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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 to local picks like the Flatirons Food Film Festival. Check out the list below to see what catches your eye. 

    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
    Cancelled for 2020
    Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans three weekends.

    CU Family Weekend
    October 12-24, 2020 - Virtual only
    This fall, Homecoming and Family Weekends will be combined to offer alumni, students, parents and friends more opportunities to celebrate their Buffs pride together. Homecoming and Family Weekends Wherever You Roam will feature a virtual 5K, an online presentation of our annual alumni awards, a virtual trivia night and much more.

    CU Homecoming
    October 12-24, 2020 – Virtual only
    ​This fall, Homecoming and Family Weekends will be combined to offer alumni, students, parents and friends more opportunities to celebrate their Buffs pride together. Homecoming and Family Weekends Wherever You Roam will feature a virtual 5K, an online presentation of our annual alumni awards, a virtual trivia night and much more.

    Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day
    October 9, 2020 - Virtual events
    Learn about Indigenous culture through artist talks, films, discussions, panels and more. 

    Downtown's Spooky Munchkin Bingo
    October 31, 2020
    This year, Downtown Boulder's Munchkin Masquerade will look a little different. Visit munchkinmasquerade.com to view a PDF bingo card to go on a hunt for the hidden “spooky munchkin” characters in several downtown retail stores — and be sure to wear your Halloween costume and mask. If you get BINGO (five in a row) and snap a photo of each one, plus your photo at the booth outside Sunflower Bank, you'll win a goodie bag. There's also a masked photo costume contest with a big prize! Get all the details here.

    Munchkin Masquerade

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April - Virtual
    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 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
    Cancelled for 2020
    Watch the Pac-12 CU Buffs compete on beautiful Folsom Field.

    November

    Trance Blues Festival
    Cancelled for 2020
    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."

    First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
    Cancelled for 2020
    For one full week, more than 40 of Boulder’s top restaurants offer a special three-course, prix-fixe menu.

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays
    November 22, 2020-January 10, 2021
    Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate Boulder's Civic Area and downtown Boulder. Visit creative, themed displays, with a map to guide you.

    Winter shopping on Pearl Street Boulder

    St. Nick on the Bricks
    November TBD-December TBD, 2020
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    November TBD–December TBD, 2020
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    Boulder Ballet's Nutcracker

    University of Colorado Men's Basketball
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on the men's basketball team at the Coors Events Center.

    University of Colorado Women's Basketball
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on CU's women on the court at the Coors Events Center.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 4-Nov. 21, 2020 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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

    Snow Much Fun Light Displays
    November 22, 2020-January 10, 2021
    Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate Boulder's Civic Area and downtown Boulder. Visit creative, themed displays, with a map to guide you.

    Holiday Freezie Bingo
    November 28-December 19, 2020
    Get your Holiday Freezie bingo card online and then head to participating downtown Boulder businesses to Find Freezie (a little stuffed snowman) hidden throughout stores downtown. Share your completed bingo card for a chance to win gift cards. 

    "Nutcracker" by Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
    Online Film Version TBA
    A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.

    Lights of December Motorcade
    December 5, 2020
    Watch a creative and fun motorcade from home via live stream. 

    Lights of December Parade

    Chanukah on Pearl Street
    December TBD, 2020
    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
    Cancelled for 2020
    Kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for free.

    University of Colorado Men's Basketball
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on the men's basketball team at the Coors Events Center.

    University of Colorado Women's Basketball
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on CU's women on the court at the Coors Events Center.

    CU Women's Basketball Coors Center

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April - Online
    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, 2021
    Take the plunge in the icy waters of the Boulder Reservoir on the first of the year.

    Flatirons Food Film Festival
    January 28-February 5, 2021 - Online
    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
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on the men's basketball team at the Coors Events Center.

    University of Colorado Women's Basketball
    Cancelled for 2020
    Cheer on CU's women on the court at the Coors Events Center.

    Boulder Philharmonic
    October-April - Online
    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

    Winter Craft Beer Festival
    February TBD, 2021
    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
    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

    Boulder International Film Festival
    March 4-7, 2021
    Films and filmmakers from around the world come to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema.

    BIFF Boulder Theater

    Local Lab New Play Festival
    March TBD, 2021
    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 TBD, 2021
    This intimate film festival explores the human experience through film and provides audiences with insight into the Jewish experience.

    Boulder Arts Week
    Late March-early April, 2021
    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.

    T2 Dance Project

    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-Early April 2021
    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)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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, 2021
    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 TBD, 2021
    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, 2021
    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 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.

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

    May

    Colorado MahlerFest
    May TBD, 2021
    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 Startup Week
    May TBD, 2021 
    Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.

    MediaLive
    May TBD, 2021
    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, 2021
    A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May 29-31, 2021
    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 31, 2021
    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)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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
    May TBD, 2021
    Stimulating discussions from engaging authors at a National Historic Landmark.

    Boulder Ballet's Ballet in the Park
    May TBD, 2021
    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.

    June

    Boulder Jewish Festival
    June TBD, 2021
    Live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages in downtown Boulder.

    Avery Invitational
    June TBD, 2021
    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 TBD, 2021
    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 TBD, 2021
    A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Boulder International Festival
    June TBD, 2021
    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, 2021 
    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
    TBD 2021
    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
    TBD 2021
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June-August TBD, 2021
    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)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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, June-September TBD 2021
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    July

    Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
    July TBA, 2021
    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, 2021
    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 TBA, 2021
    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 TBA, 2021
    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 TBA, 2021
    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 TBA, 2021
    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)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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
    Dates TBD, 2021
    Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

    Bands Above the Bricks
    Dates TBD, 2021
    Join virtually every Wednesday evening starting July 15th for a live-streamed concert of your favorite local artists from the rooftops of downtown Boulder, 7-8pm.

    Bands on the Bricks

    Meadow Music
    Dates TBD, 2021
    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
    Dates TBD, 2021
    The Boulder Concert Band performs for audiences in a different Boulder park each week.

    Colorado Music Festival
    Dates TBD, 2021
    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
    Dates TBD, 2021
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    August

    IRONMAN 70.3
    August 7, 2021 
    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
    August TBD, 2021
    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, 2021
    Three rhythmic days of Brazilian dancing, capoeira, music, food and more on downtown's Pearl Street Mall.

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    August TBD, 2021
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    August TBD, 2021
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    Colorado Classic
    August TBD, 2021
    Support 100 of the top female cyclists from around the world as they race through Colorado's iconic mountain and urban terrains. Stage 3, on Aug. 29, 2020, happens in Boulder. Watch on TV or online.

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday, April 4-Nov. 21, 2020 (8am-2pm) 
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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
    August TBD, 2021
    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 Above the Bricks
    Dates TBD, 2021
    Join virtually every Wednesday evening starting July 15th for a live-streamed concert of your favorite local artists from the rooftops of downtown Boulder, 7-8pm.

    Meadow Music
    Dates TBD, 2021
    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
    Dates TBD, 2021
    Free summer concerts every Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 9pm in the Central Plaza. 

    Colorado Music Festival
    Dates TBD, 2021
    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

    Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival
    September TBA, 2021
    Large-scale murals by 39 artists are being created all over town in the span of just a few days in Boulder. 

    Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
    September TBA, 2021
    Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.

    Boulder Creek Festival

    Buffalo Bicycle Classic
    September TBA, 2021
    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 TBA, 2021
    A three-day autumn festival featuring food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival.

    Studio Arts Chili Bowl
    September TBA, 2021
    Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder's annual fundraiser. Guests can shop for beautiful pottery, handmade by students, staff, and friends of Studio Arts Boulder. In 2020, purchase a chili bowl and enjoy a complimentary take-home tasting of chili. 

    CU Buffs Football Season
    September TBA, 2021
    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)
    Wednesdays not available for now 
    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.