Things to do in Casper Wy in the Fall

The city of Casper, Wyoming, attracts residents and visitors alike with a wide variety of activities, festivals, and events. Whether you enjoy nature, love music and theater, are an art or history buff, or like sports, Casper has something to offer you. Especially in fall, a variety of festivals and special events invites visitors to linger.

Nature lovers can choose from a variety of activities. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the North Platte River is a very popular pastime. The sagebrush plains surrounding the city invite exploration. Hunters can hunt big game, pheasant, and duck. Hiking or biking along the trails of several nature parks, including Casper Mountain County Park and Beartrap Meadow County Park, are also very popular. Both parks are located approximately half an hour south of the city. Casper Mountain also includes four campgrounds, an archery range, a hiking trail designed especially for the blind, a waterfall, and a museum.

Sports fans can find golf courses, tennis courts, and various athletic fields throughout the city. The Casper Ghosts, the city’s minor-league baseball team, plays its home games on Mike Lansing Field. The Mixed Martial Arts Kick Down tournament begins in April and lasts through November. Fights are scheduled for one Saturday each in April, May, July, October, and November. Another important sports event to look forward to is the State High School Volleyball Tournament at the end of October.

If music is your passion, you can find a wide variety of offerings a full music styles. Artcore periodically introduces listeners to music from cultures around the world. The Casper Events Center presents concerts spanning musical tastes from country to classical music. The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Casper Chamber Music Society hold concerts regularly. Rock, jazz, and other music styles are represented through concerts taking place in different venues. A special treat is the State High School Marching Band Competition held in October. The best marching bands from all over Wyoming put their best foot forward in the hopes of earning a spot in the national competition.

Three major art exhibits are scheduled in Casper in the fall: the Annual Art Along the Parkway Show and Sale and the Bad Art exhibit in October, and the November Art Show & Sale. Art Along the Parkway is presented by the Platte River Parkway Trust and the Corridor Art Gallery in mid-October. Prizes are awarded in various categories, including a solo show at the Corridor Gallery. The auction style sale benefits the Platte River Parkway Trust nonprofit organization which receives 40% of the sale price. The remaining 60% go to the artist. The November Art Show and Sale is a three-day event held at the Nicolaysen Art Museum featuring in excess of fifty regional artists. The most unusual and fun arts event of the year is the Bad Art exhibit put on by the Corridor Art Gallery. Participants submit original works of art they have purchased or received as gifts. Visitors can then vote for artwork to be kept or destroyed, and bid on the pieces in a silent auction. The gallery staff later destroys the doomed pieces of art in a variety of creative ways. A video of the slaughter is made available to the public. The submitter of the worst piece of art receives the prize.

Literature and theater are also well represented in Casper. The Annual Casper College and Artcore Literary Conference takes place on the third weekend in September. The annual Bookfest and Feast, presented by Raising Readers in Wyoming, takes place at Dean Morgan Junior High School towards the end of September. Stage III and the Casper Events Center are the venues for theatrical productions and movie showings.

If you are interested in history, Painted Past Productions brings you the Annual Highland Cemetery Tour around Halloween. This fundraising event is an unusual way to learn about local history. Another event of interest is the Wild West Photo Fest, an annual statewide photo contest presented by the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in October in downtown Casper. The first weekend in November is reserved for a Tribute to the Great American Cowboy, featuring an art show, a rodeo, and a concert. Living history tours and museum visits are also excellent choices for history buffs.

Fundraisers held during the fall include Wine with a View at the beginning of October. Wine with a View is put on by the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation to benefit the foundation’s Angels Cancer Care and Safe Kids of Central Wyoming programs at the beginning of November. Participants taste and learn about fine wines. Dancing with the Stars of Casper is a November event benefiting the Mercer Family Resource Center. The Stories of Light Gala is a dinner and auction event brought to Casper by the Make a Wish Foundation in November. During the event children share their wish stories. The Casper Recreation Center’s Annual Craft Festival also takes place in November. Proceeds go to the center’s Recreational Scholarship Program.

Other events of interest include the Wyoming Women’s Expo held at the Casper Events Center during the last weekend of September. This event includes various events centered around women’s topics. The Downtown Casper Christmas Parade is brought to you by downtown Casper merchants on Thanksgiving weekend. In mid-December, the Wyoming Business Report holds its annual Central Wyoming Economic Forecast Luncheon. During this event the public is updated on various economic topics of interest to the area.

No matter what your interests may be, you will be able to find something to do in Casper in the fall. If you are on a budget, you will find that many of the events are either free or reasonably priced.