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Music of Resistance

Explore the intersection of art and politics at this powerful concert. Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk and Boulder pianist David Korevaar will join the combined choirs of University of Colorado Boulder and Western Illinois University to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (which was considered a rejection of Stalin’s totalitarianism), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (which praises…
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The Adding Machine

A college theater department staging an avant-garde work about a man losing his job to automation may seem a particularly 2017 occurrence, but this production is more Coolidge-esque than Trumpian. This 1923 work by Elmer Rice follows the life and afterlife of Mr. Zero, an everyman accountant whose tale of superfluity may leave you asking if technology—whether it's…

Yekwon Sunwoo

This past June, South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo proved he could make the keys sing more beautifully than any other young musician in the world when he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. (The 17-day clash of musical geniuses, ages 18 to 30, takes place every four years in Texas, and is considered the…

St. Nick on the Bricks

After a long offseason spent at the North Pole, Santa travels to downtown Boulder to set up shop for the holidays. Children of all ages are encouraged to visit with big smiles and wish lists in hand. This is also the perfect opportunity to capture your kid’s Christmas memories and give them the chance to…

Little Roman Farm: From Swords to Plowshares

Learn how former service members Ben and Leticia Ward found purpose on a new kind of battlefield. The veteran couple repurposes materials from military bases to use as farm equipment (think: a missile guidance system turned into a safe, short-term home for baby chicks) at their small-scale urban farm in Fountain.

Switch on the Holidays

Watch Downtown Boulder explode with holiday spirit as 330,000 LED lights and 300 colorful lighted ornaments illuminate the Boulder County Courthouse and Pearl Street Mall. Before the lights flick on, your family can join in with the Boulder Children’s Chorale and members of the Boulder Chorale for a festive sing-along, and don’t leave without seeing…


This all-day "neo-bistro" on the Pearl Street Mall offers eclectic fare from an all-star cast of industry vets. Go for a house-baked pastry in the morning, a pastrami brisket reuben sandwich for lunch, or fresh pasta and imaginative cocktails in the evening.  

2017 Adventure Film Festival

Embrace the thrill of outdoor adventure without ever leaving your seat. This film festival promises three packed days of independent films that highlight tales of climbing, biking, and skiing while also addressing social issues. Along with the flicks, be sure to explore the Vendor Village market where you can enter to win up to $10,000…

Munchkin Masquerade

Thousands of little ghouls, goblins, and princesses will flood the popular Pearl Street Mall for this delightfully devilish night of trick-or-treating. After stopping for sweets at local shops like Ozo Coffee Co., Boulder Book Store, and Clif Kids, direct them to glow-in-the-dark picture painting.

Thorne Fall Fest

Make the most of the weekend with your little one with education that rocks: The award-winning music group Jeff and Paige is ready to teach your kids about nature and environmental conservation using song and dance. When you’re not dancing to the the tunes, enjoy face painting, bird-watching, and a picnic lunch with mountain views.

The Merry Widow: An Opera by Frank Lehár

This operetta by Hungarian composer Frank Lehár follows an ambassador who sends one of his noblemen to court a wealthy widow in order to save his impoverished kingdom. During the show, comedy and grand costumes will accompany classic opera songs such as “The Merry Widow Waltz.” The performance is also sung entirely in German, with…

Takács Quartet

This Grammy Award–winning string quartet has sold out concerts in Boulder for three decades, performing everything from Mozart to Carl Vine and Mendelssohn. And the four renowned musicians have given back to the community that’s supported them all these years, by helping to develop a chamber music program at the University of Colorado Boulder to…

Boulder Open Studios Tour

This is your chance to peek into the creative spaces of more than 100 Boulder artists. For two consecutive weekends, check out the personal studios of the city’s finest painters, sculptors, and photographers. Discover how Bill Border composes his abstract figural paintings or how Elizabeth Quan constructs delicate ceramics and jewelry. You can even bypass…

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Hurry and snag a ticket before they’re gone at this typically sold-out brewfest. Get the latest samples from more than 30 Front Range breweries such as Wonderland Brewery, Finkel & Garf Craft Beer, and Wild Woods Brewery. If you get hungry, grab an lechon bowl (slow-cooked pork, black beans, and plantains) from Arepas Caribbean, scratch-made…
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House of Gold

To launch their 12th season, Boulder's Square Product Theatre is tackling what may be its hometown's biggest story: the JonBenét Ramsey case. In this regional premiere of Gregory Moss's darkly comic work, an all-adult cast dives into the Ramseys' lives and imagines a surreal afterlife for its doomed six-year-old. Rather than solving the crime, the…

La Fiesta: World Party 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and groove to live salsa, West African drumming, and soul music at this multicultural bash. When you need a dance break, stop by the food trucks for Colombian arepas, Middle Eastern falafel, and wood-fired pizza to fuel up before hitting the market for artisan-made goods. Proceeds support Intercambio, a nonprofit…

Feast of Fermentation

This pickled feast is ideal for the brave foodie. Choose between a taco and Asian style noodles, and garnish with toppings, including kimchi, tempeh crumbles (made of fermented soybeans), or fermented hot sauce, prepared by chef-blogger Jordan Anderson. Wash it all down with sweet and bubbly kombucha or kefir. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Food Rescue,…
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Pearl Street Arts Fest

Denver's neighbor to the northwest is always artsy, but they're really kicking it up a notch this weekend. Boulder's Pearl Street Mall transforms into an open-air art gallery for this two-day fête featuring nearly 100 artists from across the country. Shop for wares from woodworking and ceramics to painting and jewelry, and bring the kiddos—Boulder-based…

Rock of Ages

This throwback musical featuring ‘80s rock anthems may actually get you to the theater. Set in 1987, the show follows performers Dennis and Sherrie as they try to save the Bourbon Room, a failing club in West Hollywood scheduled for demolition. No, there won’t be a mosh pit, but you’ll still have the chance to…

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase Performances: Toward the Light

During this unbelievable spectacle, you’ll have the chance to glimpse contemporary aerial dance routines choreographed and performed by internationally recognized faculty, such as Angela Delsanter and Teo Spencer, from the Aerial Dance Festival. Using trapezes, fabric, and other aerial apparatus, the high flyers will show off never-before-seen gravity defying feats.  

Boulder Beer Company Brew Run

Grab your running shoes and your favorite drinking buddy—the iconic Boulder Beer Company invites you to test your beer pong skills and your mile-pace to celebrate the brand’s 38th anniversary. Participants will begin the day with a three-mile run along Boulder Creek, finishing with ice cold micro-brews, free Jimmy John’s sandwiches and competitive, but goofy…

Whittier-Mapleton Hill Garden Tour

Discover Boulder’s hidden greenery on this all-day tour of eight residential gardens, four of which have not previously been on display. Grab a map and then see a 140-year old tree, sloping terraced gardens, and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired waterfalls on this self-guided trip through the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. Proceeds benefit downtown Boulder’s Whittier International…

Julius Caesar

If the present-day drama in Washington isn’t enough for you, you can also watch ancient political intrigue play out on stage during this performance. In one of the Bard’s most enduring tragedies, the fearless leader of the Roman Empire ignores warnings from his confidantes at his peril. As audiences watch his reign crumble, they’re urged…

Mario the “Maker” Magician

Tiny magic enthusiasts who have seen this magician on Sesame Street or Sunny Side Up will love this chance to see his tricks live. The inventive performer (he makes all his own props) is famous for his old-school, slapstick-style magic shows, which include illusions as well as unconventional entertainment—a robotic monkey sidekick, for example. Described…

Young People’s Concert

This performance conducted by Aspen Music Festival’s Scott Terrell is the perfect opportunity to introduce young ears to live orchestral music. Musicians from the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras will play pieces that are engaging for children, including “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and “Flying Theme”…

Claudia Savage and Lisa Birman

If you don’t normally associate the Centennial State with great literature, this reading by two Colorado-based writers might make you reconsider. Colorado State University alumna and poet Claudia Savage shares poems about motherhood and creativity while Boulder novelist and poet Lisa Birman (the winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction) reads poems about…

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