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    Annual Boulder Festivals & Events

    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. Check out the list below to see what catches your eye, and know that safety measures, such as social distancing and limited capacities will be employed to keep attendees safe.

    Please Confirm Events and Happenings

    Please check official event websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend an event. Conditions can change due to COVID-19 safety measures. Listings on this site may not reflect the most recent updates.

    October

    Open Studios
    October 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17, 2021
    Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans three weekends.

    First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
    October 8-17, 2021
    Chef-curated prix-fixe meals at some of Boulder's best restaurants, plus preview Tours with Local Table Tours and a dessert competition.

    Indigenous Peoples Day
    October 11, 2021
    This year, the Dairy Arts Center is hosting an arts market, concert and fashion show on Oct. 9 as part of a national effort to recognize and honor the existence, culture and contributions of the original inhabitants of North America. More events can be found on the city's website.

    CU Family Weekend
    October 14-17, 2021
    CU welcomes families of students for a football game, 5K run/walk, educational sessions and more family fun.

    World Singing Day Boulder
    October 16, 2021
    A free community sing-along where people of all ages, backgrounds, and singing abilities are invited. No rehearsals or preparation needed. Just show up!

    Munchkin Masquerade
    October 31, 2021
    Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts and goblins, dinosaurs and dragons, fairies and princes, superheroes and animals of every size for trick-or-treating along Pearl Street.

    Munchkin MasqueradeChautauqua Concert Series
    July-October 2021
    Indigo Girls, Keb' Mo', The Jayhawks and more return this year for Chautauqua’s entertainment series, featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events at the foot of the Flatirons.

    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 4-Nov. 21, 2020 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-7:30pm)
    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 3-November 26, 2021
    Watch the Pac-12 CU Buffs compete on beautiful Folsom Field.

    November

    CU Homecoming
    November 4-7, 2021​
    In-person events will include the annual Alumni Awards ceremony, Spirit Days on the Quad, Buffs on Tap, the 50-Year Reunion for the class of 1971 and the Ralphie’s Corral tailgate.

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays
    November TBD, 2021-January TBD, 2022
    Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate Boulder's Civic Area and downtown Boulder. Visit creative, themed displays, with a map to guide you.

    Snow Much Fun

    Trance Blues Festival
    Canceled for 2021
    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."

    Switch on the Holidays
    November 21, 2021
    Come see the lighting of downtown in holiday lights and an appearance by Santa Claus, too.

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    Friday, November 26 and Saturdays, November 27-December 18, 2021
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    Small Business Saturday
    November 27, 2021
    Shop great deals at small businesses throughout Boulder.

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

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

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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 3-November 26, 2021
    Watch the Pac-12 CU Buffs compete on beautiful Folsom Field.

    CU Football Stadium - Folsom Field

    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

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays
    November TBD, 2021-January TBD, 2022
    Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate Boulder's Civic Area and downtown Boulder. Visit creative, themed displays, with a map to guide you. Free!

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays Downtown Boulder

    CU Presents Holiday Festival
    December 3-5, 2021
    The decades-old celebration brings together student choirs, bands and orchestras — along with world-class faculty performers — for a concert of holiday favorites and new surprises.

    Lights of December Parade
    December 4, 2021
    Marching bands, floats, fire engines, holiday carolers and more. The grand finale includes an appearance by Santa Claus himself.

    Lights of December Parade

    WinterFest at Colorado Chautauqua
    December 10-12, 2021
    Each year, at the foot of the Flatirons, the Colorado Chautauqua hosts a classic winter celebration. In 2021, it includes a festival of lights, a kids concert, breakfast with Santa, Santa's Cottage, horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, public art, a Winterfest market, a scavenger hunt and a photo station.

    Freezie Fest
    December 11, 2021
    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. 

    Chanukah on Pearl Street
    December TBD, 2021
    Music, fresh soufganiot (jelly donuts), hot latkes, hot cocoa, tossed gelt to take home and the lighting of the giant menorah.

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    Friday, November 26 and Saturdays, November 27-December 18, 2021
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

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

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

    CU Women's Basketball Coors Center

    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

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays
    November TBD, 2021-January TBD, 2022
    Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate Boulder's Civic Area and downtown Boulder. Visit creative, themed displays, with a map to guide you. Free!

    Snow Much Fun

    Polar Plunge
    January TBD, 2022
    Take the plunge in the icy waters of the Boulder Reservoir on the first of the year.

    Flatirons Food Film Festival
    TBD 2022
    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.

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

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

    Boulder Philharmonic
    Jan. 22-May 28, 2022
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. This year, it will be largely virtual.

    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

    Winter Craft Beer Festival
    February TBA, 2022
    A great beer-tasting event at Balch Fieldhouse at Folsom Field, right when you need it: mid-winter! 

    Winter Craft Beer Festival Boulder

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

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

    Boulder Philharmonic
    Jan. 22-May 28, 2022
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. This year, it will be largely virtual.

    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

    Boulder International Film Festival
    March 3-6, 2022
    Films and filmmakers from around the world come to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.

    Boulder Jewish Film Festival
    March TBD, 2022
    This intimate film festival explores the human experience through film and provides audiences with insight into the Jewish experience.

    Local Lab New Play Festival
    March TBD, 2022
    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 Arts Week
    March 25-April 2, 2022
    This annual citywide celebration of arts is on! Check out an innovative, pandemic-friendly lineup from a dance/climb fusion performance outside on the side of a bus to in-person, socially distanced workshops on figure-drawing and training to be a fine arts model to self-guided mural walks.

    Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise Boulder

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

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

    Boulder Philharmonic
    Jan. 22-May 28, 2022
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. This year, it will be largely virtual.

    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
    March 25-April 2, 2022
    This annual citywide celebration of arts is on! Check out an innovative, pandemic-friendly lineup from a dance/climb fusion performance outside on the side of a bus to in-person, socially distanced workshops on figure-drawing and training to be a fine arts model to self-guided mural walks.

    Gallery Hopping Boulder

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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, 2022
    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. Participate in scavenger hunts to win prizes all month.

    Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado
    April 6-9, 2022
    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. 

    Bluebird Music Festival
    April 23-24, 2022
    A must-see music fest featuring acts like Margo Price, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Waxahatchee, and many more at the historic Macky Auditorium.

    Bluebird Music Festival

    Taste of Pearl
    Canceled for 2022
    Explore Boulder’s culinary arts scene and celebrate Colorado’s distinctive wines while strolling Downtown Boulder’s vibrant galleries and shops.

    Pearl Street in SpringBoulder Philharmonic
    Jan. 22-May 28, 2022
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. This year, it will be largely virtual.

    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.

    May

    Arts in the Park at the Bandshell
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.

    Boulder Startup Week
    May TBD, 2022
    Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.

    BolderBoulder 10k Road Race
    May 30, 2022
    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 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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 Philharmonic
    Jan. 22-May 28, 2022
    Boulder's professional symphony orchestra performs a season of delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. This year, it will be largely virtual.

    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.

    June

    Boulder Comedy Festival
    June TBD, 2022
    Nationally touring comics featured on Comedy Central, Netflix and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come together with festival winners and local comedians to create a sea of hilarity outdoors at the Dairy Arts Center.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June TBD, 2022
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on CU Campus.

    Hanuman Festival 
    June 16-19, 2022
    A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Boulder International Festival
    June TBD, 2022
    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.

    Colorado Brazil Fest
    June TBD, 2022
    Two rhythmic days of Brazilian music, dancing and more at Boulder's Bandshell.

    Arts in the Park at the Bandshell
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.

    Meadow Music
    May-June TBD, 2022
    A kid favorite. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. This year, they are happening at the Boulder Bandshell.

    Boulder Jewish Festival
    June TBD, 2022
    Live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages in downtown Boulder.

    Avery Invitational
    June TBD, 2022
    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.

    Concerts in the Park
    TBD 2022
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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
    TBD 2022
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    July

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
    July TBD, 2022
    For more than two decades, this 80-team competitive girls softball tourney has been hosted in Boulder!

    Boulder Creek Festival
    TBD 2022
    Three days of festivities featuring makers, artists and small businesses; family activities; music; food and entertainment — all on the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Arts in the Park at the Bandshell
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.

    Chautauqua Concert Series
    July-October 2021
    Indigo Girls, Keb' Mo', The Jayhawks and more return this year for Chautauqua’s entertainment series, featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events at the foot of the Flatirons.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June-August TBD, 2022
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on CU Campus.

    Colorado Music Festival
    July-August TBD, 2022
    This internationally acclaimed festival is held four nights per week for several weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world.

    Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival (ENOFF)
    July 14-17, 2022
    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.

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast Fireworks Display
    July 4, 2022
    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
    TBA for 2022
    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.

    Pearl Street Arts Fest
    July 15-17, 2022
    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 TBD, 2022
    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 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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. 

    Bands on the Bricks
    Wednesdays, July-August TBD, 2022
    From oldies to alternative, Bands on the Bricks is Boulder's premier outdoor summer concert series taking place on the bricks of the Pearl Street Mall from 5-9pm. 

    Bands on the Bricks

    Meadow Music
    May-August TBD, 2022
    A kid favorite. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. This year, they are happening at the Boulder Bandshell.

    Concerts in the Park
    Dates TBD, 2022
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    August

    IRONMAN 70.3
    Dates TBD, 2022
    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.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
    July-August TBD, 2022
    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

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    August TBD, 2022
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Arts in the Park at the Bandshell
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.

    Colorado MahlerFest
    August TBD, 2022
    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.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    Postponed until 2022
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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, 2022
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on CU Campus.Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Chautauqua Concert Series
    July-October 2021
    Indigo Girls, Keb' Mo', The Jayhawks and more return this year for Chautauqua’s entertainment series, featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events at the foot of the Flatirons.

    Bands on the Bricks
    Dates TBD, 2022
    From oldies to alternative, Bands on the Bricks is Boulder's premier outdoor summer concert series taking place on the bricks of the Pearl Street Mall from 5-9pm.

    Meadow Music
    Dates TBD, 2022
    A kid favorite. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. This year, they are happening at the Boulder Bandshell.

    Twenty Ninth Street LOVE the Tunes Concert Series
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    Colorado Music Festival
    July-Aug. TBD, 2022
    This internationally acclaimed festival is held four nights per week for several weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world.

    Colorado Music Festival Boulder

    September

    Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
    September TBD, 2022
    Check out a stellar selection of international dance films, along with workshops, installations and performances. 

    Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
    September TBD, 2022
    Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Boulder Creek Festival

    Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival
    September TBD, 2022
    Large-scale murals by 39 artists are being created all over town in the span of just a few days in Boulder. 

    Buffalo Bicycle Classic
    September TBD, 2022
    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, 2022
    This three-day autumn festival features live music, great food, local microbrews, wine and margaritas, with the added excitement of children’s activities and featuring Firefly Handmade Markets.

    Mapleton Hill Porchfest
    September TBD, 2022
    A free event where dozens of local musicians play and sing on quaint porches of the historic homes in the Mapleton Hill neighborhood.

    Studio Arts Chili Bowl
    September TBD, 2022
    Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder's annual fundraiser. Chefs from local restaurants compete in a chili competition. Guests can taste chili with the puchase of a bowl, plus shop for beautiful handmade pottery.

    Chautauqua Concert Series
    July-October 2021
    Indigo Girls, Keb' Mo', The Jayhawks and more return this year for Chautauqua’s entertainment series, featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events at the foot of the Flatirons.

    Arts in the Park at the Bandshell
    Dates TBD, 2022
    Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.

    CU Buffs Football Season
    September 3-November 26, 2021
    Watch the Pac-12 CU Buffs compete on beautiful Folsom Field.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 20, 2021 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (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.