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BackCountry’s 2nd Annual Yappy Hour Dog Swim

by | September 8th, 2017

BackCountry’s furry family members enjoyed an evening of getting their paws wet at the Sundial House pool. The dogs enjoyed the music, caricature photos, music and closing down the pool.

Ready, set, get wet!

by | May 18th, 2015

It’s time to test-drive your new swimsuit: BackCountry’s first pool party of the season is almost here. On Friday, May 22, the Sundial House pool officially opens for summer at 9am. Then, stop by from 3-4:30pm for the Memorial Day Weekend pre-party, complete with beer, popsicles, and a meet-and-greet with this year’s lifeguard crew and pool management company, Perfect Pools. (For residents only; please RSVP at by Monday, May 18.) And be sure to come back the next day for the big event—our Red, White, & Blue Celebration.

Held on Saturday, May 23 from 4pm-7pm, this annual event is the season’s much-anticipated kick-off. What’s on tap? High-energy, interactive games and fabulous face painting (come right at 4pm for a shorter wait for our truly talented painters). Free hot dogs sponsored by As You Wish Pet Sitters. Plus snow cones, popcorn, a DJ, and prizes. Please RSVP at by Monday, May 18.

With so much going on right in the neighborhood, why not make the Lantern House your Memorial Day weekend HQ? Hang out with your family and neighbors—a much more relaxing choice than fighting the masses headed to the mountains. Plan that trip for a non-holiday weekend!

Here are a few photos from previous summers to wet, er, whet your appetite for another season of happy memories.


It is May in Colorado after all, where a firepit is as practical as it is delightful.


And so it begins: Rhythmic Gymnastics champion, Olympics 2028?


On a hot day, even kitties love a snow cone.


The smiles say it all. Summer vacation has arrived.


True artistry happens at our face-painting booth.


Beautiful foothills views create an idyllic party backdrop


How does he do that?


Colorful, late spring decor just in time for the Red, White & Blue Celebration

More Ways to Enjoy Springtime

by | May 4th, 2015

It’s May, that blessed month when our nature-deprived senses get a wake-up call. The feel of cool, damp earth while planting a garden. The sweet fragrance of fresh-cut grass. Or the way-better-than-an-alarm sound of robins singing in the morning. Life is such a feast for the senses, this time of year. Below are five suggestions for savoring the season even more, from gathering tasty, just-picked cilantro at the farmers’ market to tapping your toes to the music of an outdoor concert.

Highlands Ranch Farmers’ and Street Market-Sundays, starting May 3, 10am-2pm
Goodbye, tasteless tomatoes. Well maybe not just yet, but even now you can pick up early season delights such as rhubarb and asparagus, along with a cornucopia of artisanal sauces, pastas, bread, and flowers. Plus, adjacent to the farmers’ market, the Highlands Ranch Community Association Street Market features more than 20 vendors selling handbags, accessories, cooking utensils, garden adornments, and more. Stay apprised of what’s coming in from the fields with this handy Colorado produce calendar. Held at Town Center South. (map) Learn more.


Music Arts Festival-May 16-17
Dig out your picnic basket and blanket—it’s outdoor concert season again. Presented by the Highlands Ranch Concert Band, the annual Music Arts Festival features two days of performances by music ensembles from around the metro area. Bring the whole family to enjoy music, plus arts and crafts by local vendors. Food and drinks also available for purchase. Held at Civic Green Park. Free. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Highlands Ranch Music Arts Festival Facebook page

Opening Day at the BackCountry Pool-May 22
Just in time for Memorial Day (and your children’s out-of-school, over-the-top energy level), the BackCountry pool is open for business. Located next to the Sundial House, the space offers something for everyone with a big pool, splash pad, water feature, lap pool, and plenty of lounge chairs for dozing with a book and a nice cool beverage.

Jump into warm weather fun at BackCountry!

Jump into warm weather fun at BackCountry!

ArtStir Denver & Downtown Denver Arts Festivals-May 23-24
Not one, but two visual arts festivals are yours to explore over Memorial Day weekend. And conveniently, they’re within blocks of each other. ArtStir Denver, voted Best New Festival in 2014 by Westword Magazine, happens at the Denver Pavilions downtown and features more than 225 Colorado-only artists specializing in painting, photography, textiles, furnishings, handcrafted goods, and more. Beyond moseying through the booths, enjoy art and style demonstrations and performances, a flea market and food, craft beers and local wine. Drop by the Day of Rock concert at the nearby 16th Street Mall. Free. Learn more.

Denver Day of Rock 2014

Photo courtesy of Denver Day of Rock Facebook page

Then, be sure to catch the 17th year of the Downtown Arts Festival at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Ranked the #1 art show in Colorado by the Art Fair SourceBook, this juried fine art exhibition features some of Colorado and the nation’s best artists representing 15 artistic media, including painting, photography, glass, leather, sculpture, wood, and clay. Free. Learn more.

Downtown denver art festival

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