Douglas County Fair and Rodeo This Weekend!
It’s a Western-themed weekend in Castle Rock as the town prepares for the upcoming Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! With a real Longhorn steer drive in downtown Castle Rock, a Western parade, and a Boots-n-Brews party in Festival Park, you’ll be ready for the fair when it rolls into town next week! And FREE summer concerts are in full swing, so you won’t have any problem finding something fun to do this weekend!
TODAY/TONIGHT, July 25
BUCKSTEIN FREE CONCERT
A Colorado native, Buckstein appeared in the finale of American Idol in Season Five, and the entire country was mesmerized by his powerhouse performance. He balances a kind of traditional country that reminds you of a modern day John Wayne with an electrifying performance—so even people who don’t like country music like him!
Discovery Park, 20115 Mainstreet, Parker
DIRT JUMPS AND DONUTS
Mountain bikers of all experience levels, this is your chance to learn from the best of them! Join the Castle Rock Police Bike Unit for a night of riding the jumps and trails, followed by a feast of donuts! This fun community event is FREE and all ages are welcome. Bring your own bike and remember to wear your helmet!
Rhyolite Bike Park, 1701 Crystal Valley Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
THAT EIGHTIES BAND IS BACK!
If you’ve heard what a blast this authentic ‘80s tribute band is, here’s another chance to catch That Eighties Band!. They capture the look as well as the sound of the decade of excess! Their playlist includes all your favorite ‘80s music from Blondie, The Pretenders, Billy Idol, Aha, and more! Bring the family to the park in Highlands Ranch to dance the summer evening away!
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St,, Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 26
ZUMBA IN THE PARK
See what this exercise dance craze is all about! Castle Rock’s FREE Summer Fitness Series offers this fun class in the park so you can learn some moves and burn some calories at the same time! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Zumba pro or a newbie—the class is open to all fitness levels and the entire family is welcome!
Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
PARKER WINE WALK
Enjoy a summer evening walking and wine-tasting! Old Town Parker presents this wine walk on Mainstreet so that you can get acquainted with the many shops and restaurants in Parker while sampling ten one-ounce tastes of wine in your commemorative wine glass! Sip, shop, and enjoy a fun summer evening out in the town of Parker!
Mainstreet & Pikes Peak Dr., Parker
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Your kids will delight in this real-life Harry Potter adventure! Children ages 8-12 and their families are invited to learn wizarding skills and then test their powers with games, activities, crafts and more! Please register only the children for this event.
James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
STEER DRIVE AND WESTERN FESTIVAL
There’s no better way to celebrate the spirit of the Old West than by watching a herd of Longhorn steers make their way down the middle of Castle Rock! To kick off the upcoming Douglas County Fair and Rodeo, the Steer Drive will rekindle the town’s western heritage. Line up on Perry Street between Fifth and Second Streets for the best viewing!
Afterwards, make your way over to Festival Park where there will be plenty of Old West entertainment, pony rides, and other free activities for the kids. Food trucks will be on site, and cowboy-themed cocktails will be available for purchase.
Perry Street and Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
POLYNESIAN DANCERS IN THE PARK
Take a journey to a tropical island—in Highlands Ranch! A group of Kalama Polynesian dancers will be performing in beautiful Civic Green Park, and the entire family will enjoy this breath of fresh air.
These graceful dancers tell the story of a tropical night with their waving hands and swaying hips. The rhythmic drumming and soothing music will lull you into a happy place. Kalama means flame or torch, and these dancers will ignite the evening in this beautiful Luau!
Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention Sinatra fanatics and fans of swing and swagger—this is a night of purple martinis, fedoras, and little black dresses that you won’t want to miss! Derek Evilsizor is the best Sinatra impersonator around, ready to give you a dazzling show under the stars.
So grab your friends, dress to the nines, and come out to Cherokee Ranch for this high-energy show, complete with cocktails, of course. You will swear it’s Ol’ Blue Eyes himself!
Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, July 26-28
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR.
A group of talented young performers take on High School Musical! All of your favorite songs from Disney’s popular movie musical are re-created live on stage. This is the story of a diverse group of high school friends who are dealing with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities. The show’s catchy songs and exciting dance routines are sure to be a hit with the entire family!
Schoolhouse Theater, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri., 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
THE FULL MONTY ON STAGE
Based on the hilarious movie with the same name, this adult-themed musical tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who decide to become strippers. These middle-aged, out-of-shape men have little in common with the Chippendales’ dancers their wives are infatuated with, but they DO have heart and more than a little courage! The result is wildly funny!
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
Fri./Sat., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27
DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR PARADE
Kick off Fair Week with the entertaining Douglas County Fair Parade! With over 75 entries, including floats, bands, royalty and civic organizations, the Fair Parade is a must-see! You won’t want to miss the charm of an old-fashioned parade in downtown Castle Rock. Come early to get a good spot, and you won’t be disappointed! The parade starts on the south end of town and is followed by a pancake breakfast at the Castle Rock Fire Department. All proceeds will benefit the Douglas County High School Huskies.
Downtown Castle Rock
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Following the Douglas County Fair Parade, head over to Festival Park for an afternoon of country-style celebrating! This down-home street party features live music, bounce houses, and other family activities, with food and brews for purchase.
Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 28
MAKE FOR THE LAKE!
On these hot summer days, nothing is more refreshing than spending time in a refreshing body of water! Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring Paddle Days at the Rueter-Hess Reservoir, where you can bring your own raft, kayak, or paddle board for a morning of fun and exploration on the water! Don’t forget to register before you head out!
Rueter-Hess Reservoir, Hess Road, one mile east of I-25 at the Castle Pines Parkway exit
7:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CASTLE ROCK FARMER’S MARKET
It’s almost August, and Colorado produce is at its peak! Don’t miss farm-fresh corn, peaches, berries, tomatoes, and much more, straight from the farm to your table! Bring the whole family down to the Castle Rock Farmer’s Market to pick their favorites from the wide variety of local produce, breads, pastas, sauces, flowers and more! Don’t forget to bring plenty of shopping bags—the market will be overflowing with Colorado’s bountiful offerings!
Douglas County High School, 2842 Front St., Castle Rock
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Right Down the Road to Crystal Valley!
Away from it all, but right down the road from the Douglas County Fair and rodeo, the master-planned community of Crystal Valley offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re in the area, stop by the amazing model homes from Century Communities, D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, and find out why our community is among the top five fastest-growing in the state with new homes priced from the $300s.