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MUSIC. COMMUNITY. CULTURE.
From Center to Elm and Collins to 2nd Street,
Lines were drawn and THE DISTRICT was created.
The District is a cultural arrangement of restaurants, venues,
and shops in a booming 6 block radius of downtown.
As we get started, it is here you will find "the know" on food, drinks,
entertainment, shopping and the like in the area we now call The District.
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
David Street Station
Lunch on the Lawn every Monday This Summer
Let’s Do Lunch…at The David Street Station
The David Street Station is open for lunch every Monday this summer! Bring your packed lunch with you (and there better be a Snack Pack…you know I love Snack Pack…Why can’t you just GIVE ME A SNACK PACK??) or grab something to go from one of the food trucks that will be parked out front. Eat your lunch on the lawn from 12pm to 1pm on Monday, June 24th and watch some of Casper’s local youth entertain you in a variety of performances and displays. This is an excellent chance to enjoy the sunshine, support the arts and maybe even make a friend this summer. Let’s lunch at David Street Station on Monday!
Visit the David Street Station Facebook page for more information.
Every Monday at 12pm
David Street Station
Plaza to Host Summer Market June-September
David Street Stations Offers Some Food for Thought
Who knew, that in such a short amount of time, Downtown Casper would become a true destination? It wasn’t long ago that the only reason people came downtown was for a cheap movie date and some Italian food. These days? Well, these days, Downtown Casper is thriving. It is a destination not only for business owners, but for vendors, entertainers, artists, farmers and more, as well! The Summer Market, sponsored by the Food for Thought Project and WCDA, is proof of this.
Beginning on June 4th, The David Street Station will be hosting the Summer Market every Tuesday, from June through September, from 5pm-8pm. On hand will be a wide-array of vendors, farmers, small business owners, baristas, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. Literally. These incredible folks are as diverse as they are talented and they are offering fresh produce, dairy products, farm fresh eggs, local meats, baked goods, body care products, home décor, locally roasted coffee and oh-so-much more.
The Summer Market also accepts the Wyoming EBT Card and it offers ‘Double Up Food Bucks,’ which provides free produce to EBT Card users.
You’ve heard the phrase “Shop Local” used quite often; now is your chance to not only shop local, but also to eat, drink, wash and decorate local, as well. This Summer Market is straight out of a storybook. One might even expect to see Aladdin trying to stay “one jump ahead of the lawman,” as he attempts to steal a loaf of freshly baked bread.
The really cool thing about this market is that it’s not just about selling products. It’s about bringing a community together to celebrate everything that is beautiful and unique about Casper and its natives. In addition to the various vendors, there will also be live entertainment, food trucks, adult beverages, cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities every single week. It is a great time to be in The District. This summer will be chalk full of events designed to show off our town and its inhabitants, and manty of those events will be happening at the David Street Station, right in the heart of The District. For more information, visit the David Street Station Facebook Page.
We’ll see you on Tuesday, as The District gets a little Food for Thought.
Every Tuesday at 5pm
David Street Station
Wellness Wednesdays Start Your Day Off Right
6am, 1pm, 6pm
Practice Wellness at David Street Station
David Street Station is more than just a venue for concerts, picnics, movies, and a litany of other community events. It also doubles as the best gym in town, every Wednesday this summer.
Per their Facebook Page: “Whether you are starting your day off right at our 6 am class, bringing your kiddos to our 1 pm Kids Fitness Class, or ending the day with a fitness class the whole family can join in on, Wednesdays are for working out at David Street Station! Join us as the YMCA hosts free fitness classes weekly at 6 am, bi-weekly at 1 pm, and bi-weekly at 6 pm.”
This Wednesday, join early risers and work up a sweat before heading off to work. We promise you’ll feel a thousand times more energetic.
Every Wednesday at 6am, 1pm, 6pm
Kings of November Reign in August
Yellowstone Garage Rocks the Block This Thursday
It was the one that started it all. Back before Art Walks and Nic Fests and Summer Markets, there was Rock the Block, at Yellowstone Garage. Rock the Block was truly the first event to bring the community together for an evening of food, fun, friends and plenty of rock! And now it’s back!
Rocking the Block this week are the Kings of November. This local band, comprised of the Sanders family and Gannon Meeks, are a cover band that play alllll the hits. From Metallica to Buddy Holly, the Kings of November hold court with all of your favorite music from days gone by.
In addition to the live music, there will be food vendors, street vendors, drinks and more! This is the event that truly marks the beginning of summer and we, for one (or two or five) cannot wait to be there! It is a free event that is open to the public, so put on your sundress and/or flip flops and come down to Rock the Block at Yellowstone Garage!
There’s no better reason to come to Yellowstone Garage on Thursday, either. There’s food, music, vendors and community so make sure you celebrate the evening and check out the Kings of November, as Yellowstone Garage takes its throne as the kind of The District on Thursday nights.
August 22nd at 6pm
Yellowstone Garage Hosts Downtown Legend
Jeff Stanley Returns to Yellowstone Garage
One of the best aspects of The District is the Yellowstone Garage. Some would say The District would be The District without Yellowstone Garage continually rocking the block. Friday, August 23rd will be no different as Jeff Stanley and “His Gang” return to the stage. Stanley is almost as much of a fixture of The District as The Garage is, and his vocal stylings are what many people use as their Siren Song to usher in summer.
Stanley will be playing his soul songs from 8-11pm on Friday night, and there is no other place we’d rather be.
August 23rd at 8pm
David Street Station
Hometown Band Makes Good at David Street Station
Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band Return to David Street Station
The David Street Station was created to be a beacon for people who want to really experience what Downtown Casper is all about. It features game nights, lunches on their lawn, a splash pad and more. But David Street Station’s biggest calling card is, of course, their stage. This stage will play host to legends and up-and-coming talent in the coming weeks/months/years, but there is one thing that it will always do; it will always provide a platform for storytellers who have a song to sing.
Their ‘Summer Concert Series’ is proof of this. Every other Friday night throughout the summer, David Street Station will host a variety of regional and national musicians and artists who want to provide the soundtrack to summer nights in Downtown Casper!
This Friday, August 23rd, none other than The Chancey Williams and the Younger Brother Band are returning to Casper. If there is one local-ish band that has really established itself outside of Wyoming, it’s Chancey Williams and his band, featuring Casper alumni Brooke Latka!
Per the band’s Official Facebook Page, “Wyoming native Chancey Williams and his “Younger Brothers Band,” have relentlessly toured the Western United States, developing a rabid fan base not seen from the Cowboy State since Chris LeDoux. In fact, Chancey Williams and LeDoux are the only two people to ride in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (one of the most famous in the world, the touted “Daddy of ‘Em All) and play its main stage as a major entertainer. The band has shared the stage with dozens of artists, including Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Gary Allan and Travis Tritt. They’ve also enjoyed many bills with Texas contemporaries Casey Donahew, Aaron Watson and Stoney LaRue. But, Williams says, nothing beats the opportunity to have occasionally been direct support for their heroes, legends like LeDoux, Alabama, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.”
To put it shortly, this band playing at David Street Station is a big deal. Joining Chancey and co. will be Whiskey’s Alibi, a self-professed ‘Red Dirt Country/Southern Rock Band’ that plays as hard as they drink.
Beginning at 6pm and lasting until far after the sun sets, this concert series will give the community a chance to dance until dusk. There will be various food trucks and vendors available throughout the summer, so this is the perfect chance to offer some summer lovin’ and have yourself a blast at David Street Station. And make no mistake, Tonight We’re Drinkin’
August 23rd at 6pm
ART 321 Hosts Design Workshop
Learn the Art of Wooden Floral Design
ART 321 is proud to host Michelle Webb of Pink Lion Design Company on Saturday, August 24th. From 1pm-3pm, join Webb for an afternoon of creating unique wooden floral arrangements. Michelle creates beautiful arrangements made entirely out of wood and she wants to show the community how to do the very same thing. This workshop is only $55 for ART 321 members and $65 for non-members. For that low cost, you can create a work of art that, unlike actual flowers, will last longer than a week. In fact, it will last years upon years. To make your own wooden floral design, sign up for this workshop at ART 321.
For more information, visit http://casperartguild.org/workshops.html
August 24th at 1pm
David Street Station
A Day of Entertainment to Celebrate Elevation and Evolution
5150′ Festival Returns to David Street Station
On Saturday, August 24th, David Street Station will play host to the ‘5150 Festival, a day of music, food, community and civic pride. It will begin at noon and will last far into the night, so prepare yourself for a full day of activities for all ages.
Per 5150’s Official Facebook Page: “Sitting at an elevation of 5150’, we believe Casper is the best of the west! And we’re here to show it off, celebrate local businesses, artists, makers and creators. This FREE festival will take place right in the heart of Casper at David Street Station. Enjoy an afternoon full of live entertainment on the Brian Scott Gamroth Community Stage including a Guns N’ Roses cover band, Appetite for Deception! Not to mention, food trucks, beer, and local vendors booths.
Musician Line Up:
1:00-2:00 pm – John May
2:30-3:30 pm – Lacy Nelson
4:00-6:00 pm – Squirt Guns N’ Roses
6:30-8:00 pm – Float Like A Buffalo
8:30-10:00 pm – Appetite for Deception
Check out booths including: 5150′ Local, Pure Impressions Design, TyOutdoors, 23 Squared, Wyoming Roots, LLC., Black Pebble Studio, Cowgirl Creations, Charlie B’s, Green Tower Farm, LLC., Bryce Hindman Photography, Horses Galore and More, Funky Junk, Simply Rustic Designs, Artisan Alley, and Face Painters.”
This will be a day to celebrate everything that is wonderful about Casper, about Wyoming and about all of the people who inhabit it. It’s a day to celebrate Casper’s elevation and evolution.
For more information, visit The David Street Station Facebook Page.
August 24th at 12pm
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
New WSO Conductor Presents First Concert at Washington Park
‘Pops’ in the Park Pays Tribute to John Williams
The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its third annual ‘Pops in the Park’ event, with a musical tribute to legendary film score composer, John Williams.
This will be the first performance of the recently-hired conductor of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Dragon, as he directs an incredible array of musicians to honor one of the greatest modern composers of this day and age.
Per the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page: “The WSO is back with the third annual Pops in the Park summer concert featuring the esteemed compositions of John Williams. Christopher Dragon will conduct in his debut as music director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Join us Saturday, August 24th at the Washington Park band shell for this family-friendly concert event.
The gates will open at 5:00, so guests can arrive early and picnic in the park. Music will begin at 7:30. We encourage guests to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and any other supplies needed to sit back and enjoy the evening comfortably. There will not be chairs readily available at the event.
Outside food is welcome, though there will be several local vendors with goodies onsite. You can even bring your own adult beverages with the exception of glass bottles — no glass containers whatsoever will be allowed inside of the park. Please leave dogs and other pets at home.
Shuttles will run to and from the Beverly Shopping Center throughout the night. For those who are able, we recommend walking, jogging, biking, pogo-sticking, roller blading, unicycling, leapfrogging, or shuttling to the event. Call the office at 266-1478 for information regarding wheelchair accessible and handicap parking for the event.”
While this concert won’t be taking place inside of The District Boundaries, it’s still an event that is more than worth going to. We’re proud to have the WSO as one of The District’s featured businesses, and you better believe we’ll find ourselves at Washington Park on August 24th.
Tickets are $18 for General Admission and $55 for a family pass. This event is free for children 10 and under.
For more information, visit the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page, or call 307-266-1478.
August 24th at 7:30pm
Mural Will Honor Legacy of Reverend James Reeb
The Table Hosts Mural Reveal and Discussion at The Lyric
“We are going to have to take upon ourselves a continuing and disciplined effort with no real hope that in our lifetime we are going to be able to take a vacation from the struggle for justice.” – Rev. James Reeb, final sermon at All Souls UU in DC, 1965.
The Table is proud to partner with The Lyric, the Casper Mural Project and The Wyoming Humanities organization to host a mural reveal and a lively discussion, focusing on the life and legacy of Reverend James Reeb, a prolific Civil Rights activist during our nation’s most pivotal years.
The mural, created by local artist Tony Elmore will honor Rev. Reeb and it was created to “inspire empathy and compassion as the greatest human power.”
The event will take place on Wednesday, August 28th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at The Lyric.
Per The Table’s official Facebook Page:
The evening’s activities include:
** 5:30pm: Public Reveal & Celebration
East-facing wall of 225 S. David Street
** 6pm: Reception inside The Lyric
230 W. Yellowstone HWY
** 6:30pm: Storytelling & Panel Discussion
* Investigative Journalists & co-hosts of NPR’s White Lies Podcast, Chip Brantely and Andrew Beck Grace
* Members of the Reeb family
* Ammon Medina, Wyoming author & human empathizer
What lessons from the death of Rev. James Reeb in Selma, AL in 1965 apply to Wyomingites in 2019?
Rev. James Reeb was murdered by segregationists is Selma, AL in 1965. He had responded to the call of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for allies to join civil rights workers in marching from Selma to Montgomery.
Then, as now, race relationships in America cause divisions of life and death proportions. Rev. Reeb was deeply shaped by his growing up in Casper, WY. He chose to have his ashes spread in the Shirley Basin. Wyoming cannot escape its own history of division between races and ethnic identities.
Rev. Reeb’s life and legacy is one of compassion – an ever increasing capacity for neighboring those around him. Instead of seeing fellow citizens as “other” Rev. Reeb sought to understand each person as a fellow human, with needs, loves and dreams. It was this spirit of curiosity that lead to a greater capacity for seeking justice for self and all those around him. He understood the depth to which Dr. King’s civil rights leadership and work sought lasting peace:
‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
‘True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.’
In this panel discussion we will explore how injustices in Wyoming then & now lead us to seek the presence of justice for ourselves and our neighbors.
This is going to be a powerful evening, full of incredible stories and memories of a man who fought for the very same things that we are still fighting for today. The battle will never be over, and it’s up to each and every one of us to join hands in the struggle. This event is a chance to do just that.
For more information, visit The Lyric Facebook Page.
August 28th at 5:30pm
K & L Ad
But Keep Your Floaties At Home
Pool Party At Yellowstone Garage
It’s time to polish your cue, because Yellowstone Garage has just added a pool table to their decorum. Bring friends your friends and family to Yellowstone Garage…and then take all their money. Luckily, Yellowstone Garage will NOT take all of YOUR money, as they have specials all day/every day. Happy Hour is from 3pm-6pm and offers ½ priced pints and wine, $2 off liquor, $2 off wings, $1 off various other apps and more.
Every Day at 3PM
The Science Zone
Develop Skills, Cultivate Interests
Mon - Fri
Discovery Zone Invites Students to Their Design Team
The Science Zone is offering the chance for all middle school students to join their Design Team, developing real-life skills that will follow them through high school, college and beyond. Design Team classes take place every day, Monday-Friday, from 3:15-5:15pm. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Design Team works on projects that utilize skills such as computer programming, animal husbandry (whatever that is), robotics, gardening and more! Wednesdays and Thursdays are volunteer days, which allow students the opportunity to serve, developing workforce skills while helping at The Science Zone itself or on field trips. Friday activities are planned and directed by the students themselves, teaching them leadership skills along the way!
The program is available every day for students, but they are NOT required to be there every day. This is just a chance for students to cultivate their own interests and develop skills that will be useful in the coming years.
This is a free class for students in 6th-8th grade, and it meets every day at The Science Zone. Bussing is available. For more information, call 307-473-9663.
Mon - Fri at 3:15PM
Mondays Just Got A Whole Lot Better
Wine Tasting at The Office
Every Monday this year, The Office Bar and Grill will be presenting a wine tasting from 6:00pm-9:00 pm. For just $5, you can sample a variety of different wines, while you have them explained to you by a very knowledgeable sommelier. The Office will be selling every bottle that they sample so make sure you stop by for one of the classiest ways to get drunk. Just remember to do it responsibly.
Every Monday at 6PM
Come test your bag throwing skills.
Indoor Cornhole Tournament
INDOOR CORNHOLE TOURNY
Bracketing 6:30pm. Competition 7pm
$20 Per Team (All Cash Returned)
Every Monday at 6:30PM
The Office Bar & Grill
It’s Bingo with a Twist
S-I-N-G-O B-I-N-G-O at The Office
What goes together better than music, cocktails and Bingo? Nothing. Nothing goes together better. The folks at The Office Bar & Grill know this, which is why they have created Singo Bingo.
Per their Facebook page: “Singo is a new and exciting musical spin on the traditional game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, players are listening to their favorite music. You get a Singo card with the song titles and mark them off as you hear them being played. We will have three games. You use the same card for all three games. The first game is a straight Bingo. The second is a double straight Bingo. The final game is a Blackout. Prizes and giveaways.”
Listen, there was a farmer had a dog. It doesn’t matter what his name was because the farmer was at The Office every Tuesday night, playing Singo.
Every Tuesday at 6:45 PM
$1 Pints Every Tuesday at Yellowstone Garage
A wise philosopher named Homer Simpson once said that “beer is both the cause of and solution to all of my problems.” Same, dude. Luckily for us, the Yellowstone Garage is offering $1 Pints every Tuesday! That’s right, friends. It’ll only cost you $1 a piece for all domestic pints. While we. At The District, support responsible drinking and would never promote excess…we’s gonna get silly ya’ll! Stop by Yellowstone Garage every Tuesday from open-close for $1 pints.
Every Tuesday at 11AM
Because Tuesdays are the New Friday
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Celebrate ‘Ladies Night’ at Urban Bottle
Well, it’s ladies night and the mood is right. This is because Urban Bottle is offering ladies a heck of a deal every other Tuesday. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, Urban Bottle invites ladies of all ages (as long as said ages are over 21) to check out their store. They are offering $1 off any beer or wine on tap and they are also offering 10% off ANY bottle of wine. This is the perfect chance to have a “girl’s night” on a night that definitely calls for some wine. Tuesdays are the worst days, but Urban Bottle is trying to make them a little better, at least for the ladies. Check em out every other Tuesday!
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 4 PM
A New Kind of Open Mic
Every 2nd Wednesday
Racca’s Royale Every 2nd Wednesday
Racca’s slogan is “Pizza Fired by Passion,” but that passion extends far beyond mere ingredients. Racca’s has a passion for art, regardless of what type of art it may be. That is why it has teamed up with the Casper Writer’s Guild to present “Racca’s Royale,” an open mic night every third Wednesday at 7:30pm. This is the chance for local artists, musicians, comedians, poets and more to get behind a mic, get in front of an audience and show their passion to the world…or, at least, to hungry patrons. It is free to enter and it is a weekly event, so brush off the guitar, write a new Haiku and get to Racca’s for their open mic night. We’ll see (and hear) you there!
Every 2nd Wednesday at 7:30PM
Metro Coffee Co.
Express Yourself, Darlings
Metro Hosts Singer/SongWriter Open Mic For Casper Musicians
If you have ever wanted to “sing for the moment,” now is your chance. Metro Coffee Co. is hosting a Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Night for local Casper artists who have a song to sing and a story to tell. This is free for all who wish to express themselves. They have the sound board and the speakers and the microphones, all you need to bring is your instrument, your heart and your desire to wow an audience. This Jam Sesh will take place on Friday, April 20th at 7pm and it is sure to produce a crowd. So if you’re tired of only playing your songs for your cat in your basement, come play at Metro. You never know who could be watching…
Every Friday at 7PM
The Gaslight Social
DJ Dance Party Every Friday at Gaslight
Dance Like Nobody Is Watching
As if you needed any more of a reason to frequent the Gaslight Social, they have now announced that there will be a DJ Dance Party EVERY WEEK! Yes, boys and girls, you can now get your dance on every Friday. Dust off the leather pants and silk shirts, because it’s time to dance! Okay, full disclosure: we don’t know what people actually wear to DJ Dance Parties. But it seems like it would be leather pants and silk shirts. *Shruggy Guy Emoji*
Gaslight now has a 6×10 ft television screen, which they fully plan on utilizing during said dance party. With state-of-the-art sound and lights, as well as various extremely talented DJ’s, Fridays have now gotten even more “off the hook.” Okay, full disclosure: we don’t know if people still say “off the hook.” If they don’t, they should. They should also go to the Gaslight Social every Friday night for their (no cover charge) DJ Dance Party.
Every Friday at 8 PM
Karaoke @ The Office>Karaoke @ Your Office
Don’t miss Karaoke at the office every weekend.
The Office Bar and Grill is a Casper landmark. The former Karen and Jim’s Restaurant has transformed itself into The Office, a place where the drinks are cold, the food is great and overtime is encouraged.
Join them every Friday and Saturday Night as The Office becomes your own personal stage. From 9pm-2am, they bring in the best Karaoke DJ’s in town so that you can channel your inner-Justin Bieber. They’ve got daily drink and food specials as well, so make sure to sing out your heart and fill up your belly every weekend at The Office.
Every Weekend at 9PM
Every Bottle on the List
Enjoy ½ Off Bottles of Wine Every Tuesday
If you didn’t know already, every Tuesday Racca’s Pizzeria offers ½ bottles of any wine on their menu. This goes for whites, reds, roses and more. Whether you’re dying for a dry red and chomping at the bit for a chardonnay, Racca’s has you covered. Pair any wine with their delicious assortment of pizzas, pastas, chicken dishes and more and you have all the makings of a romantic Italian dinner on the most boring day of the week! This is your chance to take back Tuesdays, and you can do it at Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana.
Every Tuesday at All Day