Maybe the kids are back in school, but technically we have three more weeks of summer to revel in. And if Mother Nature is a good sport, we can extend the summer fun beyond that. Here’s a quintet of suggestions for enjoying outdoor activities just a little bit longer.
Pace Patio Party: Ben Marshal-Sept. 3, 6pm
What could be better than watching a beautiful sunset and listening to great music on the patio of PACE, Parker’s very own performance arts center? Ben Marshal is a gifted guitarist and vocalist, whose musical influences include southern gospel, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Garth Brooks, and Waylon Jennings. Bring your own food and drink (no alcohol, please), or pick up drinks (including alcohol) along with light snacks at the PACE concession stand. Seating is limited, so feel free to bring your own chairs. Learn more.
Barker Days (Parker Days for Dogs)-Sept. 6, 9am-3pm
Fetch your favorite furry friend and head over to O’Brien Park and Pool http://www.parkeronline.org/index.aspx?NID=254 for a day that’s sure to make some tails wag. Dogs are invited to romp, chase balls, and catch Frisbees at a temporary dog park (thoughtfully divided into big- and little-dog areas) within the baseball fields, as well as paddle in the neutralized, dog-only pool. Agility demonstrations and dog-friendly businesses will also be part of the fun. Learn more.
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival-Sept. 7, 5pm
After a highly successful first year, the world’s biggest comedy tour is back and in Colorado’s favorite setting—Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Against a backdrop of amazing city views, the festival’s impressively varied lineup of comedians will keep the jokes coming for every sense of humor: Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Demetri Martin, Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, DJ Trauma, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, and Whitney Cummings, among others. Oddball 2014 will include two stages, the Cut Throat Freak Show (a roaming troupe of misfit performers), tasty treats, libations and more. Presented by the comedy website Funny or Die. Tickets $99 + fees. Learn more.
Parker Hunger Walk-Sept. 13, 9am
Take a beautiful walk and fight hunger all at the same time. The Parker Hunger Walk is part of the national CROP Hunger Walks, community-wide events that have been raising funds to end hunger in the US and around the world since 1970. The Parker event will take place at the Cherry Creek Regional Trail McCabe Meadows Trailhead at Parker Road and Indian Pipe Lane. Registration, silent auction, music, and kids activities start at 8am. Raise at least $100 in sponsorship, and your sponsorship will be matched. Learn more.
Parker Oktoberfest– Sept. 20, 11am-8pm and Sept. 21, 10am-5pm
Germany comes to Parker this month, at this family-friendly celebration of German heritage and traditions. Oktoberfest will feature live music, Bavarian dancers, a Biergarten featuring three Paulaner beers, competitions (such as keg rolling, brat eating, yodeling, and bubble gum blowing), an obstacle course, bungee tramp and slide—and, most importantly, delicious German food. Held at O’Brien Park. Admission is free. Learn more.