Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
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.
On warm, sunny days, water is the key to cooling down:
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.
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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 7-Nov 17, 2018 (8am-2pm)
Every Wednesday May 2-Oct 3, 2018 (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.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
June 8-Aug. 12, 2018
Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.
Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
Summer brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.
Colorado Music Festival
June 28-Aug. 4, 2018
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.
Boulder Ballet's Ballet in the Park
June 2, 2018
Boulder Ballet's dancers put on a family-friendly show and little ones are invited on stage for a lesson in Central Park's bandshell.
Boulder Jewish Festival
June 3, 2018
Live entertainment, fine art and Judaica, ethnic food, community organizations and activities for all ages in downtown Boulder.
June 3-10, 2018
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.
June 10, 2018
Watch the largest IRONMAN race in the world at the finish line and throughout the day as over 2,000 incredible athletes compete.
June 14-17, 2018
A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.
Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament
June 27-July 1, 2018
For more than two decades, this 80-team competitive girls softball tourney has been hosted in Boulder!
Ralphie's Independence Day Blast
July 4, 2018
Live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display at CU's football stadium, Folsom Field.
Pearl Street Arts Fest
July 21-22, 2018
Tents line downtown Boulder's Pearl Street for this juried celebration of visual arts — painting, photography, jewelry and more.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
July 29-August 11, 2018
Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances.
August 4, 2018
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.
Boulder International Fringe Festival
August 15-26, 2018
Celebrating art outside the box, with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival
August 18, 2018
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 2018. See our complete, searchable events calendar.