The Zoppe’s bring their enchanting exhibition of old world European circus to Wheat Ridge as the festival’s main attraction.

Zoppe’ Circus Tickets on sale June 1st

Can’t Find Parking Onsite? No Problem. Non-stop FREE Shuttles will be running from:

First Bank 44th & Wadsworth
Pep Boys 44th & Wadsworth (South Side)
St. James Church 44th & Brentwood
Pennington Fields 44th & Jellison
Jefferson Avenue Church 44th & Kipling

Check Out Last Year’s Carnation Festival

Every year The Carnation Festival grows bigger and better. Plan now for 2016… get circus tickets early, bring the whole family, catch some great live music and a spectacular fireworks show!
FREE shuttles on Friday & Saturday from nearby parking lots.
Festival admission is always FREE!

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW 2016 ATTRACTION… Jackalope Art & Craft Fair brings 200 high quality vendors from Colorado and beyond for a community meets artisan event.

Automezzi XXVI

Over 125 Italian automobiles and motorcycles will be on display on Sunday, August 14th. Donations received at the Automezzi benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Event Schedule

Call the Festival Hotline at 720.316.WRCF for up to date information

Friday, August 12th

3:00pm-9:00pm
Zoppe’ Circus Box Office Open

3:30pm
FREE SHUTTLES begin to and from nearby parking lots

4:00pm-5:45pm (OPENING SHOW!)
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

4:00pm-10:00pm
Wheat Ridge Art League Membership Show
Anderson Building Gymnasium

4:00pm-11:00pm
Beer Garden, Food Court & Vendors Open
Jackalope Art & Craft Fair Open
Carnival Open – rides, games and food

4:40pm-5:40pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

4:30pm-8:00pm
Famous Spaghetti Dinner in Food Court
Picnic Table Art Challenge & Silent Auction
(tables located in front of circus tent)

6:00pm-7:30pm
Silver Foxes vs. Wheat Ridge Police Dept Softball Game
Ball Fields, Anderson Park

6:05pm-7:20pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

7:00pm-8:45pm
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

7:45pm-9:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

9:00pm-9:15pm
Announcements / Sponsor Recognition

9:15pm
FIREWORKS!

9:30pm-11:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – BUCKSTEIN

11:30pm
LAST SHUTTLE back to parking lots

Saturday, August 13th

7:00am-9:00am
Grange Pancake Breakfast
3850 High Ct. (Behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery)

9:30am-11:30am
47th Annual Carnation Festival Parade
38th Ave between Ames and Upham Streets

11:30am
FREE SHUTTLES begin to and from nearby parking lots

Noon-9:00pm
Zoppe’ Circus Box Office Open

Noon-11:00pm
Beer Garden, Food Court & Vendors Open
Jackalope Art & Craft Fair Open
Carnival Open – rides, games and food

Noon-10:00pm
Wheat Ridge Art League Membership Show
Anderson Building Gymnasium

12:10pm-1:10pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

1:00pm-2:45pm
Zoppe’ Circus Performance
SOLD OUT!

1:35pm-2:35pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

3:00pm-4:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

4:00pm-5:45pm
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

4:25pm-5:40pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

4:30pm-8:00pm
Famous Spaghetti Dinner in Food Court
Picnic Table Art Challenge & Silent Auction
(located in front of circus tent)

5:00pm-7:00pm
Chili Cook Off
Located in the Main Stage Beer Garden

6:05pm-7:20pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

7:00pm-8:45pm
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

7:20pm-7:45pm
Parade Awards – Main Stage

7:45pm-9:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Artist TBA

9:00pm-9:15pm
Announcements / Sponsor Recognition
Chili Cook Off Awards – Main Stage

9:15pm
FIREWORKS!

9:30pm-11:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – CHRIS DANIELS & THE KINGS featuring Freddi Gowdy and Special Guest Hazel Miller

11:30pm
LAST SHUTTLE back to parking lots

Sunday, August 14th

9:00am-1:00pm
Automezzi XXVI Italian Exotic Car
& Motorcycle Show
($5 donation at the gate benefits the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation)

9:00am – 4:00pm
Food and Beverages Available

1:00pm-2:45pm
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

4:00pm-5:45pm (LAST SHOW!)
Zoppe’ Circus Performance

Need to Know

On site parking ($10) is limited so please take a free shuttle or walk or bike in.

Please leave your pets at home, only service dogs are allowed on festival grounds.

No coolers or outside alcohol allowed. The entire festival is a beer garden.

No illegal drugs, weapons or firearms allowed on festival grounds.

No solicitation on festival grounds (except for approved vendor booths).

All beverages at bars are purchased with festival tickets.

There’s three locations to purchase bar tickets (cash or credit cards accepted)

Food court vendors can accept cash or credit at their booth.

Carnival rides and games are purchased with carnival tokens.

Food in the carnival area is purchased with carnival tokens.

Carnival tokens are purchased with cash only from a token machine. (ATM’s on-site)

Carnival ride wristbands can be purchased from the bar ticket booth near carnival.

Festival is rain or shine but in the case of severe weather, the rain date is Sunday, August 14th from 9:00am-9:30pm (ends after fireworks)

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