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 Now!

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 over 150 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
Live music by Karl Ziedins 5:30pm-7:30pm
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 – Jim Hyatt Band

4:30pm-8:00pm
Famous Spaghetti Dinner in Food Court
featuring live music by Rick Chinisci & Tom Allan Grengs
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 – Cowboy Dave

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

7:45pm-9:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Premium Diesel

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 – Gregg Green

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

1:35pm-2:35pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Tin Brother Duo

3:00pm-4:00pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Facing West

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

4:25pm-5:40pm
Live Music on the Main Stage – Rachel & the Ruckus

4:30pm-8:00pm
Famous Spaghetti Dinner in Food Court
featuring live music by Rick Chinisci & Charlie Provenza
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 – My Blue Sky

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 – The Burroughs

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 Sheryl Renee

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

10:30am – 1:30pm
Live Music by Sal Martorano & Swing Shift

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

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

Need to Know

On site parking ($10) is very 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 and must be under control of the owner at all times and should remain on a leash or in a harness.

Coolers, outside food and beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) from outside the event are not allowed. Formula, milk and food for infants/toddlers is permitted as is food for medical purposes. Empty or sealed water bottles are allowed (one per person). Glass containers of any kind are not allowed (excluding small containers such as baby food jars).

No illegal drugs, weapons or firearms allowed on festival grounds. All persons, bags, parcels, clothing, and other items may be subject to screening/security checks at the festival entrances and also within the event. We reserve the right not to allow any bag, parcel, or other item to be brought into the event, and to deal with any unattended object in such way as we consider appropriate.

Anderson Park is a smoke and vape free zone per city ordinance.

Bicycles, skooters, Segways, inline skates and skateboards are not allowed. Bicycle parking is available and free in the on-site parking lot. Bring your own lock, festival will provide a bicycle corral area.

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)

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Colorado Media Group
Seniors Resource Center
Get Connected Events
Neighborhood Gazette
Ketelsen Campers
the Wright Group
Champion
Champion
Dignity Memorial
Stapleton Printing
Stapleton Printing

Wheat Ridge Poultry

GIA Insurance

RE/MAX Professionals
Loretta DiTirro

Swiss Flower & Gift Cottage

Colorado Insurance Specialists

Pietra’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
Clancey’s Irish Pub

Medved Autoplex

Welby Gardens, Hardy Boy Plants

Paycor