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    2017 Summer Fun, Festivals and Events

    Ah, summer in Boulder. Things take on a different pace as the days lengthen, a lush canopy of trees comes into full leaf, and outdoor-lovers happily spend even more time outside. It's no wonder Forbes recently named Boulder one of the 20 Best Cities for Travel in Summer. Here are just a few reasons to join in the fun — our list of things to do in Boulder in summer.

    Splash and Play

    On warm, sunny days, water is the key to cooling down:

    Tubing Boulder Creek

    Boulder Outdoor Concerts

    Music just sounds better on a Boulder breeze! There are summer concerts held outside in Boulder every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in gorgeous locations ranging from the foot of the Flatirons to beautiful Pearl Street.

    • See all the details, including musician lineups, on our comprehensive Hot Summer Music page.
    Imbibe and Refresh

    Boulder loves its summer bevies. Try these ideas:

    Group on patio Boulder

    2017 Festivals and Events

    Plan your visit around one of dozens of summertime festivals or events. Below are a few annual events to get you started, with a complete calendar available here

    Boulder Farmers Market
    Every Saturday April 1-Nov 18, 2017 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday May 3-Oct 4, 2017 (4-8pm)
    A feast for the eyes, palate and soul! One of the best farmers' markets in the country, with all local producers. Takes place outdoors on 13th Street.

    Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
    June-September 2017
    Summer brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.

    IRONMAN Boulder
    June 11, 2017
    Watch the largest IRONMAN race in the world at the finish line and throughout the day as over 2,000 incredible athletes compete.

    Plein-Air Festival
    June 11-18, 2017
    A week-long celebration, with workshops, receptions, exhibitions, lectures, the chance to create your own art and opportunities to observe 20 master painters while they make their art on location in Boulder.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    June 11-Aug. 13, 2017
    See Shakespeare under the stars at the Mary Rippon Theater on the University of Colorado campus. This festival is consistently among the most critically acclaimed of its kind in the nation.

    Colorado Music Festival
    June 29-Aug. 4, 2017
    This internationally acclaimed festival is held four nights per week for seven weeks at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, showcasing an orchestra of professional classical musicians from all over the world.

    4th of July at the Reservoir
    July 4, 2017
    The Boulder Reservoir will be open for the public to come out and enjoy a fun day with family picnicking, boating, swimming and enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy great day of celebrating plus the 5K/10K Craig Towler Freedom Run, a beer garden, beachside cafe and paddleboard rentals. Spend the day at the res and then head to Folsom Field for fireworks in the evening (see below) to find out why Boulder was named one of “America’s Best Towns for July 4th" by Travel + Leisure two years in a row!

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast
    July 4, 2017
    Live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display at CU's football stadium, Folsom Field.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
    July 30–Aug. 12, 2017
    Watch dancers soar and perform — and sign-up for a class or two if you feel like flying, too!

    IRONMAN 70.3
    August 5, 2017
    This "half Ironman" takes place at the Boulder Reservoir with a spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop.

    Boulder International Fringe Festival
    August 16-27, 2017
    Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival
    August 19, 2017
    Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games. 

    Want more? We have barely scratched the surface of all the amazing Boulder summer festivals in 2017. See our complete, searchable events calendar.