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    2018 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.

    Meadow Music Concert

    Imbibe and Refresh

    Boulder loves its summer bevies. Try these ideas:

    Group on patio Boulder

    2018 Festivals and Events

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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

    Ongoing Through Summer

    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
    June-September 2018
    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.

    Summer Sundays on the Hill
    June24–Aug. 26, 2018
    Each fourth Friday of the summer, enjoy free family-friendly activities 10am-noon: June 24 (arts and crafts), July 29 (city vehicles/Taste of The Hill), and August 26 (fitness). Sponsored by the Daily Camera. At the Hill Event Street space located at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave.


    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.

    Plein-Air Festival
    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.

    IRONMAN 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.

    Hanuman Festival
    June 14-17, 2018
    A celebration of yoga and music with world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Colorado Latino Festival
    June 18-24, 2018
    A family-oriented event with special attractions, musical acts, cultural offerings and some of the most delicious Latin American cuisine found in Colorado. En español >

    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!


    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.

    Dead and Company
    July 13-14, 2018
    This fan favorite concert returns to University of Colorado's Folsom Field for a third year! 

    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. 


    IRONMAN 70.3
    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.