Territory Days: What, where, when, who
WHAT: 30th Annual Territory Days
WHEN: Saturday, May 27; Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.
WHERE: Old Colorado City. West Colorado Avenue will be closed from 23rd Street to 27th Street.
COST: Free, except for fees at optional activities.
TIMES: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Sunday, 9-10:30 a.m., Fellowship of Christian Cowboys Church Service in Bancroft Park.
Monday, 10-10:30 a.m., Memorial Day Celebration (including excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution) in Bancroft Park.
ACTIVITIES: Gaming Parlor north of Colorado on 25th Street.
Beer Garden in Colbrunn Court, Frozen Margarita Cantina in the Old Town Plaza (25th & Colorado).
Mechanical Bull in 2300 block.
Gold Panning on 26th Street south of Colorado.
Territorial Jail, 2300 block of Colorado.
Kids' rides in the 2300, 2400 and 2600 blocks.
SHOPPING: Some of the roughly 220 vendors will sell food, but most will offer a range of products, including clothes, art, toys and furniture. The majority of Old Colorado City shops will also be open.
MUSIC IN Bancroft Park BAndSHELL:
10 a.m., Jazz Group from Colorado Springs Conservatory.
11:45 a.m., 1 Ton Trio.
1 p.m., Jerry Brown & the CW Wranglers.
3:30 p.m., Honky Tonk Hangover.
5:30 p.m., The Verdict.
10:45 a.m., Chains Fall.
12:15 p.m., Spicy Soup.
1:30 p.m., Diesel Fit.
2:45 p.m., N-Tha-Mixx.
4 p.m., Tempered.
5:30 p.m., Nocturnal Tomatoes.
10:40 a.m., Andy McCue.
Noon, The Big Ivory Ticklers.
1:15 p.m., Last Band on Earth.
2:30 p.m., Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors.
MUSIC ON THE STREET - varying times, all three days:
Brule & Nicole (Native American music on piano and flute), 27th Street and Colorado.
Ancient Winds (Equadorian music), north side of 2300 block.
Darren Skanson (classical guitar), north side of 2500 block.
Jerry Brown (guitar), in Margarita Cantina.
OTHER ENTERTAINMENT -
Saturday, 1 p.m., “Old-Time Science Experiments” in Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Colorado Ave.
Saturday, 11:15-11:40 a.m., 12:45-1 p.m., 3-3:20 p.m., Victorian dancers in Bancroft Park.
Varying times, all three days:
Howell-Seven Falls Indian Dancers at 25th and Colorado.
Gold Canyon Gun Fighters in Bancroft Park and street intersections.
Hawkquest (birds of prey), 2600 block.
Blacksmiths from Rock Ledge Ranch in Bancroft Park.
Red Herring group walking around in historic-style apparel.
Face-painting and balloon-twisting, various locations.
FOOD/DRINK: Wide varieties, from buffalo burgers to Greek salads, fresh tamales to shrimp on a stick. Various types of cold beverages, with alcohol sold and allowed only in the Beer Garden and Margarita Cantina. Most Old Colorado City restaurants will also be open for business.
PARKING/SHUTTLE: Old Colorado City has few off-street parking spaces, and these won't last long. Parking is allowed in adjacent neighborhoods, but police have pledged to strictly enforce parking laws this year. A hassle-free strategy is to park at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St., and shuttle in. The service, offered every 15 minutes, will continue from 9:45 a.m. till closing time all three days of the festival. Formerly a fare service in the past, this year there is no charge.
SOUVENIRS: Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) booth at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue will sell festival T-shirts, mugs and posters.
HISTORY: Since 1976, the Old Colorado City Associates, a descendant of the El Paso Claim Club, has hosted a festival in commemoration of the first Territorial Capitol. The first Territory Days festival was during Colorado's centennial and America's bicentennial celebrations in 1976.
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