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Major Annual Colorado Springs Events, Festivals and Holiday Activities

There are Colorado Springs events and holidays happening around the region all year long. Check out our top annual events below or view our full Calendar of Events.

Here is a sampling of our annual events and holiday specials:

February

  • Cripple Creek Ice Festival - Local and world-famous sculptors create beautiful displays of ice.
  • Valentine's Day Events - With love in the air and deals on our site, you'll be sure to find that "something special" for your special someone.
  • Bighorn Sheep Day - Spot the bighorn sheep herd at the Garden of the Gods and enjoy various family-friendly activities all day.
  • Downtown Olympic Celebration - Celebrate the 2014 Sochi Olympics by watching the Opening Ceremonies and enjoying live entertainment and food.

March

April

  • Easter Brunch & Activities - find Easter brunch options, Easter egg hunt locations and other fun Easter day activities for the family.
  • Earth Day - Celebrate our beautiful planet with festivals, clean-ups and more.

May

  • Territory Days - Celebrate the heritage of the Old West with entertainment, crafts and delicious food.
  • U.S. Air Force Graduation - See more than 1,000 cadets toss their hats into the Colorado sky to mark the accomplishment.

June

  • Donkey Derby Days - Enjoy a festive parade and cheer on your favorite donkey as they participate in a 12-mile race from Victor to Cripple Creek.
  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - What takes the average tourist about an hour 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.
  • Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival - With twenty different challenges to choose from, this adventurous festival has something for everyone. Spectators have just as much fun as participants watching the wet and wild events.
  • Father's Day Specials - Find things to do with Dad on his special day.

July

  • Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo - A premier rodeo competition sanctioned by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Hoot 'n holler for steer wrestling, bareback broncs, tie-down roping, bull riding and women's barrel racing.
  • Rocky Mountain State Games - Colorado's largest sports festival, the Rocky Mountain State Games offers athletes of all ages and abilities the opportunity to compete in one or more of the 35+ sports offered.
  • 4th of July Celebrations - Plan your 4th of July 4 activities with these ideas.
  • El Paso County Fair - Go to the fair and enjoy all of the traditional fair favorites: food, 4H animal shows, nightly events and much more!

August

  • Pikes Peak Marathon - Runners tackle Pikes Peak via Barr Trail in what is one of the toughest marathons in the U.S.

September

  • Colorado Balloon Classic - It's an amazing sight to see over 75 hot air balloons ascend into the deep blue Colorado sky. Weather permitting, balloons ascend each morning during the Labor Day weekend. Catch the BalloonGlo on Saturday & Sunday evenings.
  • Oktoberfest in Woodland Park - The two-day German-style festival is a great way to enjoy this beautiful mountain town

October

  • Colorado Springs Science Festival - This week long celebration of everything science includes hands-on activities, open laboratories, student research presentations and science demonstrations that are fun for all ages.

  • Emma Crawford Coffin Race - The legend of Emma Crawford lives on in the wacky Coffin Race in Manitou Springs.
  • Halloween - Find kid-friendly and scrary things to do, Halloween parties and more.

November

  • Thanksgiving Specials- Whether you're looking for a traditional Thanksgiving meal or something a little more unique, you'll be thankful to enjoy these wonderful Thanksgiving specials. Then take the family on a unique Thanksgiving activity!

December

  • Festival of Lights - Everyone loves an old-fashioned parade with floats, animals, lights, music and of course, Santa!
  • New Year's Eve - Ring in the new year in style at any of these celebratory events in Colorado Springs!