Summer is finally here! There are loads of opportunities to take advantage of outdoor concerts, free movies, beautiful hikes, cool splash pads, delicious food – the only problem is knowing where to start, but I’m hoping our Summer Fun in Colorado Springs page will help you out with that! It’s been updated with this year’s information and will be added to throughout the summer as new things come up and I’m able to update.
Events & Entertainment
The annual Woodland Music Series continues this summer in Woodland Park, with seven free concerts taking place on select Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings in June, July, August, and September. The lineup of artists is on their website, along with the location of each concert (some are at Ute Cultural Center and some are at Midland Park).
Colorado Springs City Auditorium is again doing Summer Sacklunch Serenades this year: watch a silent film, accompanied by the music of the1927 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ at noon on Thursdays from May through August. You can bring your own lunch to this event (in the past, they’ve had specials that you could purchase for $5 as well).
See the full schedule and get more info here – click on the links for the monthly calendar to get information. The City Auditorium is located at 221 E. Kiowa Street and you can call (719) 385-5969 for more information.
The Friends of Monument Valley Park organization will present free outdoor concerts on three Monday evenings in July! Bring your own chairs or blankets and a picnic, or they’ll also have food trucks on site. Get the lineup of artists here. According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the concerts will be held at Monument and Mesa Streets, or as the concert organizer describes it, the lawn west of the Fine Arts Center.
Widefield Parks and Recreation will present a series of free outdoor movies at Pi-Ute Park on four selected Friday evenings in June and July. Movies will begin at dusk, but they’ll have other activities beginning at 7 PM. For the complete schedule, check out this Facebook post.
Local outdoor organization UpaDowna will host free events where you can try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at Prospect Lake this summer! They provide the equipment and you can try out the sport and see how you like it. UpaDowna’s free SUP socials will be held on select dates (both weekdays and weekends) in June and July – check out the schedule and details here and here.
Our family has gotten into SUP and we love it. We tried it out in Buena Vista last fall, and found a good deal on SUPs at Sam’s Club this year so we have been having fun doing it as a family. It can be very relaxing or a great workout, depending on how you want to do it!
The Manitou Springs Library will be hosting a series of free outdoor summer concerts on select evenings in June, July, and August. There are a lot of different concerts in this series this year! You can find the artists that will be performing here. Note that there are different start times for some of the concerts.
Manitou Springs will also hold their annual ice cream social and pie baking contest on the same night as a concert (July 2) – you can read more about that here. I haven’t been to this event but always thought it sounded like so much fun!
The Denver Botanic Gardens offers free admission to both their York Street and Chatfield Farms locations on select days! Here are the free admission days for the rest of 2018.
York Street Free Days
- Tuesday, June 5th
- Thursday, July 19th
- Wednesday, August 29th
- Saturday, November 3rd
Chatfield Farms Free Days
- Tuesday, June 5th
- Tuesday, July 3rd
- Tuesday, August 7th
- Tuesday, November 6th