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Holiday Market, Veterans Day and a Pie Bake-Off!

POSTED November 2, 2023

What’s happening this weekend and next? Well, it’s the beginning of the holiday market season, Christmas trees are being decorated and lit, and it’s also nearly Veterans’ Day with lots of activities and tributes planned in and around Castle Rock. Plus, there are the usual suspects, comedy, music, theater and the spoken word. All of it is just minutes from the new home community of Crystal Valley!

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, November 2

The largest Christmas tree in Colorado will arrive at the Outlets at Castle Rock this Thursday at 7 a.m. and will be something to see close up and personal! Santa Claus himself is set to make an early visit and help with the delivery of what promises to be the state’s most stunning Christmas tree.  Stretching skyward, the 55-foot tree will arrive adorned with 8,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments. A towering symbol of holiday cheer that will stand tall at the Outlets at Castle Rock through the Holiday Season, watch for the tree lighting extravaganza and don’t miss the BIG event!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Millions of albums sold. Thousands of live shows. Massive chart-topping hits like “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “All for You,” these two super groups are still making music like their lives depend on it, still riding the bus, and still shaking the room. 

The Spin Doctors have been around for 30 years. That’s an eternity in rock ‘n’ roll, and a marathon for the bands who fly its tattered flag. Revisit the class of 1988, and the casualties are piled high: a thousand bands that blew up and burnt out. In this chew-up-and-spit-out industry, the Spin Doctors are among the last men standing. They’ve never been a band for backslaps and self-congratulation. Even now, plans are afoot for a seventh studio album and another swashbuckling world tour, adding to their tally of almost two thousand shows.

Sister Hazel originates from Gainesville, FL, and is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $89
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small-town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed…fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills—with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish? Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect? Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy? Marcus has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives… and the ice cream melts! 

Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, two performers play 13 roles – not to mention the piano – in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Thurs. & Sat., 2:00 p.m. & Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $32
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday, November 3

This time of year presents many opportunities to enjoy great wines and celebrate the holiday season. So come kick off the holiday season with a November tasting of holiday wines.

The castle will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and organizers have chosen some their favorite holiday wines to share with guests. Cherokee Ranch & Castle is a great place to relax and enjoy the holiday cheer, as sommelier Mary Winkelmann leads you through a tasting of these delicious wines.

Join neighbors and friends in a beautiful castle setting for what promises to be an entertaining and educational event. Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting. When the tasting is completed, please enjoy a complimentary glass of your favorite wine and admire our centuries old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine. You may also purchase your favorite bottles to take home.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30 p.m. Doors/Tours/Cash Bar
7:15-8:15 p.m. Tasting with Charcuterie
7:30 p.m. Show Commences
Cost: $59.95 + $3.25 fee (Reservations Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

The iconic and raw power of a group of studio musicians from London, England lives on to today in the form of “GoodTimes/BadTimes,” the premier tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Witness the raw power unleashed from the kick drum of one of the 70s’ most iconic drummers in classic songs like “When the Levee Breaks,” “Immigrant Song,” “Moby Dick” and so many more. Relive the band’s classic and guitar-driven licks on songs like “Kashmir,” “Ramble On” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

From the first note, you’re transported to the glory days of the 70s and what this legendary music represented at the time. Soaring vocals pierce through the rhythm section in the most unique way. Songs like “Since I’ve Been Loving You” genuinely tell the tale of the band’s history, rooted in the depths of the Delta Blues but brought forth with a fiery passion in hits like “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock n’ Roll.”

When these elements combine, you’re left with an unmistakable show that simply screams a time and place when music and creativity were free and open minded. Take a trip of rock and roll nostalgia to remember the Good Times!

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44
Phone: 303-805-6800

Some write music as a creative release. Others feel compelled to perform. For country-soul singer-songwriter Leon Timbo, music is used as a form of growth and healing. Growing up the son of two pastors in Jacksonville, FL, music was integrated into his life from the very start, as a way to communicate spiritual experience. At sixteen, Timbo began singing and by age twenty, he began playing the guitar and performing in a serious way, inspired by artists Bill Withers, James Taylor, and Tim Miner. Timbo’s country sound incorporates equal measures of vintage soul, gospel, folk, R&B, and even modern blues making for a unique experience that some have described as ‘transparent soul.’

“Timbo is known for his versatile vocals and his unique style that blends elements of soul, gospel, funk and more…a tender tribute to forging a love as constant as the sun and moon, yet as flexible as the wind.” – Billboard

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday, November 4

On the first Saturday of every month, enjoy breakfast from a local food truck, watch aircraft fly in and explore interactive exhibits and simulators. The Food Truck Cruz In & Eat will be on site (food purchases not included in admission), with breakfast tacos, all kinds of quesadillas, tacos and more.

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $1-$12
Info: 303-360-5360

It’s that festive time of year where families gather around to enjoy good company, hearty food, and most importantly, all kinds of pie! Do you have what it takes to rise to the occasion? Don’t be afraid to take a whisk at the Town’s pie baking competition. 

The pie bake-off is open to all bakers.  There will be two categories for judging: fruit and non-fruit pies, as well as a youth category. Pies will be assessed based on appearance, crust, filling and overall flavor and taste. Don’t have baking skills? No worries! Come to the competition and try the pies by the slice!

The Millhouse, 1381 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Register to Enter: $35

Join Scott Coulter and friends for breathtaking performances of Stephen Schwartz’s exquisite songs in an unforgettable evening of musical theatre from Godspell to Wicked and beyond. Featuring award-winning Broadway vocalists, the evening will delight you with classics like “Day by Day,” “Popular,” “Corner of the Sky,” “Beautiful City,” and “Defying Gravity.”

“There’s a dreamy quality to the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz that becomes more evident when they’re extracted from his Broadway and Hollywood film scores and performed in concert.” Herald-Tribune

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Saturday-Sunday, November 4-5

It starts so simply: A red balloon drifts through the window of a solitary old man’s home. But then some serious silliness begins — with things fast becoming so magical and so blissfully fun, you barely notice that along the way you’ve learned something about the extraordinarily transformative power of play! Without a single spoken word, this sweet, inventive, and uplifting show — packed with plenty of playful shtick, along with touching reminders of the ups and downs of building a friendship — is a tender and laugh-filled delight for little ones (and big ones, too)!

“Balloonacy is short and simple; A lovely tale that easily captures the attention of the tiniest of audience members and holds their focus until the end. Don’t miss this adorable production that teaches that the potential for friendship is everywhere, as long as you are willing to accept it.” —DC Metro Theater Arts

FAC Theater, 30 West Dale St., Colorado Springs
Sat., 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 & 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$26
American Sign Language Performance: Sat., 2:00 p.m.

Best known for his his spot-on impressions, Pharoah spent six seasons as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In 2017, he shifted to his first leading role as ‘Floyd Mooney’ in Showtime’s White Famous.

In the last few years, Pharoah has appeared in Comedy Central’s Out Of Office alongside Ken Jeong and Oscar Nuñez and in the independent comedy Mort in Sherman Oaks with Lucy Hale and Jim Gaffigan. He starred in Netflix’s Resort to Love with Cristina Milian for producer Alicia Keys and in the Lionsgate thriller Private Property.

He currently hosts and produces the Nickelodeon hit gameshow Unfiltered.

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

Taiwanese American conductor Mei-Ann Chen, acclaimed for “infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making,” leads a magnificently ebullient program.  Nkeiru Okoye, one of “America’s leading African American women composers,” rouses with Voices Shouting Out, a percussive, passionate and beautiful homage in response to the tragedies of September 11, 2001.  Rachmaninoff’s romantically lyrical and virtuosic piano concerto, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, will enthrall, performed by the multi-talented Conrad Tao. Then, Tchaikovsky’s Ukrainian folksong-filled and powerfully joyful Symphony No. 2 concludes in a showcase of lyricism and energy.

Join the orchestra for Colorado Springs Philharmonic Pre-Concert talks where musicians offer a behind-the-curtain glimpses with these 30-minute pre-concert conversations.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $41-$141
Phone: 719-575-9632

Sunday, November 5

The Castle welcomes VIBE YOGA & WELLNESS with all-levels Yoga on the Castle patio surrounded by nature and the beautiful mountainous Cherokee Ranch OR Class will be held inside the Castle if there is inclement weather. Please bring your own mats. Class is taught by Stephanie White unless noted. Immediately following class attendees will be able to explore the Castle with Castle staff.   15th century castle containing a world-class art collection and serves the public by hosting an array of enriching programs.  Please note: there are no lockers, showers, or child-care facilities. Please do not bring food into the Castle. Limited mat rentals are available by advance arrangements with VIBE studio. Instructor Stephanie White has studied meditation, yoga, acupuncture, naturopathy, and healing the body with the mind to help bring her body to a healthy state after a high risk, difficult pregnancy. She continues exploring the mind-body-spirit connection, believing preventative care is key.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
9:00 a.m.
Cost: $34.00 + 2.50 Convenience fee 
CALL: 303-688-5555

Join 123 Andres for catchy songs that get the whole audience dancing, singing, and learning! Their shows are high-energy and joyful, celebrating the Latinx experience and incorporating Spanish, English, and American Sign Language.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 720-509-1000

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, November 7

Based on a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, the ballet of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs takes the vibrant style of a Disney animated movie and sets it to the musical motifs of Polish composer Bogdan Pavlovsky.

Not only will this inspire demanding young audiences, but the fantastical themes of this ballet will immerse even the most attentive adult. An imaginative atmosphere is matched with bright costumes and scenery, while brilliant technical dance and comedic acting bring a heartfelt love story to life.

We are thrilled to have the prime dancers from the National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine bring this enchanting tale to life on stage. Their talent and skill are unparalleled, and we know that audiences will be captivated by their exquisite performances.

This performance of “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” promises to be a magical experience for audiences of all ages. Don’t miss your chance to see these world-class dancers in action as they tell this beloved story through the beauty and grace of ballet. Mark your calendars for the performance and join us for an unforgettable evening of dance.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $31-$141
Phone: 719-575-9632

Wednesday, November 8

Audiences will have the unique and profound opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust via recorded, first-hand testimonies from local Holocaust survivor Jack Adler. Led by an onsite educator from the Mizel Museum, patrons will engage in discussion and reflection to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust and consider the dangerous impact of hate on humanity as they make connections between the past and today.

Due to its sensitive content, this presentation is best suited for audience’s 11 years and older.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-805-6800

Thursday, November 9

Direct from London’s West End, and heralded as England’s number one TV illusionist – Jamie Allan is coming to Parker! Also known as the Steve Jobs of Magic, for his technique for fusing technology with illusion Jamie serves up a magical treat with ‘The iMagician!’ Incredible technological illusions and classic magic with modern twists, his stunning sleight of hand and miracles that happen right IN the hands of the audience. When you watch ‘The iMagician’ you will see something that you will never forget! Witness highly original magic like you have never seen or experienced before. Jamie Allan ‘The iMagician’ is coming to town!

“The show ended with the best illusion I have seen played out live”The Express

“It will knock your socks off”London Evening Standard

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $44
Phone: 303-805-6800


Credit: David McClister

Stop in for an evening of acoustic music and storytelling with John Oates! This intimate performance touches on the roots of American pop music from pre rock and roll to the present woven together with fascinating insight and humor. Performing well-known hits from the past as well as new songs framed with the backstories of how they were written, Oates takes the audience on an intimate journey that has been described as “musically sophisticated, carefully crafted, and thoroughly entertaining.”

John Oates is known as one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The American  Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award as well as numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations. He and Daryl Hall recorded 21 albums, which sold over 80 million, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$65
Phone: 720-509-1000

Thursday-Friday, November 9-10

‘Tis the season to be jolly and there is no better place to celebrate than in the great hall of a mountain top castle. This season, gather friends and family for Holiday Tea, a much-anticipated Cherokee Ranch tradition. Enjoy a seasonal menu of tea choices, finger sandwiches and treats, and of course, scones with clotted cream and jam. After tea, embark on a journey through the past as our wonderful docents guide you on a tour through the castle. Dietary needs can be noted upon making reservation. Dressy attire is encouraged. The majority of the tour takes place on the main level of the Castle which is ramp accessible.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
1:00 p.m.
Cost: $69.85 Reservations Are Required
Questions: 303-688-5555

Friday, November 10

If you never saw ol’ blue eyes in person, the Sinatra Sensation, Derek Evilsizor is the next best thing. Back by very popular demand for a dazzling show is the man who engages rapt crowds with his truly uncanny impersonation of a young Frank Sinatra. . Grab your own Rat Pack, swing and swagger to the Castle for the best Sinatra tribute show for miles around. Doppelganger, Derek Evilsizor is high energy, with off-the- charts charm, good humor and a fabulous tenor voice.

Retro skinny ties, hats, and little black dresses are encouraged for a nostalgic trip to the Las Vegas strip! Event includes delicious charcuterie appetizers.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
Doors/Tours/Cash Bar: 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers: 7:00 p.m.
Show Commences: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $84.50 (Reservations Are Required)</b
CALL: 303-688-5555

Grammy-winning guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli brings his new album and tour, Stage & Screen, along with his remarkable new trio, bassist Mike Karn and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, to explore some of the most immortal songs of the past century from the Broadway stage and silver screen. Hear fresh versions of great standards such as “Where or When,” “Just in Time,” and “As Time Goes By,” paired with a selection of more recent movie songs like “With a Wink and a Smile” from Sleepless in Seattle, “When Somebody Loved Me” from Toy Story 2, and a rousing suite of songs from Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma.

“Mr. Pizzarelli is a great comic storyteller and mimic whose verbal precision almost matches his dexterity as a high-speed finger-picker who scats in unison with his guitar solos.” The New York Times

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Friday-Saturday, November 10-11

Back by popular demand after her sold out performance as Aretha Franklin, Capathia Jenkins brings her powerhouse voice to the Pikes Peak Center with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.

Conductor Thomas Wilson will direct the musicians and Capathia as they together feature hits from leading ladies Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Adele, and many more!

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 719-575-9632

Saturday, November 11

Join the veterans and their families in downtown Denver for a Veterans Day Run, Parade and Festival! This family-friendly event offers free admission, a live music stage, kids’ activities, military displays, and vendors. The festival serves as a celebratory THANK YOU to the many branches of military service veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms. 

The Denver Veterans Day Parade is comprised of local Veterans organizations and supporters. Thousands of spectators will line City Park to show respect and honor to our local veterans. Please join the community in the appreciation of the men and women of the U.S. military and support this important cause. The Parade will start at City Park, after the runs commence.

Registration begins race-day at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and 10K run/walks and head out at 9:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. respectively at City Park. (There is a fee for registering.)

City Park, 17th Ave. and York St., Denver
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The local Castle Rock community will honor all who have served in the U.S. Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard – as well. 

Veterans Monument Plaza, 301 Wilcox St., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m.

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight at the Centennial Airport is offering free admission to both active and retired military, Join us to see a collection of the finest tail dragging aircraft in the area and enjoy some food from the Colorado Coney Company food truck. A few of the featured aircraft will include a 1949 Cessna 140A, 1948 Luscombe 8F Silvaire and 1955 Cessna 180. Tickets may be purchased on line or in person. 

Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, 13005 Wings Way, Englewood
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $0-$12
Info: 303-360-5360

The festive Yuletide Bazaar is an annual fundraising event organized by the Mountain Pine Woman’s Club.  Funds raised at this one day event help provide the scholarships and mini-grants supporting our local community .

Enjoy a wide selection of hand-crafted jewelry, gourmet food, home décor, ceramics and gift items from over 100 Colorado artisans and vendors. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to talk to children and listen to their gift requests. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!

Parker Fieldhouse, 18700 E. Plaza Dr., Parker
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

You’ve seen the tree, now experience the enchantment of the holiday season as the Outlets illuminate Colorado’s biggest Christmas tree, turning Outlets at Castle Rock into a winter wonderland. 

Join neighbors and friends for the most magical event of the year — Outlets at Castle Rock’s Tree Lighting Celebration! Live performances from country artists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Jessie Wilson. Experience the enchantment of the holiday season as we illuminate Colorado’s biggest Christmas tree, turning Outlets at Castle Rock into a winter wonderland. 

Live Music: Enjoy live music from our three AMAZING acts – Radio Band, Jessie Wilson and Caleb Lee Hutchinson!

The Grand Illumination: Watch in awe as organizers light up the biggest Christmas tree in Colorado! This enchanting 55-foot tree is adorned with 8,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments. A towering symbol of holiday cheer!

Santa’s Arrival: Santa Claus is making a special trip to help everyone kick off the festivities by lighting the tree!

Holiday Shopping: ‘Tis the season for giving, and what better place to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones than at the Outlets at Castle Rock? Take advantage of incredible holiday deals and promotions from your favorite stores.

Fireworks Spectacular: As the evening’s grand finale, they’ll be setting the night ablaze with a dazzling fireworks show that will paint the night sky with bursts of color and wonder. It’s a breathtaking sight that you won’t want to miss.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 12

Blippi is jumping back onto the stage in Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour! Dance, sing, and learn along with Blippi like you’ve never seen him before as he travels to new cities in this spectacular show, with special guest Meekah. Shout out your favorite vehicles, shake out all the wiggles, and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party!

For Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour, the character Blippi will be played by professional stage performers selected specifically for the stage show.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.50-$75.50
Phone: 303-805-6800

On Christmas Eve, Clara receives a Nutcracker as a gift from her uncle.  Follow as the Nutcracker turns to life and takes Clara to the Land of the Sweets. Denver Academy of Ballet was established in 2001 to offer the best technical training available to students interested in pursuing a career in dance and those who simply wish to have fun.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
12:00 & 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Things to Do Near Crystal Valley!

With so many things to do in and around Castle Rock, just minutes from the master-planned community of Crystal Valley – why live anywhere else? If you’re looking for a new home you can add your signature style to , check out the beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, Taylor Morrison, D.R. Horton, and Richmond American Homes. Picture yourself in your very own dream house – ranch-style or two-story models priced from the $600s.


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