Things to Do in Boulder in May 2021

by Rachel Daly

While we are not back to normal yet, so many of our favorite Boulder events are getting creative to bring us some joy in 2021. Miss the BOLDERBoulder? Run the Bolder on the Run 10k! Bummed that Boulder Creek Fest isn’t ringing in the summer? Check out Creekside Summer Sundays Marketplace (and stay tuned for a mid-summer Boulder Creek Fest!). Boulder Theater and BDT Stage are back, with live shows using new covid protocols and precautions. New this summer – check out Arts in the Park! If you feel more comfortable at home, there are still plenty of virtual community events to join. Here are some things to do in Boulder in May 2021.

Boulder Phil’s Discovery Program – Cheers, Tears and Fears: Music and Emotion

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When: April 23 – May 7, 2021, enjoy anytime virtually here.

Boulder Philharmonic’s 2021 Discovery Program is completely virtual this season, expanding the one-day field trip experience in Macky Auditorium into a longer Discovery offering. This year, the program is free and open to all families to participate! In addition to the annual curriculum packet, this year’s program offers supplemental virtual education materials, including a library of interactive recorded performances by Boulder Phil musicians that parents, teachers, and students can access online at any time throughout Discovery month. Plus, they are offering schoolteachers an opportunity to schedule a virtual pop-in presentation for your classroom with a Boulder Phil musician! More information on this free event here.

Gentle Yoga on the Roof with Kerry Maiorca

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When: Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9 AM – 10 AM

Museum of Boulder is hosting Gentle Yoga on the Roof with Kerry Maiorca. This class will consist of warm-up exercises, yoga poses for strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, and relaxation time at the end of class. Rooted in the traditional yoga tenets of unity of body, mind and breath, this class is for those who are stiff and need gentle wake-up cues for the body. Throughout the hour participants will be led to carefully explore, stretch, and strengthen the whole system, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the flatirons. Tickets $18, available here.

Green Buddha & Friends + Gasoline Lollipops – Benefit for Colorado Healing Fund at Boulder Theater

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When: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 8 PM – Midnight

88.5 KGNU presents Green Buddha & Friends + Gasoline Lollipops – Benefit for Colorado Healing Fund at Boulder Theater. Featuring members of The Subdudes, Policulture, Jyemo Club, P Funk & More. With SubBuddha (members of The Subdudes, Green Buddha), Danny Shafer. 21+. 100% of proceeds made from ticket sales will go to the Colorado Healing Fund to support families of the victims of the Table Mesa shooting. All tickets are sold in tables of 4 or 8. Beverages and food from McDevitt Taco Supply are available for purchase at your table. Reserved Seating: $50 Advance / $55 Day of Show. Covid Restrictions apply, details here.

Event of Note with Soprano Angela Brown – Virtual Concert

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When: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 5 – 6:30 PM

Enjoy an evening with soprano Angela Brown, whose “charming personality…unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice.” As a Metropolitan Opera star, a noted interpreter of African American spirituals, and a featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award winning recording, “Ask Your Mama,” Ms. Brown joins the Philharmonic and guests for a delightful evening of performance and conversation. Make It A Party! Boulder Phil’s catering sponsor, Three Leaf Concepts, can deliver hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail mixer to your home in time for the event. Delivery to Boulder, Louisville, and Lafayette residents only. Others may pick up at Zucca, 808 Main Street, in Louisville. Support your Phil and experience music in an intimate virtual setting through this unique series of fundraising events. Each Event of Note features a short recital by one of our exhilarating guest artists and an interactive discussion moderated by Michael Butterman. You may choose to add a delightful assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail mixer delivered to your home. Tickets $30, Delivered Hors d’Oeuvres $20, available here.

BDT Stage Presents Forever Plaid

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When: May 6 – June 27, 2021, full schedule here.

Get your toes a-tappin’ and your hips a-shakin’ for a night of great nostalgic pop hits from the 1950s at BDT Stage’s Forever Plaid. The concert that never was features Sixteen Tons, Chain Gang, Three Coins in the Fountain, Perfidia, Cry, Catch a Falling Star, Day-O, Gotta Be This or That, Matilda, Heart and Soul – and more! Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols – The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo’s and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge’s family’s plumbing supply company, they became “Forever Plaid.” On the way to their first big gig, the “Plaids” are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins….Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter to keep you rolling in the aisles when not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s. We are so excited to be adding this to our things to do in Boulder post! COVID restrictions & precautions apply, learn more here. Tickets $65+, available here.

Creative Nations Conversations with Tanaya Winder

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When: Thursday, May 6 2021 at 7 PM

Free Virtual Event on Zoom – Join Dairy Arts Center’s Executive Director Melissa Fathman for the third in a series of Zoom conversations. Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). She is the Director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Upward Bound program; during her 10 years there she has served hundreds of Indigenous youth. She also co-founded Sing Our Rivers Red’s MMIW earring exhibit. Tanaya believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Her specialties include: youth & women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy. This event is free, register here.

NoBo First Friday Art Walk

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When: Friday, May 7, 2021 from 6 PM – 9 PM

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

Edwina the Great and Her Flea Circus

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When: Saturday, May 8 at 11 AM & 2 PM

Edwina the Great and Her Flea Circus is returning to Chautauqua. This remarkably fun and delightful show revives the fine art of the flea circus. Edwina has traveled the world over to find the most talented fleas—miniature minions of delight to woo you with feats sublime and…dangerous. With a fine-toothed comb she has searched high and low: the bellies of Russian wolfhounds, the snouts of Pugs and the noodles of Shi Tzus. This show is brought to you by Public Works Theatre Company, makers of “Flight of Fancy,” “Xperiment” and “Wanda & the Wave.” Performed by Sondra Blanchard and directed by Claire Patton, this 45-minute show is an all-ages show but is recommended for ages five and older. Due to the tiny nature of the show, tickets are limited to 40 persons per show. Tickets $12, available here.

Boulder County Farmers Markets

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When: In Boulder on 13th, every Saturday from 8 AM – 2 PM & every Wednesday from 4 PM – 8 PM; In Longmont every Saturday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds from 8 AM – 1 PM.

Boulder County Farmers Markets are running a little differently, but they are still a great place to source local foods. Read through BCFM’s safety precautions to help you plan your market experience during these times, or to make a shopping reservation. You can find that information here.

Memorial Crane Project at Museum of Boulder

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When: Now through September 17, 2021

Karla Funderbunk has installed over 10,000 paper cranes, each one representing a soul lost, at the Museum of Boulder. The Memorial Crane Project is an exhibit created to honor the victims of the Coronavirus. Along with the cranes, QR codes will line the walls of the gallery with audio stories from all over the world: voices sharing their stories. Anyone who visits the Museum is welcome to add to the collection, and through September 2021, the museum is making a call to Boulder to make more paper cranes that can be dropped off at the Museum. Karla will then move them forward to feed into another location’s installation and representation. For more info, click here. Tickets to the museum are $10.

CU Boulder’s Ed Talks

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When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7 PM

CU Boulder’s is hosting Ed Talks, a series of short, engaging talks led by education professors exploring educational futurism. Inspired by TED Talks, CU Boulder’s Ed Talks address some of today’s most pressing issues in education — including reimagining and reinvigorating a dated educational system that was created in the industrial age and is stuck in structures and cultural practices of the 18th and 19th centuries. Instead, pedagogies of futurism reflect tremendous technological and societal change and suggest that educators take a more active stance in reimagining the future of education. Instead of adapting to the future, we invite children, youth, families and teachers to imagine the future they desire and to think through what we need to know, understand, and do to create this beautiful and just future. Speakers include School of Education faculty Kalonji Nzinga, José Ramón Lizárraga, Stephanie Toliver and Joe Polman. Free and open to the public, register here.

BMoCA’s Virtual SPARK! Program

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When: Friday, May 14, 2021 from 2 PM – 3 PM

Join the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for a virtual tour, discussion, and art activity on Zoom about the exhibition “Frank Sampson: Art of Magical and Mysterious Fantasy”. SPARK! is a series of programs specifically designed to make BMoCA’s art exhibitions accessible for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. Presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Register for this free event here.

Dairy Drive-In: Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

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When: May 14 & 15, 2021

Best of SSF Brazil Sans Souci is coming back to the Dairy Drive-In for Spring and Summer 2021! These two programs are quite different from one another, so be sure to check out the lineup before grabbing tickets. All these films are making their in-person debut with SSF, as we’ve only screened them online before.
Best of Sans Souci Brazil features a selection of staff favorites from our last season’s flagship event, Sans Souci: Brazilian Edition 2020. This 65-minute program features a dozen films that were both crowd-pleasers and staff favorites. $25/car, tickets available here.

Yoga Flow on the Roof with Monica Nabholz

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When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 9 AM – 10 AM

Museum of Boulder is hosting Yoga Flow on the Roof with Monica Nabholz, a vinyasa style class that flows faster than a yoga class. You can still modify and work at your own pace. Focus on strength building, balance and breath per movement, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the flatirons. Tickets $18, available here.

Jeff & Paige LIVE Grand Re-Opening Event

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When: Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10 AM

Jeff & Paige come Ooh Ah Ah’ing their way out of live event hibernation for their first in-person, open-to-all concert since last year! Join them for an in-person kids’ concert amidst the beautiful setting of Loreland Farm in East Boulder, halfway between 75th and 95th on Valmont. Fun for the kids, a breather for adults, and a way to come together from a safe distance as a community. This outdoor, socially-distanced event will get the kids up and moving to the nature-inspired music that you love. 45 spaces will be marked on a massive field with stunning mountain views! It is a VAST space though the stage will be visible no matter where you land. Tickets $60 for 5 people, the concert will be held at 3641 Duncan Lane, Boulder CO 80301.

Creekside Summer Sundays Market

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When: Sundays throughout Summer 2021

Since Boulder Creek Festival had to move from it’s original May date, we’re holding a mini Boulder Creek Fest for several weeks leading up to the big event! Let’s kickoff summer with the Creekside Summer Sundays Market! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our Boulder community and continue this longstanding festival tradition with all kinds of fun in the sun. Now I’m looking forward to all the outdoor summer fun in Boulder!

Yoga in the Park – Longmont

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When: Every Monday, May 17 – September 6, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Elevated Yoga Studio is hosting Yoga in the Park every Monday through the spring and summer months! Join Elevated Yoga at Thompson Park for a beginner-friendly, easy going community class. Cost is free or pay what you want. If weather is not ideal, class may be cancelled.

Spring Benefit Dance Concert

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When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 4 – 5 PM and Sunday, May 23 from 3 – 4 PM

Join Mountain Contemporary Dance Arts for its annual Spring Benefit Dance Concert featuring dancers 3 yrs-adult in eclectic and uplifting performances inspired by quotes. All-ages event with tickets proceeds to benefit Community Food Share. Tickets $10. The event will be held at the Boulder Bandshell.

Backporch Series: Ami Dayan in A Tale of a Tiger

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When: Sunday May 23, 2021 at 5 PM

A Tale of a Tiger, presented outdoors at Dairy Arts Center, is an award-winning Israeli-American adaptation of an Italian Nobel Prize Laureate play, based on an ancient Chinese theatre folk tale, with roots in an Indian myth. A seriously hilarious tale of a soldier who is shot in the Himalayas and left to die. The soldier is saved by a tigress who feeds him of her milk and heals his wounds with her saliva. His life regained, the soldier re-determines the personal and moral standards by which he is to live. An international hit since 1994, A Tale of a Tiger has played all over the world, including Israel, Colorado, Seattle, Washington DC, The Edinburgh Festival, and recently Off-Broadway NYC at 59E59 Theaters, continually generating outstanding press and audience response. Outdoor event, bring your own chair. Tickets $25+, available here.

An Evening with Bowregard at Boulder Theater

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When: Friday, May 28, 2021 from 8 PM- Midnight

88.5 KGNU presents An Evening with Bowregard at Boulder Theater. All tickets are sold in tables of 4 or 8. Beverages and food from McDevitt Taco Supply are available for purchase at your table. Reserved Seating: $30 Advanced / $35 Day of Show. Covid restrictions and precautions apply, details here.

Street Wise Arts JAM in the Park

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When: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 3 – 7 PM

Street Wise Arts has teamed up with the City of Boulder and it’s Arts in the Park program to host, Street Wise Arts JAM, an open-air fundraiser at The Central Park Glenn Huntington Bandshell in downtown Boulder. The event will feature live performances by Selasee and The Fafa family, a virtual art auction, craft goodies, DJ sets by Musa Starseed, and special giveaways. The family-friendly event is a welcome way to celebrate warmer Spring weather and give back to Street Wise Boulder, the only mural festival of its kind in Colorado. Proceeds from ticket sales ranging from $10-$50 and the accompanying virtual art auction will be used to fund artist stipends and produce the annual festival. For tickets and information, visit


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When: Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, May 29 – 31, 2021

Missing the BOLDERBoulder? Join the BOLDER on the RUN 10K! Safety restrictions and our timeline prevent the traditional BOLDERBoulder from happening this year. So, they are mixing it up! All Memorial Day weekend at multiple locations, or participate virtually anywhere in the world. Do your 10K when and where it works best for you. Five locations throughout the front range. Every course will be marked, measured and timed. Open 6:30am to 8:30pm, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Register as soon as you can to reserve the day, time and place you want. Each location has limited capacity. $49 for the in person or the virtual event.

Dairy Back Porch Series presents Ley Line

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When: Sunday, May 30, 2021 from 5 – 7 PM

Four voices coalesce. Rooted in rhythm. The women of Ley Line transcend language and genres to create a sound that seems to emerge from deep within the earth. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand-up bass, guitar, ukulele, and percussion. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending rhythms and influences from Brazil, Latin America, and West Africa. Ley Line’s multilingual performances unite audiences around the world. Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin, Texas in 2015, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision. Through intimate live performances and multilingual lyrics, Ley Line’s music inspires connection across the peaks and valleys of the human experience. Outdoor event, bring your own chair. Tickets $25, available here.

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