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25 Things to Do in Boulder in January

December 31, 2017
January in Boulder

Winter is upon us, but there is still plenty to look forward to in January! Get yourself moving this month with an icy plunge in the Boulder Res, take an aerial dancing class, go ice skating, enjoy a show at the dinner theater, run a half marathon and so much more. Happening this month in and around Boulder.

Boulder Polar Plunge

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Polar Plunge

When: Monday, January 1, 2018

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 1PM

Cost: $35/adult, $15/children, Register here.

Take the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at the Boulder Reservoir to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Donations support life-saving cancer research and free services for patients such as lodging and transportation. The 2018 event is sponsored by Boulder Community Health. New this year: towels for the first 500 registered participants , hot coffee, cocoa and tea for all and one free beer post-plunge for all registered participants ages 21+, thanks to Avery Brewing.

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Throughout January

Where: Ice Rink Next to the Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Monday – Wednesday 11AM – 9PM, Thursday & Friday 11AM – 10PM, Saturday 10AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 8PM

Cost: $10 Adults, $9 Children 12 & Under, $8 Seniors & Students, $4 Children 3 & Under. Bring your own skates, receive $5 off admission.

WinterSkate returns to Boulder on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, presented by Boulder Creek Events. Relive your favorite winter memories and enjoy holiday lights and music. For more information, click here.

WinterSkate Louisville

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When: Daily through the end of February

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville

Time: Monday–Wednesday: 2 – 7PM, Thursday: 2 – 10PM, Friday: 12 – 10PM, Saturday: 10AM – 10PM, Sunday: 10AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $5.00, Kids (ages 4-12): $4.00, Children (ages 3 & under): Free Admission, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $3.00, Senior Citizens (65+): $3.00, Skate Rental: $4.00

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

things to do in Boulder in November

Photo Courtesy BDT Stage

When: Through February 24, 2018

Where: Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $40 – $67 Tickets here.

LEAPIN LIZARDS! Boulder Dinner Theater is putting on a production of the beloved musical Annie. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Jesters Dinner Theatre

When: Throughout January, 2018

Where: Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $20 – $42, Purchase tickets here.

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie at Jesters Dinner Theatre in Longmont! Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Free Aerial Dance Open House

aerial dance festival

Photo Courtesy Frequent Flyers

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc, 3022 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? Now is your chance. Join Frequent Flyers for the Aerial Dance Open House! Plan to stay for at least half an hour to take a free mini class (classes available for ages 5-adult) and watch an aerial performance.

Subaru Winter Fest

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Photo Courtesy Subaru of America

When: January 6 – 7, 2018

Where: Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Subaru WinterFest is a one-of-a-kind mountain destination and lifestyle tour where skiers and snowboarders can come together and share their passion for all things winter. Come enjoy live music by emerging artists brought to you by Harman Kardon®. Relax with your friends and family while enjoying s’mores and craft coffee or jam out to SiriusXM®. Participate in daily giveaways and test the latest gear from our friends at Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Klean Kanteen and more. The event is free. For skiing and snowboarding, you will need to purchase a lift ticket at Eldora.

Lafayette Cars and Coffee

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam’s Polishes

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Flatirons Church, 355 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

If you haven’t been to this event, you’re missing out! Join Adam’s Polishes for the ever-growing Lafayette Cars & Coffee. No Entrance Fee! Coffee & food trucks will be at the ready with breakfast treats before you wander the lot. Stop by the Adam’s Tent to grab samples and promotions. This event happens every first Saturday of every month.

Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class

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When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: CorePower Yoga – Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd Suite A, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: $20 for Parent/Child Members, $25 Parent/Child Non-Members, $5 Additional Child

Embark on a Jungle adventure together at Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield. Come enjoy some time with your kids as we learn several basic yoga postures through a combination of story, play and dance. Adult must accompany child. Suitable for ages 3-8. Space is limited.

Jeff and Paige at Rayback Collective

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Where: Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 11AM

Cost: $10/person 2 & under FREE, tickets available here.

Ages: 3 – 8

Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused concert by Jeff and Paige at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music, Rayback Collective. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. There will be hot cocoa and coffee from Carabiner, pints, mules, sangria and a mystery AM cocktail all available for purchase. Stick around after the show for lunch at any of the 3 food trucks onsite! Food can be brought inside.

Wild Bear Safari at Wild Bear Nature Center

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Wild Bear Nature Center

When: Monday, January 8, 2018

Where: Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 8AM – 4PM

Cost: $65, Tickets available here.

On the last day of Winter Break kids ages 5-11 can experience Wild Bear Safari – meet the turtles, snakes, arthropods, salamanders and hedgehog at Wild Bear Nature Center. Get a chance to hold the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, help us feed and water our friends, the turtles, salamanders, belle the hedgehog and all the arthropods. Work together to create dioramas, drawings, clay models and more to take home.

Erie Community Library’s 10 Year Birthday Extravaganza

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate the Erie Community Library’s 10th Birthday. Bring the whole family for fun activities throughout the day, including a special storytime at 10:15 am, cake, crafts, entertainment and much more!

Cider and Ceramics with Color Me Mine

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St, Ste 130, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $25 or $40 depending on the item you select to paint.

Join Color Me Mine at St. Vrain Cidery for Cider and Ceramics for some painting fun! Ready to paint items include: steins, growlers, seasonal items, kid items, dishware, etc. First pour included! Kids are welcome! Pieces will be brought back to their Boulder store to be fired and set. You can then either pick up the pieces at their Boulder store OR at the taproom!

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

January in Boulder

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Downtown Lafayette, N Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 12PM

Cost: Oatmeal Breakfast $8 adults, $6 Youth 3 – 12, $6 Seniors 60+, Kids 2 & Under FREE. 5K Race $20 Adults (13 – 59), $15 Youth (3-12) & Seniors (60+). Register for 5K here.

22nd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle. A unique festival including an Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K Walk/Run and a Ninja Warrior Course. Oatmeal Breakfast will be held at Pioneer Elementary School. 5K Walk / Run starts promptly at 9:30 am at Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Dogs on leashes only. Check out the Ninja Warrior Course at Bob L. Burger Rec. Center. 2 Ninja Warrior Courses for all ages. For more information, click here.

Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Festival

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When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Park and Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE event. Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee applies.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays. Watch live igloo making demonstrations by Grand Shelters, from 10am – 2pm. Grand Shelters is rewriting the book on winter camping, providing resources and equipment to support your overnight winter adventure! Bring food and water.

Boulder County Bombers Harry Potter Tournament

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Bombers

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM

Cost: Tickets are $15 at the door, or $13 if you buy ahead of time from your favorite BCB skater.

Join the Boulder County Bombers for a magical mix up roller derby tournament, Harry Potter New Year Roll Out Mix Up Tournament. Watch teams compete in the name of all four houses of Hogwarts. Doors open at 5 pm, first whistle at 6 pm. Each bout will be 2 20-minute periods. Colorado Craft Cocktails bar will be on site, where there will be beer & food for sale as well. This is a family friendly event.

An Evening of Irish Music

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam Agee & Jon Sousa

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost:$15 – $26, Buy tickets here.

Join Adam Agee & Jon Sousa for an enchanted evening of Irish music, to celebrate the release of their second full length album at the Nomad Playhouse. This music is dedicated to the spirit and land of Ireland and the Celtic lineage. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to uplift audiences of all ages.

Estes Park Winter Festival

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Estes Park, CO Facebook Page

When: January 13 – 14, 2018

Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: 21+ with Tasting $30, Ages 10+ $15, Ages 4-9 $5, 3 & Under FREE

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Sip a variety of beers, browse retail vendors, enjoy live entertainment and more at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!

Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Prairie Dog 5K

When: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Where: Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 Dillon Rd Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 7AM – 12PM

Cost: $40 – $90, Register here.

Check out the Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon in Louisville this January! Each half marathon finisher will receive a custom Peedy the Prairie Dog finisher’s medal. For 2018, all participants will receive a Seasonal Peedy finisher’s souvenir Pint Glass! All participants will also receive a Tech T-Shirt (long sleeved.)  This event features a two colored short sleeved shirt. For more information, click here.

The Wailers at The Fox Theatre

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy The Wailers

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Where: The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $25 – $28, Tickets available here.

KGNU Community RadioBoulder Weekly & Karing Kind (Karing Kind Boulder Fanclub) present The Wailers at the Fox Theatre. The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world.

5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Co.

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Photo Courtesy Sanitas Brewing

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 4PM – 10PM

Cost: $15

Join Boulder’s food, craft beer, and music enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Company. Expect an afternoon/evening of award-winning chili from the local area, local beer, and bluegrass from The Hop Pickers. The event kicks off at 4pm and is family-friendly. $15 gets you access to a variety of massive chili samples, a Sanitas beer, and some killer bluegrass.

Bow Wow Film Fest

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for Kids under 12.

This year’s Bow Wow Film Fest will feature movies about working dogs, both old school and new school, we have the return of the delightful Ask Frank and his advice column and we go international with movies filmed abroad! Come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives! All ticket proceeds will benefit the marvelous work of The Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

2018 Frost Giant Race

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Where: Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: $25 Pre-Registration for Adults and Children 10+, $35 on Race Day. Register here.

The Annual Frost Giant will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2018 in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Lace up your running shoes and grab a warm hat to partake in this fun and adventurous 5K race. The 5K will start at the Estes Park Municipal Building entrance on MacGregor Ave. The race begins on pavement and then becomes cross country. Register here.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

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When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Sunday, January 28. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Family Day Painting at PoshSplat – Chautauqua Lookout

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy PoshSplat

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $25/person

Family Day at PoshSplat is a great way to spend time and do something creative with your whole family! Step by step instruction is provided by a local artist and everyone paints a picture that is uniquely theirs. On Sunday, January 28, the painting will be Chautauqua Lookout. No experience, set up, or clean up necessary! Just come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, and create beautiful works of art for your home!

About Rachel Daly

I am Rachel, Boulder writer, mother, animal lover and mountain dweller. When I moved to Boulder from Broomfield, I started this blog as a way to get to know my new city, and as a resource for those who live in and around Boulder, as well as Boulder newcomers. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I've learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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