The “Golden Days of Summer” are here! Located a short drive from anywhere in Metro Denver, Golden goes all out with events to celebrate summer. Eat fresh peaches from the Golden Farmer’s Market, stroll along Clear Creek with a four-legged friend, browse for artwork at the Golden Fine Arts Festival, or hike North Table Mountain for spectacular sunsets.
Here’s an overview of Golden’s top summer events – mark your calendar and join the fun.
Colorado Railroad Museum- Summer is the best time to visit one of Colorado’s most popular attractions—Colorado Railroad Museum. Event highlights include Dinosaur Express Train (July 22),Rails and Ales (August 26) or Ride the Rails Saturday (Saturdays in August & September).
First Fridays- July, August and September bring long summer nights. Golden celebrates with First Friday happenings on the first Friday of each month. Whether you wander along Washington Avenue taking in performances and face painting or spread a blanket in Parfet Park for a concert, free entertainment on sunny summer nights just can’t be beat.
MOPAR Street Party, July 20- The Mopar Street Party kicks off Mile High Nationals NHRA racing weekend on Washington Avenue in downtown Golden. Event highlights include race car driver autographs and local car club displays along with live music, concept cars, and, of course, food and beer.
Buffalo Bill Days, July 27 – 30- Thousands of people fill the streets of Golden for Buffalo Bill Days which is the city’s biggest annual event. This year's activities include Cody's Wild West, the "100 Year in Golden" theme parade, mutton bustin', live music, an orphan car and a classic car show, a golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors and much more.
Movies and Music in the Park, August 4, 11, 18 & 25- Movies and Music in the Park features free music and a family-friendly movie 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. 2017 movies include Sing, Fantastic Beasts, Moana and Rogue One.
The 27th Annual Golden Fine Arts Festival, August 19 – 20- Browse a variety of beautiful art at Colorado’s most accessible arts festival, the Golden Fine Arts Festival, on 11th Street just west of Washington Avenue in historic downtown Golden. The juried festival is an open-air art gallery in a gorgeous, foothills setting adjacent to Clear Creek. The Festival is well known for its quality, affordability, ambiance and features a variety of media. Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair, September 16- Dogs takeover downtown Golden for this parade of doggie (and owner!) costumes that ends with a party in Parfet Park. All funds raised go to help the more than 9,000 homeless pets that Foothills Animal Shelter cares for each year.
No matter what brings you to Golden this summer, you’re sure to find a small town atmosphere reveling in the season. You can also find a full listing of Golden events at visitgolden.com/events-all.