Join the city’s 150th anniversary celebration!

Share this page:

The City’s 150th birthday bash is this Saturday, July 31! The festivities start at 11 a.m. with a “Parade through Time” featuring more than 60 entries on Tejon Street between Boulder and Costilla streets, plus a special “parade in the sky,” including a jump by the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue. Then, stick around for a family friendly festival on Vermijo Avenue from 12-8 p.m. There will be interactive booths, sport demonstrations, a kids play area, live entertainment on three stages, 25 food trucks, two beer gardens with six local beer and cocktail vendors, and the Tokyo Olympic Games telecast live on a big screen.

Additional details, including a full list of food and beverage vendors, and a map highlighting festival zones and parking areas is available at https://coloradosprings.gov/COS150DowntownCelebration.

The event is being organized by the City in partnership with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

Parking

Street parking, surface lots and parking garages are located within walking distance to the festival. City parking garages will have a regular rate of $1/hour and are located at:

  • Nevada and Colorado avenues
  • Bijou Street and Cascade Avenue
  • Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue

More downtown parking information is available at DowntownCS.com/Parking.

Or, ride your bike instead! Ride your own bike, or ride PikeRide to the bike valet tent at Tejon Street and Vermijo Avenue and park it for free.

Emergency Alerts

To receive emergency alerts during the festival, including inclement weather information, text COS150 to 888777.

Festival Event Schedule

Main Stage – Vermijo & Sahwatch

  • 12:00 pm - HICKABEE
  • 1:15 pm - Flying Aces
  • 1:45 pm - WireWood Station
  • 3:00 pm - Flying Aces
  • 3:30 pm - Denver Taiko
  • 4:00 pm - Olympian and Paralympian Q&A
  • 5:15 pm - Flying Aces
  • 6:00 pm  - Martini Shot

Tokyo Games Fan Fest

  • 10:00 am - USA Triathlon Simulation
  • 11:00 am -  USA Figure Skating – Synthetic Ice Rink/Learn to Skate
  • 12:00 pm - Wheelchair Basketball Activation
  • 2:30 pm - US Taekwando Center Demonstration
  • 4:00 pm - Olympic City USA Hot Air Balloon Inflation
  • 5:00 pm - Xfinity Hot Air Balloon Inflation

Gazebo Stage – Alamo Square Park

  • 12:15 pm - Opening Ceremony
  • 12:30 pm -  Colorado Springs Conservatory
  • 1:00 pm -  Colorado Springs Children Chorale
  • 1:30 pm - Front Range Fables from Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College Theatre Company
  • 3:10 pm - Sweetwater Plains Indian Dancers
  • 3:40 pm - Ballet Folklorico de la Raza
  • 4:00 pm - Panamanian Dance Group
  • 5:10 pm - Manava O Polynesia
  • 5:40 pm - Sankofa African Drumming
  • 6:10 pm - Tony Exum, Jr.
  • 7:10 pm - Tenderfoot Bluegrass Band

An ASL interpreter will be at the following events during the celebration.

  • 12:15 pm – Opening Ceremony, Alamo Square Gazebo
  • 1:30-3:00 pm – Front Range Fables (One-Act Plays), Alamo Square Gazebo
  • 4:00 pm – Olympian & Paralympian Q&A, Main Stage at Vermijo & Sahwatch

Volunteer Opportunities

Several volunteer opportunities remain in the afternoon and evening hours Saturday to support event operations. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and meal at the event. Apply here.

See you downtown on Saturday!

Subscribe to City News

Get a weekly update of news, events and upcoming public meetings from the City of Colorado Springs.