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Boulder Performing Arts


It seems like just about everyone in Boulder has a special talent. The structural engineer ordering coffee in front of you is also a concert violinist. The techie one table over who seems glued to his laptop does improv on the weekends. And your barista? She's been studying ballet since she was 5.

With such a talent pool, it's no surprise that Boulder's array of performing arts companies and organizations are thriving institutions — ones that enjoy enthusiastic community support. It's a boon for visitors, who can find a performance to their liking just about any day of the week. 

If you're a classical music fan, it will be music to your ears to learn that Boulder is home to several highly acclaimed orchestral groups, including the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Boulder Symphony Orchestra. And top-notch classical music festivals hosted each year in Boulder, such as the Colorado Music Festival and Colorado MahlerFest, bring even more diversity to the annual lineup of performances.

Dance lovers will be impressed by the Boulder Ballet, which performs both classical ballets and originally choreographed works. For something new, catch a gasp-inducing Frequent Flyers Productions aerial dance show. Or marvel at the contemporary edge in the Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet's repertoire.

Want a little drama while you're visiting (the good kind of drama, that is)? Then check out the performance calendars of theater organizations such as Upstart Crow TheaterBoulder Ensemble Theater Company and Nomad Theatre. Or combine dinner with a great performance at Boulder's Dinner Theatre, where recent musical productions included The Drowsy Chaperone and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Summer evenings mean Shakespeare under the stars at the University of Colorado's gorgeous, open-air Mary Rippon Theatre during the acclaimed Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which runs June through mid-August. And there's almost always something happening year-round at the Dairy Center for the Arts

Search our performing arts listings for more options, and be sure to check out our calendar of events for can't-miss festivals. Also see our Arts & Cutlure Guide

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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

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

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 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 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 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 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 International Fringe Festival

The Boulder International Fringe Festival is an annual 12-day un-juried arts event packed with live theatre, dance, music, media art, cinema, circus art, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, workshops,… 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 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

  • 1001 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3100
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Open from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. The library offers childrens' Storytime, activities and… 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 Symphony Orchestra

Boulder Symphony’s roots are, of course, in Boulder. The evolution of the orchestra exists in three parts: 1) the orchestra was founded in September, 1992, as the Boulder Community Orchestra, 2) in… more

Boulder Theater

  • 2032 14th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 786-7030
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From opera to movies to disco to rock - the historic Boulder Theater has a diverse and colorful past that is being continued with a thriving present and is primed for an exciting future. Opened in… more

Boulder's Dinner Theatre

  • 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

Bouldering Poets

Bouldering Poets Performance Series is a monthly performance series featuring poetry, music, dance, performance and visual artists. Our mission is to continually showcase local artists ranging from… more

Century Boulder 16

Featuring 16 screens, digital sound, all stadium seating and internet ticketing.… more

Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

  • 900 Baseline Road
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 952-1611
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The Colorado Chautauqua Association produces events that span most musical genres and topics. We also have clients who host corporate and private events. Therefore, regulations may vary from event to… more

Colorado Music Festival

  • 900 Baseline Rd
  • Cottage 100
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-1397
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The Colorado Music Festival educates, entertains and challenges audiences of all ages by presenting extraordinary classical music performed by professional musicians from around the world. Takes place… more

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

  • University of Colorado, 227 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80309-0277
  • Phone: (303) 492-8008
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Boulder's Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. Held every summer outdoors at the Mary Rippon Theater and indoors in the University Theatre on the University of… more

CU College of Music

  • University of Colorado, 301 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80309
  • Phone: (303) 492-8008
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The University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music presents over 400 events every year including faculty and student recitals, ensemble performances, CU Presents events, and much more. Many… more

CU Presents

  • University of Colorado, 302 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80309
  • Phone: (303) 492-8008
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CU Presents is a part of the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music. We present over 50 ticketed concerts every year as well as numerous educational and outreach events. CU Presents… more

Dairy Center for the Arts

  • 2590 Walnut Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 440-7826
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The Dairy Center for the Arts is a 40,000 square foot performing and visual arts center located in the former Watts Hardy Dairy. The Dairy is a unique community treasure, now home to twelve of… more

Dance Bridge

  • 1001 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-4391
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Dance Bridge is a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, City of Boulder Arts & Cultural Services – a dance networking, leadership and service organization, working as a bridge for you, your… more

eTown

  • 1535 Spruce Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-8696
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Musicians like James Taylor combined with interviewees like Jimmy Carter create a one of a kind, live radio show, which gives the “E-chievement Award” to an individual or organization around the… more

Fox Theatre

  • 1135 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-3399
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Fractal Tribe

We are the Boulder Circus Arts collective. Our interdisciplinary approach to circus art production and training has forged an innovative team, each member of which a broad range of circus skills,… more
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