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πŸ’ Babysitter-Worthy Events for October

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 3, 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.


Saturday, October 1 ~ Petrified Wood Hike
Cherokee Ranch 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 and our theories about the ancient river that deposited these trees here.

Saturday, October 1 ~ Fall Backcountry Hike
Cherokee Ranch & Castle • $35
Observe the elk rut and enjoy an afternoon hike in the Cherokee Ranch backcountry. This hike includes extensive steep, off-trail, rugged terrain hiking. Recommended for experienced hikers in good physical condition.

Saturday, October 1 ~ Wine in the Pines
Running Creek Park • $25
Celebrate the 132nd anniversary of the founding of the Town of Elizabeth with unlimited tastings from approximately a dozen wineries from the finest Colorado wines plus fabulous food trucks, artisan vendors, and live music.

Saturday, October 1 ~ High Country Chorus Presents Pitchpipe Perfect: The Acappella Showcase
PACE Center • $25
High Country Chorus, the 2022 Sweet Adelines International Region 8 Champion Chorus, has entertained the Denver metro area for 65 years with their energetic and varied a cappella repertoire. This evening of ringing harmony is bound to lift your spirits and leave a song in your heart.

Saturday, October 1 ~ Katie Deal ~ Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $35
Katie Deal takes the stage with her powerful one-woman concert featuring her rockin’ Nashville band. This original tribute honors legends such as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Crystal Gayle, and many more.

Sunday, October 2 ~ Masters of Hawaiian Music
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $35
Featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®,” this group shares the uniquely Hawaiian styles of slack key guitar, ‘ukulele, and traditional and new songs. Their music’s origins reach back to the early 19th century!

Tuesday, October 4-Sunday, October 9 ~ Come From Away
The Buell • Tickets start at $35
This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Friday, October 7 ~ Date Night: Comedy Night
The Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park • $50
We could all use a little more laughter in our lives! Enjoy a night of comedy in the intimate setting of the Amphitheater. Dinner provided by local food trucks on-premises.

Friday, October 7 ~ Veteran's Fundraiser Comedy Night
Southridge Recreation Center • $25
Enjoy an evening of comedy to honor your Highlands Ranch veterans! Five comedians will perform to raise money for the Children's Organ Transplant Association and Homeless Veterans.

Friday, October 7 ~ Jane Monheit
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $35
A vocalist with remarkable virtuosity and innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit puts her unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs, and contemporary pop.

Friday, October 7-Sunday, October 9 ~ Colorado Ballet presents Dracula
Ellie Caulkins Opera House • Tickets start at $40
Back by bloodthirsty demand, the 2022-23 Colorado Ballet season opens with Bram Stoker's legendary gothic love story set in 19th-century Transylvania. This haunting, all-consuming cult favorite promises goosebumps.

Saturday, October 8 ~ Autumn Art Walk
LIV Lodge • FREE admission!
Discover works from local artists at the 4th annual Autumn Art Walk while enjoying live music, complimentary wine and snacks, a children's craft table, and more.

Saturday, October 8 ~ Boots and Bling
Private Ranch • $50/person or $75/couple
Support YANAM2M, a local nonprofit that is changing the world one mom at a time. Enjoy dinner, a full bar, a 20 antique car museum, a silent and live auction, and a paddle raise. It will be held at a private ranch in Castle Rock that will amaze you!

Saturday, October 8 ~ Choir! Choir! Choir!
PACE Center • Tickets start at $25
Choir! Choir! Choir! takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Show up, and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love.

Saturday, October 8 ~ Nat Geo Live: Deadliest Lifesavers
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $30
Biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs collects and researches the deadliest snake, scorpion, and jellyfish venoms for medical innovation—venoms that target vital life functions and thus could be the blueprint of novel medications.

Sunday, October 9 ~ The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $30
Feel winter’s chill by international artist Cynthia Freivogel! In this perennial favorite, four virtuoso violinists — one for each season — will perform with the orchestra in this exuberant celebration.

Tuesday, October 11 ~ Classical Music Series: Vocal Inspirations
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $25
In this concert with vocalist Kali Paguirigan, explore how the human voice can seamlessly join and inspire the string quartet. Hear works of Caroline Shaw and Björk with the vocal element added, as well as how composer Franz Schubert uses his own vocal lieder to create the string quartet masterpiece "Death and the Maiden."

Wednesday, October 12 ~ Cocktails to Go: Spooky Cocktails
Online with HRCA • $38 includes class and all cocktail ingredients
Join HRCA and Davidsons Beer, Wine, and Spirits online to learn about absinthe and how to make some ghoulish cocktails to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Friday, October 14 ~ Fête des Fables: Deep in the Forest
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $100 benefiting the Douglas County Libraries Foundation
Come to the gala in your finest — or a favorite themed outfit! Enjoy signature cocktails, a delicious catered dinner, and delectable desserts. Talk with special guests, revel in remarkable entertainment such as axe throwing, and listen to beautiful classical music as you explore the mansion.

Friday, October 14 ~ Friday Night Jazz: So the Story Goes
The Schoolhouse Theater • Tickets start at $24
Join Robert Johnson and the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra (CJRO) Sextet for a soulful evening of R&B, Blues, and Jazz featuring music from Johnson’s latest release and other huge hits!

Friday, October 14 ~ Parker Symphony Orchestra: Czech, Please!
PACE Center • Tickets start at $24
Parker Symphony Orchestra presents the symphonic works of Antonín DvoΕ™ák, BedΕ™ich Smetana, and Julius Fučík, three world-renowned Czech composers whose classical achievements have had a lasting impact on their homeland and beyond.

Friday, October 14-Saturday, October 15 ~ Forever Young
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $40
Follow a group of friends as they discover the greatest hits of all time! Featuring songs by Billy Joel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Huey Lewis & The News, Styx, Queen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Brooks & Dunn, The Black Crows, Bon Jovi, and many more, this multi-award-winning production is jam-packed with powerhouse vocals, dynamite choreography, and one sensational true story.

Friday, October 14-Sunday, October 16 ~ Colorado Ballet presents Dracula
Ellie Caulkins Opera House • Tickets start at $40
Back by bloodthirsty demand, the 2022-23 Colorado Ballet season opens with Bram Stoker's legendary gothic love story set in 19th-century Transylvania. This haunting, all-consuming cult favorite promises goosebumps.

Saturday, October 15 ~ Parker Uncorked: Wine Festival Fundraiser
Vehicle Vault • $30-$89
Parker Uncorked is an upscale fundraising event focused on tasting wines of Colorado, wines of the West, and beyond in the classy environment of Vehicle Vault, an automotive museum housing an iconic, rare, and exotic car collection.

Saturday, October 15 ~ Castle Rock Museum's BBQ Fundraiser
The Eagles Club • $55
Yeehaw, it’s barbeque time! Enjoy good food and live music featuring Rudy Grant & Buffalo Riders and local country singer Peggy Malone.

Saturday, October 15 ~ The Rocket Man Show
PACE Center • Tickets start at $44
With spot-on vocals, fierce piano playing, and spectacular costumes, including iconic boots, glasses, and jumpsuits from 1973 as well as a sparkly Swarovski tuxedo from 1984, this is more than a tribute show. This is Elton!

Saturday, October 15 ~ The Comedy Zone
The Schoolhouse Theater • Tickets start at $24
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 for one low ticket price!

Sunday, October 16 ~ Tea Tastings: All About Black Tea
Lone Tree Recreation Center • $20-$23
Tea is the second most-consumed beverage after water. In the U.S., black tea is the preferred choice. Learn about tea-growing regions, how black teas are processed, and taste several unflavored black teas from different countries.

Sunday, October 16 ~ High on Music
PACE Center • Tickets start at $55
High on Music is a unique concert series featuring some of the finest musicians in India. The series is an up-close and personal experience with interactive sessions and scintillating music.

Thursday, October 20 ~ Paranormal Party
Highlands Ranch Mansion • $35
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, then roam the halls in search of the many interactive spirits thought to be haunting this 100-year-old mansion.

Friday, October 21 ~ Arapahoe Philharmonic presents The Haunting Concert
Lone Tree Arts Center • $37
Get into the spooky season with Rachmaninoff’s "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini," selections from Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," Bernard Herrmann's Suite from Psycho, and other eerie music sure to make you shriek with delight!

Friday, October 21 ~ Dry Bar Comedy LIVE
PACE Center • Tickets start at $34
The wildly popular online series of specials that offer clean “Comedy for Everyone” is expanding to live shows featuring comedians who’ve become Dry Bar fan favorites.

Saturday, October 22 ~ California Guitar Trio
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $30
The California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium, and Tom Griesgraber from San Diego. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the group's wide range of instrumental music.

Sunday, October 23 ~ The Jerry Herman Legacy Concert
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $40
Jerry Herman was a legendary songsmith and master of the show tune. From Hello, Dolly! and Mame to Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Folles, Herman lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical moments. Celebrate the songs and the stories of one of the giants of musical theater.

Tuesday, October 25-Sunday, November 6 ~ Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations
Buell Theater • Tickets start at $35
The electrifying new smash-hit Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Learn the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America.

Wednesday, October 26 ~ David Taylor's Zikr Dance
Southridge Recreation Center • $20
Zikr Dance Ensemble returns to the Wildcat Auditorium with highlights from "Portals," which explores the hidden realms of dance ritual in a mosaic of forms of atonement and transcendence throughout world history with stunning masks and visual art and breathtaking costumes and music. Also on the program will be the company's signature work and audience favorite, "In Your Eyes.”

Thursday, October 27 ~ Cold Cases & Cocktails
Southridge Recreation Center • $25
You’ve watched the documentaries, listened to the podcasts, and read the true-crime books. Now attend a live presentation of a 1996 Highlands Ranch Homicide. Get a peek behind the scenes of a real-life investigation! 

Thursday, October 27 ~ Halloween Improv Comedy Duel
The Bug Theater • $10
The Parker Players Annual Halloween Costume Show, where the improvisers will perform in costume and in character for the entire show, is Team vs. Team Improv Comedy! Come to this show in costume, and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Friday, October 28 ~ Murder Mystery Dinner
The Grange • $35-$40
All guests become sleuths and suspects at this Murder Mystery Dinner presented by The Murder Mystery Company. The evening will kick off with cocktails and mingling with the actors, followed by a catered buffet dinner. Your ticket includes the show, dinner, and one glass of wine or beer.

Friday, October 28 ~ The Rocky Horror Picture Show
PACE Center • Tickets start at $29
Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient presents an immersive interactive shadow cast performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Played in the PACE Center theater and acted out on stage, this is an audience participation movie where viewers are encouraged to dress up and have fun!

Saturday, October 29 ~ Cirque Mechanics: Zephyr
Lone Tree Arts Center • Tickets start at $45
Audiences will witness the unrelenting tug of war between man and nature in this emotive and exhilarating tale about the choices humans have made regarding our planet and its resources.

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