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πŸ’ Babysitter-Worthy Events for October

Date night events in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Surrounding Areas

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 1, 2021

Being a parent is rewarding and fulfilling, but having a little time for yourself is important too! 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.


Want a reason to hold tightly to each other this October? Check out our Haunted Houses Guide!


Friday, October 1: Elk Bugling Hike
Backcountry Wilderness Area • $9-$10 • 5:30 PM
Head into the reserved areas with seasoned naturalists to observe wildlife in their natural habitat and explore part of the property otherwise not accessible to the public. Additional dates: October 2, 8, and 9.

Friday, October 1: New World Symphony
Lone Tree Arts Center • $21-$26 • 7:30 PM
The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra begins their 2021-22 season with DvoΕ™ák's New World Symphony, musically referencing our country during the visiting composer's time as Director of New York City's National Conservatory of Music of America. Also, enjoy Schubert's Rosamunde Overture, selections from South Pacific, and more!

Saturday, October 2: Backcountry Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • $35 • 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
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 not available to public visitors.

Saturday, October 2: Roxborough Revealed – Birds of Colorado
Roxborough State Park • FREE! • 9:00 AM
Join Naturalist Doris Cruze to learn about the different bird species that call Roxborough State Park home. Learn how to identify them and why they are essential to the local ecosystem.

Saturday, October 2: Wine in the Pines
Elizabeth Event Space • $10-$15 • 3:00-8:00 PM
Celebrate the 131st anniversary of the founding of the Town of Elizabeth with wine, food, and live music.

Saturday, October 2: Esports Community Ladies Night
Lone Tree Hub • $10 • 5:00-8:00 PM
This one is for the female gamers, designed for you to meet other female gamers in the community. The event is hosted by two local female tournament organizers in the FGC.

Saturday, October 2: Take Me Home – The Music of John Denver
PACE Center • Tickets start at $34 • 7:30 PM
Often performing with John Denver's former band members, Jim Curry's tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute to headline in Las Vegas and has been celebrated nationally and internationally.

Saturday, October 2: Johnny A. – Just Me... and My Guitars
Lone Tree Arts Center • $25-$35 • 8:00 PM
Grammy-nominated Johnny A. is a spectacular performer guaranteed to mesmerize the audience from the first riff! Taking on the British songbook of the '60s, this evening is filled with some of Johnny's favorite songs and stories.

Sunday, October 3: The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira 40 Tour
PACE Center • Tickets start at $69 • 7:30 PM
GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Grammy-winning song "Elvira," which was initially released in 1981.

Tuesday, October 5 & Thursday, October 7: Elk Bugling Sightings & Sounds
Cherokee Ranch & Castle, Sedalia • $40 • Times vary
The elk will be speaking the language of love. Learn about the mating rituals of the magnificent elk while listening to their beautiful rutting calls. Take in the Castle's panoramic views and dazzling colors as autumn appears.

Wednesday, October 6: Night Sky Event
Roxborough State Park • FREE! • 7:00
Bring your camera or telescope, chairs, coffee/snacks, and plenty of warm layers. There will be two viewing areas, the upper parking lot and the patio, with no access to the trails.

Wednesday, October 6-Sunday, October 31: The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Garner Galleria Theatre • $42 • 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Enjoy an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going... so are they!

Wednesday, October 6 & Thursday, October 7: Ghostly & Tragic Tales of Castle Rock
Castle Rock Museum • FREE! • 7:00 PM
Take a walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock featuring tales of ghostly and tragic events in Castle Rock's history. Hear stories of the Cantril School, The Old Stone Church, The B&B Café, Hangman's Gulch, and more. The event takes place every Wednesday and Thursday evening in October.

Friday, October 8: Friday Night Jazz – Tribute to Billie Holiday
The Schoolhouse Theater • Tickets start at $24 • 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Billie Holiday was famous for many jazz tunes, such as "Summertime" and "God Bless the Child." The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet featuring Heidi Schmidt will perform many of these hits, along with tunes associated with her favorite sideman, tenor saxophonist Lester Young.

Saturday, October 9: Petrified Wood Hike
Cherokee Ranch HQ • $25 • 9:00 AM
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 and theories about the ancient river that deposited these trees here.

Saturday, October 9: Roxborough Revealed – Geology Hike
Roxborough State Park • FREE! • 9:00 AM
Join Naturalist Jim Schleuder on a hike to learn about Roxborough's unique rock formations. Learn about when they formed, how they formed, and why they make Roxborough such a unique site.

Saturday, October 9: Shades of Bublé – A Three-Man Tribute
PACE Center • Tickets start at $34 • 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
With three voices singing incredible songs like "Feelin' Good," "Moondance," "Come Fly With Me," "Home," "Everything," "Fever," and "Save the Last Dance for Me," Shades of Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event.

Saturday, October 9: The Comedy Zone
The Schoolhouse Theater • Tickets start at $24 • 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Parker Arts is proud to present the best stand-up comedy from Denver and beyond. Laugh out loud in this fun-packed series featuring two hilarious comedians — Sean Finnerty and Jordan Scott Huggins — for one low ticket price!

Saturday, October 9: Haunted Halloween Village
Owl's Nest • $45 • 2:00 PM
Create your own Halloween Village. Choose between the Haunted Church Yard Scene or the Witches Farm Scene. 

Sunday, October 10: Torn Book Sculptures Halloween Edition
Owl's Nest • $75 • 2:00 PM

Students learn the techniques needed to create torn sculptures in books. A special class for the advanced crafter.

Tuesday, October 12: Classical Music Series – Music for Clarinet and Strings/
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $25-$30 • 6:30 PM
The rich vocal sound of the Clarinet combined with the lusciousness of the strings makes a perfect combination. The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association is proud to present a three-part series of classical music showcasing the Mansion's rich history. Each evening will include an hour's open house for self-guided Mansion tours. 

Thursday, October 14: Bird Walk with Denver Audubon
Roxborough State Park • FREE! • 7:15-10:30 AM
Look for the Colorado birds that live in the park all year, as well as fall migrants. See the birds that are more common in the winter, listen for singing residents, and watch the sky for raptors.

Friday, October 15: Remembrance and Hope
PACE Center • FREE! • 7:30 PM
The Parker Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the 2021-2022 "Season of Renewal" will begin with the music of remembrance for those we lost in the past 18 months. The second part of the concert is themed "Hope," with music that will lift you up and renew your hopes for the future.

Saturday, October 16: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
PACE Center • Tickets start at $69 • 7:30 PM
With sold-out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades-long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — America's original musical art form — and bring joy to audiences worldwide.

Saturday, October 16: An Evening with Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie
Lone Tree Arts Center • $45-$60 • 8:00 PM
Two of musical theatre's legendary leading ladies team up for an evening devoted to the best of Broadway through the years.

Sunday, October 17: Spinphony Electric String Quartet
PACE Center • Tickets start at $29 • 2:00 PM
The instrumental crossover string quartet Spinphony is breaking down barriers between classical, rock, and pop music. Mixing and mashing catchy melodies into unique arrangements such as "Bach in Black" and "Don't Stop Beethoven," Spinphony is more like a rock band than a string quartet with added choreography and beats.

Sunday, October 17: Chamber Music Series – Beethoven and Friends
Southridge Recreation Center • $20 • 2:30 PM
Beethoven and Friends features music from Beethoven, Coste, Giuliani, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Weber performed by the Chamber Music Society of Greater Denver, led by artistic director Laura Schulkind.

Wednesday, October 20: A Walk Under the Full "Hunter's Moon"
Willow Creek Trail • FREE! • 5:30-7:00 PM
Follow in the footsteps of native and early Americans looking for deer in the moonlight. Hike up to a breathtaking overlook to experience the rising moon (6:32 PM). The descent will be after sunset, by the light of the moon, using our night vision (flashlights, if you choose).

Wednesday, October 20: Law and Order Murder Mystery Event
On Zoom with Parker Arts • $10 • 6:00-8:00 PM
Clues are given. Suspects are questioned and interrogated. Participants are sent to team breakout rooms to work together to solve the case. Solutions are presented. Crimes are solved, all with the help of the online audience.

Wednesday, October 20-Sunday, October 24: Saved by the Band
Lone Tree Arts Center • $25-$50 • Performance Times Vary
It's a musical face-off like you've never seen before. Who will take home the crown? Will it be the impressive Boy Band or the extraordinary Girl Group? Sing, dance, laugh, and vote!

Thursday, October 21: Paranormal Party
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $35-$40 • 6:00-9:00 PM
Join the professionals from Spirit Paranormal Investigations for a night of frightening fun! The festivities begin with a welcome reception in the ballroom and an open house where you can roam the halls in search of the many interactive spirits thought to be haunting the 100-year-old Mansion.

Friday, October 22: Dueling Pianos
PACE Center • $10 • 6:00-9:00 PM
This is not the typical sit-in-your-seat type of event. Two pianists will duel and feud to see who can play the fastest and get the audience the most involved.

Friday, October 22: Haunted Halloween Village
Owl's Nest • $45 • 6:00 PM
Create your own Halloween Village. Choose between the Haunted Church Yard Scene or the Witches Farm Scene. 

Saturday, October 23: Geology Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • $35 • 9:00 AM
This hike goes over Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mountain, focuses on interpreting the beautiful landscape. Massive floods, deadly volcanic eruptions, and the flood plain of an ancient river containing trees are just some of the amazing geology.

Saturday, October 23: Shopping Extravaganza
Outlets at Castle Rock • $30 • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Outlets at Castle Rock's 16th Annual Shopping Extravaganza is Colorado's premier shop-for-a-cause event. Choose your favorite charity listed, and they will receive a $20 donation per ticket. Shop exclusive discounts at participating stores. Enjoy a private catered lunch, VIP wine tasting, entertainment, and more.

Thursday, October 28: Dessert with Edgar Allan Poe
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • 6:00 PM • $45
Edgar Allan Poe invites you to attend a festive October revel. Celebrated Chautauqua scholar and actor David Skipper will deliver a dramatic monologue as Poe on the theme of death and beauty, followed by a reading of his short story, The Mask of the Red Death.

Thursday, October 28: Lifting the Veil
Southridge Recreation Center • $10 • 6:30-7:45 PM
David Taylor's Zikr Dance Ensemble fuses transcendent rituals from ancient cultures with contemporary dance/theatre realizations. Lifting the Veil focuses on the hidden forces that have been directing and assisting humankind for centuries and are now being revealed in our current age. This spectacular new work will feature breathtaking film projections and digital graphic effects.

Thursday, October 28: The Parker Players Present Improv Survivor
The Bug Theatre • $10-$12 • 7:30-9:00 PM
Come to the annual Halloween Costume Show, where the improvisers will perform in costume and in character for the entire show. Game by game, the audience will get to vote one improviser out of the show until only one final improviser is crowned Survivor! Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize.

Friday, October 29: National Geographic Live – Before the Dawn of Humanity
Lone Tree Arts Center • $30-$45 • 8:00 PM
Paleoanthropologist Isaiah Nengo discovered a 13 million-year-old infant ape skull in northern Kenya — the most complete primate skull in the field's history. Join Nengo for a glimpse into the intriguing, wide-ranging implications of his research and discover the surprising twists and turns of our human story along the way.

Friday, October 29: Halloween Costume & Dance Party
Colorado Cork & Keg 
• FREE! • 8:00 PM-12:00 AM
Come on out and celebrate this spooky holiday. Drink specials all night, dancing to music from DJ Case, and costume prizes for best homemade costume and best overall.

Saturday, October 30: Zombie Crawl
Downtown Parker • FREE! • 6:00-8:00 PM
Zombie Crawl throughout Downtown Parker. Enjoy beer gardens, live music, scavenger hunts, a costume contest, and after-parties at local businesses.

Saturday, October 30: Firefall
PACE Center • Tickets start at $49 • 7:30 PM
Defying industry labels, Firefall melded country, folk, easy listening, and rock 'n' roll, creating a sound uniquely their own, helping to define a generation and forever changing the landscape of contemporary music.

Saturday, October 30: Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Lone Tree Arts Center • $35-$50 • 8:00 PM
Michael Cleveland is considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. Together with Flamekeeper members, Cleveland makes his way around the country, delighting audiences and leaving them with jaws dropped in complete amazement. 


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