What events are put on by AFC?

    WinterFest - February

    High Tea for Seniors - March

    Kite Festival - April

    Arvada on Tap - June

    Arvada Days - TBD

    How does AFC choose a location?

    The AFC has to consider many things before choosing a location: Field/Park capacity, parking availability, date availability, code restrictions (i.e. food and alcohol) and festival specifics needs.

    At Arvada on Tap, why are the BBQ vendors separated from the beer and community vendors?

    Arvada on Tap is held at the Ralston Park addition, and because the field is grass, we are not permitted to have any heat source on the grass. We also cannot move the festival onto the pavement, because we would lose all the available parking for our guests.

    What is the policy with pets at the Festivals?

    Arvada Festivals are held at city parks with guests of all ages. Pets are welcome on leashes but discouraged for the following reasons: owners not always cleaning up after their pets, dog fights, dogs get spooked, cleanliness around food booths, etc.  Except for the Arvada on Tap event, only registered service dogs are permitted because of the open cooking from the BBQ cooks.

    What is the difference between the various organizations hosting Arvada festivals?

    The Arvada Festivals Commission (AFC) is a commission that is governed by the City of Arvada. Historic Olde Town Arvada (HOTA) consists of a group of Olde Town Arvada merchants. Olde Town Arvada also consists of a group of merchants who are part of the Business Improvement District (BID). Each agency hosts and funds its own festivals.

    How does AFC choose a festival?

    The commission members meet for an annual retreat in the fall to determine festival status going forward. The City's new community engagement platform Speak up Arvada will help us reach the community to learn what they want!