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Hi Downtowners!

We are thrilled to bring our community back together for Downtown Boulder's Fall Fest - especially now when connections among friends, neighbors and community are more important than ever. The 3-day autumn festival featuring local food, beer/wine/margarita garden, live music, children’s entertainment/activities and 80+ artisans in Firefly Handmade Markets' Fall Show on the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall.

While we are excited to have you back, we realize and respect that everyone has varying levels of comfort in larger crowds. At the event, we will strongly recommend masks for everyone as social distancing will be harder in the small space. The most important thing is for all of us to continue to practice kindness, understanding and respect for one another. Please use your best judgment and distance yourself from anyone who is making you uncomfortable. As rules and regulations change, you can also find updates on our website's Visit Safe page

For a look at downtown Boulder events that are going on in-person and online, take a look at our events calendar.

As we come together to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we humbly request that you join us in our efforts to bring back cherished events, and help us unite the community back in our beloved downtown.

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Highlights for September 2021


Children's and Family Activities at Fall Fest!

The largest attraction for kids during the event is the Fall Fest Children's Activities area, sponsored by Eldora Mountain Resort. Throughout the weekend there will be FREE face painting (Saturday and Sunday at Eldora's tent on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall), fun with clay, dance, yoga and movement classes for kids and families, just to name a few. See the schedule of children's activities below: 

  • BREAKIN' FOR ALL AGES | SATURDAY 9 - 10 AM - This is an introductory Break dancing class for beginners offered by Block 1750

  • FAMILY CRAFT ACTVITIES TENT | SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10 AM - 3 PM - Join Open Studios to make your own mini Buffalo of Boulder to take home! 

  • APEKIDS MOVEMENT | SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11 AM - 2 PM | 30-MINUTE CLASSES - Movement games for kids!

  • FUN WITH CLAY! | SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11 AM - 3 PM - Join Studio Arts Boulder for fun with clay. We'll have a table of hand-building activities for kids and adults alike to explore the world of clay! 

  • FAMILY YOGA | SUNDAY 9 - 10 AM Join Yoga Pearl for a free family yoga class, great for kids ages 2-11 & fun for the whole family

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Support Downtown Boulder at Fall Fest!

For three days, the Pearl Street Mall, as well as 14th Street between Spruce and Pearl streets, will be filled with arts, crafts and other makers, a beer/wine/margarita garden, live musicchildren's activities and excitement during the Annual Downtown Boulder Fall Fest.  

Fall Fest relies on the help and support of over 60 volunteers to make the weekend a success. It's really a fun weekend and we'd love for you to join us!

Volunteer benefits include a Downtown Boulder Volunteer shirt, a free slice of pizza and, for those of you over 21, a FREE drink to enjoy after your shift. 

Please visit our Volunteer Local page to view opportunities and sign up.

Our events like Bands on the Bricks are made possible by those wonderful community members who dedicate their time to supporting our organization and its mission. Thank you in advance! 



Buffaloes of Boulder

You've never seen buffaloes like this before! Buffaloes of Boulder is a Downtown Boulder Community Initiatives (DBCI) project as part of an ongoing commitment to enhance the downtown district landscape for locals and visitors alike. Artists from the Boulder community were invited to create works of art on a buffalo shape (made of plywood) which have been on display throughout the summer in planters and in front of businesses throughout the downtown district. Enjoy the work of fantastic, local artists, like Latasha Dunston pictured above, by heading down to the courthouse lawn to see the whole herd in action. 

All buffaloes are available for purchase via online auction (proceeds split 50/50 between DBCI and the artist.) The auction will close this weekend on Sunday, September 12 at 5 pm. Auction is available at the link below! 


The Underground Comedy Showcase at License No. 1

Head down to the historic Hotel Boulderado's speak-easy style cocktail bar for an evening of hilarious fun at the Underground Comedy Showcase! Presented by ComicCents, the show begins every Thursday night at License No. 1 from 7:30-9:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 each or purchase our $90 Couples Package including 2 tickets and a $60 food & beverage credit, to be purchased at the link here. 

See more detail about the individual comics and shows at the link below. 


Heard about something we're missing?  We'd love to help share news of safe downtown activities - please email us!

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