The annual Colden Arts Festival & Belle Star Music Festival makes its return from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. A celebration of community, art and music, the festival also celebrates the beautiful fall foliage decorating the Colden landscape.

The arts festival, located in downtown Colden, will feature a variety of local exhibitors and artists selling their wares and competing for awards and prizes. Other highlights will include art created by Colden Elementary School students, a Saturday morning farmers market, rummage sale, tours of the historic Buffum House, Jake and the Fatman’s Barbecue, as well as great food and drink at our local establishments.

For those nostalgia buffs who remember the Belle Starr on Holland Glenwood Road, the actual bucking bronco has risen from the ashes and will be at the Colden Market & Cafe on Friday, Sept. 30 for a festival kickoff. There will be live music by Ragweed, an acoustic band with old time flavor from 5 – 7 p.m. The bronco relocates to the Belle Starr concert on Saturday. We’ll enjoy the music warm and dry this year at Colden Lakeside Restaurant (9504 Heath Road, Colden), where festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with blues prodigy Hayden Fogle, followed by the party and dance music of South City.  There will be lots of food and drink specials.                                             

Mark your calendars and celebrate this fall weekend (Oct. 1 & 2) in Colden! For more info, visit or