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Boulder Social Streets free pop-up events on 13 th Street in August

Category: Press Room

BOULDER, Colo. – As part of the City of Boulder’s program to experiment with transformation of our downtown streets for gathering and happenings, the Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is presenting eight pop-up events on 13th Street (between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard) this summer. While three of the pop-up events have already happened in June and July, three additional pop-ups will happen in August, and two more in September. The community is invited to visit and experience these events.Boulder Social Streets August pop-ups on 13th Street:

Yappy Hour, Friday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Furry four-legged friends come together for a special canine social gathering. Food
vendors (including a food truck for dogs) and several dog-friendly activities, including
paw painting, photo booth, splash zones, and misting/shade structures. Please keep your
dog leashed and help celebrate the bond between humans and their beloved furry
companions. Free.

Boulder Street Soccer Classic, Sunday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This one-day street soccer tournament, featuring youth and adult brackets, has teams
competing five on five on small street courts in friendly play to see who will be crowned
the first Boulder Street Soccer Classic champion. With vendors, food trucks, and DJs.
There is a $30 team registration fee with a sliding scale option available. Registration
deadline is 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, and all registration fees from this event will be donated to
support youth soccer programs in Colorado.

Melanin Funk Festival, Friday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 2023 Melanin Funk Festival will be a vibrant celebration of Black culture and
community in the heart of downtown Boulder. All are welcome to enjoy an evening offun featuring renowned artists/local groups, food, drinks, and a performance by The Reminders.

More details and the full event schedule are available at

"The City's Boulder Social Streets initiative dovetails beautifully with Downtown Boulder's ongoing work and interest in creating placemaking events and activities that are free to participate in and co-created with members of the community - particularly those whose work and voices may be under-represented in the existing events and activities downtown," said Anna Salim, vice-president of operations and programming for the Downtown Boulder Partnership."We are excited about this collaboration with our partners to experiment with transforming our downtown streets for additional community gathering and enjoyment," said Natalie Stiffer,Transportation and Mobility Department director for the City of Boulder.The city is gathering information from the community at these events, and in other ways, to learn how we can re-imagine our streets. Staff will present recommendations to City Council for the future of this program by the end of 2023.

For more information, visit the city’s website.

Media contacts:
Terri Takata-Smith, Downtown Boulder Partnership,, 303-449-3774
Jennifer Bray, media relations,, 720-413-4215