Westminster Westy Fest FAQs
(Formerly Halloween Harvest Festival)
Where is Downtown Westminster?
Downtown Westminster is located between Highway 36 and Harlan Street, and 88th and 92nd Avenues (The old Westminster Mall site).
When is Westy Fest?
Saturday, October 22, from 12-8 p.m. It is not recommended to arrive before noon because we are clearing last-minute areas.
Is it free?
Yes! Admission is free, as well as entertainment, bounce houses, a mobile ropes course, trampolines, and 30 carnival games. You may choose to purchase items from vendors, food, beer, pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and tastings at the Meat Scream BBQ Competition.
GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
Shuttling- We highly recommend utilizing our shuttle system to get into the festival. These will run about every 15-20 minutes from 12-9 p.m. Courtesy golf carts will be available for those with mobility needs.
College Hill Library- 3705 W. 112th Avenue
Westminster City Hall- 4800 W. 92nd Avenue
The MAC- 3295 W. 72nd Avenue
Parking- Parking is extremely limited at the event. If parking at the event, please use Harlan Street to access all event parking. There will be no event parking in the downtown garage; that will be reserved for JCPenney customers and handicap parking. Please do not use lots at Olive Garden, Alamo Draft House or Bowlero.
Handicap Parking- Is located in the parking garage or the paved parking lot along Harlan Street next to Alamo Draft House.
Biking- There will be a free bike valet located at the Eaton and Park Place median.
Uber/Lyft- May drop off and pick up on 91st Place between Harlan and Eaton. There will be signage.
HOT AIR BALLOONS
How many are there?
We will have 6 hot air balloons. The balloons will arrive at 4:30 p.m. and will inflate approximately 5:45 p.m.
Do they leave the ground and can we ride in them?
No, these balloons remain on the ground during the event. All of the pilots are very friendly and love for you to visit and ask questions.
Why are the balloons not up?
There are never guarantees with weather--hot air balloons cannot be inflated if the wind speed is more than 5 MPH. The pilots monitor this throughout the event, so if they are not inflated it is too windy. During this time they will still torch the flames (candle-sticking). As soon as it is safe to do so they will inflate.
Meat Scream BBQ Competition
Over 30 teams are competing in this Kansas City BBQ Association sanctioned event. $20 will buy you samples from 10 competitors and allow you to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Voting takes place 12-3 p.m.
The pumpkin patch is located on the plaza next to JCPenney. Pumpkins vary in sizes and prices. Cash and credit cards are accepted. There is a free pumpkin valet so you can check your pumpkin while you enjoy the rest of the festival.
Children can win prizes at 30 free carnival games.
4 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Be Kind Rewind
School of Rock
BBQ Competition Awards Pandas & People
Other Free Activities
Mobile ropes course Inflatables
WHAT CAN I BRING IN?
We love costumes! Please make sure they are appropriate for this family event. Leave any sharp objects, sticks, bats, and replica guns/swords at home.
The crowd size may be a little overwhelming for your pet so it is recommended that you leave your pet at home. If they do join us please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
Outside alcohol (Visit one of our alcohol vendors), laser pointers, glass containers, no weapons of any type, no marijuana use allowed in the event, public marijuana use is illegal. All bags, containers, and packages are subject to search.
HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR OR SPONSOR? Vendors
The 2022 vendor spaces have been filled.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunities.
ZERO WASTE EVENT
We are proud to be working with Scraps to produce very little waste during this event. Please look at the sorting stations and sort your trash accordingly. Everything you purchase from food vendors should go straight into the compost bin.