Kingdom Days

 

 

Kingdom Days: June 14th & 15th, 2014

Sat, 06/14/2014 to Sun, 06/15/2014

Breckenridge kicks off summer with free heritage celebration that honors Breck’s mining past with Outhouse Races and more; the National Repertory Orchestra performs an opening night concert; the Breckenridge Fun Park officially opens for summer and the gondola begins full-time summer operations. See the schedule for the full lineup of fun.

Join us in reinventing Breckenridge’s colorful past during the seventh annual Kingdom Days. Celebrate over 150 years of Breckenridge’s diverse history with mining, exploration and adventure. Founded in 1859, Breckenridge was inadvertently excluded from some copies of the U.S. maps, becoming known as "Colorado's Kingdom" until 1936 when it finally became incorporated. For an entire weekend, this real town turns upside down to pay tribute to gold fields and mining, exploration and adventure, brothels and saloons, booms and busts.

  

During Kingdom Days, the streets line-up with eager spectators cheering on competitors in Outhouse Races, a wildly popular event that is fast becoming a big tradition in Breck. Teams come together to push and pull their outhouses of various themes and materials across the finish line. Colorado blue skies, smooth pavement, a little creativity and spirited racing partners fuel this quirky event that will bring thrills for years to come. So wash away your inhibitions, grab your friends and try for a seat on the Gold Throne, the Silver Moon or the Bronze Bucket. What better way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Leading up to the wildly popular outhouse races, Kingdom Days weekend brings an abundance of things to do throughout the weekend. Let loose at a town party, take a historic hike to a variety of mining relics and a glimpse into our past, get cultural insight at our museums and galleries, take in some live music and try your hand at gold panning. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel like mountain royalty during this one-of-a-kind weekend festival.

See the articles below for the "Breck Connection" blog to get a locals insider view of what Kingdom Days are all about:

Breck 2014 Summer Kickoff Preview

Outhouse Races Photos and Video

Breckenridge Outhouse Races
The running of the 8th Annual Outhouse races. In celebration of the zany character of Breckenridge and the hardships faced by our forefathers, Breckenridge hosts an event that combines a glimpse of our past in the spirit of today. There will be prizes for first, second and third places as well as the People’s Choice Outhouse Award plus entertainment and kids games in between races from Paul Borrillo.

Where: S Main Street 100 & 200 Block)
Sunday, June 15th 2:00 p.m.

People's Choice Voting at 1:00 p.m.

Annual Sidewalk Sale
June 13th - 15th

Come join us and be treated like royalty on Main Street Breckenridge!

Barney Ford Victorian Home Tour
Visit the home of Barney L. Ford: escaped slave, prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights leader.  Learn about Aunt Clara Brown, considered one of Colorado’s great pioneers, while this temporary exhibit is on display. (Available for private parties.)  Enjoy old time treats during your visit to the Barney Ford Home on Saturday.
where:  111 East Washington Avenue, Breckenridge
time:  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767          breckheritage.com
 
Edwin Carter Discovery Center
Take an interactive journey into the life of Breckenridge’s famous log cabin naturalist, Professor Edwin Carter.  Great for kids!  Featured are a theatre and interactive learning center where children can try hands-on activities related to Carter’s work. (Available for private parties.)  Join us on Sunday at noon for a birthday celebration in honor of Mr. Carter complete with birthday cake and music!
where:  111 North Ridge Street, Breckenridge
time:  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767         breckheritage.com
 
High Line Railroad Park
Visit Engine No. 9, a narrow-gauge locomotive that served Breckenridge for more than 50 years.  See a rotary snowplow and learn about Breckenridge’s railroad history in the park museum.
where:  189 Boreas Pass Road (next to the Ice Rink), Breckenridge
time:  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767          breckheritage.com
 
Summit Ski Exhibit 
This exhibit celebrates Breckenridge as the first ski town in Colorado and highlights the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County.  Included in the exhibit are items on display from the 10th Mountain Division. 
where:  308-B South Main Street, Breckenridge
time:  11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767          breckheritage.com
 
Tombstone Tales at Twilight
Hear the tales of Breckenridge’s past from beyond the grave.  Stroll through the cemetery and hear the many fascinating stories of Breckenridge’s first inhabitants.
where:  Valley Brook Cemetery, 905 Airport Road, Breckenridge
time:  5:30pm, Friday and Sunday (Reservations required by 3:30pm/24 hour cancellation required)
cost:  $15/adults, $10/kids (Ages 4-12)
info:  970-453-9767         breckheritage.com
 
Breckenridge World Market
The Breckenridge Sunday World Market boasts 40+vendors from around the world sharing their handmade crafts and exotic goods as well as three farms.
Where: Main Street Station, 505 South Main Street
When: Sunday, June 15th 9:00a.m. -2:00p.m.
 
Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
Taste the spirits of the Breckenridge Distillery and learn about the historic saloons of Breckenridge.  Tour includes Distillery tasting when available.
where:  The Welcome Center, 203 South Main Street, Breckenridge
time:  5pm, Friday (Reservations required by 4pm/24 hour cancellation required)
cost : $15/adults (Must be over 21 years of age)
info:  970-453-9767       breckheritage.com
 
Historic Walking Tour 
Take a tour through Breckenridge’s Nationally Recognized Historic District.   Hear stories of the gold seekers, rough individuals and other hardy souls who lived in Breckenridge over 100 years ago. 
where:  The Welcome Center, 203 South Main Street, Breckenridge
time:  11am & 1:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday (Reservations not required) - (Free during Kingdom Days only)
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767        breckheritage.com
 
Haunted Tour of Breckenridge
The most popular tour offered – a late evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district.  Along the way, the eerie stories from Breckenridge’s rough and raw past will be told but remain unexplained.  
where:  The Welcome Center, 203 South Main Street, Breckenridge
time:  Saturday 7:30pm (Reservations required by 5pm/24 hour cancellation required)
cost:  $15/adults, $10/kids (Ages 4-12)
info:  970-453-9767       breckheritage.com
 
Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch
where:  301 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge
time:  11am – 3pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Reservations not required)
cost:  Free (during Kingdom Days only), donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767         breckheritage.com
 
Preston Ghost Town and Gold Mine Hike 
Over 130 years ago Preston was a bustling town of about 150 citizens but now only the ghostly remains of the building reside here.  Learn the history of the town and many of the rich mines in the area on a guided hike.  
where:  Visit the website or call for directions, Breckenridge
time:  10am, Friday(Reservations required by 8pm on Thursday/24 hour cancellation required)
cost:  $30 adult/$20 child (age 4-12) and includes lunch
info:  970-453-9767        breckheritage.com
 
Washington Gold & Silver Mine Tour 
Take a journey back in time to Breckenridge’s hard-rock mining era.  Walk underground for a first-hand mining experience and learn to gold pan on site.  Great for kids!  Free gold pan included with tour! (Available for private parties.) 
where: 465 Illinois Gulch Road, Breckenridge
time:  11am & 1:30pm, Friday (Reservations required/24 hour cancellation required)
cost:  Free, donations gratefully accepted
info:  970-453-9767        breckheritage.com
 
Free Photo Booth
Turn back the clock with a free photo taken in the photo booth.  The photo booth is equipped with a Green Screen that will portray backgrounds of historic Breckenridge back in the old days.
Where: Blue River Plaza outside of the Welcome Center at 211S. Main St. in Breckenridge
Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 
Free Old West Burro Rides 
Enjoy Red Tail the Mountain Man’s old west children’s burro rides and story telling.
Where: Near Blue River Plaza 
June 14th and 15th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Gold Panning
Get expert instruction and see demonstrations by the Gold Prospectors of Colorado.  Keep an eye out for anything shiny because there is real Gold in the boxes and you can keep what you find!
Where: Blue River Plaza on Main Street 
Saturday, June 15th & Sunday, June 16th 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Free Face Painting

Free face painting and Zorb Balls. Fun for all ages
Sunday, June 15th 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 
Free Kids Train Rides
Around the Blue River Plaza and River Walk, there will be Free Kids Train Rides as an ode to the historical impact the railroad had on Breckenridge.  
Where: Around Blue River Plaza (Exact location TBD)
When: June 14th from 11:00am - 3:00pm and June 15th from 11:00am - 2:00pm
 
Edwin Carter Birthday Celebration
Come celebrate the Birthday of Edwin Carter. Birthday cake will be served.
More Info: 970.453.9767
Where: On the lawn at the Edwin Carter Museum, 111 N. Ridge Street 
Sunday, June 15th 12:00 p.m.
 
National Repertory Orchestra Opening Night
Celebrate the opening night of the National Repertory Orchestra performance of "Welcome to the New World. For tickets, call Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970)547.3100
Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Avenue
When: Saturday, June 14th 7:30 p.m. – Fees Apply
 
Outhouse Races People’s Choice Voting Vote for your favorite theme/decorated outhouse entry.
Where: 100 Block of South Main Street
Sunday, June 15th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 
Free Concert
Before we kick off the 7th Annual Outhouse Races, we will get the party started with a free concert performed by the Pine Beatles
Where:  In front of the Blue River Plaza on Main St.
When: from 12:00pm - 2:00pm on Sunday, June 15th. 

Make and Take Art Project
At the Fuqua Livery Stables
Saturday, June 14 12-3pm
Use your artistic talent to paint a Parasol for girls and boys can paint wooden lizards.
 

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