For those seeking artistic discovery, Colorado Springs is home to award-winning and unique museums, art galleries and live performances.
Check out the community event calendar to see what arts and cultural events to enjoy during your visit. Shop a variety of local art galleries found in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
Downtown Colorado Springs
Downtown Colorado Springs, recognized for a wonderful arts and cultural presence, is a Colorado Certified Creative District. Start the day by enjoying the morning’s blue skies. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Art on the Streets, a rotating exhibit of sculptures that can be found scattered throughout the main streets of downtown.
Grab lunch at Phantom Canyon or Ivywild School which feature local artists’ works along the walls, many for sale. After lunch, head to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, an award-winning, art-deco facility that features traveling exhibits and permanent collections including Dale Chihuly glass.
Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of these delicious downtown restaurants. Next take in a show at the Broadmoor World Arena, Theatreworks, the Millibo Art Theatre or the SaGaJi Theatre. The Event Calendar will show you what’s playing that evening.
Browse the various shops and art galleries along Manitou Ave in this charming town. While you’re walking along the street, taste test one or more of Manitou’s natural springs. Each have their own unique flavor. Be sure to stop into the Commonwheel Artists Co-Op where you can find a variety of art pieces crafted by locals.
Grab lunch at the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
After lunch, take a scenic drive through Garden of the Gods Park. It’s definitely a must-see every trip to Colorado Springs. Feel free to take a stroll through the Central Gardens but be sure to stop at the Trading Post. It is Colorado’s largest art gallery and gift shop. Browse the art and have a sweet snack – ice cream, homemade fudge and coffee are available.
Head back into Manitou Springs to the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater for dinner and a show! Make your three course dinner reservation between 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Start your day in Old Colorado City browsing the local artist galleries and boutiques. The Arati Artist Gallery features only original work by local Colorado artists. Be sure to spend some time in Michael Garman Museum and Gallery. Magic Town is worth the nominal fee, plus you get free popcorn and a must-do scavenger hunt.
Have lunch in Old Colorado City. Some favorites are Bon Ton’s Café, La Baquette or Pizzeria Rustica. Next, take in some culture by walking the halls of The Broadmoor. Hotel owner, Phillip Anschutz owns one of the most prestigious collections of western art in the world, some are original and some aren’t, but he’ll never tell which. The property offers retreats, classes and workshops.
Create your own masterpiece at Painting with a Twist. The instructors will provide everything you need and will walk you step-by-step to help you create your own painting of the night. Bring your own snacks and purchase your wine at the studio. It’s sure to be a fun night!
Is it Friday? Many of the communities in the Pikes Peak region feature Art Walks on one Friday every month.
1st Friday Downtown
- Where: Downtown Colorado Springs
- When: First Friday of every month, 5 - 8 PM
- What: Free event features gallery receptions, art openings, performances and food & beverages from local restaurants.
1st Friday ArtWalk
- Where: Old Colorado City
- When: Every First Friday of the month from April - December
- What: Free event featuring the shops, galleries and restaurants in Historic Old Colorado City
1st Friday Art Walk
- Where: Canon City
- When: Every First Friday of the month 5 - 8PM
- What: Browse the local art galleries along Main Street.
3rd Friday ArtWalk
- Where: downtown historic Manitou Springs
- When: Every third Friday of the month from March - November 5 - 9PM
- What: Free event showcasing hundreds of local artists and dozens of the galleries in Manitou Springs