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Golden Colorado: Festivals, Events and Fun

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Vacations

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Residents of the metro area and beyond looking for good weekend entertainment this summer should consider the options offered by our own cities. Summer is a time for local festivals and events. In particular, Golden offers multiple entertainment and recreational options.

Golden’s largest summer event (and one of the largest in the area) is the five-day Buffalo Bill Days, occurring July 27 to 31. Thousands of attendees show up for activities as diverse as a golf tourney at Fossil Trace, live music, a kiddie train, and the man of the hour himself, Buffalo Bill Cody, roaming the midway. Perhaps the biggest event anchoring Buffalo Bill Days is the enormous parade, which takes place 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30. On Sunday kids can test their mettle astride a sheep in the popular Muttin Bustin’ event. The festival features two car shows, on July 31 – one is pre-1971, while the “Orphan” show features cars whose manufacturers no longer exist, such as Studdebaker, Fraser, Kaiser, Hudson and DeLorean. These shows are free and open to registrants who have insurance.

Golden is also home to one of the best arts festivals in the country (referenced by “Sunset” magazine). Occurring this summer Aug. 21 and 22, more than 140 artists will be on hand selling all manner of wares, from sculpture and photography to jewelry and painting (although artists come from as far away as east and west coasts, around 80 percent of participants are Coloradoans). An Activities tent for children keep them busy with arts and crafts, and five stages of live music features such diverse performers as Adam Taubman, Charlie Povenza, Big Water and Susan Boyle.

Golden likes its cars, and in addition to the Buffalo Bill Days shows, the Wild West Auto Roundup on June 11 brings thousands of visitors into the town to patronize the shops that organize the show and to peruse the 200 cars on display, from muscle cars to hot rods to race cars to original stock cars. A contest featuring 14 categories also allows visitors to vote. The cruise can sometimes go into the nighttime hours, giving children and adults entertainment options aplenty along Washington – sample one of the main street’s many outdoor patios as the cars go by!

For something lighter, consider Movies and Music in the Park. Thrice during August Golden presents a free evening at Parfet Park (10th and Washington) featuring live music and a feature-length film. On Aug. 5 the Clam Daddys will precede “How to Train Your Dragon.” On Aug. 12, Jonny Barber vs. The Living Deads warms up the crowd for “Back to the Future,” and on Aug. 19 The Resonatorz precede “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Families are encouraged to bring and enjoy a picnic. Also, weekends this summer (May 28 to Sept. 4), bring the kids to Dino Days at Dinosaur Ridge (16831 W. Alameda Parkway) on Saturdays and Sundays. The free sessions educate the whole family about the vast prehistoric fossils that earned the area its name, and includes a puppet show and storytime.

Discovering new things to do in Colorado really isn’t difficult! Check out the great calendar of events this summer in Golden, CO. Located just outside of Denver, Golden offers new dining and great events throughout the summer. Visit us soon!

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