Art & Culture
First-time visitors are immediately struck by the mild climate and the breathtaking natural beauty of the Royal Gorge Region, but often it’s the rich artistic expression and cultural diversity that brings people back.
Musical and theater offerings span the palette – from lavish stage productions presented by the Fremont Civic Theatre to solo and ensemble chamber recitals at the Fremont Center for the Arts and summer-long outdoor pop/jazz/bluegrass/eclectic musical performances in the park. In Florence, the Bell Tower presents varied concerts monthly. The historic Rialto Theater plans to re-open in 2017.
Summer activities and festivals keep the pace lively in Fremont County. The annual early-May Music and Blossom Festival in Cañon City draws junior and high school marching bands from across the nation to a spectacular competition. A huge arts and crafts fair also takes place over the weekend.
Florence celebrates its Pioneer Days in September with an equally ambitious parade that features an in-character salute to the town’s founders. Food, games, a tractor pull, street dance, Junktique sale and arts and crafts fair are a few highlights of the one-day event.
Fremont Community Foundation
The Fremont Community Foundation sponsors a number of major event fundraisers each year, and all the money that is raised is given away at the end of the year to other non-profit agencies within Fremont County. Since the inception of the Fremont Community Foundation, more than $157,000 has been given away to local non-profit groups, humanitarian causes and area organizations.
Public art in the Royal Gorge Region is on display in downtown Cañon City. Macon Plaza, the pedestrian-only area on Macon Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets in front of the Fremont Center for the Arts includes a Sculpture Garden across from the newly restored Carnegie Library. Along Main Street you’ll find over a dozen changing displays. The Florence Art Council has purchased and placed art throughout the downtown.
Preservation and Antiques
Civic leaders in both Cañon City and Florence are dedicated to preserving the cultural past of their towns, and architectural gems are lovingly restored and maintained. Florence, the Antique Capital of Colorado, has more than a dozen antique stores lining its streets. Local and regional fine artists, jewelry makers, artisans and craftsmen also display in the antique shops, galleries, and in events held throughout the summer months.
Museums and Historical Sites
With a history as richly woven as Fremont County’s, it’s no wonder the Region serves up parts of its past in a variety of museums. The area’s museums are a wonderful glimpse into the rich history of the region.
Fremont Center for the Arts
Visit the 1st Annual, Southern Colorado Color - Art, Culture & Local History Exhibit at Fremont Center for the Arts from June 2 - August 19, 2017. “Beasts & Byways,” featuring local artist Jim Redhawk in the East Gallery. The lower level Studio Gallery will host an Interactive Mining Exhibit with hands-on activities for kids and adults. During the Southern Colorado Color Summer Exhibit, FCA plans to host two free-admission Craft Fairs featuring Southern Colorado and Regional Artisans as well as live entertainment: June 16-17 highlights Native American Culture; July 21-22 highlights Western Culture. Both fairs take place on Friday-Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm at Macon Plaza in downtown Canon City. Join FCA on Facebook and check www.fremontarts.org for updates and information. Visit FCA year round for rotating regional fine art exhibits.