ESSENTIALS

40 YEARS OF FINE ART AND CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

For 40 years Commonwheel Artists Co-op has helped create an awareness of American-made original Fine Arts & Crafts. Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival is a three-day weekend event filled with exceptionally high quality artwork, talented musicians and fabulous food.

A jury of professional artists chooses the artists that will attend. Only the finest handcrafted work created by the artists that will be present at the festival is accepted. Come meet the creator of the art or craft you purchase to grace your home or body.

The line-up of original music, by local performers who are showcased on our stage, offers a variety of styles that will fit everyone’s musical tastes. Art and music patrons can sit and listen to their favorite entertainer while enjoying a tasty treat or listen as they wander the booths filled with fine art and contemporary crafts.

Eco-friendly food service and delicious treats make this a great place to meet friends for lunch before exploring the art booths. Enjoy a wide variety of exotic and familiar fun foods at the 11 food booths you will find in a tree-shaded food court. The food booths are diverse and offer some tasty treats rarely found at other festivals. Our food vendors, sponsors and many community volunteers are working with Commonwheel to create a 100% waste-free event. Learn more at the Sustainable Booth. The 2012 festival was 80% waste-free.

Stimulate your child’s creative side when they experience various fun art-related activities around the Park. At our Kid’s Art Activities Booth children are invited to express their creative side with a hands-on art project or have their faces painted. Kids of all ages will enjoy watching “Magic Man” twist up some fun balloon creatures. Jim Jackson from the MAT lets kids add color to the air by creating giant bubbles. These activities introduce children to art in fun and exciting ways and encouraging them to make it a part of their lives forever.

Local patrons all along the Front Range describe the Commonwheel Festival as their favorite place to find high quality art and fine crafts for themselves and their homes. Saturday morning, savvy art patrons come to purchase the best artwork or craft items offered by their favorite artists and discover new artists each year. Many people come to purchase Holiday gifts that they know will be unique and please their art appreciating friends and family.

Many local businesses have donated art, entertainment or dining prizes for our free prize drawing at the Information Booth.

The Commonwheel Arts & Crafts Festival starts at 10 a.m., which makes it ideal for people attending the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic to make a day of it. We invite art patrons to come over after the last balloon has disappeared in the blue Colorado sky and enjoy our live music, have lunch at a table in the food court, then stroll among the beautiful art filled booths in Manitou Springs’ The Fields Park.

Put it on your calendar to take a trip to historic Manitou Springs this Labor Day Weekend and experience a day filled with high quality artwork, talented performers, fun & art projects for kids and fabulous food.