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💏 Babysitter-Worthy Events for August

Date night ideas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and surrounding areas

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher January 30, 2022

Being a parent is rewarding and fulfilling, but having a little time for yourself is essential! Regular date nights can strengthen relationships, increase communication, and allow you to de-stress. And ultimately, happy parents make happy kids!

If dinner and a movie are your "go-to" for an adults-only event, we've found a few new ways for you to connect with your mate or your besties.

Please Note: Registration may be required, even for free events. Click the event title to view the calendar listing with full details.


Looking for outdoor concerts, yoga in the park, farmers' markets, and other seasonal fun? You'll find it in the 2022 Macaroni KID Douglas County ULTIMATE SUMMER FUN Guide!


Tuesday, August 2-Sunday, August 14 ~ Pretty Woman: The Musical
The Buell • Tickets start at $35
Based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

Wednesday, August 3 ~ Adult Night at Pirates Cove
Pirates Cove Water Park • $11-$16
This night is reserved for those 18 years and older. Leave the little buccaneers at home and enjoy some downtime. The concession stand will be open so bring your appetite.

Thursday, August 4 ~ Curtain Call with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $30
This long-established Denver big band consists of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and a rhythm section. You'll be entertained from start to finish! Cash bar available.

Friday, August 5 ~ Tunes on the Terrace: Ron Ivory and One on One
Lone Tree Arts Center • $40-$45
Together with incredibly diverse and talented singers, Ron Ivory and his band perform a high-energy, nostalgic, and heart-warming show about one of music’s greatest eras, Berry Gordy’s infamous Golden Age of Motown.

Saturday, August 6 ~ Petrified Wood Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle HQ • $35
Hidden in the backcountry lies Colorado’s largest Petrified Forest. Join Cherokee's geology guides to see these ancient trees up close, examine the fossilized wood, and learn about the fascinating process of petrification.

Saturday, August 6 ~ Three Dog Night
Philip S. Miller Park Amphitheater • Tickets start at $49
The intimate setting, family-friendly environment, and amazing acoustics of the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park make for a great musical experience.

Sunday, August 7, 14, 21, & 28 ~ Castlewood Mindfulness Series
Castlewood Canyon State Park • FREE!
This ranger-guided program explores different contemplation, meditation, and mindfulness techniques from Eastern and Western traditions, with different practices introduced each week.

Friday, August 12 ~ Vino in the Village
Village Shops at Castle Pines • GA: $75 or DD: $20
This five-star experience in an absolutely beautiful setting includes 60+ top-rated wines, food pairings, live music, silent auction, wine pull, and much more!

Friday, August 12 ~ Scott McCreery
Philip S. Miller Park • Tickets start at $40
The intimate setting, family-friendly environment, and amazing acoustics of the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park make for a great musical experience.

Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13 ~ Brad Montgomery: Laugh O'nomics
Theatre of Dreams • $30-$35
Brad Montgomery has been a magician for decades but is better known as a funny motivational speaker. Enjoy Brad’s take on how all of us can be more supportive in order to get more out of ourselves and more out of each other.

Saturday, August 13 ~ Backcountry Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • $35
Enjoy the beauty that is Cherokee Ranch! Visit the largest petrified woods in the state of Colorado, climb to the highest point on this pristine land, and loop through some of the more remote and fascinating parts of the Ranch.

Saturday, August 13 ~ Geology Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • $35
This hike goes over Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mountain. Participants will learn how to interpret the sedimentary layers and decode the past, which includes massive floods and deadly volcanic eruptions.

Saturday, August 13 ~ Barks & Brew Beer Garden
Outlets at Castle Rock • $5 per drink ticket
Great Divide, Wynkoop, 105 West Brewing Company, and Burly Brewing Company will be on-site. Event proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley and The Dads of Castle Rock.

Saturday, August 13 ~ Local Author Showcase
DCL in Highlands Ranch • FREE!
Local authors will talk about their books. Each author will spend five minutes discussing their work, followed by a book sale and signing.

Saturday, August 13 ~ Parker Brewfest 
Downtown Parker • GA: $50 or DD: FREE!
This annual craft brewer festival benefits local charities. Enjoy unlimited samples from some of the best local craft brewers from Douglas County and surrounding areas, live music, food trucks, corn hole, and more!

August 13 ~ Tequila & Tacos
Eastridge Recreation Center • GA: $45 or DD: $15
This tasting event featuring tacos, tequila, margaritas, and other tequila cocktails. Your ticket includes unlimited half-ounce samples of tequila and one plate of food (additional food will be available for purchase). 

Sunday, August 21 ~ Tea Tastings – High-End Teas 
Lone Tree Recreation Center • $20-$23
Tea quality depends on a myriad of factors. Some of the highest quality teas can be very expensive. Learn what makes a high-quality tea and taste a number of them without purchasing a single bag.

Friday, August 26 ~ Wine Walk
Downtown Parker • $25-$30
Spend an evening outside enjoying wine and discovering businesses in Downtown Parker. More than 20 merchants will be pouring wine on the last Friday of the month from May through September. Your ticket includes 10 one-ounce tastes, a wine glass, and a wine walk map.

Saturday, August 27 ~ The Live Led Zeppelin Show
Philip S. Miller Park • Tickets start at $39
The intimate setting, family-friendly environment, and amazing acoustics of the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park make for a great musical experience.

Saturday, August 27 ~ Uncharted Music Series: Carly Burruss
The Schoolhouse Theater • Tickets start at $29
The new face of traditional country music, Carly Burruss, kicks off the Uncharted Music Series with the first concert of the 2022/2023 season! Carly's sassy but sweet music is a taste of old-school country with wit, humor, and grit.

Tuesday, August 30-Sunday, September 11 ~ Hadestown
The Buell • Tickets start at $35

Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales: that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone. Performed by a vibrant ensemble, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.


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