As the spring unfolds, the Colorado Springs area is becoming home to some charming summertime residents that you’ll no doubt be delighted to catch sight of in the coming months. Migrating hummingbirds are already busy making their way back to Colorado Springs after wintering in Mexico, and you can welcome them back by attending the Hummingbird Festival at Cheyenne Cañon this May to learn more about these beautiful creatures. This year, the 21st Annual Hummingbird Festival will be taking place at Cheyenne Cañon on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hummingbird Festival will take place in the Starsmore Discovery Center located at 2120 North Cheyenne Cañon Road. The event is a great opportunity to learn more about area wildlife. The Hummingbird Festival will feature interesting talks and presentations given by experts, and it is an especially ideal opportunity for young children who will be able to take part in the variety of different activities and entertainment offerings specifically designed for young naturalists.
In addition to educational offerings that allow event attendees to learn about hummingbirds, the Hummingbird Festival will also feature live music and delicious foods. Among the bands that performed at the event last year are The Mitguards, the Crystal Hillbillies, Out of Nowhere, and performers from the Broadmoor Academy of Music. This year’s musical repertoire has not yet been announced to the public, but the event is sure to feature some startling music talent from distinguished area performers. Whether you’re into jazz, funk, or folk music, you’ll find a group that will get your foot tapping to some memorable tunes at the Hummingbird Festival this year!
Nature lovers can explore items on sale offered by artisan vendors, and children can learn to make some artisan products of their own by spending some time in the children’s craft area. A silent auction will take place at the Hummingbird Festival, and it will provide those in attendance with the opportunity to make purchases on all sorts of different items.
One of the best things about the Cheyenne Cañon Hummingbird Festival is that it’s absolutely free to attend! Although you don’t have to pay to get in, you may choose to leave a donation that will go towards The Friends of Cheyenne Canon and help keep the park running by funding trail maintenance and safety efforts throughout the park grounds. If you’d like to attend but don’t have your own vehicle, you can get to the Starsmore Discovery Center on the day of the event with the help of a bus shuttle service that will be offered from Cheyenne Mountain High School on Cresta Road.
Are you interested in sharing in the excitement but unable to make the Festival? Consider tying red ribbons to your bird feeder to attract the newly arriving hummingbirds! If you put hummingbird feeders out in your yard in mid-April, you’re likely to get some delightful new visitors this spring!