It’s no secret that the Centennial State brags about its “300 days of sunshine”. Amazing weather, especially during the summer means a plethora of outdoor events. This ranges from concerts to festivals and other fun happenings. If you live in or around Parker, Colorado be sure to check out these local events:
Parker Days Annual Summer Festival
This festival takes place in early June and is one of the largest family festivals in the state. It features a parade, carnival midway rides, and free music on 4 outdoor concert stages. The carnival itself is free to attend but the rides do require tickets that can be purchased onsite.
More than 200 booth vendors line the street with goods, art, jewelry and other novelties. Street performers, traveling musicians and clowns wander the streets to entertain the masses. Food and drink, including local craft brews are also available for purchase.
Situated in downtown Parker in O’Brien Park, the BrewFest is presented by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker. The event is a fundraiser that allows the Rotary Club to provide financial aid to local charities and community causes. Historically, at least 50 Colorado breweries have been onsite or represented at this festival for the patron’s tasting delight.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and sell out quickly as it is a one day event in mid-August. With admission you enjoy unlimited sample sized pours! The festivities also include live music, food trucks, and lawn games.
Art in the Park
Sponsored by the Parker Artists Guild, this event covers a weekend, typically in mid-July with no charge for admission. This is a family-friendly event with things for the kids to do including a children’s art station where kids can create their own art projects.
You can expect art in many forms including, painting and drawing in a variety of media, pottery, photography, woodworking, glass, and sculpture. Music keeps things lively and food trucks await the hungry art lovers.
Castle Rock WineFest
Just down the highway in Castle Rock, Colorado, you’ll find the annual WineFest in mid-July. This is a festival where wine lovers will have an opportunity to taste many of Colorado’s wines at one convenient location. It offers more than two dozen wineries and over 180 varieties of Colorado wine.
This annual event draws wine aficionados for the enormous variety of Colorado wines, fabulous food trucks, and local bands. If wine is not your flavor, check out the Beer Garden where patrons can purchase a craft beer local to the area.
Summer means it is time to be outside so why not enjoy a local festival for some “down home” fun?