Find the Great Pumpkin!
This weekend, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to pick out perfect carving pumpkins for the family! Along with pumpkin patches galore, the Crystal Valley area also boasts the best harvest festivals, fright attractions, corn mazes, Oktoberfests, and fall-themed farmers’ markets! Get in the spirit of the season and treat the entire family to some good old-fashioned fall fun!
Thursday-Sunday, October 8-11
BEST PUMPKIN PATCH
Did you know—Flat Acres Farm was voted the best Pumpkin Patch in Parker for two years running? You might come to pick a pumpkin, but be sure to bring the kids along because there are tons of fun activities for them! The adorable animals in the petting zoo include a draft horse, mule, mini appy, cow, chickens, sheep, goats, and plenty of turkeys. There are also duck races, a hay-bale maze, an obstacle course, and a hayride!
Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE to $15
Friday, October 9
DISTURB – INNOVATE – EXPLORE
No one would deny that 2020 has been a year of disruption—yet sometimes disruption can be a good way to make positive, lasting changes. Leadercast Live 2020 is the national leadership conference that Forbes says “should be on your radar.”
Join local leaders for a day of learning about how to become more empowered and how to lead a healthy team. You’ll gain opportunities to network with like-minded leaders and earn continuing education credits in human resources (HRCI and SHRM). Sponsored by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Sturm Collaboration Campus, 1400 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
17TH AVENUE ALLSTARS ON THE PLAZA
There’s live music again on the streets of Parker! Enjoy the great fall weather with an outdoor concert on the Plaza between The Schoolhouse and Ruth Memorial Chapel. This will be a socially-distanced event with outdoor seating, and you can bring a group of up to six people to sit together. The bar will be open and food trucks will be available.
The 17th Avenue Allstars are National Acapella Champions and fan favorites. The whole family will love the comedy, choreography, and amazing vocals of the show. Their repertoire of harmonious arrangements ranges from the 1950s to current day.
Schoolhouse Plaza, 19650 E. Mainstreet, Parker
Friday-Saturday, October 9-10
It’s time to get SCARED! Not for the faint-of-heart, Flat Acres Farm puts on the largest outdoor haunted show in Colorado. From the eerie mausoleum at Reapers Hollow, you’ll take a long trek through desolate rows of cornstalks until you are safe (?) and sound at Dead End Motel. But you’d better think twice before venturing into the dark and scary woods behind the motel. Rumor has it that anyone who enters Goblins Grove either comes out possessed or doesn’t come out at all…
You are entering this attraction at your own risk! You’ll be exposed to very intense effects, bright lights, strobe lighting and sound. This event is designed to scare adults and is not recommended for children 12 and under.
Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, October 9-11
CHATFIELD FARMS CORN MAZE
Such a simple idea and yet there’s nothing like it—a corn maze is the perfect way to celebrate autumn! You’re out in the bright blue sky of a crisp Colorado day, trying to figure out how to get out of seven acres of corn!
Before or after you attempt the maze, make sure you climb the 15-foot illuminated bridge to see the path. It looks so easy from up there! Kids will enjoy a mini-maze, and the whole family can pick out a pumpkin from the patch for purchase. Social distancing and mask-wearing are required.
Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Last entry 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $8 – $12
Saturday, October 10
PRINCESS BALLET CLASS
Treat your 3 to 5-year old dancer or princess-wannabe to a special morning—a magical dance class, where young dancers will meet their favorite princesses while learning basic ballet moves. They’ll feel like they’re in a fairy tale as they interact with the characters during story time, complete an adventurous obstacle course, and even get autographs! Dancers will get to move to their favorite songs and have adventures, just like their favorite princess!
Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 N. Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
HOMEBUILT AIRCRAFT FLY-IN
Aviation fans will appreciate these real-life demonstrations of aircraft at the Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery. This is a particularly interesting event since it includes a fly-in of homebuilt aircraft! You’ll have a chance to meet and talk to the innovative pilots/builders who have designed their own flying machines. You’ll see ramp operations and aircraft up close, and you can grab a bite to eat from the Full Battle Rattle food truck.
You must purchase a ticket for a specific date and time to visit. Visitor capacity will be capped and entry will be timed in 2 hour blocks. All guests are required to wear masks at all times.
Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE ARTS CENTER
This is an Oktoberfest celebration that’s fun for the entire family! Yes, there will be steins of beer (and even a stein-hoisting competition!), but there will also be fun German Oompah music to dance to, a small brass ensemble, and a dance performance from Colorado Dance Center. German delicacies by Schnitzelwirt and Styria Bakery will be available for purchase.
Activities for the kids will include take-and-make craft kits, corn hole, giant pong and jenga, as well as inflatable axe throwing. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance for one of two sessions. Capacity will be reduced and face coverings must be worn inside the Arts Center at all times.
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Stand up comedy like you remember is back with a performance for a reduced-capacity audience in the PACE Center! A lineup featuring two hilarious comedians from Colorado will give you a reason to laugh again.
David Rodriguez is a previous winner of the Denver Comedy Works’ prestigious New Faces Competition, the Stand-up Showdown at the Denver Improv, and Comedy Works’ Funny Final Four. He’s been featured on NPR and prior to the quarantine, he performed in many great comedy festivals. His family-style brand of humor centers around being a responsible young parent living in a generation where growing up is generally frowned upon. The second comedian, Louis Beck, was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in Aspen, and the topics in his routine range from construction to cubicles to new fatherhood to dogma to drug addiction.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS AT THE DRIVE-IN
This movie defies categorization! Part dark comedy, part monster movie, and part Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors is worth checking out! A nerdy flower shop clerk finds a mysterious new plant that he hopes will impress his pretty co-worker. But his attempts to find love are foiled by the cruel flower shop owner. Into this strange love triangle enters the real star of the show: a bloodthirsty plant that sings for its supper.
Park Meadows, 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
Tickets: $25 per car
Sunday, October 11
PARKER FARMERS’ MARKET
Everyone’s favorite place to be on a Sunday morning has transitioned into the season, with festive garden-grown foods and decorations for the season! You’ll feel like you’re in a mini-Harvest Festival when you peruse the goodies from local vegetable growers, Western Slope fruit growers, and homemade food offerings full of Pumpkin Spice!
The Schoolhouse Theater Parking Lot, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
MULTIPLE PUMPKIN PATCH
Need more than one pumpkin to carve? For the price of entry, you’ll get to choose THREE! Drive up to the the outdoor theater at the Lone Tree Arts Center, and you can enjoy a festive morning of picking out your own pumpkins at safe distances.
Tickets will be timed-entry and allow up to a half-hour per session. Need more than three pumpkins? Just purchase an additional vehicle ticket for the same session, and you can pick out six pumpkins to take home!
Terrace Theater (Outdoor), 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 per vehicle (3 pumpkins)
The Growing Community of 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. 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.