A year’s worth of events in one weekend

This weekend is certainly going to be a lively one here in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, and it’s one that you won’t want to miss. It reminds you that despite all the trappings of a well-heeled, well-stocked community, we do lie in the heart of the Wild West. Here are some of the major events taking place from Friday through Sunday, including:

Western Heritage Welcome • Friday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Did somebody say “Stampede!?” Castle Rock is a thriving community, but the Town’s western heritage is alive and well. Don’t miss the weekend of activities to celebrate Douglas County’s history and honor a longstanding tradition — the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration. The Old West comes to life as cowhands drive a herd of longhorn cattle through Downtown Castle Rock! Starting at Rock Park, the herd continues down Perry Street before completing the journey directly in front of the Castle Rock Police Department.  Lots of Western activities will take place in Festival Park, too! The Park County Regulators, a team of Old West reenactment actors, will perform a wild west show. Take an old-time photo with the family, and more!

Douglas County Fair Parade • Saturday, July 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Celebrate the fair in Downtown Castle Rock, presented by the Castle Rock Chamber in partnership with the Town of Castle Rock. With bands, entertainment, local businesses, and civic organizations, the Fair Parade is a must-see.

Boots & Brews • Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Following the Douglas County Fair and Parade, the celebration continues at Festival Park. Boots & Brews is an annual event hosted in Downtown Castle Rock. Fun for the whole family! Live bands, food trucks, dessert vendors, beer and cocktails, face painting and balloon art, artisan, and sales booths will fill the park. Back by popular demand, the signature Mechanical Bull will be there for you to try your hand at that “eight-second” ride before you head to the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo. For more information, visit downtowncastlerock.com/events.

Festival Park Farmers Market • Sunday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy warmer temperatures and seasonal goods at The Farmers Market at Festival Park. The market opens on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8. The Farmers Market at Festival Park, hosted by the Local Colorado, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through September. Don’t miss locally raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, a variety of fresh produce, delicious baked goods, artisan-made products and more from nearly 40 vendors. Support local business and agriculture while getting outside, meeting neighbors and enjoying delicious local fare. For more information, visit thelocalcolorado.com/castle-rock-farmers-market/.