Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Several nights a week throughout the summer, you can head to a live show under the stars and mingle with Boulder locals for dancing, picnicking and soaking up the sweet sounds of music on the Colorado breeze.
Most Mondays, 5:30-7pm. Free.
On most summer Mondays, Meadow Music entertains young families on Boulder open space at Chautauqua Park, with an iconic mountain backdrop at the foot of the Flatirons. Dyanmic duo Jeff and Paige perform kid-friendly songs about nature and science. The evening starts with a short exploratory nature hike (meet in the park at 5:30pm) on a dirty trail, and a musical performance follows, with kids gathering like tiny groupies around the stage and families picnicking on the grass.
Mondays, 7-8pm. Free.
Monday evenings throughout summer, the Boulder Concert Band plays a different Boulder park each week for Concerts in the Park. Bring a picnic!
Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.
On Wednesdays, Bands on the Bricks rocks the 1300 Block of Pearl Street. Enjoy performances from top local and regional musicians, and get your groove on Pearl Street's famous brick walkway. A beer garden (which serves local brews and margaritas) opens at 5:30pm.
Wednesdays, 4–8pm. Free.
The Boulder Farmer's Market takes place every Saturday 8am-2pm (April through November) and Wednesdays 4-8pm (May-October). The Wednesday market has regular live music and a beer garden, perfect for grabbing a farm-fresh bite to eat from the vendors, a beer and kicking back to some sweet tunes.
Saturdays, 6:30-8:30pm. Free.
Saturday concerts take place at Twenty Ninth Street, an outdoor shopping mall that closes off its main promenade so concertgoers can sprawl out and soak up the incredible Flatirons views while they listen to amazing local bands.
Anytime. Free (tipping encouraged).
Pretty much anytime you walk down Pearl Street — a brick-paved pedestrian lane in historic downtown Boulder — you'll see crowds gathered around street performers, as they putting on their shows. And often those street performers are musicians: violinists, a bassist who stands atop his instrument as he plays, singer-songwriters, drummers and even a pianist.
Select dates, spring-fall. Prices vary.
The legendary Red Rocks Park & Ampitheatre in nearby Morrison (not to be confused with Boulder's own Red Rocks hiking trail) is a summertime must, hosting an unbelievable lineup of bands all season long. It is just a 45-minute drive from Boulder. In 2017, we can't wait to see Widespread Panic, Paul Simon, The Avett Brothers, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats and so, so, so many more! Here's the schedule.
After a 15-year hiatus, the University of Colorado started bringing live concerts back to the beautiful Folsom Field football stadium in 2016. And they went all in, hosting Dead & Company (which features some original members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer) for two-night runs in 2016 and 2017. Keep an eye out for announcements about next year's shows.
Boulderites will use any occasion to move and groove to live tunes, so most festivals and events include live music. Learn more by browsing our list of annual events and festivals.
Shawn Colvin said that playing in the Chautauqua Auditorium was like playing inside a guitar. That's how good the acoustics are in this all-wood structure built in 1898. Each summer the auditorium hosts musicians such as the Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and The Gipsy Kings during the Chautauqua Summer Music Series. Additionally, the Colorado Music Festival takes up residency in the auditorium each summer, June–Sept., putting on several weeks worth of orchestral concerts.
Rolling Stone magazine named the Fox Theatre one of the best places in the U.S. for live music. Being on University Hill, it caters to a college crowd but draws a huge variety of accomplished artists. Shows happen year-round, and in August, the Triple A Radio Conference comes to town, and the Fox plays host to several top-name acts associated with the event. Previous performers have included Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and John Mayer.
The art deco marquee on the outside of the historic building is the first suggestion of an exceptional experience. Located in downtown Boulder, just steps from the Pearl Street Mall, the Boulder Theater is beautifully restored with art deco ornamentation, including hand-painted murals and a fresco ceiling. The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Madeleine Peyroux, Branford Marsalis and Johnny Cash have all performed here.
eTown is a weekly radio broadcast heard on NPR and commercial stations. The shows are taped in front of a live audience at eTown Hall, the most eco-friendly music venue in Colorado, with performances from musicians as well as conversations about the world. Being in the audience is a peek behind the scenes — you'll be a part of the sound check, witness how the show is produced and hear bloopers. Musicians like Warren Haynes, Martin Sexton and David Gray coupled with interviewees like Jimmy Carter create a one-of-a-kind, live radio show. It is a fun evening of music and inspiration.