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City as a Venue

Summer 2021 – Out is IN!

Let’s get something out in the open.
You. Let’s get you out in the open, your family, your neighbors.

Through careful planning and proper precautions, we’re excited to bring the arts to you with City as a Venue, a summer-long celebration presenting a robust calendar of outdoor, mobile, and socially distanced arts experiences to the community.

Join us for theatre, dance, music, site-specific experiences, pop-up events, and more. From the Colorado College campus to neighborhood parks and community centers, we’re bringing this great city of ours together through the arts.

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Event Schedule

Programming will be added regularly, schedule subject to change.

June 7–18, M–F

FAC Theatre School Emerging Artists Summer Camps
FAC Outdoor Stage

June 21–25, M–F

FAC Theatre School Budding Thespians Summer Camp
FAC Outdoor Stage

June 26, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
FAC Outdoor Stage

June 28–Aug. 1

FAC Theatre School Youth Repertory Ensemble Summer Camp
FAC Outdoor Stage

July 3, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
Hillside Community Center

July 5–9, M–F

Art & Acting in the Forest Summer Camp (ages 6-11)
La Foret Conference & Retreat Center

July 10, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
Meadows Park

July 10, 1 p.m.

Theatre Programming TBD
Acacia Park Bandshell

July 16, 6 p.m.

Youth Rep Ensemble Showcase Performance
FAC Outdoor Stage

July 17, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
Acacia Park Bandshell

July 24, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
Deerfield Hills Community Center

July 24, 1 p.m.

Musical Theatre Concert (to be announced)
Acacia Park Bandshell

July 26–Aug. 6, MF

FAC Theatre School Emerging Artists Summer Camp
FAC Outdoor Stage

July 29–Aug. 1, 8 p.m.

She Loves Me – Youth Rep Production
FAC Outdoor Stage

July 31, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
The Pioneers Museum

July 31–Aug. 21

Plein Air Painting: Keep It Simple (CLASS)

Aug. 7, 10 a.m.

Front Range Fables Family Theatre Performance & hands-on art activities — FREE
Concrete Coyote

Aug. 24–Sept. 5, 8 p.m.

Working (Musical Theatre)
FAC Outdoor Stage

Free Events

Saturdays in the Park with the FAC

Saturdays June 26–Aug. 14 at the Acacia Park bandshell, including live performances, art demonstrations and local food trucks. Acts are TBD.

Acacia Park Bandshell

Front Range Fables

This series of plays for young audiences written by local playwrights is based on historical events from the Pikes Peak region. Performed Saturdays (June 26–Aug. 7) at venues throughout the city, with art activities from Bemis School of Art. 

The Tale of the Bloomer Girl, To Slay the Dragon, The Stone Garden will be performed 3 times on each date to allow for social distancing.

See schedule above for specific dates & locations

Classes & Camps

FAC Theatre School

Summer camps for ages 5–18 will take place June–July on the FAC outdoor stage.


Art & Acting in the Forest

Bemis School of Art will provide opportunities for children to explore painting, printmaking, mixed media projects and theatre games in the great outdoors with a series of camps at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center June–July (ages 6-11).

Registration & details

Plein Air Painting

Adults can enjoy an outdoor art class as well, with this Bemis course focused on plein air painting in the Colorado landscape.


Ticketed Performances

She Loves Me

A charming musical romantic comedy performed by the FAC Youth Repertory Ensemble, based on the same source material that inspired the movie “You’ve Got Mail.”

July 29–Aug 1 on the FAC Outdoor Stage. $10


A musical based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers that paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted.

Aug 24–Sept 5 at 8 p.m. on the FAC Outdoor Stage
(free tickets reserved at each performance for community frontline workers).


Q: How will this happen safely within COVID-19 regulations?

We request that attendees:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from other groups.

Please refrain from attending if anyone in your party:

  • Is COVID-19 positive or currently awaiting results from a  test
  • Has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Is experiencing any of the following:
    – a new cough (or worsening of chronic cough)
    – shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    – muscle or body aches
    – nausea or vomiting
    – fever of >100.4 F° and/or chills

Exposure to COVID-19 is possible in public places. In our commitment to reduce risk, we ask you to review and be aware of the local and state guidelines. We look forward to seeing you, safely, and will continually monitor the efficacy of these guidelines in real-time, making adjustments as needed. 

Q: Will these outdoor performances and presentations be free?

Most of them, YES, thanks to generous support from grants and our sponsors. If you see value in programs like this we hope you’ll consider donating too.
Click on individual events in the calendar for details on ticketing. Engagement from YOU and financial support from generous community members, businesses, philanthropic organizations is what will make this the sustaining success we believe it can be. Tickets will be made available as details for each event are finalized.

Q: Will these all be family friendly?

Absolutely! This is intended to be a multi-generational experience. Bring grandma, bring the kids. As the roster and schedule for City as a Venue continues to build, we will be sure to include suggested ages for any programming that calls for it.


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund