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Elk Bugling, Puppy Yoga and Superhero Dance!

POSTED September 12, 2019

With the brisk evening air and leaves on the verge of turning colors, a host of fall activities are popping up in the Castle Rock area! The first Oktoberfest is here, for two days of family fun in Parker! Or get back to nature with an elk-bugling lecture or a full-moon hike! Finish off your weekend with a little puppy yoga!

TODAY/TONIGHT, September 12


FavoriteNothing heralds the approach of fall in Colorado like the sound of elk bugling! The entire family will enjoy learning from a nature expert about the mating rituals of this magnificent animal, and how to interpret his beautiful calls of love.

Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace deck of Cherokee Ranch. A cash bar with snacks for purchase will also be available. Don’t forget to bring a jacket—the autumn air is crisp! Tours of the castle are also included with the ticket price.

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-688-5555

Thursday-Sunday, September 12-15

Mike E. Winfield is a name you are likely to hear more and more often. As the first-place winner at the 2019 NBC Diversity Showcase, he beat over 1,100 contestants to win this national title! Winfield made his network debut on The Late Show and has appeared on NBC’s The Office, Showtime’s Comics Without Borders, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. 

Currently Winfield appears in Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, a Netflix Original stand-up special, and his Amazon Original special, StepMan, was just released on Amazon Prime. He’s also graced the big screen in his feature Pimp, where he starred opposite Keke Palmer and DMX.

Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$25
Phone: 720-274-6800

Friday, September 13

It will be a battle of capes and fancy footwork at this superhero-themed Mother-Son dance! Dress as your favorite superhero or superhero duo. All ages are welcome! In addition to dancing, you’ll also enjoy delicious snacks, photo opps, and activities—with prizes for the best-costumed duo and more!

Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Cir., Lone Tree
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$22 per pair/Additional Children: $5
Phone: 303-708-3500 

“The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is about so much more than sports; it’s about life” (Premier Sports Management). Back by popular demand, this fascinating and important lecture by the leading spokesperson for the Negro Leagues chronicles the rise and fall of the parallel baseball league in America. Bob Kendrick shares stories of some of the legendary players in the Negro Leagues and how their passion changed the sport forever.

Come early or stay after the event to peruse the special exhibit in the Lone Tree Arts Center lobby, They Were All Stars. This historical photographic display highlights players from the Negro Leagues who became Major League All-Stars. From Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 to the final team integrating in 1959, this exhibit displays it all!

Lone Tree Arts Center Event Hall, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$15
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Sunday, September 13-15

Oktoberfest, that is! Everyone is German this weekend at this fun, FREE celebration for the entire family! Enjoy live German music, an authentic Biergarten, delicious German food, and even a late-night German Techno dance party! There will be events and activities especially for kids, including a kids’ stage with vignettes of the Grimm Brothers Tales, as well as activities and games in the Kids’ Zone.

Sign up to compete in beer-relay games, the Dachshund races, the Grape Stomp, or the Cornhole Tournament! There will be cash prizes for the top teams and the best dressed. Live music includes Austrian Connection, The Polkanauts, and the Steve Tanzkapelle Band.

O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
Fri., 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Saturday, September 14

If you are a new mother or will be soon, you won’t want to miss out on this chance to connect with other moms-to-be and new moms! Local experts, companies, and services that cater to your little bundle of joy will be all under one roof to answer questions and show you the latest in baby gadgets and advice.

Check out baby gear, accessories, furniture, clothing, skin care, parenting services, retailers, and more. Enjoy good food, good company, and even mocktails! There will be plenty of giveaways and chances to win great door prizes! Bring along your support team: dads, grandparents, and babies get in FREE!

Sky Ridge Medical Center, 10101 RidgeGate Pkwy., Lone Tree
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$7

This shopping spree is guilt-free! Grab your friends and head out to the 14th annual Shopping Extravaganza that gives you exclusive deals at many of the brand name stores at the Outlets, while $20 of your ticket price goes directly to the participating nonprofit of your choice—including AIM2Cure, Autism Speaks, Crisis Center, Special Olympics Colorado, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and many more!

You’ll also enjoy a delicious catered lunch, wine tasting, dessert bar, and live music. Each ticket includes access to all event activities along with one complimentary prize drawing ticket for the chance at over $75,000 in gift cards and prizes from Outlets at Castle Rock’s top brand-name stores.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 
Phone: 303-688-4495 

This trio of teachers from Seattle decided to form a band and make kids’ music inspired by their days in their classrooms. What else would result but high-energy concerts and hilarious lyrics that capture the essence of being young? 

Recess Monkey is a band as committed to its eclectic musicality as it is in engaging its young fans. Critics love them, too! They’ve won praise from People, Time, USA Today, The New York Times and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited. Together, the three band members have over 30 years experience in the classroom, and even more years in acclaimed Indie Rock bands, so they strike a perfect balance between kid-centric ideas and musical authenticity. Kids up to age six are their prime audience, though the entire family will enjoy this show!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19
Phone: 303-805-6800 

There’s still time to fit in one more community BBQ as summer comes to a close! All proceeds from this special benefit will help fund the wonderful educational programming at the Castle Rock Historical Museum. Old West BBQ will provide the delicious food and drinks, while you groove along to live music from Rudy Grant and The Buffalo Riders. This band is a piece of Castle Rock history—they performed at the Rock View Lounge back in the 1970s!

 The Eagles Club, 1300 Caprice Dr., Castle Rock
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$45

Help celebrate art in all its forms with this fun FREE ArtWalk in downtown Parker! There will be interactive art, plenty of live music, and dance performances.

The ArtWalk will showcase local artists in all media, as well as performing artists. Bring the family or meet up with friends for an inspiring evening under the stars!

Mainstreet in Downtown Parker
6:00 – 8:30 p.m
Cost: FREE

You won’t need a flashlight for this night hike in the backcountry—the full moon will light your way! Kids ages 7 and older are welcome to join their families for this fun and educational journey into nature. Your senses will be on full alert, as a naturalist guide explains how humans and animals see in the darkness versus daylight. Will your eyes be able to see what’s really out there?

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Registration: $6-$8

Sunday, September 15

Did you know supermarket apples can be up to one year old when you buy them? Due to controlled atmosphere storage, apples can be put into hibernation and stored for 6-12 months before you actually buy them at the supermarket.

But not the fruit at your local Farmers’ Market! Enjoy fresh, local produce straight from the farm, including an abundant harvest of apples, as well as handmade goods, nuts, herbs, spices, essential oils, gluten-free products, fresh breads, cheese, coffee, and more!

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Cost: FREE

Everyone knows yoga can help relieve stress and improve your mood—and so can dogs! So what happens when you combine the two? Double the benefits! Ticket sales from his yoga session will benefit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, with a bunch of irresistible pups collecting extra donations during the yoga practice!

After the class, the real fun begins—breakfast snacks and mingling with the dogs up for adoption! Participants must be at least 13 years old, and teenagers under 18 must have a parent or guardian present. This outdoor event will be held rain or shine! Because the purpose of the event is to help the dogs from HSSPV get adopted, no outside pets are allowed.

Northridge Recreation Center, 8800 Broadway, Highlands Ranch
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration: $25

Lots to Do Near Crystal Valley!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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