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    Dead & Company Concert at Folsom Field

    Boulder's Classic Spring & Summer Festivals 

    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!) Spring and summer in Boulder are teeming with amazing festivals, the perfect excuse to get to this pretty town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains — and stay awhile.

    Music  |  Arts & Culture  |  Sports & Movement  |  Family  |  Food Beer

    Please Confirm Events and Happenings

    A number of Boulder events have been canceled or postponed due to measures of caution regarding COVID-19. Listings on this site may not reflect the most recent updates. Please check official event websites or call to verify schedules before making plans to attend. 

    Music Festivals

    Bluebird Music Festival

    Cancelled for 2020
    April 18, 2020
    An all-star lineup in a historic theater. Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Neyla Pekarek formerly of the Lumineers and Langhorne Slim headline this festival with solo, acoustic performances inside the stunning Macky Auditorium.  

    Bluebird Music FestivalPhoto by tyhyten.com (@tyhyten on Instagram)

    Chautauqua Summer Concert Series

    TBD June-September 2020
    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.

    Colorado Music Festival

    Cancelled for 2020 – Some Virtual Concerts Happening
    June 25-August 1, 2020
    Classical music greats, historic locale. 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.

    Colorado Music Festival Boulder

    Dead and Company

    Cancelled for 2020
    July 10-11, 2020
    A tradition in scenic Folsom Field. This fan-favorite concert returns to the University of Colorado's football stadium, featuring members of the Grateful Dead, plus John Mayer.

    Arts & Culture Festivals

    Boulder Arts Week

    March 27-April 4, 2020 – Online only for 2020
    Hundreds of arts events in one week. Boulder’s annual citywide celebration of art, jam-packed with performances and events all week long. 

    Conference on World Affairs

    April 6–10, 2020 – Online only for 2020
    Big brains, fascinating conversations. Hundreds of free lectures and panel discussions on all subjects from free trade to postmodernism in film — on the beautiful CU campus. 

    Conference on World Affairs

    Boulder Startup Week

    May 11-15, 2020 – Online only for 2020
    Fresh tech and entrepreneurial ideas. Startup Week brings innovators and the community together with 200 events throughout the free, five-day lineup.

    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Cancelled for 2020
    June–August
    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.

    Boulder Jewish Festival

    June 14, 2020
    Live entertainment, fine art and Judaica. Come for the culture, stay for the delicious food! Enjoy demonstrations, music and activities for all ages in downtown Boulder.

    Tube to Work Day

    July 17, 2020
    Crazy on the creek. Boulderites don their best business attire and hit the creek in this yearly tubing tradition. The event starts at Eben G. Fine Park, but you can catch the view of the hilarious action (e.g. spectators dangling breakfast from atop bridges for tubers to grab) anywhere along the creek near downtown.

    Pearl Street Arts Fest

    Cancelled for 2020
    July 18-19, 2020​
    Creative souls on display. Tents line downtown Boulder's Pearl Street for this juried celebration of visual arts — painting, photography, jewelry and more.

    Boulder International Fringe Festival

    August 12-23, 2020
    Out-there art worth seeing. Celebrating art that's "outside the box," with a series of thought-provoking performances and events.

    Sports & Movement Events

    BolderBOULDER

    Rescheduled for Sept. 7, 2020
    May 25, 2020
    Not your average 10K. This famous foot race gets the whole town celebrating on the streets. There’s music, costumes and revelry as top runners and locals (running, walking and dancing) take part. 

    BolderBoulder

    IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

    Aug. 1, 2020
    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.

    Hanuman Festival

    June 11-14, 2020 – Online only
    Yoga in a scenic setting. This celebration of yoga and music features world-class yoga instructors, live music, inspirational experiences and community building.

    Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival

    July 26-August 7, 2020
    High-flying choreography. Experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. Two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances.

    Family-Friendly Events

    Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

    April 26, 2020 (Rain date: May 3, 2020) – Online only
    Unbearably cute kiddos in costume. The Tulip Fairy and hundreds of tiny fairies and elves wake up 15,000+ tulips with a parade and festival on Pearl Street in historic downtown. 

    Boulder Creek Festival

    Rescheduled for July 31-August 2, 2020
    May 23-25, 2020
    Boulder's Memorial Day bash. Food, art, performances, bazar, carnival rides and much more — all beside the beautiful Boulder Creek.

    People and Vendors at the Boulder Creek Festival

    Ralphie's Independence Day Blast

    Cancelled for 2020
    July 4, 2020
    Boulder's favorite way to celebrate the Fourth. Live music and a dazzling fireworks display at CU's football stadium, Folsom Field, draws big crowds — and it's free!

    Food Festivals

    Boulder Farmers Market

    Postponed start until end of May
    Every Saturday, April 4-Nov. 21, 2020 (8am-2pm)
    Every Wednesday, May 6-Oct. 7, 2020 (4-8pm)
    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.

    Boulder Farmers' Market Tents & Attendees

    Taste of Pearl

    Cancelled for 2020
    April 19, 2020
    Deliciousness in downtown. Spend an afternoon in America’s Foodiest Town tasting delicious chef creations and Colorado wines.

    Taste of Pearl

    Beer Festivals

    Upslope Get Down

    Postponed for 2020
    May TBD, 2020
    Beer, music, outdoors. A free music festival with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art and more, held at the Upslope Flatiron Park brewery.

    Avery Invitational

    Cancelled for 2020
    June TBD, 2020
    A celebration of great beer. This epic celebration at Avery Brewing Company features selections hand-picked from wish lists submitted by the entire Avery team.

    Boulder Craft Beer Festival

    Cancelled for 2020
    August 22, 2020
    So much good beer. Taste beers from over 25 Boulder County breweries, plus enjoy food trucks, live music and yard games.