 956 feet. But what you may not have known is that Royal Gorge Bridge and Park transforms into a summer fun hot spot every year in May, complete with a loaded events calendar, cool attractions and other great activities to wipe out those summertime blues. Read on for a deep dive into the Royal Gorge Bridge summer events calendar!
101 Days of Music at the Royal Gorge
From May through September, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park turns into a family-friendly small concert venue, bringing a variety of live music to you every day at 12:30 p.m. The bands that play each week are always changing and so are the types of music you’ll get to experience. Enjoy jazz, rock, country, blues, folk and a whole lot more at the Bridgeview Bandstand — and feel free to dance! Click the link to find out who’s playing at 100 Days of Music this season: https://royalgorgebridge.com/upcoming-events/
Park After Dark: Royal Gorge Summer Concert Series
In addition to its daytime music lineup that runs all summer long, the Royal Gorge also offers a special concert series called Park After Dark. Grab a picnic blanket, comfy lawn chairs and your favorite dancing shoes for an evening of live music covered only by the Colorado summer sky and surrounded by the panorama of the mountains. Concessions are available for purchase and you can enjoy alcoholic beverages at Café 1230, Bridgeview BBQ, Elk Park Amphitheater and Bristol Brewery (bringing sealed water along is fine). If you want to make an evening of it and not worry about driving home, you can even camp out post-concert at 8-Mile Hill for an additional fee. Your ticket fee includes also all-day admission to the Royal Gorge Park, so come early and explore the park, snap photos and hang out. Click the link to catch the line-up for Park After Dark: https://royalgorgebridge.com/events/park-after-dark-concert-series
Northern Wind Dancers
Experience the exquisite performances of the Northern Winds Dancers as they share the beauty of their culture with the world. Music, history and dance combine to create an inspiring show that is filled with color and sound. The Northern Winds Dancers are famous throughout Colorado for their lively shows that celebrate native culture and heritage — you’ve probably seen them at Territory Days! Check out their performance on select Saturdays and Sundays in July, August and September at 12:30 p.m. To find out which days they’ll be at the Royal Gorge, click here: https://royalgorgebridge.com/upcoming-events/
You know those super cool and colorful rocks you’ve seen pop up throughout Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region? They’re fun, right? There’s something magical about discovering one on a hike or a walk about town. At the Royal Gorge, kids will get a chance to make their very own cool Colorado rock for free every weekend over the summer months. Paint and stones will be provided, no need to bring your own. By the way, it’s totally okay to fall in love with your rock and keep it. We won’t tell. (Rock painting runs from 12:30-4:30 p.m.)
Nature Educators: Birds of Prey
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Royal Gorge can get a little wild — and we’re not talking about the Sky Coaster. Nope, every weekend during the summer, you can learn all about majestic birds of prey from nature experts during fun raptor talks from Nature Educators. The educational-but-exciting talks are fun for all ages and everyone will leave knowing something new about the fascinating birds that live all around us. Plus, you’ll get to see some of these awesome birds in person! Talks last about 20 minutes and occur on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Royal 50 Mountain Bike Race
Even if you’re not a mountain biker, the Royal 50 Mountain Bike Race is still awesome for spectators (and you get discounted admission of $17 if you pre-purchase here). Festivities for the race include live entertainment and a party to celebrate that is welcoming to everyone! However, if you are of the mountain biking mind, this incredible 50-mile race (and 20-mile race called the Gorgeous 20) is sure to please. A single-track course leads you through Colorado scenery, complete with technical challenges, hills and fun. The race is held on Saturday, September 22 and features awards for various age groups. Cost for either distance is $85 through Aug. 21. You can register at bikinguru.com/E1.asp?eID=royal50&SourceCode=RGtiny.
Are you excited yet? We sure are! If you want to try to catch every event, don’t forget you can purchase a season pass to the Royal Gorge, which includes 10% off the Park After Dark concerts. Otherwise, get your planner out and start figuring out the perfect day to maximize your fun. See you there!
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