Territory Days 2012 Old Colorado City
In 1859, the settlement of El Dorado became known as Colorado City. Two years later, Colorado City became the first capital of the Colorado Territory. In 1976 during Colorado’s Centennial and American’s Bicentennial celebrations, a little neighborhood craft fair, barbeque, and parade was held to honor this first territorial capital in the region.
Thirty seven years later, Territory Days in Old Colorado City is now a three day Memorial Day weekend street festival. It plays host to approximately 200 vendors, and has an amazing line up of performers sharing live music, blacksmiths showing off their skills, cowboys performing quick-draw demonstrations, a Native American artist that will teach those interested about war paint.
There will be food, cotton candy, fun, crafts, pony rides, and entertainment for the whole family. For the children, there is a petting zoo, a kids’ play area, toy train rides, gold panning, and much more. For older ‘kids’ there is a mechanical bull, Native American dancers, two beer gardens, to name but a few. Full of period-costumed characters, this little town that has a rich Gold Rush history and beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture will host close to 150,000 revelers from across the country in this FREE EVENT.
Memorial Day Weekend ~ May 26th, 27th, and 28th
Saturday and Sunday ~ 10:00 am until 7:00 pm
Monday ~ 10:00 am until 6:00
Colorado Avenue Historic District Between 23rd and 27th Street
Old Colorado City
National Moment of Remembrance for our fallen soldiers ~ Monday, 3:00 PM, Bancroft Park
Casey James, season 9 American Idol runner up ~ Monday afternoon, Bancroft Park
J T Hodges, soulful heartthrob ~ Sunday, 4:30 pm, Bancroft Park
The popular Lakota Sioux group Brule ~ all three days at the top of every hour at the 25th Street stage
You are encouraged to ride the FREE SHUTTLE from either Coronado High School at Fillmore Hill at Mesa, or Rock Ledge Ranch at Garden of the Gods. Provided as a service from the Old Colorado City merchants to help shield you from very expensive parking tickets and parking hassles, the FREE SHUTTLE will run every 15 minutes throughout all three days during Territory Days 2012 Old Colorado City.