SIP, ROCK & ROLL
LOCATION: MIKE LANSING FIELD
Experts on all things brew, rock or outdoors, 307 Magazine hosts the 7th annual Harmony, Hops & Hope event Saturday, May 20. Brewers from across the state including Sheridan’s Black Tooth Brewing and Snake River out of Jackson Hole bring samples of their finest craft beers to Casper. At this Wyoming-only brewfest for the 21 and over crowd, you’ll sip on the best of the state’s up and coming brewery scene, listen to tunes from the region’s top musicians, jam in the sunshine and chow down on food from local vendors. And with an entire baseball stadium concourse reserved for this event, there’s plenty of room for dancing with a crowd of your closest friends. Bring your sunscreen and dancing flip-flops to join in the celebration. Proceeds benefit community charities.
KICK OFF SUMMER
LOCATION: OLD YELLOWSTONE DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN CASPER
Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off to summer, when locals celebrate the start of warm days and ample sunshine in style. Begin your weekend by honoring our veterans with a visit to the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum (307.472.1857) just a few miles west of town. The museum is housed on the former site of the WWII Casper Army Air Corps Base where B-17 & B-24 bomber crews trained. The collections tell the stories of Veterans who fought in wars and conflicts from the Indian Wars of the 1850s to present day. Spend the rest of the weekend in the sun with an early season trip to the lake or a visit to Cruizin’ with the Oldies (CruizinWithTheOldies.com), May 22-24, Wyoming’s most famous vintage auto event with custom and antique cars and trucks.
GET REEL BUSINESS DONE
LOCATION: NORTH PLATTE RIVER
While Casper is world renowned for blue-ribbon trout fishing in places like the famed Miracle Mile, many visitors have discovered some of the best fishing just a few steps from their hotel room doors. After all, the North Platte River flows through the heart of the city, which means folks don’t have to travel outside city limits to land the catch of a lifetime. Recent estimates of 2,200 trout per mile or about 2,400 pounds per mile put Casper’s downtown area squarely within blue ribbon status. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting for a few days or a few hours — urban fly fishing can be squeezed into any itinerary.
TAKE AN INSPIRATIONAL STROLL
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN CASPER
Step into Casper’s arts scene each month in downtown Casper. The first Thursday of each month from May through December, Casper’s galleries join forces to create an evening filled with art, food and entertainment. Last year, the Yellowstone Garage hosted live music and food vendors, Art 321 showcased art exhibitions, Adbay screened local films and served craft beers and Scarlow’s Gallery held special art sales. Participating businesses and the types of art featured are always growing and evolving, so be sure to check CasperArtGuild.org for more information.
HOOP IT UP
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN CASPER
Wyoming’s biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament takes over downtown Casper each Memorial Day weekend. Grab a few friends, lace up your sneakers and prepare to hit the pavement May 27-28 for the Foss Motors 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Both competitive and recreational teams are welcome with divisions for all ages and abilities, and all teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the national tournament. Spectators will have as much fun as the athletes with a Kids Zone, music, food, drink and more. Additional information at HoopWorldBasketball.com.