Where to Find Clubs, Groups and Meetups in Colorado Springs

Connections, clubs and community abound. Here’s where to locate new friends and like-minded people in Colorado Springs.

If you find yourself downtown on a Tuesday evening, you might spot an unusually large number of runners wearing green or white shirts. Follow them to join Tejon Street, and you’ll see them gathered at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. There, they’ll welcome you in to raise a pint and join the Jack Quinn’s Running Club.

With about 1,200 runners each week, Jack Quinn’s is the largest running club in the Springs, and you don’t have to be a hardcore runner. This is a purely social, and free, 5k run/walk/trot/stagger/crawl, and the website describes. Anyone can join–and they do. Strollers, kids, families, dogs, old and young are always a part of the Tuesday runs. “Since our founding [we’ve] had over 40,000 runners run at least once with us,” says Scot Raffelson, the club’s volunteer VP of operations. “We also have a satellite branch of the club at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.”

Maybe it’s the fitness. Maybe it’s the $1 tacos and $3 beers back at Jack Quinn’s afterward. Maybe it’s the official shirt you earn after your 10th visit or the coveted century shirt earned at 100 club runs. Sure, that’s all part of it, but what seems to matter most to the Jack Quinn’s crowd is the community.

You may not be into running, but how about gardening, stargazing, dancing, fencing, cooking or more? No matter your interest, there’s a group of people ready to welcome you into your place in Colorado Springs. Read on for more Colorado Springs clubs, ways to step into a new community, and make some fulfilling connections of your own.

Organizations and Clubs in Colorado Springs

For the Artsy

Three-year-olds to adults can find innovative, inclusive and non-competitive dance opportunities at Ormao Dance Company. ormaodance.org

Spoken word poets gather at monthly open mics, workshops and poetry slams with Hear, Here! Poetry. hearherepoetry.org

Whether you love watching independent films or are engaged in making an independent film, join the Independent Film Society of Colorado for screenings, festivals and monthly Peak Film Forums. ifsoc.org

For the Career-Minded

Colorado Springs Young Professionals gathers folks multiple times a month to facilitate professional and social connections. @cosyoungpros

For business connections and networking, find the oldest local branch of the Rotary Club service organization. The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs meets every Friday at The Antlers. rotaryclubofcoloradosprings.org

For Busy Brains

Pub quiz aficionados can find trivia sessions most nights somewhere around town between Geeks Who Drink, This Is a Clue and others. Get more info in our article Trivia Night in the Springs. @GWDCOS, thisisaclue.com

Fascinated with the nighttime sky? Check out the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society’s monthly star parties and educational meetings for hobbyists and pros. csastro.org

For Foodies

Colorado Springs Vegan Events hosts cooking classes, supper clubs and events for those interested in a vegan lifestyle. coloradospringsveganevents.com

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens helps to grow food, community and a more sustainable local food system through education and community gardens. ppugardens.com

For the Outdoorsy

UpaDowna offers classes, activities and meetups to connect people through hiking, biking, camping, climbing or stand-up paddleboarding. upadowna.org

Join the two-wheeled crowd at group rides for all ages and abilities with the Colorado Springs Cycling Club, mountain biking Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates or the Women’s Mountain Bike Association of Colorado Springs. bikesprings.org, medwheel.org, wmbacos.org

For the Politically Minded

Citizens Project is dedicated to strengthening equality, civic engagements, separation of church and state and respect for diversity. citizensproject.org

The Trails and Open Space Coalition preserves local open space and parks, and advocates for trails and bikeways. trailsandopenspaces.org

Yeah, We Have That Too

Archaeology: Colorado Archaeological Society, coloradospringsarchaeology.org

Beer: COS Craft Beer, @coscraftbeer

Backyard Farming: Colorado Springs Backyard Farms, @colorado-springs-back- yard-farms

Cosplay: Colorado Springs Cosplay and Anime, @CoSpringsCosplay

Christian Imagination: Anselm Society, anselmsociety.org

Gaming: Pikes Peak Gamers, pikespeakgamers.com

Kickball: Go Kickball, gokickball.com

LGBTQ: Queer Friends Colorado Springs, @QueerFriendsColoradoSprings

Makers and DIYers: Pikes Peak Maker-space, pikespeakmakerspace.org

Motherhood: Colorado Springs Moms, @cospringsmoms

Outdoor Seniors: Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang, ppothg.com

Photography: Colorado Springs Creative Photography Group, @coloradospringscreativephotography

Science and Technology: Science on Tap, coolscience.org

Sword Fighting: Front Range Fencing Club, frontrangefencingclub.com

Ultimate Frisbee: Colorado Springs Ultimate Network, springsultimate.org

Watercolor: Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, pikespeakwatercolorsociety.com

Yoga: Embracing Spirit Yoga and Wellness, meetup.com

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Jeremy Jones
Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.

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