Don’t let summer slip by! Mark your calendar for summer fun in Golden. No matter what brings you to Golden, you’re sure to find a small town atmosphere celebrating the summer season. Here’s an overview of major events happening in Golden this summer and be sure to check out Visit Golden’s full listing of all Golden events to plan your Golden getaway.
Golden Weekends, Fridays and Saturdays, June 7 - August 31, from 5 - 8 p.m. Savor summer evenings in Golden with live music, free carriage rides and extended store hours. Enjoy dinner in Golden and then walk through the charming downtown, splurge on an ice cream cone or drink on a patio, browse art galleries, enjoy live music. Note that Golden Weekends will not take place during Buffalo Bill Days (July 26 & 27), Super Cruise Saturdays (July 6 & August 3) or the Colorado Classic Bike Race (August 23 & 24).
Golden Famers Market , Saturdays, June 1 – October 5. Featuring farm-fresh produce, gourmet cuisine, refreshing beverages and local vendors and entertainment, the Golden Farmers Market is held in the Golden Public Library’s West Parking Lot at 10th & Illinois.
Ride the Rails at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Thursday – Sundays, May through August. Rides depart twice per hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays). Trains are perfect for family fun and the Colorado Railroad Museum is one of the area’s top attractions. Plan your visit when you can “ride the rails” to make it extra fun for the whole family.
4th of July Festival, July 4. Head to Lions Park for a full day of family fun on the fourth! Activities start at noon and include free rides for the kids, face painting, music provided by several bands throughout the day, and a large fireworks display in the evening. Organized by the Golden Lions Club.
ARTSWEEK GOLDEN, July 8-14. This week-long celebration of the arts orchestrated by Foothills Art Center in partnership with Golden arts-oriented organizations provides 168 hours of art! All week long, visit Golden for pop-up art installations, plein air sessions, kids activities and a juried weekend arts festival.
Buffalo Bill Days, July 25-28. Thousands of people fill the streets of Golden for Buffalo Bill Days. Catch Cody's Wild West, the popular parade, mutton busting, live music, an orphan car and a classic car show, a golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors and, of course, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley!
Movies & Music in the Park, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Free music and a family-friendly movie are shown each Friday night in Parfet Park. Bands begin performing at 7 p.m. and the featured movie of the night begins at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. The movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen under the stars.
The Golden Fine Arts Festival, August 17-18. A Golden icon for nearly three decades, Golden Fine Arts Festival is a prestigious juried art show located in the heart of historic downtown Golden. With free admission to the public, this premier event draws over 35,000 visitors over two days to enjoy art, live entertainment, beer and wine gardens, food vendors, and children’s activities. The event is limited to 136 artist booth spaces. Artists are selected through a competitive jury and traditionally, over half of participating artists travel to Golden from outside of Colorado.
Dinosaur Express at the Colorado Railroad Museum, August 17 & 18. Ride behind a locomotive and follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard and enjoy dinosaur themed activities hosted by Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dinosaur Ridge and Morrison Natural History Museum. Check out an epic LEGO Layout created by DENLUG and build your own dino creations. Usborne Books will host Story Time in the Library. Enjoy tasty food and meet our famous Spike the Railroad Dog and Mr. Bones.
Colorado Classic, Golden, August 24 The Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation (Aug 22-25, 2019) is the only women’s standalone pro road race in the Western hemisphere. Nearly 100 of the world’s best racers from 16 teams will compete in the four-stage race over challenging iconic Colorado mountain and urban terrain. More than a race, the Colorado Classic is a movement empowering women of all ages and abilities to transform their lives and the world through sports. The race is advancing women’s pro cycling with harder, longer routes; unprecedented financial support; and daily live TV streaming coverage that puts women’s racing on a global stage.