Find something sweet at the Annual Honey Festival!
The annual Town of Parker Honey Festival is buzzing its way back for another BEE-utiful event. Families will enjoy this free community event while learning about the benefits of the honey bee.
Sunday, August 4, 20199:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at O’Brien Park 10795 Victorian Drive
Bee a Guest
- See hives and how bees make honey
- Learn from local beekeepers
- Learn how bees and other insects help your garden grow
- Create honeybee crafts
- Try on a beekeeper’s suit
- Sample honey
- Enter a drawing to win bee-friendly plants
- Enter a drawing to win a beekeeping starter kit
- Take home oodles of beekeeping materials to build your own hive and harvest honey like a pro!
Gazebo Educational Talks
Honey Festival presents an opportunity to learn more about the importance of honey bees and how you can support the health of bees and other pollinators. Join the speakers in the gazebo in O-Brien Park for three informative talks about honey bees and other pollinators. The first gazebo talk at 10 am will feature a local beekeeper, Joe Komperda, explaining what a beekeeper does to keep their honey bees happy and producing honey. Luan Akin of Tagawa Gardens will speak at 10:30 am about pollinator-friendly plants for your garden that you will enjoy and so will the honey bees and other pollinators. Kate Hogan from the Audubon Society will educate listeners about native pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies at 11:00 am. At noon, Lisa Mason from the Colorado State University Extension service will inform listeners of native bees and how to attract them to your yard or garden.
Bee Friendly Exhibitors
Wander the festival grounds and talk to local beekeepers selling local honey and other products from the hive. Beekeepers are always eager to share their knowledge and passion for their craft. Natural Grocers will be on hand to educate you on the healthy properties of natural honey. Tagawa Gardens will be there with bee-friendly plants to raffle. Taste delicious treats made with honey by the Parker Arts Chef. Pick up a free honey stick and learn about Parker’s Cultural and Scientific Commission. Find health and beauty products made with honey and beeswax. Learn about the vital role of honey bees and other pollinators in the production of our food. Check out the local beekeeping club, the SouthEast Beekeepers and find out how to join this group if you aspire to be a beekeeper. More than 20 exhibitors and vendors are expected to participate in the Honey Festival.
2019 Exhibitors Include:
Ale Chemist, AA Honey
Audubon Rockies-Habitat Hero Program
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Castle Rock Chalk
Colorado Bee Rescue, Inc
Colorado Hemp Honey
Colorado State University Extension
Cooking with Honey Samples
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Happy Busy Bees/Bee Swarm Rescue
Hudson Gardens & Event Center
Southeast Bee Keeping Club
Sweet Bee Sisters
Town of Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission
Town of Parker Cultural Department (Parker Arts)
Usborne Books and More
Honey Vendors and Local Beekeepers
Your organization or business can participate in the Town’s annual Honey Festival. We are looking for event vendors to provide information, products and services. Vendors include, but are not limited to, beekeeping clubs and organizations, environmental and gardening resources, beekeeping and harvesting products, honey products, beekeeping demonstrations and hands-on activities, and various supporting agencies.
If you are interested in being part of the Honey Festival as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact the Parker Arts Education Department at 303.805.3374 or email PACE Education. Please submit a completed exhibitor form to PACE Education email by June 30, 2019.
About the Annual Honey Festival
The Parker Cultural Department and Cultural and Scientific Commission present this annual Honey Festival in celebration of the Honey Bee and all the benefits it brings to the community. The event is designed to heighten awareness and appreciation while providing educational information and resources regarding the Honey Bee, honey products and beekeeping, and the global importance of all pollinating insects. This free event allows guests of all ages to speak with local beekeepers, organizations and vendors to learn the process of beekeeping and harvesting honey; in addition to receiving educational material and honey recipes, purchasing bee-friendly plants, test a bee keeper’s suite, and see live working hives.
Parker Loves Bees!
Parker joined the ranks of Colorado municipalities to allow and promote urban beekeeping with the adoption of a new Town ordinance on Oct. 11, 2015. Click here to learn more about the Town of Parker beekeeping ordinance.