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Fort Carson Color Fest

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August 26, 2023

8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Iron Horse Park

All information is subject to change.

Fort Carson Color Fest includes a color run, fun activities for the whole family and local vendor displays, as well as food and beverages for purchase!

Festival Features:
       Color Run 5k (begins at 8:30 a.m.; we recommend arriving early)
       DJ Princess
       Bounce Houses ($10 wristbands on sale now at Outdoor Recreation; also available for purchase at the festival)
       Outdoor Recreation will also be selling snow cones, non-alcoholic beverages, & other festival goodies!

       FREE registration (NO SWAG) open until August 26
       $15 registration (swag included) is now closed.

Swag Pickup:
EARLY PICKUP available August 24 & 25 from 9 a.m-6 p.m. at William Reed Special Event Center. SAME-DAY PICKUP available in Iron Horse Park at the packet pickup booth from 7:45 a.m.-8:15a.m.
We highly recommend picking up your swag in advance!


Is the run hard?

No, that’s no fun! This is a fun run with lots of color, and lots of fun, not racing! This run is the best way to be crazy with friends, and family. You won’t be timed, so there is no pressure to hurry and get it done. There will be multiple stations along the course for an extra fun bonus. 
Can I Walk?

Yes! You will be one of many who will be walking. We don't time the race and it is non-competitive, so you won't feel any pressure. 

What time does the run begin?

Pre-run activities will start at 8 a.m. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. We recommend getting there at 8 a.m. so you have plenty of time to park and warm up! 

Are kids allowed? 
Yes! Children under 3 years old are free. We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses or goggles, and for toddlers and infants, something to cover their mouth. 

Can I run with my dog?
No. Dogs, cats, llamas and other pets are not allowed at The Fort Carson Color Fest. 

How do I volunteer?
We'd love to have you come and help as a volunteer. Volunteers typically throw color on the participants, and/or help with registration, and clean up. Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer. 

What is the color made of?

The color powder we use is custom manufactured and produced right here in the United States. It is made from food grade quality cornstarch. It is non-toxic, is 100% safe, and also biodegradable. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. 

What should I wear?
Will the color stain my clothes, shoes, or makeup?
You can wear whatever you want but we suggest white clothing because it shows up the color the best! The color does mostly wash out after the event, but some of it can stain. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn't mind getting the color on. 

Will the color get in my car?

Bring a towel or some plastic bags along, and you’ll be just fine. However, if you do get some in your vehicle, it can be dusted away or vacuumed easily.



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Beverages for Purchase:

Provided by the Elkhorn Catering & Conference Center.
       Hot cocoa
       Apple cider
       Orange juice (​​​​​​​individual cans)

Food Trucks:

       Creole Roots
​​​​​​​       For Goodness Shakes

Local Vendors:

       ​​​​​​​Crafty Darling Angel
​​​​​​​       ​​​​​​​Gorman Keepsakes
       ​​​​​​​Jesse's Sweet Crochet
       ​​​​​​​Just Hookin' Up
       ​​​​​​​Macarons by Jazmin
       ​​​​​​​Made with Amore Foods
       ​​​​​​​Mary Kay
       ​​​​​​​Mira's Munchies
       ​​​​​​​Pure Romance by Darian

Interested in becoming a vendor? Vendor registration is OPEN until August 17.  Download a Color Fest Vendor Packet to register.
       $50 per booth rental
       Send to:


A BIG THANKS to our wonderful sponsors for this event!

      • 5 Star Nutrition
      • ​​​​​​​First Command
      • ​​​​​​​TDS

Looking to sponsor the event or a color station? Contact us here.


Gate access procedures apply; please plan accordingly.


Event parking is located off of Sheridan Ave. and Wetzel Ave.

  • Parking is free, space is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • All personnel must park in designated parking areas.
  • No parking in residential/base housing/neighborhoods on Fort Carson.
  • Parking in prohibited areas will result in a citation and the vehicle being towed.
  • Please follow the signs for designated parking areas.
  • Please observe posted speed limits.
  • The areas around event venues often get congested, please slow down and watch out for pedestrians.

This is a rain or shine event & will go on regardless of weather.

  • Those attending any Fort Carson MWR event assume the risk of injury as a result of inclement weather.
  • In the event of lightning, a warning is issued and guests are asked to clear the area and/or return to their cars until an "all clear" announcement is issued.
General Terms & Conditions

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges are issued for any purchases or merchandise.

No federal endorsement is implied for any paid advertising.

Fort Carson MWR reserves the right to film, record or photograph event activities for post event purposes. Guests are advised that this may result in the incidental inclusion of guests within any recording or photographs.

Guests assume all risks associated with participation in this event including but not limited to traffic and/or weather variations.

The sponsors of DFMWR events and associated activities, the Fort Carson Community, its representatives and successors are not liable for claims or liabilities of any kind arising from participation in this event even though liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the guest in attendance.

100% random personal property inspection in effect.


Pets / Animals

No pets or companion animals allowed for any events unless specified otherwise.

  • Only ADA service animals are allowed onsite.
  • Companion Animals are not protected under the ADA.
  • Under Colorado state law HB16-1426 (effective January 2017), it is a crime to knowingly misrepresent an animal as a service animal.
  • Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

 This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of “assistance animal” under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of “service animal” under the Air Carrier Access Act.

 Some State and local laws also define service animal more broadly than the ADA does. Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general’s office.
Physical Security / Other
  • Despite the Colorado amendment to legalize marijuana, possession of marijuana on a federal installation is a violation of federal law
  • No firearms and/or weapons allowed.
  • Privately owned drones/UAV's are not allowed.
  • No personal fireworks or sparklers allowed on Fort Carson. These items are prohibited per FC Regulation 210-2-8.
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • Alcohol in private containers is not allowed. Alcohol may be purchased from vendors located in designated areas.
  • No coolers allowed except for breast milk totes/storage that are 10" and under/smaller.
  • No personal canopies, tents or campers allowed.
  • Absolutely no personal grills or burners allowed.
  • No bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, or other alternative modes of human-powered transport allowed.

All information contained on is subject to change.

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  • Appointments must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance. Notice we are closed on weekends, holidays, and training holidays.
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