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    Boulder Outdoor Arts

    Actually 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.

    Drive-In Performing Arts Pop-Ups

    Boulder Arts Outdoors is hosting socially distanced, drive-in performing arts shows at the spacious Stazio Ballfields parking lot. You'll see live rock music, classical performances, dance, juggling and more on a small stage surrounded by an audience in cars. Clapping is replaced by honking and you can BYO snacks, roll the windows down and enjoy the show. 

    Happening: September 25, 26 and 27, 2020

    Orchestra band performing outdoors in the Drive-In Performing Arts Pop-ups in Boulder

    Drive-Thru Art at the Avalon

    Arrive by car to the Avalon Dance Hall parking lot for a special drive-thru event to see the work of 60 artists, plus musicians, dancers and more. It's presented by the Boulder Art Association, Open Studios and Rick Dallago. 

    Happening: September 26, 2020, noon-4pm

    Drive-In Movies

    If you’re here over a weekend, the Boulder International Film Festival is hosting a fun drive-in movie night each Saturday through September at the Boulder Municipal Airport. Bring your own popcorn and sit back to enjoy what's bound to be an eye-opening film. It’s good old-fashioned fun and a great way to get a taste of this world-renowned film festival that normally happens in March.

    Happening: Every Saturday through September

    BIFF Drive In Instagram Post

    Upslope's Safer Summer Music Series 

    Upslope's back with music in their backyard. They'll be serving up tasty brews alongside live tunes, so grab your camping/folding chair and your "quaranteam" and prepare to get down safely and well-spaced from other attendees. Tickets for the Safer Summer Music Series are here.

    Upcoming: Sept. 26, 2020, Band: The Pamlico Sound, 5pm 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Be a Chef at Home with Frasca Food & Wine

    Each week, Frasca offers an At Home With dinner kit complete with prepared ingredients and a bottle of hand-selected wine. With each dinner kit, we will send you a special link to view a step-by-step recipe and video guide from FHG Culinary Director Eduardo Valle Lobo, virtual tasting notes with wine director Carlin Karr, Bobby Stuckey and others.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Black Cat's Farm Stand and Dinners

    While Black Cat and Bramble & Hare restaurants might be closed, for now, you can still enjoy the sumptuous produce that normally supplies the restaurants by ordering directly from Mabel, the roving farm truck, stopping by their overflowing farm stand at 4975 Jay Road (daily 10am-5pm), or dining on the farm during one of the nightly farm dinners. Watch this ABC News story on how it all came to be.

    Amazing New Murals

    Street Wise Boulder is an "ARTivism" mural festival now in its second year. In 2019, there were 11 new murals installed. In 2020, there will are a whopping 38 new works! Go take a look. Here's a map

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    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

     

    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. Two women dining al fresco on Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder