In Parker CO you can step back in time a bit to a place where neighbors help neighbors and family time, neighborhood BBQ’s are standard fair.
Several dedicated public service organizations comprise a network of volunteers and event planning expertise and experience to create several signature Town of Parker events throughout each year. Below are the basics of each event, please be sure to subscribe to the website for the details as they become available for these and other local events in Parker.
Most of the signature Best of Parker events happen in or near the O’Brien Park at the Corner of Parker Road and Mainstreet.
In no particular order are our favorite events of the year in Parker Colorado.
Parker Days Summer Festival – This huge multi day event happens the second week of June each year and is a four day festival extravaganza that gets visitors from all over Colorado. Mainstreet is closed down and turned into a fun weekend for all ages. Expect a Parade Saturday morning, Carnival rides from Thursday night through Sunday Night. Live music, beer garden, craft show, local vendors, concessions, and street entertainment. This event is sponsored by the Parker Chamber of Commerce who always welcomes volunteers. To attend is FREE there are costs involved with the food and rides of course.
Trick or Treat on Mainstreet – Happens each Halloween October 31 from 4-8 when Mainstreet is once again closed to traffic and open to delighted trick or treaters who are hosted to new and fun events each year to commemorate the spooky fun holiday. Come in costume with your bag for candy and let the Cherry Valley Rotary Club of Parker amaze you with their newest ideas for holiday fun. This year we were treated to a Thriller street dance by the Parker Senior Center dressed in full zombified makeup a princess parade to the enchanted castle (Victorian Peaks) and a DJ to keep the street dancing for the older “kids” in Parker CO. FREE
Country Christmas Parade – Town of Parker event. FREE
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony – Always the Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m. at O’Brien Park. The ring in of the Christmas Holiday season at our house. The park and Mainstreet fill up with winter bundled residents to wait for the spendor of the lighting of the lights in O’Brien Park. You’ll enjoy music from local vocal groups, concessions, hot cocoa and a speech from the Mayor of Parker David Casiano. FREE
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Olde Town Parker merchants and the Parker Chamber of Commerce provide low cost carriage rides to residents that lead you throughout the historic area’s of downtown Parker while you are bundled up in the carriage. Runs from the Tree Lighting (above) through Christmas Eve.
Community Messiah – Each year the Parker United Methodist Church hosts the community production of Handel’s Messiah. Always the first Sunday in December with only 2 rehearsals. This is a come as you are, EVERYONE welcome to be a part of the huge 100+ person community choir.
Easter Egg Hunt - O’Brien Park Saturday before Easter. FREE
Movies in the Park – Watch movies on a giant inflatable screen in O’Brien Park July through September. A Parker Chamber sponsored event. FREE
Concerts in O’Brien Park – Originally an Eagle Scout project, this fun free summer afternoon at the park is now brought to you by the staff of the PACE Center in Parker. Sunday afternoons in August.
Art in the Park – sponsored by the Parker Artists Guild
Barker Days – H2O’Brien Park goes to the dogs for the day. The entire pool area and baseball field is blocked off for dogs and their people to have a fantastically fun day together. Sponsored by The Town of Parker/ Parker Recreation
Wine Walks – sponsored by the Parker Chamber of Commerce are a fantastic way to spend a Friday night in downtown Parker. For just $15 you receive a bag filled with 12 tokens for wine tastings at various downtown merchants, a special engraved tasting glass and coupons and special offers from the business owners. It’s even fun if it rains and a great way to meet people if you are new to town. Wine Walk runs May through October.
2014 Wine Walk Dates
- May 23, 2014
- June 27, 2014
- July 25, 2014
- August 22, 2014
- Sept. 26, 2014
- October 24, 2014
Smokin Brew BBQ – sponsored by the Cherry Valley Rotary Club of Parker and is a Parker Favorite with a KCNC Nationally sponsored BBQ Competition, live music, bounce rooms for the kids and plenty of fantastic food. This is traditionally held on Labor Day Weekend each year in the Parker Station Parking Lot off of Mainstreet.