Annual Events in Thornton Colorado by Ambassador Painting
Thornton Festivals & Special Events (May be affected by COVID-19)
HOW IT ALL BEGAN IN THORNTON, COLORADO
In 1996, the Thornton City Council wanted to create a unique and special event to celebrate the citys 40th anniversary. City staff produced a special event free to the public that would encourage neighbors to come together to celebrate our community.
Twenty years later, this event, known as Thorntonfest, has grown into one of the most popular events in the north metro area and includes entertainment stages, a Car Show, Paw Fest featuring pet and animal-related exhibits, 125 exhibitor booths, 75 crafters, children’s amusements, and lots of family fun. Not only does the city host Thorntonfest attracting over 50,000 people, but it also hosts two other major festivals and several special events throughout the year.
CELEBRATING CULTURAL DIVERSITY
In addition to Thorntonfest, Harvest Fest happens in September in the south part of town celebrating the history and cultural diversity of Thornton. Harvest Fest includes a childrens Fishing Derby, a Chili Cook-off, and a Skate Park competition as well as local entertainment and cultural dance acts Hispanic Heritage Celebration, and childrens attractions.
In December, everyone looks forward to WinterFest, a holiday-themed Santas Village created on the Carpenter Park Fields with miniature buildings, an ice skating rink, Santas House, Ice Sculpting Displays, nearly 450 lit trees, local choirs, and unique winter fireworks show creating a festive and magical experience sure to fill everyone with the holiday spirit.
A popular area of WinterFest is the Wonderland Woods where businesses, organizations, and community members compete in the Community Tree Decorating Contest. Participants creatively decorate a Noble Fir with their own special holiday touch or by incorporating their business theme. Because there is no other event like this anywhere in the surrounding area, this event is quickly becoming a holiday tradition for families across the metro area.
CELEBRATING OUR NATIONS INDEPENDENCE
Thornton is definitely the place for neighbors and families to gather on the Fourth of July. Attendees bring their blankets, Frisbees, and picnics anxiously awaiting nightfall and the spectacular fireworks show. The crowd is entertained throughout the evening and into the night by walk-around performers, live bands, nighttime skydivers, and a fabulous fireworks show.
FUN-FILLED SPECIAL EVENTS
Thornton also hosts several smaller, special events throughout the year primarily geared towards children and families including the Easter Egg Scramble and Trunk or Treat. In addition, Paws for a Dip is a fun way to enjoy the dog days of summer giving friendly dogs the opportunity to play in City Pool after it has been closed to the public. Several other special events are held throughout the year in various places around town.
There is truly something for everyone in the city of Thorntons festivals and special events! Created to celebrate the underlying value of community and giving neighbors a place to gather and families to come together, these festivals and special events are some of what makes Thornton special.
Lions Club Relays
Easter Egg Scramble
Fourth of July
Paws For A Dip
Trick or Trot
Trunk or Treat
Movies in the Park