Centennial events season back after pandemic drought

Gatherings to take place at Centennial Center Park, other locations around city

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Last year, coronavirus precautions interrupted the long train of outdoor events that Centennial usually sees in summer and early spring.

But this year, a couple familiar gatherings are back, and a few others that appear to be new will bring residents together around the city.

The City of Centennial will offer a slew of no-cost events through the next several months. Here's a rundown of the city's community events scheduled from June to December.

Brew-N-Que

Live music and food trucks at Centennial Center Park are a tradition in the city, and if not for the coronavirus, 2020 would have been the year for the city's fifth annual Brew-N-Que with local barbecue and breweries for beer-tasting.

That event is back this year, including live music, and is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. July 10 at Centennial Center Park. The address is 13050 E. Peakview Ave., along Arapahoe Road just east of Peoria Street.

A Summer Kickoff event, which in the past has taken place earlier in the calendar — in June 2018, for instance — appears not to be scheduled for this year, according to the city's event calendar.

Centennial Under The Stars

Last year would have also seen the city's 15th annual Centennial Under the Stars concert and laser-light show.

This year, it's set for 6-10 p.m. Aug. 14. at Centennial Center Park. It will also include family activities, local vendors and food trucks.

In recent years, the city's event season has featured the Car Show and Chalk Art Festival. Those are not scheduled for this year individually, but they appear to be incorporated into a 20th birthday celebration for the city.

The city's annual Car Show and Concert in the past has featured a collection of classic and exotic cars lined up for attendees to vote for their favorite. The festival is a chalk art competition featuring Colorado artists and has taken place at The Streets at SouthGlenn outdoor mall.

Celebrating 20th

This year's run of events will see a celebration of Centennial turning 20 years old. That will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Streets at SouthGlenn outdoor mall, off Arapahoe Road and University Boulevard.

The festivities will include an “exotic” car show, chalk art, live music, family activities, and local vendors and food — along with a pancake breakfast, according to the city's calendar.

That's likely a reference to the summer of 1998, when Randy Pye, John Brackney, Brian Vogt, Ed Bosier and Pete Ross gathered at a pancake restaurant to consider the advantages of forming a city to prevent Greenwood Village from absorbing commercial areas in present-day Centennial.

After two years of court battles, a green light from the state Legislature and thousands of petition signatures, 77% of about 28,000 voters in what is now Centennial approved the formation of the city. That election took place Sept. 12, 2000, but Centennial wasn't legally established as a city until Feb. 7, 2001.

Fall and winter

The city will host an event called the Whiskey Warmer from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Centennial Center Park. It will feature live music, Colorado whiskey and spirits distillers, and local vendors and food trucks.

Centennial will also host a Holiday Artisan Market from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Centennial Center Park. Similar to other events, it will include live music, family activities, local vendors and food trucks.

Event times and locations are subject to change. See the city's website here for any changes as the season unfolds.

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