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Concerts, Hikes and Outdoor Ballet!

POSTED May 20, 2021

This weekend there’s something around every corner that your family will enjoy! From wildflower and nature hikes to dance performances and high-energy music concerts, you’ll have a hard time choosing! Close out the weekend on a high note with Parker Science Day in Discovery Park!


Here’s a way to see great works of photography up close and personal—without even leaving your home! The Lone Tree Photo Show will be presented in a Zoom conference, together with an animated discussion about each piece! Register in advance for your link to the show.

Lone Tree Arts Center Online
1:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

For one night only, catch comedian Adam Cayton-Holland as he does his set live and in person! Esquire Magazine and Variety both named him a “Comic to Watch.” He was one of the creators, wrote and starred in Those Who Can’t, which aired for three seasons on truTV. As a member of The Grawlix, he also hosts a podcast, The Grawlix Saves the World.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Saturday, May 20-23

The perfect family activity on a warm spring day! Pick up a clue sheet from the Castle Rock Museum and then go on a self-paced scavenger hunt all around the community. You have until June 4 to complete as many of the tasks on the sheet as you can to earn points! 

You and the kids will enjoy learning all about the history of Castle Rock, including fascinating bits of trivia. When you return your completed sheet in June, you’ll receive a gift and be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including gift certificates to Red Hawk Golf Course, season passes for the summer concert series, and gift cards to many local businesses!

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
Museum Hours: Thurs./Fri., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone: 303-814-3164 

Friday, May 21

Enjoy a FREE outdoor performance by International Youth Ballet as you relax on the lawn in beautiful Civic Green Park. As part of the Culture on the Green series, this concert is a family-friendly way to introduce your kids to the arts. 

Pack a picnic and spread a blanket on the grass while you watch excerpts from Grand Pas de Action from Le Bayadere, Water Music, and Rachmaninov. Enjoy the elaborate costumes as the dancers perform a variety of dances from these classical ballets. 

Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

If you’ve always wanted to take part in one of those interactive murder mysteries, now’s your chance! This evening for adults only includes a four-course meal as well as the show. You’ll help to solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a sumptuous buffet dinner that includes appetizers, salad, a pasta dinner, and chef-inspired dessert! Alcohol will be available for purchase.

The Millhouse, 1381 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50
Phone: 720-724-2083

Colorado comedian Sam Tallent has been a working stand-up comic for the past decade, traveling across America, Canada, and France. His writing has appeared in Birdy Magazine and on and he’s told jokes on Comedy Central, TruTV and VICELAND. His acclaimed debut novel, Running the Light, has been heralded as the definitive book on stand up comedy.

Don’t miss the live act of the comedian The Denver Post has dubbed “the absurd voice of a surreal generation.”

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $22
Phone: 720-274-6800

They’re back! After being stuck in Europe for the past three years, The Bluzinators have returned to bring their newest edition of their Blues Brothers inspired show. This popular 13-piece horn band guarantees an evening of high-energy entertainment as they sing and dance all of your favorite tunes like Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit and Sweet Home Chicago!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $39
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, May 22

Make a difference! This unique racing event offers various timed races on the 200-step Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock. You can choose any one of the four climb challenges, including Power Hour, ClimbNRun 5K/10K, Trail Steps, or Race to the Top. There is also a non-timed Run4Fun run/walk that families can enjoy together on their own anywhere in the park.

Proceeds from this event are used to provide scholarships, purchase adaptive equipment, and provide access to a wide variety of activities for adults and children with cognitive and physical disabilities. 

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway, Castle Rock
6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Register: $25-$45
Phone: 303-814-7455

Take a hike through undisturbed land that will give you a glimpse into the way things were before Colorado was developed. A guide will point out the basic geology, local weather, and archaeological sites on this moderate hike. You’ll learn a bit of Douglas County history while enjoying great views! This hike is suitable for children over 12 (with an adult) as well as adults in good physical condition.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Road, Sedalia
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 303-688-5555

Father’s Day and Graduation are quickly approaching—find a unique handmade craft or something from your favorite local business that will make the perfect gift!

There will be a parking lot full of vendors ready to sell a great selection of items all in one place!

Eastridge Recreation Center Pool Parking Lot, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Hard to believe but the first of the spring wildflowers will be in bloom this weekend—and there’s a hike scheduled to coincide with the colorful event! A seasoned naturalist from South Platte Park will introduce you to all the varieties of blooms, while you enjoy the sunshine, exercise, and fresh air!

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch 
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Register: $10-$13
Phone: 303-471-7052

One of the biggest and best craft fairs of the summer, the Colorado Vintage & Art Market features more than 90 local artisans selling their wares! Booths will be set up both indoors and outdoors, allowing for plenty of elbow room.

Browse vendor booths filled with jewelry, soap, essential oils, artwork, pottery, wood crafts, children’s clothes, and more! If you register in advance, you’ll be automatically entered into a prize drawing when you show up at the event.

Sun Plaza South, 9126 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Derrick Stroup is a transplanted Alabama comedian who moved to Denver six years ago. You can still hear his southern accent, but it’s not the stereotypical slow drawl—more like an angry auctioneer. His over-the-top delivery of energetic stories has won him fans everywhere he goes. Stroup regularly appears on the road with John Crist and Josh Blue and is a past winner of the Comedy Contest at the Comedy Works in Denver!

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $22
Phone: 720-274-6800

The Rootin’ Tootins are a feel-good Dixieland Jazz Band the entire family will love! The talent of this eclectic group of volunteer musicians will blow you away, and their love for energetic New Orleans-style jazz music is infectious! Don’t be surprised if your kids want to take up the trombone after watching this highly entertaining concert! You’ll hear all your Dixieland favorites from Hello Dolly to St. James Infirmary.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23

The premier classical ballet training school in the area, Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy, presents their spring performance, The Road to Dance. You’ll see talented young artists performing in multiple types of dance and be introduced to different cultures of world dance. A livestream of these performances is also available.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Sat./Sun., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$30
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, May 23

Another opportunity to get out there and gaze at wildflowers! Take a hike with a Native Plant Master to learn all about the flowers that nourish pollinators like bees and butterflies.

You’ll discover which native flowers are appropriate for your home landscape, as well!

Willow Creek Trail at Prairie Sky Park, 9381 Crossington Way, Lone Tree
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: FREE

It’s a full morning of outdoor science discovery with Parker Science Day in Discovery Park! The interactive exhibits are great fun for the entire family! You’ll see demonstrations from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Hawk Quest, Denver Audubon Society, Butterfly Pavilion, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, South Metro Fire Rescue, Hudson Gardens, Parker Library, Thalimer Observatory, and many more.

It’s a FREE drop-in event, but if you register in advance, the event organizers will have a better idea of what to expect. You’ll get to explore many different branches of science, including technology, engineering, nature, and the cosmos!

Discovery Park, 20115 E. Mainstreet, Parker
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

More than just the best local produce, the Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market is your one-stop shopping event for sauces, pastas, flowers, breads, and more! Bring plenty of bags and load up with the freshest of Colorado’s bounty.

Town Center South, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Family-Friendly Things-to-Do Near Crystal Valley!

There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Crystal Valley! Enjoy the  relaxed lifestyle of Castle Rock and surrounding area where cultural and entertainment activities abound! Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, D.R. Horton, and Century Communities, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the $300s.


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