coldenCelebrate Colden, Inc., announces their annual Colden Festival: A Celebration of Art, Community & Music on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7–8.

With roots dating back to 1968, the Colden Festival is one of the oldest art festivals in Western New York. The festival will run from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. both days. It will feature a juried art show and vendor areas where local artists and crafters will display and sell their goods.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the fun continues with the art festival as well as the Southern Tier Auto Buffs and Colden Fire Department’s annual car show. Come out and see the latest muscle machines combined with vintage classics and antique cars. Prizes, music and food will be available.

For those who love to eat, and who doesn’t, a chicken BBQ is provided by Wendel’s Poultry Farm of East Concord. Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausage will also be available at the festival, as well as numerous local restaurants serving up their finest dishes.

New this year to the Colden Festival will be the first annual Belle Starr Music Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7. The music festival will bring back to life the famous Belle Starr Saloon with headliner Willie Nile.

Other Belle Starr bands featured include Posse and the Billy Brite Band, along with Hintz of Thunder, The Springville All Star Marching Band, JT & Jon Law, Stevie Fleck, and The Grace Stumberg Band.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the music begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale, available at the Colden Country Inn, and $15 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at The concert will be held behind the Colden Country Inn, rain or shine and will be under the big tent.

As Obie, co-owner of the Belle Starr along with John Lockhart, says, “It’s a great day to bring back memories and share experiences with some of the area’s top musical entertainment.”

So come on down to beautiful Colden, New York, and experience our community, art and music.

For more information, tickets, maps and parking, please see our website at

Colden Festival is sponsored in part by Bank of Holland, Emerling Chevrolet, Boston Hill Nursery, Colden Inn, Town of Colden, Waste Management, Sliders Snow•Skate•Bike, Bennett, DiFillippo & Kurtzhalts LLP, Cooper Planning Group, Southern Erie Construction, Colden Mill and Jim Howe Concerts.

Celebrate Colden, Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization.