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πŸ’ Babysitter-Worthy Events for September

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 April 27, 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.


Now-September 26: Van Gogh Alive
Stanley Marketplace, Aurora • $40 • 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
Don’t just admire Van Gogh’s paintings – immerse yourself in them. This is a large-scale, COVID-Safe, multi-sensory digital art experience that gives visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into Van Gogh’s artistry, surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, color, sound, and fragrance. Read our review.

Friday, September 3: First Fridays – Shelvis and the Roustabouts
Festival Park, Castle Rock • FREE! • 5:00-9:00 PM
Enjoy a free 5K followed by live music, food trucks, and cocktails. Voted Denver's Best Band in 2019 by the readers of 5280 Magazine, Shelvis and the Roustabouts are an energetic Rockabilly/Americana band that consistently sells out to delighted fans.

Friday, September 3: CU Buffs vs. UNC Bears
Folsom Field, Boulder • Tickets start at $25 • 7:00 PM
Support the Buffs and your local school foundation. Discounted tickets start at $25, with $5 from every ticket going back to Douglas County Schools.

Friday, September 3-Sunday, September 5: Five Guys Named Moe
The Schoolhouse Theater, Parker • $29 • Performance times vary
Vintage Theatre presents an exuberant musical celebration featuring the chart-topping tunes of R&B pioneer Louis Jordan like "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?" and "Let the Good Times Roll."

Saturday, September 4: 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.

Wednesday, September 8: Band of Mothers Podcast
Comedy Works South, Greenwood Village • $25 • 7:30 PM
Join Shayna and Tracey, creators of Denver’s own The Pump and Dump Show, as they bring their hit weekly Band of Mothers Podcast to the live stage for a brand-new take on a moms’ night out.

Thursday, September 9: Bird Walk with Denver Audubon
Roxborough State Park • FREE! • 7:15 AM
Walk the Fountain Valley Trail to look for the Colorado birds that live in the park all year, as well as summer and fall migrants. Many summer migrants may still be here along with birds that are more common in the winter. Of course, raptors are common in the air over Roxborough, so you will be watching for them too.

Friday, September 10: Friday Night Jazz – Kind of Blue, The Miles Davis Legacy
The Schoolhouse Theater, Parker • Tickets start at $24 • 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra (CJRO) Sextet will perform the entire album, Kind of Blue, in the order in which it was recorded, featuring classic tunes such as “So What,” “Blue in Green,” and “Freddie Freeloader.”

Friday, September 10: Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Lone Tree Arts Center • $50-$90 • 8:00 PM
A top favorite of audiences worldwide, Pink Martini featuring China Forbes will perform an intimate concert with their sensational signature sound! Part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe, and all fun, this popular group takes the stage for an exciting around-the-world musical celebration.

Saturday, September 11 & Sunday, September 12: Castle Rock ArtFest
Festival Park, Castle Rock • FREE! • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Delight in the artistic impressions of more than 110 artists from across the country at the 32nd annual Colorado Artfest. This two-day event will also have live main stage entertainment featuring popular musicians.

Saturday, September 11: Super Diamond with the Denver Pops
Philip S. Miller Park, Castle Rock • $15-$20 • 7:00 PM
The Denver Pops Orchestra returns to PSM Park for a fourth straight season. This year they will perform a night of Neil Diamond's greatest hit with Super Diamond. Sing along with classics including "Sweet Caroline" and  "September Morn."

Saturday, September 11: The Comedy Zone – Zac Maas and Michael Harrison
The Schoolhouse Theater, Parker • 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 — an opening act and a headliner — for one low ticket price!

Saturday, September 11 & Sunday, September 12: Black Iris Cirque
PACE Center, Parker • Tickets start at $39 • Performance times vary
A familiar story is reinvented by the incredible singers from Black Iris Collective and the illustrious artists from Circus Foundry through acrobatic, aerial, juggling, hula hoop, silks, Chinese pole, and bullwhip acts accompanied by top hit covers from artists like Billie Eilish, Sia, Lourde, Radiohead, JP Saxe, Julia Michaels, Shawn Mendes, AJR, and more.

Sunday, September 12: Concert in the Park – Mark Cormican
Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown • FREE! • 5:30 PM
Enjoy live Folk/Americana music from Mark Cormican in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater. 

Tuesday, September 14 through 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.

Thursday, September 16: The John Driskell Hopkins Band
PACE Center, Parker • Tickets start at $49 • 7:30 PM
Founding member, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter of the GRAMMY® Award-Winning Zac Brown Band, John Driskell Hopkins returns to his rock roots with his original six-piece band!

Friday, September 17 & Saturday, September 18: Elk Bugling Hike
Backcountry Wilderness Area, Highlands Ranch • $9-$10 • 5:30-7:00 PM
Head into the reserved areas of the Backcountry Wilderness Area with seasoned naturalists to observe wildlife in their natural habitat and explore part of the property otherwise not accessible to the public.

Friday, September 17: Fitness Dance Glow Marathon Charity Event
Philip S. Miller Park, Castle Rock • $10 • 6:00-9:00 PM
Join the annual Dance Fitness Glow event featuring Zumba, Soca-Fit, World of Dance U-Jam, and many other fitness dance programs. Enjoy great music, dancing, prizes, and much more! Proceeds benefit the Adaptive Recreation program. 

Friday, September 17: Comedy Night – Greg Proops
PACE Center, Parker • Tickets start at $39 • 7:30 PM
Greg Proops is a stand-up comic best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? 

Friday, September 17: Gail Bliss – The Music of Patsy Cline
Lone Tree Arts Center • $38-$52 • 8:00 PM
Endorsed by the Cline estate, Gail has performed the role of Patsy Cline in countless productions across North America since 1994. In this concert, Gail’s soaring vocals will do justice to some of Cline’s most famous and catchy songs. You’ll be “Crazy” for it!

Saturday, September 18: Museum Day Live
Participating Museums • FREE! • Museum hours vary
After spending the past year indoors, it's time to get out and "Experience America" — the theme of this year's Museum Day® event, hosted by Smithsonian Media. More than a dozen Colorado museums are participating in the program this year.

Saturday, September 18: Barks & Brews Beer Garden
Outlets at Castle Rock • $5/person/beer • 1:00-5:00 PM
Colorado’s favorite pet-friendly shopping destination hosts a day to celebrate your furry friends. Each $5 donation made benefits the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, and receives a choice of canned beer from Breckenridge Brewing.

Saturday, September 18: Local Author Showcase
DCL in Highlands Ranch • FREE! • 2:00-4:00 PM
Local authors will each spend five minutes discussing their work, followed by a book sale and signing.

Saturday, September 18: Cake Master Live – Demo with Duff
PACE Center, Parker • Tickets start at $54 • 7:30 PM
Duff Goldman speaks about how a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman turned his unrelated passions into two internationally recognized cake shops, a bestselling cookbook, a wildly successful line of branded products, and eight network cooking shows. Duff then turns the tables and performs a live demo showcasing some of his signature designs and recipes.

Tuesday, September 21: Jackie Robinson – A Game Apart
Lone Tree Arts Center • $20 • 6:30 PM
A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites-only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. It's a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance, and leadership.

Friday, September 24: Wine Walk
Downtown Parker • $20 for 10 one-ounce tastes • 4:30-7:30 PM
Enjoy wine tasting and discover the many shops and restaurants in Old Town Parker on Mainstreet.

Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25: Elk Bugling Hike
Backcountry Wilderness Area, Highlands Ranch • $9-$10 • 5:30-7:00 PM
Head into the reserved areas of the Backcountry Wilderness Area with seasoned naturalists to observe wildlife in their natural habitat and explore part of the property otherwise not accessible to the public.

Friday, September 24: Fête des Fables: The Little Mermaid
Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows • $100 • 6:00-10:00 PM
The 6th Annual Douglas County Libraries Foundation fundraiser gala will dive into Hans Christian Andersen’s tale. Enjoy a signature cocktail, a delicious catered dinner, and a special dessert for the occasion. Talk with special guests, revel in remarkable entertainment, and experience the fun of a silent auction. Event proceeds benefit the Douglas County Libraries Foundation.

Friday, September 24: Veterans Fundraiser Comedy Night
Southridge Recreation Center, Highlands Ranch • $25 • 6:45-8:30 PM
Five comedians — Jacob Rupp, Eddie from New York, Lisa Lane, John Novosad, and Nancy Norton — will perform to raise money for the Children's Organ Transplant Association and Homeless Veterans.

Friday, September 24: Jonathan Butler
Lone Tree Arts Center • $30-$50 • 8:00 PM
An acclaimed guitarist and vocalist, Jonathan Butler is known for his crossover blend of R&B, pop-jazz fusion, and worship music. He remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalog.

Sunday, September 26: Denver Concert Band – Celebrating Classics
Lone Tree Arts Center • $21-$23 • 2:00 PM
The Denver Concert Band is back for the 2021-2022 season! The DCB celebrates their return with joyful tunes and well-known selections, including Italian folk songs and music from The King and I.

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