Festival Park Reimagined

Upcoming Events at Festival Park

Friday, Aug. 24
5:30-9 p.m.
Downtown After 5 - David Gerald

Friday nights in the summer are made for spending close to home, enjoying the beautiful weather, and unwinding from the long week. Why go anywhere else but Downtown Castle Rock? Head over to Festival Park for live music, great food, and a variety of beverages for the whole family to enjoy! This Friday will feature David Gerald, the son of Rural Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit. Gerald, whose dynamic, blues-infused rock and soul hybrid has been captivating audiences across the country for over a decade, grew up to the sounds of the Blues, R&B and Rock in his hometown of Detroit. He started playing guitar at 14, influenced by Prince and '80s rock guitarists. 

What goes better with the blues then crawfish? We will have several hundred pounds of crawfish, but get there early, as it will sell out!

Learn more about all Downtown After 5 events.

June 3-Sept. 2
Festival Park Farmer’s Market

Castle Rock’s new Sunday Farmer’s Market will open on June 3 and run through Labor Day weekend. Every week shoppers can enjoy a variety of vendors ranging from fresh, local produce, grass-fed meats, to local artisans, and much more! Find out more about the vendors here!

Season of the Star


Start the season off right with Starlighting Saturday, Nov. 17. Join your friends, family and community as the Town of Castle Rock, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Alliance delight in the charm of our small town holiday activities.

Starlighting activities begin at 2 p.m. and include food, adult beverages, live entertainment and fireworks at 5 p.m. The Rink at the Rock also opens for the season this day.

Carriage rides 

Enjoy free carriage rides from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Pick up is at Festival Park

Dec. 1 
1-5 p.m.  

Celebrate winter with your neighbors in the NEW festival park, there's something for everyone! Beer from our award winning local breweries, live music, a 5K run, cycling race, food trucks and local artisans ready to help you wrap up your holiday shopping. 

Storytellers and S’mores
Dec. 8 
5-7 p.m.

Bundle up and head over to Downtown Castle Rock to enjoy the holiday lights and check out the recently redesigned Festival Park. Santa and some of his friends are stopping by to read holiday favorites from our giant Storytellers Chair. Enjoy roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, hot chocolate and other family friendly fun at this free community event. 

Dec. 24 
5-6 p.m. 

This annual event takes place on Christmas Eve and is hosted by Calvary Castle Rock Held in the beautiful setting of Festival Park, the Candlelighting ceremony is open to everyone and is a nice way to spend time with your family before the holiday. This is an outdoor event, so bring a blanket and lawn chair for your comfort. 

Candles for the candlelighting ceremony sponsored by Envision Counseling Clinic. More information.
  1. Project Background
  2. Timeline

Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Now, this central gathering space has been transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction contract between the Town and M.A. Mortenson Company was approved by Town Council to redevelop Festival Park. The goals are to enhance the park, boost the success of the adjacent Downtown business district and create an active public gathering space for both work and relaxation.

Throughout the planning process, the Town solicited input from the public to help re-image the park. The $6.9 million-park-improvement project includes amenities such as a landing pavilion, splash pad, a fire-pit, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch were implemented to align with national flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.

It’s also important to note, traffic will only be permitted to enter Second Street one-way from Perry Street and will be required to exit through the alley north. This allowed for both a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.

The Festival Park redesign project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, the Town's unobligated General Fund, the Town's Stormwater Account and the Downtown Development Authority's TIF (tax increment financing).

Funding Sources
Town of Castle Rock$2.9 million
Downtown Development Authority$4 million
Total$6.9 million
Contract AwardM.A. Mortenson Company