The 411 on Colorado Springs Restaurants and Entertainment

Colorado Balloon Classic to leave Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic
Photo taken by Toby Lorenc

Have you ever walk beside a balloon pilot and crew as they layout the monstrous hot air balloon that looks like such a tiny dot in the sky? Have you ever felt the heat on your face from the gas torch that helps ignite the balloon into flight? If you've never had the experience of watching hundreds of balloons prep and take off all with a interactive and up-close perspective, you've got to check out the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic this year. 

Unfortunately, this is the last year for the Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs because the local government and city practices are making it more and more difficult to host the event locally. Come see this local, iconic event and celebrate the 38th and final year in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Balloon Classic Press Release
Colorado Springs Balloon Classic - Official Website
Colorado Balloon Classic on Facebook
Balloon Classic to Leave Colorado Springs After 2014 (KKTV)

Color Fun Fest 5K August 16 2014

• What:Color Fun Fest 5k is the child within that most people like to keep hidden. It is that
joyous feeling inside when you let go and really have fun. It’s seizing the day, making a memory,
and smiling uncontrollably.

Derived from the Holi Festival in India, Color Fun Fest celebrates life and seeks to bring people
together. The energy is almost unreal; when you’re standing there with thousands of people,
counting down, and throw that first batch of colored powder into the air… something inside of
you changes. It’s a real release. It’s a release of frustration, a release of anger, a release of any
negativity you may have. Letting it all go. The Holi Festival has roots in ridding oneself of past
errors, and emphasizes forgiveness. Basing Color Fun Fest on these principles, we strive for
ultimate positivity.

Pumping that energy into a 5k run, participants break through the start barrier­ ready to take on
anything. Electronic music floods the course as it pulsates through speakers, keeping up
stamina. Before you know it, there is a color station with volunteers waiting to throw more color
onto passing runners. Afterward, there is a large festival area for runners to cool down and hang
out. Featuring a local artist, the festival is driven by massive speakers and DJ entertainment,
with a vendor village full of local businesses. Choose from the day run or the night run full of
black lights, and experience something unforgettable.

Why: Color Fun Fest supports a new nonprofit called Just Care More, whose mission is to
provide underprivileged children the opportunity to better their life through promoting active
lifestyles. How do you change the world? Just care more.

Who: The team of Color Fun Fest has a colorful track record, to say the least. From extreme
sports to EDM events to epic 5k runs, the team constantly grows with experience in throwing the
best events you’ll ever attend. Brought together from different backgrounds and skill, this eclectic
team values satisfaction. Color Fun Fest takes on America in 2014, touring to upwards of 20
different cities across the country. This new company on the block seeks to make big moves in
the coming years, hoping to go international by the end of 2014.
*Event Director Jamie Leibert will be available for an interview on the day of the event [time not
specified yet].

Who should attend: Whole community­ including kids/parents, couples, groups of friends,
fitness gurus, dance enthusiasts, runners, joggers, walkers, bloggers, couch potatoes, the
young, the old, and basically everyone and anyone that likes to have fun!

When: August 16, 2014 : 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Where: Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Media Contact: [Public Relations] Jessica Tran ­ 972.963.0228 /
volunteer: email
general questions: email
twitter: @colorfunfest
instagram: @colorfunfest

Family friendly entertainment in Colorado Springs

Don't believe the naysayer's who say there's nothing to do in Colorado Springs. There are plenty of unique art galleries, restaurants, and live entertainment shows in the Colorado Springs area.

If you're looking for a great family-friendly option for entertainment, we recommend the Stick Horses in Pants comedy improv group.  They perform regularly throughout Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs.

There are other comedy improv groups in town, such as The R.I.P, who are the most comparable in quality, professional entertainment but their prices are nearly double of Stick Horses in Pants. Plus, their content is less than family-friendly. There is also Improv Colorado, but don't waste your time paying for one of their shows and thinking you've seen a comedy improv performance.

Check out The Stick Horses in Pants if you're looking for an inexpensive outing the whole family can enjoy. They've been performing in the Colorado Springs area since 2004 and are definitely worth the small admission fee.

Show Schedule:!show-schedule/c6fv
(719) 387-9911

Volunteering in Colorado Springs one hour at a time

Here's a great way to give back to your community:

Local Farmers Insurance agent Mark Dezuba has organized a Facebook page to help bring people together to better their community.  It's called One Hour Volunteers and they are always looking for volunteers and donations.

"Like" their Facebook page and get involved with these community-centered projects and opportunities.

Also, we'd like to hear your stories! Tell us about more ways your giving back to your community.

Breweries in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is known for its unique and numerous breweries. Take a weekend to discover the many options (well, maybe a few weekends):

Trinity Brewing
1466 Garden of the Gods Rd W #184, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 634-0029INSIDER TIP: ride you bike and get a 10% discount

Bristol Brewing
1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 633-2555
Located in a converted school building, this unique brewery includes an incredible porch area, gift shop, and multiple bars.

Great Storm Brewing
204 Mt View Ln #3, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 266-4200
Perfect for a low-key night out with friends, this small and quaint brewery provides a trendy hangout spot in Colorado Springs.

2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 635-2800
Recently upgraded with a rooftop patio, Phantom provides 13 billiard tables in this unique 100+ year old building in the heart of downtown.

Smiling Toad Brewing Company
3668 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 418-2936
One of the smallest, but don't pass this one up!

Red Leg Brewing Company
4630 Forge Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 598-3776
A name derived from the Civil War battlefields, this brewery is owned and operated by veterans.

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
(719) 528-1651
The location is a little harder to find, but these guys know their beer!  There's always something on tap that will amaze you. Plus, you can pick up homebrew supplies in their store.

Plus, don't forget to visit the chains like Rock Bottom Brewery and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse!

Enjoy and drive safe!

Free improvisational comedy show

Are you ready for some improv Colorado? Come see a FREE improv show put on by the latest class from Ignite Your Thinking. This is the intermediate improv class and they've worked hard to learn the skills of improv comedy.
Lorenc Consulting and Entertainment holds regular improv classes in Colorado Springs for basic, intermediate, and advance students.

Come see the live 1-hour show at the Westside Community Center on Friday, NOV 1st. It's a free show - all you have to do is show up and bring friends!

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Halloween activities in Colorado Springs

Visit Halloween attractions throughout Colorado SpringsIt's the time of year again where ghosts, goblins, and witches are out in full force. Celebrate the season with a variety of great activities in the Colorado Springs area. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly entertainment option or something on the scarier side of things:
225 N Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 488-0880
Check out the Haunted Mines located between Colorado Springs and Monument, located at the Western Museum of Mining and History.In fact, your ticket sales help make donations to keep the museum in business! Their unique slogan says it all: We scare because we care.
Buy tickets

Hellscream Haunted House
3021 N Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs, CO
(424) 242-8680
Now in it's 5th year, this haunted house was created by film, television, and special effects professionals. In fact, it's touted as one of the scariest haunted houses in the nation and has received awards from the Colorado Springs Gazette and recognition from Denver Haunted Houses

Looking for something a bit more mild for the children? 

Halloween Costume Carnival
Starsmore Discovery Center
2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Saturday, OCT 26 from 4pm-8pm
(719) 385-6086
Free admission, fun and prizes for the whole family
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs
Various weekends in October

Plus, keep in mind many of the local churches and malls provide a fun, safe environment to trick-or-treat on Halloween night!

Check out our friends a for various Halloween season listings and events in the area!