Things to do in Boulder this August

by Rachel Daly
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Boulder is closing out summer with the Boulder International Fringe Festival, Folks Fest, Lafayette Peach Festival, live music, art events, and more. For our complete list of things to do in Boulder County, click here. You can always check out our events calendar for today’s events!

The Bee Hugger Farm

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When: Open daily, 8 AM – dusk.  

The Bee Hugger Farm is open daily for summer farm fun! Animal feeding, tractor climbing, farm exploring, picnicking, and more. No entrance fee. Pony rides $10, cash or venmo. Max height 4 feet, max weight 60 lbs. Bring a helmet to save your place in line! For farm updates, check their Facebook page here.

Sponge Bob: The Musical at BDT Stage

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SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! Tickets and more info here.

Boulder County Farmers Market

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When: In Downtown Boulder: Saturdays, April 2 – November 19, 2022 8AM – 2PM & Wednesdays, May 4 – October 5, 2022 4PM – 8PM. At the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont on Saturdays 8AM – 1 PM, April 2 – November 19, 2022.

You can’t have a summer events post without the Boulder County Farmer’s Market! Offering fresh fruit, flowers, veggies and delicious edibles, the Boulder County Farmers’ Market provides a place for locals to sell their products in a friendly, fun environment. One of the many FREE summer events in Boulder and beyond!

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 2022 Summer Concert series is presenting a variety of comedians and musicians. This summer’s lineup includes Keb’ Mo’ with Anthony D’Amato, Kenny G, Cowboy Junkies, Robert Cray and more. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Full schedule here. Ticket prices vary, see prices 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.

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 of 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.

Lafayette Art Night Out

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When: June 10, July 8, August 12 & September 9, 2022

Art Night Out has an unsurpassed line-up of art vendors, live music, street performers, food trucks, and wine and beer. Join your friends and neighbors for a bit of shopping, great entertainment, good grub, craft brews, and neighborhood fun. The music lineup for the summer of 2022 includes Mama Lenny & the Remedy, Quemando, Tier Two Live, and Cass Clayton Band. This always-free public event will be held on the second Friday of the month, May through Sept. 2022, from 5-9  PM  at Festival Plaza on Public Road between Emma and Cannon Streets in Lafayette, Colorado. More information here.

Bands on the Bricks

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When: Wednesdays throughout Summer, June 15 – August 3, 2022

From rock to Reggae 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.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. One of the many FREE summer events in Boulder and beyond!

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 hereAnother FREE event on our big list of things to do in Boulder in June.

Colorado Music Festival

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When: June 30 – August 7, 2022

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 click here. Cost is $25.00 +, tickets available here.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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When: June – August 2022, 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 The Two Gentlemen of Verona, All’s Well that Ends Well, Coriolanus and more. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be held at Mary Rippon Outdoor TheatreUniversity Theatre. Cost: Starts at $19, tickets available here.

Boulder Bike Night (Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride)

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When: Thursday nights at 7:30 PM

Join Boulder Bike Night every week for the traditionally held and ever-evolving Thursday night cruiser ride!  Rides begin at 7:30 PM, check Boulder Bike Night’s IG or the Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride FB for details on where the rides will begin.

Meadow Music with Jeff and Paige

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When: Throughout the Summer, full schedule here.

A Boulder tradition for families in the summer! Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige children’s music and nature education at the beautiful Colorado Chautauqua. Meadow Music 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 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. Meadow Music is held at the Chautauqua Green, Baseline Rd & 9th Street, Boulder, CO 80302. One of the many FREE summer events in Boulder and beyond!

Louisville Downtown Street Faire

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When: Fridays June 17 – August 12, 2022 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 2022 includes North Mississippi Allstars, ArchFourth, Spin Doctors, Gasoline Lollipops 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. One of the many FREE summer events in Boulder and beyond!

Concerts in the Park

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When: Mondays, June 20 – August 1, 2022

Every Monday this summer, Boulder Concert Band will perform a concert in a different Boulder park! Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the music in the park. Presented by the City of Boulder. Full schedule and venues here.

Bandshell Boogie

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When: Friday nights from July – August, 2022

The weekly Friday Bandshell Boogie events are casual, all ages-friendly, and the dance floor is always a rockin’ good time! Each of the evening dances are mixed by popular local DJs who craft transformational journeys with encompassing electronic music from many genres, including ecstatic, disco, funk, soul, club and pop. Whether you stay for 20 minutes or for the whole time, feel free to dance, meet new friends or simply sit back and absorb all the positive energy! 

Twenty Ninth Street Summer of Love Concert Series

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When: Fridays, July 8 – August 26, 2022

Every Friday night throughout the summer, Twenty Ninth Street presents the Summer of Love Concert Series with local legends including Hazel Miller, FACE & Quemando Salsa. For more info, click here.

Longmont Art Walk Summer on the Streets

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When: Saturdays, July 9 – August 27, 2022

Visit Summer on the Streets, now in one easy location! (4th Ave and Kimbark St.) With over 20 artist vendors, 2 food trucks, and live music, we transform Kimbark Street into your weekly destination for art, music, film and fun. Each Saturday will offer different experiences and activities, so make sure to visit each weekend to see what’s new! NEW in 2022 Outdoor Cinema: On July 9, July 23, August 6, and August 20, join us for an extended event at the Longmont Public Media Outdoor Cinema, located in the Library Pavillion! Movies start at dusk and will be family-friendly. I Scream Colorado will be selling Kettle Corn, so grab some popcorn and a soda and enjoy summer outdoor cinema! Movie schedule will be announced soon. Details here.

Boulder County Fair

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When: August 11 – 14, 2022

The Boulder County Fair, located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, is the longest-running county fair in Colorado, established in 1869. The Boulder County Fair offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family with fun-filled events and activities like carnival rides and games, classic fair food, music, demo derby, and rodeos. For updates, click here. The Boulder County Fair is held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Cost: FREE (Parking is also FREE.)

Boulder International Fringe Festival

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When: August 11 – 22, 2022

The Boulder Fringe Festival is an eclectic event that allows audiences to enjoy unique “fringe” artists in a variety of Boulder venues at an affordable price. The first-ever Fringe Festival took place in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 when a group of artists who were not mainstream enough to be accepted into a larger festival decided to form a new festival on the “fringes”. Since the original festival, hundreds more have been held around the world. Boulder’s festival is loosely modeled on the original, offering performing artists of every genre, large and small, an opportunity to be a part of the festival. In order to keep the Boulder Fringe Festival as inclusive as possible, the costs for artists to participate are kept low and there is a lottery system in place for picking the 20 performers that make up the festival. For the full schedule, click here.

Colorado Brazil Fest

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When: August 12 & 13, 2022

Colorado Brazil Fest is the largest festival of its kind in the Colorado, and also one of the largest in the nation, with 1500-2000 participants each year. Colorado Brazil Fest is hosted by Boulder Samba School, the only organization in the state dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of Brazilian music, dance, and culture, with a track record of engaging thousands of local residents in performances and educational music programs since its inception in 2009. Details will be announced here.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

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When: August 12 – 14, 2022

Spend a glorious Colorado summer weekend celebrating songs and stories from around the musical and geographic world along the St. Vrain River at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival at Lyon’s magical Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Numerous camping options nearby include: on-site at the festival grounds, along the St. Vrain at the new River Bend Campground (across the street from the Ranch), or under the cliffs at Meadow Park (an easy five-minute walk to the festival). This family-friendly festival is FREE for kids under 12, with a whole host of activities: Tube the St. Vrain River through Planet Bluegrass. Build sandcastles on the beach. Join the variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day including slacklining, tree climbing, nature studies, a kids music performance, an instrument petting zoo, and much more. 

Lafayette Peach Festival

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When: August 20, 2022

The Lafayette Peach Festival centers around world-famous all-natural Palisade, Colorado peaches. Enjoy peach pies, peach cobbler, and peach smoothies. Food vendors, crafters, antique dealers along with some of the finest artists from the Front Range and Western States will be showcased. Children’s activities, live entertainment and music throughout the day. Over 30,000 pounds of Certified Organic Peaches from Morton’s Orchard’sTate Orchards and Red Fox Run Orchards in Palisade, CO. will be available in 4 locations along Public Rd. One of the many FREE summer events in Boulder and beyond!

Boulder Philharmonic at the Bandshell

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When: August 26 & 27, 2022

The City of Boulder is proud to present the Boulder Philharmonic on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27 2022. Come watch as they perform under the stars at the historic Glen Huntington Bandshell. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks ‘King Como Quesadillas’ and ‘Tibet’s Food Truck’. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the PLAY Boulder Foundation. Guests are welcome to bring outside food into the venue, however, outside alcohol may not be brought into the venue. Special thanks to our sponsors: City of Boulder, PLAY Boulder Foundation, Boulder Library Foundation, Downtown Boulder, Visit Boulder, and Avery Brewing Company. Tickets available here.

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