The effects of COVID-19 have definitely interfered with day-to-day life, but now, many downtown Boulder retailers and restaurants are re-open and ready to welcome you. Events look a little different....I’ve hunted down some of the best virtual events so that you can continue to experience the magic of downtown Boulder from the comfort of your home. From online cooking classes to virtual artist studio tours there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!
For those looking to brush up on their culinary skills or try a new recipe, Food Lab is offering cooking classes online. All you have to do is sign up for the class of your choosing, pick up the ingredients and join in for a live interactive class. These virtual classes run throughout the summer and offer any meal you could imagine from paella to Mediterranean tapas.
I think I speak for all of us when I say that one summer staple I miss is the Boulder County Farmers Market. Meandering through the various stands and food trucks was always a highlight of my weekend, and summer doesn’t quite feel the same without it. Thankfully, the farmer’s market is still going strong and is offering pickup for those interested in buying sustainable and locally grown produce. Their new online program, BCFM2Go, is easy to use and ordering through them ensures the farmer’s market will make a full comeback in the future. In addition, BCFM is gradually re-opening and accepting reservations for those who wish to grocery shop in-person.
If social distancing has gotten your creative juices flowing, consider joining in on one of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s virtual studio tours. The tours are hosted every Tuesday and Thursday at noon and can be accessed via the Instagram Live feature. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration of your own or are simply curious about an artist’s process and creative space these live streams will give you everything you need to know! If you can’t make it right when the tour starts, the Instagram app keeps the video up for 24 hours after it’s ended so you can watch it when convenient.
I hope these ideas have given you some ways to continue to experience downtown Boulder during these crazy times. If anything, these virtual events remind me why I love the downtown businesses so much and how unique each one of them is. Just because we can’t physically be there doesn’t mean we can’t show them some love!