Fairies, Flowers & Food

Posted on April 6, 2011

Open-toe shoes. I wore open-toe shoes last weekend, and it was awesome! Springtime and happy weather have finally found Boulder, and not a moment too soon. Last weekend kicked off the Boulder County Farmers' Market, bringing in the "cream of crop" to Downtown Boulder. Over 100 vendors set up their vibrant colored, delicious smelling booths in Downtown Boulder, selling everything from fresh veggies, to umm... fresh meat, wine and various other products that Boulderite's pack their pantries and fridges with. While the first Saturday of the Farmers' Market is one of the most favorite outdoor events in Boulder, spring also kicks off a slew of popular, outdoor events, hosted by Downtown Boulder Inc.

The Tulip Fairy makes her grand entrance during the Tulip Fairy and Elf Parade, on April 23rd -- leading a parade of fairies and elves around Pearl St. to spread a little fairy love, welcome spring to Boulder, and most importantly, wake up the tulips. After all, tulips are the official flower of Pearl St. On this day, Pearl St. fills up with tiny little fairies and elves with tiny little wings and tiny, little pointy ears. And it's not just the half-pints that are getting in on the dress-up action-- turns out, it's also appropriate for adults to dress up in tights, and don the glittery garb for the afternoon too. (No joke. I don't make the rules people, I just write about the people that are brave enough to create them.) Check out these awesome event pics from last years parade, and be sure to have all of the sequins sewn on your costume by the 23rd.

May 1st is the date to mark on your calendars for the Taste of Pearl event, featuring food provided by some of Boulder's top restaurants. Attendees will spend the afternoon strolling in and out of participating retail shops in Downtown Boulder while sampling tasty creations from restaurants such as: The Black Cat, Frasca Food and Wine, Salt Bistro, Brasserie Ten Ten, The Med, and several other Downtown restaurants that give Boulder the top-notch, foodie status that we hold today. Tickets are on sale now, and a portion of the proceeds from the events will benefit The Emergency Family Assistance Association. (Note: This is not a time to procrastinate people. Tickets for this event are only $52.80, which is a steal for this event. Purchase your tickets now, and don't miss this event).

June 15th kicks off the 14th year of DBI's Bands on Bricks series. If you've strolled down Pearl St. on a Wednesday night, chances are you've seen the white tent, and the stage set up with music notes floating in the summer breeze from the likes of some of the best musicians along the Front Range. What could make a beautiful Saturday afternoon better than crusin' Pearl St., and listening to some tunes by some amazing local artist? What's that? Did someone in the back say a cold, frosty beer? Fair enough. This year, the typically "dry" event is allowing beer, and local craft beer to boot. Now you can enjoy an adult beverage while doing all that other fun stuff that I just mentioned. Sound like a fantastic Saturday afternoon in Downtown Boulder to me. Check BandsontheBricks.com on April 15 to see this year's musical line-up.

I know, I know-- I don't even have to tell you be sure to spend some time in Downtown this spring.. You already know. :)


Related Categories: Boulder, Dining, Restaurants, Shopping

Related Destinations: Black Cat, Brasserie Ten Ten, Frasca Food & Wine, The Mediterranean, SALT the Bistro

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