Tribute Concerts, Family Hikes and Unicorn Palooza!
A wide variety of entertainment awaits you this weekend, including plenty of family-friendly activities and events! From great tribute concerts honoring Johnny Cash and the Beatles to family hikes and a 10K run to a Unicorn Palooza, there’s something for everyone this weekend in the Castle Rock area!
TODAY/TONIGHT, August 22
NIGHT IN THE BACKCOUNTRY
Let the beauty and mystery of the night sky be the backdrop for some quality family time without any screens! Enjoy activities and hiking in the wilderness, dinner al fresco, a natural free-play area for the kids, and a Rocky Mountain sunset—right in your own backyard!
Night in the Backcountry provides a rare opportunity to spend an evening outside with the whole family. Bring a picnic dinner and explore the Base Camp Backyard. Activities are always changing but may include taking a short hike, listening in on a kid-focused nature chat, or learning constellations!
Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, August 22-24
NO SHORTAGE OF HUMOR
One of the funniest comedians working today, Brad Williams may be diminutive in size but not talent! No stranger to television, Williams has appeared on numerous shows including Legit, Deadbeat, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, Sam and Cat, Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia and Pitboss. His one-hour comedy special, Fun Size, was the highest rated comedy special on Showtime in 2015. Williams is adept at making humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race, and he will tell you he’s proof that anyone can overcome their shortcomings.
Comedy Works-South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25 – $30
Friday, August 23
DOWNTOWN WINE WALK
With not many summer evenings left, enjoy this one walking and wine-tasting in Old Town Parker! The charm and slow pace of this old-fashioned town will give you a chance to relax before fall’s hectic schedules start up. Get acquainted with the many shops and restaurants in Parker while sampling 10 one-ounce tastes of wine in your commemorative wine glass! Sip, shop, and enjoy a fun summer evening out on the town!
Mainstreet & Pikes Peak Dr., Parker
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE
Don’t avoid this controversial topic—it’s too important to put off. Instead, learn about the simple principles of climate change, why this topic should be taken seriously, and some big-picture solutions for solving the crisis. Dr. Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, will lead a lecture and discussion for teens and adults. Admission is free, but please register!
James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
SUMMER SUNSET CONCERT
This may be the last of the free summer concerts, so don’t miss your chance to fit in one more! Head over to beautiful Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch for the groovy Denver R&B band, No Visible Flaws. You’ll hear an eclectic mix of blues, country, rock, jazz, reggae, and Latin music. Food trucks will be on hand, too!
Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW!
If you’re a fan of the legendary Johnny Cash, you won’t want to miss this special tribute filled with stories, memories, and songs of the Man In Black himself. The show features W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Johnny Cash’s only drummer for nearly 40 years. And you’ll hear authentic family stories about Johnny Cash when his nephew, Mark Alan Cash, joins the others on stage.
Also part of the line-up is the Carter Sisters Tribute Band, The Wildwood Roses, who will transport you back to a time when beautiful harmonies filled the airwaves.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Tickets: $60 – $65
DUENDE AT THE CASTLE
The exciting and beautiful art form of flamenco dancing will be featured in an evening of authentic music and dance! You’ll be transported to a magical evening in Spain, where traditional gypsy dancers beckon with their light, graceful arm movements and syncopated hand-clapping rhythms!
Maestro René Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre will help you escape into “duende”—a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity. Authentic tapas will be served, with a cash bar serving wine, beer, and Sangria!
Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
Friday-Saturday, August 23-24
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND IN CONCERT
A fan favorite for over two decades, the Dave Matthews Band continues to sell out to enthusiastic audiences all over the world! Don’t miss your chance to see them at a spectacular smaller venue, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, when they perform in Denver for two nights!
You might think that after twenty-five years of touring, the band would be tired of playing all their hit songs over and over, but you would be wrong. The iconic band continues to share laughter and apparent joy at playing together. Their show includes songs such as Ants Marching and Satellite from their earliest albums, So Right from their 2001 album Everyday, as well as She and Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) from the band’s newest album.
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village
Tickets: Starting at $50
Saturday, August 24
WILDCAT MOUNTAIN 10K RUN
Whether you are a first-time trail runner or getting ready for an upcoming marathon, these races will take you through some of the most beautiful backcountry you’ll ever encounter! Starting at the trailhead by Rocky Heights Middle School, the course offers spectacular views along the way, including a beautiful bluff overlooking the entire Front Range!
And back by popular demand: the Kids’ Trail Race, a great way for kids up to age 12 to try out trail running! Only $5 for all kids, including a finisher’s medal! Regular race participants receive a race shirt, a custom finisher award, and a FREE pancake breakfast!
Trailhead at Rocky Heights Middle School, 11033 Monarch Blvd., Lone Tree
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration: $5 – $60
Get a babysitter and enjoy an evening out with the grownups! This fun BBQ and party at
Backcountry Base Camp is a chance to kick back and enjoy a cold one, while also helping to raise funds and awareness for the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund!
With delicious bites from Cubs Q, brews from Living The Dream Brewing Co., and live music from Christopher Child, this adult-only shindig also features gourmet s’mores, yard games, and, of course, the mechanical bull!
Backcountry Wilderness Area Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
THE BEATLES ARE BACK!
If the end of summer has you waxing a bit nostalgic, this Beatles tribute concert may be just what you need! One of Denver’s most popular Beatles cover bands, Rubber Souls, teams up with the Denver Pops Orchestra to bring Beatles music to life with authentic arrangements.
Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheater, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
Saturday-Sunday, August 24-25
PARKER’S ART IN THE PARK
You will be amazed at the talent of your neighbors, the local artists from Parker, Castle Rock, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Douglas and Elbert Counties, and the south metro area, whose work is displayed this weekend at Parker’s annual celebration of art.
Bring the entire family to O’Brien Park to soak in some culture as you peruse a wide variety of styles and media. Maybe you will even get inspired to create something for next year’s show!
O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker
Sat./Sun., All Day
PAW PATROL LIVE
If your kids are PAW Patrol fans, you can’t miss this opportunity to take them to see the whole gang of pups in their live stage show, The Great Pirate Adventure. When Ryder and his team of pirate pups are called to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern, they discover a pirate treasure map! It’s all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup, Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small!
Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat./Sun., 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Delight the fantasy-lovers in your family with a trip to Unicorn Palooza! Who can resist a day filled with unicorns, adorable animals in the petting zoo, face painters, live magic performances, unicorn-inspired arts and crafts, and a chance to meet mermaids and fairies? This fun-filled day inspires the imagination with all things mythical!
Dress up in unicorn gear for maximum fun! If you need additional accessories, glittery unicorn horns and other items will be available for purchase. In addition, for every $100 spent at any Outlets at Castle Rock store, you will receive a unicorn swag bag filled with fun gifts, including a unicorn plush animal, unicorn slime, a light-up pen, pencil pouch, and more!
Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Near Everything in Crystal Valley!
Away 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.