Special events 

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First Friday Artwalks
A great way to take in a lot of art in one sweep is to participate in the First Friday Artwalks in Downtown, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. They take place monthly, from 5 to 9 p.m. Three "artride" shuttles, on which students from the Colorado Springs Conservatory play live music, link the three events and participating galleries. The shuttles run approximately every half hour from 5:30 to 8:30. For the Manitou Springs artwalk, call Mountain Living Studio at 685-0225. Contact Gunter-Wolff Gallery at 520-9494 for more on the OCC artwalk, and contact the Smokebrush Gallery at 444-1012 for more on the downtown artwalk. For shuttle information in particular, visit smokebrush.org.

Colorado State Fair Fine Art Exhibit
Colorado State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, 719/561-8484 or 800/876-4567, coloradostatefair.com

Diverse artworks and the largest juried exhibition in the state, through Sept. 3.

Eighth annual Victor Celebrates the Arts En Plein Air Show
Throughout Victor, 719/593-1919, victorarts.org

Art events, street entertainment and more, Sept. 1-3

Colorado Balloon Classic
Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 471-4833, balloonclassic.com

Balloon release, food, entertainment and more, Sept. 1-3

Commonwheel Artists 33rd annual Labor Day Arts Festival
Memorial Park, 198 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 577-7700, commonwheel.com

Fine art, food, wine tasting, music, kids' activities and crafts, Sept. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bratz 'n Fine Arts
Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.com

This fundraiser for the library building restoration fund features 10 artists, with bratwursts, salad, chips, beer and wine, Sept. 5, 5:30-8 p.m.

First Thursday Tastings
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org

First Thursday of the month, 5-8 p.m.

Canvases in the Cañon Art Show
North Cheyenne Cañon Park, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086

Watch artists in action as you stroll near the creek and waterfall, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fantastic Folklore
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387

With John Stansfield, enjoy stories galore from around the world highlighting energy, mythology, conservation science and more! Reservations required, Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m.

The Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards for Excellence in the Arts
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 475-2465, 634-5583 (tickets), pikespeakartscouncil.org

Annual awards presentation, Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Navajo Weaving
Mountain View Church of Christ, 1080 E. La Salle St., 303/681-0300, pikespeakweavers.org

With Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.

29th annual Country Christmas Folk Art Festival
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way, 633-2026, hollyberryhouse.com

More than 200 fine American folk artists present original folk art, jewelry, clothing, elegant florals, seasonal decorations and hand-crafted furniture; food, music, historic tours and the Heritage Shop and Quilt Auction, Sept. 14-16

Artist's Business Workshop Mini-Series
Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861

Artist educational program, Sept. 20, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 6-7 p.m.

Monument Art Hop
Beacon Lite Road and Front Street, downtown Monument, monumentarthop.org

Live art demonstrations, music, food and more, third Thursdays of the month, May through October; Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m.

13th annual Loaf 'N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival
Pueblo Union Depot, Pueblo, pueblochamber.org

Food and drink, arts and crafts, music, Sept. 21-23, 800/233-2446; reception Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m. at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org

Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge
218 W. Colorado Ave., 667-0965, idoruclothing.com

An urban-chic fashion show with live music, food and a sculpture garden to benefit FutureSelf: Youth Discovering Success through Art, Sat., Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Chic
Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave.

The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs' annual fashion show and sale. Fashions and accessories by Kirk and Hill and Saboz, proceeds to the Child Nursery Centers, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; paid reservations due by Sept. 19, Diane Bell, 593-1054

Heritage-Art for Land's Sake
Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St.

Invitational art show, artists of the Pikes Peak region including Steve Clement, Martha Mans, Richard Pankratz, and Mary Helsapple, will present original works inspired by Palmer Land Trust, Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m., and Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Private reception: Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m., 635-2505

Art Show and Sale
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 520-6745

Event Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Benefit
Smokebrush and Bridge Galleries, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 633-6260

An auction of musical instruments decorated as art objects, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.

Manitou Springs Art Walk Weekend
Throughout Manitou Springs, Oct. 6-8, manitousprings.org

Japanese Bazaar & Cultural Festival
Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 388-7291, manitousprings.org

Food, entertainment, Japnese wares and more, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artists' Studio Tour and Sale
Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs

Tour includes 10 studios, map at pikespeakstudiotour.com, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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