By Michelle Karas
Updated: June 7, 2018 at 10:38 am • Published: June 6, 2018
Merriam-Webster defines a "spree" as "an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of activity."
Springs Spree, a beloved Colorado Springs festival now in its 41st year, promises lots of indulgences and activities. The multifaceted event serving as a summer kickoff for all ages will be held in America the Beautiful Park on Sunday.
The day features seven bands, plenty of kids' activities, a climbing wall, beer and food. It's a day designed for families that doesn't break the bank, said organizer Jon Eddy.
"You can come and have a good day and not spend any money. You could bring a lawn chair and just sit and listen to music," he said.
While admission is free, some vendors charge for activities.
The festival has undergone some big changes over the past couple of years. It had been staged in Memorial Park, but this will be its second year at America the Beautiful Park, Eddy said.
"America the Beautiful Park is, I think, the best park in the city. There's easy access, dedicated parking, and it's small enough to be intimate and big enough that you're not on top of each other," he said.
The event also was streamlined to just one day instead of two, as it had been in the past.
"One day is easier and more safe. Vendors load in during the morning on Sunday, and they load out Sunday night. We'd rather go big and loud in one day than go soft over two days," he said.
Music will include headliner country music singer-songwriter Jackson Michelson, performing at 5:30 p.m. (check out his single, Rollin', below). Performances throughout the day will be by Stray Suns, TJ Lindsey, Playing with Smoke, Jacob Christopher, Mark's Midnight Carnival Show and Whiskey Kate.
Kids can enjoy bounce houses and castles, a CityRock climbing wall, gaming, laser tag and a Space Symposium exhibit.
Food and beverage options are Bird Dog BBQ, Johnny G's Delicioso Mexican Soul Food, BF Chew-Chew Gastrotruck, Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Coors Brewing Co., FH Brew Works and RMC Distributing.
"The whole day is designed to be for kids of all ages," Eddy said. "There's going to be a lot to do."
MICHELLE KARAS, THE GAZETTE, 476-1602, MICHELLE.KARAS@GAZETTE.COM