Festivals and Events in Castle Rock, CO

Learn more about Castle Rock WineFest, ArtFest, and more

On Monday, May 9, 2011 - 15:15

Here is a toast to the annual Castle Rock WineFest.

The upscale annual event is kicked off with the clinking of glasses each July. The festival has become so well regarded that Castle Rock was chosen by the Colorado Wine Board in 2009 to be one of five sites to host state-sanctioned wine festivals.

Representatives from more than 20 top wineries throughout the state are expected to attend the 2010 festival, and the 1,500-2,000 wine lovers in attendance will be welcome to taste wines ranging from deep Merlot and expressive Chardonnay to elegant Rieslings and Cabernets.

Besides wine tasting, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, is scheduling attractions such as wine seminars and demonstrations, artisans and lifestyle vendors, musical entertainment and a couple nights of fine dining enjoyment.

“The art of wine making at modern vineyards is thriving today in Colorado,” says Pam Ridler, president and CEO of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. "We are pleased to host such an event."

Participating wineries in 2009 traveled to Castle Rock from cities such as Boulder, Denver, Evergreen, Olathe and Palisade. Local winery Concetta Cellars represented Castle Rock itself.

Meanwhile, this town is also home to an annual Castle Rock Artfest that celebrated its 20th anniversary in September 2009. Nearly 180 top artists from throughout the United States showcase their talents for crowds estimated to total 25,000 people. Artfest takes place at Castle Rock Town Hall and the Philip Miller Library.

The event obviously showcases paintings and sculpture, but it also highlights art forms such as music, dance and photography. There is live continual entertainment on a main stage, and other attractions include a number of ethnic food vendors along with an Imagination Zone for children.

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