Golden Valley’s Golden Birthday

The all-volunteer festival boasts between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors each year. Photo by Luke Weisberg
The all-volunteer festival boasts between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors each year. Photo by Luke Weisberg

The all-volunteer festival boasts between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors each year. Photo by Luke Weisberg

On Sept. 15, Golden Valley will be celebrating its 15th Annual Arts and Music Festival.

If you’re a fan of art, music, food trucks, parades, or just a good time, Golden Valley will be the place for you on Sept. 15. With activities for all ages, the Golden Valley Arts and Musical Festival is the perfect spot to take the family for some fun and games.

“For kids and adults, we have a parade that kicks off at 9 a.m. with people lining the parade route as early as 8 a.m.! There’s also a kids’ area, including a bouncy house, kids’ games and crafting, antique kids ‘vehicles’, and kid-oriented music,” says Dean Penk, Golden Valley Community Foundation Board chair.

Penk says there will also be food trucks, crafts, an “under the water tower” game area, live music, a caricature artist, and a 3D chalk art exhibition, which is great for people of all ages. Specifically for adults, there is a wide variety of food, wine, and beer, a raffle for a day and night on the town including a chauffeured limo, as well as other music, crafts, and art for sale.

“This year, the Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival will include art vendors with art for sale, music all day long, a community parade, community organization fair, a chalk art demonstration/participation experience, food trucks and beer/wine for sale, and kids’ games/family art activities. We’ll also be hosting a special ‘Mayors vs. Kids’ chess challenge with Golden Valley and Hopkins,” says GVCF member Luke Weisberg.

Weisberg says any earnings and donations that exceed the costs for the festival support the GVCF’s charitable work in Golden Valley.

“We also host community organizations for most of the day who share information about their work with community members throughout the festival. Finally, some of the festival’s activities are run/planned by individual nonprofit organizations that serve Golden Valley,” Weisberg says.

The annual festival features food trucks music and a number of family-friendly activities. Photo by Luke Weisberg

Penk says the Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival is a great opportunity for people in the community to learn more about the service that GVCF does, which helps bring the community together.

“Currently, the focus has been on providing visibility to community groups via our Community Group Circle under the water tower. Here, attendees can walk the circle to see what service groups from the community, county, and state serve our area. The event is planned with bringing people of all sorts to gather in one place in Golden Valley, to be engaged, entertained, informed, and enlightened as to what services, arts, music and activities exist,” Penk says. “This festival program is really the foundation for support for our Golden Valley Arts program. We rely on donations to support the event and all the activities the foundation supports, so the more money we raise, the more the event can expand and the foundation programs can support.”
They are always looking for people to get involved, donate, or volunteer at the Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival, Weisberg says. Volunteers who help with planning the festival are essential in making sure the event runs smoothly and offers something for everyone.
“We are a community-focused event, offering a little something for everyone. We are focused on sharing good music, art, food, drink, and community activities that create an opportunity for Golden Valley residents and others to ‘Visit in the Valley’ with friends and neighbors,” Weisberg says.
Penk says the all-volunteer festival has between 3,500 and 4,000 people visit the festival, including well-behaved dogs each year.

“We hope that everyone from Golden Valley comes out to have a summer casual outing day and are very happy that others outside our geographic city come to take part in all we do, hopefully seeing Golden Valley as an open, welcoming community that is great to shop in, visit, or live in,” Penk says.

For more information about the Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival, visit their website at

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