CELEBRATING 53 YEARS | WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO | Family Fun SINCE 1969

Celebrate Wheat Ridge and its one-of-a-kind charm at the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. This 3-day event celebrating its 53rd year will be held August 12-14, 2022. The Carnation Festival is a free community event highlighting the unique character of Wheat Ridge. The 2022 event will take place at Anderson Park (44th Ave & Field Street).

It is one of the oldest and longest running festivals in the state of Colorado. This festival recently passed its half a century mark. The festival derives its name from the post-World War II period when Wheat Ridge was home to a thriving carnation industry. Colorado’s abundant sunshine made for a near-perfect place to grow carnations. 

The event will have fun for the whole family and features live music, a classic car show, a parade, vendors, food, beer and wine, kids’ activities, two nights of fireworks, and more. This is all made possible by the partnership with the City of Wheat Ridge and local sponsors, including the 2022 premier sponsor, Powermap Ltd.

This year will feature over a dozen musical acts, and the music will continue until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday! The lineup features The Trampolines, a Colorado staple since 2005 who recently released their new album “The Trampolines – Kaleidoscope Live.” You can also enjoy Bad Colorado, Colorado’s tribute to Bad Company, at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss That Eighties Band’s Saturday performances at 9 p.m. on the main stage. Headliner Hazel Miller will help wrap up the weekend with a set of originals, Jazz, blues, R&B, and popular music on Sunday at 4 p.m.

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As it celebrates the 53rd year, the Carnation Festival will be re-energized with new elements that create more fun for the attendees and benefit the community. The Carnation Festival welcomes the Zoppé Family Circus back in 2022. Festivalgoers can see Zoppé Circus performances from August 5th through August 15th

On Saturday, the circus will be preceded by a parade along 38th Ave. from Ames Street to Upham Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Carnation Festival continues to celebrate the city’s heritage and bring the community together for an annual end of summer festival.