Events | Schweiger Ranch
Schweiger Ranch provides diverse, recreational and education opportunities to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area's cultural and natural heritage through displays, demonstrations, interpretive programs and special events for the greater community.
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Upcoming Events

 

All events are free to the public, unless otherwise noted in the event details.

Registration is required for some events and is noted in the event details.

 

The primary activities of events are outdoors. As such, events may be modified or cancelled due to inclement weather or poor walking conditions.

We are working to create an amazing year of educational and family-fun programs for our community and surrounding neighbors.  Please continue to check back as we finalize dates and add events.

Campfire Series Events 

Enjoy an evening under the summer stars with s’mores and educational entertainment from historical portrayals, musicians, story tellers and more.

Upcoming Dates:

June 21st, 6:30-7:30 pm | Annie Oakley

August 16th, 6:30-8:00 pm | Ranger Trey

September 20th, 6:00-7:30 pm | Leon Littlebird

Details and registration information coming soon.

Guided Public Tours 

Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.

Upcoming Dates:

June 15th, 10:00-11:30 am

July 20th, 10:00-11:30 am

August 17th, 10:00-11:30 am

September 21st, 10:00-11:30 am

Details and registration information coming soon.

Nature Walks

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise. 

Upcoming Dates:

May 30th, 8:00-9:30 am | Birds

June 14th, 8:30-10:00 am | Native Plant Families

July 18th,  8:30-10:00 am | Natural Heritage of Native Americans

August 17th, 8:30-10:00 am | Nature Bingo

September 17th, 6:30-8:00 pm | Harvest Moon

Additional details and registration information coming soon.

Open Day & Self Guided Tours

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings, April through November on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 12:00 – 4:00pm.

Upcoming Dates:

April 20th

May 18th

June 15th

Lone Tree Fall Festival | October

Celebrate the Fall in Lone Tree as historic Schweiger Ranch plays host to the annual Fall Festival, presented by the City of Lone Tree and the Schweiger Ranch Foundation.  This Fall Festival is unlike any other and is sure to have a little something for everyone!

 

Details coming in Summer 2024

Schweiger Ranch Austrian Christmas | December 7th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schweiger Ranch presents its 8th annual Austrian Christmas event on Saturday, December 7th to celebrate the Austrian and German heritage of the Schweiger family.  There will be holiday fun for the whole family.

 

Details coming Fall 2024 | For Market Vendor booth information, please click here.

Schweiger Ranch Holiday Display of Lights

Enjoy the display of holiday lights on the historic Austrian homestead from November 28th through Stock Show.  The lights can be viewed from the warmth and comfort of your car from the parking lot and along Havana street.  If you’re up for a winter evening walk, get a closer view by using the East West Trail.  Please note the Ranch complex will be closed and entrance within the gates is not permitted.

2023 Events

Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Markt | December 2nd: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Schweiger Ranch is presenting its annual Austrian Christmas and Christkindl Markt on Saturday, December 2nd to celebrate the Austrian and German heritage of the Schweiger family.  There will be holiday fun for the whole family.

 

For 2024 Christkindl Markt Vendor booth information, please click here.

Open Day | November 18th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Open Day | October  (moved to October 8)

The October 21st Open Day has been moved to earlier in the month to coincide with the Lone Tree Fall Festival held on Sunday, October 8th.  See above for Fall Festival information.  Open Day for self-guided tours will begin at the conclusion of the Fall Festival and is available from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Lone Tree Fall Festival | October 8th: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate the Fall in Lone Tree as historic Schweiger Ranch plays host to the annual Fall Festival, presented by the City of Lone Tree and the Schweiger Ranch Foundation.  This Fall Festival is unlike any other and is sure to have a little something for everyone!

 

Enjoy a beautiful day on the ranch with the family picking pumpkins, roasting marshmallows and story telling, checking out the petting zoo, crafting, taking a carriage ride, and learning the history behind Schweiger Ranch. Live bluegrass music, food trucks and vendors will also be onsite.

Lone Tree Craftoberfest | October 7th:  1:00 – 5:00 pm

The City of Lone Tree is bringing their annual Craftoberfest to Schweiger Ranch. Sample from Colorado breweries fall line-up of beers along with some of their tried and-true favorites. Enjoy the energetic and diverse sounds from Polka Folka, bringing you a mix of traditional and pop oompah music.  Followed by Brandywine and the Mighty Fines, bringing some honky-tonk bluegrass that will complement the craft brews we will be serving up!

 

Nosh on some German cuisine or American favorites from the food trucks. Throw a game of bags, compete in the stein hoisting competition, or do a little polka. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy at this event.

Nature Walk: Urban Coyotes | September 23rd:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise. Join us to learn about the coyotes and other animals that call Schweiger Ranch home and how they impact ranching activities as well as how humans impact them.

Open Day | September 16th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Guided Public Tour | September 9th: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.

Nature Walk: Blue Moon & Bats | August 30th:  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise.

Campfire Series: Ranger Trey | August 19th: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join Schweiger Ranch and Pam’s EcoAdventures for an hour of fun activities programmed for kids but fun for the whole family! Learn what life was like for children growing up on the homestead in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Parents or guardians must be present with kids. This event will be held outdoors and may be modified or cancelled due to severe weather. Should the event be cancelled, notifications will be sent to the email used to register for the event.

Open Day | August 19th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Guided Public Tour | August 19th: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.

Archeology Day | July 19th:  9:00 – 11:30 am

Join Schweiger Ranch and Community Connections as we explore the history and archaeology at Schweiger Ranch! This is a free event for parents and children to learn about the history of the Schweiger family and how achaeology can be used to learn about what people were doing in the past!

There will be timed entries to allow groups to journey through three stations. Start with the History of Schweiger Ranch, next travel to the artifacts station to see the artifacts found on the ranch and end at the station where kids can participate in a mock dig. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Schweiger Ranch goats and chickens!

Campfire Series: The Story Behind & Beyond “The Sound of Music” | July 15th: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Step back in time to meet the funny, lively and unforgettable Maria von Trapp, portrayed by Elsa Wolff.  Matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria von Trapp was a woman of passionate faith and uncompromising determination.  From orphan to Baroness, she led her family from being refugees to an internationally known singing group.  Sharing memories from pre-WWII Austria to the 1965 release of The Sound of Music, learn the story of the Trapp Family and their journey to a new home in America.  Maria may even grace us with a few songs.  There will be time for Questions & Answers.

This event will be held outdoors and may be modified or cancelled due to severe weather. Should the event be cancelled, notifications will be sent to the email used to register for the event.

Open Day | July 15th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Guided Public Tour | July 15th: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.

Nature Walk: Geology of the Region | July 15th:  8:30 – 10:00 am

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise. On this hike, discover the geology of the region and surrounding area of Schweiger Ranch while tying into modern day land use.

Campfire Series: The McDaileys | June 17th: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a fireside performance as Cinnamon Sue and Wrangler Willie return to Schweiger Ranch and take us back in time to explore American history, western expansion, and culture through song. Songs, images and writings, give us a sense of how the west advanced and culture evolved as songwriters express values and cultural view from their particular era offering a window into the past. 

Open Day | June 17th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Guided Public Tour | June 17th: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.

Nature Walk: Birds | June 17th:  7:30 – 9:00 am

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise. From owls to eagles, hummingbirds to sparrows, get up early and explore the various birds that call Schweiger Ranch home! Join us to see and hear the early morning cheery birds of spring.

Open Day | May 20th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Nature Walk: Spring Wildflowers | May 20th: 9:00 – 11:00 am

Schweiger Ranch has teamed up with South Suburban Parks & Recreation District to provide free, guided walking tours led by professional naturalists from SSPRD. These tours offer insight and education into the natural environment on and around Schweiger Ranch, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise.  Shrubs and flowers are enticing pollinators with their finest show.  Join us as we savor the blooming beauties.

Open Day | April 15th: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Explore the rich history and beauty of Schweiger Ranch with a self-guided tour of the historic property and outbuildings.

Schweiger Ranch is available for school tours and educational events. For more information about scheduling an event, please send an email to info@schweigerranch.org or call 303.790.0557.  To learn about volunteer opportunities, click here.