Thornton’s largest festival of the year returns Saturday May 20 to Carpenter Park Fields and is expected to draw as many as 50,000 visitors.
ThorntonFest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. May 20 at the park, 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
Thorntonfest is a one-day celebration that offers the community an extensive list of venues and entertainment, a mix of live entertainment and shopping.
Three stages set around the festival will provide entertainment throughout the day. The Marketplace Stage will feature a variety of musical performances. The Acousticators will begin at 11 a.m. followed by county musicians The Tyler Walker Band at noon.
The Soul School takes the stage at 1:15 p.m., followed That Eighties Band at 2:30 p.m. Boulder-based funk and soul collective Funkiphino closes out the Marketplace Stage performances with a show set to start at 3:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, the Carpenter Park Ampitheater will feature a battle of the bands from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. featuring 10 teen bands. Each will play a 20-minute set.
The Dance Stage will entertain the crowd with the City of Thornton Dance Teams beginning at 10 a.m., followed at 1:15 p.m. by the Premier Dance Studio and the Gayton Dance Studio at 2:30 p.m. The City of Thornton Taekwondo group will perform from 3:45 p.m., closing out performances on that stage.
Local pets will have two opportunities to compete. The festival is hosting a National Canine Frisbee Competition for area retrievers as well as the Rocky Mountain Dockdogs competition in big air, extreme vertical and speed retrieval categories.
Dogs older than six months are welcome to compete with their handlers age 7 or older. Registration for both contests is open until 8 a.m. and the competition begins at 9 a.m. Visit www.rockymountaindockdogs.com for more information.
Pet lovers can also check out Paw Fest. There will be an AniMall where they can buy special products and have their pets vaccinated for minimal costs. The pet clinic is open from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for a rabies shot and $10 for the distemper vaccination, cash or check only. The services are provided by Huron Animal Hospital.
The Thornton Fire Department is hosting Healthy Town, offering healthy eating tips, life safety education, and they will give you active wellness advice as well.
The city is using shuttles to keep festival-goers moving beginning at 9:30 a.m. starting at STEM Launch School at 9450 N. Pecos St. The shuttles are scheduled to stop at several locations around the festival every 25 to 30 minutes. The last shuttle departs at 5:30 p.m.