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By Elisabeth Monaghan

With festival season in full swing, the Neighborhood Gazette wants to remind you there is a wide selection of activities to check out.

Carnation Festival

The 49th annual Carnation Festival returns Aug. 10 through 12 to spotlight the people and community culture that has helped put Wheat Ridge on the map. Check out the insert for details.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrating the Asian and Asian American Communities in Colorado, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) will take place at Sloan’s Lake on July 28 and 29. The 18-year-old festival is the largest pan-Asia dragon boat festival in the U.S. In addition to the Dragon Boat race, the event will include Japanese dance, a scavenger hunt, an Anime Fest, the CDBF Marketplace. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

Colorado Scottish Festival

  The annual Colorado Scottish Festival returns for its 55th year Aug. 4 and 5 at Citizens Park in Edgewater. Enjoy all things Scottish – from music and dancing, to food and whisky tastings. Visit for more information.

BlissFest 333

Presented by Bliss Productions and Historic Elitch Theatre, BlissFest 333 is a multimedia cultural arts film festival taking place on Aug. 25 and 26. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit

Jeffco Fair & Festival

Festival season would be incomplete without the Jeffco Fair & Festival, happening Aug. 10 through 12 at Jeffco Fairgrounds. With an art exhibit, 4-H displays, a CPRA Rodeo, a carnival, food and all sorts of live entertainment, the Jeffco Fair & Festival offers something for everyone. Read more about the event at

West Colfax MuralFest

For art lovers, the fourth annual West Colfax MuralFest will be on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lamar Station Plaza, 6501 W. Colfax Ave.  The event also includes live music, interactive kids’ activities, food trucks and a beer garden.

Performances In The Park

Don’t miss the final shows in the Performances in the Park series. Enjoy free outdoor, family-friendly concerts at the pavilion at Anderson Park (4355 Field St., Wheat Ridge). Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Make it a family picnic!

Upcoming children’s shows (10 to 10:45 a.m.): Puppets & Things on Strings, July 25; and Lincoln Magic, Aug. 1

Evening shows (6:30 to 8 p.m.): The Michael Friedman Band, July 25; and Hot Tomatoes, Aug. 1.