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    Annual Boulder Festivals & Events

    Boulder sure knows how to put on a party! Several times a year, the town's 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 picks like the Flatirons Food Film Festival in the fall. Check out the list below to see what catches your eye. 

    October

    Open Studios
    October 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, 2019
    Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans two weekends.

    Flatirons Food Film Festival
    October 10-13, 2019
    Take in this extended weekend extravaganza of food-related films, expert speakers and fun culinary events for those interested in eating, food culture or food issues.

    Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day
    October 14, 2019
    Learn about Indigenous culture through traditional dress and crafting techniques and observe and participate in traditional dance and song, a marketplace, parade and art exhibit. 

    Sing Along Boulder
    October 19, 2019
    Come celebrate World Singing Day in downtown Boulder with the feel-good event of the year: the great Sing Along Boulder. Experience the power and connection of belting out pop songs en masse in a beautiful setting on historic Pearl Street.

    Boulder Sing Along

    Munchkin Masquerade
    October 31, 2019
    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.

    Burgundy Wine Festival 
    October 31-November 3, 2019
    During a three-day extravaganza, guests will taste some of the rarest wines of Burgundy at some of Boulder's most highly acclaimed restaurants.

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

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

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 6-Nov. 23, 2019 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

    Sunflowers at Boulder Farmers' Market

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

    November

    Trance Blues Festival
    November 9, 2019
    Join international blues artist Otis Taylor in his hometown for one-of-a-kind jams, workshops and performances that help you "live your musical dreams."

    Burgundy Wine Festival 
    October 31-November 3, 2019
    During a three-day extravaganza, guests will taste some of the rarest wines of Burgundy at some of Boulder's most highly acclaimed restaurants.

    First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
    November 8-16, 2019
    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 24, 2019
    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
    Nov. 29, 2019, and Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 2019
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    Snow Much Fun
    Nov. 24, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020
    275,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park right next to the Boulder Creek, BMoCA and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    November 29–December 1, 2019
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    Boulder Ballet's Nutcracker

    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.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 6-Nov. 23, 2019 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

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

    CU Football Stadium - Folsom Field

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season 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.

    December

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    November 29-December 1, 2019
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    Lights of December Parade
    December 7, 2019
    Crowds enjoy marching bands, floats, fire engines, holiday carolers and more. The grand finale includes an appearance by Santa Claus himself.

    Lights of December Parade

    Chanukah on Pearl Street
    December 23, 2019
    Music, fresh soufganiot (jelly donuts), hot latkes, small menorah and candle sets to take home and the lighting of the giant menorah.

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    Nov. 29, 2019, and Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 2019
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    Freezie Fest
    Dec. 14, 2019
    Hunt for little stuffed snowmen hidden inside participating shops and you could win big prizes! Plus, enjoy visits with Santa, train rides on the Snowflake Express and loads of holiday crafts and activities along the Pearl Street Mall. 

    Snow Much Fun
    Nov. 24, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020
    275,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park right next to the Boulder Creek, BMoCA and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    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.

    CU Women's Basketball Coors Center

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season 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.

    January

    Polar Plunge
    January 1, 2020
    Take the plunge in the icy waters of the Boulder Reservoir on the first of the year.

    Snow Much Fun
    Nov. 24, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020
    275,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park right next to the Boulder Creek, BMoCA and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    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.

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

    Boulder Philharmonic

    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.

    February

    Boulder International Film Festival
    Late February to early March, dates TBD 2020
    Films and filmmakers from around the world come to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.

    BIFF Boulder Theater

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

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

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season 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.

    March

    Winter Craft Beer Festival
    March TBD, 2020
    A great beer-tasting event at Balch Fieldhouse at Folsom Field, right when you need it: mid-winter! 

    Local Lab New Play Festival
    March 13-15, 2020
    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.

    Boulder Jewish Film Festival
    March 4-15, 2020
    This intimate film festival explores the human experience through film and provides audiences with insight into the Jewish experience.

    Boulder Arts Week
    Late March to early April, dates TBD 2020
    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.

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

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

    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.

    Chautauqua Author Series
    March-May 
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    April

    Boulder Arts Week
    Late March to early April, dates TBD 2020
    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 Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

    Boulder Farmers' Market Tents

    Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
    April TBD 2020
    Downtown Boulder's annual awakening of the tulips, where little ones dress up like fairies and elves. Approximately 15,000 tulips adorn Pearl Street's flower beds in the springtime.

    Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado
    April 6–10, 2020
    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 2020
    Explore Boulder’s culinary arts scene and celebrate Colorado’s distinctive wines while strolling Downtown Boulder’s vibrant galleries and shops.

    Taste of Pearl

    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.

    Chautauqua Author Series
    March-May 
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    May

    Boulder Startup Week
    May TBD, 2020
    Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.

    MediaLive
    April-May TBD, 2020
    This annual festival at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) brings together art, digital culture, and technology with a series of performances, workshops and events.

    Colorado MahlerFest
    May TBD, 2020
    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.

    Upslope Get Down
    May TBD, 2020
    A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May 23-25, 2020
    Three days of festivities featuring vendor booths, family activities, food and entertainment — all on the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Copy of Boulder Creek Festival

    BolderBoulder 10k Road Race
    May 25, 2020
    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.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

    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.

    Chautauqua Author Series
    March-May 
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    June

    Boulder Ballet's Ballet in the Park
    June TBD, 2020
    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.

    Boulder Jewish Festival
    June TBD, 2020
    Live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages in downtown Boulder.

    Avery Invitational
    June TBD, 2020
    A celebration of great beer for the sake of great beer at Avery Brewing Company. Selections are hand-picked from wish-lists submitted by the entire Avery team.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June-August TBD, 2020
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

    Hanuman Festival
    June 11-14, 2020
    A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Boulder International Festival
    June TBD, 2020
    This dance-focused festival happens on Pearl Street, with an international marketplace brimming with arts and crafts, music and dance performances from around the world, and lots of opportunities to get up and move.

    Bands on the Bricks
    Wednesdays, June-August TBD, 2020
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall. Beer garden opens at 5:30. Musical acts run 6-9pm.

    Meadow Music
    Select Mondays, June-August 2020
    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.

    Meadow Music Concert

    Concerts in the Park
    June-July dates TBD, 2020
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June-August 2020
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series
    Fridays and Saturdays, May-August, 2020
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    July

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
    July TBD, 2020
    For more than two decades, this 80-team competitive girls softball tourney has been hosted in Boulder!

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast Fireworks Display
    July 4, 2020
    Fireworks, live music and fun in CU's Folsom Field stadium. See all 4th of July Boulder happenings >

    Folsom Field 4th of July

    Dead and Company
    July TBD, 2020 
    Dead and Company (comprised of members of the Grateful Dead plus John Mayer) comes to the University of Colorado's Folsom Field for two nights.

    Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival (ENOFF)
    July TBD, 2020
    The four-day ENOFF makes it fun and entertaining for guests to take in incredible films that celebrate the outdoors. You'll be immersed in film, art, music and discussions, with special events and parties, too.

    Pearl Street Arts Fest
    July TBD, 2020
    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-August TBD, 2020
    Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances. 

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June-August TBD, 2020
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

    Bands on the Bricks
    Wednesdays, June-August TBD, 2020
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall. Beer garden opens at 5:30. Musical acts run 6-9pm.

    Bands on the Bricks

    Meadow Music
    Select Mondays, June-August 2020
    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
    July TBD, 2020
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June-August 2020
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series
    Fridays and Saturdays, May-August, 2020
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    August

    IRONMAN 70.3
    August 1, 2020
    This "half Ironman" takes place at the Boulder Reservoir with a spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop. The event has been an athlete favorite for over a decade and is one of the fastest IRONMAN events to sell out each year.

    Colorado Latino Festival
    August TBD, 2020
    A family-oriented event with special attractions, musical acts, cultural offerings and some of the most delicious Latin American cuisine found in Colorado.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
    Late July-early August, 2020
    Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances. 

    Boulder Philharmonic and Frequent Flyers

    Colorado Brazil Fest
    August TBD, 2020
    Three rhythmic days of Brazilian dancing, capoeira, music, food and more on downtown's Pearl Street Mall.

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    August TBD, 2020
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    August TBD, 2020
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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. 

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June-August TBD, 2020
    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

    Bands on the Bricks
    Wednesdays, June-August TBD, 2020
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall. Beer garden opens at 5:30. Musical acts run 6-9pm.

    Meadow Music
    Select Mondays, June-August 2020
    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.

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series
    Fridays and Saturdays, May-August, 2020
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    Colorado Music Festival
    June-August 2020
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    Colorado Music Festival Boulder

    September

    Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
    September 5-7, 2020
    Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Boulder Creek Festival

    Buffalo Bicycle Classic
    September 13, 2020
    The Buffalo Bicycle Classic dates back to 2003, having raised over 3 million dollars in support of student scholarships at CU Boulder.

    Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest
    September TBD, 2020
    A three-day autumn festival featuring food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival.

    Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
    September TBD, 2020
    Visitors can attend talks, readings, musical performances and writing workshops as part of this free, three-day festival.

    Dancer at Jaipur Literature Festival Boulder

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

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 4-Nov 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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.