Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (July 1-July 2)

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Many free events happening in Colorado Springs including Independence Day celebrations. Along with family BBQs, check out the car shows, family events, and festivals! Looks like the weaher is going to be perfect for gatherings and firework shows. Enjoy your holiday weekend! 

Things to Do This Weekend

First & Main First Saturday Car Show - Southern Colorado Chevelle El Camino Club - Sat July 1, 8:00am & 10:00am, Parking lot in front of Dick's Sporting Goods @ First & Main Town Center 3237 N New Center Point


Admission: Free. First Saturday of the month means it's car show day! This month's host club is the Southern Colorado Chevelle El Camino Club. For more info, visit: First & Main Town Center.

Bemis Family Adventure Day - Sat July 1, 10:00am - 1:00pmColorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Bemis School of Art 818 Pelham Place


Admission: Free. Come and get your creativity with hands-on art activities for the whole family.  For more info, visit: Colorado College.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Sat July 1, 2:00pm & 7:00pmColorado Springs Charter Academy 2577 N Chelton Rd


Admission: $15-$20. Final weekend to see this performance! Portion of ticket sales will go to the Make a Wish Foundation. For more info, visit: Village Arts of Colorado Springs.

Fort Carson Freedom Fest - Sun July 2, 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Iron Horse Park - Ft. Carson 6561 Sheridan Ave


Admission: Free. Start celebrating July 4th this weekend at Iron Horse Park! Sunday will feature car show finale, band, laser show, fireworks, and more! For more info, visit: Carson Freedom Fest.

Colorado Springs Art & Music Festival - Sun July 2, 10:00am - 4:00pm, America the Beautiful Park 126 Cimino Drive


Admission: Free. More Independence Day Weekend festivities happening at America the Beautiful Park including live music, dancing, art, family activities, and food! For more info, visit: Colorado Events and Festivals.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (June 24-June25)


​Welcome to your first official weekend of summer! And it definitely feels like summer with all the events happening in Colorado Springs. Head outdoors with the family now that the weather has cooled a little, do a little vintage shopping, and enjoy summer concerts. Next stop, July! 

Things to Do This Weekend

Garden of the Gods Youth Trail Work Day - Sat June 24, 8:30am & 12:30pm, Garden of the Gods Park


Admission: Free. Hey kids! Help keep Garden of the Gods looking beautiful by performing trail maintenace and restortation projects. For more info, visit: Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

Festival Orchestra Concert - Sat June 24, 7:30pm - 9:30pmColorado College - Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room 825 N. Cascade Avenue


Admission: $35 general public. Come see the final concert for the 2017 Summer Music Festival. For more info, visit: Colorado College.

11th Annual Parade of Ponds - Sat June 24, 9:00am - 5:00amAround Colorado Springs


Admission: $5/adult. Get inspired by ponds and waterfalls on this self-guided charity tour that will take you around Colorado Springs. For more info, visit: Purely Ponds.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Sun June 25, all day, Pikes Peak - America's Mountain 5089 Pikes Peak Highway


Admission: $60-$70 single day race ticket. Our annual Race to the Clouds is upon us! Watch as cars scale Pikes Peak around 156 turns to finish at the 14,115 foot summit. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Internation Hill Climb.

Vintage Market Days - Sun June 25, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Norris Penrose Event Center 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road


Admission: $5/person. Do you love vintage antiques, arts, and home decor? This market is for you! Vendors have come from all over the country for this weekend's event. For more info, visit: Vintage Market Days.

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Preparing Your Teen for Driving


Back when I was a teen getting a driver's license was pretty simple. We enrolled in driver's education offered in public schools and at the end of the course we took an exam and upon passing were eligible for a learner's permit. The permit was obtained at the local DMV where you fill out an application and maybe showed them your birth certificate (if you even had one). You had to be 15 1/2 years old to get this permit and then your parents would take you out and teach you how to drive. You didn't log your hours on the road.  It wasn't that formal. We just drove with adults until turning 16, at which point we could go get our actual driver's license. There wasn't a lot of regulation to it.

Well, times have changed. Today it's quite different than that. My daughter recently went through the process, so it's fresh in my mind. Allow me to enlighten you about obtaining a Colorado driver's permit and license today.

Start with Driver's Education

First, driver's education is no longer offered in the public schools. So you have to find a private driving school and enroll them in it. In Colorado Springs we have many options for schools like Academy School of Driving, 1st Drive or Master Drive. I opted for Master Drive since they have a great reputation here. The student must be at least 14 years old in order to enroll. They must take 30 hours of classroom training. Additional behind-the-wheel training is available through each school but is not mandatory. Upon completion of the 30-hour class, the student takes a written exam, but he can only do that after turning 15. This exam can be taken at the driving school or at the local DMV. In order to pass the exam, the student cannot miss more than five answers. Otherwise, they must re-take the exam.  After passing the student can now apply for a learner's permit.  

Obtain the Learner's Permit

In order to get the permit the student must meet the following requirements:

1. They must be at least 15 years of age

2. They must show proof of 30 hours of driver training school

3. They must show proof that they passed the written exam or be prepared to take the exam at the DMV

4. They must have a valid birth certificate

5. They must have a valid social security card

6. They must show two written proofs of their current Colorado address (which I found a bit challenging because my 15-year-old doesn't receive a lot of official mail at the house yet)

7. They/you must pay a fee of $17

8. They must have a parent or guardian with them at the time of application so that person can sign as the responsible party for the minor behind the wheel (basically, if your kid crashes and does any harm or damage to another it's your liability).

Once you've done all this the applicant is issued their learner's permit. The student driver must have that permit for one year before they can obtain an actual driver's license. During that year the student driver must log at least 50 hours behind the wheel with an adult who is at least 21 years old. Those driving hours are written on a form provided by the DMV, and that form must be signed by the parent or guardian. 

Finally the Driver's License

After the year is up and the student driver has logged the required hours, they can then go to the DMV and get their driver's license.  There they will have to pass a written exam and actual evaluation behind the wheel. 

I know it sounds like a lot to go through, and at first, I was slightly overwhelmed by the regulation involved here. But I have concluded that it's all good. Requiring kids to spend more time learning how to drive is a plus, not only for their own safety but for the safety of all drivers on the road. Requiring more documentation at the time of application is a plus because driving is a privilege for US residents, and proving proof is a small price to pay. And requiring kids to drive for at least one year before obtaining a license is a plus because it's more supervised time behind the wheel. Thank you, Colorado, for holding us to this higher standard!

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The Promenade Shops at Briargate

One of the newer shopping mall developments in Colorado Springs is The Promenade Shops at Briargate, an open air, pet-friendly, outdoor shopping center, located east of I-25 at Briargate & Voyager Parkways.

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In August 2003, Poag & McEwen Shopping Centers opened the Promenade Shops at Briargate, Colorado Springs’ first

In August 2003, Poag & McEwen Shopping Centers opened the Promenade Shops at Briargate, Colorado Springs’ first open-air shopping mall. The Promenade Shops at Briargate were built targeting shoppers looking for stores like Chico’s, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma that were found in larger cities.

Since their opening, The Promenade Shops at Briargate has seen significant changes. The 2008 economic crisis resulted in some retail closure, but the center retained a vibrant tenant mix to attract shoppers. In 2013, an ownership change brought more exciting changes. Two new retail and restaurant building were constructed. They were completed and fully leased by mid-2016.




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Some of the original tenants of The Promenade Shops at Briargate currently occupy the center including Pottery Barn, Williams- Sonoma, Talbots and J. Jill. Recent additions include Modern Market, Charming Charlie, and Soft Surroundings,

There are 55 total businesses in the shopping center, including 10 restaurants. The shopper target demographic age group ranges from 20-60 with the varied tenant mix including Anthropologie, Apple, Lululemon Athletica and Sephora.

Some of the businesses are locally run as franchises, including Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Complete Nutrition, and Bird Dog BBQ.

Before the development of the Promenade Shops at Briargate, Colorado Springs didn’t have many restaurants like Teds’ Montana Grill or P.F. Chang’s. The location of the center is intended to intercept drivers on their commute on I25 and offer a new mix of retail and food from a variety of sources that are for the most part unavailable elsewhere in Colorado Springs.




A variety of events are held at the Promenade Shops at Briargate, including the summer Farmers Market on the Promenade. The weekly event starts on Father’s Day this year, Sunday June 18th. The Farmers Market will run every Sunday until the end of September, with September 24th as the last day. The market is open from 9am to 1pm, which allows two hours for farmer’s market shoppers to peruse the vendors before the shops open, and lasts for another two hours after the retail shops and restaurants open.

Farmers Market Promenade Shops at Briargate


The farmers market is filled with local farmers, thanks to the farmer coordinator, Chris Sniffen, a local egg farmer who owns a chicken ranch in Calhan. As a local farmer himself, he has enough connections to populate the farmers market and has been able to connect with local honey producers, herb and tea blend growers, grass fed meat producers, and an organic vegetable farm in Larkspur. The goal of the market is to offer the shoppers at the center an attractive array of locally sourced and organic food. Look for this event on the road between Biaggi’s and P.F. Chang’s.

Other events that take place at The Promenade Shops at Briargate include Bark at Briargate, an outdoor pet expo, and Parad-Ice on the Promenade, a live ice sculpture event. Bark at Briargate will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10 am to 1 pm, and Parad-Ice on the Promenade will be held during the holiday shopping season. Visit the shopping center website for details.



Parking is conveniently located close to shops & restaurants. Exciting changes are planned for late summer 2017 to enhance the shopper experience.

Check out the center website and like them on Facebook to stay informed.


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Things to Do in Colorado Springs this Weekend (June 17-June18)

Happy Father's Day weekend to all the dads in Colorado Springs! If you don't have plans for this weekend yet then enjoy a laugh, entertainment, and family memories with these events happening between Saturday and Sunday. 

Things to Do This Weekend

George Lopez & Cedric the Entertainer - Sat June 17, 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts 190 South Cascade Avenue


Admission: $53 – $104.50. Enjoy a night of comedy with movie and television stars George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Center.

1st Annual All Colorado Festival - Sat June 17, 1:00pm - 7:00pmWestern Museum of Mining and Industry 225 North Gate Blvd


Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members. First beer and wine tasting event at WMMI. Attendees will enjoy good drinks, snacks, and musical entertainment. For more info, visit: Western Musuem of Mining and Industry.

Children's History Hour: Soap Box Derby - Sat June 17, 10:30am - 11:30amColorado Springs Pioneers Museum 215 S. Tejon Street


Admission: Free. Kids join in the fun in learning about box car history and racing mini cars! For more info, visit: Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Father's Day on Pikes Peak - Sun June 18, 7:30am - 6:00pm, Pikes Peak - America's Mountain 5089 Pikes Peak Highway


Admission: Free for Dads with paid admission. Treat your Dad to a visit to the top of Pikes Peak! For more info, visit: Pikes Peak.

Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack - Sun June 18, 7:00am - 6:00pm, Colorado Springs Airport 7770 Milton E Proby Pkwy


Admission: $20-$30/online, $25 at gate. Watch as more than 200 of the fastest street cars race around the Colorado Springs Airport. One of the largest events of its kind. For more info, visit: Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack.

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