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    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.

    Snow Much Fun Winter Light Displays

    During Snow Much Fun (which runs Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021), hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. This year will feature fun, themed displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. It's all free to enjoy on foot! Check here for the map and updates.

    Happening: Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

    Snow Much Fun

    Art in the Park at Chautauqua

    Starting on December 11, 2020, 15 charming bear cub sculptures will be popping 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. Learn more here.

    Happening: Dec. 11, 2020, through May 1, 2021

    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 are a whopping 38 new works! Go take a look. Here's a guide


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    Dining Yurts and Cabanas

    We're seeing more of these pop up around town. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse has small, transparent tents outside on their patio for diners, and Frasca Food and Wine has a yurt village where you can reserve a spot if you have an American Express card.

    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Winter Yurts

    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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    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

    Free Matching eGift Cards

    This holiday shopping season, the City of Boulder has partnered with Yiftee to help keep your dollars local. Get $25 Bonus Bucks Card for every $25 you spend on Boulder Gift Cards on Yiftee, up to $100 per customer. You have until Dec. 30, 2020, to spend the Boulder Bonus Bucks at participating shops across Boulder. Get the details here.

    Happening: Through December 30, 2020

    Boulder Bonus Bucks

    Order Through Nosh Boulder

    A new City of Boulder program helps restaurants offset their portion of delivery fees when customers use Nosh Boulder to order food delivery. It's an easy way to help restaurants save money and stay in businesses during these challenging times. (Note that customers still pay their portion of delivery fees.) Order through Nosh Boulder.

    Happening: Through December 30, 2020

    Nosh with No Logo

    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