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2024 Colorado Summer Festival Guide

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Summers in Colorado go by so quickly — blink, and you just might miss one.

 

Don’t let the warm weather months pass you by without immersing yourself fully in arts, culture, music, food, drinks and community.

 

Mark your calendars and start making plans for this year’s summer festivals.

May 24-27 — Boulder Creek Festival

 

It’s not officially summer until Boulder Creek Festival takes place. Enjoy three lively days of music, food, beer, kids’ activities, vendors and more — and be sure to check out our detailed guide to making the most of this year’s festival.

 

May 27 — Bolder Boulder

Romeo (Dante Rossi) and Juliet (Madison Hart ) during the 2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
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The annual Bolder Boulder 10K race is the perfect way to cap off Memorial Day weekend — whether you’re running, walking, slip-n-sliding, bacon-eating or spectating somewhere along the route. Take a moment to remember what this holiday is really all about during the Memorial Day tribute to those brave men and women who’ve given their lives for our freedom. The ceremony kicks off at noon. at Folsom Field.

 

June 9 — Boulder Jewish Festival

 

Spend the day with the family at the Boulder Jewish Festival, which is celebrating its 28th year this summer. Held on the Pearl Street Mall, this event celebrates Jewish culture with local art, food, activities, music and more.

 

June 8 – August 11 — Colorado Shakespeare Festival

 

You won’t want to miss this year’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which features performances all summer long. This year’s line-up includes “Macbeth,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and a one-night performance of “Arden of Faversham.” The festival will take place inside the recently renovated Roe Green Theatre because of construction on campus. Check out our full guide to the festival — and get your tickets now.

 

June 16 — Flatiron Sounds Music Festival

Located on the grounds of the Colorado Chautauqua, the Flatiron Sounds Music Festival features performances by Clay Street Unit, Two Runner, Jake Leg, King Cardinal and Alexa Wildish. Plus, enjoy a beer garden, a vendor market, food and more.

 

June 19-23 — Boulder Comedy Festival

 

Whether you cackle, chortle, guffaw, snicker or belly laugh, no one will bat an eye however you choose to laugh at the Boulder Comedy Festival. This multi-venue event highlights some of the best comedians in the U.S., with a special emphasis on diverse and women comics.

 

June 1-July 5 — Boulder Plein Air Festival

 

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Have you ever spotted someone painting outdoors on a canvas and wondered what they were up to? It’s a practice called painting “en plein air,” which translates to “outdoors” in French. The Boulder Plein Air Festival features 40 wildly talented artists, selected from a jury process, who will spend June 1-7 painting at various locations around Boulder County. From June 8 to July 5, their works will be on display in downtown Niwot for all to see.

 

July 5-August 4 — Colorado Music Festival

 

You’re guaranteed to leave feeling inspired when you attend any of the performances included in the 2024 season of the Colorado Music Festival. Spanning six weeks at Chautauqua Auditorium, the festival includes piano concertos, symphony performances and kid-friendly shows.

 

July 11-14 — Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival

 

Engage your passion for the natural world by attending the Boulder Environmental / Nature / Outdoors Film Festival. Held at the Dairy Arts Center, the schedule includes film screenings, live music, receptions, Q&As and more.

 

July 19-21 — Pearl Street Arts Fest

 

Support local artists and local businesses by heading to the Pearl Street Arts Fest. Enjoy a shady stroll along the pedestrian mall while you peruse the works of many talented artists, working in mediums like watercolor, sculpture, oil painting, mixed media and more.

 

August 9-11 — Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

 

Jam out to artists like the Watson Twins, Peter Mulvey and Jamestown Revival at this beloved annual festival, held in Lyons at Planet Bluegrass.

 

August 10 – Boulder Taco Fest

Who doesn’t love tacos? You can mix and match to your heart’s content at the Boulder Taco Fest, which features tacos, margaritas, craft beer, lucha libre wrestling matches, live music and more.

 

August 31 – Shelby American Collection’s Annual Party and Car Show

 

Make your way to the Shelby American Collection museum for the annual party and car show, which is celebrating its 28th year this summer. This year is an extra special one, too, as the gathering will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. You can bring your own cool car for the show, or just show up and admire everyone else’s. Tickets include dinner, an open bar, a commemorative poster, an autograph session and speeches. Organizers will also be drawing the winner of a Heritage Edition GT500 at the party this year.

 

 

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