The city of Arvada, located just northwest of Denver, offers visitors a small town feel. Much of the community's charm stems from the turn-of-the-century Main Street Americana ambiance of Olde Town Arvada, with its numerous restaurants, bars, breweries, galleries and shops. After the discovery of gold, the town grew as railroad and trolley lines from Denver were built and agriculture thrived. Arvada boasts 90 parks within city limits and festivals and farmers' markets nearly every weekend. The city's most notable attraction is the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, housing spaces for theatrical and musical productions and visual art. See the Olde Town Arvada neighborhood map.
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This cultural center features three theaters with seating for more than 1,500 people for a variety of theatrical and music productions. There are also two floors of gallery space for art shows and a permanent museum on Arvada history.
Arvada is home to 125 miles of hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails.
Olde Town Arvada is home to Arvada Beer Company, Grand Lake Brewing Tavern, and Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub (which also offers Indian-Nepalese cuisine) and Odyssey Beerwerks a little further east on Ralston Road.
ROCKY FLATS INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM
This museum tells the story of Colorado's (now demolished) Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant.
Arvada will be an easy light rail ride from downtown Denver's Union Station starting in the fall of 2016, when the Gold Line opens.
St. Patrick's Day Festival
The fun starts in March in Olde Towne Arvada with the Luck of the Irish.
The summer features the annual Gold Strike Festival, a Blues & BBQ Block Party, and 2nd Saturday Street Festivals. Friday nights in August are reserved for the family-friendly Flicks in the Square film series.
Occurs in September and features a parade and food.
Festival of Scarecrows
Festival in October where dozens of scarecrows pop up all around the town.
December 1st celebration that includes a tree-lighting ceremony, carolers and a visit from Santa.