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Boulder Arts & Culture

As in any of America's great art towns, chance encounters are woven into the experience in Boulder. You just know that you’re going to see something different. It’s an environment that gives artists — and audiences —  permission to be innovative, experimental, creative and expressive. 

Boulder has the eighth highest concentration of artists in the country, and creativity seems to spring up around every corner. There are more than 30 art galleries, four museums, 32 movie and stage theaters, and a huge variety of cultural performances each year.

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Boulder’s Arts and Culture Landscape
Red rocks and blue skies, cool sunshine and long shadows, gripping mountain vistas and head-clearing open spaces — Boulder’s natural setting is its muse, drawing artists from all over the world to live and create here in one of the most inspiring towns in the West. 

But it’s more than just outdoor beauty that makes Boulder an arts destination. A forward-thinking, risk-taking culture stretches back to 1877, when the University of Colorado made Boulder its home. Along with it came the free-thinking ways of a college town that was once called the “Athens of the West.” 

Naropa University, founded by Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, added an even more progressive element to the educational makeup of Boulder when it opened its doors in 1974. Today, Boulder is recognized as a hotbed for successful Internet start-up businesses, with innovative programs such as Techstars creating a vibe of collaboration and big ideas.

The spirit of innovation crosses over into the arts, as well. With an impressive roster of cultural institutions and outpourings of creativity wherever you look, you’ll find the atmosphere — and yes, the gorgeous setting — positively energizing.

Also read our Kids’ Arts page for family-friendly arts classes and workshops.

Arts Events
Browse our complete Calendar of Events, or open this PDF of the Boulder Arts & Culture Guide and turn to page 4.

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15th Street Studio

  • 1708 15th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 447-2841
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What sets 15th Street Studio apart from other Boulder art galleries? It’s the artists we exhibit. 15th Street Studio handles original art, with a strong emphasis on paintings and works on paper, by… more

3rd Law Dance/Theater

  • Dairy Center for the Arts
  • 2590 Walnut Street, Ste. 3
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 938-8656
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3rd Law, using athletic movement, props, theatrical staging, text and video imagery, addresses serious subjects with a witty, droll, irreverent style. For upcoming performances… more

A Place to B

  • 1750 30th st.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 440-8007
A PLACE TO B Studio is Boulder's premier dance studio. We seek to create a pleasant environment where individuals can develop their senses and talents at their own pace on many levels, such as body,… more

Aerial Dance Festival

  • P.O. Box 1979
  • Boulder, CO 80306
  • Phone: (303) 245-8272
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The festival provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air - for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. It is a 2-week immersion experience… more

Art & Soul Gallery

  • 1615 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 544-5803
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Art + Soul Gallery was created in the spirit of fun and contemporary creativity. We offer a unique and sophisticated variety of fine art and jewelry presented in an atmosphere that is colorful and… more

Art Mart

  • 1326 Pearl St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-8248
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Art Mart was created in 1989 with the idea and commitment to bring you together with some of the most fun, exciting and unique artists, jewelers, crafters and vendors from around the world for that… more

Art Parts Creative Reuse Center

  • 2870 Bluff St.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (720) 379-5328
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A one-of-a-kind, non-profit resource providing a vast, eclectic variety of reusable art, craft, school, and other interesting supplies, priced at 30-90% off retail. Art Parts is located between 28th… more

James F. Bailey Assay Office Museum

  • 6352 Fourmile Canyon Dr
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 776-8848
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April 1 - October 3110:00am to 2:00pmThird Saturday of each monthTours for groups of 12 or more people are available by appointment year round.At the turn of the twentieth century, hard rock mining in… more

BDT Stage

  • 5501 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 449-6000
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Dinner, dessert, and a show! The Boulder Dinner Theatre has a 20+ year history of bringing the best of Broadway to Colorado, and most shows are extremely family-friendly. Your dinner is included in… more

Blue Window Arts

I am inspired by the intricacies of nature, from her grandest to her most infinitesimal creations. My work is a tribute the Earth, so I choose materials that represent respect for nature. I create… more

Boedecker Cinema

  • 2590 Walnut Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 440-7826
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The Boedecker Theater, a 60-seat art-house cinema outfitted with plush stadium seating, 5.1 Surround Sound and Hi-Def DLP projection, is a place where patrons can enjoy a glass of beer or wine while… more

Boulder Art Association

  • P.O. Box 20185
  • Boulder, CO 80308
  • Phone: (303) 444-9922
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The Boulder Art Association (BAA) is a non-profit association for beginning, emerging, and professional artists, as well as individuals and businesses contributing to the growth of fine arts in the… more

Boulder Arts & Crafts Co-op

  • 1421 Pearl St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-3683
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Boulder Arts & Crafts is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in the United States. Located at 1421 Pearl Street on the Pedestrian Mall in Boulder's Downtown Historic District, it is a popular… more

Boulder Bach Festival

  • P.O. Box 1896
  • Boulder, CO 80306
  • Phone: (303) 776-9666
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The mission of the Boulder Bach Festival is to celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing high quality performances and educational opportunities that will not only satisfy those who… more

Boulder Ballet

  • 2590 Walnut St.
  • Suite 10
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-0028
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Founded in 1982 by Barbara Demaree and Wanda Tierney, Boulder Ballet has grown to become Boulder County's major professional dance company and school. Each year, Boulder Ballet reaches thousands… more

Boulder Bassoon Quartet

The Boulder Bassoon Quartet has impressed a wide audience through substantive, engaging performances since 2006. Having performed in venues as diverse as concert halls and coffee shops, the Quartet is… more

Boulder Chamber Orchestra

  • 4735 Walnut St
  • Suite F
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 583-1278
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Founded in 2004, Boulder Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a new yet ever-growing organization, whose place in the community has already been established through our successful programs. The sold-out crowds… more

Boulder Circus Center

  • 4747 26th St.
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 444-8110
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Founded in 2004 by Cindy Marvell and Carter Brown to foster, incubate, and promote circus skills as theatrical art forms. All of this in an environment which is safe, positive, creative and respectful… more

Boulder Digital Arts

  • 1600 Range Street
  • Suite 100
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 800-4647
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For over ten years, BDA has been empowering creatives and entrepreneurs with community-powered, in-person classes & workshops that are focused on practical skills and taught by industry professionals.… more

Boulder Ensemble Theater Company

  • 1321 College Avenue
  • #224
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 351-2382
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Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's mission is to entertain, educate, and inspire our audiences with the powerful, transformational potential of theatre. Founded in 2006, BETC targets an audience of… more

Boulder Furniture Arts

  • 1200 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-2030
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Made-to-Order Since 1985 At Boulder Furniture Arts, we build custom classics: heirloom-quality hardwood pieces hand-built here in Colorado and found in homes across Boulder and the world. Begun by… more

Boulder History Museum

  • 1206 Euclid Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-3464
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Hours: Tues-Friday: 10-5 Sat/Sun: 12-4 Admission: Adults: $6 Seniors: $4 Children/Students: $3 Children under 5: Free The Museum exhibits artifacts from our collection of over 35,000 objects of… more

Boulder International Film Festival

  • 2338 Broadway
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 449-2283
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BIFF is a world-class film festival with an eclectic infusion of innovative storytellers, actors and audiences from all over the world. During four days of screenings, workshops, panels and parties,… more

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

  • 1750 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-2122
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The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1972 and is located in a historically land-marked, warehouse building in the heart of downtown Boulder. Since 1972 the museum has exhibited… more

Boulder Opera Company

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director/Executive Director Dianela Acosta, the Boulder Opera is an exciting new venture that approaches the ancient art of Opera with fresh, modern interpretations and a… more

Boulder Performing Arts Co. LLC

  • 3395 Vista Dr.
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 859-4195
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Fun classes in Film making, and Private Lessons Guitar, Voice, Bass ,Drums ,and Piano. The Boulder Performing Arts Company was created in 1981. We found there was a need for children to expand their… more

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Dairy Center for the Arts
  • 2590 Walnut St.
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-1343
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Under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, theBoulder Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 53rd year of reflecting all that makes Boulder special--its creativity,… more

Boulder Public Library Canyon Theater

  • Canyon Theater
  • 1001 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3100
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Unless otherwise noted, all Concert Series performances take place in the Main Library Canyon Theater. Performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Extensive FREE parking is… more

Boulder Shambhala Center

  • 1345 Spruce Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 444-0190
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Through meditation, discover the driving forces of hope and fear in your experiences in life. Meditation instruction, drop-in classes, arts programs and training are available throughout the year.… more
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