People walk in the Olde Town pedestrian mall during last year's Jackalope Arts festival.
The scene at last year's Jackalope Arts festival in Olde Town. Credit: Courtesy Jackalope Arts.

Local artisans and makers will have a chance to build community and peddle their wares, as the Jackalope Arts festival — an annual gathering of handmade-only vendors — is set to return to Olde Town Arvada from Oct. 13 to 15.

The festival — which charges no admission and is free to the public — will start with a “preview night” on Oct. 13 to give folks an idea of what to expect throughout the weekend. Preview night will also feature a Halloween parade and scavenger hunts for children in attendance.

Jackalope Co-Founder Melissa Kahout said Olde Town is a great site for the festival, which returns to the historic district for the third time this year.

“What makes Jackalope so unique is it’s a handmade-only event,” Kahout said. “We really strive to have artisans there that you can meet and build that connection with what you’re purchasing. Olde Town has the perfect community vibe; perfect to bring makers and community out so they can shop small and support local.”

Olde Town Business Improvement District Director Joe Hengstler said the festival is part of Olde Town’s mission to engage artists — local-to-Arvada artisans Arvada Ceramics Guild, Herbal Riot and Reverie Rose Designs will take part — in Arvada’s main commercial district.

“We’re so excited the Jackalope Arts fair is coming back for its 3rd year in Olde Town Arvada,” Hengstler said. “It’s really helped to put Olde Town on the map as a place that values small artisan vendors, and we believe this event brings a unique experience to the area.”

Kahout said the event is perfect for folks looking to have a free weekend activity or get a jump on some holiday shopping.

“It’s a perfect free and family-friendly activity to do during the weekend,” Kahout said. “It’s got a little something for everyone — whether you’re looking to get holiday shopping done early or just something for yourself.”

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