Cider Days

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About the Event 

Celebrating Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats, the 44th annual Cider Days Festival offers fun and excitement for the entire family!

This year’s event will include tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, historic demonstrations and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors. The Cider Days Festival wouldn’t be complete without everything apple – including apple pressing, apple cider by the glass or gallon, Apple Annie’s Baking Challenge (Sunday only) and more.

Cider Days hosts the same great experience both Saturday and Sunday, and your admission covers all activities and entertainment.


All Things Apple

Apple Activities and Products for Purchase

We’ve got apples galore!  Farm Stand at Cider Days

Here's what we featured in 2018:

  • Purchase freshly baked apple crisp in the 1930’s Farm House.
  • Adults can sip on Hard Cider from the beer garden.
  • Enjoy the bountiful spread grown & produced right here in Colorado from Ela Family Farms.
  • Partake in FREE apple pressing behind the Calving Barn.
  • Visit the Organic Cider Booths to sip on either cold or hot apple cider.Boy washing apples for pressing
  • Enter to participate in the Apple Pie Eating Contest.
  • Kids don’t miss the chance to get free apple designs from the face painter! 
  • Purchase locally baked apple pie from Granny Scott’s Pie Shop.
  • Help judge Apple Annie’s Baking Challenge by tasting baked goods from armature bakers (Sunday only).
  • Purchase locally baked apple donuts from Yummy's Donut House.
  • Our food vendors are pulling out all the stops! Indulge in caramel apples, apple lollipops, apple turnovers, cinnamon apple funnel cake, caramel apple gelato and even caramel apple cinnamon strudel pizza!
  • Sample spiced apple wassail from Colorado Wassail Company.

Pie Eating Contest

Apple Pie Eating Contest

Join us for the annual Apple Pie Eating Contest! Drop your name in the entry bowl anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the gazebo for a chance to participate.

Separate contests for children and adults (12+) feature exciting apple themed prizes. Contest begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday!

Apple Annie's Baking Challenge (Sunday Only)

Apple Annie's Baking ChallengeJoin Apple Annie on Sunday under the Gazebo from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. where amateur chefs are encouraged to show off their baked apple goodies! Festival attendees can taste the entries and vote on who THEY think should win the People’s Choice Award, while a pro-judging panel will evaluate each entry based on a list of criteria. 

First place bakers will win a $100 cash prize, $100 worth in gift certificates, all sorts of apple goodies & season tickets to the 2019 Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert Series for the first place winner)! Think you’ve got what it takes? Here's our entry form!(PDF, 514KB) Submit it by Wednesday, October 2 to compete in Apple Annie’s Baking Challenge! 

Kids Amusements

Kids Amusements
Enjoy amusements including the following all around the festival (all amusements are INCLUDED in admission ticket price):Pony Rides at Cider Days

  • Straw Bale Maze.
  • Face Painting (Apple themes are FREE).
  • Kids Craft Zone.
  • Magician & Balloon Artist.
  • Petting Zoo.
  • Burro Rides.
  • Horse-Drawn Wagon.
  • Train Rides.
  • Trick Pig Show.
  • Pie Eating Contest.

Live Entertainment

Honeycrisp Stage 

Bluegrass and folk music all day long!

 Music at Honeycrisp Stage

10:30 a.m.-noon Old Fuss and Feathers 10:30 a.m.-noon Rick Harris
12:30-2 p.m. The Wrecklunds 12:30-2 p.m. Pennies on the Track
2:30-4 p.m. Ponder The Albatross 2:30-4 p.m. Steepland String Band


Gala Gazebo

Presented by Mix 100

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10:30 a.m.-noon Roz Brown 10-11 a.m. Apple Annie's Baking Challenge Pro-Judging
12:30-1:30 p.m.  Square Dancing by Rollin' Wheels Square Dancing Club

11:30 a.m.-noon

Apple Annie's Baking Challenge People's Choice Judging
2-3 p.m. Magic Show by Ed Aragoni 12:15 p.m. Winners of Baking Challenge Announced
3:30-4 p.m.  Pie Eating Contest (Adults & Kids Round) 12:30-1:30 p.m. Square Dancing by Rollin' Wheels Square Dancing Club
2-3 p.m. Magic Show by Ed Aragoni
     3:30-4 p.m.   Pie Eating Contest (Adult & Kids Round)



Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Amphitheater

Trick Pigs at Cider Days

Both Saturday & Sunday 
11-11:45 a.m. Top Hogs (trick pigs)
Noon-12:30 p.m. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show
1-1:45 p.m. Top Hogs
2-2:30 p.m. The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show
3-3:45 p.m. Top Hogs
4-4:30 p.m.   The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show


Historical Demonstrations

Historical Demonstrations
Enjoy unique and timeless historical demonstrations including (but not limited to):

  • Blacksmithing.Blacksmith at Cider Days
  • Wood carving.
  • Lace making.
  • Crocheting.
  • Quilting.
  • Knitting.
  • Rug Hooking.
  • Embroidery.
  • Weaving and spinning wheels.
  • Sawmilling.
  • Vintage sewing machine.Embroidery at Cider Days
  • Chair caning.
  • Antique vehicles and tractors.
  • Butter churning.

Check out all craft demonstrations in the Calving Barn and Country Schoolhouse!

Tractor Pull

Colorado's Largest Tractor Pull

Tractor Pull at Cider DaysJoin the Rocky Mountain Tractor Pullers Association in Colorado’s largest tractor pull. The tractor pull takes place throughout the festival (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) both Saturday and Sunday. 

Hard Cider Tasting and Beer Garden

Hard Cider Tasting

Separate tickets needed. Tickets are limited.

Colorado Cider Guild Glass

Join the Colorado Cider Guild in Colorado’s largest “Hard Cider Tasting”. Enjoy over 50 delicious hard ciders from around the region and world!

General Admission + Hard Cider Tasting Package is $30 if purchased in advance (fees may apply) and $38 the day of. But buy soon; tickets WILL sell out!

  • Must be 21+ to purchase tasting tickets
  • Unlimited tasting and commemorative glass
  • Tickets are sold online and at the box office while supplies last
  • Tasting open from noon–4 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday
  • Proceeds benefit the Colorado Cider Guild
  • Children will be permitted to enter with their parent/guardian

The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden logo.

Don’t miss the beer garden (presented by Foothills Credit Union), featuring Lakewood-brewed craft beer, lawn games and more.

Enjoy beer, cider and wine from local favorites including: Colorado Cider CompanyWestFax Brewing CompanyGreat Frontier Brewing CompanyLandlocked Ales, Old 121 BrewhouseGreen Mountain Beer Company.

Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Interclub Partnership.     


Includes all amusements and entertainment. Re-entry allowed throughout the day.

Advanced Adult Admission: $6 (fees may apply when purchasing online)
Day Of Adult Admission: $8
Child Admission: $5


Advanced: $30 (fees may apply when purchasing online) 
Day of: $38

Ticket includes:

  • An open tasting of 50+ hard ciders.
  • A commemorative tasting glass.
  • General admission to Cider Days.

Children will be permitted in the tasting zone.


Buy Tickets


Call 303-987-7845


Two locations:

  1. Lakewood Heritage Center Visitor Center 
    Located at 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO 80226. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  2. Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office 
    Located at 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Tickets will be available both in advance and during the festival on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Bike to Cider Days

Get $1 off your first cup of cider when you ride your bike to Cider Days! We’ll store it for you for free while you enjoy the festival. Drop your bike at the Bike Valet located in front of the Lakewood Heritage Center Visitor Center (at 801 S. Yarrow St.), and we’ll check it for safe keeping until 5 p.m. both days. See map above for exact location.

 All riders will receive a coupon for $1 off their first cup of hot or cold Cider. (Offer not valid for hard cider.)

See below for recommended bike routes to take to the festival: 
From the North by way of Garrison Street.
From the South, by way of Florida Avenue.
From the East, Martindale area & Sheridan Boulevard.
From the West, Glennon Heights area.

Cider Days Bike Valet is presented to you in partnership with Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team.

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Bus to Cider Days

From East/Denver/Aurora:

  • 1 - Downtown Denver
  • 3 - Alameda Station
  • 11 - Aurora Metro Center via Mississippi Ave.
  • 14 - I-25 & Broadway Station
  • 87L - Civic Center Station

From North/Arvada:

  • 76 - Old Town Arvada

From South/Littleton:

  • 76 - Southwest Station
  • 87L - Wadsworth/Hampton

From West:

  • 3 - Federal Center Station

A round of apple-ause to our 2019 Sponsors... 

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District logo.  Gold Compass Real Estate: Home guidance you can trust.  Muller Engineering Company logo.  Alameda Connects logo.  Avenida Lakewood Logo.  Gravinas Window Center of Littleton logo.  AutoAves logo.  Tedford Commercial Real Estate logo.  Mix 100 Logo  Power Home Remodeling logo.  PASCO Logo   Foothills Credit Union logo.


...And our partners:
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  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 | 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 06, 2019 | 05:00 PM


Directions (from Denver): Follow 6th Ave to CO-121 S/Wadsworth Blvd in Lakewood. Take the CO-121 S/Wadsworth Blvd exit from US-6 W. Follow CO-121 S/Wadsworth Blvd to Alameda Ave. OR Virginia Ave. Turn west onto Alameda or Virginia and follow event parking signage and staff.
NOTE: Ohio Avenue will be CLOSED. Please access the event parking via Alameda Avenue or Virginia Ave.

Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. Lakewood CO 80226,    View Map

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