On Saturday, June 3, the City of Brighton will host Summerfest, one of Brighton’s largest community festivals. Summerfest, formerly known as Culturefest, will have a new location and extended hours this year. The event will find a new home at Carmichael Park and will operate from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Also new this year, Summerfest will have a beer garden for those 21 years of age and older. A complimentary bike valet, provided by Bike Brighton, will be available at the event. Children activities will include a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing wall and more. The evening concert at the First National Bank Entertainment Stage will feature River Whyless, a nationally touring American folk band.
In addition and in partnership with the local nonprofit, Brighton Shares The Harvest, the City will be adding a new component to this year's Summerfest event called, “Grow Healthy with Brighton." This area will feature educational information and hands-on activities related to the benefits of fresh, healthy, local produce for all Brighton area families. There will also be a booth staffed with local nutritionists and dieticians, and a "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" booth, staffed by local farmers.
More than 100 businesses and organizations will be educating the public on its services at the event. The deadline for booth and food vendor applications has been extended to Friday, May 20. Visit www.brightonco.gov/summerfest for applications and more information.
In an effort to honor the city’s mission statement and enhance the quality of life for the community, all activities at Carmichael Park during Summerfest are free and open to the public, including the concerts at the First National Bank Entertainment Stage. For more information please visit www.brightonco.gov/summerfest.
The carnival is coming back to town! The Gary Moore Amusements Carnival will run from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and noon-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 4, at the Brighton Pavilions. Wristbands will be $20 per day.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
First National Bank Entertainment Stage
McCloskey & Miller 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Aaron McCloskey and Jonny Miller are about bluegrass. They play and sing with a nod to the masters while forging ahead with their own unique voices. Together they play songs about the good times and bad with honesty, grit and reckless precision.
Dearling 12:30-2 p.m.
Dearling has a boldly ambient flare and a true mainstream hook. It's supposed to be about love. Real love. Which has dimension and dynamic and range. It's Colorado country music. A little alternative, a little folk, a little rock, and very country with as much soul in the lyrics as the melodies.
Facing West 2:30-4 p.m.
Facing West is a sister duo of Caitlin & Sidney . Hailing out of the mountains overlooking Denver, these singing/songwriting teen sisters have been gaining recognition for their original music, pumped up with strong lyrics and engaging live performances.
River Whyless 5-7 p.m.
River Whyless, an American folk band from Asheville, North Carolina, builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers. The group will be performing at well-known venues and festivals across the country in 2017, on their We All The Light tour. Their show at Summerfest in Brighton comes just one week before their performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.
Major sponsors for the event include the City of Brighton, Brighton Fire Rescue District, The Home Depot, Platte Valley Medical Center and Ambulance Services, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, First National Bank, Brighton Lodging Tax Grants and the Brighton Police Department.