Get Outdoors This Memorial Day Weekend!
Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer with rucksack races and nerf battles to concerts in the park! The Rock Hawk half-marathon voted “Best Kids’ Race” happens on Saturday in Castle Rock, while veteran-themed marches and remembrance ceremonies beckon well-wishers Saturday through Monday. Catch super-smart (and funny!) Bill Maher on stage, or if you’re in the mood for culture, there’s a brass band competition and a theatre opening in town!
Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26
NATE BARGATZE – SON OF A CLOWN!
Growing up with a clown-turned-magician father made an impression on comedian Nate Bargatze. His debut comedy special was Full Time Magic and his debut album was Yelled at By a Clown.
Bargatze’s comedy routine is relatable, funny and clean, as shown in six appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He also appeared on Conan four times, was a recurring guest on @Midnight, and had his own Comedy Central Presents in 2011. Bargatze toured with Chris Rock on his 2017 Total Blackout Tour and was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Clean-Cut Comedy Tour. He has done live shows for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait and regularly performs at comedy festivals including Just for Laughs Montreal, where he’s received critical acclaim multiple years in a row. Don’t miss this talented up-and-coming comedy star!
Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, May 24-27
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – ON STAGE!
The name says it all! Based on the old MGM movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the story of two con men battling it out for the fortunes of a beautiful young heiress. This hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards!
New York Theatre says the play is “… funny, not infrequently clever, with a nice sprinkling of the outrageous!” Recommended for ages 16 and older due to adult language and humor.
Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25
CULTURE ON THE GREEN
What could be better than FREE family-friendly entertainment in beautiful Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch? Pack a picnic and bring the family to enjoy this presentation of Alice in Wonderland by the International Youth Ballet!
This performance is part of Highlands Ranch Community Association’s series of professional performances in the park with widespread appeal! Please note: no dogs or glass containers are allowed in Civic Green Park.
Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday May 26
KIDS’ FAVORITE RACE – THE ROCK HAWK!
While kids love this not overly-technical route, adults will also be challenged and inspired by the gorgeous, thrilling and rolling trails of Castle Rock’s Miller Park & Ridgeline Trail systems.
Soak up amazing views as you run your choice of 5K, 10K or half-marathon! This is an excellent race for both first-time and veteran trail runners, and provides a nice test for those who are training for longer summer events.
Miller Activity Complex, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
MEMORIAL DAY RUN OR MARCH!
Be a part of the largest food donation event in Colorado! The Memorial Day Run & March invites civilians, veterans, and uniformed military to challenge themselves in friendly competition, while helping feed homeless veterans.
There are three routes to choose from—5K, 10K or 30K—and you can either run or “ruck” march. Those choosing to “ruck” should bring a 25-pound rucksack (or whatever weight you want), filled with non-perishable food items to donate after the race. There’s something for participants of all ages and capabilities! A live concert featuring Colorado country artist Buckstein will follow!
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
HIGHLANDS RANCH FIELD DAY & PICNIC
If you want to treat your family to a good old-fashioned field day, head on over to Redstone Park in Highland’s Ranch! Be a part of this inaugural event featuring iconic games, activities, sports, and food trucks! There will be live acoustic music as well as a beer and wine tent featuring selections from local breweries and wineries.
Feel free to bring a picnic-style lunch, or better yet, discover some of the best mobile culinary that Denver has to offer with the largest gathering of food trucks in Highlands Ranch! Or you may want to come a little early and browse at the Highlands Ranch Farmer’s Market nearby to add delicious produce to your picnic.
Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
MS. SENIOR AMERICA – PAGEANT!
A pageant to honor women who have reached the “Age of Excellence” (60+), Ms. Colorado Senior America will be chosen from a diverse group of women with incredible talents and achievements. Through the Colorado Cameo Club, these women voluntarily showcase their talents by performing at various venues in the Colorado region. They also serve as role models to inspire and enrich the lives of other senior citizens.
Spend the afternoon watching and cheering on these talented and elegant women as they compete for the state title. This year’s theme is My Fair Lady. The 2017 reigning Ms. Senior America, Carolyn Slade Harden, will make a guest performance, and the hosts for the event will be Michelle Rahn, Ms. Senior America 2004, who represented Colorado in the National Pageant, and singer/entertainer Tony David of WildeFire fame.
Lone Tree Arts Center, Main Stage, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRASSWORKS CONCERT
Brass bands have always been a big part of Colorado history—back in the early 19th century, over 2,000 brass bands performed in the state! Fast forward to today, when the top two brass bands in Colorado will present exciting family-friendly entertainment in a FREE play-off concert!
First, you’ll hear smaller ten-piece ensembles playing a variety of music, followed by the larger brass bands. The grand finale will be all band members on stage performing one song together—a magical expression of brass and percussion that will thrill everyone!
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Sunday, May 27
BILL MAHER – LIVE ON STAGE!
He’s as funny as he is smart, the original TV political satirist, starting back the 1990s with his award-winning TV series, Politically Incorrect. Don’t miss your chance to see Bill Maher live on stage!
Over the years, Maher has garnered 40 Emmy nominations for making people laugh and think—at the same time! He has hosted such guests as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kerry Washington, Michael Steele, Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Eva Longoria, Drew Barrymore, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gen. Wesley Clark, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Gary Hart and Pat Buchanan.
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Monday, May 28
VETERANS’ SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
This is the day to honor and remember veterans who have so valiantly served our country. The annual Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance in Parker will feature an F-16 Aircraft Flyover by the Colorado Air National Guard, a presentation of the US Flag to Honor Guard by Douglas County Harley Owners’ Group, and a performance of patriotic songs by the Parker Chorale.
Mayor Mike Waid of Parker will speak, as well as Brigadier General Christopher Petty and Colorado Army National Guard Colonel George Brauchier. A 21-gun salute will honor the list of veterans’ names read aloud in a moving tribute. Bring your own chair and umbrella for shade, and please note that inclement weather will cancel the event.
Parker Cemetery, 10375 S. Parker Rd., Parker
3RD ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY NERF BATTLE
Don’t know what to do with the kids on their day off? Treat them to a Memorial Day celebration with a blast! Battle Zone hosts the 3rd Annual Memorial Day Nerf Battle! Join in the fun at a mega arena, playing exciting Nerf battles all day long.
This event is for ages 5+ and admission at each 45-minute session includes safety equipment, use of a Nerf FireStrike blaster, unlimited darts, and play time in the mega arena. There will be a MAX of 50 players in each session.
Cornerstone Park, 5150 S. Windemere St., Littleton
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $7 for each 45-minute session
Music, Theatre and More in the Crystal Valley Area!
You don’t need to venture far from the Crystal Valley area to find events for the entire family! With a wide variety of things to do nearby, including free educational events and entertainment, if this master-planned community isn’t your home, visit the beautiful new models offered by D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Crystal Valley homes are available in ranch and two-story designs and priced from the high $300s.