The Downtown Celebration – Tokyo is held in conjunction with the Tokyo Games Fan Fest as part of the City of Colorado Springs’ COS150 Downtown Celebration – the 150th anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs.  This event will take place in downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday, July 31 from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.

 The Downtown Celebration – Tokyo is a continuation of a biennial celebration organized by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation that began in 2012 with the London Olympic Games. This public event celebrates the community’s support of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs – “Olympic City USA”, Team USA, and the Olympic ideals of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

 

 Downtown Celebration – Tokyo

  • This public celebration is a FREE city-wide event and will feature the KOAA broadcast of the Olympic Games on the big screen, live entertainment, food, NGB exhibitions, a beer garden and more.
  • Live Music from B Entertainment featuring Martini ShotHICKABEE, & WireWood Station
  • Autograph Sessions & Q&A with Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee & Bonnie Blair and Paralympian McKenna Geer
  • Cultural performance from Denver Taiko
  • Acrobatic trampoline performances from The Flying Ace All-Stars 
  • Beer Garden
  • Sport Exhibitions & Demonstrations
  • And more!

Paralympian McKenna Geer – 2019 World Championships in Sydney, Australia

Olympian Bonnie Blair – Lillehammer ’94

COS 150 Downtown Celebration

  • “Parade Through Time” representing key moments in Colorado Springs history
  • #PartyLikeIts1871 on Vermijo Avenue immediately following the parade
  • Interactive booths
  • Kids play area
  • Food and drink
  • Carriage rides
  • And more!

Tokyo Games Fan Fest

  • Four-day celebration outside the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum – July 29 to August 1
  • Watch the Olympics on a 50ft screen
  • Sport Exhibitions & Demonstrations
  • And more!

    Schedule of Events

    10:00am – 4:00 pm USA Triathlon Simulation
    11:00am – 12:00 pm
    COS 150 “Parade Through Time” on Tejon Street
    11:00am – 5:00 pm U.S. Figure Skating – Learn to Skate
    11:00am – 5:00 pm U.S. Figure Skating – STARS Combine
    12:00 pm Beer Garden Open
    12:00 – 1:15 pm Musical Performance: HICKABEE on Stage
    12:00 – 6:00 pm Wheelchair Basketball Activation
    1:15 – 1:35 pm The Flying Ace All-Stars Performance #1 (trampoline acrobatics)
    1:30 – 2:30 pm Meet & Greet with Olympian Bonnie Blair in Xfinity Activation Area
    1:45 – 3:00 pm Musical Performance: WireWood Station on Stage
    2:00 – 3:00 pm Meet & Greet with Paralympian McKenna Geer in Xfinity Activation Area
    2:45 – 3:45 pm Meet & Greet with Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee in Xfinity Activation Area
    3:00 – 3:20 pm  The Flying Ace All-Stars Performance #2
    3:30 – 4:00 pm Denver Taiko (Japanese cultural drums) performance on stage
    4:00 – 4:45 pm Olympian and Paralympian Q&A on stage
    4:00 – 7:00 pm Olympic City USA Hot Air Balloon Inflation
    4:45 – 4:55 pm U.S. Taekwondo Center Demonstration
    5:00 – 7:00 pm Xfinity Hot Air Balloon Inflation
    5:15 – 5:35 pm The Flying Ace All-Stars Performance #3
    6:00 – 8:00 pm Musical Performance: Martini Shot on Stage

     

    Meet the Bands Presented by

    HICKABEE: It all began when Mr. Parker stepped off the yacht he worked on for Bravo’s Below Deck and decided to become a musician. Fast forward two years, when Mr. Parker steps into a saloon to meet a guy about a horse… and ends up meeting the band he’d been dreaming about instead. Featuring the down and dirty bluegrass picking of Justin Dean Schaffer (guitar) and Teacher Eric (mandolin), with lead vocals from Mr. Parker and worldly percussion and background vocals from Miss Morgan, HICKABEE soars above the labels of Bluegrass, Country, Jam-Band, and even Americana to achieve a brand new sound. Follow along for a wild ride, and remember… HICKABEE ANYTHING. HICKABEE’S debut album, Mountain Morning, was released on Earth Day 2021. They have already performed live on Mountain Country Radio KQSC, Fox 21, Fox 31, Boot Barn Hall, Garden of the Gods for Colorado Springs’ 150th Anniversary Festival, and over 20 other shows!

    WireWood Station: Colorado based, WireWood Station came up with their name, loving the sounds that come from the Wire of their strings and the Wood of their instruments. Members of WWS have toured internationally including stages in Europe,  South America, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Red Rocks, Branson Theaters to Nashville Studios. WWS has opened for Charlie Daniels, BlackHawk, the Marshall Tucker Band and Dwight  Yoakam to name a few. WireWood Station enjoys playing for Conventions, Corporate events, Weddings, Concerts in the Park to Breweries – but most of all they love to give their  audiences an infectious brew of tight harmonies and driving instrumentals for a foot stompin’ good time!

    Martini Shot: THE MARTINI SHOT is a six-piece, horn-powered, Pop-Rock cover and original band based out of Southern Colorado. The Martini Shot has released four original projects with major influences of Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish, 311, and many others. The band’s covers are high energy pop tunes in which they add horns to give it the “Martini Shot flavor.” Recognized as Southern Colorado’s hottest band, The Martini Shot performs nearly every weekend throughout the year and are staples at local festivals and event series. The band’s latest awards include the 2018 Best of Pueblo (Pueblo Chieftain), the 2015 Best of the Springs (Colorado Springs Gazette), and the 2013 Best Cover Band (Indy Music Awards – Colorado Springs Independent). The Martini Shot has had the privilege to open for Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, FogHat, Fire Fall, and Pure Prairie League. They are also in high demand for weddings and private events. The band was established in 2000 with half of the members being local music teachers. The name, “Martini Shot,” refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day.

    Denver Taiko: Denver Taiko was founded in 1976. They are a nonprofit organization comprised mostly of third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans, honoring their cultural heritage through the exhilarating performance art of Taiko. The group ranges from energetic and talented teens to accomplished veterans who have performed with Denver Taiko nearly from its inception.

     

    Meet the Entertainers

    The Flying Ace All-Stars: Flying Ace Productions offers unique, one-of-a-kind performances and athlete appearances that leave guests awestruck and thrilled. Our shows feature the Flying Ace All-Stars, a group of Olympic-caliber athletes performing in an exciting traveling trampoline program using athletes from gymnastics, trampoline, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

    Shows are produced, directed, and choreographed by Three-time Olympian Fuzz Feddersen. A legend in freestyle skiing, Fuzz is widely recognized as a pioneer in the sport. He competed in three Olympics and numerous World Championships and coached the 1998 U.S. Winter Olympic Aerial Ski Team, where two of his athletes won gold that year.

    The Flying Ace All-Star Trampoline Shows combine world-class athleticism using two Olympic size trampolines with skis and snowboards to perform synchronized routines. Performing this weekend will be Ryan Weston, seven-time national champion in trampoline and veteran Cirque du Soleil performer.

    U.S. Taekwondo Center: The U.S. Taekwondo Center Demonstration Team is one of the top teams in the United States. Recently the team earned 1st place at the 2021 USA Taekwondo Regional Championships and 2nd place at the 2021 AAU National Taekwondo Championship. This team will perform high-flying Taekwondo techniques which demonstrate the precision, power, and beauty of Taekwondo. The U.S. Taekwondo Center is home of the 1st U.S. Olympic Head Coach Grandmaster Sang Lee. 

    Emergency Notification Service: Text “COS150” to 888777

    Reminder: This event is outdoors and subject to inclement weather. Please plan accordingly!

    Below are some suggested items to bring:

    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Jacket (for wind or rain)
    • Don’t forget to sign up for the Emergency Notification Service to receive updates on inclement weather!

    Bike to the event and valet for free with PikeRide! Ride your own bike, or ride PikeRide to the bike valet tent at Tejon St. and Vermijo Ave. and we will end your trip for no cost.

    Thank you to our sponsors