Parades, Music and Fall Fun in Arvada

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Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade
By Agnes Reardon
Posted 9/1/14

The trees brighten, days grow just a little shorter and nights a little crisper as September rolls into Arvada. There’s no better place to taste the best of the fall harvest or savor intriguing …

The trees brighten, days grow just a little shorter and nights a little crisper as September rolls into Arvada. There’s no better place to taste the best of the fall harvest or savor intriguing stories from Colorado’s historic past. Join us in Arvada to enjoy the waning days of summer and the unfolding glory of autumn. 

Arvada Harvest Festival and ParadeDescription:

The Arvada Harvest Festival has been a community tradition since 1925, and the festival parade is ranked as one of the largest in the Colorado multi-state region. The festival will feature more than 16 events and activities for everyone to enjoy old festival traditions.
When: September 5 - 7, 2014
Where: Olde Town Arvada
Info: (303) 456-2121

Celebrate the Harvest 

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Get fresh local produce at its peak and shop for hand-made treats and gifts at the Five Parks Farmers Market.

When: Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 2, 2014
Where: Five Parks Neighborhood, 13810 W. 85th Dr., Arvada, Colo.

Warbirds Over the Rockies
The world’s largest show of radio-controlled military airplanes in the world – right here in Arvada! Proceeds benefit Mental Health America/Colorado.

When: Sept. 12 - 14, 2014
Where: Arvada Associated Modelers field, 7608 Highway 93

2014 Arvada Art Studio Tour
Discover the newest work of 16 of Arvada’s most talented artists at 12 different locations. Pick up a map at the Arvada Art Center.

When: Sept. 13 - 14, 2014, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Download a PDF map of studios at

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Lose your blues with the help of the Sentimental Sounds Swing Band! The strains played by Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington come to life again under the skilled playing of Arvada’s 17-member band. The smooth tunes and classically catchy rhythm will help make the evening bright for music lovers young and old.
When: September 13, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: The D Note, 7519 Grandview Ave., Arvada, Colorado
Info: (303) 463-6683

Arvada BAC Group Bike Ride
Strap on your helmet and pedal up to take in the breathtaking natural beauty of Arvada with the Arvada BAC Group Bike Ride. The rich Colorado landscape provides adventure for every cyclist, and with recreational and sport rides available, there’s an option for bikers of every experience level. Helmets are required and all riders must sign a release.
When: September 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Where: The Bicycle Shack, 16255 W. 64th Ave., Arvada, Colorado

 Craft a Halloween Luminary


Unleash your inner artist and face the chill of fall head-on with the help of Discover Clay: Halloween Luminaries. The Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild and Gallery’s “Discover Clay” series allows everyone the chance to handcraft a clay project of their very own. With Halloween coming, there’s no better way to give the spooky holiday a little handmade flair. The cost of all materials is included in registration, and the Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild will glaze and fire the project for you.

When: September 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: 5870 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, Colorado
Cost: $40 for early registration by Sept. 15, 2014 $45 for standard registration
Info: (303) 423-0448

12th Annual Arvada Historical Society Cemetery TourCemetary Tour

Halloween may be more than a month away, but with the annual Arvada Historical Society Cemetery Tour cemetery tour, the thrills and chills can begin ahead of schedule. The cemetery tour may lead its participants through headstones, but the cemetery itself provides a unique history lesson through the burial sites of many of Arvada’s original residents. Tours run every half hour, and children under six are admitted free.
When: September 27, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00p .m.
Where: Arvada Cemetery, 5581 Independence St., Arvada, Colorado
Cost: $8
Info: (303) 431-1261

Tip from Arvada’s Concierge:
“The World Reflexology Celebration Week allows visitors to discover reflexology, a type of bodywork that uses applied pressure to help relaxation and wellness,” Jean Gordon, Arvada’s concierge at Arvada’s Visitors Center, says. “It’s something new to a lot of people, and the Apex Community Recreation Center provides a great place to explore it.” Check out the reflexology event on Sept. 24, 2014. Information: (303) 424-2739

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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.

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