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Summer is about adventures, relaxation, and outdoor live music. The Pikes Peak Region is home to 25 different concert series, featuring jazz, blues, bluegrass, pop, folk, and classic rock artists throughout the summer, so there’s sure to be music to enjoy in a neighborhood or at a park near you. And the best part? The concerts are free. Yes, they are free. All you need to do is bring a blanket, some snacks, and your groove, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the music. In partnership with Peak Radar, we put together a list of 6 outdoor concert series to add to your summer bucket list. For more information about the rest of the free Pikes Peak Region summer concert series, visit peakradar.com/freesummerconcerts.

1. First & Main Summer Concert Series

Every Friday in June & July, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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First and Main Summer Concert Series. Photo courtesy of Peak Radar.

If your iPod is full of pop, motown, bluegrass, blues, and country music, then the First & Main Summer Concert Series is for you. This family-friendly weekly event will feature artists from all genres of music and all framed by the towering Pikes Peak on the horizon. The Verdict, a local band with an ’80s rock vibes, will perform at the first concert on June 15th, followed by the soulful Cari Dell Trio on June 22nd.

Getting There: First & Main Town Center, eastern Colorado Springs; 3650 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922

2. Flying Horse Summer Concert Series

Every other Thursday, June 7-August 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Flying Horse Concert Series by Stellar Propeller Studio
Flying Horse Concert Series. Photo Credit: Stellar Propeller Studio, courtesy of Peak Radar.

This Flying Horse Summer Concert Series features an array of artists throughout the summer, including the Better than Biscuits Colorado-based folk trio on June 21st, and singer-songwriter Branden Sipes and country rocker Jenny Shawhan on July 5th. You’ll also find local food trucks and an energetic audience that’ll make for an awesome way to spend the evening.

Getting There: Flying Horse community, northeastern Colorado Springs; Angel Mist Park, 13509 Silverton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

3. Forest Lakes Summer Concerts

Every other Friday, June 8-August 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Forest Lakes Summer Concerts Courtesy of Forest Lakes
Forest Lakes Summer Concerts. Photo courtesy of Forest Lakes, Peak Radar.

You won’t want to miss the Forest Lakes Summer Concert Series, an event that combines all of the best things about summer: sunshine, lake-time, and live music. Wendy Woo and her six-piece band will be the first to perform on June 22nd from 6-9 p.m. Her power-rock style filled with expert vocal harmonies will have you groovin’. You won’t leave hungry either, as a variety of local food trucks will also be featured at each concert.

Getting There: Monument, CO; Waterfront Park at Forest Lakes, Forest Lakes Drive, Monument, CO 80132

 

4. Jazz in the Garden

Every other Friday, June 1-August 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Jazz in the Garden at Grace & St. Stephen's Episcopal
Jazz in the Garden at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Photo Credit: Marilynne Starr, courtesy of Peak Radar.

Bring a picnic and get ready for an amazing free concert series this summer at Grace & St. Stephens Episcopal Church in downtown Colorado Springs. Jazz in the Garden will feature the Air Force Academy Band’s Falconaires on June 15th in addition to lots more talent throughout the summer at this bi-monthly free concert. For more information, visit peakradar.com.

Getting There: Grace & St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Downtown Colorado Springs; 601-631 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903

5. Manitou Springs Library Lawn Concert Series

Every Tuesday, June 5-August 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Manitou Springs Library Series
Manitou Springs Library Summer Concert Series. Photo courtesy of Peak Radar.

The weekly Manitou Springs Library Summer Concert Series features musicians across musical genres. From folk to rock, Celtic classics to bluegrass, there’s truly something for everyone at this lively community event. Rock band, Balanced Rock, will perform in the upcoming show on June 12th from 6-7:30 p.m., and folk-pop singer-songwriter Edie Carey will perform the following Tuesday on June 19th. Don’t forget to bring your comfiest blanket and a picnic!

Getting There: 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829

6. Summer Symphony, featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Wednesday, July 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Summer Symphony on July 4
Summer Symphony, featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Photo Credit: Cayton Photography, courtesy of Peak Radar.

Starting at 5:30 pm, this July 4th celebration promises to be one of the best events of the summer. Head to Memorial Park to grab your spot and then enjoy the Summer Symphony with performances by Wild Blue Country of the United States Air Force Academy and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. At dusk around 9 p.m., the city will put on a fireworks show worthy of an Independence Day celebration!

Getting There: Memorial Park; 1605 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

For more ideas for summer fun in the Pikes Peak Region, visit peakradar.com.

 

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