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    Summer Activities in Boulder

    2016 Summer Fun, Festivals and Events

    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.

    Splash and Play

    On warm, sunny days, water is the key to cooling down:

    Tubing Boulder Creek

    Boulder Outdoor Concerts

    Music just sounds better on a Boulder breeze! 

    • On most summer Mondays, Meadow Music entertains young families on Boulder open space. Chautauqua Park, 5:30-7pm. 2016 dates:
      • June 6, 13, 20, 27
      • July 18, 25
      • Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22
    • Also on Mondays throughout summer, the Boulder Concert Band plays a different Boulder park each week for Concerts in the Park, 7-8pm. 2016 dates:
      • June 20, 2016 - Scott Carpetner Park
      • June 27, 2016 - Salberg Park
      • July 11, 2016 - Chautauqua Park
      • July 18, 2016 - Civic Area – Labyrinth
      • July 25, 2016 - North Boulder Park
      • Aug. 1, 2016 - Harlow Platts Park
    • On Wednesdays, Bands on the Bricks rocks the 1300 Block of Pearl Street. Beer garden at 5:30pm, concert 7-9pm. 2016 dates:
      • June 1 - Euforquestra
      • June 8 - The Railsplitters
      • June 15 - That Eighties Band
      • June 22 - Zyzzyx
      • June 29 - The Hazel Miller Band
      • July 6 - Quemando
      • July 13 - Wandering Natives
      • July 20 - Judge Roughneck
      • July 27 - PJ Zah
      • Aug. 3 - The Wendy Woo Band
    • Saturday concerts take place at Twenty Ninth Street, an outdoor shopping mall with great views, 6:30-8:30pm. 2016 dates:
      • July 9 - Wash Park
      • July 16 - Face
      • July 23 - The Nacho Men
      • July 30 - Thumpin'
      • Aug. 6 - Soul School
      • Aug. 13 - Daddyblue
    • The legendary Red Rocks Park & Ampitheater in nearby Morrison is a summertime must, hosting an unbelievable lineup of bands all season long. It is just a 45-minute drive from Boulder.
    Imbibe and Refresh

    Boulder loves its summer bevies. Try these ideas:

    Group on patio Boulder

    Festivals and Events

    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
    Through September
    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
    Saturdays, July-August 
    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!

    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.

    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.