Boulder's Classic Spring & Summer Festivals
Why not plan a festivacation in Boulder? (A festivacation is when you're so excited about a festival or event that you plan a whole vacation around it!) Summer in Boulder is teeming with amazing festivals, the perfect excuse to get to this pretty town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains — and stay awhile.
April 20-21, 2024
All-star lineup in a historic theater. Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Joy Oladokun and more perform in this festival with solo, acoustic performances inside the stunning Macky Auditorium.
May 15-19, 2024
Passionate musicians honoring a legend. A celebration of the great composer Gustav Mahler during a week-long festival, culminating in two orchestral performances of one of Mahler’s major symphonic works.
Wednesdays, June 12-July 31, 2024
Oldies to alternative and everything in between. Boulder County's premier outdoor summer concert series takes place in the heart of the city on the bricks of the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall, complete with a large outdoor beer/margarita/wine garden.
June 9, 2024
A celebration of Jewish arts and culture. Enjoy a full day of festivities, including bands and performances, a Jewish food festival, a curated marketplace showcasing fine art and family-friendly activities. Open to everyone as an opportunity to connect and learn.
June TBA, 2024
Nationally touring comics and local up-and-comers. Comedians featured on Comedy Central, Netflix and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come together with festival winners and local comedians to create a sea of hilarity at a couple of popular Boulder venues.
July 5-August 4, 2024
Classical music greats, historic locale. This internationally acclaimed, six-week summer festival is held at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world.
Celebrating Brazilian music, dance and culture. Boulder Samba School hosts this lively festival, one of the largest in the nation, featuring high-energy performances and educational music programs at the Boulder Bandshell.
Big names, small venue. Summer brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums, and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.
Arts & Culture Festivals
March 4-7, 2024
Masterclasses and performances. The Dairy Arts Center hosts BOCO International Flamenco Festival — three days packed with beginning bulerías Flamenco dance workshops and performances by the legendary Antonio Canales, Pastora Galvan and Dorantes.
April 9-12, 2024
Ideas and discussions on everything conceivable. A free conference hosted by the University of Colorado that's open to the public, with panel discussions, keynote presentations and performances by international experts on a huge range of topics. Described by The New York Times as an "extravaganza of discussion and debate.”
May 13-17, 2024
Fresh tech and entrepreneurial ideas. Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.
June-July TBA, 2024
Vibrant performances in open air. Taking place at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area, this year's Arts in the Park will showcase talent from the Boulder Ballet, Boulder Symphony and Boulder Opera in four performances through June and July.
June 1-30, 2024
See you at Pride! Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can take part in or a more 21+ experience, there's something for everyone during Boulder County Pride Month. Sign up for teen art classes, adult networking events, music, trivia, dancing and more.
June 8-August 11, 2024
The bard under the stars. Each summer, several plays are performed in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the indoor University Theatre on the University of Colorado's campus.
July 11-14, 2024
Environmental awareness through storytelling. Watch documentary features, short films, Q&As and interviews online or at the Dairy Drive-In at the Dairy Arts Center.
June 1-8, 2024
Painters inspired by the outdoors. A week-long celebration welcoming artists of any skill level to make art en plein air in and around Boulder, with the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works.
Highlighting Black, Indigenous and brown self-identified artists. Head to VisionQuest Brewing for one special day of local artwork, performances, giveaways and tasty treats.
6-9pm every first Friday of the month
Local artists in action. Embark on a free self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Stroll through the area and meet painters, sculptors, photographers and more. Be sure to check the map to see which studios are open and when.
July 19-21, 2024
Creative souls on display. Tents line downtown Boulder's Pearl Street for this juried celebration of visual arts — from whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors, oil paintings and more.
July 12, 2024
Wild on the water. Boulderites don their best business attire and hit the creek in this yearly tubing tradition. The event starts at Eben G. Fine Park, but you can catch the view of the hilarious action (e.g. spectators dangling breakfast from atop bridges for tubers to grab) anywhere along the creek near downtown.
Sports & Movement Events
June 8, 2024
Insanely epic athletes. This "half Ironman" takes place at the Boulder Reservoir with a spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop. The event has been an athlete favorite for over a decade and is one of the fastest IRONMAN events to sell out each year.
July 29-August 9, 2024
High-flying choreography. Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances.
Yoga in a scenic setting. This celebration of yoga and music features world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.
April 28, 2024 (Rain date: May 5)
Unbearably cute kiddos in costume. 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.
May 24-27, 2024
Boulder's creekside family festival. Food, art, performances, bazaar, carnival rides and much more — all beside the beautiful Boulder Creek.
April 14, 2024
Deliciousness in downtown. Spend an afternoon in America’s Foodiest Town tasting delicious chef creations and Colorado wines while strolling around beautiful downtown Boulder.
June 8, 2024
Beer, music, outdoors. A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.
All-inclusive beer tastings. Celebrate Avery Brewing Company's 30th Anniversary with over 100 specialty beers, rare barrel-aged releases and live music.
August 10, 2024
Tacos, tequila and fun in the sun. Indulge in the tastiest tacos of Boulder, a curated list of craft breweries, eclectic tequilas, high-flying Luchadores, live bands and lots of free fun for the kiddos.
Every Saturday, April 6-November 16, 2024 (8am-2pm)
Every Wednesday, May 1-October 2, 2024 (3:30-7:30pm)
A feast for the eyes, palate and soul. The local market takes place outdoors amid a festival-like atmosphere on 13th Street in downtown Boulder.