Golden loves a good party, and we host several every year, thanks to hard work on the part of the Chamber of Commerce, our service clubs, and countless enthusiastic community volunteers.
Throughout the Year: First Fridays/Street Fairs
2014 First Fridays: 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 11/7
2014 First Friday Street Fairs: 6/6, 7/11, 8/1, 9/5, 10/3 (October is tentative)

First Friday is held year-round, on the first Friday of the month. During the summer, one block of Washington Avenue is a street fair. Winter’s First Fridays are usually quieter affairs but the stores stay open late, offering discounts, host visiting artists and wine tastings, and the lines are very short (or non-existent) for the free carriage rides. 303-279-3113.
First Friday Street Fair
January: Colorado Cowboy Gathering
2014 Dates:  1/16 - 19
Golden has become home to the annual Colorado Cowboy Gathering which has grown over the last two decades into a four-day event celebrating the cowboy life and culture.  Well-known and lesser-known cowboys (and girls) educate, entertain, and enlighten the public with poetry, song, and verse.  Attendees can experience an authentic chuckwagon meal cooked on site at the American Mountaineering Center in cast iron pots and dutch ovens at a real chuckwagon.  Themed Session Matinee programs are plentiful for the kids. The Gathering is a real family event.
Colorado Cowboy Gathering
February: The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF)
2014 Dates: 2/21 - 22
The CEFF includes local and national feature length and short films for all ages, thought-provoking dialogue, festival celebrations for both filmmakers and audience members, children's films, a filmmaker forum, and information from a variety of environmental groups. The festival presents informative and entertaining films that explore interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. Audiences have the opportunity to be more than passive viewers - they will leave inspired, surprised, motivated, entertained, and transformed.
Environmental Film Fest
February: Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration
2014 Dates: 2/22 (Buffalo Rose and Rock Rest Lodge) 2/23 (Buffalo Bill Museum)
Buffalo Bill is so popular around these parts that Golden celebrates his birthday three times!  Living history performers in authentic western wear depict Buffalo Bill and the western characters associated with him.  Costume contests, birthday cake, and music complete the party atmosphere.  The Buffalo Bill Museum has contests and games, too. Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration (Buffalo Bill Museum), Buffalo Bill Birthday Party (Rock Rest Lodge), Original Buffalo Bill Birthday Bash (Buffalo Rose)
Buffalo Bill Birthday
April: Colorado School of Mines E-Days
2014 Dates: 4/3 - 5
Fireworks in must be E-Days.  Every spring the Colorado School of Mines students unwind and celebrate Engineer's Days for three days.  Activities include Casino Night, an ore-cart pull, field day, soap box derby, musical performances, a car show, a carnival, a cardboard boat race at Clear Creek, and more.  The whole event culminates with the fireworks which the whole community can enjoy.
CSM E-Days
April: Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala & Induction Ceremony
2014 Date: 4/5
The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum celebrates legendary mountaineers at an annual gala.  Climbers who have made significant contributions to mountaineering both past and present are formally recognized with an induction ceremony into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence.  Dining, entertainment, and a program are all part of recognizing the lives and achievements of the selected individuals.
Mountaineering Gala
April: Golden Family Easter
2014 Date: 4/19
The Downtown Merchants Association and the Kiwanis Club work together to make the Saturday before Easter a fun community event. The day starts with a brief and very intense Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park. The crowd then strolls up and down Washington Avenue, meeting the Easter Bunny and various other characters (Mother Goose sometimes makes an appearance). Cart rides drawn by Newfoundland dogs are popular with little children.
Golden Easter
April:  Elevation Belly Dance Extravaganza
2014 Dates:  4/24 - 4/27
World-class belly dancers demonstrate and teach American Tribal Style Belly Dance.  Dance classes, lectures, and unique merchandise are all a part of this four-day annual event which takes place at the American Mountaineering Center and the Buffalo Rose Events Center.
Elevation Belly Dance Extr.

April – October: Golden Cruise
2014 Dates: 4/29, 5/27, 6/24, 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, and 10/28
The family friendly Golden Cruise ride has outgrown their old home in the Woody's parking lot, but don't worry! The fun has moved down the road to the Farmer's Market parking lot just west of the Golden Library! Now sponsored by your friends at the Golden Civic Foundation, the Ride has room to grow, so bring your friends!

Once again, the New Belgium Brewing Company will be serving up their fabulous Fat Tire Amber Ale plus a wonderful summer surprise beer. What's new this year, is that under the auspices of the Golden Civic Foundation, volunteers from Golden's nonprofit organizations will be helping out with set-up, tear-down and acting as course safety marshals in exchange for a cut of the beer proceeds. This is a great chance to support all the fine folks doing wonderful things in our town, so grab your kids and some friends and join us on the last Tuesday of the month from April through October!  They need signed waivers this year, so save yourself a little time and fill this out before you come to the cruise:

Golden Cruise
May: Ladies Only Sample Tour
2014 Date: 5/1
Every year the majority of shops in Historic Downtown Golden participate in the Ladies Only Sample Tour which is a great girls' night out.  Purchase a bracelet packet and follow the historic district map to visit participating Golden stores and receive a free sample at each establishment.  Once you've had a taste of the unique shopping experiences Golden offers, you'll want to come back to take advantage of the savings in the coupon book that comes with the packet.  The event is very popular and is typically sold-out.
Ladies Only Sample Tour
May: Taste of Golden
2014 Date: 5/6
This event showcases Golden's local restaurants and catering services, including its breweries, micro-brews, and distilleries.  A Silent Auction and live music add to the festivities.
Taste of Golden

May: The Golden Games
2014 Dates:  5/16 - 5/18
Outdoor enthusiasts gather in Golden for this annual national training event to watch or participate in kayaking, fly fishing, stand up paddleboards, and slacklining competition.  With more than 100 competitors and a festival-like atmosphere, the Games become more popular each year.  The event is held the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.

The Golden Games
May - October: Super Cruise Nights
2014 Dates: 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 9/6, 10/4
A large group of classic car owners converges on Golden the first Saturday of every month, May through October. They meet in the afternoon, in the South Golden Road area. Many gather near the Sonic Drive-In, an appropriate place for classic cars, but there are far too many to fit in that one space, so you'll find them all up and down South Golden Road. At 7:30, they form a parade and cruise to downtown Golden. The cars are incredible, and people really enjoy walking around, looking at them, and talking with the owners.
June: Golden Music Festival (formerly called the Summer Solstice)
2014 Dates: 6/13 - 6/15
The annual Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park has been so popular that this year we're expanding it to three days.  Spread your blanket on the natural hillside amphitheater at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado, and enjoy live bluegrass, Americana, and folk music. Local beer and food will be available.
Golden Music Festival
June - early October: Golden Farmers Market
2014 Dates: 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4
(Every weekend except the last weekend in July, Buffalo Bill Days)

The Farmers Market has been running for several years now, and has been a huge success. It's a good place for Saturday breakfast and lunch from late spring through mid-fall. Vendors sell local produce, flowers, plants, and prepared food. The market is held in the parking lot next to the Golden Public Library. Since it's right next to Clear Creek, many people include a Creek walk as part of their experience. 
Farmers Market
4th of July in Lions Park
The Golden Lions Club puts on a great community party every 4th of July in Lions Park. The event includes free rides for children and free live music. People come with picnics or buy food from the vendors. The Golden Civic Foundation and the City contribute financially to the events, and the Lions sell raffle tickets so people can win prizes contributed by local merchants. The day culminates in a great fireworks display.
4th of July Picnic
July: Buffalo Bill Days
2014 Dates: 7/25 - 27
Scheduled every year for the last weekend in July, Buffalo Bill Days starts on Thursday with a golf tournament at Fossil Trace, and continues on Friday night with rides and vendors in Parfet Park. On Saturday morning, the Volunteer Fire Department provides a fund-raising pancake breakfast. A big parade through the downtown area follows, with many Golden businesses and non-profit organizations participating, plus a few organizations from the surrounding metro area. A stage in Parfet Park hosts live music all weekend. Learn more about it at the Buffalo Bill Days web site:
Buffalo Bill Days
August: Movies and Music in the Park
2014 Dates: 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
Fridays in August the City of Golden presents live music and outdoor films for families to enjoy in Lions Park, on 10th Street. Families can bring a picnic dinner and settle in for an evening's entertainment under the stars.
Movies in the Park
August: Mountain Melodies Music Festival
2014 Date: 8/3
Every year the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave sponsors a festival highlighting both established and new musical talent from the Front Range.  String and bluegrass bands entertain for free.  Visitors can bring their own picnic or buy food at the full café located in the Museum Gift Shop.
Mtn. Melodies Music Fest
August: Fine Arts Festival
2014 Dates: 8/16 - 17
The Golden Fine Arts Festival, an August event, has grown in both size and prestige every year. The event is located on 11th Street, next to the Clear Creek History Park. Admission is free, and includes live music and a children’s art center. Food vendors are available, as well as free horse-drawn carriage rides. Many area organizations offer special events to tie in with the festival, such as the arts and crafts exhibits at the Clear Creek History Park.
Fine Arts Festival
September: Thomas the Tank Engine Visits the Railroad Museum
2014 Dates: 9/13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28
For three weekends every September, Thomas the Tank Engine, the star of a popular children’s show, visits the Colorado Railroad Museum. The event is wildly popular and draws thousands of children.
Thomas the Tank Engine
September: Annual Gala
2014 Date: 9/20
Each year the Foothills Art Center hosts its most significant fundraising and social event of the year.  It's a dress-up affair based on a special theme with food, entertainment, silent auction, raffle, and bar to raise funds for exhibits and education programming.
Fooghills Art Center Gala
October: Black & White Night
2014 Date: 10/11
The inaugural Black and White Night showcased the digitization of the Golden History Museums historical photograph collection and has since celebrated the unveiling of a new exhibit with cocktails, delicious desserts, music, entertainment, and a silent auction.  The event is a fundraiser for the Golden History Museum's education and preservation programs.
Black and White Night
October: "Knock Your Boots Off" Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off
2014 Date: 10/11
The month of October and chili just seem to go together!  Sponsored by Coors Distributing Company and the Golden Chamber of Commerce, Goldenites have been perfecting their chili recipes for this annual event.  Plenty of beer provided by Coors helps cool down your taste buds from sampling the chili made by local competitors.  Store specials, entertainment, and downtown festivities complete the event. 

Beer Tasting & Chili Cookoff

October: Halloween Crazy Days
2014 Date: 10/31
The Golden Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association offer safe trick-or-treating every Halloween.  Children are invited to come downtown after school, walk Washington Avenue to show off their costumes, and visit the stores for a special treat.  Participants as well as spectators add to the fun of this community event.
December: Candlelight Walk
2014 Date: 12/5
This event started many years ago when a hundred or so locals gathered near the Foothills Art Center to walk down Washington Avenue carrying candles and singing Christmas songs. Word has spread throughout Colorado, and now thousands show up, still carrying candles and still singing, and still walking downhill from Foothills to the Visitors Center. When the group reaches the Creek, the Mayor flips a switch and all of the holiday lights along Clear Creek go on, eliciting gasps of admiration and much applause. Many groups participate in this event: There are crafts and campfires at the Clear Creek History Park, roasted chestnuts and music at the Pioneer Museum, musical performances at the Rotary Amphitheater (on the Creek, behind the fire station), reindeer to be petted at the Visitors Center. All in all, it's a short (2 or 3 hour long) winter carnival. This event occurs on a Friday night--generally the first weekend in December. 
See a wonderful video of the Candlelight Walk produced by the City.
Candlelight Walk
December: Olde Golden Christmas
2014 Christmas on Parade Dates: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
On each of the Saturdays before Christmas, the Golden Chamber of Commerce hosts special Christmas events all day in the downtown area. Every Saturday morning starts with a parade. The parades last about half an hour and include Santa Claus, local bands, local businesses, local scout troops, etc. The Christmas activities continue both Saturday and Sunday, with strolling musicians along Washington Avenue, free horse-drawn carriage rides, and tasty treats provided by the stores. It's fun, and it really does make Christmas shopping in downtown Golden even more appealing! 
See a video showing a Saturday morning Christmas parade, produced by the City.
Old Golden Christmas

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