Parker Days Festival Rocks This Summer

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Posted Tue, Jun 20, 2017

The rock-and-roll themed parade featured the Budweiser Clydesdales and a pancake breakfast. [Photo: Erin Wanke]

PARKER, Colo. – The smell of funnel cakes laced with perfume hovers in the air as the 40th annual Parker Days Festival weekend continues with events ranging from car shows and street performances to a rock-and-roll themed parade featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales and a pancake breakfast.

Just ahead, children shriek as they dart their way through the sea of people buying tickets for the carnival, making a beeline for the petting zoo, their tongues painted with snow cone syrup, their faces with glittery skulls. A palpable wave of excitement dances alongside the music in tandem, propelling the crowd onward where the festival’s 250 vendors showcasing everything from beef jerky to birdhouses await.

According to Sara Crowe, director of the Parker Days Festival at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, the four day long 2017 Parker Days Festival is expected to draw around 200,000 people, perhaps closer to 210,000 with the steady influx of people moving to Colorado.

The Petting Zoo [Photo: Erin Wanke]

“All the growth has been great for business,” says Joshua Hawn, service director at Colorado Custom Spas. “Believe it or not, we sell quite a few hot tubs at Parker Days every year and this is a great way for people who just moved here to see what all Parker has to offer.”

Fellow vendors including Bonnie Afyoni, manager at Black Belt Academy Martial Arts “Karate For Kids,” echo that sentiment, but for many like Rachel Martin, 19, Parker Days is more of a family tradition than anything. “I’ve been coming to Parker Days for as long as I can remember and I’ve always had a lot of fun, but this year has been the best one yet,” she says. “There’s something for everyone here which is why it’s the most perfect way to start the summer.”

If You Go:

What: Parker Days Festival

Where: 19590 E. Main Street, #100 Parker, CO 80138

Festival Hours:

  • June 8: Main Street Activities and Carnival: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Headline Concert: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • June 9: 5 p.m. – midnight
  • June 10: 9 a.m. – midnight
  • June 11: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Carnival Hours:

  • June 8: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • June 9: 5 p.m. – midnight
  • June 10: 10 a.m. – midnight
  • June 11: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Note: Due to safety reasons, flip flops, bare feet, and guests with casts are not allowed on carnival rides.

Price:

  • Entry to the festival and all concerts Friday through Sunday are free.
  • Bret Michaels headline concert tickets start at $35.
  • Food & Drinks tickets $1/ticket (average price of $3-$10 per item).
  • Inflatables start at $3 per ride.
  • Water balls are $10 per ride.
  • Carnival tickets range from $30 per day to $60 for a four-day Mega Pass Ticket valid for unlimited carnival rides each day of the event.
  • Items from vendors, crafters, artisans and local businesses vary in price.

Phone: 303-841-4268

Directions courtesy of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce:

Toll roads: From Denver travel south on I-25 to E-470 and E-470 east to Parker Road, travel south on Parker Road to Longs Way, turn left on Longs Way and then south on Longs Way.

Non-toll roads: From Denver travel south on I-25 to Lincoln Avenue. From Castle Rock and Colorado Springs travel north on I-25 to Lincoln Ave. Travel east on Lincoln to Parker Road (6.2 miles) and then south on Parker Road to Longs Way, turn left on Longs Way and then south on Longs Way.

Note: Long’s Way is closed from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday for the Parker Days Parade. To get to the festival, continue east across Parker Road on Lincoln Avenue and turn south/right on North Pine Drive. Continue to Mainstreet and turn west/right. Parking is accessible from this direction.

For more information on the Parker Days festival, vendors, activities and music lineups, please visit http://parkerdaysfestival.com/#home

About Erin Wanke

Erin Wanke is a Denver-area journalist

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One Response to “Parker Days Festival Rocks This Summer”

  1. Erin Wanke Says:

    The picture of the Budweiser Clydesdales is actually courtesy of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately it looks like part of the photo description got cut off in my email, so I want to make sure the proper credit is given.

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