Cider Days festival returns for 45th year at Heritage Lakewood

Published on August 18, 2021

Cider Days attendees buying apples at a farm stand.

Hard Cider Tasting Sept. 25, Family Weekend Oct. 2-3

Lakewood’s signature fall festival, Cider Days, celebrates the area’s agricultural heritage with two full days of family fun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow St. Admission per day is $10 ($8 in advance), $6 for children ages 3-12, and includes all entertainment and kids amusements. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 at Lakewood.org/CiderDays.

Try cider pressing, watch historic demonstrations and enjoy everything apple all weekend long. In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Tractor Puller’s Association, Cider Days hosts Colorado’s largest antique and vintage tractor pull. Other entertainment includes apple pie eating contests, trick pigs, line dancing, a magic show and more. Browse exhibitor booths, shop vendor’s wares, sip and savor more than 20 different apple themed products including Colorado apple cider. Kids will find their way through a straw bale maze, enjoy face painting, train and burro rides, balloon twisting, a petting zoo and crafts.

The Beer Garden presented by Foothills Credit Union will be serving up beer and hard cider from local favorites including the Colorado Cider Company, WestFax Brewing Company, Great Frontier Brewing Company, Landlocked Ales, Old 121 Brew House and Green Mountain Beer Company.

Free parking, free shuttle service to designated nearby lots and a free bike valet at the event entrance are available.

Held on a separate date due to its popularity, the Cider Days Hard Cider Tasting in partnership with the Colorado Cider Guild will be on Saturday, Sept. 25 with an afternoon tasting from noon to 3 p.m. and an evening tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. Tasting tickets ($40) are limited and also go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 26; this event is expected to sell out quickly.

Cider Days is sponsored by the Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division; the SCFD, a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, cultural and scientific organizations; Alameda Connects; Foothills Credit Union; Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton; Lutheran Medical Center; Mix 100; Muller Engineering; Power Home Remodeling; Tedford Commercial Real Estate; and Vitalant.