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2022 Community Events & Programs produced by Downtown Boulder

As the heart of Boulder, downtown is the place where community comes together and right now human connections are more important than ever.  

Throughout 2022 the Downtown Boulder team will continue to think carefully and thoughtfully about how we bring our community together. As rules and regulations may continue to 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.

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please see our 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities brochure

If you are an artist or performer looking for opportunities, please visit our Submissions page.

Keep informed about monthly events and happenings throughout downtown with our Things To Do Downtown blog. You can subscribe to our monthly events newsletter by filling out the form here and checking the box for "Special Events - Monthly Updates."

Community Events and Programs are produced by Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Please consider supporting our organization with a tax-deductible donation.

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Alley door art

Boulder Alley Gallery

The Boulder Alley Gallery is part of an ongoing commitment to enhance the downtown district landscape for locals and visitors alike. The project re-purposes alley and back-of-building doors into an outdoor artist gallery featuring the works of local talent.  Property owners and businesses can sponsor a door in their alley.  Learn more here.

Alley door art

Student Banner Project
January - April, 2022

The 10th Annual Student Banner Project kicks off in mid-January 2022, with 42 new lamp pole banners created by incredible young artists from Columbine Elementary School, Casey Middle School, and Boulder High School around this year's theme of Social Justice.  The display, presented by Boulder Arts Week (Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings and thriving creativity), runs through April.

Tulip Festival

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
Sunday, May 1, 2022

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.

Tebo Train on the Pearl Street Mall

Summer Tebo Train Rides
Monday - Fridays, May 31 - September 2, 2022

Children ages 10 and under (along with accompanying adults) will chug along Pearl Street in this one-of-a-kind experience on Downtown Boulder's very own 100% electric kiddie train.

Bands on the Bricks

Bands on the Bricks
Wednesdays, June 15 - August 3, 2022

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

Pearl Street Arts Fest

Pearl Street Arts Fest
July 15 -17, 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!  2022 Details will be updated in late May.

Fall Fest

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
September 16 - 18, 2022

For over 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.  2022 details will be updated in early August.

Munchkin Masquerade

Munchkin Masquerade
October 31, 2022

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. 

Light Up the Holidays

Light Up the Holidays
November 20 - December 24, 2022

Switch on the Holidays
Sunday, November 20, 2022

St. Nick on the Bricks
Friday, November 25 and Saturdays, November 26 - December 24, 2024

Lights of December Parade
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Freezie Fest
Saturday, December 10, 2022