How to enjoy summer in Centennial

Events in city include 'dog days,' Centennial Under the Stars

Staff report
Posted 6/25/18

At 17 years old, Centennial is a young city, but it knows how to put on festivities for summertime. The summer events season unofficially got underway with the June 9 Summer Kickoff Concert at …

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How to enjoy summer in Centennial

Events in city include 'dog days,' Centennial Under the Stars

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At 17 years old, Centennial is a young city, but it knows how to put on festivities for summertime.

The summer events season unofficially got underway with the June 9 Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Center Park, where Denver-based bands Groove a Licious, a funk-soul outfit, and Chris Daniels and the Kings, a blues group, played the backdrop to a few hundred people enjoying the sun, food trucks and activities.

Parkgoers enjoyed similar amenities — the live music provided by School of Rock and the Margarita Brothers, along with a bounce house — at the June 23 Picnic in the Park in the same location. Dance troupe Mile-High Stars Athletics also performed.

And there's more where that came from. Here's a rundown of this summer's events in the city, and the county fair. All events, aside from the fair, take place at Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave.

Brews, barbecue at park

Centennial's third annual Brew-N-Que will feature local barbecue and 15 or more local breweries for beer-tasting. The July 14 event will feature live bluegrass music by Colorado Springs-based Out of Nowhere and the Steamboat Springs-based Jay Roemer Band.

Admission is free, but you must be 21 or older to participate in the beer-tasting, which requires $15 for a punch card and tasting mug. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

Down at the county fair

Just outside of Aurora's far east region sits the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, where the county fair takes place from July 26-29. A carnival, florticulture exhibit, petting farm, fireworks, tractor pull and a litany of other events will fill the four days.

Get to know the country side of Arapahoe County with rodeos, concerts and more. Some events, like the craft-brew fest, are ticketed. See arapahoecountyfair.com for more information. The fairgrounds sit at 25690 E. Quincy Ave.

Dog days of summer

Let your best friend be the center of attention at Centennial's Dog Days event, where the Centennial Youth Commission will host a talent show open for all dogs to enter. The July 28 event will also offer small pools for dogs to splash around in and cool off. Remember, you'll need to keep them on a leash.

TLC Meals on Wheels will be collecting donations of pet food and pet treats, so consider bringing donations for pets in need.

The event will feature performances by the Spotlight Performing Arts Center and Front Range-based R&B, funk and jazz band The Fever. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Under the stars

Watch the park slide into the night life with the 13th annual Centennial Under the Stars concert and laser-light show, from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 11.

Colorado-based rock-blues band Silver and Smoke, Denver-based Pink Hawks — who describe themselves as an Afrobeat and Chicano hip-hop orchestra — and Colorado-based funk band Funkiphino will bring the party. The event also features food trucks, free face-painting and the light show.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and it's lawn seating, so bring your chairs and blankets. Due to the anticipated crowd, the city encourages you to keep pets at home.

Movie night

Catch an outdoor screening of “Sing” with family activities before the movie starts. Free popcorn and food and drinks for purchase will be available, and the event, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, is lawn seating.

Like cars?

The city's third annual Car Show and Concert will feature a collection of classic and exotic cars, according to the city, and you can vote for your favorite. The car show runs 9 a.m. to noon. Sept. 8.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District will put on line dancing at noon in the amphitheater, and Fab 4, a Beatles tribute band, will play at 12:30 p.m. Booths, food trucks and a senior-resource fair hosted by the Centennial Senior Commission will also make an appearance. The event concludes at 2 p.m.

Reserve space to display your car at bit.ly/2MiJbg6.

Chalk it up

Close out the summer with the Centennial Chalk Art Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23. More than 40 artists will show their stuff, and fine-art vendors will also be on scene.

A two-day music lineup includes Micrograss, Ethyl and the Regulars, and You Knew Me When on the first day, and Miguel Espinoza, Gold Mine Arcade, and Acoustic Mining Company on the second.

Food from metro-area food trucks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Here are some rules and reminders for the park, according to the city:

• Alcohol may not be brought to any event.
• Tents, canopies and oversized umbrellas are not allowed.
• Blankets and chairs are welcome.
• No ATM on site, but most vendors accept credit or debit cards.

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