Silent Disco started rocking in Manitou in 2018. Due to popular demand, the disco came back for 2022! See who’s listening to what channel based on the color of their headphones. It’s a battle, it’s a dance-a-thon, its the quietest party you’ve ever been to. While you’re there, grab a bite, have a drink, make some memories….. Very silent ones.
Returning in 2023 is the Manitou Springs Carnivale Weekend! Join us for the Mumbo Gumbo Jumbo Cook-Off and the Carnivale Parade. Local shops and restaurants will also be offering some sweet deals and food specials (to hopefully include some warm, tasty gumbo!).Dress up, dress down, and don’t forget to don your feathered masks while you enjoy all that Manitou Springs has to offer.
The fruitcakes will fly again in Manitou Springs! Join us for old fashioned games of tossing fruitcakes! It all started in 1996 with locals throwing fruitcakes in the park, and 27 years later, here we are. Events will be pure feats of strength, talent, balance and taste!
In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of Manitou Springs. In the years since, the races have grown into an often-copied-but-never-equaled Manitou Springs tradition.
The Champagne Cabaret is honored to have been sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region for October Arts Month. Tales of Terror & Tease is a unique fusion of theatre and burlesque like nothing that you have ever seen before. This 2 hour show is based upon 6 different classic Halloween stories as well as 6 different modern horror movies. With a cast of over 30 performers, and starring the world famous Glamorous Blonde herself, Bunny Bee, this production will need two nights to do it justice. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume if you’d like, and come out for an amazing immersive theatre experience!
Melding the experience of taming wild horses, escaping wildfires, and birthing lambs with the mystical soundscape that nature inspires, Ismay has sharpened their musical craft over the last decade while living and working on their family ranch in Northern California. With Songs of Sonoma Mountain, their debut full length album recorded in the family barn and released in 2020, Ismay realized a contemplative vision blending field recordings and intricate melodies with live, inventive composition. In the wake of Songs of Sonoma Mountain, Ismay has developed the sound further, letting their singular melodies breathe, interact, and come to fruition through a full band groove with psychedelic color in upcoming releases. Ismay represents the collaborative work driven by singer songwriter Avery Hellman, who grew up backstage at their grandfather’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, where they were inspired early on by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Hazel Dickens.
Vandoliers are a uniquely Texas band, distilling the Lone Star State’s vast and diverse musical identity into a raucous, breakneck vibe that’s all their own. After spending much of the last three years furiously writing and recording music, this Dallas-Fort Worth six-piece is back with The Vandoliers, a new album that proves these rowdy, rollicking country punks are tighter, more cohesive and more sonically compelling than ever.
John Moreland doesn’t have the answers, and he’s not sure anyone does. But he’s still curious, basking in the comfort of a question, and along the way, those of us listening feel moved to ask our own. “I don’t ever want to sound like I have answers, because I don’t,” he says. “These songs are all questions. Everything I write is just trying to figure stuff out.”
One way or another, Sarah Borges connects with casual mastery. Whether it’s with the comrades she’s collaborated with over nearly 20 sparkling years of music-making, or the vivid portraits of people’s lives – and occasionally her own – she’s sketched in scores of emotionally resonant songs. But most of all, Borges has built a loyal following by connecting, through her own charismatic, down-to-earth spirit, with her audience – whether they’re longtime fans from back when she broke through with her terrific “Silver City” debut in 2004, or newcomers just now joining the party.
Commonwheel Artists Co-Op’s 49th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Festival in Manitou Springs is always filled with art and music the whole family can enjoy. Art patrons come to enjoy this celebration of original fine art and contemporary crafts, talented local musicians, activities for kids, and specialty food items. For 49 years, a diverse group of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, and more, have been displaying their artwork that the Commonwheel jury selects. These artists apply from the Pikes Peak Region, and neighboring states to share their creations with art-appreciating visitors at this juried art festival.
Being able to meet and talk with the artists at the art festival is part of the fun. It can spark a creative side in youngsters that could lead them to a career as an artist or just start a new hobby. There are many types of fine art and contemporary crafts that are affordable. Art patrons are enticed to buy something that they can enjoy for many years to come or begin collecting art for their homes. The fine jewelers offer items that make beautiful gifts, or for you to wear to express your own unique, personal style. Potters offer functional items for the kitchen and dining, plus amazing sculptures. Photographers capture beautiful scenes or create abstract images to entice your eyes. There are paintings in many styles, handmade clothing, plush toys and so much more to discover at the juried Art Festival.
Admission to the Commonwheel Art Festival is always FREE!