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Celebrate Castle Rock’s Western Heritage This Weekend!

POSTED July 28, 2021

Get out your hats and boots and head downtown as Castle Rock celebrates its historical, western roots this weekend! Starting with the Western Heritage Welcome on Friday, as a herd of longhorn cattle are driven through the streets of town, it’s something to see, hear and smell! It’s also the kick-off to the Douglas County Fair—including a parade on Saturday morning, followed by Boots & Brews in the park, and everyone’s favorite, the Hometown Rodeo on Saturday night!


Enjoy a peaceful but rejuvenating early morning walk in the reserved part of the Backcountry Wilderness Area. This relaxed guided excursion with your friends and neighbors gives you a chance to catch up, or maybe you’re interested in spotting some local wildlife. Don’t forgot your binoculars!

The activity is FREE, but registration is required. Babies or small toddlers in a hiking carrier are welcome. 

Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-471-7052

One more chance to enjoy the sounds of The Music in the Meadows! The Reason You Came is the party band that plays it all— classic Motown and R&B, 80s hits, Top 40, and country! Hang out in the park and enjoy a final concert in this series!

Butterfield Park, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr., Castle Rock
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Information: FREE

Thursday – Saturday, July 29-31

Here’s a guy who does it all! Not only has he been working professionally as a stand-up since he was 16, Alex Edelman has also been a speechwriter for the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, he’s written and produced documentaries for the US State Department, and he’s a regular writer for The Atlantic. But is he funny? You bet! 

Back in 2014, he won the Best Newcomer prize at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his one man show, Millennial, only the second American ever to have done so. In 2015 he was named a “New Face” at the Just For Laughs Festival Montreal, one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” in 2014 and listed as #10 on NY Magazine’s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015”.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$22
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, July 30

This week’s Fitness in the Park FREE workout features the dance fitness craze, Reb3l Groove! Channel your inner back-up dancer when you move to high-energy beats in choreographed toning routines, resulting in a high intensity workout! No experience is required—this class is available to all ages and levels. Advanced registration is required.

The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-814-7453

Walk, sip, and talk! That’s what Parker’s Wine Walks are all about! As you stroll down the streets of Old Town Parker, you’ll also discover the many shops and restaurants there. When you register, you’ll receive a wine walk map, where you can stop in at various stations and receive 10 one-ounce tastes.

Downtown Parker, Mainstreet & Pikes Peak Dr., Parker
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

It’s the annual event that celebrates Castle Rock’s western heritage! The Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration, with a cattle drive right on the streets of downtown! Starting at Rock Park, the herd will continue along Perry Street before completing the journey right in front of the Castle Rock Police Department. 

Then in Festival Park, the celebration will continue, with reenactments of Old West dramas. You can take an old-time photo with your family, do a western-themed craft, and even try a sarsaparilla ice cream float! Cowboys and city slickers alike are welcome!

Perry Street in Downtown Castle Rock
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone: 720-724-2010

Enjoy a raunchy and hilarious evening with the dirty old lady, Bag Lady Sue—a comedy act unlike any other. For almost 30 years, this comedian has been touring the country, entertaining everyone from bikers to grannies to rednecks to millionaires. Also on stage will be Vaudevillian French Accent from American’s Got Talent! You must be 18+ to attend this show. 

Deep Space Lounge & Event Center, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Dr. #50, Parker
8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25
Phone: 720-675-7932

Friday-Saturday, July 30-31

It’s prime outdoor movie-watching weather—and being in the backcountry makes it even more of an adventure. Friday’s movie is the recently-released Disney animated movie, Brave, and Saturday night’s movie is for adults only—Brides Maids. Bring your own snacks or enjoy tasty bites from one of the food trucks on site. Don’t forget to register in advance! 

Backcountry Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
Gates open 7:15 p.m.
Tickets: $25/car
Phone: 303-471-7076

Saturday, July 31

Kicking off a week of Douglas County Fair activities, the traditional Fair Parade winds its way through downtown Castle Rock with local bands, floats, entertainment, business and civic organizations, and more! 

The parade will start on the south end of town on Wilcox/Plum Creek and travel north on Wilcox to Fourth, then turn right and head back down Perry to Second. Grab a spot anywhere along the parade route.

Downtown Castle Rock
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Information: FREE

Following the Fair Parade, the celebration continues at Festival Park with the Western-themed Boots & Brews. This FREE family-friendly event features food trucks, bounce houses, carnival games, beer and live music.

Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to sit on, if you like. You’re also welcome to bring your own food and drinks.

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

It’s a full day of fun at the Douglas County Fair! Events today include the Llama Show, Dog Obedience Show, and Mutton Busting for kids. The highlight of the day is the Hometown Rodeo and the crowning of the rodeo royalty! 

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
Events start at 11:00 a.m.; Rodeo starts at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Sunday, August 1

Today’s events feature the Junior Division Horse Shows, (Western and English), and the Creative Arts/Home Arts Show, with competitive categories including baking, canning, crafts, preserving, crochet, cross stitch, knitting, sewing, quilts, painting, drawing, beading, jewelry, photography and woodworking. With so much to do, see, taste, buy, enjoy — don’t miss this once a year event that draws fair-goers from all over the state.

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
Horse Show, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Creative Arts Show, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Join a FREE yoga practice outdoors! Whether or not you’ve tried yoga in an outdoor setting, you’ll be amazed how much more in tune with your breathing and body you will be when you are one with nature! Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome, but you need to register in advance. 

The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Register: FREE

This sweet event is all about the amazing honeybee! You’ll have a chance to learn about which plants are bee-friendly and how to attract more bees to your yard. You’ll also learn how bees make honey and be able to see their hives and sample honey. Try on a beekeeper’s suit and even make a bee-craft!

There will be tons of goodies including honey sticks, dippers, and recipes.

O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

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