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Which Boulder Events are More Fun?

Boulder Colorado is known for quite a few events and festivals that draw people from all over the Denver metro area, and from outside Colorado as well. Events set up around Pearl Street, festivals along Boulder Creek, and Boulder events organized by the University of Colorado, provide Boulder with a lot of fun activities.

It almost seems like there is something going on in Boulder Colorado all the time. One reason is probably because Pearl Street has a lot of street performers, particularly when the weather is good. And that's almost all the time. And its outdoor environment is always festive with a lot of people, whether there is an "official" festival or not. You might even say Boulder Colorado is an event in itself.

Anyway, here's the scoop on Boulder events and festivals. And yes, they are all fun!

Boulders Most Popular Events from "Mindy's Guide" -

Events and Festivals

Here is a rough calendar of major yearly events. Be sure to check the calendar for the appropriate year for exact dates.

Feb – Chocolate Lovers Fling

Around Valentine’s Day, when chocolate is on everyone’s mind, you can feast on all manner of chocolate. Your ticket is a contribution to a local charity, and all food is donated. Expect this to be your chocolate fix for the month if not the year.

First May Weekend – KBCO Kinetic Sculpture Challenge

The parade of craft on the Pearl Street Mall is usually the weekend before?

Memorial Day Weekend - Boulder Creek Festival

If you are in town for the Bolder Boulder then your timing is perfect for the Creek festival. You’ll find many bands, dance performances, artsy booths, food and drink and a Duck Race.

Memorial Day Monday - The Bolder Boulder 10K

40K people running through the streets of Boulder. Oh my! If you can run or walk 6+ miles, this is a hoot and a great way to celebrate the day.

Don’t worry, if you don’t run, you can watch along the route to see regular Janes and Joes do their best to reach the finish line in Folsom stadium (at CU Boulder). Then, the “elite” runners have special separate races along the same route. 

There are bands and folks with garden hoses, bagpipers and belly dancers. And, a real treat, to remember why this is a Holiday, is the flyover at the stadium by 4 military jets, the parachutists entering with the American flag, the 21 gun salute and everyone singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Late June to Early August  - Colorado Music Festival

Enjoy classical music at it’s finest at the Concert Hall at Chautauqua Park

July and August - The Shakespeare Festival

A few Shakespeare works at indoor and outdoor theaters at the CU Boulder campus. Productions vary yearly. Some productions have campy “enhancements” to the Bard’s original.

July – Downtown Boulder Art Fair

A juried Art exhibition on the Pearl Street Mall

Late July to Early Aug – Boulder County Fair (Longmont)

If you must see the farm animals, spend a day at the County Fair. There are usually the results of pie and 4H contests, quilt exhibits, livestock judging and sheep shearing, midway games and cotton candy. And don’t miss the Tractor Pull.

October – Fall Festival

An “oktoberfest” with beer garden, brats and oompah music & much more. Many vendors with crafts and artwork for sale. On the Pearl Street Mall

December – Lights of December Parade

Get in the Holiday spirit with this parade full of local “flavor”. Grab a hot cocoa or plan to dine in the Pearl Street area & see downtown all lit up too!

-- Excerpt from: "Mindy's Guide to Boulder, Colorado" by Mindy Makuta