Spring is almost here. We are so excited to see many Boulder County favorites back on the calendar this March: Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder Arts Week and Frozen Dead Guy Days! Plus tons of other art, music, yoga, theatre and dance events to connect you to your local and global community. For events happening today, check out our calendar here. To submit your community event to the calendar, fill out our form here.
Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival
When: February 28 – March 2, 2022
Buckle up for three extraordinary evenings filled with edge-of-your-seat action, awe-inspiring exploration, and nail-biting pushes into the unknown—the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is back! The event is presented by Access Fund at the historic Boulder Theater, and 100% of the proceeds directly support our mission to protect the future of America’s climbing. Get your tickets now to save your spot—seats are limited. Tickets here.
Dread Scott at east window: Honey don’t be afraid. White people aren’t real.
When: Through March 30, 2022
Dread Scott is a visual artist whose work is exhibited across the US and internationally, his work will be featured at east window through March. In 1989, his art became the center of national controversy over its transgressive use of the American flag, while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dread became part of a landmark Supreme Court case when he and others defied the federal law outlawing his art by burning flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. He has presented at TED talk on this. His work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, the Walker Art Center, Jack Shainman Gallery, and Gallery MOMO in Cape Town, South Africa, and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. He is a 2021 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and has also received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and United States Artists as well as a Creative Capital grant. In 2019 he presented Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community-engaged project that reenacted the largest rebellion of enslaved people in US history. The project was featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Christiane Amanpour on CNN and highlighted by artnet.com as one of the most important artworks of the decade.
Boulder Bike Night
When: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 5 PM
Join Boulder Bike Night this week for a first-of-its-kind Wednesday night cruiser ride! Following in the spirit of the most recently held Sunday ride, Boulder Bike Night will be hosting a social ride on a new night this week. Same vibe, same crew – on a different night. Join Boulder Bike Night for a magical evening.
Boulder International Film Festival
When: March 3 – 6, 2022
The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema in February. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations. Adding to the BIFF experience are events featuring nationally renowned chefs, filmmaker happy hours, multiple opening night Galas, talented musicians, and much more. The Festival attracts more than 25,000 film enthusiasts, media, and industry each year.
Hardwood Heart at The Jamestown Mercantile
When: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7 PM
Montana-based string band Hardwood Heart brings their exploratory bluegrass to the Jamestown Mercantile on Thursday, March 3.
Friday Night Weird
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
Where: Friday, March 4, 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 March.
100 Years: YWCA Boulder County From Then to Now Hybrid Gala
When: Saturday, March 5, 2022
It’s time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of YWCA Boulder County! The gala, which will be both in-person and virtual, will take back on the YWCA’s century of impact, from then to now, and renewing support of their mission to eliminate racism and empower women for another 100 years. For more information and tickets, click here.
Boulder Comedy Show
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
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
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 March.
Tuesday Night Team Trivia at The Rayback
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 March.
Boulder Opera Presents: Il Trovatore
When: Preview on March 4, 2022, Performances March 19 & 20, 2022
Boulder Opera presents Il Trovatore by Verdi. This emotional melodrama is set in 16th century Spain and has it all: witchcraft, murder, love, and vengeance. The jealous Count di Luna is obsessed with Leonora, a young noblewoman in the queen’s service, who does not return his love. She loves the troubadour Manrico, leader of the partisan rebel forces. Azucena, a bohemian woman, and Manrico’s mother, seeks revenge for the murder of her mother by di Luna’s father. All of the confluent storylines culminate in a tragedy not to be missed!nConducted by Maestro Jorge Salazar and directed by Gene Roberts, Boulder Opera’s production of Il Trovatore will star Soprano Michelle Diggs-Thompson as Leonora and favorite local tenor Nathan Snyder as Manrico. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. The preview concert + lecture will be held at Muse Performance Space on March 4, 2022 at 7 PM. Tickets here. Performances at the Dairy Arts Center will be held on March 19 at 7 PM and March 20 at 3 PM. Tickets here.
Full Throttle Yoga Live and Online
When: Sunday, March 6, 2022, from 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Full Throttle Yoga is offering an in-person and online yoga class at Sanitas Brewing Company. Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5947364376 Password – 964238 Donations accepted on Venmo @fullthrottleyoga
Nutrition for Women’s Health: Green Juice & Liver Support for your Hormonal Balance
Join Amelia with Selkskin Nutrition for an evening drinking fresh green vegetable juice and learning how you can support a healthy hormone balance. Do you experience stress, anxiety, and feel like your nervous system could use a reset? Regenerate and rebuild a healthier you with a regular self-care practice of deep belly breathing, meditation, yoga, and/or ancient martial arts. Nutrition can improve your circulation, immunity, energy & quality of sleep and can even help facilitate the regulation of hormones to promote inner peace, harmony, and balance. For more information, click here.
Guys and Dolls at Macky Auditorium
When: March 11 – 13, 2022, schedule here.
Gamble with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway. “Guys and Dolls“—the oddball musical comedy featuring iconic hits like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat”—follows a hilarious cast of characters from Times Square to Havana. Meet gambler Nathan Detroit as he evades the authorities; Adelaide, his girlfriend and a nightclub performer, who laments their 14-year engagement; and unlikely lovebirds Sky Masterson (a gambler) and Sarah Brown (a missionary). With wit and romance, “Guys and Dolls” proves that eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong. From orchestras, bands, and choirs to jazz, world music, and opera to world-class faculty and guest performances, the CU Boulder College of Music brings hundreds of stunning performances to Boulder audiences throughout the academic year. Tickets here.
Seed Swap at Boulder Public Library: Gardening Q&A and Native Plant Seeds
When: Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 1 – 3 PM
Seed Swap: bring your homegrown seeds, and unopened packets of store-bought seeds to the Main Branch of the Boulder Public Library. Empty seed envelopes will be available for you to fill and exchange. All leftover seeds will be donated to the Library’s Free Seed Library! Ask all your gardening and native plant questions: Learn tips for successful planting from Boulder County Master Gardener volunteers. Join us as they share their expertise to help you make the most of this season’s seeds. Backed by CSU Extension’s science-based resources, the Master Gardeners can help you get your garden off to a healthy and productive start! Learn about Colorado native plants and pick up a few native plant seeds from Wild Ones Front Range volunteers: Wild Ones is a national not-for-profit organization with local chapters that teaches about the many benefits of growing native plants in residential yards and public landscapes. Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. 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 March.
NCAR Explorer Series: A New Era of Extreme Weather Impacts
When: Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 7 PM
Hear extraordinary people talk about issues of importance to Northern Colorado and beyond, part of our Thursday Nights at the Museum series. With Dr. James M. Done, Deputy Director at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes will talk about A New Era of Extreme Weather Impacts. Our changing climate is evident in extreme weather events, such as deadly heatwaves and flooding rains. NCAR’s Dr. James Done discusses what we know about our changing extreme weather, how scientists study these changes, and how partnerships between science and industry are accelerating discovery. Please note: masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required to attend this program. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or by calling 303-651-8374. Free event. More info here.
Art & Sip: Celestial Equinox Painting at Longmont Museum
When: Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 6:30 PM
The spring equinox is a time when the day and night are balanced and equal in duration and we see the earth start to come alive again. Join the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center to create a celestial painting with acrylic, paint marker, and glitter inspired by this time of awakening and balance. This class is part of our Art & Sip series. Grab a drink and get creative with these classes for adults. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. This season you’ll see a special focus on art projects inspired by our current exhibit Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or by calling 303-651-8374. $35/person. Tickets here.
Frozen Dead Guy Days
When: March 18 – 20, 2022, schedule here.
That’s right, Frozen Dead Guys Days is BACK! Known as one of the most unique and quirky festivals in America, Frozen Dead Guy Days takes place in the mountain town of Nederland, just thirty minutes from Boulder. The festival, celebrating its 18th year, features three days of frosty merriment including 30 live bands in heated super tents and outrageous events like coffin racing, costumed polar plunging, the Blue Ball, frozen t-shirt contests and much more. The home-grown frosty fest pays homage to Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland. Thousands of adventurous, life enthusiasts come to participate in Colorado’s “most frigidly fun festival” and view the events along with local, national and international media and entertainment. One of our favorite things to do in Boulder County in March, Frozen Dead Guy Days is held in and around Nederland, see festival map here. Cost: Outdoor events are FREE to watch, Blue Ball $25/person. For Blue Ball tickets and admission to concert tents, click here.
BeeChicas: Make a Native Bee House
When: Wednesday, March 19, 2022 at 4 PM
Learn about native bees and make a native bee house from a repurposed wine bottle with the BeeChicas! You can also join them to refresh the library’s Native Bee House. Wear appropriate clothing for being outdoors! Visit https://www.beechicas.com/ for more projects, recipes and resources. 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 March.
Boulder Phil: Rachmaninoff 3 & Mysterious Mountain
When: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra presents conductor Michael Butterman and pianist Terrence Wilson, performing Cindy Mctee’s Circuits, Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. “One of the biggest pianistic talents to have emerged in this country in the last 25 years…” ~Baltimore Sun. Tickets start at $18 and are on sale now here. Livestream is also available.
Waltz This Way Gala
When: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8 PM
On March 19, 2022, twirl the night away to waltzes performed by Boulder Chamber Orchestra players at the Waltz This Way Gala! By supporting the Boulder Chamber Orchestra’s Waltz This Way Gala, you help provide enriching artistic experiences to all ages throughout the Boulder, Longmont and Broomfield area. With your contribution, Boulder Chamber Orchestra is able to continue and expand the programming, education, and outreach activities we offer our community. More info and tickets here.
Homeward Bound, a Benefit for Longmont Humane Society
When: March 22, 2022, from 6 PM – 9 PM
Put on your party clothes and join the Longmont Humane Society in celebrating our 50th year of serving animals in our community at the Homeward Bound event! This year, our guests will enjoy an evening featuring local chefs, breweries, distilleries, wineries, live entertainment by Foxfeather, and thoughtfully curated silent and live auctions, all to benefit animals in need in our community. Homeward Bound is a 21 and over event. All patrons, vendors, musicians, staff, and volunteers 12+ must show proof of full vaccination. More info and tickets here.
Boulder Arts Week
When: March 25 – April 2, 2022
The 6th annual 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.
Open Wall at BMoCA: Call for Artists!
When: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will once again be calling all painters, potters, photographers, weavers, woodworkers, watercolor artists to kick off Boulder Arts Week with an Open Wall. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, age 5, 55, or 105, all artists are invited to share their work at Open Wall, a week-long self-curated community art exhibition and sale at BMoCA. After installation day on Friday, March 25, Open Wall art will be on exhibition in BMoCA’s event space and for sale from March 25 – 27. More information here.
March Flatiron Stomp feat. Jeremy Mohney & His Band
When: Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 7:30 – 11 PM
Join Boulder Swing Dance for thier monthly swing dance party at the Avalon in Sodal Hall! There is a free 30-minute included beginner lesson before the dance to get you up and moving. Beginner lesson: 7:30-8:00 PM, Dance: 8:00-11:00 PM, Price: $10, $5 for students, free for new Level 1 students. Proof of vaccination required per the Avalon’s COVID use policy: https://boulderdance.org/avalon-use-policy-in-the-time…/ The Avalon now requires booster shots. Masks currently required, dependent upon county status found here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/…/boulder-county-status/