Spring has Sprung!

May Weekends in Arvada: Fountains, Food and Fun


Open May 1: Olde Town Water Fountain
May 3: Sustain Arvada Festival
May 10: Sentimental Sounds Swing Band at The D Note
May 16: Battle of the Bands at Arvada Center Amphitheater
May 16 - 17: Historical Society Yard Sale
May 24: Long Lake Float Fly
12 performances in May: Lyle the Crocodile at Arvada Center
Drop by the Arvada Visitors Center
by Agnes Reardon
Posted 4/27/14

Visit Arvada to enjoy a warm spring weekend with your family. It’s the perfect place to find kid-friendly fun, explore historic sites and relax in a great restaurant. And it’s a big month for you-know-who: come celebrate Mother’s Day in Arvada!

Olde Town Fountain
The weather is getting warmer by the day, so make a splash in the Olde Town Water Fountain. The fountain springs to life in two-hour increments daily through September and in the evening it’s lit up with color. Bring the kids and enjoy the water in the morning, afternoon or evening.
When: Opens May 1, 2014
Where: Olde Town Square, Arvada

Sustain Arvada Festival
It’s easy to go green at the Sustain Arvada Festival. You’ll find live music, delicious food and activities for everyone in the family. Get tips for recycling and reusing in Arvada with other members of the community. Be sure to carpool or ride a bike; a bicycle valet area is provided.
When: May 3, 2014 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Wolff Park, 8475 West 57 Avenue, Arvada
Info: (720) 898-7403

Sentimental Sounds Swing Band
Revisit the Jazz Age with the help of the Sentimental Sounds Swing Band at The D Note in Arvada. This seventeen-man group captures the melodies of musicians such as Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Admission is free and music aficionados of all ages will be dancing long after the music stops.
When: May 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The D Note, 7519 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Info: (303) 463-6683

Jam Out Hunger
Rock out with local bands and battle hunger in the Arvada community at the Jam Out Hunger Battle of the Bands in the outdoor Arvada Center amphitheater. Donate two cans of non-perishable food items and you’ll get a vote to support your favorite group. Proceeds go to the Arvada Community Food Bank and the Arvada Center foundation. So bring the groceries and cast your votes for great music and ending hunger!
When: May 16, 5 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Arvada Center Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Admission: $8 at the door, limited seating

Arvada Historical Society Yard Sale
There’s no telling what you’ll find at the Arvada Historical Society Yard Sale. The annual event at the Flour Mill features collectibles, vintage items, jewelry, household items, sports equipment, furniture and old decorations. Come and browse for your own lucky finds!
When: May 16 - 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Arvada Flour Mill, 5580 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Info: (303) 277-0664

Long Lake Float Fly
The sky and water meet at the Long Lake Float Fly, where model planes soar and dip over the waters of Vern Lake. Organized by Arvada Associated Modelers, the Float Fly is free for all spectators, with a fee for pilots who wish to join the fun.
When: May 24, 2014
Where: Vern Lake, Long Lake Ranch Park
Info: Contact the event coordinator

Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile
12 performances in May: Lyle the Crocodile at Arvada Center Don’t miss the May performances of Lyle the Crocodile! This charming musical adaption of the children’s book series “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” will delight kids of all ages as they find out what happens when a family finds a singing and dancing crocodile in their bathtub.
When: 12 performances through May 23, 2014
Where: Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Info: (720) 898-7200

Tip from Arvada’s Concierge:
Mother’s Day is May 11. “Families looking for a special way to celebrate should look into the morning Mother’s Day Tea at the historic McIlvoy House. It’s a perfect way to celebrate,” says Jean Gordon, Arvada’s concierge at the Arvada Visitors Center. Call (303) 431-1261 for more information.

Arvada Visitors Center
Jean Gordon, Arvada’s Concierge
7305 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, Colo. 80002
(720) 898-3380
Visitor Center hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Email Jean Gordon, Arvada’s concierge
Click here to request a visitor’s guide