Casper is the second-largest city in Wyoming, but it maintains a small-town atmosphere and enduring cowboy culture. Its setting at the foot of Casper Mountain, along the banks of the North Platte River, makes the city an enticing playground for outdoor recreation. However, visitors and locals enjoy diverse entertainment options year-round. From local theater troupe performances to large-scale festivals and concerts by world-famous musicians, Casper's live events calendar offers entertainment for everyone.
Casper's performing arts scene features regular performances by the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, which mostly take place at the John F. Welsh Auditorium at Natrona County High School, and two notable theatrical companies. The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance presents its stage shows at the on-campus Gertrude Krampert Theatre, while Stage III Community Theatre offers six annual main-stage productions at its own theater-in-the-round. In summer, Casper's City Band puts on free concerts in Washington Park.
Reflecting its heritage, Casper hosts two big rodeos every year. The College National Finals Rodeo occurs over a week in June, while in July, the multi-day Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo takes place in the Casper's Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. In addition to incredible displays of bull riding, barrel racing and roping, the Rodeo also features the largest carnival in the state.
The Central Wyoming Fairgrounds presents a wide variety of events year-round, including horse shows, fairs, horse races and monster truck shows. However, the city's major venue for large-scale shows, including the Broadway in Casper series, concerts by big-name acts, sporting events, dance productions, festivals and expos, is the Casper Events Center.
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