ExperienceFrom dining, shopping, arts, and entertainment, to business and enterprise, Downtown Colorado Springs truly is the economic and cultural heart of the city.

Throughout downtown, historic architecture rubs shoulders with modern buildings. Fashionable boutiques are nestled between gourmet cook shops, bookstores, and extreme outfitters. Local brew pubs, martini bars, and everything to eat from sushi and steak to roadside food trucks, will satisfy any palette.

The pedestrian-friendly streets are lined with flowering pots and sidewalk dining, and public art pops up in medians, parks, and storefronts. Museums and galleries abound, as well as performance halls, cultural activities, and numerous places of worship.

Parks and trails provide convenient access for a mid-day break, and provide running clubs and community 5k races with a glorious view of Pikes Peak. Year-round parades and festivals fill the streets, and there’s seasonal splashing at the ever-popular Uncle Wilber fountain. 

Downtown Insights

Downtown Colorado Springs publications cover the stories, economic impact, insider info and fun facts of downtown. Click below to read any of these special publications online.

Downtown Aug28 coverDowntown: Focus on Innovatoin - Fall 2016

The annual focus on innovation, this issue introduces the Pikes Peak Makerspace Tesla Lab, art vanguards, and businesses who are using social media to engage and entertain. Read the issue here. Published August 28, 2016.


DowntownJune5 coverSummer 2016

Bijou Street is one of the most eclectic streets of Downtown, with everything from award-winning eateries to record stores, imports, tattoos and much more. Plus, learn about summer events, great patios and more. Read the issue here. Published June 5, 2016.

InnovationCoverDowntown: Focus on Innovation - Fall 2015

Innovation is thriving in Downtown Colorado Springs, and with that come a variety of jobs in a variety of skill sets that benefit our entire community. Learn about innovative companies like BombBomb, innovative schools like Colorado College, innovative developments like Blue Dot Place and innovative events like Startup Week. Originally published in the Sunday, August 30 issue of the Gazette, click here to read it online

Shown: Solar panels on the roof of Blue Dot Place. Photo by Jana L. Bussanich ©2015. 

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Summer 2015

Published June 7, 2015

The economics of biking and family friendly bike rides, the return of the Downtown Sunday Market, downtown downtown breweries and much more! Click here to read this special insert to the Gazette.



Summer2015 CoverDowntown Colorado Springs

Published May 26, 2015

From the art of Georgia O'Keefe to the home of Olympians and craft breweries, Downtown Colorado Springs has more to offer than meets the eye. Click here to read about:

  • Art of Georgia O'Keeffe
  • 12 Bites of Downtown
  • Olympians Among Us
  • Historic Hospitality
  • Summer Activities and Events


InsertCoverHolidays Downtown

Published November 16, 2014

With holidays just around the corner, there is more to see and do downtown! New holiday traditions along with decades-old caroling mix for a fun, festive downtown shopping and dining experience. Click here to read about:

  • The only outdoor ice rink in town is back at Acacia Park
  • Five new stores will "Pop Up" for the holidays downtown
  • Economic reasons to support small businesses
  • Helpful tips to make--and keep--New Year's resolutions


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Summer 2014

Published August 24, 2014

In a city that has sprawling suburbia, downtown still serves as the hub of business, core of government, and so much more. Favorite brands and furry faces that greet you at many of downtown's businesses are just part of what makes Downtown unique. Click here to read about:

  • Five Core Values that drive the work of the Downtown Partnership
  • Dining and shopping you'll only find downtown
  • The Dogs of Downtown, who come to work (and play) every day downtown
  • The New South End, an area coming alive with new residential, breweries, and more 
  • Becoming a Certified Creative District, and what that means for our community