For 93 years, Littleton residents have been holding a community celebration. This year’s Western Welcome Week is actually a 10-day fest, August 13 to 22. The 2021 event schedule is jam-packed spanning more than 40 events from a fishing derby to trivia challenge benefiting dozens of local nonprofits. Some highlights for true cheapskates:
Friday, August 13 — Music & Fireworks with a FREE concert by Kyle Allgood & the NoGoods at Sterne Park (5800 S. Spotswood St.) capped off by fireworks at 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 14 — Go gold panning on the Platte. Equipment and instruction provided for this FREE event from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at South Platte Park (3000 W. Carson Dr.). From 10 a.m. to noon, kids can test their angling skills at the Little Elks Fishing Derby at Geneva Park Lake (2255 W. Berry Ave.)
Sunday, August 15 — Play all sorts of games of old at Geneva Park for FREE from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Includes panning for gold & gems, bubble blowing, apple dash, tic tac toe, sack race, cactus toss, marble race, water shoot, and more. A Pancake Breakfast with pancakes, Polidori sausage, coffee, and juice is also at the park from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person, available at the event; children 4 years and under free.
Sunday, August 15 — Custom Car Show at the Littleton Elks Lodge (5749 S. Curtice) featuring local hot rods and custom rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17 — Check out vintage and classic cars and chow down for FREE on some yummy barbecue at the Car Show & BBQ from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at O’Toole’s Garden Center (5201 S. Federal Blvd.).
Tuesday, August 17 — Kick up your heels at RiverPointe Swing Dance, featuring a FREE concert by Zing: The Great Big Band and dancing under the stars from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 5225 S. Prince St.
Thursday, August 19 — Enjoy The Cody Sisters during a FREE outdoor concert at Bemis Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, August 20 — Quilt Show & Used Book Sale from noon to 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton (1609 W. Littleton Blvd.). More than 100 antique, vintage and new quilts on display, as well as demonstrations.
Saturday, August 21 — Festival Day along Main & Prince Streets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Includes Grand Parade, arts & crafts fair, Kids Zone, carnival games and more.
Sunday, August 22 — Duck Race starts at noon at the Little’s Creek Bridge at Sterne Park (5804 S. Bemis St.). Cheer on the ducks as they race down Little’s Creek towards the Prince Street bridge.