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2024 Community Events & Programs Produced by Downtown Boulder

Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives produces a number of community events and programs to provide visitors and locals alike with cultural experiences and community connection.  See below for the list of our 2024 programs and events!

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, please see our 2024 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."

All of the Community Events and Programs listed below 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, 2024

The 12th Annual Student Banner Project kicks off in mid-January 2024, 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 What makes the community's future bright?  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.

Taste of Pearl

Taste of Pearl
Sunday, April 14, 2024

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

Tulip Festival

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2024 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 5)

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, Starting Tuesday, May 28 - August 30, 2024

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 12 - July 31, 2024

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 19 - 21, 2024

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!  2024 Details will be updated in late May.

Fall Fest

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest
September 13 - 15, 2024

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.  2024 details will be updated in early August.

Munchkin Masquerade

Munchkin Masquerade
October 31, 2024

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 24 - December 21, 2024

Switch on the Holidays
Sunday, November 24, 2024

St. Nick on the Bricks
Friday, November 29 and Saturdays, November 30 - December 21, 2024

Lights of December Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2024

Freezie Fest
Saturday, December 14, 2024