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    Annual Boulder Festivals & Events

    Boulder sure knows how to put on a party! And several times a year, the town's favorite annual festivals and events bring the community together in celebration. Below are Boulder's annual festivals and events — from world-famous favorites like the BolderBoulder in May to local favorites like the Adventure Film Festival in the fall. Check out the list below to see what catches your eye. 

    February

    Wintercraft Beer Festival
    February TBD, 2017
    A great beer-tasting event at CU's Coors Events Center, right when you need it: mid-winter! 

    March

    Boulder Arts Week
    March TBD, 2017
    A citywide celebration of arts with art walks, First Friday, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theatre, workshops and symposia at the Dairy Arts Center and all across town.

    Gallery Hopping Boulder

    Boulder International Film Festival
    March TBD, 2017
    Films and filmmakers from around the world come to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.

    LOCAL Lab New Play Festival
    ​March TBD, 2017
    A three-day theater festival of new works with fully-staged concert readings, workshops and the opportunity for playwrights and attendees to participate in conversations.

    April

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays through November 19, 2016
    Wednesdays through October 5, 2016
    Rated the No. 1 farmers' market in the country by readers of USA Today. Come sample, shop, meet local farmers, smell the flowers, hear live music, sit by the creek and eat great food. 

    Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
    April TBD, 2017
    Downtown Boulder's annual awakening of the tulips, where little ones dress up like fairies and elves. 

    Conference on World Affairs at University of Colorado
    April 10-14, 2017
    One hundred experts on a huge variety of topics are brought in from around the world to participate in 200 panels, discussions, plenaries, concerts and events — all free and open to the public.

    Taste of Pearl
    April TBD, 2017
    Explore Boulder’s culinary arts scene and celebrate Colorado’s distinctive wines while strolling Downtown Boulder’s  vibrant galleries and shops.

    Taste of Pearl

    May

    Colorado MahlerFest
    May TBD, 2017
    A celebration of the great composer Gustav Mahler during a week-long festival, culminating in two orchestral performances of one of Mahler’s major symphonic works.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May 28-30, 2016
    Three days of festivities featuring vendor booths, family activities, food and entertainment — all on the banks of Boulder Creek.

    BolderBoulder 10k Road Race
    May 30, 2016
    One of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10Ks in the world, with runners, joggers, walkers and spectators of all ages — many in costume — and a bash at the finish line in Folsom Field stadium.

    June

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June 3-August 7, 2016
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Boulder Home and Garden Fair
    June 4, 2016
    Dozens of vendors including local builders, landscape and garden specialists, an array of home improvement and green living experts and displays to give you ideas and inspiration.

    Bands on the Bricks
    Wednesdays, June 1-August 3, 2016
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall.

    Meadow Music
    Mondays, June 6-August 22, 2016
    A kid favorite. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short hike, followed by 45 minutes of nature music at the foot of the Flatirons.

    Concerts in the Park
    Mondays, June 20-August 3, 2016
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Boulder Ballet's Ballet in the Park
    June 19, 2016
    Boulder Ballet's dancers put on a family-friendly show and little ones are invited on stage for a lesson in Central Park's bandshell.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June 30-August 7, 2016
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    July

    Twenty Ninth Street LIVE Concert Series
    Saturdays, July 9-Aug. 13, 2016
    Rock, swing and jive at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center Saturday evenings with a view of the Flatirons.

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast Fireworks Display
    July 4, 2016
    Fireworks, live music and fun in CU's Folsom Field stadium.

    Folsom Field 4th of July

    Pearl Street Arts Fest
    July 16-17, 2016 
    Tents line downtown Boulder's Pearl Street for this juried celebration of visual arts — painting, photography, jewelry and more.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
    July 31-August 12, 2016
    Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances. 

    August

    IRONMAN Boulder
    August 7, 2016
    Watch the largest IRONMAN race in the world at the finish line and throughout the day as over 2,000 incredible athletes compete.

    Ironman Boulder

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    August 17-28, 2016
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    August 20, 2016
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    September

    Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
    September 3-5, 2016
    Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest
    September 16-18, 2016 
    Three-day autumn festival featuring food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival.

    Buffalo Bicycle Classic
    September 11, 2016
    The Buffalo Bicycle Classic dates back to 2003, having raised over 3 million dollars in support of student scholarships at CU Boulder.

    Fall Into Fashion Weekend
    September 22-25, 2016
    Boulder retailers present fall looks on the Pearl Street Mall catwalk, boutiques host in-store special events, and downtown bustles with live music, food and drinks to mini makeovers and shopping.

    Adventure Film Festival
    September 29-October 1, 2016
    Two days of inspirational films of the year at the historic Boulder Theater and other local venues. an Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop, an Adventure Street Fair and a kids’ show.

    CU Buffs Football Season
    September-December
    Watch the Pac-12 CU Buffs compete on beautiful Folsom Field.

    October

    Open Studios
    October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016
    Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans two weekends.

    Munchkin Masquerade
    October 31, 2016
    Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts and goblins, dinosaurs and dragons, fairies and princes, superheroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street.

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a seasons of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues.

    Boulder Bach Festival
    October-May
    A concentrated series of Bach-focused concerts, symposia and educational events each spring and a number of outreach concerts and other community events throughout the year.

    Conversations with Extraordinary People Series with the Boulder History Museum
    October-April
    Some of Boulder's most interesting individuals open up at these fascinating talks.

    November

    First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
    November 13-21, 2016 
    For one full week, more than 40 of Boulder’s top restaurants offer a special three-course, prix-fixe menu.

    Switch on the Holidays
    November 20, 2016
    Santa counts down to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall.  Featuring a holiday concert.

    Winter shopping on Pearl Street Boulder

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    November 25 and Saturdays, November 26-December 24, 2016
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    ​November 25-27, 2016
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    University of Colorado Men's Basketball
    November-March
    Cheer on the men's basketball team at the Coors Events Center.

    University of Colorado Women's Basketball
    November-March
    Cheer on CU's women on the court at the Coors Events Center.

    December

    Lights of December Parade
    December 3, 2016
    Crowds enjoy marching bands, floats, fire engines, holiday carolers and more. The grand finale includes an appearance by Santa Claus himself.