Thorntonfest Venues

​Thorntonfest Venues

Arbor Day Tent

boy holding a plantThornton Forestry staff hosts this educational venue. Staff will be on-hand to discuss any problems or questions you may have concerning trees, turfgrass, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and Xeriscape. Displays and handouts will be available dealing with a wide variety of topics.

This Teen competition willrun approimately 10:30 a.m. - 5 pm. in the Carpenter Park Amphitheater. A maximum of ten pre-selected yourth bands will perform throughout the day with each group playing a 20-minute set. Performance schedule will be available one week prior to the event. Application will be posted to the right when available.

Beer Gardens

Adults age 21 and over are invited to the east and west beer gardens located in The Marketplace, to socialize with other adults, while enjoying an ice cold beverage! Three drink limit per person and a photo I.D. is required to enter.

City Services Tent

people and booths in a tentWhile you are at the festival, be sure to look for the big blue and white striped tent! Here you will find representatives from various City departments to provide you with answers or guidance to your City-related questions. 

Booths will display information on various topics such as senior citizen programs and services, police administration, building inspections and building permits.

The Infrastructure Department will have information available about the City's water and sewer system. Utilities Operations will have "cut-a-ways" of water meters and valves; Water Treatment will have simulated water treatment process; and Water Resources will have interesting tips on water conservation.

Kids Korner

little girl on a kids train rideKids Korner is the portion of Thorntonfest that is dedicated to the "kid in all of us."   There will be bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, mini-train, vendors, carnival rides and much more!

Items and activities directly related to the smallest members of our population. You will find face painting, hands-on activities and educational items. A must-see for parents and children alike!

Children's Amusements: Once again the amusements at Thorntonfest will be free of charge to everyone in attendance! So come on down and join the fun!

Youth Sports: Here you will find representatives from many of the community's youth sports groups. They will have interactive activities for the children to take part in as well as to test their skills.

Thornton Fire Department's Healthy Town

boy grabbing frisbee from fire safety womanCome and meet the residents of Healthy Town! Healthy Town is a happy, healthy place and they love welcoming new residents!

Thornton Fire will be offering healthy eating tips, active wellness and life safety education to help you become a resident of Healthy Town!


The Marketplace

Business Exhibitors: A great place to familiarize yourself with many of the services and products area businesses and associations have to offer!  Here you will be able to ask questions, pick up information and make purchases, all from one convenient location.

Craft Exhibitors: Handmade items on display and available for purchase. A great opportunity to locate that unique gift!

Mile Hi Cruisers Car Show

The Mile Hi Cruisers Car Show will host a huge display of classic and custom cars for the public to enjoy. All special-interest cars are invited to take part. Check-in for participants: 8 - 10 a.m. Trophies and awards presentation: 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)  For further information please call Jan van der Sanden at 720-977-5915 or download the Entry Form.

cars from car show 

Paw Fest

dog catching a frisbeeThis specially designed fair will be jam packed with pet-related information, products, veterinary care and lots of entertainment & SHOPPING! While enjoying your day at the festival, keep your pets and others safe while keeping your dog on a leash, and cats MUST BE in a well-ventilated carrier or box. Water will be available at water stations for your pet, but please come prepared with water for your pet as well.

AniMall: Looking for a little something for that special pet in your life? Visit the AniMall, where all the vendors carry pet-related products. Pet lovers will not want to miss this fun shopping section of Paw Fest!

National Canine Frisbee Competition: Come watch, be amazed, laugh and cheer for these four-legged wonders as they entertain young and old alike with their precision, style and finesse! Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m.

New Indoor Location Due to Inclement Weather

Saturday, May 20 • APEX Field House, 5724 Oak St.  Arvada
Registration: 8 a.m. Competition begins: 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 21 • Woodglen Park, 115th Avenue & Madison Street, Thornton

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Competition begins: 9:30 a.m.


boy holding a snakeCreature Features: Here, young and old alike can observe, learn about and often times touch different creature exhibits. Several Colorado exhibitors will be available to answer questions and help introduce you to animals you rarely have a chance to observe. Canyon Critters 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pet Vaccination Clinic: Bring your dog or cat to this low-cost Pet Vaccination Clinic. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and from 1 - 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for a rabies shot and $10 for the distemper vaccination. Cash and Check ONLY. Driver's license required if paying by check. Staff from the Huron Animal Hospital will be donating their time for this event.

Rocky Mountain Dockdogs: Join Rocky Mountain Dockdogs as they hold Competitions in Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Extreme Vertical. You may have seen thisthis popular, family-friendly sport on TV and now's your chance to give it a gry! All dogs over six months old and handlers over seven years old are welcome to sign up. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A $30 registration fee will apply. Visit for more information.

The Rocky Mountain Dock Dogs competition will go ahead as scheduled on Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21.  It will be moved into the parking lot south of the Carpenter Park multipurpose fields

Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Carpenter Park Fields

108th Ave. & Colorado Blvd.