The Renaissance festival in Larkspur is an obvious first choice. Running every weekend from June 9 to July 29, each weekend has an individual theme to add even more excitement and bring back patrons. There is a wide variety of food available to choose from, and for desert you can grab an ice cream from the vendor that walks around shouting. There are so many attractions, stalls, and shows that it takes more than a few trips to see it all. Never fear though, it comes around every year, and it’s always a new and exciting experience. The renaissance festival covers a few themes outside the renaissance as well, such as pirates, and the dark ages. If you want to see something really neat, I’d recommend going to watch the Raku potter at work. When you need to cool off, check out the Washing Well Wenches water show, or go hang out in the fountain.
If music is your passion, perhaps Blues Under the Bridge is something that will interest you. Every year in downtown Colorado Springs, under the Colorado Street Bridge, a blues concert is held for various blues artists. The music is incredible, and the turnout is outstanding. They have stalls there for food, so don’t worry about going hungry. I would recommend taking a chair with you, but it’s not necessary. The show lasts from 2 P.M. to around Midnight. I have to say, there is nothing like a good blues concert out in the open on a nice temperate night when the stars are out.
Toward the end of the summer, in the beginning of September, Colorado Springs holds the Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the mornings, dozens of balloons are sent into the air. If you wake up and go outside early enough you can usually see at least one or two. My personal favorite is the mustang. In the evenings, on Saturday and Sunday, the park is filled with the balloons, spectators, and vendors and the balloons are lit up for a show. Glow sticks, necklaces, and so on are found everywhere. You can bring kids if you have them, and let them attempt the climbing wall, or maybe purchase a light up sword they can play with. Running low on funds? The show is free, just show up and enjoy.
Each of these events are family friendly, and great ways to get out of the house to see some sights, catch a show, relax and have a great time. Although the renaissance festival happens across the country all year long, ours is unique, and each of these events is unique to our area. If you want to experience a true Colorado Springs summer, I would highly recommend any of these events, as I have personally found each one to be a great time, and great places to bring friends or family.