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Boulder Philharmonic 2022-23 Season

Jan-May, 2023

January through May, Boulder’s professional symphony orchestra performs a season of classical delights at Macky Auditorium, schools and other venues. Classical music lovers can look forward to “An Afternoon With Bruckner,” on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. Here, Boulder Phil concertmaster Charles Wetherbee leads Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, considered one of the greatest symphonies ever written. 


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Stout Month

All February 

For more than 20 years, the Mountain Sun pubs and breweries have hosted Stout Month to ferry us through the darkest days of winter. The pandemic stole that joy (and so much more) from us in 2021—and so far in 2022. Here’s hoping for pints of Girl Scout Stout and Megatron Imperial in February 2023. 


Boulder International Film Festival

March 2-5, 2023

Helmed by sisters Robin and Kathy Beeck, the Boulder International Film Festival is a spunky gathering that attracts some 25,000 movie lovers each year with films, filmmakers and actors from around the world. This four-day celebration of the art of cinema includes crowd-favorite events like CineCHEF and the Adventure Film Pavilion, plus nightly parties, live music, lots of good movies and, of course, celebrities (like Shirley MacLaine, Alan Arkin, Bruce Dern, Oliver Stone, William H. Macy, Peter Fonda…).

Boulder Arts Week

March TBA-April TBA, 2023

Boulder ranks in the top 2% in the country for concentration of artists and arts and culture organizations and businesses. Boulder Arts Week celebrates all the city’s rich art community has to offer through art walks, exhibitions, performances, music, theater, public art, lectures, film screenings and workshops at venues throughout the city.


Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado

TBD, 2023

More than 100 experts on a variety of topics descend on Boulder for this four-day event featuring hundreds of panels, discussions, plenaries, concerts and events—all free and open to the public. 

Local Lab New Play Festival

TBD, 2023

Local Theater Company specializes in producing original works, often with a focus on plays developed in the Western U.S. The company will mount four plays this spring for its annual Local Lab New Play Festival, chosen from a record-breaking 140 submissions. This three-day theater festival of new works includes fully-staged concert readings, workshops and the opportunity for playwrights and attendees to converse.

Molly Tuttle plays at the Bluebird Music Festival at Makey Auditorium at CU Boulder.

Bluebird Music Festival

April 29 & 30, 2023

For the past four years, the Bluebird Music Festival has brought acts such as Margo Price, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Waxahatchee, and many more to Macky for three days of concerts in the heart of the CU Boulder campus.


Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

TBD, 2023

Here in Boulder, we celebrate the awakening of the tulips, where little ones dress up like fairies and elves and descend on Pearl Street to rejoice at some 15,000 tulips opening up to the spring sun. There’s live music, foam sword dueling, arts and crafts, and scavenger hunts. Oh, and a fairy parade. D’uh. 

Colorado MahlerFest

May 17-21, 2023

In the early 1970s, Robert Olson returned to CU Boulder’s College of Music from a study abroad program in Austria where he fell in love with the music of Gustav Mahler. He founded MahlerFest in 1988. Today the festival features chamber concerts, group dinners, open rehearsals, and even sometimes films, ballets, and art exhibitions related to Mahler’s music

Boulder Creek Festival

TBD, 2023

The “official” kickoff of summer in Boulder, these three days of festivities on the banks of Boulder Creek feature makers, artists and small businesses, family activities, music, food and entertainment. Good, clean family fun. 

BolderBoulder 10K Road Race

TBD, 2023

The BolderBoulder 10K is one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10Ks in the world, with runners, joggers, walkers and spectators of all ages—many in costume—and a firework-splashed bash at the finish line in Folsom Field stadium. It’s a Memorial Day weekend classic. 


Colorado Shakespeare Festival

TBD, 2023

For more than 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare with both classic interpretations and reimaginings of the Bard’s works. Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on the CU Campus. 

Boulder County Pride 

Boulder Pridefest: June 11, 2023 

Longmont Pridefest: June 30, 2023

Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can take part in or a more 21-plus experience, there’s something for everyone at Boulder County Pride Week. Sign up for teen art classes, adult networking events, music, trivia, dancing and more through Out Boulder County.

Boulder Jewish Festival

June 4, 2023 

For 25 years, this one-day festival has highlighted Judaica through live entertainment, fine art and food, community organizations and activities for all ages. In 2023, the festival will be held in the Boulder County Courthouse Lawn and 1200-1400 blocks of the Pearl Street Mall.July

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival

TBA, 2023, Dairy Arts Center

A stimulating four days featuring narrative, documentary features and short films from around the globe, with post-screening Q&As with guests from the film, scientists and outdoor sports enthusiasts. 

Shutterstock The Hanuman Festival will return July 13-16, 2023.

Hanuman Festival 

July 13-16, 2023

Hanuman Festival offers an intimate, retreat-style yoga gathering with a limited number of passes. The festival takes place on Boulder County’s Yellow Barn Farm (9417 N. Foothills Highway, Longmont) with locally sourced farm-to-table dinner on Saturday included for all three-day passholders. 

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival

TBA, 2023

Beginners through advanced aerial dancers can learn and grow in their practice through two weeks of classes, lectures/demonstrations, informal discussions and performances. 


Boulder Taco Fest

TBD, 2023

It’s Taco Tuesday on steroids… and also on a Saturday. A selection of the tastiest tacos from Boulder County vendors, a curated list of craft breweries, tequila tasting, high-flying Luchadores, awesome live bands, and lots of free fun for kids—right on Boulder Creek. This bad boy tends to sell out quick.

Colorado Brazil Fest

TBD, 2023

Hosted by Boulder Samba School, the Colorado Brazil Fest (CBF) is the largest festival of its kind in Colorado, and also one of the largest in the nation, with 1,500-2,000 participants each year, offering two rhythmic days of Brazilian music, dancing and more at Boulder’s Bandshell.

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

August 19-21, 2022

Featuring arts and crafts exhibitors, live performances at the Bandshell, craft beer garden and a food court, The Great Zucchini Race, the LETR StarLite Classic Car and Motorcycle Show.

There are three murals behind Boulder Theater, one of which is by Gregg Deal.


Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival

September 29-October 2, 2022

Large-scale murals by dozens of artists are created all over town in the span of just a few days in Boulder. See page 20 for a walking tour of a mere handful of Street Wise-produced murals. 

Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest

September 16-18, 2022

This three-day autumn festival features live music, great food, local microbrews, wine and margaritas, with the added excitement of children’s activities and featuring Firefly Handmade Markets.

Jaipur Literature Festival Colorado

September 16-18, 2022

Fellow millennials, this is the adult version of the Scholastic Book Fair. Boulder’s Jaipur Literature Festival welcomes the public for a series of author talks and events for the camaraderie, the caravan of ideas, and the magical flow of conversations.

Festival del Sol

September 18, 2022

Enjoy live music, food trucks, outdoor beer/wine garden, traditional dance, games, children’s activities, photo booth, and local art vendors at the Chautauqua Auditorium and surrounding gardens.

Mapleton Hill Porchfest

September 18, 2022

No better way to get to know your neighbors than a good ol’ block party. Hosted in the historic Mapleton neighborhood of Boulder, dozens of local musicians play and sing on quaint porches at this free event.

Studio Arts Chili Bowl

September 18, 2022

Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder’s annual fundraiser. Chefs from local restaurants compete in a chili competition. Guests can taste chili with the purchase of a bowl, plus shop for beautiful handmade pottery.


Indigenous Peoples Day

October 10, 2022

For the last seven years, the City of Boulder and community organizations have worked together to host annual events and festivities to promote knowledge about Indigenous Peoples and honor the city’s Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution.

Boulder Bach Festival


A concentrated series of Bach-focused concerts, symposia and educational events each spring and a number of outreach concerts and other community events throughout the year. 

Flatirons Food Film Festival

October 21-22

Local food, food insecurity, chefs and restaurants, international cuisine, the environment, organic and regenerative agriculture, food justice—these are the topics the Flatirons Food Film Festival brings to the table. Take in this extended weekend extravaganza of food-related films, expert speakers and fun culinary events.

Munchkin Masquerade

October 31, 2022

Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts and goblins, dinosaurs and dragons, fairies and princes, superheroes and animals of every size for trick-or-treating along Pearl Street. 


Boulder Jewish Film Festival

November 3-13, 2022

This year marks a decade for this intimate film festival that explores the human experience through film and provides audiences with insight into the Jewish experience. 


Right Now Global Climate Summit

December 1-4, 2022

This three-day summit will gather some of the world’s foremost human rights, scientific, political, educational, cultural and industry leaders to commit to specific outcomes that will address the adverse effects of climate change on human rights.

Lights of December Parade

December 3, 2022

Kick off winter and light up the dark nights with marching bands, floats, fire engines, holiday carolers and more. The grand finale includes an appearance by Mr. Claus.

WinterFest at Colorado Chautauqua

December TBA, 2022

If you’re looking to make magical winter memories with the family, Colorado Chautauqua’s WinterFest is the way, featuring a festival of lights, kids concert, breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Cottage, horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, public art, a Winterfest market, a scavenger hunt and a photo station. 

Chanukah on Pearl Street

December TBA, 2022

So much funakah… music, fresh soufganiot (jelly donuts), hot latkes, hot cocoa, tossed gelt to take home and the lighting of the giant menorah.