Parker Days

It’s summertime in Colorado and that means it’s time for PARKER DAYS, Colorado’s Hometown Festival. Voted “The Best Festival on the Front Range,” Parker Days brings the best of summertime fun right into the heart of Parker. Beginning with the kick off concert Thursday night, the fun continues throughout the weekend for the whole family. Whether you’re a music lover, a thrill seeker or an enthusiastic foodie – Parker Days has something for everyone!

Entrance to the Festival is free, but you may need a bit of a roadmap to plan out your weekend.

Thursday night’s headline concert, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, starts with weekend off on just the right note. VIP Ticket holders can head in at 5pm, general admission begins at 6pm and the concert opens at 7pm with The Kory Brunson Band. Headliner Trace Adkins takes the stage later in the evening.

Music continues on the Main Stage throughout the weekend with FREE concerts each day:

Friday 6:00-7:30 PM – The Tom Petty project
8:00-9:30 PM – Project Foreigner
10:00-11:30 PM – Queen Nation

Saturday
12:00-1:00 PM – Mr. Maestik’s 8 Track Revival 1:30-2:30 PM – Steve Thomas Band
4:30-5:30 PM – Walker Williams
6:00-7:30 PM – Mark Powell
8:30-9:30 PM – Sean Curtis & The Divide
10:30-11:30 PM – Buckstein

Sunday
10:00AM-11:30AM – Church Service
brought to you by PEPC Church
12:00-1:30 PM – Running with Scizzors
2:00-3:30 PM – Nacho Men
4:00-5:30 PM – Richie Law
6:00-8:00 PM – Soul X

Both the Pikes Peak Stage and the Community Stage have a full schedule of entertainment throughout the weekend as well. The Pikes Peak Stage features smaller, acoustic style acts and great family entertainment while the Community Stage is your destination for local entertainment for both kids and adults. The stage will include a full line-up of demonstrations, cultural presentations, and performers of all ages and varieties. The Council of Arts, Science and Culture, a local non-profit provides arts programs to kids assists Parker Days in finding great children performers for the Community Stage.

You’re bound to get a bit hungry or be in need of refreshment while you’re enjoying all the amazing entertainment. You’ll found both in abundance at Parker Days! Be sure to purchase food tickets, as no cash is accepted. You can hit up one of the many offerings in the Food Truck Alley, sample delicious carnival fare at from other vendors including bratwurst and sausages, turkey legs and hamburgers, soft pretzels, curly fries, roasted sweet corn and, of course, all kinds of deliciousness served on a stick! Don’t leave your sweet tooth neglected either, be sure to save room for funnel cakes, French macaron ice cream sandwiches, berry kabobs, frozen cheesecake, and handheld pies, just to name a few options. Coca Cola products are available through the festival grounds, unless of course, you desire a little liquid courage to tackle some of those rides! Budweiser brand beers, as well as wine, margaritas, Jack and Cola, Jack and Ginger, daiquiris and more will be served at the Main Stage bar. Make sure to bring your ID as everyone must have proof of age in order to buy alcohol at Parker Days. In addition to the ever-popular Main Stage bar, a second location with alcohol at the festival is at the Pikes Peak Stage and will include microbrew beers, wine and other tantalizing options to choose from while you enjoy the entertainment. (Drinks are 5-7 tickets per drink; no cash is accepted at the bars.) Tickets must be purchased for $1 per ticket (no minimum required) at the ticket kiosks and can be traded for food and drink in the Main Stage and Pikes Peak Stage area. Tickets can be purchased with cash only (no credit cards). ATM’s are on-site in both locations.

Sunday morning, start the last day off right and bring the family out for the Parker Days Festival Pancake Breakfast. From 8:00am-10:00am, the Main Stage hosts the best breakfast in town, and all for a great cause – cash donations for the Pancake Breakfast benefits the Parker Taskforce Food Bank.

Now that the music, food and drink are covered, let’s get right to it, the main attraction of Parker Days, those amazing rides! Parker Days rides will turn you round and round, upside down and right side up again. There are also mazes, fun houses, and haunted houses. Make sure, for your safety, that you wear closed toed shoes if you plan on riding rides. Those in flip flops, bare feet or festival goers in a cast will not be permitted to ride. Tickets for rides ($1 each) can be purchased on site by the ticket or by purchasing carnival passes. A One-Day Carnival Pass is $25, if purchased in advance on the website, or $30 if purchased at the event. Carnival wristband(s) do not include access to Water Balls or Bounce Houses. These items must be purchased separately through the groups running those sections of the festival. Inflatables start at $3/ride (tickets are available for purchase at the entrance to the inflatables) and Waterballs are $10/ride (tickets available for purchase at the entrance to the attraction.)

The little ones who may not be quite tall enough to “ride the ride” can enjoy Kids’ Zone with dozens of festival booths, face painting, music, crafts, the petting zoo, and other fun, including numerous rides for younger children.

For over 40 years, Parker Days has delighted the young and young at heart and served as the unofficial start to summer. The site of that grand Ferris Wheel signals to all of us that the days are getting longer, the weather warmer and the time to get out and enjoy it is here!

Full Festival Hours
Thursday 5pm – 10pm
Headline Concert: 5pm VIP Ticket Holder Access.
6pm General Admission Access. Concert starts at 7pm.
Friday 5pm – Midnight (Booths close at 9pm) Saturday 9am – Midnight (Booths close at 9pm)
Sunday 9am – 10pm (Booths close at 7pm)

Whiskey & Wine Hours
Friday 5pm – 10pm, Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday -10am – 7pm

Carnival Hours
Thursday 5pm – 10pm, Friday 5pm – Midnight
Saturday 10am – Midnight, Sunday 10am – 10pm

For detailed information, maps and to buy tickets online, go to parkerdaysfestival.com

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