Colorado Springs Things to Do - Army Band

Things to do in Colorado Springs this Week | September 10th, 2018 - September 16th, 2018

Are you looking for things to do in Colorado Springs?

There are so many reasons why Colorado Springs was voted the Most Desirable Place to Live according to US News (Colorado Springs is #1) and Best Places to Live (Colorado Springs is ranked #2) but what are the main reasons? Besides a vibrant community next to incredible wild and open spaces there are so many other fun and exciting things to do. Some of these things to do are events that happen annually (see our Guide to Annual Events for more information), and unique local things to do such as fullmoon hikes or fun and interactive things like scavenger hunts, festivals and even rodeos and auto-races. Fall is an awesome time to be in Colorado Springs. With the weather cooling a bit the outdoor festival or local farmers market is a celebration to the season!

Here are our top things to do in Colorado Springs this week: 


1. Music on the Mesa - Army Band

When: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

Where: Gold Hill Mesa Community Center

Why:  Music on the Mesa Concert Series has been rocking the Gold Hill Mesa Community all summer long. The word is getting around how awesome these concerts are. With a different band each Saturday night and a bunch of vendors for food and drinks this concert series is a must see. Oh, yea it's free too! We just took a personal tour of Gold Hill Mesa and are so excited about the future of this area. Do you know the big smokestack that is over there? We just learned that Gold Hill Mesa plans to develop that into mixed commercial and that smoke stack will eventually be reclaimed like a piece of art and the amphitheater will sit adjacent to it. How cool is that!? Search Properties for Sale in Gold Hill Mesa Neighborhood. 


2. Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest

When: Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16, 2018

Where: Woodland Park, Colorado

Why: This festival has it all. From German beer to authentic German food, art, and a ton of games for the kids. Whether you love German culture or just like to drink beer while you watch your kids have the time of their life this festival has it all. There is even a toddler zone for the little ones! The location is at the Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce but it is best to park at the High School and take the shuttle bus! When you get into town turn at the McDonalds and then the High School is straight ahead. Woodland Park High School is not too far away from the location of the festival down the street. 


3. Beethoven 7

When:  Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM and September 16th, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Where: Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts

Why: The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is an incredible act. They truly rock out. How might a Symphony Ensemble rock out? Just about any show, the Philharmonic puts on is one for the books. This Symphony is absolutely top-notch. Every concert is an event that celebrates bold music and passionate listening for both enthusiasts and hardcore classical music lovers. 


4. Casey Jones Music Festival

When: Friday, Sep 14 – Sunday, Sep 16

Where: 2 El Paso Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Why: This festival is on the smaller side when it comes to music festivals however this festival takes place in a very intimate setting at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort. The artist lineup is quite an impressive one with both folk and Americana from talented artists who will play to a crowd where tent camping and hotel rooms are on-site. The coolest thing about this festival is the artist-led workshops and evening acoustic jams that really bring the community together. This festival goes all weekend, see here for artist lineup.

5. PawtoberFest

When: Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Where: Bear Creek Nature Center

Why: This dog-friendly beer festival will have over 75 vendors and a ton of activities for the kids and dogs. Whether you are an animal lover or just a big supporter of Humane Society this event will be sure to bring lasting memories with you and your pooch. Parking is at the Penrose Event center up the street at 1106 W. Moreno Ave., and even the shuttles are dog-friendly! FYI - there is no parking at Bear Creek Nature Center or at the festival. Be sure to bring some cash or your credit card as your entry fee includes music, beer, and spirit tasting as well as contests. 

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