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Happy February! 

Ditch the winter blues and warm up in the season of love by celebrating annual downtown traditions, holidays and local Black History Month happenings! What are you waiting for? Let's explore!

Have you noticed the new banners on the Pearl Street Mall? This year's Student Banner Art Project features student art from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School! Download the student banner map and take a stroll down the bricks to explore the artistic interpretation to this year's thematic question: What makes the community's future bright? Save the date...March 19th at 4:30 PM, meet on the 1300 block for a special award's ceremony honoring these talented student artists.

Happy Black History Month! Have you visited the Museum of Boulder's Proclaiming Colorado's Black History exhibit? This immersive experience provides a more inclusive understanding of Colorado's history through highlighting Black stories and voices. Honor these important, untold stories and plan your visit today. Looking for a more personal experience? Check out guided tours with Adrian Miller happening all month long.

Read on for more things happening in February - and don't forget to check out our event calendar for daily updates. Find additional details in our Things To Do blog.

As we continue to provide free and accessible experiences we humbly request that you join us in our fundraising efforts to support our cherished community events.

Highlights for February 2024

Student Banner Art Project


Now through April 2024 | Boulder Arts Week & Downtown Boulder Partnership

This month marks downtown's 12th annual Student Banner Art Project!

In partnership with Boulder Arts Week, 42 light poles along the Pearl Street Mall will feature original artwork by local student artists from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School!

Download the student banner map and take a stroll down the bricks to explore the artistic interpretation to this year's thematic question: What makes the community's future bright?

Save the date...March 19th at 4:30 PM, meet on the 1300 block for a special award's ceremony honoring these talented student artists.

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Honoring Black History Month with Museum of Boulder's Proclaiming Colorado's Black History Exhibit


Now through September 2025 | Museum of Boulder 

For the past two years, the Museum of BoulderNAACP Boulder CountyBoulder Public LibraryStreet Wise Arts and many other collaborating partners have worked on a project that acknowledges and amplifies Black voices and stories.

Proclaiming Colorado's Black History is a commemorative project consisting of an exhibit, oral histories, special events and learning opportunities through an array of arts. This exhibition will be available through September 2025.

This collaborative effort has employed a community-centered process that has led to the development an exhibit and educational curricula to address the underrepresentation of Black histories in Colorado. This project will give Coloradans a more inclusive understanding of the state’s history by illuminating the stories of Black Coloradans, help the local community examine attitudes about and acknowledge the experience of Black people in Colorado, and ultimately serve as a launching pad for community dialogue and a basis for community action.

Looking for a more personal experience? Check out guided tours with Adrian Miller happening all month long.

Plan Your Visit

Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) 20th Anniversary

Thursday, February 29th - Friday, March 3rd | BIFF

The 20th annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off this month on February 29th (yep, it's Leap Day!)

Every year, local, national and international filmmakers unite for a series of celebratory events including happy hours and galas all throughout Boulder.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, February 9th along with the release of the full list of 2024 programs and film. Learn more about this exclusive event here.

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Winter Bike to Work Day

Friday, February 9th | Throughout Downtown 

Ready? Set? Let's roll! Head downtown on your favorite set of wheels for this year's Winter Bike to Work Day happening on Friday, February 9th!

Join fellow local bike enthusiasts on this wonderful winter trek to work. Downtown breakfast and coffee stations await, as well as the opportunity to enter drawings to win fun prizes!

Don't miss this bi-annual Boulder tradition...make the pledge to ride today!

Pledge to Ride

Photo from @drcog_waytogo

Mid-Winter Sales

Saturday, February 17th - Monday, February 19th 

This Presidents' Day weekend, warm up with the hottest sales at this year's Mid-Winter Sales starting Saturday, February 17th!

Shop the growing list of participating retailers for unbeatable sales, specials and unique finds! (Pro Shopper's Tip: bookmark this page to refer to the updated list of retail participants).

Shop small and save big with these winter steals. Take a break to fuel your shopping extravaganza and grab a bite to eat in one of downtown's many restaurants!

View Participating Retailers

Museum of Boulder Exhibits & Special Events 

In addition to the Proclaiming Colorado's Black History . exhibit, check out the to the "Listen Backs" public engagement event on February 29th from 6-8 PM!

Don't miss out on the museum's newest exhibit, Boulder Dog Tails. This tail-wagging experiences ends on March 17th - plan your visit today!

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Love is Sweet: Boulder Wedding Showcase

Sunday, February 4th | 11 AM - 2 PM | Rembrandt YardHotel Boulderado

The 24th Annual Love is Sweet: Boulder Wedding Showcase returns downtown this Sunday, February 4th from 11 AM-2 PM!

Hosted by Rembrandt Yard and Hotel Boulderado this one-of-a kind bridal event will feature a collection of wedding vendors, planners, special educational panels and more!

Don't miss out on the wedding event of the year...be sure to reserve your tickets!

Reserve Tickets

Photo by Meraki Photo Co. 

Virtual Studio Tour: Zoid Hæm at BMOCA

Thursday, February 15th | 12 PM - 12:30 PM

BMOCA presents virtual studio tours that explore and highlight local artist studios. This month, BMOCA will be featuring the work of Black American renaissance artist, Zoid Hæm. Hæm is a current dual Master's student at CU where he also explores the art of poetry, fine art and performance art mediums. 

This special tour can be joined via BMOCA's Instagram - learn more using the link below. 

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Galentine's Get Together at The New Local (18+)

Tuesday, February 13th | 5 PM - 6:30 PM | The New Local Gallery

Happy Galentine's Day! Join the ladies at The New Local for an exclusive, after hours Galentine's Day event! This evening will be filled with jewelry try-ons, botanical testing, mocktails and more! 

Be sure to RSVP you and your gal-pals for this amazing event! 

RSVP Here

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