GET LOCAL | November Colorado Springs Events 2018

October 24, 2018 | By Elizabeth Alexander

We love that there are so many fun events in October in this area. From family-friendly festivals to top area attractions, there’s something for everyone. To help you plan out your month, here are our top picks for local events this October in and around  Colorado Springs.


Without Borders: Art Sin Fronteras | Through March 1, 2019

Display of work by artists from southern Colorado, norther New Mexico and beyond in a variety of mediums which explore the concept of borderlands and what homelands are today.

Time:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place:  El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave, Pueblo, CO
Fee:  $5 Adults, Seniors 65+ $4, Military with ID $4, Students with ID $4, Children under 6 Free

Contact: 719-583-0453

Gold and Guns:  Colorado and the Civil War West | October 2

Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian based in Lincoln, MA. When most people think of Civil War battlefields, they do not think of high mountain passes, desert rivers, and deep red rock canyons. But they should. Between 1861 and 1865, the Union Army fought a series of battles against three different enemies in New Mexico and Arizona: Confederates, Apaches, and Navajos. In the end, they won most of these battles and saved the West for the Union. They were able to do this for a variety of reasons: the willingness of Colorado gold miners and Hispano New Mexicans to volunteer for the war effort; the Union Army’s use of hard-war tactics against all of their opponents; and the Lincoln Administration’s vision of a free-labor future, which required both African-American emancipation and Native American incarceration. In her talk, Nelson will tell these little-known stories of the Civil War, and explain the significance of the West in the fight for America’s future.

Time:  6 pm – 8:00 pm
Place:  Colorado College, Edity Kinney Gaylord Cornersont Arts Center 825 N. Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 
Fee:  Free to the Public

Valenzuela on Ethnic Studies for Colorado | October 3

Angela Valenzuela is a professor in both the Cultural Studies in Education Program within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Educational Policy and Planning Program within the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as the director of the University of Texas Center for Education Policy. 

Time:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Place:  Colorado College, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 
Fee:  $5

Spring Creek Cleanup Week | October 6
The City of Colorado Springs Adopt A Waterway is hosting a community event from 12 – 4 pm.  The Alvarez Family will host their Creek Weed Day st Springs Creek located behind 506 Lakewood Circle (Between Valley Hit Golf Course and Satellite Hotel).  They will be providing dinner for our volunteers from 4- 5 pm.  All cleaning supplies are provided.  Bring comfortable clothing to protect self from bugs and bushes.  Possible that you can get wet.  

Time:   12 – 4 pm
Place:  506 Lakewood Circle (Between Valley Hit Golf Course and Satellite Hotel)
Contact:  Ivonne “Ivy” Alvarez for more information or to help with the clean up (719) 306-6622.

Native American Story and Craft Tips | October 6

Free story and craft taught by the Native American Women’s Association.

Time:  10:00
Place:  Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact: 719-219-0108

Latino Community Luncheon | October 10
This months Latino Luncheon features guest speakers J.D. Ross Lieutenant Patrol Division El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and  Carey Boelter , MA, LPC Behavioral Health Programs Manager from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Time: 11 pm – 1 pm
Place:  Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Dr, Colorado Springs
Contact:  Latino Community Luncheon  

Hispanic Heritage Celebration | October 14

The Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council and Cinco de Mayo Inc. are very excited to extend an invitation to you to attend our upcoming event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Arts Month.

Not only will there be some great food created for your enjoyment by the Antlers very own chef Todd, but you will be able to enjoy art and culture with traditional dancers and great music by Colorado Springs’ own Ryan Flores, Grupo Xochiti Aztec Dancers from Pueblo, and Ballet Folklorico de La Raza dancers from Colorado Springs.

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Place:  Antlers Hotel at the Palmer Center, 4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Contact:  Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration  

Free Museum Day at Fine Arts Center| October 19

Visit the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. The FAC collections include 4,000 cultural artifacts, a permanent collection of more than 20,000 pieces of art.  Artist hands-on art activities from 10 am to 2 pm in the Smith Family Gallery.

Time:  10 am – 7 pm
Place:  30 W. Dale St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact: 719-634-5581

Spanish Explorers and the Age of Exploration | October 20

Join Andy Rissa, Park Interpreter to learn more about early Spanish exploration in the Pikes Peak region.

Time:  10:30 am – 11:30 am
Place:  Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact: 719-219-0108

Boo at the Zoo 2018 | October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 & October 31

 Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time!

Nights are likely to sell out, so buy your tickets early. Plus, when you buy online, you’ll save three dollars per ticket! 

  • Discounted tickets purchased online (senior and military) will only be valid at the front gate when accompanied by valid form of identification. (For a list of accepted military identifiers please visit org/boo)
  • On-site parking is first come, first served. If our parking lot is full when you arrive, you will be directed to a free shuttle at a nearby off-site location.

For all the details, please visit!

Time:  4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Place:  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Contact: 719-633-9925

Paper Quilling with Monique Santos | October 26

Join instructor Monique Santos to learn the art of paper quilling. All supplies and materials provided for this free class.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm\
Place:  Pikes Peak Library, Rockrimmon Meeting Room 832 Village Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Contact: 719-593-8000

Spanish Explorers and the Age of Exploration | October 27

Join Andy Rissa, Park Interpreter to learn more about early Spanish exploration in the Pikes Peak region.

Time:  10:30 am – 11:30 am
Place:  Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact: 719-219-0108

Manitou Springs celebrates the 24th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The parade starts at 12 p.m. followed by up to 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory!

Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest 3 timed places earn trophies as well as a chance at Best Entourage, Best Coffin, a 2018 Miss Emma will be crowned, and a new team destined to race for the Coffin Cup in Nederland at the 2019 Frozen Dead Guy Days – so come dressed to impress, and race your face off!

After The Race

Live music in the Soda Springs Park Pavilion starting at 2:30 p.m. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Best Emma, Best Entourage, Best Coffin, and awarding the 2019 Frozen Dead Guy Days Challenger!

Time:  11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Place:  Downtown Manitou Springs 900 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Contact: 719-685-5089

Jack-O-Lantern Trail Event | October 27
Jack-O-Lantern Trail Event

Enjoy the spectacular, lighted Jack-O-Lanterns along the nature trail, make a craft, roast a marshmallow, and other fun along the trail. Wear a costume.

If you carved a pumpkin for the trail, you may retrieve it after 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Millberger Farms, Pueblo.

Time:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place:  Fountain Creek Nature Center 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817
Contact: 719-520-6745

Festival de los Muertos | October 27

Presented by Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts at Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Manitou Springs CO

Festival de los Muertos

Join us for a Day of the Dead extravaganza! Musical performances by Noche-founders Adriana Rincon and Ryan Flores from Moonhoney, Viva la Noche, Roma Ransom, the New Depressionists, a surprise ArtPOP installation named “Sonder” by the Merikai Dance Studio, special dance performances, beer from Bristol Brewing Company and more!

The Smokebrush Foundation in Manitou Springs has been celebrating the Mexican Cultural holiday of Dia de los Muertos for eight years, by putting on an evening event named Noche de los Muertos.

The annual performance includes circus-style performances, a symbolic skeleton burning ceremony to honor the dearly departed, face-painting, fortune tellers, and revelry all set against the backdrop of stunning visuals and Latin Gypsy music.

The event also includes a traditional ofrenda (altar), which gives homage to the dearly departed. This year the Foundation has joined forces with Manitou Springs to create an extravagant celebration at the conclusion of the coffin races. The Festival, with its deep roots in Mexican culture, bares similarities to Halloween, yet focuses more on honoring the memories of loved ones who have passed.


2-3 p.m. – Noche Showcase (samplings of music and entertainment featured throughout the afternoon into evening)

3-4 p.m. – Merikai Dance Event, ArtPOP Installation

4:15-5:00 p.m. – Roma Ransom

5:15-6:00 p.m. – The New Depressionists

6:15-7:00 p.m. – Moonhoney

7:15-8:00 p.m. – Viva La Noche

8:10-9:00 p.m. – Closing CeremoniesOct 27, 2018 at 02:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Sat)

Time:  2:00 pm - 9:00 pm See full schedule on website
Place:  502 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Contact:  719-302-4241
Cost:  Free

Minority Business Office:  Navigating Small  Business Certifications | Tuesday, October 30

Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center Training

Time:  11:30 am  – 1 pm
Place:  555 E PIkes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact:  Event Registration  

Family Star Party: Not of this World Halloween | October 31, 2018

Join the Discovery Center on Halloween night for an evening of looking to the stars and discovering the wonders of the universe.  This event creates a fun learning environment for the whole family and inspires the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts!

All outdoor activities are free to the public.

Activities include:

  • Alien Masks craft
  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Night Sky Viewing: Uranus and Mars
  • Science On a Sphere® presentations
  • Halloween Green Screen Photos

Time:  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Place:  Space Foundation Discovery Center 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Contact:  719-576-8000


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