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Fun for Foodies, Music Lovers and Renaissance Festival Fans!

POSTED August 19, 2021

It’s a delicious weekend of entertainment in the Castle Valley area! The Taste of Douglas returns, giving foodies a full evening of sampling to their hearts content. Outdoor—and indoor—concerts are in full swing, featuring fan favorites like Face and a Selena tribute band. It’s also the final weekend for the Renaissance Festival, so don’t miss your chance to party medieval-style!


There’s nothing like a little nostalgia to kick off your weekend! The Discovery Park Music Series presents the versatile cover band, Ninety Percent 90s, specializing in all your favorite songs from the 1990s! 

Remember Nirvana and the Backstreet Boys? How about Hanson? It was also Britney’s breakout decade and when Phoebe from Friends sang “Smelly Cat” in the Central Perk coffee shop. Come out and relive them all! 

Discovery Park, 20115 E. Mainstreet, Parker
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

The Taste of Douglas County is back and better than ever! Sample a huge selection of food and beverages from the area’s best eateries! For one night only, you can enjoy samples from Pegasus Restaurant, Granelli’s Pizza, Tailgate Tavern in Parker, and The Viewhouse, as well as snacks from Yumbana Banana Bread, and desserts from Daily Queen and Briccy’s Ice Cream. 

There will be live music to keep things festive, and a display of new vehicles from Castle Rock Autoplex and the new Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20

It’s been a while since you’ve been able to see your favorite all-vocal rock band from Boulder, but tonight Face is back for a FREE live show in Castle Rock! This internationally-acclaimed a cappella singing group blends pop songs with complex harmonies and beat-box rhythms for a one-of-a-kind show that’s full of energy and musicianship.

As part of the Tunes for Trails concert series, the show is free, but donations will be accepted for the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation. Pack a picnic and enjoy some time with the family before the show. Food and alcohol will be available for purchase.  

Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Thursday – Saturday, August 19-21

Fans of Maria Bamford’s comedy special The Special Special Special will have the chance to see this hilarious comedian live and in person! Bamford is also the creator and star of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show and the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. 

You may know her from her recurring role, DeBrie Bardeaux, on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot, where she has been called “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly), a “standout” (TIME), and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine).

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

Friday, August 20

This week’s FREE workout in the park is insane! Literally! Insanity is the name of the exercise trend you’ll be participating in. No experience is required—this class is available to all ages and levels. Advanced registration is required.

The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-814-7453

Give your little girl the chance to be a princess for a night at the Daddy Daughter Ball! There will be dancing under the stars, yard games, professional photographs and a chance to dress up in a real ball gown! All ages are welcome.

Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15

This special blend of guitar poetry, story telling, and unique soundscapes are a mesmerizing way to spend the sunset hours. Hiroya Tsukamoto has traveled around the world and created a musical narrative of the places and people he’s been fortunate to meet through a blend of folk acoustic music and meditative sonic sounds.

Cherokee Ranch HQ, 5036 S. Hwy. 85, Sedalia
7:00 p.m.
Register: $58
Phone: 303-688-5555

For her many fans, Selena lives on in their hearts and through her music. She was the Queen of Tejano music, delivering an irresistible mix of Tex-Mex and Latin pop that made her an instant star. The spirit of that music is with us still, as Los Chicos del 512 pays homage to Selena in their show, The Selena Experience.

The performance is a lively blend of the traditional Tejano music, cumbias, and crossover hits that she was known for. Get ready to sing, dance, and celebrate the music of Selena!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 – $50
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Saturday, August 20-21

For a fun family night out, why not visit the backcountry AND catch a movie? On Friday night, enjoy the original Ice Age animated film. Saturday night’s feature is for adults only, the chilling Deadpool (adults only) starring Ryan Reynolds. Register in advance and bring your own snacks!

Backcountry Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
Gates open 7:15 p.m.
Tickets: $25/car
Phone: 303-471-7076

Friday-Sunday, August 20-22

You’ll be singing and dancing for days after seeing this delightful musical comedy classic about rolling the dice and falling in love under the lights of Broadway. Performed by a talented group of young actors and singers, Guys and Dolls will take you back in time to a gang of gamblers, a lonely nightclub singer, and a straight-laced missionary who cross paths in Times Square!

The Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.: Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, August 21

Kids and adults alike will have a blast getting up close and personal to all kinds of trucks and other specialty vehicles! This day of FREE family fun lets you interact with a variety of vehicles, including race cars, army vehicles, construction trucks, police and fire vehicles, rescue trucks, and many more! A “no horn” hour will take place at 9:00 a.m., followed by the main event beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

The last full moon of the summer is calling! While the evenings are still warm, plan on taking a hike in the backcountry on this guided tour of nature. A naturalist will explain how humans and animals see in the darkness versus the daylight and point out things you didn’t even know are there! This hike is appropriate for ages 7+ (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Register: $8 – $10
Phone: 303-471-7052

Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22

This is your final chance to enchant the entire family with a trip to the Renaissance Festival! See brave and skilled knights! Watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft! Enjoy the tantalizing tastes of roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods, and much more. Hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers come together to create the illusion of a rollicking 16th-Century festival day!

The theme this weekend is Time Travel and there will be a big ball celebrating King Henry’s 529th Birthday, medieval style! Dress up in attire from your favorite century and take part in the time-traveler costume contest!

Renaissance Festival Grounds, 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $11 – $27
Phone: 303-688-6010

Sunday, August 22

It’s a morning of planes and automobiles at Exploration of Flight! Car enthusiasts will delight in the partnering of the Pikes Peak Corvair Club (PPCC) and Rocky Mountain Corsa (RMC) to put on the Pikes Peak Corvair Showcase!

The six (6) cylinder air-cooled engine of the innovative Corvair has been applied by many over the years for safe and enjoyable powered flight. See Chevrolet Corvairs on display and learn more about these fascinating cars!

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $4 – $10
Phone: 303-360-5360

The mournful 1970s hit song Wildfire was written and performed by Cosmic Cowboy Michael Martin Murphey, who Rolling Stone calls “One of the best songwriters in the country.” In the 1980s, his career shifted to country music, and he won an ACM Award for New Male Vocalist Of The Year. Over the course of his career, he has had multiple Grammy nominations, three gold albums, and one certified Platinum album. See this music legend in concert—you won’t be disappointed! 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Recreation, Entertainment and More, 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, Kauffman Homes, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the low $400s.


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