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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 Adventure Film Festival in the fall. Check out the list below to see what catches your eye. 

    November

    First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
    November TBD, 2017
    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 19, 2017
    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
    November 24 and Saturdays, November 25-December 23, 2017
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    Snow Much Fun
    Mid-November 2017-mid-February 2018
    200,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park and a glittering ice skating rink, right next door to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    ​November 25, 2017
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    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
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    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 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.

    December

    Lights of December Parade
    December 2, 2017
    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

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    November 24 and Saturdays, November 25-December 23, 2017
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    Snow Much Fun
    mid-November 2017-mid-February 2018
    200,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park and a glittering ice skating rink, right next door to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    Santa on the Snow
    Dec 24-25, 2017
    Join Santa on the ski slopes at Eldora Mountain Resort.

    Annual Ugly Sweater and Best Elf Costume Contest at Eldora Mountain Resort
    Dec. 24, 2017
    Don your ugliest holiday sweater or elf costume and join in a fun day of skiing and laughing at Eldora Mountain Resort.

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

    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 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.

    January

    Polar Plunge
    January 1, 2018
    Take the plunge in the icy waters of the Boulder Reservoir on the first of the year.

    Snow Much Fun
    mid-November 2017-mid-February 2018
    200,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park and a glittering ice skating rink, right next door to 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 seasons 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.

    Chautauqua Author Series
    Through April
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    February

    Snow Much Fun
    mid-November 2017-mid-February 2018
    200,000 lights illuminate Boulder’s Central Park and a glittering ice skating rink, right next door to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    Boulder International Film Festival
    February 22-25, 2018
    Films and filmmakers from around the world come to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.

    BIFF Boulder Theater

    Winter Craft Beer Festival
    February TBD 2018
    A great beer-tasting event at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center, right when you need it: mid-winter! 

    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 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
    Through April
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    March

    Boulder Arts Week
    March 30-April 7, 2018
    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

    Local Lab New Play Festival
    ​March TBD 2018
    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.

    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 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
    Through April
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    April

    Boulder Arts Week
    March 30-April 7, 2018
    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.

    High West Oyster Fest
    April TBD
    Oyster eating and shucking competitions, live music, plus lots of food, drinks and of course, oysters — all at the historic Boulder Theater.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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
    Downtown Boulder's annual awakening of the tulips, where little ones dress up like fairies and elves. 

    Retro Days at Eldora Mountain Resort
    April TBD
    Dress in your 70s or 80s ski attire and disco down the slopes!

    Conference on World Affairs at University of Colorado
    April TBD
    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. Big names from NASA, the NFL and the silver screen will join CWA in 2017.

    Taste of Pearl
    April TBD
    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
    Through April
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    May

    MediaLive
    May TBD, 2018
    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.

    Upslope Get Down
    May TBD, 2018
    A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May TBD, 2018
    Three days of festivities featuring vendor booths, family activities, food and entertainment — all on the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Copy of Boulder Creek Festival

    Colorado MahlerFest
    May TBD, 2018
    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.

    BolderBoulder 10k Road Race
    May 28, 2018
    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
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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.

    June

    Dead and Company at Folsom Field
    TBD 2018
    John Mayer and Grateful Dead band members take to the stage for what promises to be another epic show at Folsom Field for the second year in a row.

    IRONMAN Boulder
    June 10, 2018
    Watch the largest IRONMAN race in the world at the finish line and throughout the day as over 2,000 incredible athletes compete.

    Ironman Boulder

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    TBD 2018
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

    Boulder Home and Garden Fair
    TBD 2018
    Dozens of vendors including local builders, landscape and garden specialists, an array of home improvement and green living experts and displays to give you ideas and inspiration.

    Boulder International Festival
    TBD 2018
    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
    TBD 2018
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall.

    Meadow Music
    TBD 2018
    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

    Boulder Plein Air Festival
    TBD 2018
    A week-long celebration, with workshops, receptions, exhibitions, lectures, the chance to create your own art and opportunities to observe 20 master painters while they make their art on location in Boulder.

    Hanuman Festival
    TBD 2018
    A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Concerts in the Park
    TBD 2018
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Boulder Ballet's Ballet in the Park
    TBD 2018
    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.

    Colorado Music Festival
    TBD 2018
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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 LIVE Concert Series
    TBD 2018
    Rock, swing and jive at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center Saturday evenings with a view of the Flatirons.

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
    June 27-July 1, 2018
    For more than two decades, this 80-team competitive girls softball tourney has been hosted in Boulder!

    July

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast Fireworks Display
    July 4, 2018
    Fireworks, live music and fun in CU's Folsom Field stadium.

    Folsom Field 4th of July

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
    June 27-July 1, 2018
    For more than two decades, this 80-team competitive girls softball tourney has been hosted in Boulder!

    Pearl Street Arts Fest
    TBD 2018 
    Tents line downtown Boulder's Pearl Street for this juried celebration of visual arts — painting, photography, jewelry and more.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
    TBD 2018
    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
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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
    TBD 2018
    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
    TBD 2018
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall.

    Meadow Music
    TBD 2018
    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
    TBD 2018
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    TBD 2018
    A six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra.

    Twenty Ninth Street LIVE Concert Series
    TBD 2018
    Rock, swing and jive at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center Saturday evenings with a view of the Flatirons.

    August

    IRONMAN 70.3
    August 4, 2018
    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
    TBD 2018
    Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances. 

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    TBD 2018
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    TBD 2018
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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
    TBD 2018
    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
    TBD 2018
    A fun, outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of Downtown Boulder on the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall.

    Meadow Music
    TBD 2018
    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 LIVE Concert Series
    TBD 2018
    Rock, swing and jive at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center Saturday evenings with a view of the Flatirons.

    Concerts in the Park
    Mondays, June-August, Dates TBD for 2017
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June-August TBD, 2018
    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 TBD, 2017
    Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Buffalo Bicycle Classic
    September TBD, 2018
    The Buffalo Bicycle Classic dates back to 2003, having raised over 3 million dollars in support of student scholarships at CU Boulder.

    Zee Jaipur Literature Festival
    September TBD, 2018
    Visitors can attend talks, readings, musical performances and writing workshops as part of this free, three-day festival.

    Dancer at Jaipur Literature Festival Boulder

    Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest
    September TBD, 2018
    Three-day autumn festival featuring food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival.

    Downtown Boulder's Girls' Night Out
    September TBD, 2017
    Sip, shop and stroll historic Pearl Street and enjoy over 30 retailers treating you to in-store events, samples, tastings, prizes and more.

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

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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. 

    October

    Adventure Film Festival
    October TBD, 2018
    Two days of the most inspirational films of the year, shown at the historic Boulder Theater and other local venues. There's also an Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop, an Adventure Street Fair and a kids’ show.

    Adventure Film Festival Street Fair

    Open Studios
    October TBD, 2018
    Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans two weekends.

    Burgundy Wine Festival 
    October TBD, 2018
    During a three-day extravaganza, guests will taste some of the rarest wines of Burgundy at some of Boulder's most highly acclaimed restaurants.

    Munchkin Masquerade
    October 31, 2018
    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.

    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.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Saturdays, April 1-November 18, 2017
    Wednesdays, May 3-October 4, 2017
    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.