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Beer & Wine Garden

The Carnation Festival is one of the largest festival beer & wine gardens in Colorado! Serving both domestic and craft beer favorites, plus wine, spritzers and margaritas, we offer lots of choices and three bars on site. You can grab a beer or glass of wine in the food court with your meal, sit in the main beer garden and enjoy great live music or wander on down the midway to check out the vendors, carnival rides and games or shop the 150+ artisans and crafters at the Jackalope Fair. Or you might just hang out under the shade of a big tree or one of the many tented seating areas to enjoy your frosty brew with friends. This is by far one of the best beer gardens around, because the whole festival is the beer garden!


The Parade is Saturday, August 13th, begins at 9:30am on 38th Avenue and Ames Street and heads west on 38th Avenue to Upham Street (1 block east of Wadsworth). Submit a Royalty Nomination or Enter Parade Here


Located at the south end of the Carnation Festival, the expanded carnival features kiddie rides, adult rides, midway games and yummy carnival treats including the famous funnel cakes!


Don’t miss the bigger and better fireworks on Friday & Saturday night
at 9:15pm!

Wheat Ridge Colorado Carnation Festival Parade

Annual Art League Member Show

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Learn more about the Annual Art League Membership Show

Wheat Ridge Colorado Carnation Festival Parade

Student Art Auction

Support Wheat Ridge Schools! Check out the artwork of Wheat Ridge students at the Picnic Table Art Challenge at the Carnation Festival. Tables will be displayed in front of the Zoppe’ Circus Tent. Bid on your favorite table in the silent auction and you might win a very special Wheat Ridge work of art for your own back yard!

Sunday, August 14th will feature a Celebration of Italian Motoring with over 125 Italian Exotic Cars and Motorcycles on display around the Zoppe’ tent. Food and beverages available from 9am-4pm. Live music from 10:30am-1:30pm by Sal Martorano & Swing Shift. Circus performances at 1pm and 4pm. Automezzi times are 9am-1pm (donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

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Pancake Breakfast

Saturday (before the parade) from 7am-9am
at Grange Hall, 3850 High Ct.
(behind Wheat Ridge Cyclery).
Breakfast includes ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee and juice. Suggested donation is $6.
Benefits the Grange Foundation.

Chili Cook-off

Sign up for the chili cook-off and compete for the title of Carnation Festival Chili Champion (not to mention bragging rights!).
Public chili tasting on Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm. Tasting cost is $5.

Spaghetti Dinner

The famous spaghetti dinner, served by the Wheat Ridge Fire Department takes place on both Friday and Saturday nights from 4:30-8:00pm in the food court.
Cost is $8 for adults & $5 for kids under 12.

Abundant Food Court Choices!

Check out the great selection of delicious food from numerous local vendors.