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.
Boulder loves its summer bevies. Try these ideas:
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
Summer brings the kickoff to Chautauqua’s series featuring concerts, silent movies, theater, dance, forums and family events — all beside the stunning Flatirons.
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.
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!
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.