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It’s Pumpkin Time!

POSTED October 5, 2017

We smell funnel cakes and kettle corn and see pumpkin patches everywhere! That can only mean one thing: it’s fall in Castle Rock! With gourd grabs and petting zoos, hay rides and hay slides there’s even a trail race, capped by a John Denver tribute concert! What could be more fallish and family-friendly than that? 

Thursday, October 5 


This is the last Thursday for the Manitou Community Market featuring fun activities, animals, music and a mini-adventure playground. And, of course, there’s the locally sourced produce and products of the final Farmer’s Market!

Soda Springs Park, 35 Park Ave., Manitou Springs
3:00-7:00 p.m.


The library in Lone Tree is being overtaken by life-sized games, a kiddie carnival and dance party at this Once Upon a Time event. Costumes are welcome with a special story time for the wee ones.

Lone Tree Library, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Thursday-Saturday, October 5-7


Comedy is a family affair for these brothers, the comedic duo of Randy and Jason Sklar. Their brotherly chemistry, unique team delivery and complementary styles contribute to the incomparable energy of their shows. 

The two have guest starred in many TV shows, including an Emmy Award winning episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, the FX hit It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and most recently on the USA Network’s critically acclaimed, Playing House. They starred as conjoined twins in a memorable episode of Grey’s Anatomy and as warring agents on HBO’s Entourage. They’ve also appeared in such films as Touchstone’s Wild Hogs, and Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks. Most recently, they co-starred in the popular Netflix movie, Teacher of the Year and currently record popular weekly sports comedy podcasts in Sklarbro Country.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $27

Thursday-Wednesday, October 5-11


It’s fall and that means time to make memories with your kids at the Colorado Pumpkin Patch! For three years in a row, this patch has been voted one of the top 20 best places to take your kids at Kids Out and About. With a straw bale pyramid to climb, a straw maze to navigate, and a target shoot at the target pumpkin, it’s a fun day at the patch! There’s a petting zoo featuring llamas and alpacas, and you can imagine how much fun kids will have zipping down the hay slide. Plus, they can test their skills on the gourd launcher or try their luck at duck races – and don’t forget to pick out your pumpkin(s)! 

Sky Cliff Center/Colorado Pumpkin Patch, 4600 E. Hwy 86, Castle Rock
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $9.50-$11.00
Phone: 720-770-0142

Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8


The 3D film Wild Africa takes audiences on a spectacular journey across, over, and through the magical realms of the wildest continent on earth. Water, the interconnecting force of this compelling kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and spawning life wherever it journeys. You’ll accompany it, traveling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers and sheltering coral cities. Audiences will be plunged into fantastic places and see amazing creatures, discovering the little-known secrets of this incredible world. It’s an adventure unlike any other with awe-inspiring scenes and cinematography. 

CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$10
Phone: 303-315-9444


Bring the entire family to join in the fun of this fall Farm Festival with a corn maze, snake tunnel, corn kernel boxes,a petting zoo, a kids’ hay-bale maze, giant swing set and many other activities. Before leaving be sure to stop by the pumpkin patch and pick that perfect carving pumpkin

Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-1038

Friday, October 6


It’s the Fabulous First Friday Under the Lights Artwalk – a mouthful, and street full of amazing art produced by local artists. 

20 Mile Central Building, 19590 Mainstreet, Parker
5:00-8:00 p.m.


Have you ever wanted to go to church with your favorite Christian artists? The Big Church Night Out Tour is not your typical concert! It’s billed to be a time of meaningful worship that the whole family and church groups can enjoy together. Join Michael Tait, the Dove Award-winning Sidewalk Prophets, Adam Agee from Audio Adrenaline, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis of the legendary Newsboys, along with many of their friends, on the Big Church Night Out Tour this fall. Bring your friends and family!

The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$45
Phone: 719-477-2121

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8


Love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman in this classic musical. Despite the racial prejudice of their communities and against the tense backdrop of World War II, their message of unity shines through. Featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with tunes such as, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, Some Enchanted Evening and Happy Talk, this poignant love story is a hit with all audiences. 

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29

Saturday, October 7


Come run Castle Rock’s trail race at the beautiful Phillip S. Miller Park! The event will feature five races: a 50K ultramarathon, a half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K and a family adventure race (with a family-friendly obstacle course). The event will highlight the freshly cut, soft surface trails that are a part of the town’s largest-ever park project. 

The race will begin near Castle Rock’s state-of-the-art Miller athletic complex in the amphitheater. The race course will also showcase the single and double track trails at the adjacent Ridgeline Open Space with its incredible views. Enjoy free live music and a festive atmosphere at the start/finish area and explore the park’s other amenities including the Challenge Hill, a 200-step staircase on the hillside near the finish line, the expansive and innovative playground, the Epic Sky Trek zip line tours and Adventure Tower.

Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheatre, 1375 Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
7:00 a.m.
Entry Fee: $20


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Find yours at the Indoor Garage Sale this fall with lots of different vendors featuring a variety of different items for sale. Or, be a seller! Find some time to clean out your garage, rent a booth and generate some cash for your assets. 

Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Booths: $10-$20


Colorado is home to over 400,000 military veterans – ranking number two in the nation for veterans’ populations.   The Veterans’ Resource and Job Fair offers veterans the opportunity to meet potential employers on site, and additionally learn about a wide variety of services targeted toward the military community.

Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-797-8647


Another chance to pick a peck of pumpkins this fall, pet adorable animals, pose for photo memories, play on the sack slide, enjoy a hay ride and of course eat plenty and slake your thirst! Vendors will sell fall food favorites like funnel cakes, hot dogs, kettle corn and freshly squeezed lemonade! 

The Patch, 39980 Fox Trot Cir., Elizabeth
9:00 a.m.
Price: $5-$10, pumpkins by the pound!


More than 40 years after The Beatles recorded their final studio album Abbey Road, a hand-picked collection of world-class musicians have come together to perform the masterpiece in its entirety. Classic Albums Live recreates Abbey Road with skilled vocalists and musicians who honor the work with no gimmicks, no make-up or other illusions employed by tribute bands. Note for note, cut for cut, the attention to detail is staggering; every sound from the album is masterfully duplicated live on stage. Experience a cover-to-cover live performance of many of the most recognized Beatles songs, including Something, Come Together, and Here Comes the Sun from this iconic album. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m. (call to confirm)
Tickets: $33-$40
Phone: 720-509-0100


Join your neighbors and friends for a fall afternoon concert listening to live music at the outdoor amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. John Adams takes the stage, leading his John Denver tribute band of top-rated professional musicians giving audiences an unmatched Rocky Mountain High. John Denver songs like Thank God, I’m a Country Boy Sunshine on My Shoulders and Country Roads Take Me Home, are performed effortlessly, with concert-goers singing along. Enjoy craft beers, cocktails, and delectable delights available for purchase from area vendors. Yard games and bounce houses will be set up for kids and seating is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheatre, 1375 Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 8


Flat Acres Farm puts on a farm festival by day, but at night, all the young ‘uns leave and all the ghouls and goblins and walking dead come out of their hiding places. Get ready for the scare of your life when the outdoor corn maze becomes haunted! The trail will take you through Reapers Hollow to the Dead End Motel, if you dare!

Flat Acres Farm/Reapers Hollow, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-805-1038

Monday-Wednesday, October 9-11


Have fun learning to cook this fall, read a recipe, and observe kitchen safety, preparing a variety of dishes each day to be enjoyed in class. Two different sessions to sign up for, morning or afternoon for ages 7 to 12.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fee: $170 (Residents) 

Monday-Friday, October 9-13


This fall camp is for Minecraft lovers ages 7 to 13. Let your imagination be your guide as you turn the popular video game into an exciting Minecraft world. Using stop-motion animation you will bring Steve, the creepers, animals and more, to life. Students will write, storyboard, shoot, and add voice-over in age-appropriate groups. *Flix is downloadable within a month after camp ends*.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Fee: $200 (Residents)


Get ready to explore the final frontier! SpaceTime’s Space Explorers camp takes some of the best elements from all the PACE Space Adventure Camps and puts them together for an all-around space exploration experience. Featuring rockets, planets, aliens, rovers, astronauts, space stations, meteors, black holes and much more. It’s am experience guaranteed to give kids ages 5 to 10 a taste of what space exploration is all about.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fee: $165 (Residents)

Porch Pumpkins in Crystal Valley

October in Crystal Valley welcomes lower temperatures and carved pumpkins gracing the porches of our Castle Rock master-planned community. If you are a home buyer in search of a neighborhood, check out the beautiful new model by Kauffman Homes and the inspired new home designs from Richmond American Homes and D.R. Horton available in ranch or two-story models and priced from the high $300s.


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