Colorado Springs Independent

Commonwheel's Labor Day Art Festival is back and as good as ever

Alissa Smith Aug 31, 2018 1:00 AM
Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival, Sept. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, free,
It’s back again for its 44th year: The Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival, one of the region’s favorite art events. Attendees can browse booths of fine arts and crafts from woodwork to glasswork to traditional paintings and photography. More than a shopping opportunity, though, this annual festival offers a lot of free entertainment, including live music (featuring folks like Xanthe Alexis, Ben Pratt, Mo Mungus and more). Families will also have plenty to do, as Commonwheel doesn’t skimp on the kids’ activities — crafts, face painting, balloon animals and of course the Millibo Art Theatre’s famous giant bubble station. If all that still isn’t enough to get you out of the house this weekend, remember there’s always plenty of food vendors, and a beer (and wine) garden with brews from Manitou Brewing Company.