Fort Carson Freedom Fest

June 28-June 30, 2019 at Fort Carson Iron Horse Park.

38 days
4 hours
15 minutes
37 seconds

Presented By

Sponsored in part by

Kibler Group

First Command

Armed Forces Bank

Low Cost VA Mortgage

Freedom Mortgage

Boingo Wireless

Orange Theory Fitness

Rocky Mountain Vibes

Pikes Peak International Raceway

About Freedom Fest

Celebrate the American way of life with Fort Carson!

We're here to get the party started: Freedom Fest is back this year! Join us for 3 days of fun and entertainment!

June 28: Gates open to the public, 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

June 29: Gates open to the public, 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

June 30: Gate access procedures apply, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Interested in working with the team at Fort Carson MWR? Get in touch with us if you're interested in becoming a sponsor, advertiser, vendor, or concessionaire for Freedom Fest and other events!

All MWR Events, Programs, Prices, and Details highlighted on the Fort Carson MWR website, Facebook, and all media are subject to change without notice. That said, we do our very best to provide our Fort Carson Soldiers, Families, Retirees, and Civilians with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Thank you for your understanding.

Freedom Fest Day 1

June 28, 2019

2 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Gate access: Open to the Public. All information is subject to change.

  • FREE Country music concert starting at 4 p.m.!
  • All-day carnival (rides and midway games)
  • Food and beverage (including beer) sold all day

Concert Lineup:




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Freedom Fest Day 2

June 29, 2019

2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., scroll for activity schedule.

Gate access: Open to the Public. All information is subject to change.

  • Early bird online registration for all activities below ends on June 27, 2019 at 12 p.m.

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2 p.m.-9 p.m.: MWR Festival Activities

  • Wristband purchase required to participate in activities: $5/person (ages 4+) early bird online registration. Same day purchase from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. at the MWR Sales Tent, $5/person (ages 4+), free ages 3 and under. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Ages 3 and under free. Must sign acknowledgement of waiver to receive free wristband for that age group. Parents/guardians must purchase paid wristband to accompany kids 3 and under.
  • Activity wristband is only valid for MWR activities (Gold Panning, Face Painting, Inflatables, Rock Wall, Dunk Tank, etc.) on June 29, 2019. Activity wristband does NOT include run registration, volleyball tournament, basketball tournament, carnival rides or games.
  • Pre-sale wristband pick up: June 28, 2019 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. at Iron Horse Fitness Center

3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Single Elimination 4 on 4 Volleyball Tournament (Iron Horse Park Sand Volleyball Pit)

  • $20/team early bird online registration. Same day registration is $30/team. Sign up between 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Co-ed, open to ages 18+ only. Max 6 people per team. Matches will be officiated and the winning team receives a trophy.

8 p.m.: Freedom Fest Glow Run

  • This is an evening fun run! Fun run is not competitive and is not officially timed. Competitive runners can time themselves if they wish to do so.
  • Run starts promptly at 8 p.m. near main stage and is approximately 3 miles.
  • $15/person (ages 4+) for early bird online registration, free for ages 3 and under. Same day registration is $20/person (ages 4+) starts at 6 p.m. and end exactly at 8 p.m. no exceptions. Same day registration cuts off/ends promptly at 8 p.m. For the safety of our patrons, the run course will close at 8 p.m. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Runners registered by June 10, 2019 are guaranteed a limited edition t-shirt and #MountainPostLiving Run Series Participation Medal (supplies are limited, so don't procrastinate)

9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display

Freedom Fest Day 3

June 30, 2019

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gate access: Open to DOD ID card holders and their accompanied guests. All information is subject to change.

Parking and Directions

Approved Parking Area and Directions from Gates

All information is subject to change.


  • Designated gates for public access from June 28-29, 2019 are the main gate (1) on CO-115 and gate 20 from Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain.
  • June 30, 2019: General public wishing to enter must obtain a pass from the visitor center.


  • All guests (DOD and General Public) must park on the East side of Iron Horse Park facing Wetzel Ave (Area 3 Parking Lot). See map below.


  • Google Maps | Waze (from Gate 20/Mesa Ridge Parkway) | Waze (from Main Gate 1/CO-115 & Nelson Blvd.)
  • From Gate 20/Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain: Head north on Specker Ave. (turns into a 1-way northbound street). Make a left on Hogan St., left on Wetzel Ave. (1-way street southbound), and right into Area 3 Parking Lot (dirt lot).
  • From Main Gate 1/CO-115 and Nelson Blvd.: Turn right at the traffic circle onto Harr Ave., left onto Sheridan Ave., left onto Prussman Blvd., right onto Wetzel Ave.(1-way street southbound), and right into Area 3 Parking Lot (dirt lot).

Mobile: click icon in upper right corner of map to expand view.

Rides and Games

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

All information is subject to change.

Stay tuned for for updates!



  • Non-refundable
  • $TBD/token
  • Rides vary in price (between 3-6 tokens)
  • Multiple token purchase must done on site

Full-Day Individual Ride Wristbands

  • Same-day: $TBD
  • Wristbands can be purchased in advance for $TBD online and is only good for 1 day
  • Wristbands are strongly recommended for those wishing to ride a lot of rides
  • To purchase multiple wristbands, customers must click purchase more than once (as many times as they need number of wristbands). Each time they click it, the system will add a wristband to their "cart".
  • In order to purchase wristbands for each day, customers will follow the same process (no need to distinguish the day).
  • Once they "check out they will print a receipt that shows how many wristbands they purchased and the amount paid. They must bring that with them on the day of the event and get their wristbands at the ticket box (all wristbands will be issued the first time they go to the ticket box. The purchaser will simply tell the ticket window staff how many of the pre-paid wristbands are for which day(s).


  • Card accepted.
  • No ATM's available on festival site, bring cash if you need to.
  • ATM's available offsite at Fort Carson Commissary and AAFES PX
  • Carnival vendor reserves the right to determine at which point in the evening it is no longer going to sell wristbands but only sell individual tickets - it may determine that it is more efficient for getting customers through the line. No refunds will be given for any reason, including inclement weather.

Midway Games

  • TBD

Other Restrictions

  • Know your limitations.
  • Participating in carnival rides during pregnancy is not recommended. Please consult your medical care provider. Visit to find out more about Pregnancy and Amusement Parks.
  • Ride and game vendors are not responsible for any personal property items lost by customers while on the amusement rides.

Carnival FAQ's

  • Can I buy individual tickets/tokens for the rides or do I have the buy the wristand?
    • The wristband is good for all-day unlimited rides. Individual tickets/tokens may be purchased as you see fit. Signage is posted one each ride stating the ticket requirements.
  • Are the wristbands refundable?
    • Nope. No refunds. No exceptions.
  • Can I bring my pet?
      • No pets allowed. Visit the FAQ page to learn more.

Food and Drink

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

All information is subject to change.

Food Vendors

  • DC Concessions
  • High Grade Catering
  • Island Style BBQ
  • Kona Ice
  • Brenda's Tamales
  • Corn Masters
  • Trendy's
  • Brisket Brothers BBQ
  • Big Papa's Catering
  • Wheel On Coffee


$5/beer (16 oz.) WE CARD! 100% ID CHECK. No ID, no sale. No exceptions!

  • Angry Orchard Rosé
  • Coors Light
  • Coors Banquet
  • Blue Moon
  • Seasonal Brew TBD

Happy Hour Promo! Buy a limited edition mason jar cup for $5 and get a discounted price of $4 per (16 oz.) beer refill. (regularly $5/beer without cup) Bring your mason jar cup back for all 3 days of Freedom Fest to get the best deal.

🤩 Hear, hear! Let's cheer for #BEER! #🍺#🍻 #CarsonFreedomFest #HappyHour Promo: Buy a limited edition mason jar cup for $5/piece and get a discounted rate of $4/beer refills! 💰🤑 (regularly $5/beer) Available in 4 colors! YES you can bring your mason jar cup back for every single day of Freedom Fest 2018 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. Check out what we have on tap at by visiting (link in bio) Food and Drink page 😎 . . . You must be 21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages. WE CARD. 100% ID CHECK. No ID, no sale. 🛑✋ NO EXCEPTIONS. 😤 . . . #carsonmwr #armymwr #fortcarson #colorado #coloradosprings #usarmy #armystrong #armylife #militarylife #veteran #military #4thofjuly #happy4thofjuly #july4 #july4th #america #usa #american #proudtobeanamerican #godblessamerica #homeofthefree #merica #🇺🇸

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

All information contained is subject to change.

Installation Access

  • General Public (Non-DOD) are welcome to attend the event on Friday and Saturday, public access gates will be announced shortly. General public wishing to attend on Sunday will need a gate pass from the visitor's center.
  • All personnel entering Fort Carson must be in possession of a valid state or federally issued photo ID from a REAL ID Act compliant state. Current states not in compliance are: Alaska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia & Washington.
  • If using an ID from a state or territory that is not REAL ID Act compliant, then an approved secondary form of ID is required.  More information on the REAL ID Act can be found at

No Pets/Companion Animals Allowed at Freedom Fest

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Absolutely no personal grills or personal burners allowed at Freedom Fest.
  • No coolers allowed except for breast milk totes/storage that are 10" and under/smaller.
  • No personal canopies, tents or campers allowed
  • No bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, or other alternative modes of human-powered transport 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)
  • 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. 
  • Nursing and changing station with power outlets available


  • 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.


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


  • 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.

Contact us for additional questions.

Terms & Conditions

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

  • All information contained on is subject to change.
  • No refunds are issued.
  • 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 Fort Carson Freedom 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 guests in attendance.

Contact us for additional questions.

Fort Carson MWR

Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Fort Carson, CO