Time To Get Your Spooky On! Starting the Fall Festivities, Bands, Brew, and Manitou!! The Second Annual Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1-5pm. VIP entry at Noon. The Festival will be held at Memorial Park 502 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829. The event is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and the City of Manitou Springs. All proceeds will benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Come in and see our “Manitou Bottles and Bottling Plants” featuring the Ute Chief Gusher Bottle, “Manitou Railroads” featuring the Cog Railway and “Van Briggle-The Manitou Connection” exhibits! The Festival will feature 25 Colorado Brewers, including all your local favorites. 25 BREWERS, 5 BANDS, FOOD AND FUN! Purchase tickets in advance on the Manitou Springs Heritage Center’s website- http://www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org/manitou-springs-heritage-brew-festival/ Phone: 719-685-1454 E-mail: ManitouHeritage@gmail.comAdvance tickets are $40. VIP Tickets are $45. SAVE ON EARLY BIRD TIX THRU JULY 31!
Emma Crawford Festival What would you do to remember a beloved member of the community? I bet coffin racing didn't come to mind.
Since October 1995, Manitou Springs, Colorado, has made this an annual tradition in honor of Emma Crawford. Of all things they could do, why coffin racing?
Emma came to Manitou Springs for the miracle mineral springs in 1889. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which back then was a death sentence. Unfortunately, she lost her battle on December 4, 1891. Her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain. Her fiance, William Hildebrand (a civil engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway), and eleven other men carried her body up the 7,200 ft. slope. In 1929, after years of stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain. Only her casket handles, a nameplate and a few bones were found. Some say she haunts Red Mountain.
Emma was buried some years later in Manitou Springs' Crystal Valley Cemetery in an unmarked grave. A Memorial Stone was erected in 2004 by Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. (which operates the Manitou Springs Heritage Center) to honor her life. Now, the townspeople honor her every year in late October with The Emma Crawford Festival. The 19th Annual Coffin Race and Parade takes place on October 29th, 2016, from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
"Ghost Stories of Old Manitou" Walking Tours start at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Avenue) October 29th, 2016 beginning at 5:30 pm. Tours leave every 15 minutes until 9:pm. (See "Ghost Tour" page.)