All winter we dream about what to do this summer in Colorado Springs. Once the weather warms up, we get distracted by life’s little details and challenges and somehow forget to schedule those perfect summer events. Here is a summary of some well-known and lesser-known events so you can get them on your calendar before the summer slips away.
Compete in Colorado Springs
Rocky Mountain State Games
Various Locations Around Colorado Springs
July 20-22 and July 27-29
Colorado’s largest multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities, including those with physical disabilities or visual impairment. Premier venues include: Olympic Training Center, National Strength & Conditioning Association, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Memorial Park and other venues in the Pikes Peak Region.
Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb
Saturday August 11
Created in 2010, this year marks the 9th consecutive year of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, an annual event of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. This event attracts the top competitive and recreational cyclists from across the nation and around the world and gives cyclists of all abilities the chance to compete on Pikes Peak.
Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon
This event is not for the faint of heart. In fact, this race has some pretty steep competition to both qualify for the event as well as to become a participant. If you are up for the rigorous training, this event is not to be missed and you will never forget the experience..
Watch in Colorado Springs
Air Force Academy
Jon Stewart will host this year’s games and a free concert will be performed by Kelly Clarkson during the opening ceremony. Approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in the competition. The athletes will represent the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command. Athletes from the U.K. Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and Canadian Armed Forces will also compete.
Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack
Colorado Springs Airport
Can’t make it to the Daytona 500? Have no fear, this may fill your need for speed. Enjoy a half mile side-by-side trap speed racing event presented by Revvolution and Shift-S3ctor right here at our very own Colorado Springs Airport. Airstrip Attack is a competition featuring more than two hundred of the fastest, most powerful street cars in the nation.
U.S. Senior Open
June 25 – July 1
The 39th U.S. Senior Open will be the eighth USGA Championship contested at the Broadmoor in its rich history. Coinciding with the Centennial Celebration of the Broadmoor Hotel, the week will be a memorable event for the whole family, with celebrations worthy of 100 years of excellence. The championship will be hosted by John Elway, our Honorary Chair.
Enjoy in Colorado Springs
Old Colorado City
Old Colorado City’s historic district between 23rd Street and 27th Street will come alive with music, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. A huge craft vendor fair takes center stage with other activities such as pony rides, kids play area, petting zoo, Cowboy Church Service, toy train rides, gold panning, wild west gunfight re-enactments, live blacksmithing, period costumed characters, live birds of prey, native American dancers and two beer gardens with live music running all three days.
America the Beautiful Park
With music, a 5K fun run and tons of vendors, this is a quintessential summer activity. The weather will be great, and you can’t get much more summer than this.
4th of July Philharmonic
After the afternoon barbeque, head on over to Memorial Park for a fantastic performance from Wild Blue Country from United States Airforce Academy at 5:30 followed at 7:30 p.m. by The Colorado Springs Philharmonic and rounding out the evening at 9 pm with a thundering fireworks display.
COS Western Street Breakfast
Downtown Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak & Tejon
Saturday August 11
Mark your calendar and set your alarm for early morning so you can join in on this fun, festive and family-friendly event that benefits local military and their families. The streets close and volunteers cook up a tasty, hot breakfast for you to devour while you listen to the renowned Flying W Wranglers as well as the country/rock band Exit West and the talented students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory.
International Dragon Boat Festival
Memorial Park – Prospect Lake
Join us at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park for Chinese culture, sport, food, entertainment, and natural wonders at the 2018 Colorado Springs International Dragon Boat Festival. The world’s fastest growing water sport is just another reason to get outside and enjoy the local sights and attractions.