14 Free Things to Do in the Springs in April and May

    Music. Movies. Museums. Archery. Earth Day and more.

    free archery lesson
    Find a free archery class at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Photo by Chernetskaya, Dreamtime.com

    Here are 14 upcoming events and activities you can do for free—or within a few bucks of free.

    Earth Day
    Rock Ledge Ranch, April 20

    Celebrate the environment at Rock Ledge Ranch, in combination with Garden of the Gods Nature Visitor Center. The general store,, blacksmith shops and historical home will be open to the public on the 20th century estate of Colorado Springs founder General William J. Palmer.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 3105 Gateway Rd. rockledgeranch.com

    Earth Day Pop-Up Market
    Pikes Peak Market, April 20

    Local vendors and businesses will be selling food and sharing healthier ways of living to become a greener community.

    11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 315 E. Pikes Peak, pikespeakmarket.com

    Beginner Archery Class
    Cheyenne Mountain State Park, April 20

    Instructors will provide shooting lessons and refresh safety tips for ages 8 and up. All equipment is provided. Reservations are required. Although the course is free, the park requires an $8 entry fee.

    10-11:30 a.m., 410 JL Ranch Heights, cpw.state.co.us

    Windows Into History Tours
    Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Every Tuesday and Saturday

    The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums offers free entry for all of its patrons all the time, so you can always explore the exhibits on your own. But make sure to catch the 45-minute Windows into History Tours every Tuesday at 1 p.m or Saturday at 12 and 1 p.m. You’ll get interesting insights into the unique stories of the people who journeyed to the Pikes Peak region.

    Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., cspm.org

    Open Mic Night
    The Zodiac, Mondays 

    Looking for live music or want to take the stage and show off your talent? The Zodiac has got you covered. Every Monday night, anyone is welcome to take the stage for 15 minutes with a comedy routine, favorite song or magic trick. And if you perform, don’t forget to grab your free drink afterward.

    8 p.m., 230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com

    Roots & Rhythm Band
    Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub, May 1, 10, 25

    Have a seat, buy an Irish stout if you wish, but definitely enjoy the ’50s new soul, New Orleans-funk band from Denver.

    7 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 21 S. Tejon St, facebook.com/Quinnspub  

    Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble,
    Colorado College, May 2

    Join the CC music department for an evening of bluegrass by the ensemble with director Keith Reed.

    7:30 p.m., Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu

    First Friday Under the Bridge
    Alvarez Gallery and Art School, May 3

    Join the Alvarez Gallery and Art School, Laurel Justice Gallery and Jana L. Bussanich Artist Studios as they feature artists from the Pikes Peak Pastel Society and Alvarez school. Plus food and live music.

    5 p.m., 218 W. Colorado Ave., facebook.com/calvart

    Southern Colorado Walk to Defeat ALS
    America the Beautiful Park, May 4

    Bring awareness to ALS. Walk solo or part of a team to honor a friend or loved one—or simply to raise funds for medical research to find a cure for the disease. Fundraising encouraged.

    10 a.m., 126 Cimino Dr., walktodefeatals.org

    Blue Frog Sunday Jam
    Front Range Barbecue, May 5

    Sunday Fundays kick off the summer season with a Cinco de Mayo party featuring Inaiah Lujan of the Haunted Windchimes.

    Sun., 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com, free.

    Visiting Writers Series: Steven Dunn
    Colorado College, May 7

    A reading with American novelist and author of water & power and Potted Meat, which was co-winner of 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and finalist for a Colorado Book Award.

    7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave, coloradocollege.edu 

    Wellness Wednesdays
    UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
    Wednesdays, April 17 – May 8

    Join Debby Patz Clark, licensed clinical psychologist, for a weekly yoga and meditation session in support of self-care.

    12 p.m. 5225 N. Nevada Ave, uccspresents.org

    Lamapalooza Music and Arts Festival
    Colorado College, May 11

    Pull the couches out on the lawn and kick back at the annual CC music fest.

    2-10 p.m., Worner Quad., facebook.com/llamamusicandarts

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    The Social, May 16

    Culture Cinema presents a free screening of the Hunter S. Thompson classic film. Grab a free movie poster and stick around for a brief discussion after the show. Popcorn, nachos and drinks are $1-$2. Movie is rated R.

    8:00 p.m., 3506 N. Academy Blvd., @thesocial719