Arvada Harvest Festival & Grand Parade is a free family-friendly event taking place every fall in downtown Arvada, just northwest of Denver, Colorado. The festival features carnival rides, food and vendor booths, a spelling bee, talent show, garden harvest contests, car show, cow chip tossing competition, kid's parade and activities, and plenty of live entertainment. The festival runs from early morning till sunset each day.
Arvada Harvest Festival was first introduced in October 1925 to mark the construction of the first concrete road between Arvada and Denver. Over the years, it has become the largest festival of Arvada. The most popular event of the festival is the Grand Parade that usually has over 100 entries. It goes through Grant Pl., W. 57th Ave., Upham St., Grandview Ave. and Ralston Road. Every year the "Viewers Choice" and different category winners are announced on the festival's main stage on Grandview Avenue.
Arvada Harvest Festival features a half-marathon, 10mile, 10K and 5K runs. The races start by the library in Olde Town Arvada and finish at McIlvoy Park. There will be a post-race expo with vendors, awards, and entertainment.