SWAY TO THE RHYTHM
LOCATION: Beartrap Meadow on Casper Mountain
You hardly need an excuse to spend a weekend basking in the sunshine, but what better reason to put the yard work on hold than a ticket to one of the best music events in Wyoming? Each summer on Casper Mountain, bluegrass takes center stage at the Beartrap Summer Festival (BeartrapSummerFestival.com) – and what a festival it is! Regional favorites, as well as national acts like Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Collin Raye, Aaron Tippin, and Sammy Kershaw will perform to eager crowds. This two-day celebration is jam-packed with music, food and fun. Bring the family and head to Beartrap Meadow for a one-of-a-kind experience. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t want to leave!
MAKE SOME WAVES
LOCATION: North Platte River, Morad Park
Change your outlook on life in one afternoon. All you need is a watercraft (inner tubes work well), life jackets and a willingness to go with the flow. Floating the North Platte River (PlatteRiverParkway.org) is where locals love to spend their lazy days of summer. There are plenty of places you can start and stop. For a long float, go from Bessemer Bend to Robertson Road; for a shorter trip, try Morad Park to downtown Casper. Along the way, you will see birds skim the water as they snag something to eat, wildlife along the banks, and fish leaping out of the water. Relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the untarnished beauty of Central Wyoming. Life jackets are available to borrow free of charge from the Casper Fire Department (307.235.8323).
KEEP DUCKING FALL
LOCATION: Crossroads Park
Wave goodbye to summer with a rubber ducky in one hand and a micro-brew in the other during Riverfest & the Great Duck Derby. This community celebration is an end-of-summer staple in Casper. Crossroads Park fills up with locals, visitors, live bands, food vendors and micro-brew tastings as thousands of rubber duckies race across the North Platte River to benefit the Platte River Trails and the Casper Rotary Club. The food is as good as the weather, so visit Casper for one last salute to summer during Riverfest.