THE 44th ANNUAL COMMONWHEEL ARTISTS CO-OP LABOR DAY WEEKEND ART FESTIVAL IN MANITOU SPRINGS, CO
September 1, 2 & 3 10am-5pm daily
Commonwheel Artists Co-Op’s 44th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Festival in Manitou Springs is always filled with art and music the whole family can enjoy.
The Art Festival is held at Memorial Park in Historic Manitou Springs, just a few minutes west of Colorado Springs.
It is considered the premiere art festival in the Pikes Peak Region. Art patrons come to enjoy this celebration of original fine art and contemporary crafts, talented local musicians and specialty food items. "Applications of Artists and Food vendors can be found by clicking here to go to the Vendor Information page."
For 44 years, a diverse group of potters, jewelers, painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, and more, will be displaying their artwork that the Commonwheel jury selects. These artists apply from the Pikes Peak Region, and neighboring states to share their creations with art appreciating visitors at this juried art festival. Art patrons will be able to visit with the artists who will be waiting to talk with art patrons at their booths filled with high quality, yet affordable, artwork.
Our music coordinator enlists talented local musicians to perform a wide variety of musical styles in which they add 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.
There are art related activities to introduce children to ways to awaken their own creativity. One of the places to stimulate a child’s creative side is at our Kid’s Art Activities Booth. Here children are invited to express their creative side with a hands-on art project or create a drawing. Anyone can also have his or her face painted at this booth. This is just one way Commonwheel encourages kids to make art a part of their lives forever. While visiting the Art Festival, kids learn how fun and exciting art can be when they experience various fun art-related activities and see the diverse styles of art participants share in their booths.
Jim Jackson from the Millibo Art Theatre (MAT) has a space where kids add color to the air by creating giant soap bubbles.
Dwayne Faux known as Top Banana Events is a professional balloon artists who adds to the fun by twisting up animals and hats for kids to enjoy.
Eco-friendly food service and delicious treats make this a great place to meet friends for lunch before exploring the art booths. Art Patrons can enjoy a wide variety of exotic and familiar fun foods at the ten food booths found 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. At the 2017 Art Festival, 75% of the waste generated at the festival was diverted away from the landfill as compost or recyclable materials. Learn more at the Transition Town’s Booth. Or email us to volunteer to help make the 2018 festival even more waste-free.
Many local businesses donate art, entertainment or dining prizes for the free prize drawing at the Information Booth.
This family-friendly festival features something for everyone: great art shopping, tasty food, original music, art related activities for kids and more!
Come enjoy the Commonwheel’s Art Festival this Labor Day Weekend to 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 fine art and contemporary crafts 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. The fine jewelers offer items that make beautiful gifts or to wear to express your own unique personal style.
Then dance your way into an art filled September Monday afternoon when a long set of danceable music that will be scheduled at this year’s Commonwheel Art Festival.
Admission to the Commonwheel Art Festival is always FREE!
2018 Festival Application
Click here for 2018 Artist and Food Vendor Application and Festival Deadlines
Festival applications are now available.
May 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline:
July 20, 2018
Closed Categories: Clay, Photography & Jewlery
100 Juried Art & Craft Booths
Live Entertainment Prizes
Pikes Peak Brewery Garden
FREE Admission Free Shuttles
Kids Art & Craft Activities
The Commonwheel Information Booth is located in the center of the Park, facing the stage. Ask us about:
• Participating Artists’ Locations
• Prize Drawing Box
• Entertainment Schedule
• Lost & Found
• Commonwheel T-Shirts
• General Information and Help
Port-A-Potties are located on the east end of park.
Recycling, composting and trash cans are placed throughout the park. Please take the time to sort your waste items and deposit them in the proper bins.
In the case of an emergency, go to the Information Booth or directly to the Police Station located west of the park, or call 911 if it is a health issue.
We are always glad to see you at the festival, but we do hope you left Fido at home. If not, please be considerate of others and help keep the park clean.
Free Festival Parking
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