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    Cool Things Happening in Boulder, Even Now

    Thirsty for some excitement, entertainment or just something to get amped about or look forward to in these strange times? You're in luck. Some creative Boulderites have been busy putting their heads together and offering some safe new opportunities for fun. We've hand-picked some of the most exciting ideas and activities out there right now for your enjoyment.

    Art in the Park at Chautauqua

    Find 15 charming bear cub sculptures that have popped up around Chautauqua Park. Each will be uniquely decorated by a local artist, and they'll also be adorned in lights so you can enjoy an evening drive-through light display. Also look for the new, 8-foot bear sculpture near the Chautauqua Auditorium. There's even a cyber scavenger hunt you can complete at Chautauqua Park to discover the bear cubs and fascinating bits of Chautauqua history. Learn more here.

    Happening: Through May 1, 2021

    Outdoor Art at One Boulder Plaza

    Artists Abad◮Anaya have collected messages from the community and put them on flags that will hang in One Boulder Plaza. The project is sponsored by BMoCA

    Happening: Feb. 1-28, 2021


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    Amazing New Murals

    Street Wise Boulder is an "ARTivism" mural festival that's been running since 2019. In fall of 2020, they added a whopping 38 new works! Go take a look. In addition, Downtown Boulder has added 19 painted doors in alleyways. Here's a Boulder Mural Guide, which covers these projects and more. 


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    Dining Yurts and Cabanas

    We're seeing more of these pop up around town. Thursday through Sunday, T|aco we will be offering a $200 (plus tax and gratuity) private, 90-minute heated-cabana dining experience for up to six guests that includes dinner and drinks from their entire menu. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse has small, transparent tents outside on their patio for diners, and Frasca Food and Wine has a yurt village and gorgeous, wood-framed Alpenglobes. Next door, Pizzeria Locale has a row of little heated glass houses. River and Woods is another spot offering bubble tents with personal heaters. And at Upslope, you can sip your craft beer in a private bubble tent. At St Julien Hotel and Spa, Jill's Restaurant (shown below) now has heated outdoor cabanas (and Flatirons views!).

    Restaurants with Yurts

    St Julien Patio - Jill's Restaurant Boulder

    While Black Cat and Bramble & Hare restaurants might be closed, for now, you can still enjoy dinner at the Black Cat Farm in your own private cabana, heated by wood stove and with views of the picturesque farm. 


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    Boulder Arts Week

    Boulder Arts Week is on for 2021! And there are some amazing happenings to look forward to: an outdoor dance-climb fusion performance on the side of a bus; in-person, socially distanced workshops on figure-drawing and training to be a fine arts model; self-guided mural walks; and tons more. Get all the details at

    Happening: March 26-April 3, 2021

    Creative Neighborhoods Projects

    From murals on residential buildings to crocheted fences enclosing some of the new outdoor restaurant spaces, the Creative Neighborhoods program has cool projects popping up all over town. You'll find maps to all the work sites here. This City of Boulder and Create Boulder program helps puts artists to work during COVID-19 in the spirit of the Work Projects Administration of the 1930s.

    Woman painting a mural in Boulder
    Photo: Lindee Zimmer at work on a new mural

    Eldora's Making Award-Winning Videos (and Piping-Hot Hand Pies)

    Eldora's video "I Am a Snowmaker" won the Ski Area Management industry's video contest. Check it out below. And did you know Eldora is slinging Halfpipe Hand Pies from a to-go trailer for lunch? Read more here.

    Eat on the StreetDining Closures Map June 2020

    The City of Boulder has closed a few streets to traffic in order to allow restaurants to expand out into the street for open-air, socially distanced seating. On-street patio dining is available on Pearl Street between 11th and 9th Streets and on The Hill, at Pennsylvania Ave. and 13th Street. Pearl Street Outdoor Dining