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2021 Community Events Produced by Downtown Boulder


We've missed our community and we can't wait to welcome you back to rediscover the downtown district! As the heart of Boulder, downtown is the place where community comes together and right now human connections are more important than ever.  

As county and state regulations begin allowing for more activities, the Downtown Boulder team will carefully and thoughtfully bring back some beloved community events (as well as exciting new initiatives) now through the end of the year. Due to constraints around planning for some of our larger events, we have postponed a few of our events until 2022 (see details below).

While we are excited to have greater flexibility to plan events, we realize and respect that not everyone is ready to experience large gatherings just yet. With that in mind, we will share our thoughts/plans and address our policies as details become finalized. As rules and regulations change, you can find updates on our website's Visit Safe page. We kindly ask that everyone respect each other and our potential individual varying levels of comfort. We look forward to welcoming you back to rediscover downtown!

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please see our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities brochure.  If you'd like to learn more about supporting our community events with a tax-deductible donation, learn about donating to Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives (DBCI) here.

Taste of Pearl

Taste of Pearl
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022.

An unforgettable afternoon exploring Boulder’s tantalizing culinary arts scene and celebrating Colorado’s distinctive wines and spirits while strolling through some of Downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retail stores. This is a ticketed event for those 21 years of age and older.


Tulip Festival

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
Happening Virtually / Socially-Distant April 1 - 30, 2021

Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall "waking up the tulips". This beloved springtime tradition features special events and activities for girls and boys and celebrates the more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season.


Bands on the Bricks

Bands on the Bricks
Wednesdays, July 21 - August 11

5:00 - 9:00 pm  |  1300 Block of Pearl Street

From oldies to alternative and everything in between Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County's premier outdoor summer concert series. Visit BandsontheBricks.com in early June to see this year's concert line-up.


Pearl Street Arts Fest

Pearl Street Arts Fest
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022

Pearl Street Arts Fest is a juried celebration of visual arts celebrating painting, photography, jewelry and more. The event features artists from around the country, children’s art activities, live interactive performances – and much, much more!


Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Boulder Craft Beer Festival
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022

The 7th Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder's best beer. The festival includes live music and food for purchase. This is a ticketed event for those 21 years of age and older.


Fall Fest

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
September 10 - 12, 2021

For 35 years, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features live music, great food, local micro brews, wine, and margaritas, with the added excitement of Children’s Activities and featuring Firefly Handmade Markets.  2021 details will be announced in early August.


Munchkin Masquerade

Munchkin Masquerade
October 31, 2021

Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, superheroes & animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street and throughout downtown Boulder. Stay tuned for details on activities leading up to Halloween (October 15 - 30, 2021).


Light Up the Holidays

Light Up the Holidays
November 21 - December 18, 2021

Switch on the Holidays
Sunday, November 21, 2021

St. Nick on the Bricks
Friday, November 26 and Saturdays, November 27 - December 18, 2021

Lights of December Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Freezie Fest
Saturday, December 11, 2021