Celebrating 150 Years of Manitou Springs
Join us for special 150th events all year long!
1 year to celebrate 150!
Where did we start, where are we at, and where are we going? With one year to celebrate our 150 year history, there is so much to do we can’t fathom creating any more lengthy an introduction to take your time away from getting busy with all of these fantastic events taking place this year! We’ve laid it all out right here for you, so without further ado….Happy 150th, Manitou!
Community Call Out!
“I am most excited to see the community come together in celebration after a tough couple of years! Manitou’s future is bright because of the people who live here & we will have a blast celebrating everything to come.”
The Peanut Pusher
Pikes Peak, July 9-17, 2022
For the first time in the 21st Century, an ambitious gentleman is looking to make history – by pushing a peanut up Pikes Peak with a contraption taped to his nose. This is no easy feat, but with support from the community and region at large, this peanut pusher can cement his place in history!
Comedic Historical Theatre
Prominent characters come to life in a comedic homage to the charming town we know and love. Various dates, check ticket link for details
Celebrate Manitou Weekend! July 30 - Aug 1, 2022
Vintage Baseball DOUBLE HEADER
Manitou Springs Heritage Center Springers playing by 1864 rules followed by Manitou Springs Fire Dept vs Police Dept. Game!
Games start July 30th at 11:05 am at Roger Maestas Field, 60 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs
Day of Friendship
Join the community at Schryver Park on Monday, August 1st to celebrate our designation as the 3rd Friendliest City in the United States!
If you’re interested in attending with your local organization or non-profit, please email Jenna@manitouchamber.com
Come one, come all! We’re ready to reach the record for largest potluck to ever happen in Manitou Springs!
Bring your most delectable dish (along with your plates, napkins & utensils) to Memorial Park and join in this epic potluck event.. let’s face it- it’s what we do in Manitou.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest
Complete with LIVE MUSIC from Little London Winds in Bud Ford Pavilion at Soda Springs Park.
Are you a baker? We need you and your pies! Sign up to bake at this classic Manitou tradition this year. 150 pies is what we’re after!
150th Anniversary Exhibit
Speaker Series- Spa Rooftop Style
First Friday Art Walk
Friday June 3, 4:30 – 7:30
Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum proudly announces its featured exhibit, “Manitou Springs-150 Years Strong 1872 – 2022”. Just how do you celebrate 150 years of triumphs, defeats, growth, evolution and all the blood sweat and tears which have shaped Manitou Springs into the amazing community it is today? Well, it wasn’t easy but our 150th Anniversary Exhibit will explore several key themes: Railroads, Hotels, Health Resorts, Attractions, Community Builders and Road to Revival.
“The Granite Attraction” by Author and Historian Eric Swab
“The Peak of Racing”, a presentation by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner Chris Lennon
Sunday June 12, 1:00pm
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum welcomes auto racer and author Chris Lennon for a talk and presentation of his book, “The Peak of Racing”. Mr. Lennon’s presentation and book are a “must” for racing fans everywhere. Pulling in stories from legends like Mario Andretti, the Unsers, Dominic Dobson, Rick Mears, Romain Dumas, Ari Vatanen, Randy Pobst, Jeff Zwart, and a host of others, it puts you in the driver’s seat in one of the world’s most famous races..
"The 100th Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb” by Racer Don Sanborn
Saturday June 11, 10:00am
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center and Museum welcomes Pikes Peak Hill Climb racer Don Sanborn and his presentation, “The 100th Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb”. The Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb originally started by Spencer Penrose in 1916 has now been running for 100 years. This presentation will look at the history of the Hill Climb and its racers, and how the race has changed over the course of time.
Arts Month October
Arts Month! Oct 1 -31
From the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Manitou Springs to public art walking and biking tours, October is a beautiful time to explore the rich arts & culture offerings of Manitou Springs artists, galleries, musicians, poets, and other creative pursuits.