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The Best Things to Do in Boulder for June 2024

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Summer is officially in full swing.

 

From a magic show to a thought-provoking exhibition, these are the top things to do in Boulder this month.

Experience “A Little Bit of Magic” at The New Local

 

“Beloved” by Matti Berglund

 

From now through July 8, artists Matti Berglund and Eva Maier will be displaying their works as part of a new exhibition at The New Local’s Annex (713 Pearl St.) called “A Little Bit of Magic.”

 

Berglund is a Norwegian-born artist whose paintings depict goddesses draped in blooms and jewels, while Maier is a Swiss-born artist who specializes in ceramic, porcelain and fiber sculptures of animal talismans. In addition to the exhibition, the two makers will also offer a two-day workshop to create papier-mache masks with queer teens from the Out Boulder County community. 

 

All artwork is for sale and, remember, Father’s Day is coming up on June 16—so keep an eye out for gifts for Dad.

Cheer on the Ironman 70.3

 

 

Watch feats of sheer physical amazement on June 8 during the Ironman 70.3 in Boulder. The race kicks off with a 1.2-mile swim at the Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 56-mile bike ride north through the county and a 13.1-mile run. If you’re planning to spectate, one of the best places to watch is at the Boulder Reservoir bright and early in the morning (the race starts at 7:05 a.m., as well as later in the day for the run. The finish line will be at the res.

 

Celebrate 100 Years of Boulder’s Central Park

 

Did you know Central Park is turning 100 this year? This beloved community gathering space opened in 1924 and has been hosting events, concerts, festivals and other activities for the last century.

 

Help celebrate this huge milestone on June 29, during a free event at the Boulder Bandshell hosted by The Museum of Boulder, Historic Boulder Inc., The Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Boulder Farmers Market, Right Relationship Boulder, The City of Boulder Arts in the Parks Program, Create Boulder and The School of Rock Boulder.

 

Hear from a variety of expert speakers, including Fred Mosqueda, the tribal representative of the Southern Arapaho tribe of Oklahoma to the City of Boulder; Dan Corson, a historian, Dan Corson, former city council member and Boulder resident since 1973; Peter Pollock, an urban and environmental planner; and Leonard Segel, the executive director of Historic Boulder, Inc. 

 

Witness The Magic of Adam Trent

 

Courtesy of Adam Trent

 

Boulder native and magician Adam Trent honed his craft on the Pearl Street Mall. Now, he’s one of the most popular magicians of our time, thanks to performances on Broadway (“The Illusionists”) and on TV (“The Road Trick,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Today Show” and others). 

 

Trent is coming home to Boulder on June 27 for a show at Chautauqua Auditorium. His performances combine magic, comedy and music for a family-friendly style of entertainment— creative producer Simon Painter describes him as “the next David Copperfield meets Justin Timberlake.”

 

Embrace Pride Month

 

June is Pride Month, and there are lots of different ways to celebrate throughout Boulder County. 

 

  • Longmont is hosting its Longmont Pride Festival on June 7 at Roosevelt Park
  • Out Boulder County is hosting Lafayette Youth Pride on June 15 in front of Dog House Music Studios
  • Out Boulder County is hosting Queer Circus on June 29 at the Junkyard Social Club
  • Out Boulder County is hosting Boulder Pridefest June 30 at Central Park

 

Celebrate Juneteenth

 

Juneteenth, on June 19, marks the day when more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in Texas were finally declared free by executive order in 1865—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture calls it “our country’s second independence day.”

 

Celebrate this important anniversary by starting June 14 with the Boulder Juneteenth Flag Raising and Commemoration at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building (1777 Broadway). Hear from city leaders, CU Boulder experts and representatives from the NAACP while listening to the tunes of Selasee and the FaFa Family.

 

The Museum of Boulder and Out Boulder County are also organizing a Juneteenth Liberation Day event on June 20 featuring drag performances, speakers, dancing and more. Longmont Juneteenth will take place on June 22 in Roosevelt Park, and Erie’s Juneteenth Celebration is also scheduled for June 22 at Coal Creek Park.

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