30+ Things to Do in Boulder in April

by Rachel Daly
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April is here and this month is absolutely PACKED with events! The month begins with Boulder Arts Week and the opening day of the Boulder Farmer’s Market, followed by the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival, the Conference on World Affairs, and the Lyons International Film Festival just to name a few. To see what is happening in and around Boulder today, check out our events calendar here. Here it is, our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Boulder Arts Week

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When: March 25 – April 2, 2022

Boulder Arts Week celebrates Boulder artists, the week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join Boulder to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as art walks, First Fridays, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops. Full schedule here.

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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Where: Friday, April 1, 2022, from 6 PM – 9 PM

NoBo First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area. Featuring live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36. Follow the colorful flags to find surprises around every corner. First Friday runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on the first Friday of the month. Please be respectful of COVID precautions, wear a mask and keep your distance. Please note that many locations have other opening and closing times, see the map or list to check exact times. Details at NoBoArtDistrict.orgAnother FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Friday Night Weird

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When: Every Friday night from 8:30 – 11:30 PM

Friday Night Weird is a weekly cult film series at the Boedecker Theater of the Dairy Arts Center and we’re here to make Boulder weird again by providing curated access to some the best new and classic genre films and a proper theater experience to enjoy them in. For this week’s Friday Night Weird pick, click here.

TEDxCU 2022: Breaking Boundaries

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When: April 2, 2022 from 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Join us for TEDxCU’s 10th Anniversary Event! The theme is Breaking Boundaries. This year back in person at Macky Auditorium and Concert Hall on the campus of CU Boulder!Free for CU Boulder Students (undergrad & grad)$15-20 for Community tickets visit tedxcu.com

Lafayette’s Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 12 PM – 2:30 PM

The annual Cesar Chavez celebration is organized by the Lafayette Youth Advisory Commission (LYAC), and provides opportunities to learn about Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and other American civil rights heroes through a community birthday party, art activities, an interactive scavenger hunt, and reading circles.Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Boulder Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 2 – November 19, 2022, 8 AM – 2 PM & Wednesdays, May 4 – October 5, 2022 4 PM – 8 PM

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. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Boulder Bike Night (Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride)

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When: Thursday nights at 7:30 PM from April ’til Halloween

Join Boulder Bike Night every week for the traditionally held and ever-evolving Thursday night cruiser ride! Weekly themes can be found here. April themes include: 4/7 – Masquerade, 4/14 – Happy Un-Birthday, 4/21 – Earth Day, 4/28 – Rockin’ the 80s. Meet at Greenleaf Park.

Boulder Comedy Show

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When: Every Sunday night at Rayback Collective from 7 – 9 PM

The Boulder Comedy Show is the longest-running weekly comedy show in Boulder, CO. The live stand-up show happens every Sunday at the Rayback Collective. Every weekend a different comedian will be performing, headliners having been seen on Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Fallon, Colbert, Letterman, Kimmel, MTV and pretty much everything in between. Schedule and tickets here.

Dash & Dine April Fun Runs

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When: Tuesdays in April, starting at 6 PM

Dash & Dine 5k is hosting a FREE fun run every Tuesday at 6 PM in April to keep you moving and motivated. Easy 5k, informal, inclusive, no one gets dropped. Each week will be a different location and there will be food and beer available at each location so we can hang out afterwards. Dates and locations: 4/5 Upslope Brewing East, 4/12 Avery Brewing, 4/19 @shoesbrews, 4/26 Downtown Boulder tbd. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Friday Night Jazz at Hotel Boulderado

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When: Every Friday night, from 5 – 8 PM

Spend your Friday night listening to Jazz in the historic lobby of the Hotel Boulderado. Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites with a special happy hour menu available for Jazz in the lobby.

2022 Easter Egg Hunt – The Optimist Club of Erie

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When: Sunday, April 10, 2022, at 1 PM

The Optimist Club of Erie Presents the 2022 Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Park in Erie Highlands. Find eggs filled with candy or tickets to win a prize or basket! Redeem tickets at the table near your age group.

Conference on World Affairs

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When: April 6 – April 9, 2022, full schedule here.

The Conference on World Affairs Week held at the University of Colorado Boulder, offers events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. CWA Week is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels, 100 speakers and performers, over 5 days, attracting more than 70,000 in cumulative attendance each year. The Conference also present the CWA Speaker Series where thought leaders in their field join together for a campus visit with an evening discussion open to all. CWA Week is held at CU Boulder. This event is open to the public. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Open Studio at Boulder Public Library’s Markerspace

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Sewing Rebellion at the Makerspace, Photo All Things Boulder

When: Every Tuesday & Wednesday from 1 PM – 7 PM

Boulder Public Library and Building 61 offer Open Studio every week, giving free access to: 3D Printers, Sewing Machines, Electronics bench, Design Laptops, Vinyl Cutter, Screen Printing Equipment and more are available for use at this time. More info hereAnother FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Tuesday Night Team Trivia at The Rayback

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When: Every Tuesday night, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join Team Trivia Denver every Tuesday at The Rayback Collective in Boulder trivia night! Bring your friends, this event is free. For more information, click here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Colorado Tartan Day Festival

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When: April 9 – 10, 2022, full schedule here.

Learn about your Scottish-Irish ancestors at the Colorado Tartan Day Festival. It’s a chance to wear those kilts, bodices, Outlander gear and all the tartans. Live music and dancing, as well as a variety of Celtic house goods, jewelry, leather goods, food trucks, re-enactment performances and much more. Well behaved pets welcome! More details here. The festival will be held at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

CU Boulder International Festival

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When: Sunday, April 10, 2022, from 3 PM – 7 PM

The CU International Festival has been around since 1990, and has continued to successfully promote diversity among students and the Boulder community. Every year, the CU International Festival Committee provides a stage for great performers who show cultural dances, play traditional instruments, or sing in their native language. The festival has gotten bigger every year, with over 30 countries participating and over 6,000 people attending. For more info, click here. The festival will be held at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the UMC, 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80309. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Luvin Arms’ Inaugural 5K/10K Run

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When: Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 8:30 AM

Join Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary for our first-ever running event: Ahimsa-thon! Ahimsa means respect for all living things and avoidance of violence toward others, a value behind every intention at Luvin Arms. Vegan Van, Green Bus Cafe, and Solstice Sweets will provide delicious plant-based food and drinks that day, and Luvin Arms will host a cruelty-free spring treasure hunt and craft tent for the entire family. Come celebrate the lovely spring weather by running in honor of Ahimsa with the entire Luvin Arms’ community. More info here.

The Boulder Roubaix – 30th Anniversary

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When: April 16, 2022

The Boulder Roubaix is one of the most hallowed races in the western US. Held the day before the real ‘Queen of the Classics’, the French race that goes from Paris to Roubaix. An 18.7 miles (30k) loop with 43% paved roads & 57% unpaved roads in North Boulder County. Rolling terrain on roads that can be anywhere from smooth to extremely rutted. For more information and map, click here.

Free Visits with the Easter Bunny at Village of the Peaks

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When: Saturday, April 16, 2022, from 10 AM – 3 PM

Come join Village at the Peaks for some Easter fun. The Easter Bunny will be on the Village lawn ready to take photos with the whole family. Take some great selfies with the Bunny! Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Longmont Earth Day Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 10 AM – 3 PM

The 5th Annual Longmont Earth Day Celebration promises to be the best yet. With family-friendly programming all day long, this event will have music, butterflies, recycled arts and crafts, and more. For more information and full schedule, click here. This event will be held at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Hops and HOPE

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When: April 23, 2022, from 12 – 5 PM

Join Left Hand Brewing Company for a fantastic outdoor event to raise money and awareness for HOPE’s work with the homeless in our Longmont community at Hops and HOPE. Your donation goes 100% towards HOPE’s programming! Left Hand Brewing is donating 1.00 from every pint purchased as well. Here is what you can expect from 12-5: Great live music, door prizes, local artists sharing their wears, a chance to win ‘Beer for a Year’ at Left Hand Brewing, fun times with friends, and local food. Tickets here.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

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When: POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022 from 1 PM – 5 PM

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder with the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival. Festival-goers can witness the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall, welcoming the tulips. This beloved springtime tradition in Boulder features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrates the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. The event includes live stage performances, face painting, free activities for children, and more! Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

First Sip: Celebrating Boulder’s Beverage Scene

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When: April 28 – May 1, 2022

First Sip is a four-day celebration of Boulder’s incredible and diverse beverage scene. In the last decade, restaurant cocktail lists have gotten exponentially more inventive and now include a wide variety of spirits along with non-alcoholic options. In Boulder particularly, there is also a myriad of breweries, distilleries, wine bars, coffee roasters, and underground mixer companies serving thirsty patrons alike. First Sip will showcase what makes each participant one-of-a-kind through a variety of cocktail classes, drink specials, complimentary tastings, and more. With 33 businesses participating, First Sip will see many of the featured restaurants that participate in First Bite such as Cafe AionT/ACO, Dagabi Tapas Bar, Fringe: A Well Tapped EateryOAK at FourteenthBoulder Dushanbe Teahouse, and The Greenbriar Inn along with newcomers like FarowMojo TaqueriaR Gallery + Wine BarSanitas BrewingAvanti, GeminiRayback Collective and Cocktail Caravan among others. 

KGNU Presents: Greg Schochet and Little America

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When: Friday, April 29, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Greg Schochet is an integral part of Colorado’s thriving roots music scene, a sought performer, producer, session player, and instructor. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, he is fluent in all manner of acoustic and electric styles. He was the lead guitarist for Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams for 16 years, Colorado’s beloved and venerable honky-tonk and western swing band. Greg Schochet & Little America comes out swinging for the fences! This newly formed band is a rollicking tour through all things Americana, leaving no musical stone unturned. More information and tickets here.

Gala Performance featuring Don Quixote

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When: April 30, 2022, at 2 PM & May 1, 2022 at 1 PM

“All things human are finite.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote. Don Quixote dreams of adventure. He takes Sancho Panza on a quest in search of Dulcinea, a woman Don Quixote believes to be so lovely and noble that she must be divinity. Join Centennial State Ballet for classical ballet’s favorite rom-com, live in the theater or in the comfort of your home through a livestream ticket! Special thanks to pianist Alaina DeBellevue for live accompaniment. This performance will be held at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, CO 80503. Tickets $25, available here.

Lyons International Film Festival

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When: Saturday, April 29 – 30, 2022

The Lyons International Film Festival honors the trailblazers, and the resilience and perseverance of strong individuals who love life. Film makers from all over the world want to share their films and documentaries with Lyons. Enjoy films and inspiring visions shown through the lens and camera’s of many who enjoy the outdoors and nature and walking the road less traveled. For the full schedule and more info, click here.

Erie Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 AM – 1 PM

Erie’s 22nd Annual Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration features free tree seedlings, free educational information, drawings for prizes, certified arborist Q & A booth, hands-on tree plantings and kids’ craft area. This event will be held at Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Boulder Phil: The Firebird & Frequent Flyers

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Boulder Philharmonic comes together with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance for an only-in-Boulder collaboration that also features the Colorado Symphony’s Associate Concertmaster Claude Sim as violin soloist in The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, based on a Chinese legend involving, among other things, the idea of rebirth. Other dimensions of that same theme are explored in two orchestral showpieces: Rimsky-Korsakov’s dramatic Russian Easter Overture, and Stravinsky’s much-loved suite from The Firebird ballet. Opening the program is Mason Bates titled Undistant that reflects on our recent experience of “cocooning” during the pandemic isolation and the thrill of reconnecting with one another yet again. $10 child/student tickets are available by calling 303.449.1343. This event will be held at the Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets $15 – $82, available here.

Firefly Handmade Spring Market

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When: April 30 & May 1, 2022

Firefly Handmade Spring Market is back at Twenty Ninth Street with 80+ artisans and live music. Firefly Handmade is Colorado’s premier handmade artisan market. We are a COMMUNITY of makers, entrepreneurs, and artists who are passionate about sharing craft and supporting local business. Discover unique handmade home goods, jewelry & accessories, adult & children’s fashion, skin care, ceramics, art, artisanal food, paper goods, pet goods, and more. Family-friendly, dogs welcome. Free admission.

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