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ArtoCade is the fun, family-friendly, art car festival held in downtown Trinidad, CO. The Big Parade and CarDango are not happening in 2021, but we are moving forward with the same kind of wacky fun, some way, somehow! Stay tuned 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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We are proud to announce (insert horns here)....

The 2019 ArtoCade Queen & King are 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? That’s a good one... explore all options and be creative. There will be some orange clad volunteers that can help guide you toward possibilities.


While the parade starts at noon-ish, arrive early because the fun starts at 9:00am with many art & crafts booths, food vendors and activities all along Main and Commercial streets. Don’t run off after the parade because all the kooky conveyances will disperse downtown for up-close viewing and unbelievable photo ops.  Meet the cartists, paint an artcar, check-out the booths, eat some yummy grub and participate in wacky hands-on fun activities.

Then you simply must stay for the astounding CarDango!

It’s a Party/Revue/Circus/Dance. This year's CarDango will happen from (6:30-Midnight) at Art Cartopia Museum 2702 Freedom Road. It’s a wild and wondrous evening of performances and music beyond your wildest imagination. 

Note: This event is for adults. 


We recommend spending a night or two and partaking of as much of the silly fun as you possibly can. On Friday night we all gather on Main St. to see the fire & lights show; yes many of the vehicles are already in town and love “lighting up the art cars.”  Be sure to check-out the Schedule for more details and information. Please check back with this website for the latest updated information.  

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.

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