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90th Annual Arvada Harvest Festival and Parade

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  • by City Manager

A Bit of Festival History

The Harvest Festival's roots began in 1925 to celebrate the completion of the first paved road between Arvada and Denver. The newly formed Chamber of Commerce planned a huge celebration including an appearance by the Governor and a football game, as well as speeches, displays of goods and farm animals, and music and dancing.  No one counted on a blizzard the night before the celebration, but Arvadans shoveled the roads and celebrated anyway, without the Governor or the football game. The Arvada Harvest Festival has been held every single year since then with just three exceptions: one year during the Great Depression, one year during World War II, and one year due to a polio scare.

Because the first Festival in 1925 celebrated a transportation achievement, the 2015 90th Annual Harvest Festival will  celebrate the progress of transportation, and folks are encouraged to travel by train, horseback, car, bike, or feet to be a part of the Festival scheduled for September 11 – 13, 2015.

Festival and Contact Information

The 2015 Arvada Harvest Festival is hosted by the Arvada Jaycees, the Arvada Harvest Festival Committee, and the Arvada Junior Chamber Foundation, Inc. For complete information on the Harvest Festival and for Festival contact information, visit the Harvest Festival website at

Please Note: There are changes in the staging area and the parade route this year. Olease visit the Arvada Harvest Festival website for details.