Western Welcome Week started as a Homecoming event for the citizens of Littleton, Colorado. Now, it has grown to a multi-day celebration of the town, complete with parades, competitions, food, vendors, and plenty of other summery festival fun for the whole family!
Join the Littleton locals as they celebrate 95 years of “Community and Friendship” through their Western Welcome Week. The 95th annual festival will be held from Friday to Sunday, August 11th to 20th, 2023, with the grand parade happening on August 20th.
The Western Welcome Week of Littleton, Colorado had an interesting start. The Littleton Independent newspaper was holding a celebration in honor of its 40th year in the press. This led the editor of the Independent, Houstoun Waring, to organize an event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Littleton’s founder Richard Little.
Its name was changed to Western Welcome Week in 1962 after Littleton’s Chamber of Commerce decided to extend the days for celebration. The Western Welcome Week has since become a major event in the state where people come together to rejoice in the town and community they call home. There will be a lot of fun and engaging activities that will happen throughout the multi-day event.
There will be art exhibits, BBQ parties, book sales, a children’s fishing derby, a live trivia challenge, a cake contest, pottery classes, a flower and car show, swing dancing, a pig roast, jazz performances, a western dance party, and outdoor concerts. The festival also aims to raise funds to help various organizations around Littleton.
The once week-long Western Welcome has continued to evolve and is now a ten-ten day-long celebration, depending on the year. Some of the other events and activities during Western Welcome Week will include:
- Grand Parade
- Craft and Home Improvement Fair
- 5K Fun Run/Walk
- Gold panning
- Pancake breakfast
- Outdoor concerts
- Duck race
- Stick horse stampede
- Silent auction
While there are exciting events going on the entire week, you won’t want to miss Saturday, August 20, known as “Festival Day”.
The annual Firefighter’s Children’s Parade, Grand Parade, Craft and Home Improvement fair, and many other exciting events and vendors will take place on that Saturday, so if you had to pick just one day to attend Western Welcome Week, that should be the one!
Address: 5890 S Bemis St, Littleton, CO 80120
Date: Friday – Sunday | August 11-20, 2023