Hey Boulder! Mid-winter + COVID doesn’t have to be boring or lonely. Check out these 15 things to do in Boulder in February that will get you outdoors, connect you with the community, and give you a chance to support local artists & businesses.
Our Wishes | Nuestros Deseos
When: February 1 – 28, 2021
Our Wishes | Nuestros Deseos is a collaborative exchange between artists Alejandra Abad, Román Anaya, and the public. The artists gathered wishes or messages of hope from the community (www.unidos.club), and then transcribed the uplifting messages onto fabric banners, creating a landscape of hope. The outdoor installation provides an accessible space where people can experience and connect with one another in an uplifting fashion as they explore and internalize aspirations of the community. Together, Abad◮Anaya empower people to engage in conversation during the current pandemic and demands for social justice, whether socially distanced at One Boulder Plaza in their virtual utopia and beyond. The installation can be viewed throughout the month of February at 1300 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302.
Mountaineering Month at YMCA of the Rockies
When: February 2021
It’s Mountaineering Month for the whole family in this skills-based month-long event focused on mountaineering skills and inclusion in the outdoors at YMCA of the Rockies. Learn about how to survive in the mountains, how to ice climb, tie on ice skates, and go sledding. Each activity will be carefully limited in size, safely distanced and will focus on family-friendly mountaineering skills. Join us for our two keynote speakers, virtually or a distanced in-person session, as they talk about ways to be more inclusive in the outdoors. Chelsea Murphy, an outdoor enthusiast, will talk about what it means to be a Black mother with passion for adventuring in the outdoors. Len Necefer, a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, will discuss the history of Indigenous peoples and their ongoing relationship with the environment. All activities will be operated in a safe and healthy manner in alignment with our public health ordinances from county and state officials. For more information about YMCA of the Rockies practices and procedures for maintaining clean and safe facilities, please visit their website.
GOATFLIX & CHILL (DRIVE IN)
When: Saturday, February 6 2021 at 6 PM MST – 8 PM
Goats + a drive-in movie? Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga and Skål Farm have brewed up something real special for all the goat lovers out there. They are offering a one-of-a-kind experience featuring the classic favorite The Goonies! All the info here. Tickets $50/car, available here.
2021 Old Man Winter Bike Rally & Run
When: February 6 – February 14, 2021
Bundle up, mask up, and take on Colorado’s iconic Old Man Winter Rally! Rally your buddies and pick a weekend to take on our famous mixed terrain courses. Riders: choose 50km or 10km or dirt, snow, climbs, and thrills. Runners: crush the 10km course with single track, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. OR you can RUN & RIDE! Get sweet swag (arm warmers & neck gaiter), enjoy stocked aid stations, a hot meal, and a cold beer afterwards. Old Man Winter Rally is changing its format to adhere to COVID protocols and allows you to participate in an IRL event. More details here.
Stories on Stage presents “A Kiss is Still a Kiss”
When: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7 PM MST – 8:45 PM
Fall in love with Love all over again at this Stories on Stage Virtual Show! Ryan Warner, Kate Gleason and Ilasiea Gray will offer up a selection of funny and romantic stories – perfect for Date night! Tickets $15, available here.
Winter Bike to Work Day
When: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7 AM
Community Cycles is celebrating Bike to Work Day, even in this season of working from home! The free local event includes a Bicycle Film Festival and a Scavenger hunt. Check out the International Winter Bike to Work Day website to learn more.
Fresh Air Series: Opera Amore: A Valentine’s Concert
When: Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4 PM
Boulder Opera presents a concert of Italian Opera favorite arias, duets, trios and quartets by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, Mozart, and more. The program explores different aspects of love, such as love yet to be, dreaming of love, new love, lost love, betrayal, and reconciliation. All in a romantic cafe style setting! Make it a date and enjoy a socially distanced drink while we entertain you in the lobby of the Dairy Arts Center, with fresh air from the terrace. Featuring soprano Phoenix Gayles, mezzo-soprano Dianela Acosta, tenor Nathan Snyder, and baritone Armando Contreras with Maggie Hinchliffe at the piano. Tickets $9.99 – $14.99, available here.
Master the M.A.P. 7 Day Virtual Health Retreat
When: Monday, February 15 – 21, 2021
Master the M.A.P. (Meridian Activation Protocol), 7 Day FREE Workshop on Unlocking Keys to Infinite Health. What is Meridian Activation Protocol? A proven, precise, functional medical system, rooted in ancient sciences, designed to transform you into becoming a living needle, a master receptor at listening, observing, & understanding what your body’s delicate ecosystem is communicating. This customized protocol gives you the tools on how to transform yourself into a thriving regenerative ecosystem. Learn more about the retreat in this short video. Please contact Soha at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Register here for this free workshop.
Distinguished Lectureship in Music, Diversity and Inclusion: Featuring Wynton Marsalis
When: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:30 AM
The 4th annual Distinguished Lectureship in Music, Diversity and Inclusion will feature a stirring conversation between Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and the College of Music’s Diversity and Outreach Coordinator Alma Ramos. Ramos will moderate topical questions submitted in advance by students and guests alongside Marsalis, who will share the life experiences that led to the highly esteemed position he holds today. This free event will be live streamed and can be experienced virtually – register here.
Laizzez le Springtime Rouler
When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Join the City of Boulder Parks & Rec’s free virtual dance party and celebrate the arrival of spring! It’s a dual celebration of Fat Tuesday (Mardis Gras) and the Saraswati Festival (Vasant Panchami) with Zumba, BollyX and Nia dancing. No experience necessary. Feel free to dress up for Carnival! More info here.
Unpacking Unconscious Bias Workshop with Dr. Eddie Moore Jr.
When: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6 PM
Join the Conference on World Affairs for an interactive conversation with Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Director of The Privilege Institute, founded under his direction to provide opportunities and possibilities for research, publications, speaking and collaborations by those committed to true social and institutional change. In this workshop, audience members will see a brief video followed by an interactive workshop in which participation will include answering several questions such as, “How often have you experienced or felt unconscious bias towards yourself or someone else?” Real-time polling results will appear onscreen with Dr. Moore responding to the results. The evening will conclude with an invitation to the audience to join one of Dr. Moore’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenges for those interested. University of Colorado Boulder professor of Environmental Studies Roger Pielke Jr. will moderate the discussion. The event will be held via zoom and livestreamed to the CWA YouTube channel; viewers may submit questions. Free and open to all.
Couch to Climbing: Bear Peak Hike
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8 AM
Begin your Couch to Climbing journey with Always Choose Adventures! Take a hike up Boulder’s Bear Peak, a staple training peak for the high Rockies. All great climbers start somewhere, and this is the perfect place to springboard your adventure into the high peaks! During this day hike, our Mountaineering team will lead you through Pine forests, up a beautifully eroded canyon, and up a small summit ridge to the top of Bear Peak, where you’ll have the opportunity to perform a few small scrambling moves to reach the summit. Along the way, the team will be on hand to attend to issues, and answer any questions. You will also have the unique opportunity to learn about some of the local fauna, and observe the wildlife of Boulder in a pleasant winter setting. Register here, $10 per person.
High Lonesome Live From The Front Range
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5 PM
High Lonesome will be playing all kinds of music, not just Bluegrass in a free Facebook Live show here on the Front Range! If you RSVP to here, you will get a notification when they go live.
Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Virtual Conference
When: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10 AM MST – 5:15 PM
The Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference promotes the inclusion of native plants in our landscaping to benefit pollinators and songbirds, save water, and restore the beauty and health of nature in the places we live, work and play. This year the Conference is virtual! Speakers include two pioneers in native landscaping: High Country Gardens’ founder David Salman and local designer and writer Marcia Tatroe. Tickets $10 – $60, register here.
Louisville WinterSkate by Boulder Creek Events
When: Now ’til the end of February, hours here.
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. This year, to keep everyone safe and healthy, Boulder Creek Events will be adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. Please visit their information page here to learn more. Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults & Kids $10, Children ages 3 & under: Free.