Weekend events to impact downtown Colorado Springs, plus access to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and the Manitou Incline

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Upcoming special events including the International Association of Fire Fighters’ Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial (Sept. 16-17), the Fiestas Patrias Festival (Sept. 17), and the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent (Sept. 17-18) will impact multiple locations around Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, and the Manitou Incline this weekend. 

Saturday, Sept. 17 – Fiestas Patrias

The Fiestas Patrias will be held Saturday in downtown Colorado Springs from 7 a.m.-7p.m. Due to the event, Tejon Street will be closed from Colorado Avenue to Costilla Street, and Vermijo Avenue will be closed from Nevada to Cascade avenues from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday.

The free event highlights the city’s diverse Hispanic origins. Attendees are encouraged to park in public parking garages. Rates and times for the garages can be found at ColoradoSprings.gov/parking-system-enterprise. For additional event information, visit FiestasPatriasColorado.com.

This event received 2022 funding from the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). Administered by City Council, with the guidance of the LART Citizen’s Advisory Committee, LART provides funding to support special events that attract visitors to the Pikes Peak Region and provide economic and cultural benefit. 

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 – Fallen Firefighter Memorial 

The 36th annual International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial returns to Colorado Springs after two years of cancellations due to COVID. This year, 469 firefighters and emergency personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty will be honored. Activities include a downtown procession with honor guards, IAFF pipe and drum bands, and dozens of local fire engines on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday, there will be a procession with rolling road closures from University Village to Memorial Park which ends in the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony at Memorial Park. Due to the event, the following road closures will be implemented:

7-10 p.m. Friday

  • Tejon Street from Cimarron Street to Moreno Avenue

9:45-11 a.m. Saturday

  • A rolling closure from University Village to Memorial Park
    • Eagle Rock Road to S. Nevada Avenue
    • Nevada Avenue to Garden of the Gods Road 
    • I25 from Garden of the Gods Road to Highway 24
    • Highway 24 from I25 to Union Boulevard
    • Union Boulevard to Pikes Peak Avenue
    • Pikes Peak Avenue to Memorial Park

7-10 p.m. Saturday

  • Tejon Street from Pikes Peak to Colorado avenues

Saturday, Sept. 17 – Pikes Peak Ascent 

On Saturday, the summit of Pikes Peak will be closed to highway visitors, including Pikes Peak Ascent spectators until 10 a.m. Guests can make reservations to drive to the summit for 10 a.m. or later. The North Slope Recreation Area will open at 7:30 a.m. The race will be live streamed on a jumbo screen at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. Pikes Peak Marathon officials encourage all family and friends of runners to watch the race from the park and celebrate with runners upon their return to Manitou Springs. 

The Manitou Incline will be closed from 6-9 a.m. Saturday due to the Ascent.

Sunday, Sept. 18 – Pikes Peak Marathon

The Manitou Incline will be closed all day Sunday due to the Pikes Peak Marathon. Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will not be impacted. For more information on the race, visit PikesPeakMarathon.org.

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