Arts and Culture in Castle Rock, CO

Castle Rock boasts a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural scene

By
Teree Caruthers
On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 07:56
Castle Rock, CO Museum

From museums to magic, festivals to farm tours, Castle Rock offers residents and visitors a diverse range of arts and cultural options.

History

Housed in the former depot of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, the Castle Rock Museum features both permanent and rotating exhibits that chronicle the history of Castle Rock since it was established. The museum is also home to the Castle Rock Historical Society and often hosts educational workshops and presentations.

Public Art

The Castle Rock Police Department has also invested in beautifying the city's public spaces through its mural program. The department enlisted local artists to paint murals on bridges and underpasses in hopes of deterring graffiti artists and vandals. The city pays homage to its veterans through art at Veterans Monument Plaza. A 14-foot-tall sculpted eagle, aptly titled Freedom’s Keeper, stands watch over the park.

Greater Castle Rock Art Guild

The Greater Castle Rock Art Guild supports the arts and promotes the work of local visual and performance artists through workshops and events.

Music

The Castle Rock Band is a group of volunteer musicians who perform a mix of traditional and modern music concerts for the public throughout the year. The group began in 1999 and was patterned after town bands that existed around the turn of the century. Castle Rock has several indoor venues for hearing live music, including a new outdoor amphitheater for performing arts on the grounds of the sprawling Philip S. Miller Regional Park.

Festivals

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock features a juried art show of more than 180 art exhibitors, food vendors, live music and a kids' zone with games and crafts. The annual event has been held each weekend after Labor Day for more than 28 years and includes continual mainstage performances. Now in its 14th year, the Castle Rock WineFest  in the Meadows gives visitors a taste of Colorado wine with samples from more than two dozen wineries across the state, as well as a local biergarten of craft beers.

Western Heritage

The Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation hosts area fourth graders for Heritage Day each April at Lowell Ranch as well as during the first weekend of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. Students engage in hands-on activities that teach them about the state's western heritage and the role agriculture played in that heritage.

Theatre of Dreams

Owned and operated by magician duo Carol Massie and Joe Givan – also known as the Dream Masterz Magic Team – Theatre of Dreams features live magic and variety performances. The theatre doubles as an event space for weddings and parties, and the dynamic duo offer private magic lessons and host summer camps for kids.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Teree Caruthers is a communications and content marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience creating engaging content for corporate clients and nonprofit organizations across the c