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.
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Wednesdays, July 21-Aug. 11, 2021
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.
July 1-Aug. 7, 2021
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.
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.
Aug. 24-28, 2021
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.
May 22-Sept. 19, 2021
Vibrant performances in open air. Music, dance, theater, opera, hippy bluegrass church (no joke!) and more are all happening as part of Arts in the Park at the Glenn Huntington Bandshell in Boulder’s Civic Area.
June 24-27, 2021
Up-and-coming and influential. Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, the BIFF features new and unknown films that have gone on to win Oscar nominations and find box-office success.
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.
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 15-18, 2021
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.
Aug. 1, 2021
Highlighting Black, Indigenous and brown self-identified artists. Head to VisionQuest Brewing for one special day of local artwork, performances, giveaways and tasty treats.
Aug. 11-22, 2021
Out-there art worth seeing. Celebrating art that's "outside the box," with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.
Aug. 7, 2021
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.
June 27, 2021
A race with a view. Grab a coffee and get up and at 'em as athletes from all over the region bike, run, and swim on the scenic Boulder Reservoir.
July 16-18, 2021
Boulder's creekside family festival. Food, art, performances, bazar, carnival rides and much more — all beside the beautiful Boulder Creek.
Every Saturday, April 3-Nov. 21, 2021 (8am-2pm)
Every Wednesday, May 5-Oct. 6, 2021 (4pm-dusk)
Voted No. 1 in the U.S. A feast for the eyes, palate and soul — with all local producers. The market takes place outdoors amid a festival-like atmosphere on 13th Street in downtown Boulder.