Happening Now: The Douglas County Fair!
It’s happening now through Sunday, the amazing, over-the-top, rip-roaring Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! In addition to barrel racing, livestock petting and mutton bustin’, you can eat your fill of funnel cakes, fried cookie dough and spicy corn on the cob! Don’t miss a minute of the fun, frivolity, live music and grilled turkey legs! Plus, check out the other many events going on through Wednesday near Crystal Valley!
TODAY/TONIGHT, August 3
ADULT POTTERY CLASS
If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands dirty creating objects from clay, now’s your chance! Sign up for a Parks and Recreation pottery class starting today through September 14. You can get a basic tool kit at the front desk of the rec center, and clay is available for $14.58 per 25 pounds.
Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock
RUN THE ROCK
This 5K run or walk is family and pet-friendly and happens every Thursday through August. What else is happening? Games, music, $3 beers and $3 pizza, for an enjoyable, late afternoon of fitness and fun with old and new friends!
Orange Theory Fitness, 3990 Limelight Ave., Castle Rock
WIREWOOD STATION PERFORMS
What do you get when you put a rocker, a classical violinist, a bluegrass guitarist and a jazz bassist on the same stage? The award-winning Wirewood Station. This eclectic group of musicians is the reigning champ of the “Best Acoustic Band in Colorado” award, and you’ll find out why when you come to Discovery Park! This high-energy Rocky Mountain “dance-grass” band always leaves audiences cheering for more!
Discovery Park, Mainstreet and Pine Dr., Parker
TUNES FOR TRAILS
A tribute to Prince is happening tonight, presented by Paizley Park’s sound-alike vocalist, who even looks like the Artist Formerly Known As you know who. The group dazzles with synchronized dance moves and songs like: Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy and 1999. Enjoy craft beers, cocktails, and delectable available for purchase from area vendors. Plus, yard games and bounce houses will be set up for the kids.
Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheater, 1375 Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
BREWS AND BOOKS
This book club focuses on teen reads for grownups. Gather for the discussion at the Barnett & Son Brewing Company. Registration is open and once you submit your info, you’ll be notified about the monthly selection.
Barnett & Son Brewing Company, 18425 Pony Express Dr., Parker
Thursday-Sunday, August 3-6
DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO!
The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo begins today with exciting events happening every hour! You’ll see art exhibitions, livestock shows, horse performances, mutton bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, concerts, livestock sales, carnival rides, pie eating contests, tractor pulls, a barn dance, photography and quilters’ competitions. There’s more food and fun than you can shake a stick horse at! Here’s the entire schedule; don’t miss the church service on Sunday, followed by a free pancake breakfast. With live music and entertainment all weekend long, the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo is the place to be!
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock
9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4
René Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre are guaranteed to tantalize your senses with authentic gypsy flamenco music and dance while you enjoy a traditional Spanish meal of tapas with sangria. Maestro René Heredia is from Granada Spain and is a direct descendant of the Gitano flamenco puro tradition, passed down to him for generations by his gypsy ancestors. The dancers are some of Denver’s best and their syncopated hand-clapping and pounding footwork is artistry and entertainment.
Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS
Close out the Tunes on the Terrace season with a celebration of three of the finest artists of our time, David Bowie, George Michael and Prince. Join this commemorative happening and heart-felt tribute to the musicians who influenced pop culture and shaped the music industry for generations to come!
Lone Tree Arts Center,10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Saturday, August 5
WALK FOR AWARENESS
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little-known ailment makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. Join the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® — held in cities across the country to heighten awareness and funding for the disorder.
Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
If you are 15 years or older and have a creative compulsion you’d like to express with oil paint, sign up for the Bob Ross Oil Painting class through Castle Rock Parks and Recreation. No experience is necessary and you’ll leave the class with a completed oil painting on a 16-by-20-inch canvas. You’ll need to bring your own roll of paper towels and $5 for materials.
Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
PEDAL THE MOON!
Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the annual Pedal the Moon bike ride under the light of a full moon. This fun-filled, five-mile bike ride starts and ends at the Founders Park Pavilion along mostly flat terrain. Bikers are invited to decorate their bikes with colorful trimmings and LEDs to help light the way. Remember to bring helmets, front headlamps and blinking rear lights. Register here.
Founders Park, 4671 Enderud Blvd., Castle Rock
Sunday, August 6
XTERRA TRAIL RACE
Ready to embark on a challenging and rewarding off-road adventure? Then enter the world of XTERRA, the 5K, 10K and 20K event open to runners of all ages and skill levels. At an altitude of 6,200 feet, this trail run is invigorating, highlighting the freshly cut soft surface trails that are a part of the town’s largest park project. Experienced runners will enjoy the challenge and exploration of new territory, while those new to the trails can walk the hills and save their energy for the flat and downhill sections. All finishers will receive custom medals, shirts and cool swag. Register here.
Philip S. Miller Park Trails, 1375 Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: $35-$65
NEW GAME CLUB
Join this new game club for people who would like to take a break from their devices and play games with real, live people! It’s a gaming group for RPG, strategic and board games. Bring your own, or play those available at the library.
Philip S. Miller Library/CR Bank Room, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock
SWEET HOME ALABAMA!
For fans of the band that popularized the Southern rock genre during the 1970s, the reconstituted group is coming in town with five of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd crew. Happening at Hudson Gardens, the band will perform such beloved classics as Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird and Simple Man.
Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe. Dr., Littleton
PARKER HONEY FESTIVAL
Celebrate 10 sweet years of the annual Town of Parker Honey Festival. Families will enjoy this free community event while learning about the benefits of the honey bee. Festival-goers can try on a beekeeper’s suit, sample loads of honey, see actual hives and how bees make the sweet stuff, enter to win drawings for bee-friendly plants and a beekeeping starter kit, and learn all about beekeeping! It’s a honey of a happening, in Parker!
O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8
LEARN WITH MY COUSIN VINNY
In a networking lunch about litigation, a seasoned lawyer will use the movie, My Cousin Vinny to help attendees gain a better understanding of the trial process and whether or not to pursue or defend a lawsuit. Most people find the legal system boring and confusing–with good reason. But lawsuits do not need to be a mystery, and the 1992 film with Joe Pesci and Marissa Tomei provides a window into trial strategy, evidence, and procedure. Patrick O’Rourke, the University of Colorado’s general counsel and an experienced litigator, will break down the film and use it to help you understand how a trial works. Enjoy a chef-prepared, world-class lunch and a mind-expanding interactive, educational experience!
CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
What’s Happening in Crystal Valley?
We’re glad you asked! Every day home buyers are moving into new homes nestled in nature near Castle Rock! Residents in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley pick from an array of beautiful home designs by Richmond American Homes, available in ranch or two-story models and priced from the high $300s. And – coming soon – new homes by D.R. Horton and Kauffman Homes!