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Fun, Safe Drive-In Entertainment!

POSTED June 25, 2020

Drive-in theaters are opening up all over the world, thanks to COVID-19. In the U.K., they call them “Safe Cinema.” The Crystal Valley area has some, too, including Parker’s Drive-In Events that move beyond movies and offer live entertainment from the safety of your car! Just be sure to register in advance, then bring the family to the drive-in event of your choice, where audio is piped in through your radio.


Especially in these uncertain times, it’s vital that hospitals and blood banks have enough blood on hand to take care of any medical emergencies that require it. HRCA is partnering with Vitalant and UCHealth to bring the Gift of Life to our community in a time of need. 

Precautions are being taken to keep the blood drive givers and receivers completely safe during the pandemic. For this reason, you are required to register in advance—no walk-ins allowed!

Northridge Recreation Center, 8800 Broadway, Highlands Ranch
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-363-2300

When the pandemic summer is over and you’re reflecting on all the new things you learned online, surely whiskey-tasting will be at the top of your brag list! You don’t need to attend an in-person tasting in order to learn about how the recipe and origin of Westland Whiskey’s American Oak, Sherry Wood, and Peated express themselves. Join in on Zoom for a live tasting through their range, and learn about the future of whiskey in the USA!

Your ticket price includes a flight of whiskey: three 1-oz. pours of Westland (American Oak, Sherry Wood, and Peated). When you register you will set up a time to pick up your sampler kit.

HRCA Online
Kit Pick-up: Eastridge Rec Center, 9568 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $25
Phone: 303-471-8898

One of the only free outdoor concert series running this summer is right here in Castle Rock! This week, get ready to jam to the area’s favorite funk/soul/R&B band, TItonic!

Their horn section will have you grooving and dancing the night away to songs from Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, and more!

Butterfield Park, 3952 Butterfield Crossing Dr., Castle Rock
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

This endearing family movie starring the many incarnations of a dog named Bailey demonstrates it’s not only cats that have nine lives. You’ll follow the soul of this devoted dog through adventures and new friendships, all on a quest to find his original owners and protect them at all costs.

A Dog’s Journey will be screened at dusk for a limited number of cars at this pop-up drive-in movie venue in Centennial. Sign up for your tickets in advance, and then bring the family out to a good old-fashioned movie event!

The Streets at Southglenn, 6991 S. Vine St., Centennial
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

One of the best things about living in Crystal Valley is the nearby access to the Backcountry Wilderness Area. This guided tour takes place as the sun is setting, with all of the magnificent views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range—and without a crowd! Learn about the landscape and wildlife as you take in the awesome vistas. COVID-19 safety practices will be in place!

HRCA Backcountry Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Register: $7-$10
Phone: 303-791-2500

Thursday-Saturday, June 25-27

Everyone wants to get out in nature right now—and what better way than to let the kids hear an imaginative story at the same time? The entire family will enjoy the backcountry, while little ones (ages 3-6) will be enthralled to hear a great story as well! Each child will attend the event with his or her own adult nearby to participate and facilitate safe physical distancing.

There will also be barnyard animals to meet and an exploration activity in this one-hour program. COVID-19 precautions will be in place with a lower number of attendees and a requirement to wear face masks.

HRCA Backcountry Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
Thurs./Sat., 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: $7-$8
Phone: 303-791-2500

Friday, June 26

Take in the sights of the backcountry around the Fountain Valley Trail of Roxborough State Park while conveniently riding in a five-passenger electric golf cart. Reservations are required for all rides. All children must be accompanied by an adult and small children must be in a car seat (not provided).

Groups are limited to members of the same household. You must wear a mask. If you cannot or choose not to wear a mask, please wait until the restrictions are lifted to sign up for an event.

Roxborough State Park, 4751 E. Roxborough Drive, Littleton
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE plus a State Park Entry fee of $9
Phone: 303-805-6800

The Drive-In Series continues with a fun interactive Trivia Night—from the safety of your car! Just register in advance, then pull into the PACE Center parking lot and tune in on your car radio for live entertainment from the comfort of your own vehicle.

PACE Center Parking Lot, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 per vehicle
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, June 27

Geology buffs and fossil freaks will love this guided hike through Colorado’s largest Petrified Forest! It’s short but rugged, so come prepared with sturdy boots and plenty of water. Your expert geology guide will point out these ancient trees up close and tell you how to examine the fossilized wood so you can learn the fascinating process of petrification and the theories about the ancient river that deposited these trees here.

This hike is intended for ages 12 and older. You must wear shoes that cover your feet and you need to bring your own water and snacks to sustain you through a vigorous 2-1/2 hour hike. You’ll be in a range of open meadows and exposed slopes, so hats and sunscreen are also highly recommended.

Cherokee Ranch HQ, 5036 S. Hwy. 85, Sedalia
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 303-688-5555

A cross between a local farmer’s market and an artisan boutique, Boulter’s 5280 Urban Market is a home-grown Colorado business that offers local and seasonal products and services. 

In addition to all the produce and goods from local farms and ranches that you’d expect to find at a farmer’s market, there’s also an impressive array of unique arts and crafts made by local artisans. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

Entertainment District, 9355 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-688-5555

The popular summer crafts class series for kids in grades 4-8 is back! Each week, a different hands-on class will be taught, with all the materials on hand that kids need to make their own projects.

This week’s lesson is Positive Affirmation Art. 

Hobby Lobby Classroom, 10901 S. Parker Rd., Parker
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-882-0266

For comedy fans, there is no substitute for the energy and high-jinx performances of a live improv comedy show. This week, the Parker Players return with a LIVE performance, taking all the COVID-19 precautions to make it a safe event!

This show features eight local comedians who will perform improv comedy games in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and there’s a full bar where you can relax with a drink while you wait for the show to start! Tickets must be bought online in advance.

The Studio at Mainstreet, 19600 Mainstreet, Parker
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 

Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28

The Colorado SUP Sports Program has been leading the paddlesports movement at Rueter-Hess Reservoir for the last four years. Stand-Up Paddle-boards (SUPs) are rented for two hours, and you must register in advance.

NO WALK-UPS are permitted.

Rueter-Hess Paddleboarding
Sat., 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m., 12;30 p.m.
Cost: $35

Sunday, June 28

One summer tradition that’s still here to be enjoyed is the downtown Parker Farmers’ Market! Local produce from area growers and Western Slope farmers tastes better and fresher than anything you’ll find in the grocery store! Dozens of vendors will be at this vibrant market, with tents and tables spaced out to accommodate social distancing.

19565 Mainstreet, Parker
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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PinnacleAway from it all, but close to everything, 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.


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