Things to Do in Boulder in January

by Rachel Daly
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2022 is here, and January is packed with things to do in and around Boulder. Please remember to enjoy these events safely, in accordance with public health protocols.

Start the New Year with Magic! at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

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When: January 1, 2022, at 11 AM & 2 PM

Prepare yourself for a journey unlike any other! Erica Sodos will kick off 2022 with two special magic shows in the Luvin Arms’ Big Barn. Erica’s one-of-a-kind performances amaze and blow minds, while they simultaneously energize and inspire audiences to believe anything is possible. All ages are welcome. Vegan Van will be onsite to satisfy all your hunger desires that day. Tickets here.

Día De Los Reyes at Museum of Boulder

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When: January 2, 2022, from 11 AM – 4 PM

Join the Museum of Boulder’s free celebration of Día De Los Reyes in person or online to celebrate and make wishes for 2022. Enjoy music, dance, short films, workshops, and more from performers and artists from different parts of the world. The Museum’s Día De Los Reyes is meant to transcend any specific tradition or cultural connotation. This year’s dual-format will feature wonderful local artists and musicians along with a wide range of contributors from different corners of the world to inspire all who attend. There will be approximately 40 artists of all ages, creators in the areas of fine arts, music, film, dance, and culture who all will be contributing voluntarily their work as a gesture of goodwill to our community and best wishes to all for the new year. The on-site event will be one day only, January 2nd, and is open to the public. The online portion of the festival will include pre-recorded performances and presentations and will be available for online visitors from January 2nd through January 6th.  More information here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

WinterSkate in Downtown Louisville

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When: Thanksgiving week ’til the end of February

WinterSkate will be closed through Friday, January 7. 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. For details, click here.

White Christmas at Boulder Dinner Theater

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When: Through January 8, 2022, full schedule here.

Recapture the holiday magic with White Christmas at the Boulder Dinner Theater this holiday season! This smash Broadway musical based on the Irving Berlin film starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby will definitely make your holidays merry and bright. Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly, the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties — his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Nominated for 2 Tonys and 6 Drama Desk awards! Music by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Boulder Dinner Theater is located at  5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

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.

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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Where: Friday, December 3, 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.org. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

Don’t Tell Boulder

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When: Thursday, January 6 and Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7 PM

You’re one step away from experiencing live comedy like never before: Don’t Tell Comedy. Secret comedians, secret location, and no two-drink minimums (BYOB!). Purchase tickets and they’ll send you the rest of the secret info at noon on the day of the show. For more information, click 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.

Open Studio at Boulder Public Library’s Markerspace

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

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 January.

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

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When: Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 8 AM – 12 PM

25th Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on a healthy lifestyle. This unique festival includes an Oatmeal Breakfast and a virtual 5K. Oatmeal Breakfast will be held at The Gatehouse. Breakfast tickets $6, Kids under 2 are FREE. Race registration $20+, click here for details.

Sewing Rebellion: Quechquémitl Story Garment

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When: January 8 & 22, 2022, from 1 – 3 PM

Join Luna Cultura and the Mama Leonas in the Canyon Art Gallery for this special series of the Sewing Rebellions. Participants will make a simple garment embellished with needle felting. Ages 13+. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

Free Aerial Dance Open House

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When: Saturday, January 9, 2022, from 1 – 4 PM

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? Now is your chance. Join Frequent Flyers for the Aerial Dance Open House! Aerial dance demonstrations and free trials on every apparatus starting every half hour for ages 5+. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

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.

Boulder County Bombers Live Roller Derby

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When: Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 5 PM – 9:30 PM

Live roller derby is back at the Boulder County Fairgrounds! The evening begins with the Bottle Rockets Junior Roller Derby, followed by the Boulder County Bombers. This is a family friendly event. Cost: Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 if you buy early.  Kids under 8 are free with paid adult. Tickets here.

Boulder Premiere of Mission Mt. Mangart

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When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 6 PM

The Forever Buffs Boulder chapter presents the Boulder premiere of the historical documentary Mission Mt. Mangart, the story of World War II’s legendary 10th Mountain Division. This will be the Boulder chapter’s signature event of the year in lieu of the annual holiday party and concert. Written, directed, edited, and produced by the professional skier, documentary filmmaker, CU alumnus, and Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame inductee Chris Anthony, with a score by composer Carlo Nicolau, the film takes you through the trailblazing efforts of the 10th Mountain Division, an experimental infantry unit made up of world-class athletes, mountain men, and cowboys. The 10th Mountain Division left behind an indelible legacy matched only by their legendary heroism during World War II. This film explores their achievements, trials, and tribulations. Tickets here.

BeeChicas: Winter Wellness

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When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 4 – 5:30 PM

Honey and propolis are key to a bee’s immune system and helpful to our own! Learn about their medicinal benefits and explore some simple ways you can stock your pantry to boost your health this winter at the BeeChicas: Winter Wellness event. BeeChicas will show you how to make elderberry honey syrup, propolis tincture, and a handy medicinal ointment for cuts and wounds.  Register for the free event here. Visit https://www.beechicas.com/ for more projects, recipes, and resources. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

Boulder Community Knitting

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When: January 12, 2022, from 5 – 6:30 PM

Boulder Community Knitting is a group of happy knitters dedicated to helping Boulder County’s children in need. They work with local charities – primarily Clinica and Sister Carmen Center. The group meets once a month at the Meadows branch of the Boulder Public Library and shares a free pattern. You supply the yarn and needles. You can check their website for updated information on meetings and projects. The group is always eager to have new members. More info here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

Kronos Quartet: Music for Change

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When: Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Cutting-edge, bold, and deeply moving. The Kronos Quartet explores the social, political, and cultural upheavals of American civil rights movements, performing works that highlight the legacy of artists in advancing social justice. The evening features Zachary J. Watkins’ “Peace Be Till,” a work inspired by the moment just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, as narrated by Dr. King’s speechwriter and friend Dr. Clarence B. Jones; “Glorious Mahalia,” Stacy Garrop’s work honoring the life and times of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; as well as arrangements of Abel Meeropol’s “Strange Fruit” and John Coltrane’s “Alabama.” For more than 80 years, the Artist Series has brought the globe’s finest jazz, classical, world music, and dance performers to Boulder. Many of these performances sell out; order your tickets today to guarantee the best seats. The Kronos Quartet will be performing at Macky Auditorium. Tickets start at $16, available here.

A Closer Look: 2021 Year in Review

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When: Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 7 – 8 PM

Join Fiske Planetarium in saying goodbye to 2021 by exploring the progress astronomy has made throughout the year. Between Mars landings and the most anticipated telescope launch in history, astronomers turned an abnormal year into one of discovery. Tickets here.

Vocal Freedom Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Trident

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When: Friday, January 14, 2022, at 6:30 PM

Join Rebecca Folsom and Trident Booksellers and Cafe for an evening of uplifting, powerful, and heartwarming music at the Vocal Singer/Songwriter Showcase! 12 different singer-songwriters will take the stage and each sing 2 songs. It promises to be a cornucopia of unique and shining talent. Come be inspired! Tickets $12.

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at BDT Stage

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When: January 14 – February 20, 2022, full schedule here.

A musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, My Way captures the wit and charm of Ol’ Blue Eyes. It’s a breath of fresh air, a romantic enticement, and a blast from the past. This award-winning revue features countless songs recorded by the legendary Frank Sinatra. This classy tribute showcases some of the 20th century’s most beautiful and popular songs. My Way features a stellar quartet of singers, each highlighting an aspect of the talent of “The Chairman of the Board”. Join us in celebrating Sinatra’s remarkable five-decade career. Unforgettable songs include All of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Strangers in the Night, New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight, and many more. Let’s fall in love and fly away with the music of one of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, just as he would have wanted it: a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes. More information and tickets here.

Annual Super Duper Garage Sale at Boulder County Fairgrounds

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When: January 15, 2022, from 9 AM – 4 PM

The Annual Super Duper Garage Sale is back at Boulder County Fairgrounds with 35,000 Sq ft of indoor shopping with 90+ vendors. The event is open to early shoppers from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday 1/15/22 ($20 per person for early shopping). The event is open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 1/15/22 ($4 for adults, kids 12 and under are free). Buy tickets at the door. Parking is free.

6th Annual Snowshoes & Good Views with Always Choose Adventures

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When: Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 8 AM

It’s time for Always Choose Adventure’s Annual Snowshoe to Brainard Lake. Don’t have Snowshoes? No Problem. Rent them with ACA! All proceeds from this event will directly fund Always Choose Adventures, a 501c3 nonprofit. This event is ACA’s 6th 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. Register here. Event is free, snowshoe rentals $10 for members, $25 for non-members. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

The Jerry Dance Party feat. DJ Jerrbrother at Boulder Theater

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When: Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 8:30 PM

From its inception, The Jerry Dance Party has brought together the best of Jerry Garcia live catalog, from his extensive and wide-ranging career with the Grateful Dead to his work with Old & In The Way, Jerry Garcia Band, Merl Saunders, John Kahn, New Riders of the Purple Sage and many more. “We’re bringing Garcia’s entire career to the dance floor, for three-plus hours of the most ripping, psychedelic live tracks,” says DJ JerrBrother. “Undoubtedly, at every Jerry Dance Party, people come up to me and ask, ‘What show was that from?’ ‘What year is this song from?’ I’ve combed through hours of live Garcia tracks to find the best of the best. We leave people with a renewed sense of exploration and love for the guy who brought it every night, Garcia.” Tickets here.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Opening Reception of the Withers Collection Gallery

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When: January 16, 2022, at 1:30 PM

NAACP Boulder County will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program of speakers, singers, and dancers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Dairy Arts Center. Rosalind Withers, daughter of Ernest Withers, will open the Walk With Me campaign as the keynote speaker. The Withers Collection Photography Exhibit Opening (Jan 16 – February 27). NAACP Boulder County will host an opening reception for the Withers Collection Gallery, an exhibition of over 100 historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement from the Withers Museum & Gallery in Memphis, TN. The photo exhibit will be open to the public through February 27. This event is free and open to the public, registration is required. More information here. Another FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in January.

Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon

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When: Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 7 AM – 12 PM

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 more information, click here. The Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon is changing locations due to the Marshall Fire. More information here.

The Second City: The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life at Boulder Theater

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When: January 17, 2022, at 8 PM

Rooted in the groundbreaking improvisational games of Viola Spolin, The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, and a comedy revolution began. The small cabaret theater has grown to become the most influential and prolific comedy empire in the world, developing an entirely unique way of creating art and fostering generation after generation of superstars. Enjoy The Second City’s live performance at Boulder Theater on January 17, tickets here.

Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 at Boulder Theater

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When: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 will be performing at Boulder Theater on January 18, 2022. Tickets $40 – $65, available here.

Songwriters Showcase with Jack Hadley

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When: Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Roots Music Project is proud to present Jack Hadley and guests as part of their Songwriters Series. Enjoy a special evening of stories and songs from master bluesman, Jack Hadley. Jack has been writing songs and performing on the Front Range and nationally for over two decades. Jack’s soulful songs and unique sound is reflected on his latest album, Daybreak in Alabama – the Langston Hughes Project. FREE SHOW. Register here to reserve a seat.

Dairy Comedy Presents Nancy Norton

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When: Friday, January 21, 2022, at 7 PM & 9 PM

Nancy Norton is an award-winning comedian: The Grand Slam Storytelling Champion of Truth Be Told, WINNER of the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival, Champion of the 2019 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and 2021 Best of the Fest performer at the Burbank Comedy Festival with Jay Leno. Norton is known for delivering engaging, high-energy, fast-paced performances that connect with universal truths through a vulnerable, in the moment, and intuitive style. As a former nurse, Nance will be paying tribute to healthcare workers with some hilarious hospital anecdotes. Tickets here.

Boulder Phil Opening Night: Gershwin Celebration

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When: Saturday, January 22, 2022, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM

The Boulder Phil returns to the beautiful Macky Auditorium for a Gershwin celebration featuring the extraordinary Marcus Roberts Trio. We open with Gershwin’s famous travelogue—An American in Paris—full of memorable, energetic tunes, followed by Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F highlighted by dazzling improvisation. Tickets available here.

Laser Beatles at Fiske Planetarium

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When: Friday, January 28, 2022, from 9 – 10 PM

The British Invasion comes alive again in Fiske Planetarium’s immersive theater. Experimental. Idealistic. Eternal. For every generation. This is not your parent’s laser show! Our cutting-edge projection system from Laser Fantasy mesmerizes your eyes with vibrant colors cutting their way through the fog to the 360-degree wrap-around screen – all while the laser engineers fly you through the universe in beat to your favorite jams! Tickets here.

The Snow Queen at Broomfield Auditorium

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When: Saturday, January 28 – 30, 2022, full schedule here.

Danse Etoile Ballet presents “The Snow Queen” January 28th through January 30th at the Broomfield Auditorium. This family-friendly story ballet presents Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, following Gerda on her journey to the icy palace of the Snow Queen to save her friend Kay from the Queen’s evil spell.  Along her way, she meets many enchanting people and animals, but nothing can stop her from saving her friend. Only Gerda’s love for Kay can break the Snow Queen’s curse. Imaginative, creative choreography by Marie-Jose Payannet and original music by Bruce Klepper. Tickets here.

CU Boulder Theatre & Dance: Catapult

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When: January 28 – 30, 2022, full schedule here.

BFA choreographers present intimate and stirring meditations on memory, body understanding, and community across an athletic symphony of contemporary and improvisational styles at Catapult. Tickets sell fast to CU Dance’s innovative, multisensory performances that take place in and around the intimate Charlotte York Irey Theatre. Tickets and schedule here.

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