Beards, Bonnets & Brews+ Festival

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#PartyLikeItIs1871!

Saturday, June 12 
Noon - 8 p.m.

This family-friendly event will offer a smorgasbord of activity for people of all ages! History will mix with modern times at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site where guests can enjoy:

  • beverage tastings from 30 local breweries & distilleries
  • live music from a variety of local bands
  • games popular in the late 1800s
  • living history with actors playing historic roles
  • learn about and celebrate the history of Colorado Springs
  • compete for the title of Best Beard or Best Bonnet (or both!)
  • and so much more!

Covid Protocol for the Beards, Bonnets & Brews+ Festival will follow ALL state guidelines.

Tickets

Admission

Free!

Brews & Whiskey Tasting 10-Punch Card

$22*
21+ ONLY (100% ID check at check-in)
Includes commemorative glass mason jar
Limit of two punch cards per person with a valid I.D. 
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! No onsite, day of purchase. Must purchase online before the event and pick up at check-in. Purchases final (no refunds).
*Prices include sales tax

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Purchase Punch Passes

Any event proceds will be used to give a "150 birthday check" to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. 

Getting Here

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is located off Gateway Road the entrance to Garden of the Gods off 30th Street.

Whoa partner! Pack your patience

Use the Waze app for the best route to the event at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (1805 N 30th Street).

When the parking lot is full, shuttle parking will be available at Coronado High School (1590 W Fillmore Street).

Ride your bike, or take a PikeRide

  • Ride PikeRide to the event for free!  
  • You may also park a vehicle at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort and ride your bike to the event from there.
  • There will be plenty of bicylce valet parking available!

Beards & Bonnets

As was done during Colorado Springs’ Centennial celebration, Mayor Suthers challenges all men of hair-growing age to grow facial hair for the Sesquicentennial Event.

As not to leave out the other half of our population, the mayor invites all the women in our fair city, to begin work on their Sesquicentennial Bonnets in advance of the celebration.

Awards will be given in several categories.  There will also be a prize to the crowd favorite in each contest.

Celebrity judges including Mayor John Suthers, Janet Suthers and others!

Beard Contest

3 p.m. - Prizes will be given for:

  • Best fake beard 
  • Best real beard  
  • Longest beard
  • Crowd favorite
  • Bushiest
  • Best ‘Scaped

Bonnet Contest

4:15 p.m. - Prizes will be given for:

  • Best bonnet, large
  • Best bonnet, small
  • Most colorful
  • Most historic
  • Best “Kentucky Derby”
  • Crowd Favorite

Brews

Brews & Whiskey Tasting 10-Punch Card

$22*
21+ ONLY (100% ID check at check-in)
Includes commemorative glass mason jar
Limit of two punch cards per person with a valid I.D. 
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! No onsite, day of purchase. Must purchase online before the event and pick up at check-in. Purchases final (no refunds).
*Prices include sales tax

Purchase Beer & Whiskey Punch Pass 

 

30 different local breweries & distilleries will be offering tastings, including: 

Breweries
  • Atrevida
  • Bristol
  • Cerberus
  • FH Beerworks
  • Goat Patch
  • Jaks
  • Local Relic
  • Lost Friend
  • Manitou
  • Mash Mechanix
  • Nano 108
  • Peaks n Pines
  • Pikes Peak
  • Red Leg
  • Red Swing
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Trinity
  • Whistle Pig
Distilleries
  • 1350 Distilling
  • Distillery 291
  • 300 days
  • Axe and the Oak
  • Cockpit
Wine/cider
  • Evergood Elixirs 

Live Music

Live local bands throughout the day include (tentative times):
  • 12: 15 p.m. - Brandon Henderson Trio
  • 1:15 p.m. - Ashlee & The LongShot Revival
  • 2:15 p.m. - Tony Exum Jr.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Hickabee (with special Guest, Allie Krol of Yonder Mountain String Band)
  • 4:45 p.m. - The Abear Brothers (ft. Dave Abear, formerly of The Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals)
  • 5:45 p.m. - Zepp11 (Led Lepplin Tribute Band) 
  • 7 p.m. - Tejon Street Corner Thieves (Three time GOLD winner of Best In The Springs “Best Local Band”)

Old School Fun

#PartyLikeIts1871!
Family fun activities all day long for the little buckaroos: 
  • History comes to life during 5 different time periods around the ranch
  • Meet historic actors from Colorado Springs' past including General William Jackson Palmer and Fannie Mae Duncan
  • Seven Falls Indian Dancers - 6:30 p.m.
  • Blacksmith demonstrations
  • Vintage baseball games - 1 p.m and 4:30 p.m.
  • Kid baseball contest - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tug of war contest exhibitions - 1:30 p.m.
  • Arts & crafts
  • Visit the farm animals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Trucks

Plenty of yummy food options from local food trucks, including: 
  • Twisted American
  • Conrad’s Flava Fusion
  • The Meltdown
  • Sol Sage Food Truck
  • Thyme to Dine
  • Kona Ice
  • Turk N Stuff
  • The Hot Box
  • Roc & Ro Sushi
  • High Grade Foods & Catering
  • Biggi’s Little Bavaria
  • Mile High BBQ

For information on being a food truck vendor at the event please contact: Karole Campbell,  madwomanmarketing@comcast.net, 719-649-3987.

Arts & Crafts

Arts, crafts & cultural vendors include: 
  • Perfectly Nailed by Anna: Color Street
  • Svvyneko Designs
  • Furry Friends, Inc.
  • Chris Harrington Colorado Photography
  • Whimsical Crafts by Alma
  • One Nation Walking

 

For informaton on hosting a vendor booth please contact: Samantha Kruper Peck, samantha.peck@hubinternational.com, 719-​313-1788.

 

Volunteers Needed

We're looking for volunteers to help make this event a success!  Volunteers are needed for three different shifts:

  • 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - FULL
  • 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.- FULL
  • 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Your hard work won't go unrewarded! In appreciate of your time and efforts, volunteers may choose from:

  • $10 Food Truck Voucher (Available to All Shifts)
  • Brews Tasting Punch Card - 21+ ONLY (100% ID Check, Available following 1st & 2nd Shift Only)

Volunteer

Event sponsors

 

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Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region: T-Shirt sponsor

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Amnet: Beard contest sponsor

 

Mason Jar Sponsor

Stage Sponsor:

 

Media Sponsors:

   

Event dates

Location Rock Ledge Ranch (map)
3105 Gateway Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80804
Date/Time Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm