ESSENTIALS

THE 40TH ANNUAL COMMONWHEEL ARTISTS CO-OP
ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL IN MANITOU SPRINGS, CO

 
Commonwheel Artists Co-op’s 40th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Festival in Manitou Springs kicks off “Septemberama” filled with art and music for the whole family.
For 40 years, an exciting group of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists and more come from the Pikes Peak Region, and neighboring states, to share their creations with art appreciating visitors at this juried art festival. Art patrons will find artists filling their booths with high quality, yet affordable, artwork in Manitou Springs’ Fields Park.
Long considered the premiere art festival in the Pikes Peak Region, it is a celebration of original fine art and contemporary crafts that is enlivened with talented local musicians and specialty food items.
New this year, Bristol Brewing Company has teamed up with Rocky Mountain Highway to offer a beer and wine garden across from the stage.
Our music coordinator enlists talented local musicians to perform a variety of styles of music adding their own original touches to create fun, danceable musical offerings all weekend long. Art patrons always find themselves stopping to listen to one or more performance that catches their attention as they shop the art-filled booths.
Stimulate your child’s creative side when they experience various fun art-related activities around Fields Park. At our Kid’s Art Activities Booth children are invited to express their creative side with a hands-on art project to make wild and creative hats. Here anyone can also 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.
FREE! Shuttles will be running up and down Manitou Avenue making stops at all the Metro Bus stops in downtown Manitou Springs from the Memorial Park area and motels to deliver Art Patrons to Fields Park from many easy parking areas, including free parking behind Tajine Alami by Manitou Springs Memorial Park.
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 nine 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 sustainable Waste Wise Festival. The 2013 festival was 75% waste-free. Learn more at the Transition Town’s Booth.
Many local businesses have donated art, entertainment or dining prizes for our free prize drawing at the Information Booth.
This family-friendly festival features something for everyone: great art shopping, tasty food, a small beer/wine garden (new), original music, art related activities for kids and more!
Come enjoy the Art Festival, meet the artists and talk to them about their work. Being able to meet and talk with the artists at the Art Festival is part of the fun. It can spark a creative side of youngsters that could lead them to a career as an artist or just start a new hobby. There are many types of art that are affordable, which tends to entice people to buy something that they can enjoy for many years to come or begin collecting art for their homes or to wear to express themselves in new ways.
Then dance your way into an art filled September Monday afternoon when a long set of danceable Rockin’ Reggae and music is scheduled at the Commonwheel Art Festival.
Admission to the Commonwheel Art Festival is always Free!