Vikings, Golden Retrievers, Cowboys, Free Wagon Rides, Environmental Film Fest and More…

Mark your calendar for first quarter fun in Golden in 2024. No matter what brings you to Golden, you’re sure to find a friendly, small town atmosphere celebrating the season. Here’s an overview of major festivals/events this winter. Due to changing conditions, always confirm your event and current guidelines on the day-of. 

Holiday Carriage Rides Through Downtown GoldenWestern Heritage Days & FREE Clydesdale-Pulled Wagon Rides, January 6-21, The National Western Stock Show has everyone celebrating all things Western, and there’s no place more cowboy than Golden - as our iconic Welcome Arch, says it’s “Where the West Live!” On the last two Saturdays in January (1/20, 1/27), Golden will offer FREE Western Wagon Rides pulled by Clydesdales. Photos available from 9 – 10 a.m. and 15-minute wagon rides through historic downtown offered from 11 am – 2pm. 

Golden is also home of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Colo Railroad Museum, the annual Colorado Cowboy Gathering and heck, even the Original Coors, originally served at Western banquets in old time Golden and now the cowboys’ drink of choice on TV's Yellowstone! Check out all the Western fun, including live music - and even line dancing! - at various Golden taverns.

UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival, January 26-28, Named one of Colorado’s top ten outdoor festivals by Westword, UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival features bluegrass artists from Nashville to Colorado. The UllrGrass Beer Festival takes place on Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm.  Patrons enjoy live music on two alternating stages while sampling craft brews and ciders from 30+ breweries from across Colorado . The evening shows on Friday and Saturday night will take place in Parfet Park under heated big top tents. Sunday is free “Family Day” at UllrGrass; featuring an UllrEgg Hunt, craft activities and games.

Golden Retrievers socialize during Goldens in Golden celebration.Goldens in Golden, February 3, 11 am – 1 p.m., Golden will once again celebrate Golden Retrievers with “Goldens in Golden.” Weather permitting, leashed Goldens and their humans will meet in downtown Golden and gather for three different group photos under the arch. The event celebrates these popular pooches with lots of fun, fanfare, fluff and photo ops. Several Golden hotels are offering pet-friendly packages and local businesses are also joining in with fun offerings. Trained, friendly and leashed dogs are invited and owners are kindly requested to please clean up after your dog. Event is weather permitting, so please check the website on the day of the event for more details. 

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival, February 22 – 25, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an exciting, inspiring, and energizing event that includes world-class environmental films with representatives from local and national organizations. CEFF screens feature-length and short films by foreign, local, and young filmmakers. True to the spirit of Colorado, this event is supported and attended by people who value the natural world and share a passion for the power and beauty of film. The event will be held at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus. 

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