25 Creative Things to Do During Arts Month

October is Arts Month and it’s filled with fun, creative things to do. Here are highlights to get you started.

There’s always a vibrant arts community in Colorado Springs, but come October, the calendar overflows with creative entertainment. Arts Month is all about discovering something new. The goal is to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends. And there is no shortage of things to do and performances to see during October. Some of the options will challenge your preconceptions and make you think. Others will pull you into the action and let you forget — your worries, your inhibitions, your insecurities that you’re not artistic.

 

Hosted each year by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Arts Month makes it easy to discover and celebrate local arts, while putting some fun and creativity into your life. While there are many great concerts, theater performances and gallery openings to explore, Arts Month isn’t limited to what you might think of traditional arts. Comedy, spoken word and culinary arts are all major themes as well, making for some tasty and creative experiences to discover.

To guide you through the month’s offerings, many events are organized by these theme weeks:

Arts Month Kickoff, Oct. 1

Week 1: Visual and Culinary Arts, Oct. 2-8

Week 2: Theater and Film, Oct. 9-15

Week 3: Poetry, Prose and Comedy, Oct. 16-22

Week 4: Music and Dance, Oct. 23-29

Here are highlights of the many things to do during Arts Month. Start making plans, registering or buying tickets, and filling up your calendar.


Kickoff

Blues musician King Solomon Hicks
King Solomon Hicks will perform at Blues on the Mesa.

Blues on the Mesa

Oct. 1 at Gold Hill Mesa

Gold Hill Mesa will be wailing with a full day of stellar blues music, food trucks, craft breweries, wine, cider and distilleries, arts vendors and plenty of dancing on the lawn. The stellar national and regional lineup features King Solomon Hicks, Bob Margolin and the Delta Sonics, Hazel Miller & The Collective, the Lionel Young Band, and Mojomama.

bluesonthemesa.org

Pikes Peak Zine Fest

Oct. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall

Celebrate DIY publishing with this budding small press event. Meet local and national zinesters, buy and swap new zines and connect with other self-publishing artists.

pikespeakzinefest.com

Jazz 93.5 Birthday Bash

Oct. 1 at the Ent Center for the Arts

To celebrate five years on the air, the local jazz station is throwing an all-day party, featuring local artists and a concert by nine-time Grammy award winner Janis Siegel, an American jazz vocalist best known as a member of The Manhattan Transfer.

jazz935.org/birthday

Elgar’s Enigma

Oct. 1-2 at the Pikes Peak Center

Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic kick off the 2022-23 concert season with pianist Jorge Luis Prats performing Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2followed by Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. It’s a fascinating piece that Elgar himself described as, “Enigma…a dark saying [that] must be left unguessed.”

csphilharmonic.org

Arts Month Mixer

Oct. 5 at Kinship Landing

Join the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region for hors d’oeuvres, live music, poetry and a chance to win some great Arts Month giveaway experiences.

artsoctober.com


Week 1: Visual and Culinary Arts, Oct. 2-8

The Art of Kimchi Making

Oct. 2 online

Join Gather Food Studio and learn to make this Korean classic from the comfort of your own kitchen — for free! Check out other free Arts Month cooking classes too.

artsoctober.com

Bad Art Night

Oct. 7 at PPLD: Old Colorado City Library

Don’t think you’re an artist? This event is for you. Get all the fun of making art with none of the pressure! Create the most ridiculous artwork you can think of, from painting to collage to sculpture, while enjoying snacks and refreshments. You can even win a prize for the most over-the-top bad artwork.

ppld.librarymarket.com

First Friday at the Aud

Oct. 7 by Community Cultural Collective at Colorado Springs City Auditorium

As the City Auditorium continues its path to renovation, the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts and the Community Cultural Collective are revitalizing it with art. Come enjoy this exhibition of work by visual artist Neil Fenton in a solo show: An October Retrospective.

peakradar.com

Art on the Circuit First Friday Artwalk

Oct. 7 at Downtown, Old Colorado City, Manitou

Get out and enjoy gallery openings, receptions, artist meet and greets and more in the Springs’ primary creative districts.

peakradar.com

Arts Month After Hours

Oct. 7 at COATI

Head to COATI after First Friday ends for a free community event hosted by the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce. J&J Hip Hop Dance Company, DJ Shield, E De La, and Urban Classic will drop the beats.

artsoctober.com

Springs Art & Seek

Oct. 8 wherever the clues lead

Make art. Hide art. Seek art. Follow the clues for a fun, creative experience around town, and it’s finders keepers when you locate the artwork.

artsoctober.com


Week 2: Theater and Film, Oct. 9-15

Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein

Sept. 30 – Oct. 30 at the Butte Theatre in Cripple Creek

Head to Cripple Creek for a zany twist on a classic story. When Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania, he finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors.

buttetheater.com

Lumberjacks in Love illustrated flyer
Theatreworks will perform Lumberjacks in Love through Oct. 9.

Lumberjacks in Love

Sept. 15 – Oct. 9 by Theatreworks at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS

Lumberjacks living in semi-unwashed bliss find their rustic bachelor lifestyle disrupted by the arrival of a spunky mail order bride. Expect cross-dressing, mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, high-country hijinks and more flannel than Breckenridge in September.

entcenterforthearts.org

Spooktober Movie Marathon

Oct. 13 at Red Leg Brewing Company

Bring your blankets and camp chairs to the Red Leg lawn for a PG Halloween movie. There’s a differing show every Thursday night in October.

redlegbrewing.com

Impossible Things

Sept. 23 – Dec. 31

Cosmo’s Magic Theater

You’ll wonder how Cosmo, one of the world’s top sleight of hand artists, does it. Enjoy a fun and elegant evening of comedy and magic in a Victorian parlor setting. Read more about  Cosmo’s Magic Theater here.

cosmosmagictheater.com

The Play Crawl

Oct. 12 by Funky Little Theater Company in Old Colorado City

Funky Little Theater presents 10 original mini-plays — about 4 minutes long — staged in 10 small businesses around Colorado Avenue. Food trucks kick off the event in Bancroft Park, and there’s a Pub Crawl afterward.

funkylittletheater.org

Our Shorts Are Showing #10

Oct. 13-14 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts

Craft Production Resource presents the six winning short plays from the 10th annual Our Shorts Are Showing Playwriting Festival Competition. Come enjoy an evening of new, original, short plays written, directed and performed by local Colorado talent.

peakradar.com


Week 3: Poetry, Prose and Comedy, Oct.

Poetry719 We Do Stuff Festival

Oct. 17-24 at various venues

It’s a poetry fest all week, with events and open mics every day of the week. Join Poetry719 for a wide range of themes, locations, celebrations and experiences. Read all about the We Do Stuff Festival here.

artsoctober.com

Pikes Peak Live!

Oct. 22 by Pikes Peak Library District at Knights of Columbus Hall

Start with a series of workshops where you can choose poetry, singing and performance or stand-up comedy. At the end of the day, everyone comes together for a public talent show.

ppld.librarymarket.com

Comedy Open Mic

Oct. 20 at Lulu’s Downstairs

Think you’re funny? Try out your standup act at Lulu’s, where every Thursday is Comedy Open Mic. Or just come to watch and laugh.

lulusdownstairs.com


Week 4: Music and Dance, Oct. 23-29

Singo Music Bingo: A Singo Halloween!

Oct. 27 at Goat Patch Brewing Company

Come play bingo with a twist — in Halloween costumes. Instead of listening for numbers, you listen to music snippets and mark songs on your card.

@GoatPatchBrewing

Contemporary dancer high in the air
SALT Contemporary Dance will perform Oct. 28 at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS.

SALT Contemporary Dance

Oct. 28 by Dance Alliance of the Pikes Peak Region at Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS

SALT Contemporary Dance celebrates innovation in dance through performance and creation. The mixed repertoire program will feature work by world-renowned choreographers, including Micaela Taylor, Olivier Wevers and SALT’s Joni McDonald.

dappr.org

The Coroner’s Ball, A Carnival of Curiosities

Oct. 29 at the City Auditorium

Be warned: This will be a Halloween party like no other. Enjoy a costumed celebration of the mystical, mysterious and macabre. There will be a carnival of curiosities, live entertainment and a true-crime scary story series with El Paso County Coroner Leon Kelly.

communityculturalcollective.org

Terror and Tease

Oct. 28-29 by The Champagne Cabaret at La Burla Bee

Burlesque meets theater as narrators take the audience on a creative retelling of classic scary stories with sexy, adult-themed characters.

laburlabee.com

Halloween Party with Harry Mo & The Cru

Oct. 29 at Front Range Barbeque

The live music and barbecue joint throws its annual Halloween costume party with reggae from Harry Mo & the Cru. You can even win some amazing prizes.

frbbq.com


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