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David Spade, Zac Brown and Don McLean!

POSTED October 5, 2023

From the timeless Don McLean and SNL Alum David Spade to Zac Brown and Rodney Atkins, there’s plenty to do this weekend and next in Castle Rock and nearby locales! Just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley you’ll find music, comedy, theatrical performances, celebrity appearances and more!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, October 5

A fall tradition for many guests, the local elk will be speaking the language of love and you are invited! Learn about the mating rituals of the magnificent creatures while listening to their awe-inspiring rutting calls. Take in the Castle’s panoramic views and dazzling colors as autumn appears in all its pre-winter glory. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy. Beer, Wine, soft drinks, water and snacks will also be available for purchase. Be prepared for some outside time on the Terrace. A jacket is suggested.

Please NOTE: It is not permitted to bring any alcohol onto the property. CRCF reserves the right to ask any guests bringing alcohol to leave the property without a refund. 

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Doors Open/Tours: 5:00 p.m.; Viewing: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $42.50 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Join us for a walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock featuring tales of ghostly and tragic events in Castle Rock’s history. Come hear stories of The Rock, The Old Stone Church, The B&B Café, Hangman’s Gulch and more. Tours begin and end at the Castle Rock Museum. Please dress for the weather. The tour is free, but donations are encouraged. Reservations are required. 

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Info: 303-814-3164

Honoring “the day the music died,” GRAMMY® Award honoree, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don McLean brings his 50th Anniversary “American Pie” Tour to the PACE Center stage!

“I am thrilled to be getting back on the road with my band,” says Don McLean. “2022 marked the 50th anniversary from when American Pie landed at the number one spot on the Billboard chart. We will be performing all the songs from the American Pie album plus many of the other hits that fans will be expecting to hear.”

As tragic as the backstory behind the song “American Pie” is with the much too early death of the new rock’n’roll-hope Buddy Holly, the track is also magnificent and legendary. And “American Pie” still goes to heart as soon as originator Don McLean plays this classic at his concerts. Still, it’s worth remembering that the 76-year-old composer has written and sung numerous other melodic and harmonic successes in his decades-long career with “Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air,” “And I Love You So,” and “Cryin’,” all of which will be heard and reveled in along with newer pieces on the tour.

The eight-and-a-half-minute ballad “American Pie” has been making history since its release in 1971. Alongside songs by other icons such as Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Woody Guthrie, and Aretha Franklin, McLean’s composition was also voted “Song of the 20th Century”. 

Over the years, the song has been covered again and again by music icons like Madonna and Garth Brooks. Rapper Drake repeatedly sampled McLean tunes and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur also cited him as an important influence.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $74
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, October 5-7

It’s the mid-1940s, and Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to take drastic measures to have Elwood committed to the sanitarium. Things don’t work out quite the way anyone expects, but maybe in the long run better than they could have hoped. This is a funny, warm, charming story about acceptance, believing in the good in others, and learning that there is often more to some things than meets the eye. 

Ponderosa High School, 7007 E. Bayou Gulch Rd., Parker
Fri./Sat.; 7:00 p.m., Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$10

Friday-Saturday, October 6-7

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Your friendly neighborhood Philharmonic has some fun with heroes of the imagination – leaping tall buildings, saving the world, and the immortal struggle of one comics powerhouse against another.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $31-$55
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, October 7

The Outlets are celebrating fall with a five hour festival featuring musick, giveaways, outdoor games, birds and reptiles to view and photography and lots of food and beverages, including a beer garden. It is October after all!

There’s be lots of fun activities and you can register to win Loveland Ski Tickets!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Come to the Cherokee Ranch & Castle for a unique “hayride” through the heart of the 3441-acre ranch. Enjoy the stunning landscape as you bounce along on a beautiful fall hayride from the ranch headquarters near Sedalia to Cherokee Castle. You will see the Santa Gertrudis cattle up close and personal, learn about the geology, archaeology and ranch history as you travel on the historic Rattlesnake Road to the Cherokee Castle.

Tickets for this event are limited and will sell quickly. Make sure to bring your camera, for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities of a memorable experience. Reservations are required and non-refundable – event also on Saturday, October 14.

Be aware of the weather and wear proper attire.   This is a three-hour event and water and sunscreen are recommended to bring.

Cherokee Ranch HEADQUARTERS, 5036 US Hwy 85, Sedalia 
10:00 a.m.
Cost: $63.25 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Come challenge yourself on Castle Rock’s vast ridgeline trail system. Trail run options range from the liveBIG Family Adventure Run to the Ultra Marathon 50K. If you’ve run this trail system before, you know these are some beautiful and beguiling trails.

Race features:

  • All participants will receive an event T-shirt and finisher’s medal
  • Professional chip timing with a disposable bib chip
  • Free photo downloads after the event
  • Post-race refreshments starting at 10:30 a.m.

Schedule and Fees:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Ridgeline 50K: $95
  • 8:30 a.m. – Ridgeline Trail Half Marathon: $65
  • 9:00 a.m. – Ridgeline 10K: $45
  • 9:30 a.m. – liveBIG 5K: $35
  • 10:30 a.m. – liveBIG Family Adventure Run: $20

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
6:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Registration and Fees

Join Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight for monthly fly-ins featuring planes, pilots and breakfast! On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. This Saturday’s Food Truck is Cruz In & Eat (note: food purchases not included with admission). 

Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood, CO 80112
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Admission: $6-$12

Sample from Colorado breweries fall line-up of beers along with some of their tried and-true favorites. Enjoy the energetic and diverse sounds from Polka Folka, bringing you a mix of traditional and pop oompah music. Followed by Brandywine and the Mighty Fines, bringing some honky-tonk bluegrass that will complement the craft brews we will be serving up!

Nosh on some German cuisine or American favorites from the food trucks.

Throw a game of bags, compete in the stein hoisting competition, or do a little polka. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy at this event. You must be 21 years of age to purchase the beer sampling ticket. This is a free event to attend; a package must be purchased if you would like to take part in the beer tasting.

Schweiger Ranch, Lone Tree
1:00 p.m.
Sampling Packages: $26-$36

The Rotary Club of Parker is hosting a wine festival fundraiser at the Vehicle Vault Automotive Museum. VIP ticketholders can attend a presentation about Colorado Wine followed by a special guided tour of the vehicle displays in the vault. In addition, VIPs will have exclusive access to tasting wines from our wines from 2:00-4:00 p.m. General Admission ticket holders will have access to tasting all wines from Colorado wineries from 4:00-7:00 p.m. All ticket holders will receive free food and a themed glass and must be 21 years or older to taste wine. Designated drivers will be admitted for $25 and also must be 21 years or older.=.

Vehicle Vault, 18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy, Parker
2:00-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65-$125

Missoula Children’s Theatre is celebrating their 50th year with Parker Arts. The Secret Garden, an original Missoula Children’s Theatre rendition, is a joyful retelling of a story of hope and a celebration and all good things in life. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary embarks on a journey from India to her uncle’s home in England. Along the way she makes friends with the hilarious Canadian Geese and the colorful Giant Bugs that Rock! In time she learns to appreciate everything around her, including the Moor Animals and the helpful Fireflies. Add to that a good healthy dose of caring, and what happens? Colin, Martha, Archibald – well, the whole household – begin to enjoy the return of health and happiness in a garden carefully tended…until it blossoms once more.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-805-6800

Rodney Atkins, one of Country Music’s biggest stars, has reached such heights as being named the Top New Male Vocalist at the ACM Awards, and seeing his single “Watching You” become the Number One Song of the Decade, according to Country Aircheck, and earn the songwriter a BMI “Million-Air” award.

The RIAA Platinum-selling artist’s current solo studio album, Caught Up in the Country, reveals an artist who is confident enough to know that making your best music can require patience and experimentation. The results are his most daring collection so far, touching on emotions and sounds which continue to expand his range – from the twangy celebration of the album’s title track (featuring the roof-raising vocals of The Fisk Jubilee Singers) to the slow-burn cover of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.”

With six Number One singles, eight Top 5 singles, and over 3.8 billion career on-demand streams under his belt, Atkins continues to be recognized as one of the most powerful voices in Country Music. Atkins was the second-most played male artist of the decade overall. He also sold over 14 million units and earned ten career Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum RIAA certifications to date, including his latest Gold-certified single, “Caught Up In The Country (feature. The Fisk Jubilee Singers),” which also set the record for longest-running single (at the time) in Billboard Country Airplay history at 57 weeks. Atkins has performed on NBC’s TODAY Show, GMA’s Strahan & Sara, and FOX & Friends.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $99
Phone: 303-805-6800

Sunday, October 8

Celebrate the Fall in Lone Tree as the historic Schweiger Ranch plays host to the annual Fall Festival, presented by the City of Lone Tree and the Schweiger Ranch Foundation. The Fall family tradition’s of pumpkin patches, horse carriage rides, marshmallow roasting and ranch exploration is just minutes from the bustling center of Lone Tree. Unique to the city, this historic, working ranch gives the feeling of stepping back in time and seeing the past first hand through guided tours of the preserved buildings and the land itself. This Fall Festival is unlike any other and is sure to have a little something for everyone.

All slots for wagon rides are currently full. On the day of the event, you can talk to the check-in table to see if there is any walk-up availability.

Schweiger Ranch, 10822 S Havana St., Lone Tree
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

All the animals in the jungle know their own special dance, but Gerald the Giraffe can’t seem to move without a clumsy step. But with the help of a wise cricket, he finds his own song, and dances to the beat of his own drum! In this stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book, with puppets, African rhythm, and lots of dancing, Gerald learns that his differences are what make him special.

Giraffes Can’t Dance The Musical based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
which is available for purchase with your tickets. When you arrive at the PACE Center,  pick up your book at the Books Are Awesome table before the show. With tax, the total cost of the book is $7.55. A big thanks to Books Are Awesome for their partnership in ordering, delivering, and getting the books to the PACE Center for the show!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $34
Phone: 303-805-6800

Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between ’60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the ’80s and ’90s (and beyond). The band’s early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of the Move. Developing a cult following after three outstanding albums — 1977’s Cheap Trick and In Color and 1978’s Heaven Tonight — and relentless touring, Cheap Trick scored an unexpected hit with 1978’s At Budokan, a live album that became their international breakthrough. 

Glossy production and at times confused creative direction were roadblocks for the band throughout much of the ’80s, however, after leaving the major labels behind, the band enjoyed a second wind, reaffirming the strength of their formula on-stage and in the studio. Soon after being elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, they kicked off a productive streak that saw them release three albums within 18 months, and while they were mostly dedicated to touring after that, they did return to the studio to produce 2021’s In Another World, yet another example of how their timeless sound failed to dim no matter how many years later that they employed it.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $50
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, October 11

Dropkick Murphys proudly remain Boston’s rock ‘n’ roll underdogs turned champions. Since 1996, the boys have created the kind of music that’s meant to be chanted at last call, in packed arenas, and during the fourth quarter, third period, or ninth inning of a comeback rally. Their celebrated discography includes four consecutive Billboard top 10 album debuts (2021’s Turn Up That Dial11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, Signed and Sealed in BloodGoing Out In Style), along with 2005’s gold-selling The Warrior’s Code featuring the near double platinum classic “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” Whether you caught a legendary gig at The Rathskeller (The Rat) under Kenmore Square, found the band by taking the T to Newbury Comics to cop Do Or Die in ’98, discovered them in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed, or saw ‘em throw down at Coachella (or one of hundreds of other festivals), you’ve become a part of their extended family. 

Dropkick Murphys’ music has generated half-a-billion streams, they’ve quietly moved 8 million-plus units worldwide and the band has sold out gigs on multiple continents. In 2020, the band was one of the first to embrace streaming performances, starting with their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day virtual performance. It was followed by last year’s landmark Streaming Outta Fenway livestream, which drew more than 5.9 million viewers and held the #3 spot on Pollstar’s “Top 2020 Livestreams” chart. Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down, was #1 on Pollstar’s Livestream chart for the week ending March 22, 2021, logging over 1 million views. Dropkick Murphys return September 30 with their first-ever all-acoustic album, This Machine Still Kills Fascists (Dummy Luck Music / [PIAS]), followed by their first-ever seated theater tour kicking off in late October. This Machine Still Kills Fascists breathes musical life into mostly unpublished lyrics by the legendary Woody Guthrie, curated for the band by Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie.

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $34

Thursday, October 12

From the EMMY® award winning mind of Derek Hough, the live dance show is the first-ever solo tour for the dynamo.  The show features brand-new stage production, astounding versatility and, as always, Derek’s magnetic stage presence.  Fans will journey through a true fusion of dance and music, as Derek explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hop-hop and everything in between.  Creative team and two-time EMMY® winners, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, also known as NappyTabs (Jennifer Lopez: All I Have Residency; Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour; GRAMMYs® creative direction), will co-create, direct and supervise choreography for the tour.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $39</b
Phone: 719-575-9632

Thursday-Friday, October 12-13

Three-time GRAMMY winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band have become one of music’s most heralded acts. The band’s three platinum-selling albums ‘Uncaged’ (Atlantic/Southern Ground), ‘You Get What You Give’ (Atlantic/Southern Ground) and ‘The Foundation’ (Atlantic Records/Home Grown/Big Picture) have together sold over six million copies and produced a historic series of ten #1 hit singles. On the road, the group performed for over 1.3 million fans in 2013 with 70+ headline dates and more than a dozen major festival appearances. The band’s latest project ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1’ is out on Southern Ground on December 10, 2013. 

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $46
Info: 303-220-7000

Friday, October 13

Smooth Jazz means cool jazz that feels good and gets you in the groove. Hear the music of many of your favorite artists including Bob James, Grover Washington Jr. and Pat Metheny, among others.

Known for his smooth-as-silk voice, Colorado favorite and long-time Denver resident Robert Johnson continues to display his talents not only as a vocalist, but as a songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $27
Phone: 303-805-6800

Born in Birmingham, Michigan, and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spade began his career by performing stand-up comedy in clubs, theaters and colleges across the country. He made his television debut on SNL and was soon after named the “Hot Stand-Up Comedian of the Year” by Rolling Stone Magazine. As a writer and a performer on SNL for five years, he is best known for his memorable characters including the sarcastic “Hollywood Minute” reporter on “Weekend Update” and catch phrases like “And you are…?” and “Buh-Bye!”

Nominated in 1999 for an Emmy Award for his memorable role as Dennis Finch, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant on “Just Shoot Me,” David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000 and an American Comedy Award in 1999 for his work on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me.” Spade continues to be a box office draw and continues to do stand-up tours nationwide.

On the small screen, Spade starred in the CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement.” The show was produced by Sony’s Happy Madison Productions. The series enjoyed excellent ratings and critical success throughout all of its seven seasons.

This past spring, Spade starred in the Netflix original comedy, THE WRONG MISSY, which was the number one movie on Netflix in the days following its release. Last year, Spade also hosted his own late-night series “Lights Out with David Spade” on Comedy Central. The series followed “The Daily Show” at 11:30PM and featured Spade’s signature take on pop culture news of the day while incorporating field segments that mirror his popular Instagram stories.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $45
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, October 14

Celebrate community connections by joining us for a ribbon-cutting and 5K along the new Colorado Front Range Trail segment near Cobblestone Ranch Park. The run is free, but registration is required. Additional family-friendly activities include an Agents of Discovery Mission hosted by the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation and hunting for newly placed geocaches along the trail. Or, come cheer on the runners with complimentary refreshments and giveaways.

The final Town of Castle Rock segments of the Colorado Front Range Trail open next month, connecting recreational trail users to even more locations throughout Town and the Front Range. At least four years in the making – come and check out the latest trail for hikers, cyclists and commuters!

Cobblestone Ranch Park, 8571 Castle Oaks Dr., Castle Rock
9:00-11:00 a.m.
5K Registration

Join Boulder Ballet for an enchanting, interactive performance that illustrates the beautiful technique of ballet with company dancers and audience participation.

Young audience members will be invited to take the stage to learn the movement of a professional dancer in this entertaining show that will expand one’s understanding and appreciation of ballet.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, television and radio as well as on the live stage. Tom starred opposite Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh film, The Informant, and starred opposite Paul Giamatti in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, as the voice of El Superbeasto. Tom has appeared in the films Analyze That, opposite Robert DeNiro, and Comedian; he had a voiceover role in the DreamWorks animated feature “Bee Movie” and also was a writer on the project.

Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld, Tom hosted the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons. Tom had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and starred in his own NBC series, Come to Papa.

Tom is host of the hit podcast and SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, a weekly, hour-long show featuring Tom exploring the funny side of life, occasionally with guests like Mel Brooks, Ray Romano, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $29
Phone: 719-575-9632

Janae Burris (Just For Laughs/NBC First Look) is a comedian, actor and event host in Denver Colorado. In 2020 Janae was also a house sitter, nanny and dog walker who performed lots of Zoom comedy from the comfort of her well-lit bathroom. (It was a weird year y’all.) She is a South Los Angeles native and a California Institute of the Arts alumna. Since moving to Colorado Janae has performed with Local Theater Co., Colorado Shakespeare Fest, The Denver Center for Performing Arts and most recently the starring role in Aurora Fox Theater’s “Queens Girl In The World”. Her years growing up in one of L.A.’s most notorious neighborhoods, combined with her training in avant garde theater make Janae’s comedy style something similar to a one-woman show, a perfect fit for _hit Talk Tours, which she hosts regularly at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

Geoff Tice is a Denver based comedian, writer, podcaster, actor, and artist. He is a regular at the world-famous Comedy Works and has toured his upbeat, energetic style of stand-up comedy across the country. In addition to performing at festivals such as SF Sketchfest, High Plains Comedy Festival, Red Clay and Limestone—Geoff hosted Comedy Central’s South Park 25th Anniversary Tailgate two-day event at Red Rocks. Geoff has also contributed to The Nosebleed’s on UFC Fight Pass, appeared on Adult Swim and can be found in nationwide commercial campaigns.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $27
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15

Ready to go gift shopping for the holidays? Come visit local artisans, crafters, photographers, cooks & bakers, artists & authors, and vendors selling hand-crafted items including jewelry, needlework items, candles, unique gift ideas, holiday and home decor, homemade jams, jellies and baked goods.

Parker Senior Center, 10675 Longs Way, Parker
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Enjoy life in Castle Rock within minutes from the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – where nature is around every corner of the neighborhood! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Taylor Morrison, D.R. Horton, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities. Picture yourself in your very own dream house – ranch-style or two-story models priced from the $600s.


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