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    Memorial Day Weekend in Boulder

    Spring, glorious spring! It's especially glorious in Boulder, where hundreds of blossoms decorate the flower beds along Pearl Street, it's perfect hiking weather and patios all over town beckon you with spring food and drinks. The following events will be going on over the weekend, giving the whole town a fun, festival atmosphere. It's all part of why Boulder was named one of the top 45 Memorial Day destinations in the U.S.!

    "Boulder is arguably one of the best weekend getaways in Colorado — if not the whole Western United States!" —TripAdvisor

    Chautauqua Shuttle Starts Back Up! Headed to Chautauqua over Memorial Day weekend? The Park-to-Park free weekend shuttle starts up May 25, 2019, to help you avoid parking frustrations!

    Please check back in early spring 2020 for updated dates.

    Boulder Creek Festival

    May 25–27, 2019
    Peruse jewelry, arts, crafts and more at hundreds of booths, watch dance and music performances on four stages, take the kids on a carnival ride and relax beside babbling Boulder Creek during this favorite annual festival. The Boulder Creek Festival takes place in and around Central Park.

    Boulder Creek Festival


    May 27, 2019
    The BolderBoulder is as much about the funky costumes, fun music and camaraderie among runners as it is about the race itself. This favorite race has been a Memorial Day tradition in Boulder for more than four decades! Come join 50,000 participants and tons of spectators for a 10K foot race through Boulder's neighborhoods, finishing in Folsom Field — the University of Colorado's football stadium.

    BolderBoulder Folsom Field

    Bluebird Music Festival

    May 25, 2019, 2-11:45pm
    The Bluebird Music Festival will welcome Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Neyla Pekarek formerly of the Lumineers and Langhorne Slim to headline the evening portion of this festival with solo, acoustic performances inside the stunning Macky Auditorium. The afternoon portion of the event will have James and Slim, joined by several other artists for a Strings and Stories session, where the musicians tell how their songs came to be. Tickets start at $29.

    Boulder Farmers Market

    May 25, 2019, 8am-2pm
    Named the No. 1 Farmers’ Market in the country by readers of USA Today, the Boulder Farmers’ Market is a fun place to start a Saturday. Established in 1986 by a handful of local farmers looking to sell farm-fresh produce directly to the public, the market is now the largest in Colorado. It is a growers-only market, and shoppers can enjoy seasonal produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, herbs, flowers, wines and gourmet food products. Plus, the market enjoys a lovely setting next to shady Central Park and the Boulder Creek, at the doorsteps of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

    Woman purchasing fruit at the Boulder Farmers Market

    Things to Do

    Head for the hills and get in a refreshing hike. The weather in Boulder is often just right for some outdoor fun on Memorial Day weekend, and some wildflowers may be blooming (pick up a wildflower guide at the Ranger Cottage). If you're headed to the Chautauqua area, ride the Park-to-Park hiker shuttle — it's free, easy and saves you parking woes and fees.

    It's a perfect time for a bike ride and picnic. Check out a B-Cycle bike from one of the public kiosks, or rent bikes from University Bicycles. Next, visit Lolita’s Market & Deli, across the street, to pack up some picnic provisions. Then enjoy a leisurely ride right through the heart of town along the beautiful Boulder Creek, stopping for a picnic along the way. Scott Carpenter Park makes an excellent stopover, with a grassy hilltop and views of the Flatirons.

    Eben G. Fine Park, farther upstream from the Boulder Creek Festival, is a hot spot for picnicking and playing on the shores of the creek.

    Boulder B Cycle