Unicorn Festival, Nature Hikes and Big Band Swing!
Whatever summer sounds like to you, there’s an event to go along with it in the Castle Rock area this weekend! Celebrate the longest day of the year with a summer solstice hike as you enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature or take part in one of the many FREE outdoor concerts, with music ranging from Neil Diamond classics to 90s hits. Or big-band swing music and a Luther Vandross tribute concert may be more to your liking. You may even get to hear what a unicorn’s voice sounds like!
TODAY/TONIGHT, June 20
DIRT JUMPS AND DONUTS
Mountain bikers of all experience levels, this is your chance to learn from the best of them! Join the Castle Rock Police Bike Unit for a night of riding the jumps and trails, followed by a feast of donuts! This fun community event is FREE and all ages are welcome. Bring your own bike and remember to wear your helmet!
Rhyolite Bike Park, 1701 Crystal Valley Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
NOTHING BUT NINETIES CONCERT
If you remember the time when grunge and flannel shirts ruled, you won’t want to miss this throwback to a previous decade, complete with 90s-themed jokes and pop culture references.
The ultimate 90s cover band, Nothing But Nineties, is a five-piece Denver band that nails your favorite 90s hits from bands like Green Day, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and many more! Dig out your best 90s outfit and head out to Parker for this fun FREE concert!
Discovery Park, 20115 Mainstreet, Parker
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS AT HIGHLANDS RANCH
Neil Diamond fans, this is the concert for you! The Forever in Blue Jeans Band was formed by local musicians to pay tribute to the musical genius of Neil Diamond. Summer is the perfect time to come out to a FREE concert in the park, pack a picnic, and kick back and relax to to the sounds of your favorite Neil Diamond tunes.
Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec, Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
TUNES FOR TRAILS WITH THE DEJA BLU DANCE BAND
More than a concert, this FREE event has yard games, bounce houses, AND live music! Bring the entire family out to enjoy a summer evening. There will be food and beverages available for purchase, and a portion of all liquor sales will be donated to the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation!
Tonight you’ll hear the popular Deja Blu Dance Band that plays your favorite classic music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The sound is a blend of acoustic and electric guitars and tight vocal harmonies. The five-singer arrangements draw from classic rock, pop, Motown, acoustic rock, country and blues.
Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy., Castle Rock
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
COLD CASES AND COCKTAILS
True-crime fans will get a thrill from being a part of a discussion dedicated to Transportation Deaths: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, presented by Jim Caruso, the Medical Examiner from the County of Denver. Dr. Caruso will present his vast experiences, which include investigating the deaths of the astronauts on the Challenger Space Shuttle as well as soldiers who were killed in the line of duty.
This event is for adults 21 and over. The presentation may contain graphic details and images. Admission ticket includes one cocktail.
The Falls Event Center, 8199 Southpark Ct., Littleton
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, June 20-21
THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?
If you’ve ever wondered what Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is all about, this acclaimed solo comedy show may help to muddle the question even further! Robert Dubac is “hilarious…a one man tour de force” (New York Times) as he attempts to figure out “what do women want?”
Over the course of his show, Dubac transforms himself into five hysterical characters who each offer side-splitting advice on how to best deal with the gender gap. You’ll meet The Colonel, who insists women want honesty, so all men should just admit they’re boneheads; Jean-Michael, who says that as long as you talk with a sexy accent, you can deliver all the double-talk you want; Fast Eddie, who believes men have to “love ’em first and leave ’em fast;” Old Mr. Linger, who is 123 years old and has discovered that the secret to life is remaining single; and Ronnie Cabrezzi, who believes in sharing all your secrets—except the ones he shares with his fiancé just make her mad. Brace yourself, ladies, because this is how men think!
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Thurs., 7:00 p.m.; Fri., 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE!
Take a hike on the longest day of the year, and learn all about the summer solstice! This guided hike up to the bluffs trail summit in Lone Tree is a perfect way to spend the evening with family, friends, and community members.
Experience the spirituality of nature as you learn how the summer solstice has been celebrated throughout history in a variety of cultures. It’s a beautiful, healthy way to mark the first evening of summer and the longest day of the year.
Willow Creek Trail at Prairie Sky Park, 9381 Crossington Way, Lone Tree
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH WATCH YOUR STEP
A concert of big-band music, together with some of the best swing dancers in Colorado! The popular vintage music band, After Midnight, will be playing all your favorite jazz, swing and big-band tunes from the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra. Featuring Watch Your Step, the acclaimed swing dance group, this show is a treat for your eyes as well as your ears!
Terrace Theater, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Saturday, June 22
AN EVENING OF HELP AND HOPE
Join your neighbors in helping those less fortunate members of the community by coming together for a festive evening of dining, games, and socializing. The Help & Hope Center meets the immediate needs of residents in Douglas County who are at the risk of becoming homeless to help them work through troublesome times with dignity.
This event features a silent and live auction, games, a great dinner with your choice of entrees, and an opportunity to meet and get to know community members. The setting is the beautiful Lone Tree Golf Club, right on the golf course.
Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd., Lone Tree
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75 and up
NINJA SCHOOL IS IN SESSION!
Bring your little Ninjas to this fun and informative workshop to help them hone their skills and become mighty warriors! This FREE event is open to children 7-12 years old and their families. Learn new skills and test your old ones!
Parker Library, 20105 E. Mainstreet, Parker
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
A SOULFUL EVENING OF LUTHER VANDROSS
Not many voices can take on the range and technique of the legendary Luther Vandross, but Ruben Studdard is up for the challenge. When he first appeared on American Idol thirteen years ago, everyone was amazed at his likeness to the iconic R&B singer. Since that time, Studdard has been an ambassador for the music of Luther Vandross, entertaining millions with his romantic balladry.
This R&B, pop, and gospel singer has built a huge fan base, recording five albums and touring with the likes of Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans, and David Foster. His smooth voice has earned him the nickname “The Velvet Teddy Bear”—from Gladys Knight! He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23
Delight the fantasy-lovers in your family with a day at the Unicorn Festival! Who can resist a day filled with unicorn petting corrals, swimming mermaids, a story-time cottage, a castle maze, a dragon slide obstacle course, and a chance to get your picture taken with beloved princesses and wandering fairies? This festival inspires the imagination with all things mythical!
There will also be a giant pirate ship walk-through, a Mad Hatter tea party, face painting, arts and crafts creations, sword fights, a fairy bouncy house, and much more!
Robert F. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton
Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BEAUTY OF THE LAND ART EXHIBIT
This exciting gallery exhibit is the culmination of a week of painting by artists on public and private conserved properties in southern Douglas County. You’ll get to peruse hundreds of works on display that are also available for purchase, should you fall in love with one!
The exhibit features “plein air painting,” a technique developed in the mid-19th century among French impressionists including Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir. Plein air literally means “open air” and is executed outdoors, resulting in the artist’s direct response to the scene in front of him or her. This form of painting is characterized by the luminous effects of natural light, with an airy, natural tone versus the artificial light that can be associated with paintings produced in a studio. This exhibit serves as an annual fundraiser for Douglas Land Conservancy, and a portion of the proceeds from the art sales will support the continued efforts of Douglas Land Conservancy to protect open space.
The White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
Sunday, June 23
A VIEW FROM THE COLUMNS
Political humor and satire is at the forefront of this dynamic presentation by CNN Host Michael Smerconish. You’ll get an inside look at the life of a media correspondent as he shares his insights and observations from his new book Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: American Life in Columns.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Wednesday, June 26
CRYSTAL VALLEY FOOD TRUCK RALLY
Get your grub on! Weather permitting, now through September on the second and fourth Wednesday nights of every month we’ll be lining up the food trucks around Pinnacle Park for some tasty eats. You’re invited to join Crystal Valley neighbors, friends and guests for a smorgasbord of yummy food truck fare (changes every time!). And don’t forget your wallets to this self-pay party event of the summer – such a great deal and so close to home! Check for weather updates on the official Crystal Valley Facebook page for residents: Crystal Valley Community Group.
Pinnacle Park, 2160 Fox Haven Dr., Castle Rock
Summer in Crystal Valley!
Not only are there summer events close to Crystal Valley, one of the fastest-growing communities in Colorado, but when you live in this master-planned environment you can get back to nature with easy access to all your favorite things to do in Castle Rock. Explore all the benefits and options of a brand new build from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Available in ranch and two-story models and a variety of floor plans – new homes here are priced from the $300s.