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ArtoCade is the fun, family-friendly, art car festival held in downtown Trinidad, CO. While some version of ArtoCade is happening, CarDango is CANCELLED. For the parade, we are moving forward with the same kind of wacky fun, some way, somehow! Check out the site for more details! 



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ArtoCade’s Director, Rodney Wood, wins the “2018 Governor’s Leadership Award.”

“The Arts & Community Action Award" is presented “to individuals that have demonstrated selfless service, inspired others to take action or catalyzed change in their community through the arts.”

ArtoCade also won “Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence - Best Small Town Festival” in 2016. 

For Trinidad to even be in the same conversation with the big mountain resort towns To win this award speaks great things about the uniqueness and creative spirit of ArtoCade. So you really should come see what all the excitement is about!

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The names of the exalted 2021 king and queen will be announced in July...

The 2019 ArtoCade Queen & King were Nicole Strine and Ben Dover. Nicole, longtime president of the Houston Art Car Klub (H.A.C.K.) will be our exalted The Queen. Ben, longtime art car creator and all around cool dude will be The King. Together they are responsible for "Shattered Vanity," "Student Driver," and "Aurora Porschi Alice" along with many others.


Trinidad is just off I-25 on the border between Colorado and New Mexico. Take Exit 13b to Main St. (go east) or Exit 14 to Commercial St. (go south).


Three hours from Denver and three hours from Santa Fe, there's no excuse for missing this extravaganza!


Parking? It's a free-for-all! Use your imagination but PLEASE do not block private or business driveways. 

-Use Exit 13a or 13b for the west end of Main St.

-Use Exit 14 for Commercial St.

-Use Exit 15 and head southeast for the east end of Main St. 

The Latest News

Possibility # 1: Parade at noon, festival with booths, activities and entertainment from 10a.m.-4p.m. Parade to be followed by art car viewing on Main St. and Commercial St. until 5 p.m.

Possibility #2: Art Cars will be parked among the booths and activity zones downtown from 10a.m. to 4p.m. for an all-day "Walkabout" (no parade). 

Note: Cardango 2021 has been cancelled. Sorry, but will happen again in 2022.

Book your motel/hotel rooms early.... ArtoCade is exploding!

We have many motel/hotels in town. Go to our Sponsor page for info and please support those help make ArtoCade happen. Thanks.