As the largest community festival in the south metro area, Parker Days, held June 7–10, has been a much-loved tradition for more than 40 years.

An estimated 250,000 people will converge on downtown Parker over the course of the popular four-day Parker Days event, which offers everything from carnival rides to a parade, pageant, and car show -- plus much, much more. Kids can pet the adorable llamas and miniature ponies at the petting zoo, then head over to the inflatables to expend some energy in a bouncy house. Adults, on the other hand, will love the variety of food and beverage vendors at the festival (including beer and wine gardens), as well as the ongoing concerts happening at three different stages throughout the weekend.

Where: O'Brien Park (Parker Road and East Mainstreet, 10795 Victorian Dr, Parker, CO 80138) When: Thurs., June 7  – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Fri., June 8 – 5 p.m. to midnight | Sat., June 9 – 9 a.m. to midnight | Sun., June 10 – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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General admission to the event itself is completely FREE, though you'll want to purchase carnival ride passes online in advance and bring cash to purchase food and drink tickets or bouncy house tickets on-site (no credit or debit cards will be accepted).

Trace Adkins will headline the kick-off concert on Parker Days' evening sneak peak on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets for this concert can be purchased online. All other concert music over the following three days will be FREE.

Some quick reminders for a smooth, stress-free Parker Days experience:

  • Make sure your kiddos wear shoes and socks! Flip-flops, bare feet, or casts will not be permitted on carnival rides.
  • Come with cash! Credit cards and debit cards will not be accepted at ticket booths (though there is an ATM available).
  • If you purchase tickets online, print them out in advance! Tickets shown on your smartphone will not be accepted.
  • Dogs are allowed, provided that they are well-behaved and stay on a leash. They will not be allowed in stage areas.
For more information, visit the Parker Days website. Will we see you at Parker Days? What's your favorite part of the festival? Tell us in the comments!

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