25 Things to Do in Boulder in January 2019

by Rachel Daly
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To ring in the new year, Boulder is letting go of the intensity of the holidays with events that enrich the mind, body, and spirit through fun, community and creativity! Take a painting class, try out goat yoga, dive into the icy waters of the Boulder Res, try aerial dance, enjoy some live music, show off your talents or take a night hike to witness the supermoon eclipse. All happening in January in the Boulder area.

Boulder Polar Plunge

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When: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 11 AM – 2 PM

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 first 200 registered participants will receive beach towels!

The Boulder Polar Plunge will be held at the Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301. Register online for $35, Day-of for $40, Kids 12 & Under $15. Register here.

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga

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When: Multiple dates, full schedule here.

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga is hosting yoga with goats this winter, at the indoor heated barn at Lucky Weather Ranch! Bring good vibes and love. If you need to rent a mat, you can for $5.

This event will be held at the Lucky Weather Ranch, 12996 N Foothills Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503. Tickets $30, available here.

Noche de Peña

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When: Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM

A celebration of the people, by the people, a peña is a casual and participatory social event centered around live music that celebrates community through music, poetry, and food. Featuring musicians Adolfo Romero (Chile), Elisa García (Uruguay), Leo Corona (México), and Francisco Marques (Brazil), and poet María Ferndanda Iwasaki (Perú/Spain).

This event will be held at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets $15+, available here.

Dia de los Reyes / Family Free Day at Museum of Boulder

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When: Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM

The Museum of Boulder will ring in 2019 and celebrate Three Kings Day / Día de Los Reyes with a free day at the Museum! Enjoy free admission to all Museum exhibits, plus: music, snacks, and crafts. Make wishes for 2019, enjoy a community piñata showcase, and explore the Museum with your family. For more information about Museum exhibits, click here.

The Museum of Boulder is located at 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Aerial Open House at Frequent Flyers

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When: Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 2 PM – 5 PM

Interested in aerial dance? Frequent Flyers is hosting a FREE open house featuring mini classes on a variety of aerial apparatus as well as aerial performances. All are welcome! Classes are open to ages 5-adult. For more info, click here.

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Studio is located at 3022 Sterling Cir suite 150, Boulder, CO 80301. This event is FREE.

Friends and Family Day at Color Me Mine

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When: Sundays throughout January 2019

On Sundays, groups of 3 or more pay 1/2 off studio fees at Color Me Mine! Choose your own ceramic piece to paint, sit down, enjoy a cup of tea and a chat while you paint your very own creation. Color Me Mine will do all the clean up for you, as well as glazing and firing your masterpiece!

Color Me Mine is located at 1938 Pearl St #100, Boulder, CO 80302. Studio fees half off for groups of 3+, ceramics prices by the piece. 

Jen Sincero, “You Are a Badass Every Day”

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When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

See Jen Sincero speak about and sign her new book, You Are a Badass Every Day. For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing towards badassery, You Are a Badass Every Day is the companion to keep you fresh, grateful, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that you can use to immediately realign your mind and keep your focus unwavering, this guide will show you how to keep the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books You Are a Badass andYou Are a Badass at Making Money going.

First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets to attend are $21.77, and include one copy of You Are a Badass Every Day. Books will be handed out at the event. Tickets available here.

Disenchanted! at the Boulder Dinner Theater

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When: January 11 – March 31, 2019, full schedule here.

Back the the Boulder Dinner Theater by popular demand! Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know, and say hello to DISENCHANTED! A musical comedy satire that gives fairy tales the bird, DISENCHANTED! was nominated for a 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. The original fairy tale princesses are none too happy with the exploitation they’ve suffered in today’s films, books and dolls. Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends are ‘storming the castle’ in order to take their lives back! Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Hua Mulan, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and

unite! DISENCHANTED! features adult themes, and mature situations. It is a satire and it is funny….for grown-ups.

DISENCHANTED! will be held at the Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. Tickets $40 +, available here.

In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical

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When: January 11 – 13, 2019, schedule here.

In The Trenches is a new musical comedy about the hilarious, touching, and messy moments involved in parenting young children, presented by CenterStage Theatre Company. The show features a series of musical vignettes that follows a family and their friends through their journey to understanding post-baby life. Similar in style to Avenue Q, Book of Mormon, and I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the show contains adult humor and language and is recommended for mature audiences (roughly 16+).

This event will be held at CenterStage Black Box Theatre, 901 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027. Tickets $14+, available here.

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival and 5K Walk/Run – 2019

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When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 7:30 AM – 12 PM

23rd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle. A unique festival including an Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K Walk/Run and the chance to donate blood. 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. For more information, click here.

The Lafayette Oatmeal Festival will be held at Pioneer Elementary School, 101 E Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. Tickets $8 adults, $6 Kids 3 – 12 & seniors, Kids under 2 are FREE.

An Evening of Irish Music

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When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 7 PM – 10 PM

Join Boulder-based Irish duo Adam Agee & Jon Sousa for an enchanted evening of Irish music, dedicated to the spirit and land of Ireland. Adam & Jon journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, and have been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.

This event will be held at The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304. Tickets $15 – $26, available here.

Annual Snowshoes & Good Views – Always Choose Adventures

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When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9 AM – 12 PM

It’s that glorious time of year. Grab your snowshoes, we will be marching through the woods on a winter wonderland adventure. This event is ACA’s 4th year doing this snowshoe at Brainard Lake. It’s a perfect chance to try snowshoeing for the first time, meet new friends, and get more familiar with winter adventures, if you haven’t yet. For more details, click here.

This event will be held at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Brainard Lake Rd, Ward, CO 80481. This event is FREE, register here.

Boulder County Bombers Harry Potter Tournament

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When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 3:30 PM – 10 PM

Join the Boulder County Bombers for a magical mix up roller derby tournament, Hogwarts Houses 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.

The tournament will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Tickets $15, available here. Kids under 12 are FREE.

Family Day at PoshSplat, Mosaic Tree

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When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Family Day at Posh is a great way to spend time and do something creative with your whole family! Only $25 per painter. Step by step instruction is provided by a local artist and everyone paints a picture that is uniquely theirs. 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!

PoshSplat is located at 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. $25/Person. Register here.

Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Now ’til the end of February

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.

Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults: $10, Kids (ages 4-12): $8, Children (ages 3 & under): free, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $8, Senior Citizens (65+): $8. 

Jeff and Paige at the Rayback

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When: Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 10 AM – 11 AM

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.

Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304. Tickets $10/person 2 & under FREE, tickets available here.

Hot Rize & Friends at the Boulder Theater

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When: January 19 & 20, 2019, 8 PM – 11 PM

Two opportunities to see favorite local band, Hot Rize, at the Boulder Theater. The shows will feature special guests as well as Michael Cleveland, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. Presented by Planet Bluegrass.

Boulder Theater is located at 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets $45 – $65, available here.

Womxn’s March on Denver

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When: Saturday, January 19, 2019, time TBD.

The Womxn’s March Denver is back for 2019 with the “x” in its name to underscore its commitment to equity and to act with purpose to make space for trans, non-binary, and genderqueer persons. The Womxn’s March is more than just a day, it is a global movement to support marginalized persons and a commitment to anti-oppressive principles.

The march will be held at Denver’s Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. This event is FREE.

Estes Park Winter Festival

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When: January 19 – 20, 2019 from 1 PM – 5 PM

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, at the Estes Park Events Complex! Activities include ice skating at the indoor ice rink, live music, inflatables for kids and more.

Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Tickets $30 21+ admission w/tasting, $15 General Admission 13 +, $5 Kids 4 – 12, Kids 3 & under are FREE.

2019 Arctic Prairie Dog Half, 10K & 5K

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When: Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 8 AM – 11:30 AM

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). For more information, click here.

This event will be held at the Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 Dillon Rd Louisville, CO 80027Cost: $40 – $90, Register here.

Supermoon Eclipse with Always Choose Adventures

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When: Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 6 PM – 8PM

Hike up to Mount Galbraith with Always Choose Adventures to witness the Supermoon eclipse! This 4.2 mile winter night hike is sure to be a memory-maker! Microspikes required. Kids & dogs are invited!

ACA will meet hikers at Mount Galbraith Park, 21992 Golden Gate Canyon Rd, Golden, CO 80403. Register here. Event is FREE.

2019 Martin Luther King Day Talent Show of Boulder

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When: Monday, January 21, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Don’t miss the first ever Martin Luther King Day Talent Show of Boulder, presented by Kenneth Flowe and KGNU, benefiting the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County. Celebrate diversity, enjoy live entertainment, and check out local vendors.

The talent show will be held at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303. Tickets $18, available here.

Bow Wow Film Fest

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When: Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 6 PM to 9 PM

The 4th Annual Bow Wow Film Festival will be a rousing, fun loving show so please join us for a delightful evening out to celebrate our beloved canine companions and all the richness they bring to our lives! A few highlights for this years films include movies about working dogs, both old school and new school, the return of the delightful Ask Frank and his advice column as well as 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.

This event will be held at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets $15/adults, $10 Children under 12, available hereAll ticket proceeds will benefit The Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

Cosmic Kirtan Connection at Fiske Planetarium

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When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Join Mira Devi & Friends, with special guest Dr. John Keller, for an evening of live music, stories, conversation, and connection at Cosmic Kirtan Connection. A full spectrum, live music experience, from soothing to grooving, will combine with Sanskrit mantras and cosmic visuals for a multi-sensory tapestry of healing. Along the way, Mira and John will explore the connection between science and spirituality. Mira will share stories about the chants from her studies in yoga and meditation, while John will drop some amazing facts about astronomy and the universe. Feel free to chant along, get up and dance, or sit back to enjoy the sounds and sights. Mira Devi’s band will offer up an east/west fusion of Hindu and Buddhist inspired mantras, sonic soundscapes, singing bowls, guitar, harmonium, dilruba, hammered dulcimer, sitar, and tablas…all while soaring through the universe! Come along with us as we journey to the depths of the heart and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. All are warmly welcome. No experience necessary.

Fiske Planetarium is located at 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309.  Tickets $20, available here.

2019 Frost Giant Race

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When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11 AM – 12 PM

The Annual Frost Giant will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 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 Town Hall entrance on MacGregor Ave. The race begins on pavement and then becomes cross country. Register here.

The race begins at the Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. $30 Pre-Registration for Adults 18+, $10 for Kids 18 & under. Register here.

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