Heyyy Boulder, it’s finally here! Summer events begin this week! Tons of outdoor live music events, the farmer’s market, Shakespeare, and my personal favorite – Tube to Work Day. Everything you need for an epic summer in Boulder is right here.
Bands on the Bricks
When: Wednesdays throughout Summer, June 5 – August 7, 2019
From oldies to alternative and everything in between, Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city on the bricks of the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall. A not-to-be-missed summer tradition with 10 weeks of free concerts. Enjoy performances from the best local musicians along the front range while dancing under the stars. Featuring an outdoor beer/wine/margarita garden starting at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday night. For the full schedule, click here.
Bands on the Bricks is held on Pearl Street in Downtown Boulder. Beer Garden opens at 5:30 PM, Opening Act starts at 6:00 PM, Headlining Act starts at 7:00 PM. Admission is FREE.
Boulder Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, April 6 – November 23, 2019 8AM – 2PM & Wednesdays, May 1 – October 2, 2019 4PM – 8PM
You can’t have a summer events post without the Boulder Farmer’s Market! Offering fresh fruit, flowers, veggies and delicious edibles, the Boulder Farmers’ Market provides a place for locals to sell their products in a friendly, fun environment. Twice a week, residents and visitors can fill their bags with goodies.
Boulder Farmers Market is held on 13th Street next to Central Park, Boulder, CO 80308.
Chautauqua Summer Concert Series
When: Throughout the summer, full schedule here.
Live entertainment at beautiful Chautauqua Park will be happening all summer long! Chautauqua 2019 Summer Concert series is presenting a variety of comedians and musicians. This summer’s lineup includes Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray, Indigo Girls, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Jose Gonzalez, Boz Scaggs & more! Full lineup here.
Lyons Outdoor Games & Burning Can Fest
When: May 31 – June 1, 2019, full schedule here.
Lyons Outdoor Games & Burning Can Fest is a weekend of adventure, music, craft beer, & Rocky Mountain revelry. Town of Lyons and Oskar Blues have combined two festivals that include activities like: a trail running relay, mountain biking on the local single track, and a huge KidZone. As 60+ breweries start pouring their beers, festivalgoers can check out dog jumping, a slackline competition, or BMX dirt jumping. The mission of Burning Can at Lyons Outdoor Games is to raise funds and awareness for the Can’d Aid Foundation and the Town of Lyons Park, Recreation and Cultural Department and to keep Lyons growing as a vibrant, unique and outdoor-oriented Colorado community.
Colorado Music Festival
When: June 27 – August 3, 2019
Colorado Music Festival presents a six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder showcasing the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Inspired programming performed by exceptional national and international musicians has earned Colorado Music Festival recognition from the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts. Full schedule available here.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
When: June – August 2019, full schedule here.
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. Held every summer at the picturesque Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the indoor University Theatre on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, this festival is consistently among the most critically acclaimed of its kind in the nation. CSF’s award-winning education program also presents classes, workshops and camps for all ages throughout the year. This summer’s performances include Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King John and Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III.
When: Mondays throughout the Summer
A Boulder tradition for families in the summer! Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short hike, followed by 45 minutes of nature music at the foot of the Flatirons. Sponsored by City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Division Meadow Music is an award-winning environmental education program at Chautauqua Green in Boulder, Colorado.! The event begins at 5:30 with a short hike that’s friendly to all ages (please arrive early to find a place to put your picnic blanket before the hike). After the hike, the group returns to Chautauqua Green for a concert full of original nature and science-based music by Jeff and Paige. The concert starts around 6:00 PM and ends by about 7:00 PM. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic and some silliness!
Meadow Music is held at the Chautauqua Green, Baseline Rd & 9th Street, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.
Louisville Downtown Street Faire
When: Fridays throughout Summer from 5 PM – 9:30 PM Rain or Shine (Music begins at 6:30 PM)
If you love amazing live music in the open summer air, check out Louisville’s Downtown Street Faire. These Friday nights have everything you need for a fun, fabulous evening including food, adult beverages, live music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Music Line-up for 2019 includes Los Mocochetes with Boss Eagle, Wild Child with Jaden Carlson Band, Dark and more! Full lineup here.
Louisville Street Faire is held in downtown Louisville and the Historic Downtown Louisville Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027. This event is FREE.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast
When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 8 PM
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been a Boulder tradition since 1941. Crowds of thousands gather each year at CU’s Folsom Field to enjoy Boulder’s largest fireworks display and local entertainment and of course, Ralphie. This event is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast will be held at CU’s Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.
Dead & Company at Folsom Field
When: July 5 & 6, 2019
Quickly becoming an annual tradition, Boulder will be hosting Dead & Company at Folsom Field once again this summer for two nights. Dead & Company was formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Dead & Company at Folsom Field has become a summer tradition in Boulder. For all the details, click here.
Dead & Company will perform at Folsom Field on July 5 & 6, 2019. Tickets $60+, more information here.
Tube to Work Day
When: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 8 AM
Boulder’s annual aquatic commute, Tube to Work Day is keeping Boulder fun. Get caught in Boulder’s weirdest traffic jam (you won’t regret it). Free breakfast party, live music, awards for best tube/costume, streamside DJ and bacon fishing from above. Helmet and close-toed shows mandatory, as is registration (but the event is FREE). Bring your own tube!
Tube to Work Day begins at Eben G. Fine Park and ends at Central Park in downtown Boulder. This event is FREE. Register here.
Kinetics Parade at Rhythm on the River
When: July 13, 2019 at 5 PM
The Kinetics Parade on the Pond features teams dressed in zany costumes on human-powered sculptures racing across land and water! Rhythm on the River is a weekend festival in Longmont featuring music, entertainment, 5K run, food & beer garden, kid’s activities and more. Produced by Kineticists.Org and The City of Longmont.
Kinetics Parade on the Pond is held at Roger’s Grove, 220 Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. This event is FREE.
Pearl Street Arts Fest
When: July 19 – 21, 2019
From whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors and oils & more, Pearl Street Arts Fest is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder on the renowned Pearl Street Mall. Artists will travel from all over Colorado and more than 20 other U.S. states to exhibit and sell pieces to experienced collectors, as well as enthusiastic newcomers. Click here to view some of the exhibiting artists. In addition to artisan booths, Open Studios Mobile Art Lab will bring on site art instruction and inspiration to students of all ages at the art activity tent. Check out our Children’s Activities page for more details and ideas of other things to keep the kiddos entertained.
The Pearl Street Arts Fest is held on the Pearl Street Mall. This event is FREE.
47th RockyGrass Festival
When: July 26 – 28, 2019, full schedule here.
Every year in late July, Lyons becomes the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River at Planet Bluegrass for RockyGrass. This year’s preliminary lineup includes Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Punch Brothers Play & Sing Bluegrass, Soggy Bottom Boys and many more. Bluegrass lovers who have kids can rejoice — kids 12 and under enter for FREE! Rockygrass is family-friendly, offering a kids area to include a variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day, including crafts, slacklining, tubing the St. Vrain, a musical instrument petting zoo, kids music performances, knot tying, and much more.
Boulder County Fair
When: August 2 – 11, 2019, full schedule here.
Celebrating its 150th year, the Boulder County Fair, located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, is the longest running county fair in Colorado. The Boulder County Fair offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family with fun-filled events and activities like carnival rides and games, yummy food, music, demo derby and rodeos. For more information and complete schedule, click here.
The Boulder County Fair is held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Cost: FREE (Parking is also FREE.)
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
When: August 16 – 18, 2018
Spend a glorious Colorado summer weekend celebrating songs and stories from around the musical and geographic world along the St. Vrain River at the 29th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival at Lyon’s magical Planet Bluegrass Ranch. The “summit on the song” welcomes our favorite songwriters from folk, rock, country, indie including Ani DiFranco, The Oh Hellos, Ben Folds, Violent Femmes, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Gasoline Lollipops and so many more! Full lineup can be found here. Numerous camping options nearby include: on-site at the festival grounds, along the St. Vrain at the new River Bend Campground (across the street from the Ranch), or under the cliffs at Meadow Park (an easy five-minute walk to the festival). This family-friendly festival is FREE for kids under 12, with a whole host of activities: Tube the St. Vrain River through Planet Bluegrass. Paint, sculpt and assemble in the arts & crafts tent. Build sand castles on the beach. Join the variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day including slacklining, tree climbing, nature studies, a kids music performance, an instrument petting zoo, and much more.
Lafayette Peach Festival
When: August 17, 2019 from 9 AM – 4 PM
The Lafayette Peach Festival centers around world famous all natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities, live entertainment and music throughout the day. Over 30,000 pounds of Certified Organic Peaches from Morton’s Orchard’s, Tate Orchards and Red Fox Run Orchards in Palisade, CO. will be available in 4 locations along Public Rd. Free face painting by Face Fiesta & balloon sculpting all day, 9:00am-4:00pm! Bonfils Bloodmobile will be holding a Blood Drive from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Look for the Bonfils Bus on S. Public road near Kimbark Street.
The Lafayette Peach Festival is held in Old Town Lafayette on Public Road. Cost: FREE.
Happy summer, Boulder!