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2nd Saturday Festivals return to Olde Town this summer

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Second Saturdays encourages residents to come to Olde Town to socialize and celebrate summer in Arvada.
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Olde Town Arvada will welcome summer in true festival fashion with three vibrant evenings of live music, street food and activities for the whole family.

“The 2nd Saturday festival is unique in the community because it’s in the Olde Town area,” said Dan Mayer, a frequent festival attendee. “It’s a great neighborhood, and you know, the Arvada Beer Company and other Olde Town businesses unique to the area are there, and you can’t really get that anywhere else.”

Slated for the second Saturday of June, July and August, Arvada’s 2nd Saturday festivals bring the community together for a warm evening of free entertainment.

Held along Grandview Avenue, attendees can enjoy a variety of entertainment with an interactive kids’ zone, arts and crafts vendors and live music from regional bands such as the rockin’ folk sounds of The Wendy Woo Band, country-rock music with the Kory Brunson Band, and a performance by Doctor Robert, in a celebration of The Beatles first Red Rocks performance in August.

“We seem to find, people love the events,” said Adam Mueller, an organizer with the festival. “They love to come out and have things to do and things to see, and be able to drink and eat on the street and to be able to come down to the district and celebrate the summer.”

Each event will bring approximately 4,000 visitors to Olde Town Arvada, perusing more than 50 local vendors, bouncing around in the kids’ zone and sharing in the summertime festival.

For vendors like Fallon Morris, who owns Din’e Creations, Fine Navajo Jewelry, showcasing their products and socializing with the community is essential for their businesses.

“I’m a local business, and I like to present all my products to the locals here,” she said. “I meet people here (at 2nd Saturdays) that way they get to know me, my product.”

New to the festival this year will be a themed celebration of the 50th Anniversary since the 60s rock band, The Beatles, graced the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Mueller said with event themes and the growing attendance of the festival, 2nd Saturdays could become Olde Town’s signature event.

“There’s the possibility of adding more blocks to the festival, adding more stages, adding more entertainment,” he said. “As the demand for it continues from our citizens and our vendors, it’s very possible to see a larger event come out of this, to become the real signature events of the area.”

For more information on 2nd Saturdays, visit www.historicarvada.org.