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.  Here it is, our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Boulder Farmers Market

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When: Saturdays, April 1 – November 18, 2023, 8 AM – 2 PM & Wednesdays, May 3 – October 4, 2023, 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.

Free Visits with the Easter Bunny at Village of the Peaks

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When: April 1, 2 & 8 2023, from 11 AM – 2 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.

Ollin Farms Spring Festival

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When: April 1, 2023, from 11 AM – 2 PM

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Ollin Farms with hay rides, hang out with farm animals, enjoy kids’ activities, and more! For this official opening of the farmstand for the 2023 season, Ollin Farms will be stocked up with local produce and the Magic Food Bus will be serving up lunch. For more info, click here.

North Boulder Library Ground Breaking

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When: April 5, 2023, from 1 – 2 PM

Join the Boulder Public Library at 4500 13th Street, as they turn the dirt under Boulder Public Library’s first new branch in 36 years. For more information about the North Boulder Library, click here.

Boulder Arts Week

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When: April 7 – April 15, 2023

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 7, 2023, 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 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.

Mission: Joy Film Screening at Meadows Branch Library

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When: April 7, 2023, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Watch “Mission: JOY,” a deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny journey with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as they share science-backed wisdom of how to live with joy in troubled times. Inspired by New York Times bestseller and 2023 One Book One Boulder selection, “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”, this film showcases the exchange between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners that led to that book. Register here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

TEDxCU 2022: Serendipity

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When: April 7, 2023 from 6 PM – 9 PM

Join us for TEDxCU’s 11th Anniversary Event! The theme is Serendipity. For more info, click here

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! 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.

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.

2023 Easter Egg Hunt – The Optimist Club of Erie

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When: Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 1 PM

The Optimist Club of Erie Presents the 2023 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 12 – April 14, 2023, 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 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 4 PM – 6:45 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 8 – 9, 2023, 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.

Luvin Arms’ Spring Fest

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When: Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 11 AM – 3 PM

Join Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary for Spring Fest! Tour the sanctuary, check out local vendors, enjoy live music, and more. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

The Boulder Roubaix 

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When: April 15, 2023

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.

Bullies & Brews

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When: April 22, 2023, from 12:30 – 5:30 PM

Come join the Boop Crew for a day of dogs and beer at Avery Brewing Company. Boop Animal Rescue’s adoptable dogs will be making an appearance in hopes of finding their forever homes. Featuring bully breed awareness and education, including a Pitty Kissing Booth to get licks & smooches from one of Boop’s pitty mascots! For more info, click here. 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 22, 2023, from 10 AM – 3 PM

The annual Longmont Earth Day Celebration offers 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 Timberline PK-8 School. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Dank Grass – Bluegrass & IPA Festival

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When: April 22, 2023 at 12 PM

Join Oskar Blues for the First Annual Dank Grass Fest: a Dank IPA and Bluegrass Festival. In celebration of the dankest day of the year, Oscar Blues will be throwing the dankest party of the year that’s FREE to attend! Groove to bluegrass music all day long and drink some of our hoppy, piney, odoriferous, dankest IPA’s. Munch on some food from some great food trucks and check out cool vendors and some of our cannabis industry friends on our Shakedown Street. For more info and music lineup, click here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in April.

Earth Day in Boulder Bash

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When: April 22, 2023, from 12 – 3 PM

Celebrate our planet, free zero-waste snacks, local sustainability orgs + vendors, and more at Nude Foods Market’s Earth Day in Boulder Bash. Check out the details here.

Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival

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When: April 23, 2023, 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 26 – April 30, 2023

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. 

Gala Performance featuring Little Snow White

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When: April 29 – 30, 2023, full schedule here.

Composed in 1909, Rebikov’s melodic piano work of imagination tells the story of a young princess who falls in love with a prince, runs from an evil queen, overcomes Jack Frost, befriends gnomes, and dances with butterflies before she is reunited with her love and her kingdom. Enjoy this performance of Little Snow White with the Centennial State Ballet. More info here.

Lyons International Film Festival

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When: Saturday, April 29, 2023

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 29, 2023, from 10 AM – 1 PM

Erie’s 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.

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