Special Events in Colorado Springs

Little London Outdoor Antique and Home Décor Festival:
The Little London Open Outdoor Art Festival offers visitors one of Colorado's largest selection of antiques and contemporary home décor items. It takes place from May to October at the Little London Outdoor Marketplace located near downtown Colorado Springs.

Some of the festival's most popular attractions include a farmers market, artist demonstrations and several food booths. Other popular attractions include an antique appraisal workshop and a quilting expo. Be sure to visit the antique appraisal workshop to learn how antique dealers assign values to antiques.

Rock Ledge Ranch's Fiddles, Vittles and Vino Festival:
This eclectic festival celebrates the Rock Ledge Ranch's contributions to Colorado's social history. It takes places each July at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Proceeds from the festival are used to maintain the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site's buildings and landscaping.

The festival's most popular attractions include bluegrass music, wine tastings and several cooking demonstrations. Other attractions include square dancing lessons and a pie eating contest. Be sure to arrive early to take a guided tour of the Rock Ledge Ranch's buildings.

Colorado Balloon Festival:
This Labor Day tradition is one of the largest balloon festivals held in the Four Corners region. It attracts over 100 balloonists from around the world who enjoy flying over Pikes Peak. It takes place each Labor Day weekend at Memorial Park near Prospect Lake.

Some of the festival's main events include evening balloon glows, a daily mass accession and live concerts. Be sure to visit the food trucks that dot Memorial Park during the Colorado Balloon Festival to sample some of Colorado's most popular barbecue dishes.

Emma Crawford Memorial Wake & Festival:
Emma Crawford is a Colorado folk figure who died in Colorado Springs during the 1880s. Her death and funeral are recreated during a fun festival that teaches visitors about Colorado's Victorian heritage. The festival takes place each October at Miramont Castle in nearby Manitou Springs, Colo.

Some of the festival's most popular attractions are stunning recreations of Emma Crawford's funeral and wake. Many locals enjoy attending these events because they feature one of Colorado's largest collections of Victorian Era clothing and furniture.

All-Colorado Beer Festival:
The All-Colorado Beer Festival celebrates the talents of local brewers who produce some of Colorado's most popular beers. It features over 100 brewers who offer samples of locally produced ales, lagers and stouts. It takes place each November at the Freedom Financial Services® Expo Center located near downtown Colorado Springs.

Some of the festival's other attractions include a food court and beer brewing workshops. Be sure to attend the beer brewing workshops to learn how to brew specialty beers at home.