Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Every fall, the cottonwoods, aspen, maples and other trees in and around Boulder put on a dazzling autumn show. Crimson and golden leaves float down to be whisked away by Boulder Creek and set the foothills aglow with brilliant color. Here’s a short guide to enjoying fall foliage — and fall events — in Boulder.
While the exact timing is different each year, the fall foliage in Boulder tends to be best Sept. 27–Oct. 25, and it’s at its very best Oct. 5–20. If you want to capture that quintessential Colorado photograph of the golden trees against a snow-capped mountain peak, nearby Long’s Peak usually gets its first snowfall around Oct. 5–20.
Here are just a few ideas on where to see the fall colors in and around Boulder.
Plan your visit around a fall festival or events. Below are a few annual events to get you started, with a complete calendar available here.
Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
Sept. 3-5, 2016
Entertainment, chili cook-off, classic car show, food and drink along the banks of Boulder Creek.
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
Sept. 16-18, 2016
Three-day autumn festival featuring food, brews and music with the added excitement of a Children’s Carnival.
Firefly Handmade Market
Sept. 17-18, 2016
An exceptional craft fair featuring local artisans.
Fall into Fashion Weekend
Sept. 22-25, 2016
Boulder retailers present fall looks on the Pearl Street Mall catwalk, boutiques host in-store special events, and downtown bustles with live music, food and drinks to mini makeovers and shopping.
Jaipur Literature Festival
Sept. 23-25, 2016
Visitors can attend talks, readings, musical performances and writing workshops as part of this free, three-day festival.
Adventure Film Festival
Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016
Two days of the most inspirational films of the year, shown at the historic Boulder Theater.
Open Studios Fall Artist Tour
Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9, 2016
Boulder artists open their homes and studios to the public for a unique and intimate arts event that spans two weekends.
Burgundy Wine Festival
Oct. 20-23, 2016
During a three-day extravaganza, guests will taste some of the rarest wines of Burgundy at some of Boulder's most highly acclaimed restaurants.
Oct. 31, 2016
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.
First Bite: Boulder's Restaurant Week
November 13-21, 2016
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 20, 2016
Santa counts down to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. Featuring a holiday concert.
Boulder Ballet’s Nutcracker
Nov. 25-27, 2016
A seasonal favorite of classic ballet, accompanied by the Boulder Philharmonic.