Things to Do in Boulder in July 2019

by Rachel Daly
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Boulder July

Boulder will be celebrating the hottest days of summer with live music, festivals, fireworks and fun! July in Boulder means the return of Dead & Company, RockyGrass, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, Pearl Street Arts Fest, and the Aerial Dance Festival in addition to many other great events. For all the 4th of July events happening around town, click here. Happy July!

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 8 PM

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast has been a Boulder tradition since 1941. Crowds of thousands gather each year at CU’s Folsom Field to enjoy Boulder’s largest fireworks display and local entertainment and of course, Ralphie. This event is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder. For all the 4th of July events happening in the Boulder area, click here.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast will be held at CU’s Folsom Field, 2400 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

SummerFest Concert

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When: Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 11 PM

Celebrate summer at Double Rainbow Ranch ‘s SummerFest Concert featuring Tierro Band with Bridget Law, Ariana Saraha & Flight Behavior, as well as fire dancing, community fire ceremony and more! For all the details, click here.

SummerFest tickets $25, available here. The Double Rainbow Ranch is located at 6541 N 63rd St, Longmont, CO 80503.

Dead & Company at Folsom Field

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When: July 5 & 6, 2019

Quickly becoming an annual tradition, Boulder will be hosting Dead & Company at Folsom Field once again this summer for two nights. Dead & Company was formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Dead & Company at Folsom Field has become a summer tradition in Boulder. For all the details, click here.

Dead & Company will perform at Folsom Field on July 5 & 6, 2019. Tickets $60+, more information here.

Bands on the Bricks

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When: Wednesdays throughout Summer, June 5 – August 7, 2019

From oldies to alternative and everything in between, Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city on the bricks of the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall. A not-to-be-missed summer tradition with 10 weeks of free concerts. Enjoy performances from the best local musicians along the front range while dancing under the stars. Featuring an outdoor beer/wine/margarita garden starting at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday night. For the full schedule, click here.

Bands on the Bricks is held on Pearl Street in Downtown Boulder. Beer Garden opens at 5:30 PM, Opening Act starts at 6:00 PM, Headlining Act starts at 7:00 PM. Admission is FREE.

Free Sunday at Museum of Boulder

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When: Sunday, July 7 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM

The Museum of Boulder is offering a free day at the museum on Sunday, July 7th. Check out the Boulder Experience Gallery (2nd Floor Gallery) showcasing the history of Boulder, and A-MAZE-D (lower level) featuring a giant cardboard maze for all ages, and Pack-It-Up (Main Gallery) to explore real stories of voyages from Boulder’s past and present. The Google Garage makerspace will have volunteers to help visitors tinker and create. Enjoy fabulous views of downtown and the flatirons from the rooftop deck.

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

Rose Hill Drive Plays Led Zeppelin at Fox Theatre

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When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 8 PM

After being named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 artists to watch, releasing 3 studio albums, and spending 6 straight years in a van touring the world and opening for acts such as The Who and Van Halen, Boulder, CO based Rock band Rose Hill Drive decided to take a break. Now, 5 years later, they have resumed with the original 3 piece lineup and have a brand new album in their pocket. See them at Fox Theatre this month, playing Led Zeppelin — more details here.

Tickets $15 – $20, available here. Fox Theatre is located at 1135 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Tube to Work Day

When: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8 AM

Boulder’s annual aquatic commute, Tube to Work Day is keeping Boulder fun. Get caught in Boulder’s weirdest traffic jam (you won’t regret it). Free breakfast party, live music, awards for best tube/costume, streamside DJ and bacon fishing from above. Helmet and close-toed shows mandatory, as isregistration (but the event is FREE). Bring your own tube!

Tube to Work Day begins at Eben G. Fine Park and ends at Central Park in downtown Boulder. This event is FREE. Register here.

Chautauqua Summer Concert Series

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When: Throughout the summer, full schedule here.

Live entertainment at beautiful Chautauqua Park will be happening all summer long! Chautauqua 2019 Summer Concert series is presenting a variety of comedians and musicians. This summer’s lineup includes Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray, Indigo Girls, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot!, Jose Gonzalez, Boz Scaggs & more! Full lineup here.

Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Full schedule here. Ticket prices vary, see prices here.

Rhythm on the River

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When: July 12 – 13, 2019, full schedule here.

Longmont is once again hosting Rhythm on the River to celebrate the environment, the community, art and music. The weekend festival includes Roger’s River Run 5K, The Greenway Glow, and the Kinetics Parade as well as many local food and beverage vendors. Friday’s Grove Stage musical highlights include Taylor Shae Music, Stillhouse Junkies, The Burroughs, and Saturday night’s guests include Clandestine Amigo, The River Arkansas and Buckstein. The Sunset Stage will feature emerging artists that have been recognized for their talents in 303 magazine, Best of Boulder and Denver’s Best: Redamancy, Card Catalog, Tenth Mountain Division, One Flew West, Jake Edwards and Company and Write Minded. Along with popular favorites, the adventure area will feature an amazing Ninja Warrior Wall and gyroscope ride.

This FREE event will be held at Roger’s Grove, 220 Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501.

Kinetics Parade

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When: July 13, 2019 at 5 PM

The Kinetics Parade on the Pond features teams dressed in zany costumes on human-powered sculptures racing across land and water! Rhythm on the River is a weekend festival in Longmont featuring music, entertainment, 5K run, food & beer garden, kid’s activities and more. Produced by Kineticists.Org and The City of Longmont.

Kinetics Parade on the Pond is held at Roger’s Grove, 220 Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. This event is FREE.

Rayback’s 3rd Birthday Celebration

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When: Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 12 PM – 9 PM

The Rayback Collective is turning three and will be celebrating with live mural artists (details below), live music all day (details below), REI providing free bike checks/techs, Battle of the Beer Reps Cornhole Tournament (details below), lawn games, a raffle for charity, CaptureME Photo Booth LLC, food trucks (details below), and, of course… beer! In addition, enjoy a live Breakdancing Show by Block 1750 from 5 – 6PM.

This free event will be held at The Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304.

Rock & Rails Niwot

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When: Thursdays throughout the summer from 5 – 9 PM

Niwot is hosting it’s summer concert series, Rock & Rails at Whistle Stop Park. Every Thursday night, enjoy live music, local foods, handcrafted beer & more in historic Niwot. Full schedule here.

This free event is held at Whistle Stop Park, Murray St & 1st Ave, Niwot, CO 80503.

Boulder Farmers Market

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When: Saturdays, April 6 – November 23, 2019 8AM – 2PM & Wednesdays, May 1 – October 2, 2019 4PM – 8PM

You can’t have a summer events post without the Boulder Farmer’s Market! 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

Erie Concerts in the Park

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When: July 13 & July 20, 2019 at 6 PM

Erie is once again hosting Concerts in the Park. Headlining bands this month: July 13 – That Eighties Band, July 20 – G.O.T. FREE children’s activities. Beer, wine and concessions will be sold.

These FREE concerts will be held at Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell St, Erie, CO 80516.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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When: June – August 2019, full schedule here.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. Held every summer at the picturesque Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the indoor University Theatre on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, this festival is consistently among the most critically acclaimed of its kind in the nation. CSF’s award-winning education program also presents classes, workshops and camps for all ages throughout the year. This summer’s performances include Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King John and Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be held at Mary Rippon Outdoor TheatreUniversity Theatre. Cost: Starts at $19, tickets available here.

Boulder Concert Band’s Concerts in the Park

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When: Mondays June 17 – July 29, 2019 at 7 PM

The Boulder Parks and Recreation Department partners with the Boulder Concert Band to provide Concerts in the Park. The Boulder Concert Band is composed of volunteer musicians from Boulder and surrounding communities. The BCB provides our community with outstanding performances of traditional and modern concert literature and enriches the cultural experience of the audience and the musicians. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the parks with your family! (Please no glass or alcohol.)

These FREE concerts will be held at parks around Boulder, to see the full schedule click here.

Erie Movie in the Park

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When: Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 8 PM – 10 PM

Bring your family, friends, blanket or lawn chair and join the Town of Erie Parks & Recreation Department for a movie in the park this July. See the family-friendly Ralph Breaks the Internet! There will be fun themed activities or a craft prior to the start of each movie.  Movies will begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) on the Civic Green at the Erie Community Park. Sweet treats will be available for purchase from Kona Ice.

Erie’s Movie in the Park will be held at Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516. This event is FREE.

Summer of Discovery: Bicycle Rodeo

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Boulder Police Officers will be hosting children 12 and under at the Meadows Branch Library to learn about bicycle safety at the Bicycle Rodeo. There will be a road skills course, helmet fits, and bike safety inspections. Participants need to bring their bike and safety gear and will need to be accompanied by an adult to sign a release and waiver form. For all the details, click here.

This free event will be held at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Public Library, 4800 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Pearl Street Arts Fest

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When: July 19 – 21, 2019

From whimsical and modern sculptures to traditional watercolors and oils & more, Pearl Street Arts Fest is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Boulder on the renowned Pearl Street Mall. Artists will travel from all over Colorado and more than 20 other U.S. states to exhibit and sell pieces to experienced collectors, as well as enthusiastic newcomers. Click here to view some of the exhibiting artists. In addition to artisan booths, Open Studios Mobile Art Lab will bring on site art instruction and inspiration to students of all ages at the art activity tent. Check out our Children’s Activities page for more details and ideas of other things to keep the kiddos entertained.

The Pearl Street Arts Fest is held on the Pearl Street Mall. This event is FREE.

Estes Park SnowyGrass Music Festival

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When: July 19 – 20, 2019 – full schedule here.

The SnowyGrass Music Festival in Estes Park is back with amazing local and national bluegrass bands including The Jamesons Duo & special guests, KC Groves and Dusty Rider, Pete Wernick of Hot Rize, Joan Wernick, Hunker Down, Wood & Wire, Dahlby & Nadine, Jason Hicks & KC Groves, Ran Off The Rooster, The Cody Sisters, and Pete & Joan Wernick. The Blue Canyon Boys, winners of the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest, will be the main event. Children’s activities, local food trucks and vendors will also be offered.

The festival will be held at Baldwin Park along the river, 271 Ivy St, Estes Park, CO 80517. Tickets $15+, available here.

Meadow Music

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When: Mondays throughout the Summer

A Boulder tradition for families in the summer! Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short hike, followed by 45 minutes of nature music at the foot of the Flatirons. Sponsored by City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Division Meadow Music is an award-winning environmental education program at Chautauqua Green in Boulder, Colorado.! The event begins at 5:30 with a short hike that’s friendly to all ages (please arrive early to find a place to put your picnic blanket before the hike). After the hike, the group returns to Chautauqua Green for a concert full of original nature and science-based music by Jeff and Paige. The concert starts around 6:00 PM and ends by about 7:00 PM. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic and some silliness!

Meadow Music is held at the Chautauqua Green, Baseline Rd & 9th Street, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Beauty and the Beast at the Boulder Dinner Theater

When: May 4 – September 21, 2019, full schedule here.

The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in BDT Stage’s romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. 

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

Louisville Downtown Street Faire

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When: Fridays throughout Summer from 5 PM – 9:30 PM Rain or Shine (Music begins at 6:30 PM)

If you love amazing live music in the open summer air, check out Louisville’s Downtown Street Faire. These Friday nights have everything you need for a fun, fabulous evening including food, adult beverages, live music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Music Line-up for 2019 includes Los Mocochetes with Boss Eagle, Wild Child with Jaden Carlson Band, Dark and more! Full lineup here.

Louisville Street Faire is held in downtown Louisville and the Historic Downtown Louisville Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027. This event is FREE.

Colorado Music Festival

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When: June 27 – August 3, 2019

Colorado Music Festival presents a six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder showcasing the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Inspired programming performed by exceptional national and international musicians has earned Colorado Music Festival recognition from the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts. Full schedule available here.

Colorado Music Festival is held at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80302. For the full schedule here. Cost is $18.00 +, tickets available here.

47th RockyGrass Festival

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When: July 26 – 28, 2019, full schedule here.

Every year in late July, Lyons becomes the center of the bluegrass universe as generations of legends and future-legends and Festivarians converge under the red rock cliffs of the St. Vrain River at Planet Bluegrass for RockyGrass. This year’s preliminary lineup includes Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Punch Brothers Play & Sing Bluegrass, Soggy Bottom Boys and many more. Bluegrass lovers who have kids can rejoice — kids 12 and under enter for FREE! Rockygrass is family-friendly, offering a kids area to include a variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day, including crafts, slacklining, tubing the St. Vrain, a musical instrument petting zoo, kids music performances, knot tying, and much more.

RockyGrass is held at Planet Bluegrass, 500 W Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540. Cost: $75+, Tickets are already on sale here.

2019 Boulder Taco Fest

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 12 PM – 8 PM

Love tacos? Of course you do! The 3rd annual Boulder Taco Fest will be happening this month in Boulder, featuring 7 taco vendors, 5 breweries, 5 lucha libre wrestling matches, as well as live music and pinatas for the kids. Admission is free, wristbands must be purchased for food and drink.

This event will be held at Foothills Community Park, 800 Cherry Ave, Boulder, CO 80304. Wristbands $20 – $50, available here – admission is free.

Aerial Dance Festival 2019

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When: July 28 – August 9, 2019, full schedule here.

Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air, for beginners through advanced aerial dancers. This 2-week immersion provides classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions, networking, and performances. For all the information, click here.

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