The weather might be fickle this weekend (here’s the forecast), but if it rains, it usually doesn’t rain very long, so that’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend festivities in Colorado Springs.
The biggest event is probably the Territory Days festival in Old Colorado City. It’s a street festival that celebrates Old Colorado City’s history as the first territorial capital of the state of Colorado. There’s over 200 booths with crafts and food, and live music all day!
If you go, plan to park and walk a few blocks – it’s on-street parking and it fills up fast. You can also just park at Coronado High School (1590 West Fillmore) and ride the free shuttle to downtown Old Colorado City.
Here’s the schedule of events for the stage at Bancroft Park from the Gazette:
Saturday, May 23
- 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Flying W Wranglers (singing cowboys)
- 2-2:40 p.m.: Trent Tomlinson (country)
- 3-4:30 p.m.: Phat Daddy (pop and rock covers)
- 4:45-5:45 p.m.: Aria Tari (hard rock)
- 6-7 p.m.: Nigel Bird Trio (alternative pop)
Sunday, May 24
- 9:30-11 a.m.: Cowboy church service
- 11 a.m.: Side Kickers Gold Rush Show (dancers)
- Noon: Fast Draw competition
- 1 p.m.: Jerry Brown and the CW Wranglers (classic country)
- 3 p.m.: Fast Draw competition finals
- 4-5 p.m.: Eli Young (country)
- 6-7 p.m.: Two New Shoes (acoustic rock)
Monday, May 25
- 10 a.m.: Mas Tequila (classic and modern rock)
- 11:15 a.m.: 6035 (classic rock)
- 12:30 p.m.: Nocturnal Tomatoes (original rock)
- 1:45 p.m.: Time Machine
- 3 p.m.: Dave Tamkin (soft rock)
- 4:45 p.m.: Jake Loggins Band (blues)
There will also be street entertainment from Brule, a contemporary Native American group, and Darren Curtis Skanson, a classical guitarist, as well as balloons, face painting, gun fighters, pony rides, and more. Festivals in Old Colorado City are top notch!
This weekend also marks the opening of the Uncle Wilbur fountain in Acacia Park. Earlier this year it wasn’t going to open due to budget cuts, but a donor stepped up and donated the funds to open it so children of all ages can enjoy its cooling spray. They’ll be selling food and beverages to help raise money to keep the fountain running all summer.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!