Fort Carson Color Fest

All information is subject to change.

We had a great time with the Fort Carson community during our annual celebration of Spring! We can't wait until 2020 Color Fest. This event will be open to DOD eligible patrons and their guests next spring. All ages welcome.

April 13, 2019

10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Iron Horse Gym

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Terms and Conditions

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

Pet/Animal Restriction

  • No pets or companion animals allowed.
  • 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.

Parking

  • No parking in residential/base housing/neighborhoods on Fort Carson.
  • Parking is free, space is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • All personnel must park in designated parking areas.
  • Parking in prohibited areas will result in a citation and the vehicle being towed.
  • Please follow the signs for designated parking areas.

Physical Security/Other

  • Absolutely no personal grills or burners allowed
  • Lost children are accompanied by event staff to the B.O.S.S. booth (by the main stage) and an announcement is made via the speakerphone to make contact with the parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Supervision of minors: Fort Carson MWR follows Fort Carson Installation Policy for Supervision of Children. (PDF)
  • 100% random personal property inspection in effect.
  • No personal fireworks or sparklers allowed on Fort Carson. These items are prohibited per FC Regulation 210-2-8.
  • No firearms and/or weapons allowed.
  • Privately owned drones/UAV's are not allowed.
  • No coolers or tents allowed in the festival area. Coolers and tents are allowed in designated picnic areas only.
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • Alcohol in private containers is not allowed. Alcohol may be purchased from vendors located in the festival area.
  • Despite the Colorado amendment to legalize marijuana, possession of marijuana on a federal installation is a violation of federal law. 

Traffic

  • Please observe posted speed limits.
  • The area around the festival venue will become congested, please slow down and watch out for pedestrians.

Weather

  • Event goes on regardless of weather. Those attending the 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.

 

FAQ's
  • All information contained on carson.armymwr.com is subject to change.

  • 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 the DFMWR Carson Color Fest 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.

  • *Advertised price does not include applicable eventbrite/registration fees

Notice to the General Public
Contact the Event Organizer

Contact the Event Organizer



Festival Schedule

Activity Info

 

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Activities (details in drop-down menus below)

  • NEW! Scroll down to check out information about free activities (no wristband required) in the creative arts tent and for information about the Outdoor Recreation Gear Sale (both located inside Iron Horse gym).
  • Run registration does not include All-Access Activity Wristband. Runners who wish to participate in the activities listed below must purchase the $5 wristband in addition.
  • UPDATE: Softball Tournament cancelled in anticipation of weather. Softball Tournament registration does not include All-Access Activity Wristband. Players who wish to participate in the activities listed below must purchase the $5 wristband in addition.
  • UPDATE: Free activities at creative arts tent located inside Iron Horse gym. Handouts, arts displays exhibiting service members’ masks and music, as well as interactive art and music experiences. 
  • UPDATE: Free easter bunny photos located inside Iron Horse gym

All-Access Activity Wristband:

UPDATE: *$5/person ages 4+, available for purchase online and at the MWR Sales Tent during the festival. Includes access to: Egg Splash at Iron Horse Pool (see below), outdoor egg hunt, dunk tank, climbing wall, petting zoo, obstacle course, trampoline, and more located outside in the Iron Horse gym east athletic field. Bounce houses are located inside of Iron Horse gym. Run registration is a separate/additional purchase.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Llamas, alpacas and chickens, oh my! Did we mention we'll have a #PETTINGZOO at Color Fest on April 13?

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Activity List by Location (Indoor/Outdoor)

Scroll down for detailed information about activities/booths.

Indoor Activities/Booths 

  • Activities requiring purchased wristbands: Egg Splash at Iron Horse Indoor Pool and bounce houses
  • MWR Sales Booth/Tent: Buy activity wristbands, same-day run registration, and beer tickets.
  • MWR Pre-Sale Pick-Up: Pick up wristbands and early bird Color Fest run registrations purchased online
  • Beer sales: Beer tickets, cash, and card accepted. Sorry, no personal checks.
  • Free activities at the Creative Arts Booth/Tent. Scroll down for more info.
  • Outdoor Recreation Gear Sale
  • Entertainment/DJ
  • Color Fest Sponsors
  • Community Partners/Awareness Booths
  • Easter Bunny Photos
  • NEW! Indoor Climbing Wall

Outdoor Activities/Booths

  • Activities requiring purchased wristbands: Petting zoo, obstacle course, quad jumper trampoline, egg hunt, climbing wall
  • Color Fest Fun Run
  • Food vendors
10:30 a.m.: Color Fest Fun Run
  • NEW! Color Fest Run Route (PDF) Oh yes. Color Fest Fun Run is still on. It's only spring in Colorado after all!
  • Run registration does not include All-Access Activity Wristband. Runners who wish to participate in the activities listed below must purchase the wristband in addition.
  • Fun run starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fun run is approximately 3 miles
  • $10/person (ages 4+) Early Bird online registration opens March 01, 2019 and closes at 12 p.m. on April 11, 2019.
  • Same day/race day registration is 10 a.m.-10:30 am $20/person ages 4+
  • T-shirt and sticker included with paid registration only (while supplies last)
  • Shirt+sticker pick up is on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Iron Horse gym from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Little Kid run registration is FREE! (no t-shirt included), limit 4 per transaction.  Please choose option from the 'Additional Items' menu. 
  • No pets allowed
  • The race route is on asphalt and dirt terrain.
  • Strollers are allowed.
  • Please observe fun run courtesy. Runners to the left, walkers/strollers to the right.
  • No minimum age. Individual waivers are required for participation. All minors ages 13-17 years must have a parent signature. All minors 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. See Fort Carson Installation Policy for Supervision of Children. (PDF)
  • Waiver required for participation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#Spring but make it FASHION 👕👚T-shirt and sticker included with paid Color Fest #funrun registration! Adult sizes only. Available while supplies last. Early bird online registration is $10*/person ages 4+! Swipe for pics of the merch ⬅️👈and sign up using the link in our bio. Early bird shirt+sticker pickup is on Friday, April 12 at Iron Horse gym from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. . . . . #CarsonColorFest happening April 13, 2019 at Iron Horse Gym. We'll also be doing an egg splash, softball ⚾️tournament, photo 📸booth, easter egg🥚hunt, paintball, dunk tank, climbing wall🧗‍♂️🧗‍♀️, creative arts festival 🎨👩‍🎨👨‍🎨and more activities! . #BEER 🍺🍻FOR SALE! (Must be 21+ to purchase. 100% ID check! No ID, no sale.) . . . #carsonmwr #armymwr #fortcarson #colorado #coloradosprings #usarmy #armylife #goarmy #hooah #armystrong #usarmysoldier #springtime #springhassprung #easter #egghunt #easteregg #easterbunny #colorfulcolorado #coloradolife #coloradoliving #wishyouwerehere #lovetorun #runforfun #happyrunning #runtogether

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Fun Run FAQ's

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 ‘er done. There will be multiple stations along the course for an extra fun bonus. Stations could include, but not limited to: color powder, foam, obstacles, and water. Please dress appropriately.

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 (bounce house, paintball, Easter Bunny Photos, creative arts festival, climbing wall, food and beverage) will start at 10:00 AM. The run will begin at 10:30AM. We recommend getting there at 10:00 AM so you have plenty of time to park and warm up!

Are kids allowed?
Yes! All kids must be registered in order to participate. Children under 3 years old are free. We do recommend that your kids are properly protected with sunglasses, 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 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 Lorraine Thorson at lorraine.thorson.naf@mail.mil or 719-526-5772, 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.

 

Contact the Race Coordinator


11:30 a.m.: Outdoor Egg Hunt

This activity is included with purchase of $5 All-Access Activity Wristband.

  • Will start promptly at 11:30 a.m.
  • Over 10,000 candy filled eggs
  • Outdoors- rain or shine
  • all children welcome
  • located on the soccer field behind Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center
  • Free for ages 3 and under (still need to have waiver signed, will include free event wristband) See Fort Carson Installation Policy for Supervision of Children. (PDF)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Egg Splash

This activity is included with purchase of $5 All-Access Activity Wristband.

Contact the Aquatics Manager


CANCELLED 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Single Elimination Softball Tournament
  • Softball Tournament registration does not include All-Access Activity Wristband. Players who wish to participate in the activities listed below must purchase the wristband in addition.

  • Tournament occurs in the Mountain Post Sports Complex (Southeast of Iron Horse gym, on Victory Loop)

  • *$20/team, online registration, in-person at the gyms, or same-day registration

  • Unlimited team members, ages 18+ only

  • One Pitch Softball (USSSA rules will be used)
  • Games will be officiated
  • The winning team receives a trophy

Contact the Tournament Organizer


10 a.m.-2 p.m.: #MountainPostLiving Creative Arts Festival inside Iron Horse Gym

Free activities! Open to all ages.

See Fort Carson Installation Policy for Supervision of Children. (PDF)

The following community partners are presenting/having activities in the Creative Arts Tent (located inside Iron Horse gym):

Community Partner Activity

4ID Band

Instrument "Petting Zoo"
4ID Dietitian Eat the Rainbow (maybe fruit and veggie twister)
4ID Museum -
ACS: New Parent Support, EFMP, Financial Readiness, Volunteer Program, Army Volunteer Corps Corn hole, planting seeds and pinwheel making, run signage
American Red Cross -
Army Wellness Center Interactive games, giveaways
ASAP & Suicide Prevention Decorating care boxes for down range
BOSS High 5 banner and photo booth
Cottonwood Center for the Arts make and take art activity
Creative Forces/COPPer, CACTUS Military Arts Connection art displays, interactive art and music experiences
Evans Army Community Hospital Rock painting and coloring contest
Girl Scouts -
Mindset OPT Thumbprint painting
Mt. Carmel -
Operation Enduring Freedom -
Peak Military Care Network -
Peak Radar NEA Military Arts Healing Network
R2 Training Center Heart Rate Activity
SHARP -
WRC Music therapy

 

 

 

UPDATE! 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Outdoor Recreation Gear Sale inside Iron Horse gym

Fort Carson MWR Outdoor Recreation is selling apparel, ski/snowboard gear/equipment, soda, water, gatorade and snacks. Look for the Outdoor Recreation tent inside Iron Horse gym.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Professional Easter Bunny Photos inside Iron Horse gym
  • UPDATE: Photo booth located inside Iron Horse gym.  in the field immediately east of Iron Horse gym

  • Limit of 3 professional shots per family, no individual retakes. 

  • Professional photos require post-processing time and are provided free of charge upon completion of a survey. Survey is posted on website, announced via e-mail and posted on social media with a link to the survey within 10 business days.

  • See Fort Carson Installation Policy for Supervision of Children. (PDF)

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Additional Information

Color Fest Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for marketing Color Fest possible. Stop by and visit them inside Iron Horse gym.

  • First Command
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Smile Generation
  • Orange Theory
  • AAFES
  • Kibler Group
  • Freedom Mortgage
  • Rocky Mountain Vibes
NEW! Food and Beverage

Food Trucks

Located outside in the sports field

Beer for Sale
  • Located inside Iron Horse gym. If the weather's good, we'll add an additional beer tent outside, so cross your fingers!
  • $5 Each (Per Cup)
  • Must be ages 21+ to purchase, 100% ID check in effect

  • Promo: $4 refills if you  buy a $5 MWR mason jar cup, or bring your MWR mason jar cup if you already have one

  • Serving Coors Original, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

💵💲💰🤑#DISCOUNT!!!! . . 🍺🍻#BEER!!!!! . . Do we have your attention now??? . . #CarsonColorfest Promo: Get $4 beer refills if you bring your #carsonmwr mason jar cup! (Swipe👈 for pics) Normally $5 per beer. Serving @CoorsBanquet, @CoorsLight, @BlueMoonBrewCo, @AngryOrchard. Must be 21+ to purchase. 100% ID check! No ID, NO SALE! . Color Fest is happening April 13, 2019 at Iron Horse Gym. We'll also be doing a color powder #funrun 👟🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️, egg splash, softball ⚾️tournament, photo 📸booth, easter egg🥚hunt, paintball, dunk tank, climbing wall🧗‍♂️🧗‍♀️, creative arts festival 🎨👩‍🎨👨‍🎨and more activities! Check out the link in our bio for all the info. . #armymwr #fortcarson #colorado #coloradosprings #usarmy #armylife #goarmy #hooah #armystrong #usarmysoldier #spring #springtime #springhassprung #colorfulcolorado #coloradolife #coloradoliving #wishyouwerehere #beers #beerus #beerlovers #beerme #mountainpostliving

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