In celebration of its history as the Carnation Capital, Wheat Ridge hosts one of Colorado’s longest running events, the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival.
This year’s all-volunteer board has been hard at work, under the leadership of Joe DeMott, to plan its 49th event from August 10-12 in Anderson Park. This year, guests can enjoy live music, two nights of fireworks, shows at the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, a carnival featuring rides and games, a fine art show, a midway full of vendors, craft beer and wine, a wide variety of food options, and much more. The pancake breakfast is on Saturday from 7-9 a.m. sponsored and served by the Grange, and there will be a chili cook off Saturday from noon-3 p.m. benefiting the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation. This year, the chili cook off will be a sanctioned event with judges. With the large crowds expected and evening fireworks, organizers ask that dogs stay safely at home.
On Saturday, August 11 from 9:30 a.m. – noon, the Carnation Parade rolls west down W. 38th Ave from Ames St. to Upham St. The parade features local schools, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. This year’s parade theme is "Deep Roots" a celebration of the City of Wheat Ridge and its history as the Carnation Capital of the world, a farming community, and nearly 50 years as a city just a few miles west of Denver. For more information and details