Upcoming Opportunities

 

2018 Upcoming Opportunities

Anyone can travel with The Wayfaring Band! Our trips are open to adult travelers who experience cognitive and developmental differences, as well as neurotypical leadership fellows. All members of the band have access to the same experiences on tour: adventurous activities, recreation and relaxation with friends, and a chance to increase life and leadership skills by participating in our vigorous social leadership program. No matter your desire for exploration, growth, and transformation, The Wayfaring Band has an adventure in store for you. Be a part of it!

 

Most of our tours welcome 10-12 travelers to the band. Those travelers join five trained staff members (or “roadies”), and one artist-in-residence for an inclusive, transformative adventure. All trips fill on a first-come, first-served basis. When trips fill, we will create a waitlist. Email us to register!

 

MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS – FULL

Join the band as we venture to the Big Easy for one of the most (in)famous celebrations of all time. Mardi Gras season is rich in revelry and steeped in the culture of New Orleans, and we can hardly wait to collect beaded necklaces, admire the parade floats, and tap our toes to the beat of the second line. We’ll be in town on the early side of Mardi Gras when the locals are celebrating, so there will be plenty of opportunities to eat beignets, sip Café Dumond coffee, chow down on shrimp po’boys, and wander the French Quarter before the crowds take over the city. We will be staying in private housing in the Garden District away from the insanity of Bourbon Street and just a block off the parade route, but nevertheless this tour is recommended for travelers who don’t mind crowds and a high level of stimulus. Come on down to the Crescent City, and laissez les bons temps rouler!

February 3-9, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights

$3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – FULL

If the state of our union has you feeling pensive, perhaps it’s time for a trip to our nation’s capital to dive more deeply into civil discourse and our country’s history. This spring break the band will journey to Washington, D.C., where we’ll tour national monuments, visit the major museums, and – of course – exercise our freedom of speech and right to peacefully assemble on the National Mall. We’ll meet with representatives to learn more about the importance of the Disability Integration Act, and we’ll research the history of the ADA and the role of ADAPT in steering legislation. Together, we’ll educate ourselves about both American and disability history so we can become more effective self-advocates and allies. Nothing about us without us! This tour is wheelchair-accessible.

March 25-29, 2018 | 5 days / 4 nights

$3400 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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THE ROCKABILLY ROADHOUSERockabilly Roadhouse

This family-friendly event features an evening of social dancing, including performances by champion swing and jive dancers. Dress in your rockabilly best and plan to shimmy and shake, sample food and drink, style your hair at the beauty parlor and barber shop, peruse our bustling silent auction, or even get inked up with a permanent tattoo from our friends at All Sacred Tattoo Studio. Hosted at the historic Forney Transportation Museum, our event is smack dab in the middle of the show floor. Your ticket includes access to the museum’s impressive collection of classic cars, motorcycles, and even massive steam engines! One of our most popular annual events. Wheelchair accessible, ASL-interpreted, and family-friendly.

Saturday, April 28 | 5:30-9pm with a free dance class at 6pm

Forney Transportation Museum / 4303 Brighton Blvd Denver, CO 80216. View the construction detour map here.

I-70 construction detours will lead you past the National Western Complex and back under the freeway to reach Brighton. The museum is open and accessible from Brighton Blvd. Plenty of parking is available onsite and there is a ramp for wheelchair users.

$15/person (children 5 and under are free). Buy your tickets now!

Food and drink are included in entry, but bring a little pocket money to support our fundraising efforts and to take advantage of the beauty parlor and silent auction. View our shareable event flyer here.

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BOULDER CHAUTAUQUA RETREAT – FULL

Brand new to The Wayfaring Band community? Give our style of travel a try without having to venture too far from home. Join the band for a fun and relaxing retreat in nearby Boulder, where we’ll be staying at the historic Chautauqua cottages just outside of town. The fun kicks off Thursday afternoon and continues through Sunday morning. Activities include enjoying the natural splendor of Chautauqua Park, touring the Celestial Seasonings factory, exploring Boulder in an old-timey Banjo Billy bus, and strolling the historic Pearl Street outdoor mall. This is a great fit for folks who have not traveled with us before and want to start with a shorter, more affordable trip before venturing further afield. Thanks to a generous grant from the Colorado Respite Coalition and Easter Seals Colorado, almost all of the major expenses for this trip have been underwritten. The remaining cost is just $200 all-inclusive per person. This trip is wheelchair-accessible.

May 17-20, 2018 | 4 days / 3 nights

$200 all-inclusive originating in Boulder. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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BEAUTIFUL BELIZE – FULL

Are you ready for a tropical getaway? You better Belize that we are! Beautiful Belize is one of the premiere destinations in the Caribbean and features turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and incredible coral reefs. We’ll be staying in a spacious rental home on the newly developing north side of Caye Caulker, a tiny island off the coast of mainland Belize. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, boat rides, fishing, and general lazing about in hammocks. Sample fresh seafood and delicious tropical fruit, and discover just how close to home paradise can be.

June 12-18, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights

$4400 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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YOSEMITE & LAKE TAHOE – FULL. Ask about joining the wait list!

Is Half Dome calling your name? Join the band as we venture to one of the most iconic destinations in the National Park system. We’ll fly into Sacramento and spend a day and night exploring California’s capital before heading south to check out some of the best features of Yosemite National Park. After two days of hiking and picture-taking, we’ll get back on the road and drive north to Lake Tahoe, where we’ve rented a beautiful vacation home for two nights. We’ll explore the lake from the comfort of a chartered boat and make bets as to who among us is willing to take a dip in the bracing, crystal-clear waters. Our final night will be spent back in Sacramento before returning home to Denver. Outdoor and photography enthusiasts, this is the adventure for you!

July 22-28, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights

$3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY – FULL. Ask about joining the wait list!

Coloradans are no stranger to the outdoors, but the eastern United States boast acres of natural beauty that vary greatly from our evergreen landscape. To experience the difference firsthand, we’ll head up into the hills of North Carolina and wind our way up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the ride we’ll visit tiny little towns tucked back into the hills and explore the deciduous forests of the region. We’ll be staying in rustic cabins for most of this trip: our humble accommodations will help ground us as we get back in touch with the simplicity of our wayfaring roots. For a dose of old-school Americana, join the band for this folksy adventure in the North Carolina high country.

August 19-25, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights

$3500 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS – FULL. Ask about joining the wait list!

Got the blues? So do we, and we couldn’t be more excited! The annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will meet your need for groovy tunes, delicious beer, and high country splendor. Head west in the company of friends for a long weekend of feel-good adventure. We’ll split our time between exploring the beautiful outdoors and attending the music festival. Travelers between the ages of 18-21 are welcome but will not be permitted to drink at the festival.

September 14-17, 2018 | 4 days / 3 nights

$2000 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – FULL. Ask about joining the wait list!

Come on, y’all! Let’s git on over to Music City, the place where country-western stars make it or break it in their race for fame and glory. Nashville is teeming with music-related activities: we’ll keep ourselves busy visiting the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash museum, and Country Music Hall of Fame, among others. Join the adventure for live music every day, great Southern soul food, and city living at its finest. Be prepared to stay out late dancing the night away! Due to the restrictions of many of the live-music venues we’ll be visiting, this trip is for travelers who are age 21 and over.

October 7-13, 2018 | 7 days / 6 nights

$3700 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.

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THE BARN RAISER: AN UPTOWN HOEDOWN

Bring the whole family and enjoy tangy barbecue, sudsy root beer and other non-alcoholic beverages, and the honky-tonk stylings of local musicians. Bid on fabulous items as part of our silent auction, or tempt fate when you purchase a mystery prize from our Mystery Mercantile. We’ll also be selling sweet Wayfaring swag, including trucker hats, patches, t-shirts, car decals, and fashionable bracelets with custom-made “Everybody In” charms. With dancing, shopping, eating, and drinking, there’s an option for everyone. Dress in your western best, folks, and don’t forget to bring your checkbook!

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 5-9pm

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$15/person (children 5 and under are free).

Food and drink are included in entry, but bring a little pocket money to support our fundraising efforts and to take advantage of the silent auction, Mystery Mercantile, and to score some Wayfaring swag.

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NEED SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

We encourage families to apply for a sponsorship of $100 to $500 from Xcelbeyond, an organization that provides financial assistance to developmentally disabled individuals for activities they otherwise could not afford. The Wayfaring Band also offers need-based scholarships. Please reach out to us if you require financial assistance. We are motivated to help all individuals access our services.