It’s easy to love autumn in Boulder — beautiful fall colors, cooling temperatures and harvest season. September in Boulder is full of fall markets, diverse festivals, outdoor activities, live music, swing dancing and so much more. Here are 30+ events happening this September in the Boulder area.
Boulder Creek Hometown Festival
When: September 1 – 3, 2018 – Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 9PM, Monday 10AM – 5PM
Just as the Boulder Creek Festival® kicks off the summer in Boulder County, the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival is the perfect bookend to close out the summer event season. This event features arts & crafts exhibitors in Central Park, live performances at the Bandshell, the Hometown Fest 5K, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival, a food court & beer garden, and much more! Don’t miss out on the festivities of this community event on Labor Day weekend.
The Boulder Creek Festival is held at Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south) Click here for a detailed map. This event is FREE.
Louisville Labor Day Parade & Fall Festival
When: September 1 – 3, 2018, Full schedule here.
Labor Day in Louisville is the biggest community celebration of the year, the Labor Day Parade and Fall Festival. Don’t miss the chance to come together with friends and neighbors to experience a weekend celebrating the community spirit of Louisville. The highlight of the weekend for many is the Labor Day Parade which takes over the streets of Downtown Louisville on Labor Day morning. Be sure to try out some of the other fun activities including the Bocce Ball Tournament, Children’s Pet Parade, Homemade Pie Contest and more! For more info including parade registration forms available at: www.louisvilleco.gov/
Pints in the Park
When: Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 12PM – 4PM
Louisville’s Original Brewfest, Pints in the Park will be held at Community Park in Louisville! The brewfest will feature many local breweries giving out sample tastes of their delicious beer. Food will also be available for purchase from a handful of local restaurants. Tickets are limited and the price goes up the day of the event so make sure to get yours today! This is strictly a 21 & Over Event, no infants or children. Dogs are not allowed, please keep them at home.
Pints in the Park will be held at Louisville Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr, Louisville, Colorado 80027. $25 gets you unlimited sample tastes of the beer and a Souvenir Glass, $30 at the door. Designated Drivers are fre. Tickets available here.
Sunday Swing Dancing at the Tea House Plaza
When: Sundays throughout September, 6PM – 9PM
Tea House Plaza Dances is hosting Sunday Swing Dancing every Sunday night at the plaza outside of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. FREE swing dancing lesson!
The Sunday Swing Dancing events are held at the plaza outside of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302.
Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival
When: September 6 – 9, 2018, full schedule here.
Celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage by participating in the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado! The festival features athletic games and pipe bands, as well as jousting and dance competitions. In addition, various Celtic rock, folk, and traditional musicians will be performing. 80 participating Scottish and Irish clans will be participating in the games this year. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork all combine in this awesome display of music and might. Kids will love the games, the parade, the dog show and the amazing food.
The Scottish Irish Highland Festival is held at the Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Ticket Prices: $25/Adults 16+, $10 Kids 11 – 16, $5 Kids 5 – 10, Kids 4 & Under are FREE. $145 for Weekend passes.
Creekside Movie in the Park: The Goonies
When: Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5:30PM – 10PM
Take a step back to the 80’s and don your favorite gear (costumes encouraged) to watch the 1985 classic film The Goonies. The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation is hosting this FREE movie under the stars, exciting live music, food vendors and local craft beer. Come early and enjoy favorite local band, The Goonies, pumping your favorite 80’s hits, food trucks and a beer garden. Produced by Boulder Parks and Recreation, presented by Blue Federal Credit Union. Sponsored by Boulder Beer Co. and the PLAY Boulder Foundation.
The Creekside Movie in the Park will be held at Boulder’s Civic Area, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302.
NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk
When: Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6PM -9PM
NoBo Art District’s 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. Attendees will also enjoy live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36. Follow the polka dots and pink flags to find surprises around every corner. Guided walking tours led by a NoBo Art District member. will visit 4-5 NoBo artists in their studios at 6:30 pm at 4635 Broadway, ACE Community Art Gallery. Visit the NoBo Information Tent in front of Ace Community Art Gallery, 4635 Broadway for a map of the studios open for First Friday and for answers to any questions.
Boulder Valley Wine Festival
When: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 11AM – 5PM
The inaugural Boulder Valley Wine Festival in Louisville, Colorado will feature Colorado produced wine, cider and mead, as well as, retail vendors and live entertainment. Admission includes a wine glass, wine tote and unlimited tastings.
The Boulder Valley Wine Festival is taking place at Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr, Louisville, CO 80027. $30 General Admission. 21+ Event.
La Fiesta “Underwater” World Party 2018
When: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6:30PM – Midnight
Come celebrate Colorado’s multicultural community at the La Fiesta “Underwater” World Party! The fundraiser for Intercambio raises $40,000+ to subsidize the cost of English classes for over 1,200 immigrant adults throughout Boulder County. Six live bands will inspire the dance floor with rhythms ranging from R&B music with the Soul School and tropical rhythms and salsa with Basilon Lagunero & Quemando, to African and Brazilian drumming and dancing with Mokomba, Bateria Alegria and Ginga. This family event will also feature a kid’s zone provided by the YMCA in Longmont, and a costume contest for children. Attendees are encouraged to come in an underwater-themed costume or their favorite party outfit. Food trucks and adult beverages available for purchase.
This event will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Tickets $25/Adults and $5/Kids 12 & Under in Advance, available here. $35/Adults., $5/Kids 12 & Under the day of.
Superior Chili Fest & Boulder Valley Beer Fest
When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 2PM – 6:30PM
The 2018 Chili Fest is back for its 18th year, this year’s Chili Fest features great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area (Zip Line, Quad Trampoline, Jumpy Castles) and more! Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Get there early as the samples always go fast. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase – BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup! The event will also feature a “People’s Choice” competition between eight of the best local restaurants! The Boulder Valley Rotary Club is partnering with Chili Fest to bring you the 4th annual Boulder Valley Beer Fest. The beer fest features unlimited beer samplings from over 20 local breweries and souvenir mug. To purchase beer fest tickets, click here.
The Superior Chili Fest is held at Community Park, Community Park Dr, Superior, CO 80027, United States.
Boulder Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, April 7-November 17, 2017 8AM – 2PM & Wednesdays, May 2-October 3, 2017 4PM – 8PM
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.
Lafayette Brew Fest
When: When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 2PM – 7PM
Explore craft/micro beers one pour at a time! The Lafayette Brew Fest features 25 Breweries/Cideries all within 75 miles of Lafayette. Local Food includes – UTurn BBQ, Sammy’s Fried Cheese, Suburban Weiner, Butcher and the Blonde and Low County. Enjoy music by Blind Alley Troubadours. 21 & Over to drink (Must show ID at the door) There are no age limits for entrance, but there are limited things for those under 21 to do at this event. Use your discretion in bringing kids. Be kind to your pets and leave them at home. Only service dogs allowed in the barricaded area.
The Lafayette Brew Fest is held at Festival Plaza in Old Town Lafayette, 311 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026. Entrance is FREE. $2/4 oz pour.
Boulder Pridefest 2018
When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 11:30AM – 6:30PM
Pridefest is Boulder County’s largest LGBTQ event of the year, featuring vendor booths, music, a youth and family area, a health and wellness area, musical guests, food trucks, entertainment and more. Come early and stay late! Meet new friends and connect with ones you haven’t seen all year. Live music lineup includes: Cat Jerky, Mile High KINGdom, Samba Colorado, The Ricardo Pena Band, Marcie Smith, CHEER Colorado, The New Family Recipe and Hey, Lady! For all the details and full schedule, click here. The Big Gay 5K will be held on Sunday, September 9. Register for the race here.
Boulder Pridefest will be held at Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302. The event is FREE.
Crafts and Trades of Olden Days
When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10AM – 3PM
At this special event at the Agricultural Heritage Center, attendees will learn about old fashioned jobs and the traditional arts and crafts that went into making what was needed for life down on the farm. Sweaters, candles, even door hinges were made by hand, using skills not widely practiced today. Crafts and Trades of Olden Days offers several games and demonstrations including blacksmithing, candle-dipping and working with a drop spindle. Other activities include soap making, Victorian hair art and storytelling. Several “make and take” activities are offered as well. This free event is fun for all ages. Please note that no pets are allowed on the farm.
The event will be held at Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont.
Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
When: September 14 – 16, 2018, for the full schedule click here.
Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music with the added excitement of children’s activities. Firefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages.
Fall Fest is held on the Pearl Street Mall. The event is FREE.
Thin Air Throwdown 2018
When: September 14 – 16, 2018, schedule here.
Join Denver Roller Derby and Boulder County Bombers at the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall for a weekend of jam packed roller derby action at the Thin Air Throwdown 2018. Teams include: Denver Roller Derby Mile High Club, Rose City Rollers, Wheels of Justice, VRDL All Stars, Boulder County Bombers Bombshells, Denver Roller Derby Standbys, 10th Mountain, FoCo Roller Derby, OKVD Tornado Alley, Durango Roller Derby. There will be 12 games total on 1 track.
The Thin Air Throwdown will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Tickets $20/Adults for Friday, $25/Adults Saturday and Sunday. Weekend passes $60, all tickets available here. 12 and under FREE.
Colorado Kind Festival at Planet Bluegrass
When: September 14 – 15, 2018, for the full schedule click here.
Planet Bluegrass is helping Mountain Sun celebrate it’s 25th anniversary with The Colorado Kind Festival – a camping and music festival on the banks of the St. Vrain. Music line-up includes Colorado favorites – The Motet, The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and The Drunken Hearts. Kids under 12 are FREE.
Planet Bluegrass is located at 500 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540. Tickets: $110 for a 2-Day Pass, available here. Kids under 12 are FREE.
2018 Broomfield Days
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 7AM – 5PM
Broomfield’s biggest community event, Broomfield Days, is back with a parade, live music, food, local vendors and more! Activities and entertainment throughout the day including a 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, three stages of entertainment, demonstrations, and great community spirit.
Broomfield Days is held at Midway Park, W Midway Blvd & Kohl St, Broomfield, CO 80020. This event is FREE.
8th Annual Niwot Jazz on 2nd Ave Funk & Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, September 15 from 1PM – 10PM & Sunday, September 16 from 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Niwot is hosting its 8th annual Jazz on 2nd Avenue Funk & Jazz Festival, featuring live music from Liquid Soul, Special EFX, Chieli Minucci, Jennifer Hartswick, Nick Cassarino Duo, Annie Booth Trio and the Niwot High School Jazz Band. On Sunday, the festival will be hosting a Gospel Brunch with Ty Morris of Hearts of Worship. All the details here.
The festival is held at Niwot Rd & 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $25/Adults for Jazz on 2nd Ave, $25/Adults for the Gospel Brunch, $40/Adults for a Weekend Pass. Tickets available here. Kids 12 and under are FREE.
16th Annual Erie Biscuit Day
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8AM – 12PM
At the 16th Annual Erie Biscuit Day, enjoy some Biscuits and Gravy, Homemade Stew, Live music, cake walk, raffle drawing, craft booths, historic photos and more! Festivities will be held in Historic Downtown Erie, all proceeds benefit Erie Historical Society.
This event is held in Downtown Erie on Briggs Street. The event is FREE.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Boulder Dinner Theater
When: September 15 – November 3, 2018
The Boulder Dinner Theater is presenting the comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change this fall! A celebration of the mating game, this show takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship.’ Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’
Boulder Dinner Theater is located at 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. Tickets $56+, available here.
Mapleton Hill Porchfest 2018
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 12:30PM – 4:15PM
The 7th Annual Mapleton Hill PorchFest is a musical walkabout that is the envy of all the other neighborhoods. Like last year’s event which drew about 800 people, the event will include 20 different bands of many styles, playing their hearts out on local porches. Do you like bluegrass? Jazz? Classical? Blues? Folk? Of course you do, so plan on attending to hear some of our best local bands. Stroll the beautiful historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood, enjoy the entertainment, meet up with old friends and make new friends.
This event is held at the Historic Mapleton Hill Neighborhood. This event FREE.
TEDxBoulder 2018: Rise & Fall
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 4PM – 8PM
Check out the 10th TEDxBoulder mainstage event featuring two 90 minute sessions of all live TED style talks from local speakers and musicians. Expect an inspiring, heartfelt and a damn fun community event. Doors open a 3pm. There will be one intermission as well as a a light picnic dinner.
TEDxBoulder will be held at Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets $35+, available here.
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder 2017
When: September 21 – 23, 2018, full schedule here.
A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder promises to be an event unlike any other. Free and accessible to everyone, rich with words and ideas, the Festival examines the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe. In an uplifting celebration of the mind and heart, authors from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe will take part in provocative conversations about life and society, economics and the arts, equity, freedom, and the care of our planet. In these critical times, the penetrating, intercultural dialogue exchanged speaks deeply to individuals and gives rise to the joy of community.
The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is held at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302. The event is FREE, register here.
Estes Park Autumn Gold Festival
When: September 22 – 23, 2018, Saturday 11AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 11:30AM – 5PM
Autumn Gold Festival is Estes Park’s fall celebration – a Festival of Bands, Brats & Beer. Entrance is free to dance, listen to music and enjoy the festival. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary will be offering mustard-smothered bratwursts, cold brews, soft drinks and more as talented local musicians and award-winning Colorado bands play. Browse the vendor booths who will be offering corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and desserts. Free family activities include face painting, corn bag toss, a bounce house and a classic car show. Fall all the details, click here.
The Autumn Gold Festival is held at Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.
CU Museum of Natural History TREESpace Exhibit Grand Opening
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11AM – 1PM
At the CU Museum of Natural History’s TREESpace Exhibit’s grand opening celebration, Jeff and Paige will be performing a tree & plant-themed concert! Stick around after the show to explore the TREESpace a brand new hands-on science and art exhibit for all ages. Show will be held indoors in the magical Paleo Hall.
This event is held at the CU Museum of Natural History’s Paleo Hall. The event is FREE.
Doggie Dash 2018
When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10AM – 1PM
The Doggie Dash 2018 is a 2-mile stroll and fun run at the Boulder Reservoir to benefit the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. The event includes a Community Expo — featuring scrumptious brunch options available for purchase at local food trucks, Wheel and the Whisk and Los Dos Bros, a free beer garden, music, the Purina Doggie Treat Bar, and dozens of local vendor booths. In addition to all the fun at the event you’ll receive a Goodie Bag filled with giveaways, access to all of our exciting our fundraising prizes, and all canine attendees receive a dog “medal” to commemorate the life-saving morning! For all the details and to register, click here.
Boulder Reservoir is located here. Registration: $25/Adult, $15/Youth (under 12). Proceeds benefit the Boulder Valley Humane Society.
CU Bernstein at 100: CU Symphony Orchestra
When: Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 7:30PM – 9PM
The University Symphony Orchestra and maestro Gary Lewis celebrate Leonard Bernstein with the composer’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, narrating CU presents CU Bernstein 100. The symphony will also be joined by guest artist and former New York Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. Repertoire includes Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and Suite from “On the Waterfront,” along with the Barber Violin Concerto. Bernstein at 100 is the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. Join the CU Boulder College of Music as our ensembles, students, faculty and guests embark on a journey through Bernstein’s lifework this semester. Can’t make it? Watch the live broadcast at CU’s website: https://goo.gl/SSGdwK
This event will be held at Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. This event is FREE and open to the public.
When: September 28 – 30, 2018, full schedule here.
Louisville is once again hosting its fun and family-friendly Oktoberfest! Featuring live music, food, games, a kids area, dancing and more. Also, check out the Pretzel Run on Sunday, September 30 at 9AM: a 5K, 10K and kids mile complete with t-shirt and pretzel medal (register here).
Louisville Oktoberfest is located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027. $5 entry fee per day for 18+.
Enchanted Forest at Wild Bear Nature Center
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11AM – 6PM
Wild Bear Nature Center will be hosting its 18th annual Enchanted Forest! Join us as we connect with the magic of the Fall season and the greater community! Take a tour of the forest and meet the animals who will tell their stories and how we can help them! Expect a full goody bag of special treasures from the forest animals! Enjoy loads of activities in Downtown Nederland, including professional face painting, creating your own costumes, live musical and theatrical performances, forest tours, and fairy magic. Dance with the bears! Enjoy yummy foods, hot drinks, and a community driven bake sale. People of all ages welcome and costumes are encouraged! Please note: Tours last 1 hour, and the last tour will be leaving at 5 pm. There are still lots of activities going on in the forest for latecomers to enjoy.
The Enchanted Forest will be held at the Mud Lake location of Wild Bear Nature Center, 2034 Co Rd 126, Nederland, CO 8046620 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466. $8/person in advance, $10.person the day of. Seniors and children under 2 years are free.
Village at the Peaks Outlaw Bingo
When: Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6PM – 9PM
Not your grandma’s bingo, Outlaw Bingo combines bingo, music, great prizes, food, fun and entertainment with special theme nights and DJ Rockstar Aaron. Slumber party theme: come dressed for a slumber party for a chance to win a cash prize in our costume contest. It is FREE to play, all ages are welcome!
This event is held at Village at the Peaks, 1250 South Hover Road, Longmont, CO 80501. This event is FREE.
Estes Park Elk Fest
When: September 29 – 30, 2018, 10AM – 4PM
To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine. Mountain men from around the country will gather at the Mountain Man Rendezvous to sell their wares and demonstrate their skills. Enjoy the Educational Seminar Tent to learn more about Elk and wildlife in Estes Park from a variety of professionals including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Mile High Note Game Calls. Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage.
Elk Fest is held at Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO. The event is FREE.
YWCA Dash and Bash
When: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 8AM – 2PM
The YWCA Dash & Bash is a celebration of YWCA’s powerful mission to empower women and eliminate racism. This fundraising event includes a 10K, 5K and Kids’ Dash for participants to take on as a competition or a fun run or walk. It brings together our community by encouraging teams of co-workers, family members, friends, corporations and civic groups to make a statement and fuel the important work of YWCA Boulder County. The YWCA Dash & Bash is more than a fun run, it is a unique gathering place for the community to rally together around society’s most pressing issues. For all the details, click here.
The YWCA Dash & Bash is held at Boulder Reservoir here. To register, click here.