Things to Do (Responsibly) in Boulder in April 2020

by Rachel Daly

Hey Boulder. It’s been a really hard couple of weeks and I wasn’t planning to do a monthly calendar… BUT I was inspired by so many local organizations shifting gears and finding a way to reach out to the community in a responsible, and frankly generous way. Here are a few of the many online events happening in and around Boulder to keep you engaged, entertained, and active.

If you are looking for fun things to do with the kids from home while in quarantine, check out the list here!

#1 Learn Something New at CU’s Virtual Conference on World Affairs

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When: April 6 – 10, 2020, full schedule here.

The Conference on World Affairs is a festival of ideas held each year on the campus of CU. This year, due to COVID-19 concerns, CU is taking the conference virtual. They will be presenting 5 sessions online, with timely topics like Historical Pandemics, The Economic Impacts of COVID-19, Listen to the Scientists and more. This event is free, and open to the public. Register here.

#2 Boulder’s Story Slam – Virtual Edition

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When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 6 PM

Ready for a laugh-inducing, edge-of-your-seat, heart-opening night of stories? While curled up on the couch in the comfort of your own home?  Check out Boulder’s Story Slam via ZOOM. Hosted by Johanna Walker, speaking coach and lover of all things story With guest musician and co-host, Hal Walker. And stories BY YOU! The theme for the night is VIRAL. Did you spread a rumor about your ex, and face plant in the backlash? Did you send a dime to the person at the top of that chain letter, and have $1000 worth of dimes come back to you? Did your life get turned upside down when the viral madness swept the world? Come tell us about it at Boulder’s Story Slam VIRTUAL or just come listen to a great night of stories. Event is FREE, register here.

#3 Virtual No Man’s Land Film Festival – Boulder, CO

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When: Friday, April 3, 2020 from 5 PM – 10 PM

Sick of isolation? Ready to watch some rad films to kick off your spring even though your trip fell by the wayside? Check out the virtual edition of No Man’s Land Film Festival. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages, fur babies to snuggle and get ready because for the first time ever, we are excited to announce No Man’s Land Film Festival online—that’s right, we’ve gone virtual. The fi partner with Boulder Climbing Community (BCC) with a shared common goal of building community, and we’re hoping that this will keep us all connected and inspired while social distancing from our homes. Join here, suggested donation $9.50+. 

#4 Boulder’s Jeff and Paige on Patreon & YouTube

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My kids and I love our local performers, Jeff and Paige, who put on fun, educational science and nature performances for kids. Did you know that Jeff and Paige are offering daily activities on Patreon? The content is offered on a sliding scale so that everyone has access. Jeff and Paige also have a YouTube Channel with tons of videos so your kids can sing along and dance to all of the duo’s most popular songs right at home. If you’d prefer a non-screen option, you can purchase Jeff and Paige CDs on their website or download digital albums. It’s a great way to support our local artists and keep the kids engaged and having fun. Jeff and Paige are also making plans to do some live stream performances, I’ll update the post with more details as they come in!

#5 Boulder Arts Week Online

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When: Now through April 4, 2020

In response to recommendations from Boulder County Public Health, and as a safety precaution to protect the community from the spread of the coronavirus, Boulder Arts Week has gone virtual for 2020. Check out everything from danging to art classes to films. View online programs here.

#6 Virtual Yoga & Fitness Classes

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Full Throttle Yoga will be streaming live yoga events on April 5 & April 12, more info here. Fit Chick Express will be hosting a free virtual rhythmic cardio class on April 3. Anne Spear Yoga will be hosting prenatal and Mommy & Me virtual yoga classes all month long, more info here. Yoga Junction will be hosting a Yoga for Stress Resilience on Zoom, details here.

#7 Love in the Time of COVID 19: An Apocalypse Cabaret

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When: Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 7 – 8 PM

Opera on Tap Colorado will be performing an apocalypse cabaret to bring you your opera fix virtually! The show is free, donations accepted. More info here.

#8 Love is Quarantine: A Virtual Dating Experiment

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Speaking of love, what happens to dating during a pandemic? You won’t know what your date looks like — you’ll only connect with them over the phone or an audio-only Google Hangout — and your “pod” is your own home. Ready to participate in the dating experiment and see if love really is blind? Find out more at the Love is Quarantine Boulder Facebook page or get started by filling out the participation form here.

#9 Check Out Creative Bug Via Boulder Public Library

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Did you know that your library card gives you access to thousands of hours of creative projects with Creative Bug? Log in using your library card and take classes on anything from painting to crocheting to book binding! Don’t have a library card? No problem. Boulder County residents can sign up for a card online here.

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