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Happy Spring! April is just around the corner and, just like how the Pearl Street tulips (are getting ready), we are ~blooming~ with excitement...

It's finally happening...Taste of Pearl returns to downtown Sunday, April 14th from 2-6 PM. Enjoy an abundance of local sips and tastes as you stroll throughout 15 of downtown's unique art galleries and boutiques. Don't wait to purchase tickets...GA tickets and VIP experiences are limited this year.

Give a warm downtown welcome to this year's Conference on World Affairs event happening at CU Boulder from Tuesday, April 9th - Friday, April 12th. Check out this year's conference schedule and speaker line up here.

Read on for more things happening in April - and don't forget to check out our event calendar for daily updates and 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 April 2024

Taste of Pearl 

Sunday, April 14th | 2-6 PM

Foodies, this is your time to shine...Taste of Pearl is less than three weeks away!

When you purchase a ticket to Taste of Pearl, you receive tastings from 15 of Boulder's restaurants, including Maine Shack, Pizzeria Alberico, SALT and early access to bites from Gemini's new sister restaurant, High Country (officially opens April 22nd)!

GA tickets and VIP experiences are limited - get yours before they sell out!

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Boulder County Farmers Saturday Markets

Saturdays | April 6th - November 23rd | 13th Street (between Arapahoe Ave. & Canyon Blvd.)

Boulder County Farmers Market kicks off next Saturday, April 6th from 8 AM- 2 PM! Explore unique finds, eat fresh and most of all, support your local neighbors...

Stroll along 13th Street (between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard) to enjoy live music, family-friendly activities and more while shopping the event's featured vendors.

Saturday markets will continue through November 23rd. Looking for more Farmers Market opportunities? Wednesday markets will begin May 1st - happy farmers market season!

Shop Saturday Markets

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival 

Sunday, April 28th (Rain Date: Sunday, May 5th)| 1-5 PM | Pearl Street Mall

Embrace downtown's vibrant spring scenery at this year's Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival happening Sunday, April 28th* from 1-5 PM.

Bring your little fairies and elves to celebrate the tulips along the Pearl Street Mall and enjoy live musical performances, children's activities and a special appearance from the Tulip Fairy herself!

*Don't forget, April showers bring May flowers...this event has a rain date of Sunday, May 5th - just in case!

Tulip Time

Boulder Arts Week

Friday, April 5th - Saturday, April 13th 

Celebrate local Boulder artists and art organizations at this year's Boulder Arts Week happening from Friday, April 5th through Saturday, April 13th.

In partnership with Boulder Arts Week, downtown's 12th Annual Student Banner Project continues to showcase artwork created by local students from Columbine Elementary, Casey Middle School and Boulder High School on light poles throughout the Pearl Street Mall. Check out all 2024 artwork.

Keep an eye out for additional events happening at downtown spots including the Velvet Elk Lounge, Colorado Glass Works, Boulder Theater and more. View this year's event schedule.

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Navruz Dinner & Silent Auction 

Sunday, April 14th | 5 PM - 8 PM | Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Navruz Dinner and Silent Auction happening Sunday, April 14th  at 5 PM at Boulder Dushanbe’s Teahouse.

Enjoy a four course Tajik dinner followed by a fundraiser silent auction featuring artwork and crafts of Tajikistan and Central Asia.

The fundraiser will benefit the Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities Organization which works to build relationships between Boulder and Boulder sister cities through culture, education and art. Support a community strengthening cause as well as your local restaurants - purchase your tickets ($75) today.

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Become a Volunteer

Downtown Boulder needs volunteers for 2024 events! 

Looking to give back to your community? Downtown Boulder is looking for volunteers for both Taste of Pearl and Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival! 

We forever remain grateful for those who donate their time to ensure events run smoothly and safety. Volunteers are what makes these events so successful! Check out volunteer opportunities and openings here

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Let's go to the Museum(s)!

Museum of Boulder | Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA)

Whether you are looking to learn something new or looking to get your history and arts fix downtown's Museum of Boulder and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMOCA) have you covered!

The Museum of Boulder 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. Also happening this month through April 19th, see Boulder from your four-legged friend's perspective at the Boulder Dog Tails exhibit. 

BMOCA's Performing Self exhibit continues now through April 28th. Engage with seven multidisciplinary artists as they portray "self" through different medias including, video, panting, photography and more. Check out other unique installations including Mia Mulvey: Albedo Effect and Brain Comber: Reverie

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