Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Ah, summer in Boulder. Things take on a different pace as the days lengthen, a lush canopy of trees comes into full leaf, and outdoor-lovers happily spend even more time outside. It's no wonder Forbes recently named Boulder one of the 20 Best Cities for Travel This Summer. Here are just a few reasons to join in the fun — our list of things to do in Boulder in summer.
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Plan your visit around one of dozens of summertime festivals or events. Below are a few annual events to get you started, with a complete calendar available here.
Boulder Farmers Market
Every Saturday April 2-Nov 19, 2016 (8am-2pm)
Every Wednesday May 4-Oct 5, 2016 (4-8pm)
A feast for the eyes, palate and soul! One of the best farmers' markets in the country, with all local producers. Takes place outdoors on 13th Street.
Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
Summer brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 3-Aug. 7, 2016
See Shakespeare under the stars at the Mary Rippon Theater on the University of Colorado campus. This festival is consistently among the most critically acclaimed of its kind in the nation.
Colorado Music Festival
June 30-Aug. 7, 2016
This internationally acclaimed festival is held four nights per week for seven weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world.
Boulder Outdoor Cinema
An open-air celebration of film classics behind the Museum of Contemporary Art. Band at 7:30, movie at dusk.
Star Spangled Splash
July 4, 2016
A great day of celebrating, 5K/10K run, volleyball tournament, family fun and much more at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir. Spend the day at the res and then head to Folsom Field for fireworks (see below) to find out why Boulder was named one of “America’s Best Towns for July 4th" by Travel + Leisure two years in a row!
Ralphie's Independence Day Blast
July 4, 2016
Live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display at CU's football stadium, Folsom Field.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
July 31–Aug. 12, 2016
Watch dancers soar and perform — and sign-up for a class or two if you feel like flying, too!
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.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival
August 20, 2016
Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games.
Want more? We have barely scratched the surface of all the amazing Boulder summer festivals in 2016. See our complete, searchable events calendar.