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Held Annually on Mother's Day Weekend!
May 6-8, 2016 at North Dam Park

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This festival is a hometown favorite and draws people from the Grand Coulee Dam Area and the surrounding towns as well. It is a popular event for former residents of the area to return to year after year. The festival is held annually on Mother's Day weekend in beautiful North Dam Park (between Grand Coulee and Electric City). Activities for the weekend include two Pro-West Rodeos, a parade down main street, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a beer garden, and a prize button raffle drawing with grand prizes.

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Check out the official poster for the 2015 Colorama Festival!

Hours of operation are 10am-dusk on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, and 10am-2pm on Sunday, May 8.

Pack up the kids and spend the day in the Grand Coulee Dam Area. With plenty to do all weekend long, you'll be glad you did!

Cowboy Breakfast
Saturday 7am to 11am
The Seniors hold an annual Cowboy Breakfast from 7am-11am Saturday at the Senior Center on Grand Coulee’s Main Street. Join us!

Colorama Carnival
Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday 3pm-9pm
Saturday 11am-9pm (11am-4pm
and 4pm-9pm ticket sessions)
Carnival rides and fun for kids of all ages in the lower section of North Dam Park, brought to you by Paradise Amusement. The big Colorama celebration begins at 5pm Thursday with the opening of the Paradise Amusement Carnival at North Dam Park. The carnival also opens Friday at 3pm and again on Saturday at 11am for two ticket sessions. For a great discount, buy your carnival tickets in advance - stop by any of these businesses to buy tickets: H&H Grocery (Electric City), Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union (Coulee Dam), The Star Newspaper (Grand Coulee), or GCDA Chamber of Commerce office (Grand Coulee).

Colorama Parade
Saturday 11am
Bands, riders, floats, fire engines, and the works await those who gather along Grand Coulee’s Midway Avenue. The parade usually lasts over an hour. If you want to enter the parade, fill out and return this parade entry form. There’s always room for one more!

Arts, Crafts, and Food Vendors
Friday and Saturday 10am to dusk
Sunday 10am to 2pm

The vendor fair, packed with more than 70 arts & crafts and food vendors, is held in picturesque North Dam Park, just above the carnival area.

If you are interested in being a vendor for this exciting event, click here for more information.

Beer Garden
Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday 5pm-10pm
Saturday 4pm-11pm

Serving Pacific Northwest Microbrew beers
BONUS! --> Join us Saturday from 7-9:30pm as the Spokane River Band, featuring Alisha K, brings the best of Country music - old and new - to the Colorama festival for a night to remember!

Helicopter Rides
Friday 1pm-8pm
Saturday 11am-8pm

Taking off and landing at the upper ballfield in North Dam Park. Provided by our friends at Inland Helicopter!

Pro-West Rodeo
Friday 6pm
Saturday 3pm

The Pro-West Rodeo features Ranch Bronc Riding on Friday and Saturday at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds Arena, located at 2209 Alcan Road (in the Delano area of Grand Coulee). Prior to each event, a stick horse race and mutton bustin' (sheep riding) event will commence - great fun for the kids! For more information, click here.

Run the Dam
Saturday beginning at 7am
Run the Dam 2015 offers runners an enjoyable, challenging and one of the most scenic courses available in the country, offering 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon distances. Event participants will begin on the East side of the Grand Coulee Dam and run across the largest concrete structure in North America, through "Old Grand Coulee" along B Street, and back along Banks Lake, finishing at North Dam Park in the heart of the Colorama Festival. CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up!

Raffle Buttons
Raffle Drawing held Saturday 1pm
Colorama Buttons are on sale at 30+ businesses locally for $3 each. Drawings for prizes totaling nearly $1,000 will be held Saturday at 1pm at the gazebo in North Dam Park. Each button is numbered and you have to be present to win. More than a dozen awesome prizes will be awarded - good luck!

Thank you to everyone who helps to make Colorama a success!

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Have questions? Contact Peggy Nevsimal, Executive Director, at 509-633-3074 or

Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
17 Midway Ave.
PO Box 760
Grand Coulee, WA 99133

Phone: (509) 633-3074

Normal hours of operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ( pacific time )
Summer hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ( pacific time )

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