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    Spring Activities in Boulder

    2018 Spring Things to Do

    Spring is a magical time in Boulder. Thousands of tulips gingerly open their buds all along historic Pearl Street, wildflowers begin to bloom trailside, restaurant patios fill with sun-seekers and festival season gets underway!

    Here are 5 ways to enjoy spring in Boulder:

    1. Head to the Boulder Farmers’ Market

    Starting on April 7, 2018, the beloved farmers' market will fill with local farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, winemakers and flower-growers. Pick up goodies, or simply grab a meal from the food court and enjoy a picnic beside Boulder Creek or on the shady, green Central Park.

    Boulder Farmers Market Flowers
    2. Stop to smell the flowers

    Downtown Boulder’s brick-paved Pearl Street Mall is filled with flowerbeds that bloom with upwards of 15,000 tulips in springtime. The timing of the buds’ opening is, of course, up to Mother Nature, but it’s usually mid to late April. Bring a camera and make a day of it with Pearl Street’s amazing shopping and dining.

    Peach Tulips on Pearl Street

    3. Rent a bike

    Check one out from a B-Cycle station or rent one from a bike shop. You can cruise down the Boulder Creek Path, named No. 2 in USA Today’s “top urban bike paths across the USA,” or just pedal around town. You’ll fit in with the locals here in the town that Bicycling magazine ranked No. 3 in “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.”

    Boulder B Cycle

    4. Hit the trails

    Either by foot or by bike, Boulder’s hiking and biking trails are lovely and fresh in springtime, and there are close to 150 miles of them in Boulder. Here's a guide to Boulder's wildflowers and which trails to find them on.

    McClintock Trail Meadow Music

    5. Plan your visit around a festival or event
    Boulder celebrates big in spring. Check out these annual festivals and events:
     
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    March


    Winter Craft Beer Festival
    March 3, 2018
    A great beer-tasting event at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center.

    Boulder Jewish Film Festival
    March 8-18, 2018
    This intimate film festival explores the human experience through film and provides audiences with insight into the Jewish experience.

    Boulder Arts Week
    March 30-April 7, 2018
    Boulder’s annual citywide celebration of art, jam-packed with performances and events all week long. 

    Retro Days at Eldora Mountain Resort
    March 31, 2018
    Dress in your 70s or 80s ski attire and disco down the slopes!
     
    April
     

    Boulder Arts Week
    March 30-April 7, 2018
    Boulder’s annual citywide celebration of art, jam-packed with performances and events all week long. 

    Boulder Farmers' Market
    Every Saturday April 7-Nov 17, 2018 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday May 2-Oct 3, 2018 (4-8pm)
    A feast for the eyes, palate and soul! Perfect for spring picnics. 

    Tulip Fairy & Elf Parade
    April 8, 2018 (Rain date: April 15, 2018)
    The Tulip Fairy and hundreds of tiny fairies and elves wake up 15,000+ tulips with a parade and festival on Pearl Street in historic downtown. 
     
    CU Conference on World Affairs
    April 9-13, 2018
    Hundreds of free lectures and discussions on all subjects from free trade to post modernism in film — on the beautiful CU campus. 2018 is the CWA's 70th year! The Hop bus and B-Cycle bike rental kiosks are free during CWA.
     
    Local Lab New Play Festival
    April 20-22, 2018
    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.

    Taste of Pearl
    April 29, 2018
    Spend an afternoon in America’s Foodiest Town tasting delicious chef creations and Colorado wines.

    May
     
    Boulder Startup Week
    May 14-18, 2018
    Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.
     
    MahlerFest
    May 14-20, 2018
    A weeklong festival, culminating in two orchestral performances of one of Mahler's major symphonic works.

    MediaLive
    May 14-20, 2018
    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 19, 2018
    A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
    May–September 2018
    Spring brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, films, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.

    Boulder Creek Festival
    May 26-28, 2018
    The famous rubber ducky creek race, performances, carnival rides, bazar and much more — all beside the beautiful Boulder Creek.

    BolderBOULDER
    May 28, 2018
    This famous 10K race gets the whole town celebrating on the streets. There’s music, costumes and revelry as top runners and locals take part. 2018 is the BolderBOULDER's 40th anniversary!

    Want more? Check our complete, searchable event calendar for even more ideas.