Autumn Fest 2023
Autumn Fest is a free celebration of Golden featuring hands-on activities for the whole family, including crafts, big trucks, and even farm animals. Join us to welcome the fall season at Golden History Museum (923 10th St.), proudly sponsored by:
Free and Low-Cost Family Activities
- make-your-own thaumatrope station and lawn games (hoop toss, ladder ball, and cornhole)
- 4-H petting zoo
- craft stations
- BIG TRUCKS (Streets, Fire, and Police Departments)
- costumed Civil War interpretation
- karate demonstration
- Colorado Volunteer Infantry Group
- Jeffco Open Space
- Boulder Apple Tree Project
- Mines Museum of Earth Science
- Golden Library
- Foothills Art Center
- Golden Street, Police, and Fire Departments
- Golden Public Art Commission
Autumn Fest Gallery
Location and Pricing
Unlike most GHM&P programs, there is no registration for Autumn Fest.
Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.
More Golden history
Check out the Golden History Museum & Park blog for the latest behind the scenes videos and stories, personal memoirs, and history tidbits about Golden.
Golden’s Candlelight Walk 2023
Experience the beauty of the holiday season with a candlelit walk down Washington Avenue in historic Golden, Colorado. Sing carols with neighbors and friends and marvel as the street is illuminated by thousands of glowing candles and the warmth of the festive, small-town holiday atmosphere. Many of the shops along Washington Avenue are open and there are hot cider, cocoa, and outdoor cafes to enjoy along the way. At the conclusion of the walk, the “switch” for Golden’s 45,000-holiday lights along Clear Creek and throughout downtown will be flipped, marking the official start to Golden’s holiday season.
Golden History Museum will be open with extended evening hours and ample opportunity to shop for holiday gifts, including History Park honey. Additionally, a blacksmithing demonstration will be held at Golden History Park. Don’t forget to pick up a roasted chestnut provided by Kiwanis Club of Golden! Admission is always free.
Looking to learns some winter survival skills? Join Hutch, expert survivalist and instructor to learn some basic winter survival skills at the Golden History Park. As the majority of this class will take place outside, make sure to dress accordingly for the weather. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!
Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings is a Colorado native, veteran, and father of four. He was raised in the Rocky Mountains by a real mountain man and hunting guide he called Grandpa. His love for adventure was first sparked by his grandfather’s teaching and stories. This spark was blown into flame in the Boy Scouts and fanned to a full-on bonfire in the Marine Corps. Read more about Hutch in his instructor bio or on his website. You can also find him on Instagram.
Learn the polka and country dancing in the Guy Hill Schoolhouse in the Golden History Park from dance teacher Mary Eiberger. Just like the pioneers and ranchers of the 1800s, we’ll be using the schoolhouse as a dance hall for the holidays! Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up!
Mary has been a high school math and science teacher and tutor for 33 years. She also loves to teach others to country and West Coast Swing dance. She started competing in Polka dancing at the age of five, and she has competed for many years in West Coast Swing dancing.
Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison.