14 Spring Bucket List Activities in the Greater Boulder Area


BOULDER, CO – Spring is in the air. This means the weather is changing and everyone is ready to have fun after hibernating all winter. Looking for something to do? We have the list for you.

To make it a one-stop-shop, here are 14 must-do activities in the Greater Boulder Area, hosted right here in one place. Take advantage of all that is offered to you this spring, and mark your agenda!

Boulder Spring Bucket List

  1. Venture outside your culinary comfort zone at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday (April 2 – November 19) and Wednesday (May 4 – October 5). Available at select markets: artisan exhibits, children’s activities, live music and beer garden.
    • Online ordering and pickup is also available through Boulder County Farmers Markets. Strict order and pick-up windows each week. Learn more.
  2. Stop and smell the tulips at the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival, with live performances, tons of activities for kids, and the Tulip Fairy Parade with her fairies and elves to wake up the 15,000 beautiful tulips in the Pearl Street Mall. Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  3. Discover local treasures at the Firefly Handmade Spring Market with over 80 artisans, arts activities, live music and more from April 30 to May 1. Pets are welcome and there is a Vintage VW Van photo booth.
  4. Come down to the Boulder Creek Festival May 28-30 to hear a long list of performances; visit the 21+ Creekside Beer Fest for unlimited tastings of local brews; or shop at the Makers Market for goods from local artists and makers.
  5. Lace up your running shoes! The BOLDERBoulder 10K takes place on May 30 (Memorial Day) and honors those who gave their lives in military service. It’s more than a race, it’s for everyone. Walk, run or parade, then join in the community celebration. Register here.
  6. The Plein Art event is anything but ordinary. From June 3-11, artists create works in many mediums while outdoors in public, centering their art on the subject of the nature of Boulder County. On June 11, the artworks will be exhibited and sold, so don’t miss the opportunity to own artworks that you have seen being created in the wild.
  7. Celebrate at the Boulder Jewish Festival, which features live entertainment, a food festival, market and family-friendly activities for everyone on June 12.
  8. Rock out to a variety of musical genres at Bands on the Bricks from Wednesday, June 15 through August 3. Free concerts by local musicians take place on the bricks of the Pearl Street Mall.
  9. Feel the music at the Summer of Love concert series from Friday, July 8 through August 26. Programming here.
  10. Marvel at the magnificent masterpieces of the Pearl Street Arts Fest from July 16-17.
  11. Enjoy Boulder County’s best tacos, local beers, margaritas, lucha libre wrestling, kids’ events and live music, all scheduled for Taco Fest on August 6th. Tickets required. They are likely to sell out, so pick them up soon.
  12. Rest assured – the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival has it all: live music, a beer garden, and arts and crafts exhibitors. But there’s also something you can’t find anywhere else: the big zucchini race. Another must-see event, the Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, raises funds and support for Special Olympics Colorado. The festival takes place from August 19 to 21, with free admission.
  13. Take a quick hike with a huge reward at Boulder Falls, a jaw-dropping waterfall in the narrow canyon. Be sure to check for closures or maintenance.
    • Or grab your best friend and a leash and head to Mount Sanitas, where you can choose your own adventure from multiple difficulty levels for your hike.
    • Or explore the Irons on a moderate hike that offers stunning mountain views on a series of intertwining trails that make the experience customizable.
  14. Experience nature without breaking a sweat as you gaze at the stars in a valley near Boulder at Button Rock Preserve.


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