New Castle is home to special events throughout the year. Many of these one-time events are sponsored by community organizations or by the town. We also have a series of annual events:

Fourth of July Apple Tree Community Celebration

The Freedom Celebration is held on July 4th at Apple Tree Community. Come and enjoy music, kid’s games, lots of food, and fireworks starting at 9:30 pm.

Hogback Hustle

New Castle’s annual race is part of the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series in early July. The race makes its way through New Castle Streets and ends with a breakfast hosted by the Lions Club.


Burning Mountain Festival

The Burning Mountain Festival has been a New Castle tradition since 1973. Originally sponsored by the New Castle Branch Library, the Festival was adopted by the Chamber of Commerce with support from the Town. The Festival is now sponsored be the Town with the help of generous volunteers.

The Burning Mountain Festival is New Castle’s signature event. Taking place over two days in early September, the Festival celebrates the Town’s mining history and is named for our iconic mountain in which a coal seam still burns.

The festival includes a parade, musical performances in Burning Mountain Park, craft and food vendors, pancake breakfast, classic car show, kid’s carnival and new special activities each year.

The Burning Mountain Festival is a small town’s celebration of summer, friends, family and tradition. Neighbors from near and far are encouraged to join us.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Bring the family and join us for our Annual New Castle Lions Club Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Saturday, November 18th at 5:00 pm, at the New Castle Community Center. Bring a side dish or dessert, and table service if you like (optional). Donations of nonperishable food items for Lift-Up are welcome. The dinner is free.

Tree Lighting and Chili Cook-off, Friday, December 1st and Chamber of Commerce Holiday Vendor Show, Saturday, December 2nd

Join us Friday, December 1st, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, as the town gathers in Burning Mountain Park for our Annual Chili Cook-Off and Holiday Tree Lighting. Bring your family and friends to judge an amazing variety of chilies.

On Saturday, December 2nd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the New Castle Chamber of Commerce will have their Holiday Vendor Show at the Community Center.

Founders Day Celebration

In February enjoy stories of New Castle’s past along with an Old-Fashioned Potluck lunch with foods that were popular in the 1880’s.

Garfield County Law Enforcement Special Olympic Torch Run

Celebration of Many Cultures Community BBQ and Potluck

In June the Town of New Castle and Chamber of Commerce host a Community BBQ and Potluck in Burning Mountain Park. Come and enjoy bingo, live music, face painting and balloons for the kids. It is a fun event where you can meet someone new from the New Castle community.



Photograph courtesy of: Bruce Leland

Other events

The New Castle Branch Library

Hosts multiple events for kids, teens and adults every week throughout the year.

New Castle Recreation

Not only offers team sports, but also hosts tournaments. For a complete listing of what is offered go to www.newcastlerec.com.

School Activities

Coal Ridge High School, Riverside Middle School, Elk Creek Elementary and Kathryn Senor Elementary invite spectators to a wide range of sports activities, as well as musical and dramatic performances, and their own series of special events.