People at the Winter Craft Beer Festival. Courtesy photo

What to Do in Boulder this Winter


What to Do in Boulder this Winter

A funny thing about Boulder: The temps drop, the snow falls, the days shorten but the action doesn’t slow.

For many, wintertime is what Colorado livin’ is all about. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice climbing, snow camping, ice fishing. Boulderites be crazy. Just put on some gloves and get on with it.

If you’re looking to join the fun this winter, here are some events you don’t want to miss.


Things in Boulder slow down in January, as residents recover from the busy holiday season and try to catch their breath. Treat yourself to an evening without the kids at BDT’s highly anticipated “Disenchanted,” starting Jan. 12. This adult-only dinner theater musical features “disenchanted” princesses and fairy tale stars. Poison apples aren’t the only naughty thing on this stage.

Also in January:

A woman runs with the sun in the background. Courtesy image Pixabay

Jan. 20: Got a New Year’s resolution to improve your health? Sign up for the Prairie Dog Half Marathon, 10K and 5K in Louisville. The race starts at the Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 Dillon Road.

Jan. 27: Get inspired at the Boulder Wedding Showcase at the Boulder Theater. Get ideas for everything from fashion to gifts and music. Even wedding astrologers and kundli makers.


Feb. 1: February begins at the Boulder Theater with a show by Piff the Magic Dragon. If you aren’t one of the 100 million who have seen him online, Piff performs magic while in a dragon suit. With “the world’s only magic-performing chihuahua.” His shows are sold out across the country and beyond.

Feb. 9: Mmm, chocolate. The Chocolate Lovers’ Fling, complete with chocolate tastings, pairings and other tasty desserts, is right in time for Valentine’s Day. It benefits the Safehouse.

Feb. 22-25: The Boulder International Film Festival is what’s big in Boulder in February. The 15th-annual film fest has been named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. It features more than 40 new films and all kinds of star-studded entertainment.


March 2: Boulder loves beer, and the city will pay tribute to local brewers at its annual Winter Craft Beer Festival for one night only at the Twenty Ninth Street mall. “Disrupt, drink and discover” is the mission behind the annual event, which takes over the underground parking garage in the Twenty Ninth Street Mall. The celebration typically draws about 2,000 people and features more than 50 breweries. But unlike many Colorado beer fests, this one doesn’t just feature local brewers. It mixes out-of-state brands with local ones, big names with small, hidden gems. The variety makes it unique. So does the time of year.

March 7-18: The annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival kicks off March 7. The event centers around films about the Jewish experience.

March 8-10: Early March is for one of the weirdest events in Boulder County (and let’s face it, the world). It’s Frozen Dead Guy Days, a festival in Nederland that features dozens of live bands and odd events, like coffin faces and frozen T-shirt contests. The event was inspired by a man who died and asked to be frozen in a Tuff Shed on dry ice near Nederland.

March 15-17: It’s time for the Local Lab New Play Festival, a three-day event of readings, theatrical workshops, production of a new play and more.

March 29-April 6: Boulder Arts Week is a full week filled with art. Expect art exhibitions, stage performances, music, dance and more at various locations throughout Boulder.

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