Celebrate the Start of Summer at Parker Days 7

The Parker Area Chamber’s Annual Festival is June 11-14

This year’s 39th Parker Days festival is destined to be one of the best ever, with a slew of new activities for individuals of all ages and Rick Springfield headlining a long list of entertainers.

Springfield will open the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce signature event with a kick-off concert on June 11.

While some folks will want to be the first to ride the giant Ferris wheel or classic merry-go-round on the sneak peek day, others will flock to the Main Stage to see Springfield and special guest, FACE, an all-vocal rock group from Boulder that has appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off.” General admission tickets for the concert are $35 and VIP tickets are $100. 

The Main Stage entertainment will continue throughout the three-and-a-half-day event, with groups like That 80’s Band, Guild of Ages, Tunisia and The Long Run. The PACE stage at Pikes Peak will feature performers sponsored by the PACE Center, and the Community Stage will spotlight more than 100 young artists from around the Parker area. 

With so many performers, it’s hard to image what other great activities are planned to attract the crowds that stream in from throughout the Denver area. But the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce has come up with lots of new ideas to keep people happy.

New activities that will be held in the O’Brien Park area include:

  • A beer mixology and wine slushy area near Pikes Peak. The mixed beers include “Al Capone,” a unique mix of Hersbruecker and Strisselspalt hops from Batch 19, and “Pear Moon,” which is a blend of Blue Moon Belgian White and Crispin Pacific Pear. The wine slushies will be made of gelato and wine.  Of course, the traditional beer booth will also be serving customers.
  • Mad Science of Colorado, which will include free, interactive science demonstrations from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Gazebo
  • A Renaissance Adventure, where youngsters can practice their “play” sword skills with Renaissance champions for a small fee on Saturday and Sunday.

For traditionalists who want the same events they’ve always found at the festival, there will be 20 food booths and 40 carnival rides, as well as more than 250 vendors sharing information about their businesses, crafts and more.

The traditional Saturday parade will begin at 10 a.m., starting at the PACE Center and travelling west along Mainstreet before turning right on Victorian. In addition to the thunderous marching bands, shiny fire trucks and vintage cars, this year’s parade will also feature Rocky, the Denver Nugget’s mascot; Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot; and Storm Troopers.

Following the parade, there will be a Strongman Competition in the Main Stage area, where individuals will show off their physical prowess.

On Sunday, members of the Parker Car Club will show off about 200 classic cars at their car show at Pikes Peak Drive and Pikes Peak Court.

The festival is free, but tickets must be purchased for the carnival rides. For a one-day pass, the cost is $25 if purchased in advance and $30 on site. A mega pass also can be purchased in advance for $60 and covers all four days.

Parking will be available at the RTD lot on Longs Way, at the Parker Senior Center for $5 and at Parker Station for $5. Parking will be available also at the PACE Center, except during the Saturday parade and Sunday’s Farmer’s Market.

For more information, please visit ParkerDaysFestival.com.